Greenstar Co-op Natural Foods

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 5 reviews )

701 W Buffalo St (at West End), Ithaca, New York, USA, 14850

Natural foods cooperative market. Stocking a wide range of natural groceries including fresh organic produce, vitamins, nutritional supplements, natural beautycare products, and more. Has deli and salad bar. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-11:00pm.

5 Reviews

First Review by BroccoliBottom

Everything a natural food store should be! - Edit

Every time we visit Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, we drive to Ithaca to stock up on bullets of Susie's Seitan at Greenstar. They usually have a great selection of it. They also have tons of delicious vegan selections at the hot bar and the deli counter, so we get food to bring back to eat while staying at the farm. This store has a good variety of cruelty free bath and body items and groceries. The staff is always welcoming and helpful. Makes me wish I was a local!

Updated from previous review on 2015-08-09

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Super convenient, lots of variety - Edit

As a vegan college student I find the Buffalo St location to be really convenient. They have a ton of awesome fresh food, and their pastries are amazing! I highly recommend any vegan pastry made with chocolate. Their "chunks of energy" are a great alternative to granola bars for snacks. They often have vegan chocolate cakes, baklava and pies as well. As a grocery store they have a great variety of different stocks, nondairy ice creams, cruelty free body products and local produce. All ingredients are clearly labeled. Hooray for Greenstar!

Pros: Convenient, Has everything

Cons: Expensive

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Best vegan reuben in town? - Edit

I have a hard time not liking vegan reuben sandwiches, so maybe I'm not a very good judge, but I think Greenstar's greasily-delicious vegan tempeh reuben is pretty amazing. It's crisp and buttery-tasting and saucy and a recipe for a good time.

Besides the deli, Greenstar has a fantastic selection of vegan foods - vegan cakes and baklava and dumplings, muffins and cookies, breads, produce and frozen stuff, fresh local tofu, giant slabs of tempeh, and a great bulk section full of cheap awesomeness - pastas, agave, dried fruit, nut butters, and soup and falafel and veggie burger mixes by the pound. Read the ingredients lists to find bulk granola, chocolate, carob, and other goodies.

Pros: great selection, incredible vegan options at deli, member-owned cooperative

Cons: can be pricey if you're not careful, cafe area is small and can be busy

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good for supplies but skip the deli - Edit

I admit that when I first moved to Ithaca the greasy Vegan Pizza was cool, but then I ate a slice... I've tried other Vega offerings and I question if anyone in the kitchen actually tastes the food they make. I'm glad Food for the Planet opened across the street.

Pros: Staples, Mostly organic and local groceries

Cons: The deli, More of a small chain than a Co-op

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arimoore 22 Feb 2013 - I wonder what you mean by "more of a small chain than a co-op"? I'm a member and it does seem to be a member-owned co-operative...  

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Yummy but not as healthy as you might think - Edit

I eat at GreenStar often. They have tons of vegan and vegetarian options, and a lot of variety. Their hot bar is great for breakfast or lunch, too. I highly recommend the Tempeh Reuben (make sure to order it without cheese if you're vegan).

That said, you might expect that because most of the grocery items at GreenStar are organic/local that the Deli food would be too...but it's not. A lot of it comes from Sysco and is neither local nor organic. Their salad bar is always local/organic, so that's the bonus, but their sandwich items are not. Always good to know.

Pros: lots of variety, fast

Cons: pricey, not organic

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Jo Zee 28 Sep 2016 - Thanks for the heads up. We live in New Mexico but plan on relocating to Ithaca sometime next year. I'll be sure to inquire about their products before I buy them.  

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