Co-op Explorers is a Free Fruit Program that takes place in food co-ops all around the nation and was streamlined by the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) as a way to reach out and engage the community as well as increase access for everyone to healthy fruits! Through this new program kids are eligible to receive one free piece of fruit each week! To become a card-carrying Co+op Explorer, kids simply need to bring a parent or supervising adult to the Customer Service Desk and ask to become a Co+op Explorer. Each child will be issued their very own super official Co+op Explorers card and will be all set to participate each week!
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 & Outreach Coordinator, or give us a call 208-882-8537.
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.
February 7 Little Birders with Palouse Land Trust
February 14 Tiny Valentine Making
February 21 Recycled Collage
February 28 Seasonal Tea Making with Naomi Brownson
For more information, please contact Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, Co-op Kids Volunteer Coordinator.
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.
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.
FEBRUARY'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
by Natasha Owens
Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, February 26 from 6:00-7:30pm*** at the Moscow Food Co-op.
***Note the post Fall Equinox time shift to the earlier time of 6:00-7:30pm
Remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org for to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.
The Color of Food 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.
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. The film series often partners with community organizations and businesses that share interests in the subject matter of a particular film.
For information on upcoming screenings including trailers of the films, see our Community Calendar page.
Food Education demonstration initiative
The FED Initiative 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 local and seasonal recipes, while also learning about cooking with different grains, the health benefits to certain foods and all about where their food is coming from.
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.
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!