Fall 2014

Volume 30, Issue 6

New and Noteworthy at the Co-op

If you’re planning a healthy, organic Thanksgiving Dinner, look no further than your Co-op for all the fixings! We will be stocking nearly everything needed for a delicious, traditional (or non-traditional) holiday feast. Organic and Free Range turkeys from Mary’s Turkeys will be available to purchase with a pre-order sign up sheet at the front register. Look for it in the beginning of November and order soon, as quantities will be limited. For those who prefer a vegetarian dinner, the Co-op also offers Tofurky, a delicious soy-based meat alternative.

The Co-op has been carrying Mary’s poultry products for several years; Mary’s Chicken is a regu­lar item in our frozen meat section. The California company promises that their birds are all free-range, fed a vegetarian diet, are gluten and hormone-free and NEVER fed antibiotics. For more information on Mary’s turkey and chicken visit their website at Marysturkeys.com and Maryschickens.com.

We will also be holding our second annual Turkey Dinner raffle, offering a delicious full-meal-deal to the lucky winner. The proceeds will go towards the store’s Building Improvement Fund – be sure to get your tickets when they go up for sale.

We recently received a new line of bags and scarves as well as a new shipment of baskets, ideal for holiday gift giving. As the season progresses we hope to have lots of new items to add to our gift section, so watch for that.

Our little store has been abundant with local produce this year, but that is winding down now. There’s still a small selection of local vegetables available--cabbage, onions and winter squash. Several varieties of local apples can still be found in our produce cooler as well.

For those who donated to help rebuild Cougar Mountain Apiary, the good news is that they were able to purchase a new extractor. However, they are still not producing for sale and until then we are carrying A&A Honey from Okanogan. Yes we still have healthful local honey for our customers!

please note: The DELI WINDOW is now closed on Sundays
and is OPEN 11-2, Monday-Saturday
Cold sandwiches, salads available anytime.
Hot soup and entree available Monday-Friday until Store closing
Hot soup (no entree) on Saturdays
Fresh baked cookies, coffee, & tea always available
Store hours are still 9-7 Mondays-Fridays, 9-6 Saturdays, and 11-4 Sundays


“Past and current appointments ... are more representative of the agribusiness sector than of meeting requirements detailed in the Organic Foods Production Act.”

USDA Continues Pattern of Corporate Appointments to NOSB (National Organic Standards Board)

~from The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, expressed renewed criticism of the process used for the selection of four new appointees to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB makes decisions regarding synthetic materials allowed for use in organic agriculture and food production and also advises the USDA Secretary on policy. 

Cornucopia is critical of past and current appointments that are more representative of the agribusiness sector than of meeting requirements detailed in the Organic Foods Production Act. Cornucopia's Will Fantle said, "We think a more transparent process would ensure the selection of the best and brightest for the various vacancies on the board - instead of, once again, appeasing the organic corporate lobby."  

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Ashley Swaffer, an employee of Arkansas Egg Company, to the producer seat open on the Board.  Tom Chapman, Sourcing Manager with Clif Bar, will fill the handler position. Lisa de Lima, a vice president for MOM's Organic Market, was tapped for the retailer seat.  Paula Daniels, senior advisor on food policy for Los Angeles, will fill the environmentalist/ conservationist position.

“The more generous we are, the more joyous we become.
The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become.
The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become.
The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.”
~ William Arthur Ward

Organic Farming Could Reverse Climate Change

~from The Cornucopia Institute

Organic agriculture is "a 100-percent solution to the health problem, to the unemployment problem, the poverty problem, the biodiversity problem, and the water problem," says Vandana Shiva, PhD, founder of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy.  The acclaimed Indian environmental activist was one of several speakers to discuss regenerative organic agriculture at an expert panel event hosted by the Rodale Institute, the Carbon Underground, and Organic Consumers Association. 

But the benefits go beyond even the important issues Dr. Shiva noted: organic farming is also the solution to our carbon problem, according to the Rodale Institute.  The researchers found that, through regenerative organic agriculture, the soil will be able to sequester carbon in a way that not just limits, but also reverses, the threatening levels of atmospheric CO2. 

For the same research and development cost of developing one GMO, many farms could instead be converted to using sustainable, carbon storing solutions.  The wealth of scientific support for regenerative agriculture has demonstrated that these practices can comfortably feed the growing human population while repairing our damaged ecosystem.

Member Appreciation Day is the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Members may bulk-order from the UNFI Catalog at 15% above wholesale.
Stock up now for winter!


“Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops are already failing because they created superweeds. Now imagine Roundup on overdrive.”

New Herbicide Expected to Get Government Approval In Spite of Health Concerns

~from The Center For Food Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to issue a dangerous approval that will put our farms, our food, and our environ­ment at risk. EPA may announce approval of Dow Chemical’s new “Enlist Duo” herbicide within the next month. “Enlist Duo” is a mixture of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) and the even more toxic 2,4-D (part of the chemical mixture Agent Orange).

Enlist Duo is designed to be sprayed on Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, killing the weeds but not the crops.

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops are already failing because they created superweeds. Now imagine Roundup on overdrive.

Scientists, lawmakers and millions of citizens know that more chemi­cals are not the answer to the superweed problem.

Major news outlets are saying these crops are serious cause for concern. The Los Angeles Times recently said, “Just as the nation must stop overusing antibiotics if it hopes to slow the emergence of resistant infections, it must do the same with herbi­cides and genetically modified crops. The way to deal with so-called superweeds isn't by escalating the arms race against them.”

Despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care profession­als, and a letter signed by 60 Members of Congress opposing government approval, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently gave Dow’s risky crops the green light. EPA’s approval of Dow’s toxic chemical cocktail is all that stands between Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops and a grocery store near you -- unless the Obama ad­ministration can be convinced to stop it.

Dow’s new 2,4-D resistant crops are part of a grow­ing problem: an escalating chemical arms race going on across America’s heartland, started by Monsanto and now being driven by Dow. By driving up 2,4-D use, Dow’s crops will generate even more weeds resistant to 2,4-D and other herbicides. This GE crop system ensures a toxic spiral of ever-increasing chemical use on our land and food. These new crops pose a grave threat to our health. 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. Independent tests continue to turn up highly toxic dioxin contaminants in 2,4-D.

Approval would trigger millions of more pounds of toxic herbicides dumped onto our land. Even USDA admitted it could be as much as 176 million pounds per year! 


To become proactive the public can click here to sign the petition (follow the prompts) and tell the president to stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on!

Look for the SALES throughout the Co-op, displayed with white shelf tags below the items.

Members receive special discounts on these products.

Some are one-time deals, some are monthly sales, and others are introductory promotions.
Price tags show member prices and non-member prices, with the sales being for our Co-op Members only.

Co-op Staff Picks

Julie: Trace Minerals Research Power Pak – Electrolyte Replacement & Immune Support Drink (Compare to Emergen-C) Has more packets and more milligrams of Vitamin C per serving, less carbs and sugars with the current special membership price being LOWER than Emergen-C

Melissa: GO MACRO Bars – made with cashews and brown rice "They have no sugar or gluten and one little bar fills me up!"

Emily: DermaE skin care products "Their DMAE Firming Moisturizer visibly reduced my post-pregnancy stretch-marks."

Liz: Hyland’s Homeopathic Allergy Relief "Because it Works! It even worked to relieve my son’s cat allergy!"

Freya: Guayaki Peach Immune Support Drink "It’s low in caffeine, which I like, and seems to keep us healthy during cold season!"

Annual Membership Meeting Set For October 19th

Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op’s annual Member­ship Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 19th at the Community Cultural Center, beginning at 2:00pm.

This important and informative meeting is open to all Co-op members. The annual event is an excellent opportunity for interested members to learn more about their Co-op--the financial aspects of the store, as well as the operations of the organization.

This year there are four vacant Board of Director seats, and we will nominate and vote on Members to fill these openings. Immediately following the meeting we will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Val, the Co-op Deli cook. Salad, soup, and bread will be served free to all Co-op Members.

Co-op Board of Directors meets on the THIRD MONDAY of each month, at 6:00 pm . in the North Valley Hospital Board Room in Tonasket, at 126 S Whitcomb, in the Administration Building. (subject to change)

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This edition of the Co-op News was edited by River Jones,
and published as a service to the members of the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op.

Letters and articles are welcome from members.
Please email your submission for consideration to us at .

Views expressed in The FireStarter are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Co-op management, directors, or membership. Acceptance of advertising does not indicate endorsement by the Co-op of the produce/ service offered. Newsletter editors and store management will review all submitted articles to determine suitability for publication.


Co-op Board of Directors:
Sunny Lanigan, Chair
Cassandra Schuler, Vice Chair
Rob Thompson, Treasurer
Ron Jones-Edwards, Secretary
Aaron Kester