is the newsletter of the
Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
21 West 4th Street
Tonasket, WA 98855
2014 Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 9-7 * Sat 9-6 * Sun 11-4
General Manager: Alice Simon
Assistant Manager: Julie Greenwood
as a cooperative natural foods market is to continue to be at the leading edge of supporting local, organic, sustainable agriculture, with a commitment to social and environmental responsibility, a hub for local products and services, and a source of information for healthy living.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Sunny Lanigan, Chair
Ron Jones-Edwards, Secretary
Aaron Kester, Treasurer
The next regularly sheduled Board Meetings in 2017 are: Monday, April 3, and Monday, May 1 at 6:00 pm, in the North Valley Hospital Board Room--for location see
For only $50 you can become a member of the Co-op. Payments can be made at the rate of $10 per year. You would become a lifetime member in 5 years. Seniors over 65 can become members for half the regular rate. Next time you visit the front counter, check to see your membership is current.
Be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors; Sell on consignment; be eligible for Member Sales; Volunteer to earn discounts; Bulk ordering at wholesale + 15-20% markup.
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Sandwiches made to order
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Hot entrees Monday-Friday
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2008: Spring 2017
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The FireStarter ~ Spring 2017Volume 33, Issue 1
The Co-op Is Turning 40 This Year!Spring's on its way, and there’s a lot of activity brewing at the Co-op. Besides the usual liveliness the new season brings, our Co-op is getting ready to celebrate its 40th birthday. This June we're going to throw a big celebration for our little store. We’re not sure yet of all the details, but four decades in business deserves big recognition--so mark your calendars and plan to join in on the festivities! There are very few other businesses in Tonasket that can boast a 40-year lifespan, so celebrating is certainly appropriate for this milestone. Not only have we 'survived' all these years, we’ve thrived in such a way that we’re bigger and better than ever imagined. From the early days of selling bulk foods in a small house just outside of town, to our present location (which began in 1980), these past 40 years have been undeniably remarkable. Sometimes challenging, certainly gratifying, definitely buoyant, and a number of times quite unpredictable, the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op has been a huge part of the alternative community in Tonasket for as long as most of us can remember. The celebration will be June 23 & 24, hopefully featuring little events all weekend long. As part of our celebration we'll give away free samples of some of our favorite products, treats from our Deli, and we'd like to have activities for kids (what’s a party without fun happenings?) Fingers crossed the weather will cooperate, and much of the festivities will be able to take place outside...picture the garden/gazebo area full of kids, with face painting, games, music, story telling and more...and this might be a good year to have a float in Tonasket’s 90th Founder’s Day Parade on June 3rd, too. It'll take lots of members and friends participating to pull this off, but WE CAN DO IT. We know people are busy and it’s hard to commit, but a dozen or so eager helpers can make the Co-op’s 40th Birthday Party an event to remember. There will be jobs of all types; tasks could be short and simple or big and complex – you decide! With enough help we'll really do this up in grand style! How do you see yourself involved? please let store managers Alice Simon or Julie Greenwood know.
Look for the SALES throughout the Co-op, displayed with white shelf tags below the items. Current Tonasket Co-op Members
receive special discounts on these products.
URGENT RESPONSE - Tell Congress to Cover Dietary Supplements in HSAs and FSAs to Improve Access and Lower Costs for Americanssource-- Natural Products Association The Natural Products Association (NPA) started a grassroots campaign to encourage members of Congress to include dietary supplements in Health Savings Account (HSA) and/or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) legislation introduced as part of “Repeal, Repair, and Replace” efforts. “The NPA is committed to working with Congress and the Trump Administration to save costs for patients and taxpayers who choose to supplement their diets and healthy lifestyles,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., CEO and Executive Director of NPA. “Giving people more avenues and opportunities to save money in preventative health care costs is a common-sense solution. Using our collaborative grassroots efforts is the best way to let Congress know what we expect from them.” Support Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota) in their efforts to pass the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403 and H.R.1175 respectively, by asking your US Senators and Representatives to support this legislation. These bills will ultimately allow families to lead healthier lives, provide more freedom in how Americans choose to spend their money on preventive health care options, and lower overall healthcare costs. Much of our nation’s focus is on disease treatment rather than prevention. The Health Savings Act of 2017 is a logical approach to address our nation’s health challenges by being proactive in preventative care and improving healthcare costs. Ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support legislation that will cover dietary supplements in Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). This would ultimately allow families to lead healthier lives, provide more freedom in how Americans choose to spend their money on preventive health care options, and lower overall healthcare costs. Tell Congress TODAY to include dietary supplements in HSA/FSA! Contact: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane at 509-353-2374
Senator Patty Murray at (866) 481-9186 or www.murray.senate.gov
Senator Maria Cantwell at (509) 353-2507 - 920 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 697 - Spokane, WA 99201
Will you be heading off to your first year of post high school studies this year? Are you or your parent(s) a Co-op Member? Would $500 help with your moving and/or start-up expenses? Then pick up a 2017 Scholarship Application at the Co-op, or view/download a copy at www.TonasketCoop.com/Coop2017ScholarApp.pdf
New Line of Grass Fed Beef Coming SoonOur store has increased its frozen foods selection, and we're excited to add products from a new purveyor Knee Deep Cattle Company, located near Coburg, Oregon. We'll be stocking a small line of their grass-fed beef products and be adding more if there's customer interest. Knee Deep Cattle Company is based in the Willamette Valley of Southern Oregon, which is known for its ideal grass-growing climate – plenty of rain and mild weather. They've been dedicated to a compassionate and natural approach to sustainable animal husbandry since 1954. Their 100% grass-fed beef is a much healthier alternative to conventional grain-fed beef. The animals are not only fed clean diets (including grasses, clovers, mineral supplements and salt), they are pasture raised and never confined to a feedlot. Cattle are born and raised right there on the ranch. The company also assures there have been no added hormones or antibiotics, cereal grains are never fed, and the meat is all USDA inspected. For more information visit www.KneeDeepCattleCompany.com
Tonasket’s 90th Founder’s Day will be the first weekend of June. Interested In being in the PARADE on Saturday, June 3rd? Talk to Co-op manager Alice Simon or Julie Greenwood
Spring Faire May 19-21The Okanogan Family Faire Spring Faire will be May 19-21 this year! Look for more information around the community and check their website at OkanoganFamilyFaire.net
Member Appreciation Day is the 3rd Tuesday of each month.