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17 Apr

It's the sunflower revolution!

Posted by Wendy Ives

Olive oil is so much a part of our diet, that we don't even think about the distance it travels to get to our tables and our showers. The olive oil we use in our Olive Oil Shampoo generally comes from either Italy or Greece. That's a long boat ride. Then we turn it into shampoo and ship it to all of our shampoo devotees and retail locations, and take it to market. That's the olive oil traveling 2 or 3 times before it reaches your shower.

It takes a long time to make changes like this, but it's time for the Sunflower Revolution. Our locally grown organic sunflower oil has made it's way into our soap, lip balms, and creams. As we replaced the olive oil with sunflower oil in our body care, we had more for the shampoo, which is why it's the last to GET READY to make the switch. We still have some Olive Oil Shampoo, but the next batch is going to be sunflower. 


It's a little different for the shampoo connoisseur. Compared to our Olive Oil Shampoo, the color of the sunflower shampoo is a pale golden yellow. It's a little more viscous. It's very high in Vitamin E, giving your hair a little more shine. It has a distant aroma of fresh sunflower seeds.

It's the same lathery, squeaky clean wash. The scent blend is the same. Aside from the oil change, the ingredients are the same.


Andy is a little worried that to just make the switch is risky and some of you will not be happy simply because you love our olive oil shampoo. I want to take the leap, decreasing our carbon footprint by eliminating the first leg of the oil's journey from Europe to here. I also LOVE it. So as a compromise in running our business as a married couple, I am alerting you to what's coming in the near future. We would love to hear your feedback. I'm doing my best to not encourage you to say YES!!! it's the right choice. We want to hear it from you without any prodding.  small gentle poke.


It's also going to be sold in 3 sizes: 

* 2 oz. for $3.65 (same size and price as Olive Oil Shampoo)

* NEW* 16 oz. for $18.00 (new size and less expensive than the 8 oz. Olive Oil Shampoo for $10.59)

* Gallon for $142.96 (which includes the pump and is the same economical price as the Olive Oil Shampoo)

10 Apr


Posted by Wendy Ives

What a day we had the other day. We spent the whole day trying to make this new printer work for our labels. And it was a waste of time. Even though the old printer isn't the easiest match with our computers, it does the job and our new labels, on our new bar size, look great. Sometimes the realities of being a small producer of goods are enough to drive you crazy. Our days are filled with problem solving, deadlines, and making decisions that have to be the best choice. 


We are introducing the economy 9 oz. Ithaca Soap. It is made with organic local sunflower, which is high in vitamin E and so good for your skin. You can get it at Greenstar on N. Fulton St, AKA Rte 13 between Buffalo and Seneca Streets,  Home Green Home on the Ithaca Commons, and at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, in booth 22, Saturdays from 9-3. You have been using this soap for almost 2 years, but not in this great size that works for all hand sizes, and not formally with the knowledge of the sunflower oil. 


We'll see you Saturday, in booth 22 at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, in-between Little Tree Orchards and Crow Weaver Jewelry, and across from Solaz Burritos. It's supposed to be 64 degrees and SUNNY!! this coming Saturday. 

As usual, if you can't make it, go virtually through our website, and get it delivered to your doorstep.


Wendy & Andy, 

03 Apr

Where do your groceries come from?

Posted by Wendy Ives

Here's a typical day in our household. 
Andy's breakfast is everything local. Cabbage and onion omelet with buckwheat pancakes.
 All of the ingredients, including milk in the pancakes and coffee, and sunflower oil to cook with is all from local farmers. Even our soap is made with the very same local sunflower oil. And the wool I knit Cheryl Thompson's (our architect) sweater with, comes from a local farmer and is spun just 50 miles away. The sweater is the natural color of the yarn. 
This is a photo of the same local yarn that I dyed with plants. You can come see that in person and fondle it at market.
Last week I made a lamb roast with carrots, potatoes, onions, celery. Everything except the salt came from a local source. Apple pie from local apples and crust made with local wheat and sunflower oil. You get the idea.
We have an amazing abundance of local resources from innovative hard working growers and producers, including us at 17CS. Right Here!! Come share in the bounty this coming Saturday, April 5th, at the Ithaca Farmers' Market on 3rd. St.
9-3pm Steamboat Landing in Ithaca, NY. 
Booth 22 on the end with the BIG TREE. 
Next to Little Tree Orchards and across from Solaz Burritos.
See you Saturday. As usual, if you can't make it, we can pack up our little piece of local wealth and mail it to you.

11 Dec

Rutabaga Curl

Posted by Wendy Ives

Every year the Ithaca Farmers' Market ends with a crazy party and a game on the last Saturday before Christmas. If you have not been, it's about time you joined us for the Annual Rutabaga Curl.

It's usually pretty cold and snowy. There's an outdoor fireplace to gather around and warm yourself with friendships of old and new, loads of laughing, which keeps you really warm, and the hubbub of being part of an internationally recognized event. You can play alone or bring your own team. Watch out for protesters for the Ethical Treatment of Rutabagas! There's the parade and torch lighting by the Rutabaga Goddesses. Last year a team flew over from Japan with a photography crew! You never know who is going to play this year. It could be you.

There are hot drinks, like the world's best hot chocolate and hot apple cider from our fabulous vendors, Rutabaga Fries, Rutabaga Soup, and the regular fair from the food vendors, from burritos, Japanese food, Cambodian food, samosas, black been burgers, pastries, fresh bread, the list goes on and on. The farmers will have, among other vegetables, lovely winter squashes, greens, apples, brussel spouts, a great selection of meats, and of course rutabagas. And it's the best time to get those last minute gifts from us, 17th Century Suds, and the rest of the craft vendors. Pottery, leather bags, knit hats, t-shirts, hand blown glass, felted hats, scarves and shawls made by ME (Wendy Ives) and in our booth (#22), jewelry of all persuasions, and a lot more.


There's even a toss for kids. All you have to do is get to the Ithaca Farmers' Market on Sat. Dec. 21st, to sign up, and check out the course. Our Holiday Market hours are from 10-2pm.

It's a great day to play a very silly game, with stiff competition, possibly WIN, and go home with great dinner fixins, 

If you haven't laughed enough this year, it's time to get down to the International Rutabaga Curl. Let the games begin!! 

23 Oct

First Post

Posted by Wendy Ives

Growing up on Long Island, in the state of NY, showing and selling my mother’s paintings on the weekends at outdoor art shows was a regular part of life. After school, I’d sit in the chair in my mother’s studio, learn the elements of design, and critique her paintings. At the end of her workday, we’d bring the painting in progress out of the studio, and move it around the house so it could be studied, while she made dinner. There were paintings everywhere. 

 When I was 9 years old, my father and I made the Jacob’s Ladder toy, out of wooden blocks and ribbon. My “1st show” along side one of my mother’s art shows, was on the street in the village of West Hampton Beach, LI. My display was an upside down cardboard box, showing my 3 ladders. I sold all 3, paid myself twenty-five cents and went across the street to the magazine store for The Archies comics. I was in business. 


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