Community News



From gardens, to food, to festivals, the bloom is underway. 

The Moscow Renaissance Fair Poster Unveiling kicks off the Spring celebrations on April 7th at BookPeople of Moscow. Full festivities, including the Maypole Ceremony follow the first weekend of May. 

The City of Moscow prepares for spring by offering FREE water conservation devices. Look to our Palouse Environmental Update to find out more or stop by the City of Moscow location at 201 North Main Street. 

Come join the Board and General Manager as we throw a fête for all our Moscow Food Co-op owners to reflect back on the year's accomplishments and come together in solidarity! Check the Board News for more details.

As always, the Staff PicksStaff Profile, What's The Buzz, and Community Submissions provide insight into the amazing people in our community. Enjoy their stories and wisdom!

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What's The Buzz

"What spring activity on the Palouse are you excited about?" 


"Hiking Kamiak Butte."

Angela Schauer, Moscow, Musician


"I love hiking at Palouse Falls and the Cedar Grove on Moscow Mountain. I also love the Farmer's Market."

Grace Bailey, Moscow, Recent Moscow High School Graduate


"Riding my horse Brutus out in the fields."

Jenifer Rossini, Deary, Administrator for City of Moscow


"Looking forward to hiking and good weather for renovating the St. Elmo Hotel in Palouse."

Justin Brown, Palouse, Hotel Owner


"Foraging for morels and the Farmer's Market."  

Paulette House, Troy, Director of Student Affairs, University of Idaho College of Engineering



Amanda Stahl, Pullman, Washington State University Grad Student

Board News

By Ashley Hamlin, Moscow Food Co-op Board of Directors

Join Us for the Annual Meeting on Friday, April 20

Considering the amazing grand opening and success of our new Co-op on Campus, as well as the exciting center-store remodel which will bring greater beauty and functionality to the main store, celebration is in order! Come join the Board and General Manager as we throw a fête for all our owners to reflect back on the year's accomplishments and come together in solidarity for our Co-op! 

We’ll have music and food and, of course, Board members eager to converse with you and discuss whatever questions or concerns you have about how our Co-op is doing. We look forward to the Annual Meeting each year as a way to celebrate you, our owners, who make our Co-op one of Moscow's most cherished institutions. 

We’re taking a lighter tone this year to create a more celebratory atmosphere, while still reflecting on our cooperative principles and the significant advances the Co-op has made this year. 

So, we warmly welcome you to join us for this celebratory event which will take place at the Gladish Community Center at 115 N.W. State Street in Pullman, on April 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Claim your democratic member control by joining us at our annual celebration of your Moscow Food Co-op. Spread the word! 

Jump into Spring at the 14th Annual Pullman Stream Clean-Up

By Jodi Prout, Education and Outreach Specialist

Calling all community residents! Join City of Pullman Stormwater Services and the Palouse Conservation District (PCD) in celebrating Earth Day at the 14th Annual Pullman Stream Clean-Up on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m

Enjoy a day walking along Pullman streams with your neighbors, removing litter and recyclables from local waterways, in an effort to keep Pullman green and clean. Volunteers should check in at Spring Street Park, next to the skate park, to get their stream assignment and enjoy some refreshments. 

This event will take place rain or shine so dress appropriately. Closed-toed shoes, sun protection, rain gear, and drinking water are recommended. Be sure to join us afterwards for refreshments and lunch provided by community sponsors. Last year, more than 400 participants cleared 10 cubic yards of trash and recyclables from Missouri Flat Creek, Paradise Creek, and the South Fork of the Palouse River. Please pre-register at

Moscow Renaissance Fair and Poster Unveiling

By Arlene Falcon, Moscow Renaissance Fair Public Relations

Our annual rite of spring, the Moscow Renaissance Fair, is around the corner! The fair is on the first weekend of May, May 5 and 6.

But first comes the unveiling of the poster to herald the announcement of our fair!

Please join us on Saturday, April 7th, at BookPeople of Moscow at 3 p.m. for this year’s unveiling ceremony. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the artist and get signed copies of the new poster. Plus, as always, there will be a display of all or most of the Ren Fair posters from the last 45 years.

Please see the music schedule for the weekend below, and visit our website,, for any updates. Highlights include Finn Riggins, formerly from Moscow, on Saturday night; soul-seeking Reggae greats from Eugene, Sol Seed, and the high energy power band from Boulder ColoradoCoral Creek. There are many local musicians also so be sure to check out the schedule.... and come to the poster unveiling on April 7th at BookPeople.

See you there!


45th Annual Moscow Renaissance Fair
Peter Basoa Memorial Stage

Saturday May 5, 2018

10:00 Welcome Ceremony with the King and Queen 

10:20 A Mighty Band of Microbes -- Garage folk music. Embrace the awkward! -- Boise, ID 

11:15 Moscow Mules -- An eclectic, hard-driving mix of bluegrass and acoustic music -- Moscow, ID

12:30 Henry C and the Willards -- Rock and blues -- Moscow, ID

1:30 Maypole Dance -- with Sam & Friends -- by the Volleyball Court

2:00 Costume Contest on the Peter Basoa Memorial Stage

2:30 Renaissance Fair Parade -- A joyous trip through space, time, and East City Park

3:00 Meshugga Daddies -- Lively klezmer music from Greece and eastern Europe -- Spokane, WA

5: 00 Sol Seed -- Reggae fusion -- Eugene, OR 

7:00 Finn Riggins -- Bridging the gap between barn parties and urban music scenes -- Boise, ID 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

10:00 Emily and the Poor Excuses -- Eclectic, impelling, Americana music -- Moscow, ID

11:00 Dan Maher -- The very best of general folk -- Moscow, ID

12:00 Gordon Neal Herman -- Pastoral to fiery original piano and keyboard music -- Portland, OR 

1:00 Will Fontaine and the Vital Signs -- Folk, funk, and rock music -- Moscow, ID 

2:00 Maypole Dance -- with Sam & Friends -- by the Volleyball Court

2:30 Phoenix Blues Band -- Blues with some bite -- Moscow, ID

4:00 Coral Creek -- High-energy country, bluegrass, and blues -- Boulder, CO


Rendezvous in the Park Music and Arts Festival 2018 "Showcase" Event

Scott V. Fedale, Rendezvous in Moscow Board of Directors

The 14th annual Rendezvous in the Park Music & Arts Festival’s Showcase event will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Kenworthy Theatre in downtown Moscow.

At this family-friendly event, six bands will compete for three opening slots for this summer’s music festival. The competing bands are:

      o The Palouse Project                      o Electric Bent (Coeur d’Alene)

      o Arman Bohn (Palouse)                  o Tone Sober (Colfax)

      o The Moscow Mules (Moscow)      o Will Fontaine and the Vital Signs (Moscow)

As part of the admission price of $10, each patron will receive two tokens to be used to vote for his or her favorite bands of the evening. The top two audience favorites, plus a third musical artist chosen by the Rendezvous Board of Directors, will be announced at the close of the evening.

In addition to the regular Kenworthy concessions, locally & regionally brewed beer and wine will be available.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the event begins at 7:00 pm. Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are only $5, both available at the door or on line at:

Rendezvous in the Park will be held July 19-21, 2018 at East City Park in Moscow.  

More information is available on our website at:

Thanks to our Community Partner, Gritman Medical Center.


Palouse Patchers Spring Quilt Show

By Nancy Mack, Palouse Patchers Promotions Chair

Don’t miss the delightful quilts to be shown at "Spring Fantasy,” the 38th Annual Palouse Patchers Quilt Show on April 14 and 15 in Moscow. The quilts will be displayed Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building at 1021 Harold Street. The cost is $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors 65 and over and for children under 10. 

You’ll be treated to over 200 locally made quilts. You’ll also see two special quilters challenge results plus an exhibit from The Mod Squad modern quilting group. Shop for fabric, quilting patterns, and tools in the vendor mall, or rest in the kitchen with free cookies and refreshments. 

Take a chance on the $1 raffle "Spring Breeze" queen-size raffle quilt. The winner will be chosen at the show and need not be present to win. The show’s proceeds benefit Quilts of Valor and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) youth.

See for more information or to enter a quilt. 


Palouse Environmental Update

David Hall, Community Member

Beware of the F.O.G. – Residential Fats, Oil, & Grease (FOG) Reduction

You may have heard a bit about fat-bergs in the news. See for example The Museum of London Just Put a Fatberg on Display And It Sounds Horrifying: They did have to solve a toxic gas problem [Brueck, Hilary. February 8, 2018. Business Insider.], and

London's ‘evil, gut-wrenching, rancid' fatberg is to go on display next year. [Smith, Andrea. December 15, 2017. Lonely Planet.]

What is FOG? FOG refers to Fats, Oil, and Grease from food preparation and kitchen clean up. FOG is found in such things as:

  • Meat fats (bacon grease, pan drippings, etc.)
  • Food scraps
  • Lard and shortening
  • Baking goods (uncooked batter and dough)
  • Butter and margarine
  • Cooking oil
  • Sauces
  • Dairy products

When poured down the drain, FOG can build up in pipes and equipment and cause significant problems in the sewer system and wastewater treatment plants. Sewer line blockages that cause sewer overflows are the result of improper disposal of FOG. Sewer overflows cause environmental health hazards and property damage and lead to increased operation and maintenance costs which show up as higher sewer bills for you the customer. FOG that reaches the wastewater treatment plant affects the Biological Nutrient Removal process, increases Biological Oxygen Demand, and increases maintenance for removal.  [City of Moscow. Residential Fats, Oil, & Grease (FOG) Reduction_Moscow, ID.pdf]

Why should I care about FOG? Residential households contribute FOG build-up in the sewer lines when grease is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. FOG build-up must be physically removed from sewer lines by City of Moscow staff. This requires expensive equipment and is a time consuming process. FOG does not always wait until it gets to the city sewer lines before it starts accumulating in pipes. It can be a major contributor to blockages in private sewer lines. When a blockage occurs within your plumbing system, you are responsible for removing the blockage. Doing so can range from inconvenient and unpleasant to quite expensive if a plumber’s service is required.

What can I do? The easiest way to solve the grease problem is to keep FOG out of the sewer system in the first place. Follow these easy disposal tips:

  • Never pour grease, fats, or oil down the drain or garbage disposal.
  • Pour FOG into jars, cans, or plastic tubs (careful, the liquid may be hot!) or "Fat Trapper" container. Let contents cool and solidify. When the container is full, throw it away with your trash.
  • Used cooking oil can be taken to the Moscow Recycling Center in sealed containers no larger than 5 gallons.
  • For greasy pans, pour off the grease into jars, cans, or plastic tubs, and use a paper towel to wipe out the remaining grease in the pan prior to washing.
  • Scrape food scraps and residue from plates and cooking utensils into the garbage. A silicon scraper or spatula works great!

City of Moscow Herbicide No Spray list

Any City of Moscow residents who wish not to have the City spray herbicides on their street curb area and/or the adjacent alley and are willing to control weeds themselves may call or e-mail the City Street Department (contact information to come) to be put on the “no spray list.”  

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Palouse

CSA is a relationship between farms and customers. Instead of simply purchasing produce, customers can become members of the farm’s CSA in advance of the growing season and receive a share of produce weekly.

Deep Roots Farm – 22 week season. “Market bucks,” not a strict CSA. Create your own credit account for any market Deep Roots Farm attends.

Omache Farm – 21 week season, May 30 to mid-October. Pick-up Wednesdays at the Pullman Farmers Market.

Victory Farm – 20 week season, June to mid-October. Pick-up on farm or in Lewiston. Victory Farm also offers a market share; use credit to purchase produce at Moscow Farmers Market.

Link’d Hearts Ranch – 16 week season, June to September. You-pick on the farm at Palouse, Washington.

Pioneer Produce – 20 week season. Pick-up Wednesdays at Pullman Farmers Market.

[“CSA Membership Information 2018” flier from UI Extension–Latah County Small Farms and Horticulture, (available at the Moscow Food Co-op)]

Moscow’s Water Conservation Device Giveaway Program

The Moscow Water Department is offering to the citizens of Moscow free water saving devices for inside and outside the home. The City can give devices only to residents who obtain their water from the Moscow Water Department. To pick up your free water conserving devices stop by 201 North Main Street between 7 am and 4 pm. 

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  • Toilet Leak Tabs Five
  • Minute Shower Timer
  • Earth Shower Head   
  • Earth Shower Head
  • Bathroom Aerator     
  • Kitchen Aerator
  • Rain Gauge         
  • Dramm Pistol Nozzle
  • Hunter Rain Click     
  • Dramm Water Timer

The City of Pullman has similar program, but their web page has a date of 2013 on it. It says, “To help and encourage residents to conserve water, the city offers to water customers various water-saving devices such as low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, etc.” []


The 5 Spot

It’s April, and that means the waiting for spring is almost over. Two sure signs the winter is past: next month, Moscow’s Farmers Market will reopen! And, the birds who flew south for the winter are starting to return and soon we will wake each morning to their song. Here are five ways to commune with the birds as winter yields to spring this month.

1. I have found some lovely birdhouses at the Farmers Market. We enjoy the one we hung on our trellis in the backyard. You may also find a ceramic or mosaic birdbath here, or at Tri-State or another garden center. Birds get thirsty too! 

2. Gather the kids and make bird feeders to hang in your yard. We have made pinecone-peanut-butter-birdseed feeders by gathering pinecones on a walk around the neighborhood, then filling the spaces with peanut butter and rolling them in birdseed. Your local garden center will have a variety of birdseed mixes, to attract different kinds of birds. Attach some twine and hang from a branch, and watch the birds feast. 

3. It’s a great time of year to take up birdwatching. You could join a local club, head to the UI arboretum, or just sit out in your backyard. For information about local birding events, field trips, lectures and photo contests, check out the Palouse Audubon Society’s website, Or head out on your own, with this map of Moscow’s birding trail:

4. Plant sunflowers and other seeds to attract and feed birds. The Co-op has a variety of flower seed mixes. 

5. Sign your child up for Carolyn Berman’s woodworking class this summer, through Moscow Parks and Recreation. For one week every August, she teaches children to build and paint a birdhouse all their own. 

So grab your binoculars or your hammer or your gardening gloves, and get to work welcoming the birds. Here’s wishing you many happy hours communing with the birds this spring. 


Staff Picks

 Liv Karas and Mickelberry Gardens Elderberry Honey Tonic

Liv Karas and Mickelberry Gardens Elderberry Honey Tonic

The first staff-person to give me their recommendation this month was Liv Karas, who has been working as a Wellness Specialist at the Co-op since mid-January. Her recommendation was the Mickelberry Gardens Elderberry Honey Tonic. Liv says that she highly recommends incorporating this product into your daily routine during cold and flu season to provide your immune system with some support. Her personal practice is to take it in the evening before bed because it soothes her throat after talking all day (and she is still trying to get used to our dry air after recently moving to Moscow from North Carolina). 

Liv says she plans to continue to take a teaspoon a day as we transition through winter into spring, and she’s hoping that it might also provide some allergy support as she adjusts to the new pollens and plants in the area.

Mickelberry Gardens is a small company out of Gresham, Oregon, that produces handmade herbal products inspired by their love for honeybees. Operated by husband and wife team Matt and Madelyn, this company has a number of different tonics, sprays, salves, and balms for sale, as well as raw honey produced by their hives. This venture began as a backyard hobby for them in Portland back in 2007, after their interest in bees was piqued by a class in organic beekeeping. 

Starting with only two hives, they quickly expanded to seven hives and decided to move their operation to a nearby 30-acre organic farm. In short order they had grown to 20 hives. With this surplus of honey and an interest in medicinal plants, it was a natural transition from straight honey sales to the development and sale of healing remedies using raw honey, propolis, beeswax, bee pollen, and medicinal plants. Their unique products are still made in small batches from their commercial kitchen space (Mickelberry Gardens, 2018).

 Taylor Moore and Panda Black Licorice Chews

Taylor Moore and Panda Black Licorice Chews

My second staff recommendation came from Taylor Moore, who has been working as a Cashier at the Co-op since December. Taylor recommends the Panda Black Licorice Chews because she says that as a vegetarian it can be very difficult to find snacks that have that irresistible chewy consistency but do not contain animal-derived gelatin. Taylor also really enjoys the unique flavor of black licorice, and has come to think of this product as one of her prime snack options. 

Panda, a Finnish confectionery company founded in 1920, is best known for its soft licorice products. The company began manufacturing sweets and candies in the upstairs of a berry processing plant in Vaajakoski, Finland, under the name Sok’s candy factory. Their products quickly gained popularity; within a year they added a second manufacturing shift, and they had to move into a new larger manufacturing facility within a handful of years. 

The soft licorice product line was added to their repertoire in 1933, and after over eighty more years of producing this product from the original recipe, it now accounts for 40 percent of the Finnish market share of licorice and is sold in more than 25 other countries. Their licorice is also vegan, kosher, made with natural colors and flavors, and doesn’t contain additives, preservatives, white sugar, or salt.

In the early 1950s artist Bror Zetterborg chose the sympathetic panda for the cover of Panda Pop chocolate bars, and it soon became the cover for all their products, eventually becoming the name for the whole company. Panda was founded on the basic principle of bringing the feeling of pleasure and joy to consumers through the creation of tasty confectionery delights. The company also believes in creating safe products of the highest quality, minimizing the use of raw materials, and treating employees fairly (Panda, 2018). For many of us, Panda provides the nostalgia of a food that has been around since childhood.


Mickelberry Gardens. (2018). Our Story. Retrieved from Mickelberry Gardens:

Panda. (2018). History. Retrieved from Panda:


Business Partner Profile: Healing Wisdom LLC

Candace Magnuson is the caring person behind the Healing Wisdom business. She is a licensed massage therapist, offering Swedish, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage, as well as Reiki and Ayurvedic consultations. 


Candace first came to Moscow in 1994 and attended the University of Idaho, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in general studies. She had never been to Idaho and as she was passing through the dry deserts of Nevada and southern Idaho, she wondered what she had gotten herself into. She was happy to see the green hills of Moscow and came to love walking in the arboretum on campus. Candace left the area a few times, but was always drawn back. Then she married a local and says, “That sealed the deal.”

Candace completed her first certification in Ayurveda in 2002. Ayurveda, meaning “science of life,” is India’s traditional healing system and sister to yoga. It seeks to create health by cultivating balance according to the needs of each individual’s unique constitution which then provides a foundation for a deeper practice of yoga.

Candace graduated from the Moscow School of Massage in 2005. She then moved to Grass Valley, California, where she completed her second and third training programs in Ayurveda. She practiced this system along with massage therapy for about two years and then took a break when her two sons were born.

Over the course of three years, beginning in 2014, she completed the three levels of Reiki initiation. Reiki is a healing art from Japan that involves the channeling of life energy through the hands of the practitioner to the client. It is done with a very light touch, which makes it potentially appropriate for everyone.

Candace has a treatment room in her home and also offers her healing touch at the North Idaho Athletic Club in downtown Moscow. She sees a variety of people, some who are athletes or doing personal training, and others who are seeking massage to address chronic pain or maintain health. Massage warms and stretches the tissues, helping to reduce acute and chronic tension that leads to pain. It increases circulation, thereby delivering greater nutrition and flushing out metabolic wastes that irritate tissues. It helps realign the fibers of scar tissue to help increase mobility after injury, and it has a calming impact on the nervous and endocrine systems, which supports healing and creates a sense of wellbeing. As Candace puts it, “Massage helps a person take a nice deep breath on a number of levels.” 

Between her continuous studies, seeing clients, and raising her boys, she does not have a lot of spare time. But when she does, she enjoys getting seasonal exercise outdoors with her sons – skiing, hiking, and biking. 

Candace wrote, “I strive to support clients in their healing journeys through a holistic approach that integrates personal wisdom with knowledge from both eastern and western, modern and ancient systems.” Check her webpage to learn more:



  • Through our Business Partner Program, Co-op owners receive a discount on locally owned businesses that partner with the Co-op, and the Co-op promotes our locally owned partners.
  •  Healing Wisdom, LLC offers Co-op members a 10% off their first session.
  • Healing Wisdom , LLC can be contacted at 208-301-2786 or
  •  For more information about the Co-op's Business Partner Program, please ask for a brochure and/or an application at the Customer Service Desk or click here.

New at the Library

By Jessica Bowman, Adult Services Manager, Latah County Library District

Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World
Paul Shapiro

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“An intriguing argument from an animal rights perspective for developing an economy of cultured, lab-born meat. Shapiro, a vice president at the Humane Society, observes at the outset that the seemingly science-fiction-y thing he calls "clean meat" is a reality. . . Shapiro serves up portraits of a rapidly developing technology.”

    -Kirkus Reviews

The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden
Brie Arthur


“Once upon a time, veggie gardens lived in the backyard, isolated from the rest of the landscape. That's so yesterday! Welcome to a whole new world of food gardening—right up front, sharing space with your ornamental plants for year-round, knockout beauty and a way that even homeowners associations (HOAs) would approve.”

    -From the Publisher

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
Daniel Stone

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“In his entertaining first book, journalist Stone follows the unsung botanical hero who brought to America, from around the world, many of the foods that would become culinary favorites as well as others that landed with a thud. As the nineteenth century turned into the twentieth, botanist David Fairchild circled the globe several times, searching for new varieties of food to supplement the predictable American diet. Financed in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, then in its infancy, and in part by eccentric millionaire Barbour Lathrop, who enjoyed having Fairchild as a traveling companion, the botanist brought back cherry trees to plant in Washington, D.C., avocados and dates to grow in California, and a variety of citrus fruits to Florida. He also introduced kale and quinoa, which took a few decades to catch on. While Stone may be a bit too dismissive of the various insect pests possibly introduced along with these foreign plants, he captures the flavor of an adventurous age, using Fairchild's voluminous writings to launch vivid descriptions of his travels.”


Company Profile: Andalou Naturals


Pioneers in the cruelty-free organic skin care industry, Stacey Kelley Egide and Mark Egide, first founded Beauty without Cruelty in 1989. Since then, they have also launched well-known brands Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica, and Alba Hawaiian. Their most recent company, Andalou Naturals, is the first Non-GMO Project Verified (certified not genetically modified) beauty brand.

Stacey and Mark strive to invest in empowering women around the world. They developed a line of hand creams named Path of Light, the proceeds of which go to support SHE-CAN, a scholarship and mentorship program in the United States designed to educate motivated young women from post-conflict countries with the goal that they will return home and become forces for positive change in their communities. So far Andalou Naturals has raised nearly $800,000 for the program. Andalou Naturals also is a sponsor of the San Francisco Bay Area branch of Vital Voices, a global organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. 

The Moscow Food Co-op carries products from Andalou Naturals’ skin care and hair care lines. A few products that sound particularly intriguing include Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher, 1000 Roses Heavenly Night cream, Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream, Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream, and Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Hair Mask. Spring is a great time to pamper yourself and try something new- all Andalou products will be on sale at the Co-op April 4 - 17.

Andalou Naturals’ motto is “Beauty is YOU- define beauty one action at a time, be empowered, radiant and true.”

Andalou Naturals Snapshot

  • Founded in 2010
  • Headquartered in Novato, California
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Non-GMO Product Verified 
  • Eco-Friendly 
  • Vegan
  • Fair-Trade
  • Gluten-Free
  • Natural 
  • Organic

All this information and more can be found at

Amy Newsome thinks that 1000 Roses Heavenly Night Cream sounds like something that a person who is turning 50 later this year should add to their daily regimen. 


Dime in Time: Regional Theater of the Palouse

By Michael Todd, RTOP Director

Regional Theatre Of the Palouse is a local non-profit semi-professional theatre company located in downtown Pullman. Our mission is to promote the arts and arts education through quality theatre. Over the course of 10 years our venue has continued to grow and inspire regional artists. 

We rely heavily on a core team of dedicated individuals and vast network of volunteers to annually produce four Main-Stage Musicals, two contemporary dramas, three seasonal acting workshops and four week-long summer camps. Drop-in volunteers are welcome all regular working days, Monday through Friday 1 - 4 p.m. To get involved as a volunteer, contact RTOP at (509) 334-0750 or email

Our Performing Arts School is one of a kind in the area, offering professional instructors and creatively-tailored performing arts workshop activities. RTOP’s Performing Arts School has expanded to include voice lessons and continues to make quality training affordable through our scholarship program. 

Thanks in part to the Moscow Co-op’s Dime in Time partnership and generous support from local donors, RTOP provides need-based scholarships to lower-income applicants who express great interest in the performing arts. This makes the performing arts possible for many in our community. 

To enroll in a workshop or sponsor a child, contact RTOP at (509) 334-0750 or email

RTOP stands as a creative outlet and professional springboard for artists. RTOP trains and mentors tomorrow’s working artists through our internship programs. Current internships include costume design, marketing, and scenic design. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to



New On Our Shelves

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Slim Twin Ice Cream

New from the producers of Three Twins comes a low-calorie version of their rich and creamy ice cream called Slim Twin. Three Twins was born in San Rafael, California in 2005 when founding twin Neal Gottlieb set out to craft delicious ice cream using organic ingredients. Slim Twin is free from the added salt, glycerin, and stevia that you find in other low-calorie brands. Weighing in at only 240-320 calories for an entire pint, with 24 grams of protein and certified organic, Slim Twin is the perfect treat for those wanting a sweet treat without the guilt. Slim Twin is sweetened with organic erythritol, monk fruit, and cane sugar; the protein boost comes from milk protein concentrate. Try all six decadent flavors: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cookies and cream, mint chip and lemon cookie.



Caulipower Pizza Crust

Caulipower believes that everyone “deserves access to tasty, affordable, and nutritious alternatives to highly-processed foods.” As part of their mission, Caulipower supports the fight against childhood obesity by contributing to the creation of vegetable gardens at underserved schools throughout the country. Their pizza crust’s first ingredient is cauliflower–yep, you read that right–and it is naturally gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it. It is an excellent source of vitamin C with no trans-fats and half the sugar; more protein, fiber, and vitamins than most of the leading gluten-free pizzas; and it is lower in calories, fat, and sodium. Caulipower’s pizza crust is a “blank canvas awaiting your culinary artistry” and can be found with the frozen pizzas.



Barnana’s Banana Brittle

The founders of Barnana believe that the banana is “mother nature's original energy bar.” They are on a mission to end food waste on organic banana farms by “upcycling” the bananas that used to go to waste. When bananas have scuffs, are a little too ripe, or aren’t the perfect size, they are typically rejected for export. Barnana turns them into snacks. Their banana brittles, like all of their products, are USDA organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, kosher, and vegetarian. They come in three flavors: peanut butter banana, ginger banana, and coconut banana, and they can be found with the packaged cookies.

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Dorot Gardens Frozen Garlic and Herbs

Dorot Gardens specializes in developing, producing and marketing frozen garlic and herbs all over the world. The company was established in 1992 and is owned by Kibbutz Dorot in the southern part of Israel. The kibbutz has more than 3,500 acres of garlic and herbs which are chopped, packaged, and frozen in recipe-sized portions within 90 minutes of picking, thus maintaining their taste, freshness, and nutritive value. Dorot products are all-natural, raw, and vegan. They are free of preservatives and artificial flavors; kosher; halal (prepared according to Muslim law); non-GMO; and gluten-, dairy-, nut-, and soy-free. Find four flavors in the freezer aisle: cilantro, basil, ginger, and garlic.

Good Food Book Club

In Memory of Bread: When a Love of Wheat Turns Sour

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In detailed and thoughtful prose, balancing the lyrical with the scientific, Graham illustrates how his deep connection to bread was challenged, and how his body was gravely poisoned by his glutinous true love. ~ Publishers Weekly

Welcome, April! It’s not quite mid-March as I write, and the forsythias are edging to pop on a 60+ degree day on the Palouse. This month the Good Food Book Club turns from the evocative essays of last month’s book on dirt to the rich and compelling memoir, In Memory of Bread: A Memoir, by Paul Graham. 

Graham is a man who not only unabashedly loved to munch all kinds of breads—especially his wife’s homemade creations—he also brewed his own beer. It’s safe to say he was a man who was smitten with his wheat, and his gluten. That is, until he was diagnosed with celiac disease at 36 years old.

Lucky for readers, Graham also is a writer who brilliantly tracked his own journey confronting how one of the great loves of his life turned out to be toxic. (Yes, there’s a metaphor for unhealthy relationships in here somewhere!) When he realized his love of wheat was actually harming him, he turned to research, reflecting on a fierce identity crisis, and spotlighting his deeply human and poignant passage from a diehard bread-head to a gluten-free memoirist.

This book is not just about food, it’s about what we do when life turns upside down. When what we thought we loved turns out to be poison. When our task is to reach for new knowledge, growth, and change in order to create a new standard of personal health and harmony. To embrace a new understanding of what love is. It’s also a microcosm; a story of a much larger social upheaval—the stratospheric rise of wheat and gluten intolerance, why that’s happening, and what people are doing in the face of it.

Please join us to discuss In Memory of Bread: A Memoir by Paul Graham (Clarkson Potter, 2016) on Sunday, April 29, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. In Memory of Bread 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



May: Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

June: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

July: Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller

August: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz

September: Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle

October: Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy by Dr. Joseph Mercola

November: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

December: Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted by Annie Hawkes


Staff Profile: Tyler Kneller

 Tyler Kneller

Tyler Kneller

Tyler Kneller (that's a silent K, folks) has worked at the campus location of the Moscow Food Co-op since its soft opening in January. "It's a laidback but upbeat atmosphere here," he says of the 320-square foot store on the second floor of the University of Idaho Campus Christian Center, a private property nestled in the heart of Greek Row. The space offers a smaller sampling of the main store: some deli items, baked goods, grocery basics and, of course, coffee. 

Tyler spent three weeks training at the Co-op's downtown location before transitioning to the new store. As the store is often staffed by one employee, he says, "I get to do a little bit of everything here. I'm the cashier, barista, stocker. It's great." It'll also be very convenient come fall, when he'll be on campus as a student, double majoring in music performance (piano) and music history in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho.

Excited to begin this next adventure, Tyler's ultimate goal is to pursue a graduate degree in ethnomusicology, the study of music in its cultural context (i.e., what music means to the player and the listener and how those meanings are conveyed). It explores not only what music is but also why it is. Highly interdisciplinary, ethnomusicology can be the confluence of music, cultural anthropology, folklore, dance, and other fields. 

Before moving to the Palouse, Tyler lived in Coeur d'Alene, where he attended the Coeur d'Alene Massage School, earning his certification and then working as an instructor. Knowing about this background, combined with his passion for music, leads us to one of his other interests, sound therapy; this type of therapy utilizes sounds, vibrations, and frequencies to promote health and/or healing. 

When asked about his hobbies, Tyler says he enjoys music, running, and hiking. He also works with essential oils and would like to make his own beard oil and beard wax. Holy "I mustache you a question, but I'll shave it for later," Batman! (Yes, he has a beard.) 

Where will all this lead him? To a faculty position, teaching and researching at a university? To becoming a museum curator, managing, displaying, and acquiring historical/cultural artifacts? Or becoming a sound therapist or beard product mogul? It's too early to tell, but Tyler's keeping an open mind as he starts down his path. 

Working two jobs until he begins the fall semester—at the Marriott in Pullman in addition to the Campus Co-op in Moscow—he’s not slowing down once school begins. In addition to classes and the Co-op, Tyler will be scheduling house calls for massages as a side gig. So, next time you stop in at the new Campus Co-op, grab a pesto roll and put your name on the housecall waitlist.

Advice He Would Give to His 13-Year-Old Self:

1. "Don't worry about what other people think."

2. "Plan ahead."

Best books: 

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Favorite Live Show:

Wicked the Musical (Broadway tour)

Go-To Movie:

Easy A

Favorite Co-op Foods:

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito (available at both Co-op locations!)


Recent studies have found that musicians use both the left and right sides of their brain more than the average person. 


Co-op Kids

Join us to learn about eggs and oviparous animals on April 3rd. We will read stories and create original bookmarks on April 10th and visit the Moscow Fire Department together on April 17. On April 24 we will visit Logan in the Produce Department for a tasting. 

April 3 Eggs! 

April 10 Story Time (bring your favorite read-aloud)

April 17 Visit the downtown fire station (meet in the Co-op Café at 9 a.m. to walk over together)

April 24th Produce Tasting with Logan

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.


Community News

March Comes Alive!


Look for Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir performances, the Farmer's Market Poster Contest and Latah Trail Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration, and make sure to cast your votes for the Moscow Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Sneak a peak into a sassy new vegan cookbook that begins with a solid hangover cure, then sidle up next to the sensuous discussions sure to be elicited by the Good Food Book Club's March pick,  Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth .

Alaffia shares their love story while bestowing more feel-good joy with their cooperatively produced skin care products on sale the entire month of March, and you can show your support for the Idaho Environmental Education Association through Dime in Time as they prepare for the 2018 Environmental Education Conference themed: “Re-discover your WOW through the confluence of people and place.” 

Whatever your fancy, March has the magic!

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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 - for a PDF of this month's Community News, click here!


What's The Buzz?

“What is your favorite form of eating chocolate?" 


"Every form, particularly in a pure bar form."

Karen Chojnacki, Troy, Reverie Farm


"A bar. I like the dark kind."

Dory Ponds, Clarkston, Cardmaker


"In baked goods, cookies, cakes, brownies..."

Jeff Ponds, Clarkston, Pilot


"I love it all. Probably my favorite is a milk chocolate bar."

Alyce Barlow, Moscow, UI Student


"Brownies or cookies." 

Lisa Peterson, Clarkston, Pharmacist


"Melted fudge on ice cream."

Jason Martling, Moscow, Co-op Grocery Stocker