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Healthy Eating on a Budget


Price: $3 for Co-op Owners, $5 for everyone else

Location: Latah County Fair Office - 1021 Harold Street, Moscow, ID


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 class, Protein, will be Saturday, February 17th at the Latah County Fair Ofice. 

 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. January 20th
  • 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.  February 17th
  • 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! March 24th
  • 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! April 21st
  • 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. May 12th
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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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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.

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Feb. 6th - Backyard Birding with Jamie from the Palouse Land Trust

Feb. 13th -  Valentine Making

Feb. 20th -  Music with Heather

Feb. 27th - Produce Tasting

For more information, please contact Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, Co-op Kids Volunteer Coordinator.


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This monthly meeting group is for new and expectant parents on the Palouse, designed to offer education and support for mamas, papas, wee ones, and expecting families.

Mamas and Papas exists to provide an educational and social environment for parents to learn, be heard, and share experiences related to childcare, parenting, and raising healthy families. At Mamas and Papas, we've had informational sessions on breastfeeding, cold and flu remedies, and diapering options just to name a few.

Through Mamas + Papas we hope to create a supportive and resourceful education program for parents on the Palouse that helps grow connections between families and community. At most meetings, you'll hear a guest speaker on a topic that is relevant to expectant parents or parents of children up to two years of age - in this way we 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.

February Topic:

Art for little ones - Local artists Linda Canary and Jeanne Leffingwell are here to talk about how art can help the developing mind of a toddler. Monday, February 5th - 9:30 at the Uma Center (414 S. Jefferson Street, across from the Post Office)

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


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

FEBRUARY's BOOK OF THE MONTH: 

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A poignant testament to food and family by J. Ryan Stradal

Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, February 25th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder,
as this meeting will be conducted at a private residence.   

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

As part of our group’s enjoyment of the food-inspired novels The Wonder and Fried Green Tomatoes over the last few months, this year marks a shift for our book club from mostly non-fiction, to some fiction worth relishing. We’ll have a nice mix of tender memoirs, handy how tos, in-depth reporting, perspectives on food and health, and a sprinkling of delicious novels. (See below for a list of this year’s upcoming titles)

February brings our first tale of the year: Kitchens of the Great Midwest, an inspired debut novel about how a young girl’s formative relationship to food helps guide her life. Meet Eva. Her mother—who’s fallen in love with wine and a dashing sommelier—is left with her father, who’s committed to raising her with a depth of appreciation for the Midwestern food  of his own childhood.

Rather than give away any spoilers, consider that the book has roped in an Amazon “Best Book” award in 2015, hundreds of great customer reviews, and some unusual commentary from the School Library Journal who referred to its “unusual and stimulating structure” that another reverie says makes readers want to “devour it.”

Each chapter of this clever book focuses on a singular dish, and character. Eva learns—via food and her commitment to it, and herself—that she can achieve great success through her beloved cooking, but that at heart, her victories are also deeply about emotional sustenance, too.


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.

February's Film is The Condor's Shadow

Set in the ruggedly beautiful Southern California habitat of the iconic California condor, The Condor’s Shadow explores the great hope and extreme lengths that biologists, zookeepers, scientists and a feisty condor with the Native American name Pitahsi bring to the task of pulling the condor back from the brink of extinction
-from the film's website (found here)

When?: Wednesday, February 21, 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.