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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, Meal Planning + Store Tour, will be Saturday, December 9th at The Moscow Food Co-op. 

 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 flour 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: 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! November 11th
  • 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. December 9th

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.


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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.

DEcember Topic:

 

Music class with Gillian Sharma - a long-time Moscow resident with many years experience working with young children in both a preschool setting and in family music classes. She currently teaches Music and French at the Montessori School of Pullman, Music at White Pine Montessori School and holds Family Music classes for young children.

For more information email outreach@moscowfood.coop or call us at 208-882-8537 and ask for Max


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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.

November Activities

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

November'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: 

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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, November 6th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Moscow Food Co-op       

Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.

      Inspired by her grandmother’s tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, author Amy Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New York’s top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.
       Amy Thielen’s coming-of-age story pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York’s high-end restaurants before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy—thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.


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.

November's Film is An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

 

11 years ago, An Inconvenient Truth got millions of Americans to more seriously consider the threat of Global Climate Change caused by Human activity.  Over a decade has passed, and the signs of a changing worldwide climate continue to roll in.  We now face an even greater challenge - not only to address the symptoms of Climate Change, but to surmount the resistance to common-sense federal policy to reduce the usage of non-renewable fuels.

When?: Wednesday, November 15th, 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. 


Grow-Op Garden

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!


Crop Mobbing

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.


Bicycle Benefits 

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: 

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.