August Community News

The heat of summer brings a lot of activity in this month's Community News. Don't forget to add the Co-op kids activities to your calendar for the month, a great way to beat the heat and keep the kids engaged this last month of summer.

For a review of some of of the co-op's products this month, check out the New on Our Shelves article, along with a few favorites in Staff Picks and the Company feature of Numi Tea.

If you can squeeze in a few more hours in the hammock, by the lake or at the pool for a last summer read, then consider joining the Good Food Book Club read of the month or one of the new Books at the Library.

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What's the Buzz

What is your favorite thing to throw on the grill?

"The Co-op used to have the best hot dogs (not frozen). They were fantastic!" Lacy Sutter, Pullman, Mom

"The Co-op used to have the best hot dogs (not frozen). They were fantastic!" Lacy Sutter, Pullman, Mom

"Veggie Kabobs." Caryl Kientz, CA Artist

"Veggie Kabobs." Caryl Kientz, CA Artist

"Chicken. We just moved here so we go to the park as a family and grill on charcoal." Dane Sultzer, Pullman, Eye Wellness at Walmart Vision Center

"Chicken. We just moved here so we go to the park as a family and grill on charcoal." Dane Sultzer, Pullman, Eye Wellness at Walmart Vision Center

"Yellow squash marinated in Braggs, cut into spears and grilled in a basket." Lorie Higgins, Moscow, University of Idaho

"Yellow squash marinated in Braggs, cut into spears and grilled in a basket." Lorie Higgins, Moscow, University of Idaho

"Buffalo steaks." Tim Kientz, Moscow, Artist

"Buffalo steaks." Tim Kientz, Moscow, Artist

"Grilled marinated chicken." Louis Wemple, Moscow, Howard Hughes Video Rental

"Grilled marinated chicken." Louis Wemple, Moscow, Howard Hughes Video Rental

Palouse Area Environmental Update

By David Hall, community member

A sustainable water supply is an important Pullman growth issue

At the Pullman Planning Commission June 28 meeting, commenters were asked what they believe are the most important growth issues Pullman is facing. Providing for a sustainable water supply was a commonly mentioned issue. (“Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Pullman residents say they want less sprawl, more green spaces, June 29, 2017.)

The second 2017 goal adopted by the Pullman City Council is to “continue to support water conservation efforts in the Palouse Region, which may include water reuse, including irrigation of City park grounds, Pullman School District grounds, and WSU green spaces and industrial applications.” (Pullman Community Update, July 2017, Adopted 2017 City Council Goals, p. 22.)

Palouse Basin aquifer report

Pullman and Washington State University pump their drinking water from the Grande Ronde aquifer. Moscow and the University of Idaho pump water from both the Grande Ronde aquifer and the shallower Wanapum aquifer. Most rural residences in the Palouse Basin get their water from shallower, recharging wells. Water levels in the Grande Ronde aquifer have been dropping about a foot a year, which is not sustainable. The Wanapum aquifer does recharge.

Pullman pumped 917 million gallons of water from the Grande Ronde aquifer in 2016. That number is lower than in 2015, but the aquifer’s level is still declining at about the same rate. Tyler Palmer, Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee technical adviser and deputy director of operations in Moscow, says that residents from around the Palouse area are using more water than the aquifers can produce.

“Water does not bleed, but it should,” Palmer says. “It’s one of those things that we take for granted” and is “probably the most critical thing we could talk about.”

(Sources: Daily Evergreen, Tracking local aquifer levels, July 5, 2017, and personal research)

 The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) studies

“PBAC’s goal is to inform the community of the water situation and to find a way to keep the aquifers at a stable level.” PBAC lately has been studying the feasibility of tapping different water sources to balance aquifer use. Watch for the results of their studies, which are expected to be released shortly.

(Sources: Daily Evergreen, Tracking local aquifer levels, July 5, 2017, and personal research)

Moscow Water Quality Report (2016):

The City of Moscow has never had a sample set fail for high lead content. In 2016, the City of Moscow Water Staff took several samples from residences constructed during the period when lead was being used and all samples were below the federal action level.

Fluoridation of our drinking water

The City of Moscow Water Department does not add fluoride to our drinking water; however, there is naturally occurring fluoride in the water and some wells have more than others. (Source: personal communication)

The City of Pullman Water Department does add fluoride to its water.

Farmers/Growers Markets (weekly)

The Moscow Food Co-op was instrumental in starting the Moscow Farmers Market and the Moscow Growers Market (which until recently was held seasonally in the Moscow Food Co-op parking lot).

  • Moscow Growers Market: Tuesdays 4 to 6:30 p.m. through September. 1104 Pullman Road (Tri-State Outfitters Parking Lot) (Palouse Grow Market:
  • Pullman Farmers Market: Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 240 NE Kamiaken (Spot Shop parking lot)
  • Moscow Farmers Market: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Main Street (Sixth to Third Streets and Friendship Square). Food, craft, vendors, live music. (City of Moscow)

A little further afield:

  • Clarkston Farmers Market: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. 900 Fifth Street (Twin River National Bank parking lot)
  • Grangeville Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Main Street (Pioneer Park)
  • Orofino Farmers Market: Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 101 Michigan Avenue (Orofino City Park)
  • The One Sky One Earth Farmer’s Market: Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. through September. Highway 95 next to Gateway Café.


  • Friends of the Clearwater Annual Hot Summer Days Community Barbecue: Friday August 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, East City Park picnic shelter. “Meat and vegetarian burgers provided, bring a side dish.” (FOC newsletter)
  • Third Annual Free the Snake flotilla: Saturday September 9, Chief Timothy Park, Clarkston, Washington. Bring kayaks, canoes, rafts, SUPs (stand-up paddleboards), motorboats, and other watercraft. Food, live music, and guest speakers. Camping available Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsored by Friends of the Clearwater, Save Our Wild Salmon, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Idaho Rivers United, Earthjustice, Patagonia, and others. Check out (FOC newsletter)
  • Twelfth annual Palouse Basin Watershed Summit, Early October. will be updated as details settle.


David Hall is a board member of Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, Palouse Prairie Foundation, and Palouse Water Conservation Network.

Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp Reflection

By Jamie Marks, Appearances Marketing

Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp was created to help local aspiring entrepreneurs set themselves up for their greatest chance at success. Our team is still in awe of the incredible support that our staff and campers received from the community for the fourth annual BTE Bootcamp in June, both at our two public events and throughout the duration of camp.

BTE Bootcamp would not be possible without the support of our community in the form of speakers and mentors sharing wisdom, attending public events, and networking with our campers throughout camp.

Sean and Sarah Quallen attended BTE Bootcamp this year to help their new business concept, The Round Table: A Board Game Café, a gathering space for friends and family to enjoy each other’s company without screens, get off the ground. “The BTE Bootcamp provided our company countless opportunities and network potentials,” said the pair. “We feel substantially more ready than we did a week ago.”

This year, the BTE Bootcamp roster was filled with campers across a wide rage of ages and fields. Our campers arrived at various stages in their business, from searching for an idea to preparing to launch their products.

Adam Jones and Eun Leem came to BTE Bootcamp with their concept for Inbound Hiro, a custom website extension to help businesses better market to their customers. “We enjoyed every moment! Meeting other business people who were getting started, successful, and building. We grew so much and feel ready to succeed with our product,” they said. In fact, the team garnered interest and attention from several businesses in the community during the camp.

Our teams at BTE Bootcamp and Palouse Knowledge Corridor look forward to the success of our new alumni, and thank them for their hard work and dedication throughout this intensive five-day course.

You can read more about this year’s Be The Entreprenur Bootcamp on our website, Here you will find features monthly about what our campers are up to now, exciting business news in the area, and more.

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor™ is an organization whose mission is to match innovation with opportunity, promote assets of the Palouse and foster collaborative efforts with universities, private sector, economic development agencies and government.

Moscow Community Update

By David Hall, community member

The terms for Moscow’s mayor and four Moscow City Council members are about to expire. The filing period for candidacy is August 28 through September 8. The election will be held November 7. Requisite forms and other details may be found at

As former Mayor Nancy Chaney put it (Moscow-Pullman Daily News, July 14, 2017, Her View: Job openings: Qualified individuals please apply), “Citizens of Moscow seek a few open-minded, hard-working individuals to put the public back in public service. Several openings available, including three four-year terms and one two-year term on the City Council, and one four-year term for mayor. Are you up to the challenge?”

The requirements, in her view: “Must be age 18 or older, a United States citizen, and a resident of Moscow for at least 30 days. Honesty, critical thinking skills and solid work ethic essential. Eligibility not dependent on party affiliation, academic credentials, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion (or lack thereof), disability, socio-economic status, or coffee klatch connections. Commitment to fair and open public process paramount. Devotion to community vital. Must have world-view broader than the distance between one's ears, and longer than the duration of one's term in office.”

The Five Spot: Knitting up the Raveled Sleeve

Sleep is underrated. In our overly Yang culture (i.e., characterized by the active male principle, according to Chinese philosophy), many of us live lives crammed with activity, all year round. And our activity level seems only to increase in the summer months, with the long days and warm temperatures. It’s true that we need a bit less sleep in summer than in winter, but regardless of the season, sleep is as necessary to our existence as air or water. Regular periods of rest–Yin (i.e., associated with the more earthy female principle) compared to the active Yang–balance out our existence, just as cool balances heat, dark balances light, and water balances fire. 

1. Sleep cycles/seasonal changes: No rhythm is as universal as that of night and day. Up here at northern latitudes, we experience wider variation in daytime length and temperature, but even at the equator, dawn eternally goes down to day and then to night, over and over. We humans are not separate from the natural world, and for best health, we should attune ourselves to the earth’s rhythms. 

2. Sleep herbs: Sometimes we need a little help settling down at night. After a fun-filled day of hiking, gardening, rafting, or work, it can be hard to calm ourselves when the sun is still high in the sky at 8 p.m. The flowers are here to help us: try a simple cup of chamomile tea. You’ll find dried chamomile flowers in the spices section of the Co-op’s bulk foods aisles. And for you gardeners, try growing your own. Simply harvest the flowers, set them out to dry, and then scoop them into a jar to keep them fresh to brew as needed. 

3. Sleep places: Want a little change from the house? Try a backyard campout. My son spent a week this summer at Paradise Ridge Challenge Course; there he learned much about life out of doors, including how to make a lean-to out of branches and a tarp. For camps fancy or simple, you’ll find all kinds of equipment for making a cozy bed al fresco at Hyperspud or TriState.

4. Sleep essential oils: Lavender is lovely. Add a few drops to your bath and have a soak before bed, or add some to a sachet to put on your pillow. You can find lavender locally grown at Flúirse Feirm in Pullman, or at the Enchanted Paths Lavender farm in Palouse.

5. Other sleep aids: Make a ritual of quieting down at the end of the day: turn off your electronics after dinner. Close the drapes on your bedroom windows. Listen to quiet music. Some people find meditation or gentle stretching relaxing for mind and body. 

The best part of a good night’s sleep for me is waking in the morning feeling rested and re-energized. When the yin has fed the yang, we return to balance and we wake ready to explore another glorious summer day on the Palouse. 

Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Erin Hubbard, who has been working at the Co-op as a Cashier for two years. For her pick this month Erin chose the Bugs Off Body Spray made locally by Orchard Farm Soap. Erin chose this product because she feels that it truly is a myth that bug spray must contain chemicals to be effective, and she wanted to pass along that this is a product she has had success with. She finds the smell very pleasant and likes that there is nothing in it that would irritate the skin of most people (although everyone should test a small amount on their own skin before going nuts with the application).

Orchard Farm Soap is a local Moscow company that was started by Kate Jaeckel back in 2002. She began selling soap at the Moscow Farmers Market in 2003, as an addition to the fresh produce she was already selling there. The soap was a big hit and led her to expand her operation by building a studio in 2009 to help fulfill the many orders she was receiving, and also to substantially expand her product line ( In addition to soap, Kate now also produces shaving soaps, beard oils, botanical salves, lip balm, perfumes, bug spray, and aromatic diffusers. This is still a small family operation though, with many of the botanicals used in these quality products grown on site. Their unique labels are inspired by their rustic lifestyle and show their love of “old farm houses, barns, old tools, and forgotten relics of the past” (

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Cheyne Mayer, who has been working at the Co-op for the past year, originally as a Baker and as a Cashier for the past two months. Cheyne recommended the raw milk from Little Bear Dairy for his pick this month, and proceeded to give it a rave review. Cheyne says he has found that Little Bear’s milk consistently has an excellent cream top and a very satisfying taste. He likes to just drink it, but also says that it can be used to make really delicious and hearty pancakes (and he has some baker cred to back up this claim). Cheyne says he is truly grateful for the small herd exemption that allows him to purchase raw milk from them, and he loves supporting a local family-owned and operated business.

Little Bear Dairy is run by Amy and Tim Wincentsen and based out of Troy. Little Bear got its start informally about 12 years ago when the Wincentsens got a cow and started trading milk through a herd-share program. They became an official company in 2010 when Idaho was one of a small handful of states that created a small herd exemption. This exemption allows a small operation to register up to three cows in the program and to sell their milk for human consumption as long as the milk is cooled appropriately and subjected to monthly testing.

When I called Amy to ask her for some details about her farm, she said that her grandparents had run a dairy out of the Troy area years ago, and she joked that the dairy business was in her blood. In all seriousness, however, Little Bear Dairy is a family operation that Amy, Tim, and their six children actively participate in. They currently own six cows that are rotated in and out of production, and they do all of their milking by hand. Amy tells me that their cows produce about 12 gallons of milk per day, and Little Bear sells the milk to the Co—op as well as cheese and yogurt made from the milk. Amy said her family consumes about eight gallons of milk a week, not counting the milk they consume in the form of cheese, yogurt, kefir, and butter.

New at the Library

One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time by Jessica Murnane

Jessica Murnane knows what it's like to have less than healthy eating habits. Just a few short years ago, her diet consisted of three major food groups: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and whatever Lean Cuisine had the most cheese. But when her endometriosis—a chronic and painful condition—left her depressed and desperate for help, she took the advice of a friend and radically overhauled her diet. Within months, her life dramatically changed—her pain started to fade and she felt like herself again.

With a unique style and playful tone, Murnane shares what she's learned on her way to healing her body through food. She keeps it simple and, most importantly, delicious, with 100 allergy-friendly recipes like Creamy Mushroom Lasagna, Easy Vegetable Curry Bowls, Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies. -From the Publisher

Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles * Raise Animals * Live Off the Grid * DIY by Editors of Cool Springs Press

 For those interested in a self-sufficient lifestyle, this collection has something for everyone. The projects range from a simple garden trellis to more complex structures such as a greenhouse and chicken coop. Each project is well organized, with an exploded view image, cutting list, materials, and tools needed. Step-by-step illustrations do an excellent job of guiding users through the construction process. However, many of these projects have been lifted from the publisher's other books: The Complete Outdoor Builder (2016) and The Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects (2011), which contributes to a lack of flow and cohesion throughout. -Library Journal

The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse by Lindsey Schiller and Marc Plinke

The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter, covering principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger. -From the Publisher

Company Profile: Numi Tea 

Numi Tea was founded by a brother and sister duo, Ahmed and Reem Rahim, in 1999. Ahmed travels to the tea growing regions of China, India, Africa, and South America to find the best quality tea leaves. Reem, an artist, handles the design and branding for the company. Raised in the Middle East, Ahmed and Reem decided to name their company after a favorite childhood drink, Chai Noomi Basra, which is made from infusing water with dried limes and then sweetened.

There are three grades of tea, with whole leaf being the highest quality and the type of tea that Numi uses. Whole leaf teas take the longest to brew and are able to release their full flavors before bitter tannins are released. Second in quality is broken leaf, and the lowest grade is fannings, which releases unpleasant tasting tannins the quickest. Numi does not use any added flavorings like many other tea companies do. They only use tea leaves, herbs, fruits, flowers and spices in the creation of their teas. 

Numi tea bags are made from natural compostable paper. Some other companies that use whole leaf tea use a see-through, mesh material made from GMO (genetically modified) corn, or petroleum-based plastic. 

With a commitment to doing good in the world, Ahmed and Reem created the Numi Foundation to provide access to clean, safe drinking water to their farming communities around the world. But they don’t overlook their own backyard; they provide experiential gardening, arts and social studies curriculum to low-income elementary schools in Oakland, California. In addition, Numi, along with 13 other Bay Area natural food companies, formed a nonprofit Climate Collaborative with the mission to increase their companies’ sustainability and reduce their carbon emissions.

The Co-op carries ten types of Numi packaged tea. You may want to try their Global Tea Championship First Place winner, Three Roots Turmeric tea, which blends Turmeric, Ginger, Licorice, and Rose. The Co-op also carries five types of ready to drink bottled tea, which I’m sure you’ll find quite refreshing on these hot August days. The bottled teas are part of the affordable Co-op Basics program and sell for two for $4.

Numi Tea Company Snapshot

  • Founded in 1999
  • Headquartered in Oakland, California
  • Certified Organic
  • Non GMO
  • Fair Trade Certified

Numi Tea Vision Statement: “Our vision is to inspire well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. Through authenticity, creativity, and commitment to people and planet, we bring you the purest best tasting organic tea.”

Amy Newsome, a tea drinker for decades, learned something new in writing this article: Orange Pekoe tea has nothing to do with oranges. Netherland’s Royal House of Orange (a French last name) introduced tea to Europe in the 18th century. 

Dime in Time

Life Happens On a Stage!

By Vicki Leeper, Disability Action Center Marketing Specialist

Disability Action Center NW is a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy center that has been in operation since 1990. They work for changes at the community, state, and national levels to remove physical, communication, and attitude barriers for people with disabilities. DAC NW has offices in Moscow, Lewiston, and Coeur d’Alene. They offer a variety of services, including peer-to-peer independent living support, medical equipment exchange, help with self-advocacy, and access to assistive technology.

This fall DAC NW is partnering with the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre on a fundraising collaboration called “Life Happens on a Stage,” raising funds to purchase a sturdy, portable chair lift system for use to access the Kenworthy stage. All of the funds raised from A Dime in Time will be used toward the purchase of the stage lift for the Kenworthy Theatre. Since the Kenworthy is a non-profit, they do not receive any tax incentives for becoming ADA accessible (complying with the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act). But they have been working hard to make their community theatre as accessible as possible. To commend them on this effort, DAC NW decided to join forces and raise funds together for this worthwhile accessible technology for the community.

This accessible stage lift can be made available for other events in the community like Artwalk or Rendevous in the Park to make sure these events meet ADA requirements for accessibility.

The fundraising campaign will run through March and end with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 27, World Theater Day. As part of the campaign, DAC NW and the Kenworthy will feature Reel Movie Mondays, a free movie screening held the first Monday of the month October through March. It will kick off with a Zombie Fest on October 2, featuring a screening of the fun zombie film, Fido. Films about accessibility and the importance of inclusion will be shown each month.

DAC NW has an extremely diverse board of directors and staff that are eager to form this partnership with the community. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our everyday lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. Life happens on a stage, and everyone should be able to be a part of it!

New On Our Shelves

Suja Probiotic Water and Drinking Vinegar

Suja’s mission is to get the best quality organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) juice into as many hands as possible. They have recently expanded their offerings with probiotic water and drinking vinegar. The first-ever enhanced water made with organic fruits, vegetables, and vegan probiotics, their water offers a subtle sweetness with no additives of any kind. Their drinking vinegars are blends of organic apple cider or coconut vinegar with the mother (strands of proteins, friendly bacteria, and enzymes) still intact, plus four billion live probiotics in every bottle. Find these in the drink cooler.

Good Culture Cottage Cheese

Good Culture believes that “if you eat good things, and surround yourself with good, you’ll feel good.” Their cottage cheese is made from the organic milk of grass-fed cows that roam freely on sustainable family farms. It is a delicious source of protein, contains live and active cultures, is free from additives (stabilizers, thickeners or artificial preservatives), and comes in unique sweet and savory varieties. Try three amazing flavors: classic, Kalamata olive, and pineapple in single-serve eight-ounce cartons.

Bitsy’s Brainfood Cereal and Cookies

Bitsy’s is on a mission to make nutritious food for kids, with the simple belief that “healthy bodies and healthy minds are connected and learning to eat smart should be fun!” All their products are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility. Three flavors of cookies – Orange Chocolate Beet, Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin, and Zucchini Gingerbread Carrot – are excellent sources of vitamins, calcium, and iron; organic; non-GMO; and kosher. Their gluten-free cereals–Berry Blast and Fruity Number Crunch–are also good sources of vitamins; organic; non-GMO; vegan; and kosher. Try these and “get kids excited to choose healthy!”

Hummingbird Wholesale Roy’s Calais Heirloom Polenta

Hummingbird Wholesale is a family-owned organic food distributor that incorporates humanity into the business relationship. They choose their products carefully, considering the sustainability of farming practices, ingredients, and nutritional value. Roy’s Calais is a yellow and burgundy heirloom flint corn variety grown by a farm in Idaho and milled into polenta in Eugene, Oregon. Roy’s Calais was originally cultivated by the western Abenaki (Sokoki) tribe in Vermont. With a “rich, buttery flavor, polenta can also be used interchangeably with grits, and is an excellent base for hearty meat and vegetable dishes,” as well as a nutritious breakfast cereal. Find this unique product in the Co-op’s Bulk Department.

Dang’s Sticky Rice Chips

Dang is a certified B Corp, meaning it meets “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance alongside profit goals.” Their mission is “to delight by reinventing whole foods into ‘dang-worthy’ snacks.” To make their new Sticky Rice Chips, they “steam organic Thai sticky rice, soak it in watermelon juice and crisp it up.” The chips are non-GMO; gluten-, dairy- and soy-free; vegan; and have no preservatives. “With at least 30% less fat than regular potato chips, these crunchy bites will be your new snack go-to.”

NatureZway Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

NatureZway produces cleaning products from renewable and sustainable materials, chiefly bamboo. Why bamboo? Bamboo is in the grass family so it is fast growing (it matures in three years); takes up less space and uses less water than trees; does not need pesticides to grow; reduces soil erosion; and captures more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than trees do. NatureZway’s perforated towels are safe on all surfaces and “more durable and absorbent than traditional paper towels”; they can be rinsed and re-used. The super strong and super absorbent cellulose sponges are also durable and ideal for cleaning any surface in your home. The cleaning cloth is soft and non-scratching. NatureZway also makes compostable bags and toilet paper. Find these in the Co-op’s non-foods section.

August Good Food Book Club: 50 Acres and a Poodle

Rarely has a city girl transformed herself into a country goddess with such humor. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Oh boy, another treat. As the next book in our series exploring food resilience, we have 50 Acres and a Poodle on tap for August. Written by journalist and freshly-minted farmer Jeanne Marie Laskas, 50 Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock and Finding Myself on a Farm, asks “What does it mean to have a farm dream?” 

In her late thirties, Laskas is a city girl with an office. She rides her bike there each morning, pens articles by day, and gardens at home in her off hours. But always, she’d nurtured a dream of a farm. As she says, it was a “song I couldn’t get out of my head.” Then, one day along with her boyfriend and his –you guessed it—poodle, she sees the dream materialize before her eyes: the farm—for sale—she’s dreamed of. And she has to ask herself: Do I leap? Do I take the chance? What happens next? What about boyfriend and poodle?

This book is the wonderful, hilarious, pensive, and surprising answer to those questions. Along the way she finds out that this “answering the dream” is about much more than just a farm, it’s about the very soul of her life… and about loving herself enough to follow that quest. Her skill and talent as a writer shine through, along with a journalist’s eye for reporting and a writer’s special insight for the nuance of a story that is bigger than it seems.

In our case, this is a book sure to inspire a deeper look at what crafting food resilience, and love resilience, are all about, and what they have in common. Laskas was a popular columnist for The Washington Post Magazine with her column “Significant Others,” and her new book, Concussion, has just been released as a major motion picture. A masterful storyteller, she’s sure to bring us along on a delightful good food journey. Beloved author Annie Dillard says of this memoir: “A wonderful writer, smart as they come, and a real joy to read.”

Please join us to discuss 50 Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock and Finding Myself on a Farm, by Jeanne Marie Laskas (Bantam, reprint edition, 2002) on Sunday, August 27 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the Co-op Café. (Please note time change, due to a conflict.) Remember to email to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. 50 Acres and a Poodle is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the outreach section of the Co-op website, at

Please note upcoming books as follows:

  • September: The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself by Rochelle Bilow
  • October: Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by Lisa Palmer
  • November: Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen
  • December: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (a novel from the author of The Room)

Staff Profile: Anna Breed

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“Baking is my element. I’m not good at a lot of things, but I can naturally flow in the kitchen while baking—the timing, ingredients—it makes sense.” In 2014, Anna Breed started in the Moscow Co-op Bakery as an entry-level Baker and, since February of this year, has been the Bakery Manager. “I love the atmosphere at the Co-op. There’s freedom to be creative, to be who you are. It’s open and accepting, very community oriented. I grew up in Moscow and have always appreciated how the Co-op supports and involves the community,” she says.

Anna was born at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. Her mom, dad, and older sister work at Gritman. Anna’s intention is to go to nursing school, possibly following in her mom’s footsteps as a labor and delivery nurse, or possibly as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She grew up with childbirth magazines lying around the house and thought that was completely normal. It still feels normal, like a solid future potential career path.

Anna is a self-admitted foodie who doesn’t like to be pressed for her favorite foods because it’s just too difficult to choose. Despite her confession, I pressed. My curiosity can’t be denied, especially when talking to a fellow foodie—they just have the best recommendations! Anna graciously humored me, saying that her current favorite Co-op food is the caramel rolls—good and good-looking. In fact, they are her own creation! Anna held an apprentice-like role at Wheatberries Bakery prior to coming to the Co-op bakery, so, with her vast experience with baked goods, I took her very seriously, leaving the Co-op with a caramel roll, immensely satisfied with my decision.

Anna says that her hands are too small for guitar, so she plays the ukulele instead. She’s self-taught and has been playing for about eight years. The instrument’s four strings are manageable. She also loves hanging out with her sisters, beating her family members at cards, and relaxing on her new couch. While she calls herself “a professional couch sitter,” she and her sister are embarking on a nine-day Caribbean cruise this fall. Always nice to have a fun adventure to look forward to when Moscow turns cold!

And although I’m sure her cruise will be filled with discovery and relaxation, Anna’s favorite place to be is the Oregon Coast. She and her family vacationed on the coast a lot when she was growing up, specifically in the Tillamook, Lincoln, Newport area. Not sure if visits to Tillamook played a role in this, but one thing she can’t resist is cheese, sharp and aged.

  • Favorite Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (She judges her favorite books on which ones keep her up the latest; she finished Life of Pi in an evening.)
  • Favorite TV Series: M*A*S*H, the 1972-1983 classic, and Golden Girls.
  • Secret (Not Any More) Talent: When she was younger, she could crack an egg between her shoulder blades. (Handy talent for a baker.)
  • Refrigerator Staple: “There are always pickles in my fridge.”
  • One thing she couldn’t live without: Her partner.
  • Three Traits that Define Anna: 1. Hilarious 2. Empathetic 3. Ambiguous
  • Advice she would give her 13-year-old self: “It’s okay to be yourself.”
  • What animal would you be and why? An octopus. She has an octopus tattoo and knows octopus facts: for example, that octopuses (technically the correct term, rather than “octopi”) have eight arms (more accurate than “tentacles”), two of which are technically legs—and, being boneless, they can fit into and out of extremely tight spaces.) Why would she be an octopus? They are good with blending into their surroundings.

August Co-op Kids

This month we are celebrating summer with simple, engaging projects for all ages. We will create natural, recycled crafts and learn to make sorbet by hand. At the end of the month, we will focus on snack packing to help you get back into the school year routine. 

  • Aug  1 Making Sorbet
  • Aug  8 Leaf Art (feel free to bring a few pretty leaves from your neighborhood)
  • Aug 15 Cork People
  • Aug 22 Friendship Square *Meet at 9 am to play, and we will bring the coffee!
  • Aug 29 Snack Packing

At Co-op Kids, we facilitate simple, earth-friendly activities for young children and their families. Our activities are designed for children ages three to five (though all ages are welcome to attend). Co-op Kids meets weekly each Tuesday morning from 9 - 10 a.m. in the Co-op Cafe unless otherwise noted.

Rebekka Boysen-Taylor is a teacher, writer, and mama here in Moscow.

July Community News

Summer is finally, officially, here and July is ushering in the heat!  Our fabulous Community News contributors have put together a great collections of articles this month.  Don't miss this month's business partner feature about Little Green Guest House and the featured products from our Staff picks section, its always fun to know what the staff is enjoying!

The Five Spot features ways to take care of your pup in the heat (and have some fun together too) and for a tasty summer treat check out the Vegan Truffle recipe in Burning Down the House. If you have ever been curious what the Co-Op Board does on their bi-annual retreat, then you are in luck this month with the Board Report! 

If you need a good summer read, consider joining the Good Food Book Club for their monthly selection and don't forget to mark you calendars for the Co-Op Kid activities in July!

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Be sure to check out our online Community Calendar for events and programs at the store and in the broader community. Hard copies of the newsletter are available at the bulletin board in the front of the store. 

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What's the Buzz?

What is your favorite summer berry?

"Blueberry." Beata Vixie, Pullman, WSU Food Science Researcher

"Blueberry." Beata Vixie, Pullman, WSU Food Science Researcher

"Blueberry." Levi Vixie, Moscow, Server/Bartender at Sangria Grille and Mailina

"Blueberry." Levi Vixie, Moscow, Server/Bartender at Sangria Grille and Mailina

"Blueberries." Ivy Petersen, Pullman, Teacher at Montessori School

"Blueberries." Ivy Petersen, Pullman, Teacher at Montessori School

"Raspberry." Lucas Petersen, Pullman, Homeland Security at Pullman/Moscow Airport

"Raspberry." Lucas Petersen, Pullman, Homeland Security at Pullman/Moscow Airport

"Strawberries for the whole family." Elsje, Marle, and Edwin Zornes, Moscow, Homemaker

"Strawberries for the whole family." Elsje, Marle, and Edwin Zornes, Moscow, Homemaker

"Strawberries." Robin Biffle, Moscow, Priest on sabbatical at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

"Strawberries." Robin Biffle, Moscow, Priest on sabbatical at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Palouse Music Festival

The Palouse Arts Council presents the Palouse Music Festival on July 29 at Hayton-Greene Park in Palouse, WA.  Music from 11 am to 8 pm.  Craft and food vendors.  Beer Garden sponsored by Palouse Community Center.  Adults: $10, kids 6-16: $5, under 6: free.


  • 11:00 Arman Bohn (Contemporary Experimental)
  • 12:15 The Cherry Sisters Revival (Ukuleles and Vocals)
  • 1:30   Robin and John Elwood (Folk)              
  • 3:00   Shiloh and the Young Guns (Country)              
  • 4:15   Purple Teeth (Eclectic Acoustic) 
  • 5:30   Honeyboy and Boots (Americana)                                  
  • 7:00    Heather and the Soul Motions (Rhythm & Blues)

Palouse Environmental Update

By David Hall, Community Member

Friends of the Clearwater ( has several action alerts:

Oppose efforts to amend the Wilderness Act – H.R. 1349

Protect the integrity of the Antiquities Act

Support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act – H.R. 2135, S. 936

Support the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 – H.R. 1817

Oppose the Guides and Outfitters Act – H.R. 289

Oppose the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act – H.R. 622


Palouse Group of the Sierra Club (

Upcoming Events

  • July 21-23. Friends of the Clearwater Outing to the North Fork of the Clearwater
  • September 23. Trip to Wanaha-Tucannon Wilderness

Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (           

In mid-May, the Idaho Transportation Department applied for its permit through the Army Corps of Engineers for impacting waters of the U.S. The Corps will review the application and determine whether it is acceptable, and, if so, determine the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative. It will be very interesting to see what action the Army Corps of Engineers takes!

Palouse Land Trust (

The Palouse Land Trust recently acquired a piece of land on Paradise Ridge with some great Palouse Prairie habitat. At present it is not open to the public, but they did dedicate it as the Dave Skinner Ecological Preserve.

Palouse Region Chapter – Citizens' Climate Lobby (

CCL Chapter for Whitman and Latah counties, Eastern Washington State and North Idaho. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.Odd months at the Senior Center of the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street , Moscow. Even months at Umpqua Bank Meeting Room, 225 N. Grand, Pullman

Next meeting     July 20, 5:30-7pm, 1912 Center Senior Center, 412 East Third St. Moscow

The purposes of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) are to:

1. create the political will for a stable climate and

2. empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.

The purpose of the Palouse Region Chapter of CCL, also known as CCL-Palouse, is to work to pass effective climate/energy legislation through Congress

Inland FoodWise Newsletter (

This is a new endeavor, with some local authors.  Check it out! And take a look at their mascot, an owl made of a cantaloupe and other veggies!

June 1, 2017

  • Chasing Toxic Herbicides Out of Washington State – Chrys Ostrander
  • Eastern Washington Farm Receives Grant from West-side Foundation for Solar-powered Drip Irrigation System – Thom Foote
  • Getting Flame Retardants Out of the Food Supply – Erika Schreder
  • Rural Roots: Healthy Farms, Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities – Karen Chojnacki
  • The Inland Northwest Food Network Celebrates our Region's Food System – Teri McKenzie
  • The Permaculture Conservation Trust – Deborah Berman, Suvia Judd
  • The Soil Food Web: Life Beneath Our Feet – Jefferson Edward
  • What’s Wrong with Organic – Chrys Ostrander
  • Wild Foods of Spring: Nettles and Morels served up with some musings! – Carol McFarland

Board News: Spring Board Retreat Recap

by Laurene Sorensen, Co-op Board President

Your Co-op Board goes on retreat twice a year, usually for an entire weekend. Sometimes we bring our pajamas and stay at a B and B or conference facility. Other times, we stay close to home, meeting at a member’s house or a local public space. Usually, we bring in a facilitator from CBLD, a business consulting group that works primarily with consumer co-ops. The facilitator asks us to put together an agenda for the weekend’s work. In planning a retreat, we define an ambitious but doable task that will provide forward momentum for not only the Board, but also the whole Co-op. In spring 2016, for example, our agenda was to critique, refine, and approve drafts of proposed bylaws and policies.

We had the intention to hold another facilitated, out-of-town retreat and work on growth-related topics. But a board is like a river: “it” flows through the same place (our Co-op), but “it” is never the same water, because we have annual elections. This year we went from a seven-person to a nine-person board, including four new directors. After some of us attended or assisted with Board orientation, we realized that two hours was not long enough to answer everyone’s questions on key subjects such as policy governance, the competitive landscape, and Co-op history at the local and global levels. So we created a retreat agenda that expanded on all of these topics.  

We also needed to find an optimal weekend for eleven adults to get together (nine directors plus the GM and Willow, our board administrative assistant). Herd cats much? Easter, WSU spring break, Mother’s Day, graduation, business trips and family obligations pushed us to compromise: instead of a weekend, we met on a Friday evening and part of a Saturday. Friday night was a teambuilding/social evening at my house. Carol McFarlane and Idgi Potter brought their babies Harper and Wade, and they assisted Colette dePhelps in presenting a leadership styles exercise. The night’s shining accomplishment? Harper took her first steps! We had home-cooked tacos, wine and beer, and lots of conversation.

Saturday we moved to the Center (the Co-op’s future campus location). Melinda and Colette were the main facilitators of the day’s activities. In the morning we lounged around on sofas watching movies, talking, and eating. Our goal was to enhance the orientation process for our new members; the movies were recorded interviews with managers of other co-ops who spoke about market trends in the co-op world, the competitive landscape, and other big-picture topics.

Only then did we move into future-based thinking. We revisited (or visited, for the new members) the concept of an expansion timeline through an interactive exercise. As a Board, we have much more information about the process than we had a year ago, and the new directors had valuable insights.

Art at the Co-op

As Artwalk continues, I hope you have been enjoying the art of Jasan Lagrimanta and Dale Young's amazing sculpture. The sculpture will continue to be recognized through September (Look for it just outside the west entrance of the Co-op) while on Friday, July 28 the art wall will be celebrating our local artist Joe Brunelli.

Joe Brunelli describes how, as a child, he was always artistic. He went to the University of Wyoming to study for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. However, having attained this degree, he changed paths to study genetics. He viewed genetics as “the living mirror image of my efforts to paint the perception of unity, but that the genetic portrait portrayed the unity and creativity of life more clearly.” He eventually earned a Ph.D. in genetics and cell biology at Washington State University and went on to work as a research scientist for a few decades.  He is now retired from his work as a geneticist but, as he says, “not as a creative human being.” He enjoys creating art “because of the process of attempting to render a concept into a palpable vision.”

I feel sure you will enjoy seeing his art. Meet the artist on Friday, July 28 between 5 pm and 6:30 pm. The show will continue through Wednesday, September 6.