June Community News

June is a buzz with the quick approach of summer; school's out and Moscow's Artwalk is on the 16th.

Idaho's wine month is in the month of June. You can read more about it below, as well as a few new options in the wine section featured in New on Our Shelves

This month's business partner is Shady Grove Farms, where you can learn all about the programs and offerings they have.  If you're curious what flowers you can eat in your garden/yard, then don't miss the 5-Spot.

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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. 


What's The Buzz

"What is your favorite road trip snack?"

"I always have to have a special latte. Also baby carrots because I can eat as many as I want." Francie Tyler, Troy, Mom of five

"I always have to have a special latte. Also baby carrots because I can eat as many as I want." Francie Tyler, Troy, Mom of five

"Hummus and veggies." Emma Leithart; Birmingham, Alabama; Baker

"Hummus and veggies." Emma Leithart; Birmingham, Alabama; Baker

"Dried fruit of some kind. Nuts too, but pistachios are not good because of the shells." Chaz Petersen, Moscow, Resilient Roots

"Dried fruit of some kind. Nuts too, but pistachios are not good because of the shells." Chaz Petersen, Moscow, Resilient Roots

"Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn." Amelia Pfeiffer, Moscow, Student, University of Idaho

"Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn." Amelia Pfeiffer, Moscow, Student, University of Idaho

"Plantain Chips." Josie Alex, Moscow, Student. New Saint Andrews College

"Plantain Chips." Josie Alex, Moscow, Student. New Saint Andrews College

"I get a lot of dried fruit. It is not too messy with the kids." Jessica Boyd, Pullman, Graduate Student, Washington State University

"I get a lot of dried fruit. It is not too messy with the kids." Jessica Boyd, Pullman, Graduate Student, Washington State University

Celebrate Idaho Wine Month!

By Peg Kingery, Co-op Wine Buyer

June was first designated as Idaho Wine Month in 2009, but the state’s wine industry has a much longer history. The first grapes planted in the Pacific Northwest were in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1864. The wines made from these grapes won national awards until Prohibition put an abrupt halt to the industry. It wasn’t until 1970 that grapes were again planted in Idaho, this time in the Snake River Valley in the southern part of the state. In April 2007, Idaho’s first American Viticulture Area (AVA) was approved in this area. Two others have followed: Eagle Foothills AVA (2015) and Lewis-Clark Valley AVA (2016). The Lewis-Clark Valley AVA is located in the canyon lands formed by the Snake and Clearwater Rivers; it is less than 50 miles from Moscow and encompasses both Lewiston and Clarkston, Washington.

Both northern and southern Idaho offer ideal growing conditions for grapes. The soils are composed primarily of volcanic ash. Long, warm daylight hours, combined with cool summer evenings, contribute to producing quality grapes with concentrated fruit flavors and high acidities. The most common varietals grown are chardonnay, riesling, merlot, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon; however, many wineries are also successfully growing malbec, petite sirah, tempranillo, grenache, and others.

Idaho’s wine industry has been growing steadily for the last 30 years. Idaho is home to over 50 wineries, with 1,300 acres of vineyards. Most of these wineries are located in the southern part of the state. According to a study done by the Idaho Wine Commission, the industry had a $169.3 million dollar impact in 2013 and created 1,226 full-time jobs. In 2016, Idaho wineries produced 390,000 gallons of wine. The commission predicts these numbers will continue to increase as Idaho wines gain increasing popularity across the country.

The Co-op carries wines from many of Idaho’s wineries, including those locally-produced by Camas Prairie Winery, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Colter’s Creek Winery, and Lindsay Creek Vineyards. Throughout the month of June, winemakers and industry representatives of these and other Idaho wineries will be pouring their wines in-store for customers to taste.

Plan on joining us at these tastings! Thursday and Friday tastings are from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday tastings are from 12 - 2 p.m.

  • Friday, June 2 – Colter’s Creek Winery and Koenig Vineyards
  • Thursday, June 8 – Sheppard’s Fruit Wines
  • Friday, June 16 – Cinder Winery, Sawtooth Winery, Ste Chapelle Winery and Indian Creek Winery
  • Saturday, June 17 – Father’s Day Wines from Ste Michelle Estates
  • Friday, June 23 – Clearwater Canyon Cellars
  • Saturday, June 24 – Lindsay Creek Vineyards

Palouse Environmental Update: Field Identification of the Giant Palouse Earthworm (Driloleirus americanus)

By David Hall, Vice President, Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition

The Giant Palouse Earthworm is native to the Palouse region and is one of the few native worms in all of America. The size of its geographic range is unknown. The Giant Palouse Earthworm has been found primarily on the Palouse of Idaho and Washington, but a few have been identified in central Washington.

Since 2012, Cass Davis, an avid fisher, hunter, and all-around outdoors enthusiast who has lived on Paradise Ridge for the past 20 years, has discovered about a dozen specimens of this extremely rare earthworm in Latah County. He finds them on the ground during or following rains.

If you find a suspected Giant Palouse Earthworm, take identification photographs (including close-ups of each end), note where you found it (GPS coordinates are great), and put it out of danger of being run over or stepped upon. Then report your findings to representatives of the Palouse Prairie Foundation or the University of Idaho Soils Department.

The Giant Palouse Earthworm is the only known worm species native to the Palouse Prairie. It was first described in 1897.

Key features of Driloleirus americanus

  •       No pigmentation
  •       Clitellum is located at segments 13-18
  •       Tail is bulbous


Baugher, Chris. October 17, 2013. "Stalking the Giant Palouse Earthworm." Presentation to the Palouse Prairie Foundation.

Palouse Prairie Foundation

Rendezvous in the Park 2017

By Scott V. Fedale, Rendezvous Board of Directors

For the past thirty-five years, summers in Moscow have been enriched by an exciting event bringing great music to the Palouse. This July 13 - 15, we will once again bring Rendezvous in the Park to life among the trees of East City Park. For Rendezvous’s 35th anniversary, we're bringing back two of our most popular headliners from the past, JJ Grey & Mofro and Paul Thorn.  

Our Friday night headliner, JJ Grey, remains a “blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human” (jjgrey.com).

Our Saturday night headliner, Paul Thorn, will be featuring material from his latest album. Too Blessed To Be Stressed. This album stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. “In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good” (paulthorn.com).

Thursday's headliner, The Lack Family.

Thursday's headliner, The Lack Family.

Our Thursday headliner, The Lack Family, is a Moscow/ Pullman favorite, having performed at Bucer's, One World Café, and Pullman's Crazy Days, in the past several years.

The adventure began in 2009 when this family sold everything and hit the road. They’ve been touring coast to coast and now tour globally, traveling to seven European countries, Japan, Mexico and Canada. Not to mention that toured in 47 of the 50 United States.

The Lacks say the support they get “off the stage is the biggest drive that keeps us going! It’s become so much more than just music” (thelackfamily.com).

Information about the opening acts for Friday and Saturday and how to purchase tickets is available at: http://www.rendezvousinthepark.com.

Palouse Audubon Society Photo Contest

By Mike Costa, Palouse Audubon Society Conservation Chair

The Palouse Audubon Society is excited to announce its fourth annual photo contest and invites you once again to “SHOW OFF YOUR WILD SIDE” and enter your best bird, other wildlife, and nature photos.

Photo entries will be accepted from April 1 until July 31, 2017. This contest is for amateur photographers and there is no entry fee. For more information about contest rules and how to submit entries, visit the Palouse Audubon Society website at www.palouseaudubon.org.

Art at the Co-op

Moscow's beloved Artwalk will be here soon. Opening night is Friday, June 16, with the participation of many businesses downtown and beyond. One of Moscow's favorite celebrations, Artwalk is a night of art, music, good food, and socializing. Local streets are cut off to vehicle traffic, and residents walk around looking at art, nibbling treats, listening and dancing to music, and enjoying each others' company.

We are pleased to have two local artists displaying work at the Co-op as our part of Artwalk: Jasan Lagrimanta , whose art will be displayed from Friday, June 16, through Wednesday, July 26, and Joe Brunelli, whose art will be displayed from Friday, July 28, through Wednesday, September 6.

Jasan, a Moscow resident, works here at the Co-op, where you may have seen her smiling face in the grocery department. You may have also seen some of her greeting cards in the card section. Her artwork is truly amazing. An exacting attention to detail coupled with a rich imagination produces work that I feel sure will impress. She will be here in the store on opening night, Friday, June 16, from 5 -7 p.m., explaining her art and ready to answer any and all questions. Make a point of dropping into the Co-op that evening and give yourself a chance to admire and appreciate Jasan’s works of art.

The Five Spot: Five Edible Flowers

At long last, spring has arrived on the Palouse, bringing with it an abundance of flowers. This year they were so long in coming, and the mild weather they announced made me so grateful, I wanted to kiss them. Or maybe even eat them. In fact, there are scores of flowers you can ingest, some for epicurean reasons and some for medicinal. Here are a handful of flowers that can grow around here, to contemplate putting on your plate or in your teapot.

1. Chrysanthemum These blossoms have long been favored by Taoist monks for their longevity giving properties. You might like to drink Ju Hua tea this summer to relieve itchy, allergic eyes and strengthen your lungs against allergies.

2. Have you noticed the bright, saffron-colored robes some Buddhist monks wear? They are colored with a dye made from safflowers. Safflower tea is cooling and refreshing, and can be used to treat menstrual disorders, to invigorate circulation and relieve pain, and to dissolve clots.

3. Magnolia Flower If you have nasal congestion or runny nose from allergies, magnolia flower can bring relief. Fermented magnolia flower petal extract has also shown promise as a natural antioxidant and anti-cancer agent. And the trees are really pretty.

4. Roses, violets, and other sugared flowers can make beautiful decorations for cakes. Such beautiful sweets must be good for lifting the spirits! Candied rose petals were a popular type of candy in the United States in the late 19th century. In ancient Rome, roses were often added to meals that celebrated a great event or victory. Some Middle Eastern cultures include rose petals in certain types of desserts. You can find instructions for making candied flowers online; prepare for a lesson in patience.

5. Viola Also known as “purple flower earth herb” or the Chinese violet, viola flower is another pretty blossom to candy and use to decorate a cake. Often used for clearing heat, releasing toxins, or dissolving masses, it is an age-old remedy for snakebites and bacterial infections. Plus it’s fun to say its Chinese name, “Zi hua di ding.”

As lovely as eating flowers and drinking tea made from their petals can be, you should exercise caution, to make sure the blossom in question is safe:

  • Eat flowers you know to be consumable — when in doubt, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants or bring a sample to an herbalist.
  • Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
  • Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
  • Eat only the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating or brewing.
  • If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.

The best source of edible flowers? Your own garden! You don’t need acreage: just a pot with soil on the back stoop will do. Share seeds and starts with your neighbors, find them at the Farmers Market, or check out seedsavers.org for heirloom and organic flower seeds.

Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Bethany Kellerserger, who has been working at the Co-op as a Grocery Stocker since last August. For her staff pick this month, Bethany chose the Savor Tooth paleo brownies made by Hip Foods. Bethany chose this product because she loves the way they taste and thinks of them as the ultimate comfort food. She also has a number of dietary restrictions and has discovered that the ingredients in this product fit well with her diet. She says they are one of the few prepared products she can just buy that she doesn’t have to make at home; however, the Co-op does carry a mix for these that is handy for making a larger quantity if you are inclined to share with friends. Bethany is also happy to support a semi-local P6 company (a company that meets the criteria for the sixth cooperative principle, shared by our Co-op and other co-ops: “cooperation among cooperatives”).

Hip Foods is a designated gluten-free facility located in Kellogg, Idaho. According to their website (hip-foods.com), they intentionally located their company in that small community to bring jobs to the economically depressed Silver Valley. The company was born out of a desire by its founder, Cyfrin Barefoot Miner, to find “pre-meal-friendly” paleo foods without grains, gluten, or added soy. While she was able to find a limited number of products that met that criteria, none was particularly appealing to her palate. So she set out to create paleo foods that are both nutritious and delicious. 

The “Savor Tooth Paleo Bohemian Brownies” consist of organic coconut sugar, organic pumpkin seed flour, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut oil, walnuts, vanilla, eggs, xanthan gum, and Celtic Salt. These gluten-free low-glycemic treats are rich, moist, and an absolutely delicious snack to try when you want to satisfy that sweet tooth without the guilt. 

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Emily Akin. She has worked at the Co-op as a Deli Server for two months, and her staff pick this month is the Wyder’s Prickly Pineapple hard cider. Emily chose this product because she thinks it is a fun twist on a hard cider. She says that it is very refreshing, versatile, and that the pineapple and prickly pear flavors are a brilliant combination. Emily says that this would be a good cold beverage choice on a warm day, or an excellent alternative to beer if you are gluten-free.

This company got its start out of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the early 1990s. Wyder’s was one of the first ciders to rise in popularity as part of the craft movement in the Pacific Northwest. Wyder’s has continued steady growth through the years, and their product line now also includes Raspberry, Reposado, and Pear flavors. The company was purchased in 2008 by Vermont Hard Cider Company and is now made in Vermont, but its popularity is still greatest on the west coast. The 5 percent ABV Prickly Pineapple Cider combines the juices from both prickly pear cacti and pineapples, and some find its taste reminiscent of a pina colada. This summer consider giving this interesting hard cider a try.

Information from this article can be found at: http://hip-foods.com/about-us/.

Co-op Business Partner Profile: Shady Grove Farm 

Ashley Fiedler has owned and operated Shady Grove Farm since 2000. Ashley’s business offers horseback riding, training, and boarding plus basic horse care practices such as hoof and veterinary care, feeding, grooming, and tack fitting. Her place is an idyllic property just outside of Troy, with large and small arenas, a round pen, a barn, and green pastures all around. 

Clients of all ages and abilities are welcome, from beginners who have never touched a horse to trainers looking to refine their skills. Ashley says, “Every day is different and rewarding.” Ashley herself takes lessons from other trainers to hone her own skills; she is always watching and learning.

Ashley takes a natural holistic approach, focusing on the horse and rider’s relationship with each other, and working to reduce fear and tension so the horse and rider can become partners. She says it’s a slower approach, but one that has more long lasting positive outcomes. She says, “A happy willing horse and a competent rider are always what we are looking for.” While I was visiting, a 16-year-old girl was working skillfully with a new horse. Ashley pointed out how confident the girl was, a positive outcome of this approach.

Ashley has successfully competed in Hunters, Jumpers, Eventing (a combination of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping), and Endurance Riding. She applies dressage principles, based on “softness and obedience through a strong relationship and sound biomechanics,” to all training. She believes love and respect for the horse must be the foundation for everything a person does with a horse.

Ashley has always loved horses. Multiple generations of people in her family rode, so she had good role models. She grew up in New Jersey and went to barns and rode as much as she could. One barn had Olympic riders and instructors coming in, so she was able to train with people competing at high levels of abilities.

Ashley came to Idaho via Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science at the University of Colorado. In 2000, her husband, Fritz, was offered a job at the University of Idaho teaching civil engineering. At the time, they were unable to find a place to rent in Moscow, so they opted to buy the Shady Grove Farm property. Along the way, they put in the arena and sheds and eventually had a daughter, Gretchen. They originally thought they would stay for a year or so. That was 17 years ago. Ashley earned her Masters in Sports Psychology from the University of Idaho. She incorporates sport psychology techniques such as goal setting, breathing, and positive self-talk into her lessons.

Ashley is a busy woman. She is a fellow Co-op newsletter writer, authoring the monthly “What’s the Buzz” column. She tends a large garden, orchards, bees, and chickens, and cans, freezes and dries her harvested produce. She also teaches therapeutic riding through the PATH (Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship) program at Washington State University. PATH to Success works with children in sixth through eighth grade to help them build confidence and learn communication skills, healthy boundaries, and self control. Veterans are well also served by the PATH Warriors Journey program.

To learn more about Shady Grove Farms check out their facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShadyGroveFarmEquineWisdom/.



  • Through our Business Partner Program, Co-op owners receive a discount from locally-owned businesses that partner with the Co-op, and the Co-op promotes our locally-owned partners.
  • Co-op owners receive $10 off an initial English riding lesson or training session at Shady Grove Farm.
  • Shady Grove Farm can be contacted at (208) 596-1031 or ashley.fiedler@gmail.com.
  • 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

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

by Acharya Shunya

Raised in India, Shunya studied Ayurveda under the tutelage of her grandfather, who was born in 1900 and served as his town's Ayurvedic guide; throughout this informative text she weaves poignant stories and lessons learned from her highly esteemed relative and advisor. Ayurveda, Shunya explains, is a 5,000-year-old system that covers such topics as lifestyle, food, health, spirituality, meditation, and yoga… Shunya writes with passion and expertise; newcomers to Ayurveda will receive a comprehensive education, and long-standing practitioners can also delve more deeply into this wellspring of knowledge. This is an important addition to a "holistic approach to health" that readers will want to refer to time and again. –Publishers Weekly

Stress-Free Chicken Tractor Plans: An Easy to Follow, Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Chicken Tractors

by John Suscovich

These chicken tractors were created using the best elements from other designs. They are easy to move and provide a good life for the chickens. With a little bit of creativity, they can also be modified for seasonal egg-layer housing, rabbits, ducks and forts for your kids. 

Not only does this book contain the plans and supply list to build your first chicken tractor, but it gives you some insight into how to use it and what mindset you should have if you are to become a happy and successful farmer. –from the publisher, Emerald Lake Books

A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby 

by Jess Thomson

Reads like a five-course meal for the mind. . . . A Year Right Here is a genuine pleasure to read, as refreshing in its localism and eclecticism as it is in its universal soul-searching and earnest attempt to redefine one's relationship with home. -Scott Neuffer, "Foreword Reviews (5 Hearts)"

Company Profile: Badger

The saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention” could not be more appropriate for the creation of Badger’s first product. Bill Whyte was a house builder and carpenter in New England, and working in the harsh winters left his and his coworkers’ hands cracked and bleeding. No lotion he tried healed his hands. After a fitful night of sleep with his hands wrapped in olive oil-soaked socks and plastic bags, he awoke with the idea of combining beeswax and olive oil to create a balm. The next day he created a batch, and it was incredibly effective for both him and his coworkers. Realizing he was onto something, a year later he decided to start selling his concoction.

Then he had to come up for a name for the product. His first idea was Bear Paw but that was already in use, so he ran through many other animal names; when he arrived at “badger” there was something about it that he really liked. So he did a bit of research and found that “the Badger is a healing totem: The Root Gatherer, with a deep knowledge of the secrets of the root and herb kingdoms; fierce and effective in defense of the self and family and persistent in overcoming obstacles, successfully seeing projects through to the end.” So it was settled: a badger was a perfect animal to represent the balm’s healing power for a working person’s hands.

Whyte started his company with just the balm, but soon thereafter customers starting asking if they could put it on their dry, cracked lips so he next created lip balms. Over the following 22 years, with his wife’s and daughters’ help, Whyte continued to add other products to soothe or tame other body parts, including muscles, feet, joints, cuticles, and even beards and mustaches.

With summer fast approaching, be sure to check out Badger’s bug spray and sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group gives Badger sunscreens their highest score for both safety and effectiveness.

Badger’s mission is: “To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal. To run a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where our vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way we work and through the way we treat each other and the people we serve.”

Badger Snapshot

  • Founded in 1995
  • Family owned and operated
  • Headquartered in Gilsum, New Hampshire
  • Certified B Corporation
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Cruelty Free
  • USA Made

Information from this article and more can be found at: badgerbalm.com.

Amy Newsome is the type of person who starts using a product she likes and just sticks with it. She used a certain type of lip balm for decades, until it was discontinued. This led her on a frantic hunt for a replacement. After many balms that were too waxy, too menthol-y, too flavorful, or too smelly, she finally discovered Badger’s Unscented Lip Balm. Now she is never more than three feet away from a tube of the stuff.


Dime In Time

Camp STIX is a unique, independent, community based organization which offers unparalleled summer camp experiences for children ages 6-18 who are living with type 1 diabetes in the Pacific Northwest.  Annually, we coordinate and support Camp STIX, a week long residential camp (ages 9-18) and Camp TWIGS, a 3 day, day-camp for campers aged 6-8.  Because of the chronic nature and constant 24/7 care associated with type 1 diabetes, traditional summer camps are often not a viable option for these children.   Aside from our summer camps, we offer year-round support and activities for the Camp STIX families and type 1 community.  

Camp STIX is based on four fundamentals for success: Support, Tradition, Information and X-citement. Camp offers everything you’d find at a traditional summer camp, plus a whole lot more.  Along with the games, activities, water sports, campfires, and arts and crafts, campers at Camp STIX receive optimum diabetes care from local physicians, health care providers, diabetes educators, counselors and dieticians.

Camp STIX campers are allowed the same opportunities as non-diabetic children in a summer camp setting, complete with the traditional summer camp activities, coupled with a highly trained medical, nutritional and educational staff.  Campers are educated to become healthier and more independent, encouraged to take more ownership of the management of their disease and are provided with necessary educational tools and resources to mentally and physically overcome the everyday challenges of having diabetes.  This translates exponentially to their everyday lives...at home, at school, and in their communities. 

Your contribution will help augment our current programming, allowing us to maintain our philosophy of diabetes education and independence, intertwine important life skills, and most importantly offset the cost ($900) of camp to those campers who cannot otherwise afford to attend.  We have NEVER turned a camper away because of an inability to pay the tuition.  Our camps are operated with a 100% volunteer staff with nearly a 1:1 ratio of campers to volunteers.  This volunteer team includes, but is not limited to;  72 medical staff members, 41 staff members in the kitchen, 92 program/support staff members and 15 board members.

Your donation WILL make a difference in the lives of over 300 diabetic children and youth, many of whom are living right here in your own community!   Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause. 

Registration is currently open for both Camp STIX and Camp TWIGS.  Visit our website at www.campstix.org to learn more, and feel free to contact Cindy Schneider at 208.874.2044 or email campstix@campstix.org, with any questions or for more information.

New on Our Shelves: Wine and More

Bridge Press Cellars

Bridge Press Cellars is a small family-owned winery in Spokane. They were established in 2005 and began producing wine in 2009. Their initial goal was to make highly age-able red wine from grapes grown in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. As the winery has grown, they’ve begun purchasing grapes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley as well and producing white and rose wines. They describe their Evil Queen Red as an “easily approachable” blend of four red grape varieties that exhibits earthy tannins balanced with bright acidity and notes of cherry, plum, and tobacco.

Koenig Vineyards

Koenig Vineyards was established in 1995 with the goal of handcrafting wines from the Sunny Slope District of Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Their commitment to quality winemaking starts in their vineyards, where responsible viticulture, attention to micro-climates, and growing practices that bring out the terroir (the taste imparted by the natural environment) in the wines produce grapes of exceptional quality. Many grape varieties thrive in the Snake River Valley’s climate. Because of this, Koenig produces red, white, rose and dessert wines. Their ice wines, one made from Riesling and one made from Cabernet Sauvignon, are made from grapes that were hand-picked and pressed while frozen. The Riesling Ice Wine is a sweet concentration of apricot and fig with bright acidity. The Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine is lightly sweet with berry juiciness.

Basalt Cellars

Basalt Cellars, located in Clarkston, Washington, was founded in 2003. Their mission is to produce high-quality wines from the finest vineyards in Washington State, including their own in the Lewis Clark Valley. They strive to create wines that showcase the individual grape varieties’ unique characteristics. Basalt produces red and white wines. Their Rim Rock Red is a blend of four red grape varietals. Aromas of plum, currant, cocoa, and spice are followed by rich, dark, berry notes. A touch of coffee lingers on the finish.

Lummi Island Wild Seafood

Lummi Island Wild is one of the ten most sustainable fisheries in the world. Their mission is to catch and source only truly sustainable wild salmon and seafood from the Salish Sea and Alaska. In 2007 they re-fitted their reefnet fleet with solar power, making Lummi Island Wild the first solar-powered wild salmon fishery in the world. This, combined with the fact that their nets stay in the same place year after year, allows them to have the lowest carbon footprint of any salmon fishery in the Salish Sea. In addition, reefnetting has almost “zero bycatch mortality,” meaning that almost no marine mammals are harmed by this method. The Co-op carries Lummi Island Wild tuna in cans; fresh-frozen salmon and tuna; and smoked salmon.

Savor Tooth Paleo Pumpkin Seed Tortillas and Paleo Brownie Mix

Kellogg, Idaho, is home to Hip Foods’ gluten-free facility, which manufactures Savor Tooth products. The Co-op carries many Savor Tooth products, with paleo pumpkin seed tortillas and paleo brownie mix as the newest additions. Hip Foods believes business should improve quality of life and dedicates their resources to improving the wellbeing of others. Their products do not contain any soy, potatoes, corn, fillers, stabilizers, preservatives, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and are made with organic ingredients. Look for their tortillas and brownie mix as well as their paleo-friendly granola, frozen breads, and other baking mixes.

Cultured Mama Dips and Sauerkraut

Cultured Mama is locally made in Coeur d’Alene. It is crafted with whole food ingredients, as well as being vegan and gluten- and preservative-free. It is naturally probiotic and wildly fermented. Cultured Mama is not only a brand, but also a person: Cole Ina. Cole is a mother of two, with a mission to “heal guts” and boost health for everyone. She has been making fermented foods for family and friends and teaching workshops for many years. As a business, Cultured Mama’s mission is also rooted in the Slow Food Movement and eating traditionally. They feel that the traditions and love surrounding food are as important as the quality of the ingredients used in the product. Look for two flavors of sauerkraut made with organic vegetables and sea salt, and three organic cashew-based dips: jalapeno cilantro, beet balsamic and kalamata black pepper

Good Food Book Club: The Egg and I: A food, farm, and Pacific Northwest classic!

We are in for a treat! Join us for another classic for the June selection of the Co-op’s Good Food Book Club. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald, first published in 1945, depicts a hilarious and deeply moving story of newlywed family life on a chicken farm in western Washington State during the 1920s. If MacDonald’s name sounds familiar outside of The Egg and I, you’ll be pleased to recall she’s also the author of the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series.

For all the allegedly gloomy moments, The Egg and l is an astoundingly light-hearted book. The MacDonalds, one gathers, had both youth and gumption on their side, to say nothing of an abounding humor that bounced them over the direst crises.
~ The New York Times

The Egg and I is so beloved, that after five years of shepherding books for the Good Food Book Club, I’m a little surprised we haven’t read it yet. It’s so beloved that a road near Port Townsend, Washington, is named The Egg and I Road. And it’s so beloved that numerous Amazon commenters speak of making a ritual of reading the book aloud in their families, over and over again. Readers seem to really enjoy its hilarity and recognition of the themes of self-sufficiency, farming, building a family, and married life.

The book, a memoir by MacDonald, tracks her life as a young newlywed on a small-parcel farm where she and her husband work to raise their own food and find stability and joy in what was then a very new frontier. Written long before the term—let alone the notion of—“politically correct” was coined, the story is full of MacDonald’s bright but occasionally derogatory humor… so it’s a book to take with a dose of salt. Still, her love and appreciation for those around her and her community shine through that era of language and the direct experience of white colonization of indigenous land. Plus, her storytelling skills are masterful, and her hilarity combined with her capacity to see the good in harsh circumstances is inspiring.

As Saturday Review says: “Anyone who has ever struggled with a farm or even with a small garden will especially enjoy this breezy autobiography, but everyone will find its hilarious reminiscences of an unconventional childhood and of unique experiences in the Northwest Pacific sprightly, diverting, and excellent entertainment. The whole book crackles with the innocent deviltry of acorns hitting the roof-tops.”

Please join us to discuss The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald (reissue Harper Perennial, 2008) on Sunday, June 25, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.in the Co-op Cafe. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. The Egg and I 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 www.moscowfood.coop.

Upcoming books are as follows:

  • July: Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food by Megan Kimble. July 30 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • August: Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas. August 27 from 7 - 8:30 pm.

Staff Profile: Dustin Sypes

Originally from southern Idaho, Dustin Sypes has lived in Moscow for six years. This week he not only celebrates six months of working as a cashier at the Co-op, but also plans on exploring Moscow Mountain for the first time. (Six years in Moscow and no mountain? I think he's going to love it and wonder how he didn't do it sooner!)

Dustin has worked various retail and service jobs over the years, and says the best part about working at the Co-op is the caring work environment. Defining strong leadership as a combination of altruism, knowledge, and dedication, he feels that he sees that here, and he appreciates the support of his supervisors and colleagues.  

Dustin is the father of a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. When asked what he couldn't live without, he immediately answered air and his kids. "When their grandparents had them for a weekend, I was left wondering what to do with myself. I had cleaned the house and didn't have to immediately pick up the same mess again," he laughs. Although parenting his children is one of his greatest joys, it is also one of his greatest challenges. He says "becoming a good parent and overcoming certain behaviors learned from your own parents is a learning experience," but one that he embraces. 

In his spare time, Dustin enjoys the old University of Idaho arboretum, Dungeons and Dragons, good live music, and making and performing music. Dustin is primarily a vocalist and guitarist, but he also plays a little bass, drums, and piano. His knowledge of these instruments in combination with a loop pedal allows him to perform as a solo artist locally. In addition to performing, Dustin cannot resist attending a good live music show. In fact, if he were able to jump into a different career, he would love to open a music venue. 

After attending UI, where he majored in English literature and secondary education, Dustin decided to take a break until both of his children are in school before finishing. He's still drawn to education, but also considers business as a possible degree. 

  • Favorite Moscow Food Co-op Food:
  1. Sunday roast          
  2.  the chewy gluten free cookie
  • A Personal Philosophy: Be considerate and open-minded. 
  • Advice He Would Give To His 13-year-old Self: Look before you leap.
  • Favorite Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Favorite Movie(s): Amelie or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Superpower: True empathy—he could touch someone and absorb their feelings, taking away migraines or completely understanding what someone is going through.

Co-op Kids June

The month of June is one of transitions. Families are adjusting to having school-age children back at home and are taking advantage of the longer, sunnier days. Here at Co-op Kids, Heather is off to summer camp with her family, and Daya will return as our volunteer while Heather is away. We plan our summer Co-op Kids activities to accommodate a wider age range, so bring the whole family and let's play! 

  • June  6 Meet at Friendship Square to play together- we will bring coffee and a snack, you bring the kids.

  • June 13 Making for Dad
  • June 20 Scissor Sunshine
  • June 27 Berry Tasting

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.

May Community News

May brings a celebration of mothers and spring in full swing! 

The Moscow Farmer's Market begins the season Saturday May 6th, the same weekend as the Renaissance Fair at East City Park. Don't miss the Wisescape exhibit on display for this month with an opening on May 12 at 5pm.

If spring gets to your eyes, check out the 5 spot with option for soothing those pollen irritated eyes. You will also find a variety of product features in Staff picks, New on Our Shelves and the Company Profile.

Thank you to our local advertisers for supporting Community News! Interested in advertising in Community News?

Business card sized ads run for 3 months for $19.99 total, and for 1 year for $69.99 total. Co-op Business Partners receive a 10% discount. Email ads@moscowfood.coop for more info!

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. 

What's The Buzz

"What is your Mother's Day tradition?"

"My husband makes me a fabulous dinner and we picked flowers for my Mother . . . from her garden." Cynthia Mika, Moscow, Retired

"My husband makes me a fabulous dinner and we picked flowers for my Mother . . . from her garden." Cynthia Mika, Moscow, Retired

"I just became a mother so traditions haven't started yet.  Growing up, we just enjoyed each other with a nice dinner." Rebecca Darnall, Pullman, Musician

"I just became a mother so traditions haven't started yet.  Growing up, we just enjoyed each other with a nice dinner." Rebecca Darnall, Pullman, Musician

"I give flower baskets to my Mother and Grandmother." Heather Heidt, Post Falls, School Counselor

"I give flower baskets to my Mother and Grandmother." Heather Heidt, Post Falls, School Counselor

"I give cards to my Mother and I receive flowers as a mother." April Rubino, Moscow, Mind Body Therapist

"I give cards to my Mother and I receive flowers as a mother." April Rubino, Moscow, Mind Body Therapist

"I make sure to call my Mom and if I am in town, I will take her out to dinner." Angela Schauer, Moscow, Musician

"I make sure to call my Mom and if I am in town, I will take her out to dinner." Angela Schauer, Moscow, Musician

"My son comes to visit and makes me lunch." Nan Markle, Moscow, Nurse

"My son comes to visit and makes me lunch." Nan Markle, Moscow, Nurse

Palouse Area Environmental Update

By David Hall, Co-op Volunteer Writer

Environmental Radio Shows on KRFP (90.3 FM) and KPBX (91.1 FM)

  • KRFPSunday            5:30 – 6:00 am                        Sea Change
  • KRFPSunday            2:00 – 4:00 pm                        Peace Radio (alternating weeks; local)
  • KPBXMonday           12:00 – 1:00 pm                      Living On Earth
  • KRFPMonday           3:00 – 4:00 pm                        Le Show
  • KRFPTuesday           3:30 – 4:00 pm                        Local Food Roundup (First Tuesday; local)
  • KRFPWednesday     5:00 – 6:00 am                        Ralph Nader Radio Hour
  • KRFPWednesday     1:30 – 3:00 pm                        Climate Justice Forum (local)
  • KRFPWednesday     3:00 – 3:30 pm                        Earth First Update
  • KRFPWednesday     4:00 – 5:00 pm                       Wild Clearwater Country (local)
  • KRFPThursday         4:00 – 4:30 pm                        Radio Ecoshock
  • KRFPSaturday          9:30 – 10:00 am                      Bioneers
  • KRFPSaturday          10:00 – 10:30 am                    TUC Radio
  • KRFPSaturday          10:00 – 11:00 am                    Your Own Health and Fitness
  • KRFPSaturday          3:00 – 3:30 pm                        Palouse Science Spotlight (local)

Moscow Farmers Market (Saturdays, May through October)

Many people may not know that the Moscow Food Co-op started the Saturday Farmers Market in 1976 to provide a meeting ground for buyers and sellers of fresh local produce. With a few farmers on board and a lot of inspiration, the Co-op began operating the market in the parking lot behind what is now Moscow City Hall. Eventually the City’s Arts Commission took over and moved it to Friendship Square and the Jackson Street parking lot, and then to Main Street between Third and Sixth Streets.

[www.moscowfood.coop/news/2016/3/8/iig6jwhk0byrls83axzia8fucqwwtj and www.moscowfood.coop/about-the-co-op]

Word is that the Farmers Market food vendors will be using compostable service-ware starting this year, so be sure to compost what you don’t eat!

The Moscow Renaissance Fair (May 6 and 7 this year) has been requiring their food vendors to use compostables for several years.  Good work for both!

City of Moscow “No-Spray” List

Shull Brothers Weed Control sprays weeds according to the City of Moscow Street Department weed spraying contract. Spraying is a major method of controlling noxious weeds. Herbicide is sprayed on selected streets, street cracks and alleys; along curb edges; in cracks where sidewalks meet curbs; and around dead-end street barricades, bridges, guardrails and fire hydrants on City rights-of-way. The chemicals used are reviewed by the City of Moscow Sustainable Environment Commission.

Any resident who wishes not to have their street curb edge sprayed in front of his or her residence and/or adjacent alley and is willing to control weeds themselves may call or e-mail Tammy Gray (City of Moscow Street Department, 208-883-7097, tgray@ci.moscow.id.us) to be put on the City’s “No Spray List” for the current season.  [from the City of Moscow public notice]

Two Plant Sales and a UI Arboretum Tour

INPS White Pine Chapter Sixth Annual Native Plant Sale: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 1912 Center, Arts Room , 412 East Third St., Moscow. More than 100 native species from Palouse Prairie, woodland, canyon, and wetland habitats. Cash or check only.

UI Arboretum Associates Plant Sale: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Palouse Ice Rink, 1021 Harold Street, Latah County Fairgrounds, Moscow.

Tour the UI Arboretum Xeriscape Demonstration Garden: Tuesday May 9, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Meet at the Renfrew Kiosk by the red barn, UI Arboretum south-end parking lot on W. Palouse River Drive. Horticulturist Paul Warnick will lead a tour and specifically discuss the Palouse Prairie natives section, the Native Roots project and plant groups, and will point out some outstanding performers throughout the tour. Maureen Taylor Regan is a homeowner who used this demonstration garden as a go-to resource and has made a conversion to drought-tolerant landscaping in her own backyard. She will offer some tips and insights on how her Wisescape evolved. (This is a part of the Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium) [from UI Arboretum Associates flier]

Moscow 2017 Mayor’s Earth Day Awards

Moscow’s 2017 Mayor’s Earth Day Awards were presented at the April 17 Moscow City Council Meeting. Congratulations to Steve Robischon, Lee Anne Eareckson, Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm, Moscow Food Co-op, Heart of the Arts, Jon Kimberling and Paul Kimmell, City of Moscow Environmental Services Group, Les MacDonald, and Danielle Gentry.