Your Co-op offers a range of educational programs - from classes facilitated by dedicated professionals, to informal childcare and family health seminars and beyond. Below are some of the Co-op's longest-running and most popular programs.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
Price: $3 for Co-op Owners, $5 for everyone else
Location: The Moscow Food Co-op: 121 East 5th Street, Moscow, ID 83843
This family-friendly series of classes will provide a blend of information, recipes, and samples. You'll learn tips for saving money when shopping and cooking by utilizing staple ingredients found in the bulk section and getting creative in the kitchen! You will walk away with recipes, a booklet on saving when shopping at the Co-op, an understanding of how to read labels to get the biggest bang for your buck, and more! All samples and recipes provided are vegan-friendly, and most (but not all) recipes will be free of gluten-containing ingredients and the top 8 allergens. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advanced notice.
The next series will begin in Fall.
Please reserve your seat ahead of time! Samples will be prepared for everyone, so we want to make sure we have enough! The fee is $3 for Co-op Owners, $5 for non-owner community members, and all fees will be refunded as Co-op Gift Cards at the end of class. The initial fee is waived for all participants in The Co-op's FLOWER program!
This is a five class series, with each class featuring a focus on a particular food group, ending in a Meal Planning Workshop and Store Tour.
- Class 1 - Whole Grains - Learn how to identify whole grains (including gluten-free grains) when shopping and explore new ways of cooking the most common (and inexpensive) grains.
- Class 2 - Proteins - Think outside the box and stretch your budget with some fun recipes using beans, lentils, chickpea flour and sunflower butter as protein.
- Class 3 - Fruits & Vegetables - Learn how to get the most bang for your buck when buying and cooking with produce. Plus learn about the Co-op's new weekly FREE fruit program for kids called Co+op Explorers!
- Class 4: Everyday Desserts- Learn about some fun and inexpensive ingredient swaps that will help you save money, use up what you have, and make desserts that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast, snacks, or any day of the week!
- Class 5 - Meal Planning & Store Tour - Put everything you've learned throughout the series to use in our final class. Learn tips and tricks for meal planning that can help save some money and make your week easier. We will finish up with a budget-friendly store tour.
About the Instructor: Alice Ma is a Co-op volunteer and registered dietitian who will answer your questions about nutrition and food. Alice received her Master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Utah. After spending a year serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Ellensburg, WA, she became a resident of Moscow and currently works at Washington State University as the Registered Dietitian for Dining Services. Alice is passionate about food, nutrition, and sustainability and is excited about being involved with the Moscow Food Co-op and local community.
Co-op Kids is an educational play group for kids 3-5 and their parents or guardians. Join us every Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. for easy, earth-friendly crafts and activities. From time to time, we might even take a short field trip for some outdoor fun when weather permits!
Raffles and coupons for free coffee available every week!
For more information, send an email to email@example.com or call (208) 882-8537
June 5 Making suncatchers
June 12 DIY Father's Day gifts - homemade shaving oil
June 19 Playtime at Friendship Square
June 26 Making collages and tasting produce with Produce Manager Logan
Mamas + Papas is an educational support group for new and expecting parents on the Palouse. The first Monday of every month from 9:30-11 a.m., join us for a time to learn and play, and to connect with other growing families in our community. Mamas + Papas exists to provide an educational and social environment for parents to share experiences related to childcare, parenting, and raising healthy families.
Every class is free of charge, and professional childcare is provided at no cost to you.
We'll be at the PCEI Nature Center, 1040 Rodeo Drive, at the usual time - 9:30 a.m.! Free coffee for everyone who shows up!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 208-882-8537.
Good Food Book Club
The Good Food Book Club is an avenue for Moscow Food Co-op owners and the greater Palouse community to foster civil dialogue, connection between people, and community engagement through thoughtful book club subject matter. We aim to provide an open, inviting venue to share educational and entertaining information critical to our food system and other pressing social issues.
For detailed information on the book of the month as well as past books, please visit the Good Food Book Club section of Community News.
June's BOOK OF THE MONTH:
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert
When: Sunday, July 1 from 4-6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email email@example.com for more info and to subscribe to monthly book club updates!
Highly recommended that you eat before reading this book…a light, fun read that feels a bit like eating dessert for dinner.
~RT Book Reviews
Now that June is in full swing, we’re back with another food-inspired novel for delectable summer hammock reading. Our June Good Food Book Club selection is The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert.
To anyone who loves to be reminded of how food can bring people together, romantically and otherwise: Welcome. This novel satisfies gustatory, civic and amorous cravings all. What better kind of “Good Food” book to read from a summer lounge chair while watching the garden tomatoes bloom?
Also? The plot is hilarious. Right off the bat, we discover that the two main characters are 1) a food critic who has just slammed a local restaurant and 2) said long-toiling restaurant chef. The thing is, they meet and discover they are attracted to each other, embarking on romance via a journey to explore their local food scene—never realizing that he is the reason her restaurant is failing. Meanwhile, the whole thing takes place in charming and quirky Wisconsin, so kick off those sandals and relax into a delicious story of coincidences, eccentric twists, humanity’s flaws and mix-ups, and how yummy food can heal our hearts.
Kirkus Reviews says, “Reichert's quirky and endearing debut skillfully and slyly examines identity and community while its characters find love in surprising places. Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious.”
Susan Glass, author of the novel, Vintage, writes, “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a smart and delicious debut—a read as satisfying as the last bite of dessert after a lovingly-prepared meal. The novel is as much a celebration of the midwest and regional food as it is a love story between chef Lou and food critic Al. I adored Lou and her quirky makeshift family of restaurant customers and co-workers. Their missteps and milestones kept me racing through the chapters, craving another course."Please join us to discuss The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert (Gallery Books, 2015) on Sunday, July 1, from 4:30-6 p.m. at a member’s private residence. (We are meeting July 1 due to a travel conflict on June 24). Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake 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.
-Co-op Volunteer and Book Club president Rachel Clark
"Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil," by Tom Mueller.
"The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet," by Nina Teicholz.
"Lentil Underground," by Liz Carlisle.
"Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy," by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
"Delicious Foods," by James Hannaham.
"Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted," by Annie Hawkes.
Food for Thought Film Series
The Food for Thought Film Series is designed to offer education through entertainment. We bring both documentaries and feature films to town on a number of issues related to the Co-op’s mission. Films are shown at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow February - April and September - November with occasional additional screenings. We are excited to share that we have partnered with the University of Idaho Sustainability Center to make every film free for everyone! In addition, we may partner with additional community organizations and businesses that share interests in the subject matter of a particular film.
September's Film is Albatross
When?: Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
Where?: The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre (508 S. Main Street)
How Much?: free to all (so bring a friend!)
The journey of ALBATROSS began in 2008, as a collaboration with activist/photographer Manuel Maqueda. Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution, we learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the vast North Pacific Ocean. We immediately began planning an expedition there, and on our first trip to Midway Island in September of 2009, we and our team photographed and filmed thousands of young albatrosses that lay dead on the ground, their stomachs filled with plastic. The experience was devastating, not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity's damaged relationship with the living world.
-from the film's website (found here)
Every year, your Co-op organizes crop mobs to Sexton Farms in Harvard, Idaho, and Pokey Creek Farm in Santa, Idaho.
What is a Crop Mob?
An organized group of volunteers that helps take some of the workload during the busiest farming season. These all-day events are vital to the functioning of small farms, and take place in counties all across the United States! Here at the Moscow Food Co-op, crop mobs provide a valuable resource to our local farmers and help our agricultural community flourish.
At a Co-op crop mob, you'll harvest, plant, weed, and more - and then at the end you'll enjoy home-cooked food and snacks from the Co-op. Come experience the spirit of cooperation!
Our next crop mob is: (Date and location TBA)
FED in Five takes place twice a day each Wednesday, from 10:30am - 1:30 pm and again from 4:00-7:00 pm. Shoppers can expect to taste delicious seasonal recipes while also learning about cooking with different grains, the health benefits of certain foods and all about where their food is coming from. All of the recipes featured through FED in Five use only five ingredients (or less) and occasional pantry staples like salt and pepper.