Article

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Flower Power

Come January I am even more dedicated to self-pampering and treating myself with flowers. Buying a bouquet every week, I delight in filling vases of all sizes and placing them here and there, in anticipation of spring. My latest obsession is succulents, a feast for the eyes!

 What does that have to do with Wellness you ask? Bringing nature indoors reduces mental fatigue, being greeted with beauty reduces stress and is a creative outlet.

 Also, flower oils are exceptionally effective for dry winter skin. I have discovered that simple ingredients like rosehip seed oil, calendula, lavender and neroli leave my skin and senses feeling super luxurious.

 Rosehip seed oil is unmatched for fading scars and brightening skin, due to high concentrations of vitamins A, C and E. It reduces the impact of environmental stressors, along with supporting firmness and improving skin texture.

 Calendula oil is made from marigold flowers soaked in olive oil; useful for healing red, cracked and itchy skin. Gentle enough to apply to delicate skin, perfectly safe for babies.

 Neroli is the waxy flower of the orange tree, is both uplifting and calming to the nervous system. I think it smells divine, mixing it with vetiver will add a grounding component.

 Lavender, of course, is the classic cell regenerator. Lovely mixed with rosehip seed oil as a night time moisturizer.

 If you have not explored our essential oil area, please do! There is an endless array products to explore in our compact area, it’s is one of my happy places.

 

Earth laughs in flowers.

           Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Golden Milk

Feeling a little low down with the grey days? When the sunshine is stuck behind the clouds we start looking for bring it in other ways.

Boy, do I have a treat for you!

Daily I make a frothy cup of Golden Milk; I adore hot drinks in the winter. Turmeric, the main ingredient, will help your body reduce inflammation, while new studies suggest it greatly benefits brain health.

A nourishing way to prep for sleep, it helps to melt away muscle tension from being out in the cold.

Occasionally, it is my morning drink with cacao, maca and matcha tea powder. An alternative to coffee, it’s a powerful jumpstart to your day with a fraction of the caffine.

You can find Golden Milk in the Wellness dept. on aisle 6. I use either Garden of Life or Gaia brands or if you prefer the bulk turmeric in aisle 2 is also an option.

Recipe #1

I tsp Golden Milk

8-10 oz milk, cow or alternative, make sure it’s creamy

1 dash of cinnamon

1 dash of nutmeg – sleep inducer

1 dash clove or ginger

1 dash stevia, honey or coconut sugar

Heat of the stovetop, using a whisk to get it foamy

Pour into your favorite mug adding another dash of spice or whipped cream and relax in front of the twinkling lights.

Enjoy the cozy!


January Cheese of the Month

Truffle Tremor

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!


logo.png


A flavor powerhouse of ripened goat cheese.

You’ll enjoy the heavy floral, herbaceous, and mushroom notes in this earth-shaking masterpiece. If you love Humboldt Fog and can’t get enough of truffles, this is the cheese for you. Like other soft-ripened cheeses, Truffle Tremor® has a bloomy rind that allows the cheese to ripen from the outside in. As Truffle Tremor® continues to ripen and mature, the creamline develops and the flavor intensifies — an ooey-gooey, ripe Truffle Tremor is not for the faint of heart.


Content thanks to Cypress Grove

Holiday Hours 2018

Boise Co-op North End & Village

December 24th, Christmas Eve: 7am to 6pm

December 25th, Christmas: Closed

December 31st, New Year's Eve: 7am to 8pm

January 1, New Year's Day: 9am to 8pm


Boise Co-op Wine Shop

December 24th, Christmas Eve: 8am to 6pm (open early!)

December 25th, Christmas: Closed

December 31st, New Year's Eve: 10am to 8pm (normal hours)

January 1, New Year's Day: 10am to 8pm (normal hours)


Uncorked! Wine Bar

December 24th, Christmas Eve: 12pm to 6pm (open early!)

December 25th, Christmas: Closed

December 31st, New Year's Eve: 12pm to 8pm (open early!)

January 1, New Year's Day: 3pm to 8pm


Boise Co-op Pet Shop

December 24th, Christmas Eve: 9am to 6pm

December 25th, Christmas: Closed

December 31st, New Year's Eve: 9am to 8pm (normal hours)

January 1, New Year's Day: 9am to 8pm (normal hours)

December Cheese of the Month

Deer Creek: The Doe

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!

deer-creek-logo-for-web1.png

The Doe is a gracefully creamy handcrafted bandaged-wrapped Cheddar marbled with intoxicatingly aromatic pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. This special cheese begins with wholesome rBST-free milk from Wisconsin. During the cheese-making process, we add freshly ground whole vanilla bean and then age the cheese to allow the flavors to mellow and penetrate throughout. The result is a uniquely perfumed velvety Cheddar that is savory with a sweetly woody finish.

Our Favorite Pairings:

  • Beverages: Coffee, Bourbon, Cognac, Hard Cider

  • Wines: Champagne, Chardonnay

  • Nibblies: Cashews, Chocolate, Shortbread, Dried Fruit, Apple Pie, Cherries, Baked Ham

Content thanks to Deer Creek

Wellness Tuesday Tips

Four tips to stay happy, healthy and relaxed as you juggle travel or hosting guests with the unexpected moments of chaos that often accompany holiday festivities.  

  1. Get some sunshine! Carve out time for a walk in nature. Our bodies utilize vitamin D3 to strengthen bones, improve mood and support the immune system. No time? Add a vitamin D3 supplement to your daily vitamin.

  2. Don’t skip meals. We naturally want to eat more this time of year for extra insulation from chilly winds and pesky bugs. Stabilize blood sugar by keeping regular meal times.

  3. Sweat it out. Release toxins and tension at the gym or with yoga.  Or simply run around the block three times. Exercise reduces the stress hormone cortisol and revs up metabolism, leaving room for a second slice of pie.

  4. Massage.  A warming, full body self-massage with sesame oil protects skin, calms the nerves, and makes you feel good all over. Aim for 5-10 minutes three times a week after showering or before bed. Turn down the brain volume with this essential oils blend:

Peace Out Blend

  • 2 oz bottle of sesame oil or Argan oil                   

  • 6 drops ylang ylang                              

  • 3 drops cedarwood                              

  • 2 drops cardamom     

What are your favorite ways to  stay balanced through the holiday busyness?


Give Thanks & Pay It Forward with Fair Trade

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

This Thanksgiving, consider paying your gratitude forward. The holiday meal is the perfect time to consider swapping out a few items on your shopping list for fair trade certified products. You get to enjoy delicious food while supporting life changing projects for the farmers who produced it.

Fair trade standards ensure that farmers and workers are paid a fair and consistent price for their crops and labor in markets that can be unstable or are poorly regulated. The standards also guarantee appropriate working conditions, prohibit child labor and protect worker safety on the job. In addition, a percentage of a fair trade product’s sales go into a community account. Workers vote on how to spend the money, usually opting to fund community development projects like building schools or clinics in their communities.

It might seem like a small thing to buy fair trade certified sugar instead of sugar that isn’t certified, but every purchase adds up. If everyone swapped out just one item at Thanksgiving, the single largest food holiday of the year, imagine the impact we could have! Just like gratitude is a small thing that yields big rewards in our lives, fair trade is a simple idea with profound results. Food co-ops are all about empowering people to make a difference in the world with their food choices, that’s why you’ll find a great selection of fair trade items at your co-op.

Many fair trade certified products naturally lend themselves to a Thanksgiving menu. Look for fair trade certified staples like olive oil, sugar, molasses, honey, cinnamon and vegetable shortening as well as fair trade coffee, tea and wine, where available. Choose fair trade pecans to make this tasty cranberry pecan skillet stuffing and look for fair trade almonds for this traditional green beans amandine.

For those who like to bring whole grains to the holiday table, make fair trade quinoa the star of this delicious quinoa, squash and cheddar casserole or use fair trade rice to boost this savory pilaf. If you plan for leftover turkey, buy a little fair trade wild rice to make this classic wild rice turkey soup extra nice.

Depending on your crowd, fair trade products can make for good dinner conversation, as well. Most fair trade products have an engaging story attached that your dinner guests may also appreciate. Fair trade certification makes it easy for us to make a difference in the world, now that’s something to celebrate!

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

Annual Meeting and Community Partner Awards

Thanks to everyone who made it to the Annual Meeting this year! We held it at the Boise Depot and had over 120 people in attendance. Delicious food, great local wine and beer, and awesome conversations made this our best Annual Meeting yet!

This year, we honored some of our local vendors and community partners with awards to recognize some special achievements. In case you missed it, here is the recap:

  • Vendor of the Year: Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters

    • Dawson Taylor has been an awesome partner for us since the business got rolling 14 years ago. They are always willing to donate coffee for our events, hang out with us while we serve breakfast to bike-powered commuters, and even lend us their awesome bike trailer so we can get our burritos to Hyde Park in a greener way.

  • Outstanding Co-op Partner: Idaho Foodbank

    • We partner with Idaho Foodbank throughout the year to help combat Idaho’s serious food insecurity problem. Their operations are so efficient that turn every dollar donated into 5 meals for hungry Idahoans.

  • Innovation Award: Downtown Teaching Farm

    • This Boise High School urban farm takes close to 600 lbs of our food scraps every week and turns it into rich compost for their garden and orchard. They’ve helped us keep 15 tons of organic matter out of the landfill in the last year.

  • Star Vendor: Wildflour Bakery

    • Wildflour not only makes dangerously delicious cookies, they also have the highest sales of any of our local vendors. Not bad for starting out baking in a garage 25 years ago.

    We also wanted to recognize our local vendors who are scaling up their businesses as our sales continue to grow. We love when our customers choose local, because it truly has an impact on these awesome businesses!

  • Outstanding Small Vendor Growth: Better Man Beard

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our small vendor category. If you’ve noticed an uptick in shiny, good-looking beards around the valley, this is why.

  • Outstanding Medium Vendor Growth: Bucksnort Soda Company

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our medium vendor category. Have you tried making a root beer float with their root beer? No wonder these tasty sodas are growing in popularity!

  • Outstanding Large Vendor Growth: Acme Bakeshop

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our large vendor category. These bakers wake up at 2 am to bake us some of the tastiest bread in the state, made from wheat grown on the Idaho Palouse.

For more info on our local sales, community impact, and year-in-review, check out our Annual Report below!

November Cheese of the Month!

Marieke® Gouda Foenegreek

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!

93843b_f04a837ee5a34c06b0671f34073fe1a0_mv2_d_3301_2550_s_4_2.png

Marieke® Gouda Foenegreek: Sweet and nutty with flavor notes reminiscent of maple syrup. Pair with toasted almonds and maple syrup. Dark rum or Amber beer.

Award-winning cheesemaker, Marieke Penterman, celebrates her Dutch heritage with this exclusive collection of flavored Goudas. She and her team handcraft each wheel using herbs and seeds mostly gathered in the Netherlands. Premium, raw, cow’s milk from her family farm provides each wheel of cheese with the exceptional flavor and texture you’ve grown to expect from Holland’s Family Cheese.

Content thanks to Marieke Gouda

Update From the Board!

Dear Co-Owners,


It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce our newest Board Members, while reluctantly saying goodbye to those that have loyally served the Co-op, and you, its Co-Owners over the last few years. On that note, we are pleased to retain Shannon McGuire and Divit Cardoza for three-year terms, and  to welcome Jay Henry to a three-year term and Charles Raymond to a two-year term. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Tana Ruud and Jay Holmes, who have been wonderful assets to the board; graciously donating not only their time, but also their expertise in the industry and their services for the benefit and continued success of our Co-op. These positions are entirely volunteer-based and we recognize and greatly value the time and commitment these board members give.

The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in the functionality of the co-op by hiring and managing the CEO/GM, empowering them to work closely with the executive management staff who in turn oversee the day-to-day operations of the Co-op.

In coming off a very successful quarter, we are excited to be finalizing the last of the arrangements for our Annual Meeting and the 45th Anniversary Celebration of the Boise Co-op,  taking place at the Boise Train Depot on October 27th from 1:00 - 4:00pm. We would love for you all to join in the celebration with us! We will have some great food, music, wine & beer, activities for children, and a celebration of our local vendors!

Keep up to date with us on social media, as well as through our monthly communications. We are excited to announce that the board will be hosting informal meet-and-greet events each month in the Co-op’s Uncorked! Wine Bar with fabulous wines and Co-op prepared food pairings! Seating will be limited so be sure to scoop up your tickets first thing!

In service,

Your Board of Directors


October Cheese of the Month

Frankfully Frightening Gouda

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!

frankully-frightening-block.png

This Frankenstein inspired cheese is bright green in color and packed with flavors of garlic, pine nuts and basil so not only does it look fun it tastes amazing too – And will keep vampires away! A special release for Halloween Only

  • Adds spooky fun to your party cheese plate

  • Delicious addition to ghoulish recipes like Mac & Cheese and Pizza

  • Pairs well with Witches Brew or Pinot Grigio

  • Milk: Cow

  • Rennet: Vegetarian


Content thanks to Uniekaas USA

September Cheese of the Month

5a6a61aee4ec1200018d519b_Kimberlys Best Creamery Red-Black Letters-01-p-800.png

Cave Aged Lily Goat Raclette

 

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!

When Kimberly’s Best Creamery started processing milk, we were committed to only sourcing milk from dairy partner and producer who uses highest quality feeds and forages, including managing their herd without the use of artificial growth hormones.

Content thanks to Kimberly's Best

Join Us For National Hunger Action Month 2018

September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Boise Co-op and Idaho Food bank plan to take action! Hunger is an issue that affects every county in the state. Each day in Idaho one in six go hungry, including 92,000 of our state’s children, and are in need of assistance. 

We are proud to be partnering with the Idaho Food Bank and our Co-Owners, to sponsor this year’s National Hunger Action Month. For the month of September, the Boise Co-op will be matching all donations made at our registers up to a total of $2,500. Every dollar donated to Idaho Food Bank provides 5 meals to hungry people in Idaho. That means together we can provide 25,000 additional meals!

The Boise Co-op also works yearlong with partners of the Idaho Food Bank to diminish food waste. In our last fiscal year, we donated $326,000 worth of food, an average of $27,000 per month. The donated food goes to the Meridian Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and the Corpus Christi House.

Idaho Food Bank will be in our stores throughout September. Be sure to stop by to learn more about them and the programs they provide.