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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.

 You must reserve your seat ahead of time! Slots are limited and will move quickly.  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, 4PM at the Fairgrounds.
  • Class 2 - Proteins - Think outside the box and stretch your budget with some fun recipes using beans, lentils, and peanut butter as protein. Date TBA
  • 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! Date TBA
  • 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.


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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.

AUGUST TOPIC: 

Learn about how herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and essential oils can support family health and well-being with ViviAnne Fischer, Licensed Midwife and Dr. KO, Naturopathic Doctor.  We will spend time discussing each of these modalities so you feel better equipped using them safely and effectively.  Dr. KO will share her must have remedies for the natural family medicine cabinet!

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.

August 1st - Making Sorbet

August 8th - Leaf Art (feel free to bring some leaves of your own)

August 15th - Cork People

August 22nd - Playtime at Friendship Square*** 

August 29th - Snack Packing

***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

August'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: 

Fifty Acres and a Poodle - A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

by Jeanne Marie Laskas 

Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, August 27th 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.

Jeanne Marie Laskas had a dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space — a dream she would discover was about something more than that. But she never expected her fantasy to come true — until a summer afternoon’s drive in the country. That’s when she and her boyfriend, Alex — owner of Marley the poodle — stumble upon the place she thought existed only in her dreams. This pretty-as-a-picture-postcard farm with an Amish barn, a chestnut grove, and breathtaking vistas is real ... and for sale. And it’s where she knows her future begins.


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 Keep the Hives Alive!

 

In June 2016 a group of beekeepers, farmers, community organizers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens banded together to host the “Keep the Hives Alive Tour” to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline.
 
Collectively, their mission is to educate the public of the dangers of bee-toxic pesticides; share the stories of beekeepers whose livelihoods have been jeopardized (and some lost) by the continued use of these products; and urge the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Congress to take action on toxic pesticides and support sustainable agriculture. 


Bees and other pollinators are declining at an alarming rate and an overwhelming number of scientific studies link these population declines to pesticide use.  Unfortunately, uses of toxic pesticides are having far-reaching impacts on a wide range of environments – everything from urban parks, to croplands, to beeyards and aquatic ecosystems. Beekeepers, farmers, and consumers all need a healthier environment for bees! Honey bees and native pollinators are essential to our food supply and help to provide one in every three bites of food we eat. That’s why the Keep the Hives Alive Tour traveled across the United States during National Pollinator Week in 2016 to educate the public about pollinator declines and how we all can work together to protect our pollinators. We want to continue the momentum built last spring by sharing resources, engaging communities to take action, and working together to create healthier habitats for pollinators.

Screening Date: September 20th

Running Time: 36 minutes

Please stick around after the film for a Q&A Panel with local experts on Bees and Beekeeping!  

The Panel will include:


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.