Healthy Eating on a Budget
This family-friendly series of classes will provide a blend of information, recipes, and samples
The focus will be on how to save money when shopping and cooking by utilizing staple ingredients found in the bulk section and getting creative with everyday ingredients. You will walk away with recipes, a booklet on saving when shopping at the Co-op, an understan ding 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 class, which focuses on Fruits and Vegetables, will be Saturday, October 28th at the Latah County Fair Office.
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. August 26th (complete!)
- Class 2 - Proteins - Think outside the box and stretch your budget with some fun recipes using beans, lentils, chickpea flower and sunflower butter as protein. September 30th
- 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! October 28th
- Class 4 - Healthy Desserts - Learn about some fun (and healthy) ingredient swaps for baking that will help you use up what you have on hand. Date TBA
- 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. Date TBA
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.
We are excited to announce we are bringing back Mamas + Papas of the Palouse!
This monthly meeting group is for new and expectant parents on the Palouse. The group is designed to offer education and support for mamas, papas, wee ones and expecting families. The goal is to provide an educational and social environment for parents to learn, be heard, and share experiences related to childcare, parenting, and raising healthy families. Past discussions have included breastfeeding, cold and flu remedies, diapering options, and much more! Through Mamas + Papas we hope to create a supportive and resourceful education program for parents on the Palouse that fosters connections between families and the community.
Each Mamas and Papas Meeting features a guest speaker on a topic that is relevant to expectant parents or parents of children up to two years of age. Through bringing in speakers we also hope to cultivate relationships with family-related businesses, organizations, and experts in the area to highlight great deals, events, and resources for parents.
Meetings are free and childcare assistance is always provided.
Join us the First Monday of each Month from 9:30-11am at the Uma Center in Moscow.
Dr. Madison (Snevily) Grzeszkowiak graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX where she specialized in Applied Kinesiology, chiropractic care for children, women’s overall health support, neuro-emotional work, and nutrition. She is certified in Webster technique– a gentle adjusting style for pregnancy. She has also attended many births as an experienced doula. Dr. Madison has spent much time abroad volunteering at health clinics and enjoys numerous athletic activities (she was a D1 college athlete) with her husband, newborn Ana Sophia, and their fur child named Nike (a slobbery boxer).
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 208-882-8537 and ask for Max
Co-op Kids is an Outreach program of the Moscow Food Co-op designed to build community among our youngest shoppers. The program runs every Tuesday, mainly in the Co-op café, from 9:00-10:00am. Designed for 3-5 year olds,
Co-op Kids offers a wide variety of craft activities, music education, food education and so much more. For more details on the month’s activities, please check the Co-op Community News, which is published monthly.
Oct. 3rd - Chinese Mooncakes
Oct. 10th - Fall-Inspired Art
Oct. 17th - Homemade Play-dough
Oct. 24 - Jack-o-Lanterns
Oct. 31 - Wand-Making
Nov. 7 - Red Food Tasting
Nov. 14 - Grain Art
Nov. 21 - Bean and Grain Sensory Bins
Nov. 28 - Popcorn Tasting
***Meet in the Co-op Cafe at 9 am so we can walk over together
For more information, please contact Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, Co-op Kids Volunteer Coordinator.
Learning to make healthy food choices is an important part of growing up, but it’s not always something kids learn in school. That’s why we make the effort to equip young cooperators with the tools theyneed to start building good food habits! Here at The Co-op, your youngsters aren’t just shoppers – they’re Co-op Explorers.
The Explorers program is one that was started by the National Co-op Grocers (NCG) in an effort to increase access to healthy food for the kids in our community age 12 and younger. The idea is, once a week, your youngster can sign in and take a piece of free fruit from the basket at the Customer Service Desk each week and then enjoy that fruit while you shop together.
here's how it works:
Step 1: Register & get a Co+op Explorers Member Card
Step 2: Sign in on the clipboard & put a sticker on your shirt
Step 3: Enjoy your free banana while shopping
Step 4: Let your cashier know you participated at checkout
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 once every week!
***Please register for Co+op Explorers
before enjoying your first banana***
- Kids and parents stop by the Customer Service Desk, where we keep the designated Co+op Explorers fruit basket.
- Next to the basket, you'll find Co+op Explorers stickers. Take a sticker and put it on your child's shirt or jacket so staff will know your child or children are eating their free fruit from Co+op Explorers.
- Let your child or children enjoy their free fruit while you shop.
- When you check out, please have your child show their official Co+op Explorers card or remind the cashier that your child or children ate a free piece of fruit as part of Co+op Explorers so that we can track participation in the program.
That's all there is to it!
If you have any questions, please ask any staff member, e-mail our Education & Events Coordinator, or give us a call 208-882-8537 extension 222, or ask for Max.
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.
October'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change
by Lisa Palmer
Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, Octber 29th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Moscow Food Co-op
Remember to email email@example.com for to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.
Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050 according to U.N. predictions. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. Here, she shares the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger.
Hot, Hungry Planet focuses on three key concepts that support food security and resilience in a changing world: social, educational, and agricultural advances; land use and technical actions by farmers; and policy nudges that have the greatest potential for reducing adverse environmental impacts of agriculture while providing more food. Palmer breaks down this difficult subject though seven concise and easily-digestible case studies over the globe and presents the stories of individuals in six key regions—India, sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Indonesia—painting a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there.
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.
October's Film is The Family Farm:
The Family Farm tells the story of four family farms - innovators in their communities working for a better food future. Though they raise different foods in different ways, they all have one thing in common: The obstacles they've had to overcome on their journeys.
A season spent with these farmers and others reveals the key role they play in sustaining traditional farm knowledge, promoting environmental stewardship and maintaining food security. Family farms play a vital role in the survival and flourishing of local communities, and local environments. Do you know where your food comes from?
When?: Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm (doors at 6:30)
Where?: The Kenworthy Performing Arts Center (508 S. Main Street)
How Much?: free to all (so bring a friend!)
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.
We are proud to provide our community members with a program that will get your hands a little dirty and the community a little greener: The GROW-Op Garden! Through partnership with University of Idaho Extension and Backyard Harvest, the garden plot will be used as a teaching and learning space for people with all levels of knowledge related to gardening. The GROW-Op plot is located at the Hamilton Community Gardens. Don’t know how to grow peas? Consider yourself to have a black thumb? Not a problem! To get involved register for one of our classes or contact us today!
In the spirit of the co-operative movement, we are excited to offer an innovative program to our community called Crop Mobbing! This program provides community members with an opportunity to maximize their collective efforts by helping our local growers with hands-on farm projects. And with your help they can continue to provide us with delicious, healthy, locally-grown food!
Because farm labor is so intensive and our growers work so hard to provide us with sustainably grown food, we think it’s only fair to help them out a bit. Want to join a Crop Mob? Once we hear from our growers about specific projects they need help with on their farms, we’ll advertise them throughout the store, social media, and more. We’ll tell you the date, time, if a carpool is being arranged and what you need to bring. All you have to do is show up, help your local farmer and witness first-hand the dedication and passion they have for farming.
Did you know that if the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year?
Bicycle Benefits is a nationwide program through which businesses award discounts or incentives to patrons who show up on bike with their Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker. This new program allows the Co-op and other area businesses to reward bicyclists every time they ride their bike AND the program is designed to provide benefits to bicyclists wherever they travel around the entire country including Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Seattle so community members that purchase a sticker can reap rewards all over!
CHECK OUT WHAT THESE PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES AROUND THE PALOUSE ARE OFFERING:
- Ampersand Oil & Vinegar: 5% off purchase
- Backcountry Lark: 10% off clothing
- BookPeople of Moscow: 5% off purchase
- Hyperspud: 15% off clothing *excludes sale items
- Moscow Food Co-op: 5% off purchase *cannot stack discounts or use on items already marked no further discounts.
- One World Café: 10% off a latte
- Palouse Bicycle Collective: $1 off Day Pass, $5 off Criterium and Joyride Memberships, and $10 off Family and Lifetime memberships
- Roost Coffee & Market: 10% off all beverages
BICYCLISTS CAN BUY THE HELMET STICKER AT THE CO-OP, BOOKPEOPLE, ONE WORLD, HYPERSPUD, OR BACKCOUNTRY LARK FOR A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $5 AND RECEIVE THE BENEFITS INDEFINITELY. ALL FUNDS GENERATED BY STICKER SALES WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM.
We encourage local businesses to join us in this endeavor to encourage alternative transportation in our area and to reward those who choose to ride their bikes to area businesses. Interested businesses or anyone with questions can contact the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Co-op by e-mail or by phone 208-882-8537.