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June Cheese of the Month

Graskaas from Beemster Premium Dutch Cheese

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Can you recall the elation you feel when you see the first daffodil of spring, piercing through the last remaining snow drifts? That's how our cows feel when they can finally leave the barns after winter and have the freedom to run and play. Best of all, they can enjoy their first meal of the Beemster Polder’s fresh and delicious grasses. We use their first spring milk to make this limited-edition cheese, and it’s the creamiest cheese of the year. We're pretty sure you can taste the happiness.

Graskaas is made only once a year.

Once Winter has thawed and the spring grass in the Beemster Polder has grown, the cows are let out into the fields. They joyfully run, jump and play - and feast on the first grass of the season.

We make Graskaas from the first milking of Spring. It's the richest, creamiest and sweetest milk of the season. We capture the fresh, sweet, joyful flavor of Spring in Graskaas.

Graskaas is a seasonal and specialty cheese that is aged for 1 month. The texture is extra smooth with a sweet and fresh taste. Pairs really well with Rosé Wines!

RECIPES WITH GRASKAAS:

Content Thanks To Beemster!

We Are Working on becoming a Safe Zone!

The Boise Co-op is a safe and inclusive place for the LGBTQ Community! Why did we announce this? The main reason is that the LGBTQ community often questions whether they will feel safe, accepted, or supported in a new space. We want everyone to feel comfortable being themselves when they’re at the Boise Co-op, and be themselves. Home is always your first space, work your second, and many consider The Boise Co-op a third space. As a communal gathering space, everyone should always feel safe.

We will be displaying Safe Zone stickers and demonstrating the commitment we’re making to creating LGBTQ-inclusive environments. As the Boise Co-op, making our campus a safe zone aligns with our core values of everyone being welcome. Our staff is prepared to take action if anyone, for any reason, feels unwelcome or is discriminated against.

Our goal here is to let the community know that we are allies, we will always be LGBTQ-inclusive, welcoming of everyone, and affirming. Hopefully, we can inspire other local business to be a safe zone and start a Boise Safe Zone Registry.

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Natural Cleaning 2.0

By Cathy Smith

Have you ever stared at a clogged sink and wondered if buying a toxic chemical is worth the environmental impact?

Recently, I wrestled with this dilemma over my bathroom sink. I tried the salt, vinegar and boiling water method. Still, every time I brushed my teeth or washed my hands there remained a murky pool. Stubborn.

Flash…the light bulb went on! What is the best scrubby, bubbly substance? I scooped out the excess water and poured in 2 tablespoons of 35% hydrogen peroxide and watched it go to work. I did this twice more and left it overnight, in the morning the drain was clear. Simple, effective, and non-toxic. What more could I ask for?

Let’s explore some household uses for hydrogen peroxide.

The Co-op sells food grade hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in 3%, 12%, and 35% concentrations. Do not let 35% peroxide touch your skin -- it is extremely irritating. All recommendations below are utilizing 3%. As my Dad used to say, “Do as I say and not as I do.”

Veggie wash: In a sink of cold water add ¼ cup H2O2 to remove some pesticides and dirt. Allow veggies to sit in the wash for 5-10 minutes; swish and rinse.

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Toothpaste: Mix H2O2 with baking soda and salt for a brilliant smile. Miss the fresh flavor? I add essential oils of peppermint or clove to taste, 2 drops per ¼ cup. Boost the whitening action with a dash of powdered charcoal.

Toothbrush sanitizer: Keep germs at bay by storing your toothbrush in a glass filled with peroxide. Refresh weekly.

Cutting board cleaner: Spray your wood cutting board between uses, especially after chopping meat, rinse when the bubbles subside.

Toilet Bowl: Pour ½ cup in the bowl, let sit 20 minutes, scrub clean.

Ice Chest: Spray to disinfect between camping trips or tailgate parties.

De-skunk pets: Had a bad run in? Remove the offensive odor with this: 16 oz hydrogen peroxide, ½ tsp dish washing liquid, 1/8 cup baking soda, and 32 oz water. Adjust for the size of the animal (or human). Scrub and promptly rinse, the peroxide will lighten fur just as it does hair.

There is a natural solution for nearly everything in life. We here at the Boise Co-op strive to be your resource of healthful information. We love being a vital part of our community!

June Is Idaho Wine Month!

Give Yourself something to "Wine" about, lets Celebrate Idaho Wines and Winemakers in June, so mark calendars. We'll have great deals on Idaho Wine all month long, plus special flights at Uncorked!

What better time to celebrate all the awesome local wines than during Idaho Wine Month?! Save 15% on ALL Idaho wines. We will have weekend tastings at all locations. We'll also be featuring a different Idaho winery in our Tuesday Night Flights. Come meet the folks behind your favorite local wines in a tasting of 3 wines for $10 every Tuesday in June from 5-7 pm. We'll be featuring the following wineries.

Check out other Idaho Wine Month events from the Idaho Wine Commission here!

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Wellness Tuesday Tips: Cleaning with essential oils

By Cathy Smith

I love simplifying house chores. Are you with me on that?

What if it cleaning could be fun and creative using healthy ingredients? Who doesn’t want to make quick work of clearing dirt? You can leave the whole house gleaming while saving money and reducing chemicals and plastic!

White vinegar, witch hazel, and essential oils are my best cleaning friends. Pair with microfiber cloths which are excellent for wiping counters, sinks, mirrors, and glass. Essential oils naturally possess anti-microbial properties while imparting their clean scent into your living space. They can be used undiluted in your garbage disposal and toilet bowl, in the washer when laundering sheets and towels, and mixed with baking soda to freshen rugs and carpet before vacuuming.

Here are some of my favorite combos:

Lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus are wonderful spa-like aromas: simultaneously relaxing and invigorating.

Lemon and tea tree mixed with equal parts water and witch hazel is a terrific disinfectant, a genius at removing oily substances from any surface.

Rosemary, orange, and thyme will brighten your mood, improve mental clarity (I’m all about that), and help give the immune system a boost.

Try making your own blends! Below is a lit of some favorite oils and their properties:

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  • Tea tree: antimicrobial, anti-fungal; deters lice and other pests.

  • Peppermint: a natural deodorizer and the perfect topical solution to stop the itch of a mosquito bite.

  • Lavender: antiseptic and freshens everything; 4 drops on a wool dryer ball or old washcloth instead of dryer sheets.

  • Lemon: antiviral and degreaser to wipe down the fridge; mix with olive oil and white vinegar for polishing wood furniture.

  • Orange: bright and cheerful aroma; great glue and stain remover that won’t discolor fabric.

  • Rosemary: clears stale air, opens clogged sinuses and boosts memory. Mix with peppermint to clean car interiors and inspire a mindful commute.

  • Eucalyptus: fights germs and mites. On laundry day, add to wash water for sheets. Mix with water for a room spray during and after a virus.

  • Thyme: powerful germicide; wipe down cutting boards and add to dish soap.

Want more info and recipes? Visit the link here!

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Intermittent Fasting Part Two - The Personal

By Cathy Smith

As with any new dietary regimen, be sure and consult your doctor before diving in.

What I’ve experienced with IF has been profound on all levels of health. The mental, emotional and physical benefits I’ve experienced as a result have wowed me and far exceeded my expectations. How often does that happen?

I spent years functioning on little sleep, which impacted my health and wellbeing. Menopause and life events caused cortisol, a stress hormone, to rise as a loud crack in the night that left me foggy headed and dull. Herbs, acupuncture, body work, breath work, meditation and exercise helped to a degree, yet it felt as if my sleep button had been permanently switched off. Can a person forget how to dose off?

Enter IF and eventually adopting a keto diet. Voilà! Restorative sleep swept over me like a welcome friend. Not to discount the value of all the other things I did and still do, but at last, true healing began.

What was my approach? First, I made an agreement to proceed with gentleness and care- to trust the process and let it evolve over time.

I started with 12/12 hour eating/fasting window and slowly extended my fasting time by one hour as my body felt accustomed to that window. I feel very comfortable at 14 hours of fasting, though I aim for 16 hours as that’s when autophagy occurs. Most days I stop eating by 4 pm; other days I stop later according to my social calendar.

Other delightful benefits are these: my body runs warmer, the numbness in my feet and toes is going away and creativity is up. I feel younger and stronger. Yippee!

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

- William Penn

May Cheese of The Month

Sleeping Beauty.
From Cascadia Creamery.

Save 20% on This Cheese All Month Long


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Smooth and buttery with a supple sharpness. Named after a signature landmark of the Cascade Range - the legendary "Beauty" that came between the mighty Pahto (Mt. Adams) and Wy'East (Mt. Hood) peaks. Like its namesake, this alluring cheese can move mountains. Natural rind - aged 75 to 100 days.

Content Thanks To Cascadia Creamery.

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Intermittent Fasting

By Cathy Smith

As with any new dietary regimen, be sure and consult your doctor before diving in.

Who enjoys being hungry? Almost no one.  Waiting for a certain hour to eat can be a mental challenge, gut gnawing at your  nerves, it can induce a mild panic. We love comfort and to nibble.

However, our bodies can make great use of a break from eating.  And regular breaks can keep those benefits going indefinitely.

My interest in intermittent fasting (IF) started a couple years ago. Rather than jump in alone, a friend and I started together. The buddy nudge got us each motivated -- a good way to go!  Checking in and navigating the trouble spots with a partner reinforced our continued success.

Yes, the health benefits of IF are remarkable, and the feeling of euphoria that sets in after awhile is well worth the gnaw. Here are some key benefits that are possible results from fasting:

  • Cellular repair, cells digest old proteins and built-up waste material

  • Insulin levels drop, making stored fat more accessible and weight loss easier

  • Levels of human growth hormone increase. More muscles and less fat

  • Longevity and protection from disease

Sound good? There are three ways to get there, it may take experimenting to find what fits for you. Any non caloric beverages are allowed while fasting.  

16/8 Fasting

This means eating for an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. For example, eat between 11-7pm and then fast until the next day

Once a Weekday Eat Only Dinner

Fast until the next day's dinner. That’s a 23 hour fast.

5 and 2

Twice a week, on non consecutive days, eat between 500 and 600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days

Fasting will also save you time and money. Bonus! Getting past the initial barrier is the tricky part.  Once that’s done and you get into the rhythm you get those great benefits.



Cathy's Wellness Tips: Digestive health

Have you ever made a poor digestive choice? A quick stop at a drive thru, polishing off a second bowl of ice cream, one too many dips of garden fresh salsa. Whatever the guilty pleasure, there is a remedy, a passport to a calm and happy belly.

I love weird science. I learned in an article in 'National Geographic' that there are trillions of bacteria in our guts that help us digest food. 

These are non-human creatures.

- Will Hobbs

Here is my go-to list of relief:

  • Celery breaks up fatty food, due to the low acid/high fiber content it reduces acid reflux. It ushers out bad cholesterol from the gut. High in vitamin K and folate, it will reduce inflammation while enjoying the watery crunch.

  • DGL is deglyrrhizinated licorice is another fix for acid reflux. The chewable wafers soothe and protect the mucosal lining of the intestinal track, allowing damaged tissues to heal. After using DGL daily for several months I no longer suffer from acid reflux.

  • Bio-K is a drinkable probiotic that will help you when you need it. These little gems are packed with 50 billion bacteria cultures that are fermented to body temperature. Beneficial to everyone, including kids, they work as soon as you need them, which is pretty nice. Available in plain dairy, blueberry organic brown rice and mango soy. If it’s fun for you to geek out on the science, then check this out


April Cheese of The Month

The Moon Rabbit.
From Deer Creek Cheese.

Save 20% on This Cheese All Month Long


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Deer Creek’s The MoonRabbit is proof that the moon is truly made of green cheese. We’ve taken our cured, sweet finish Cheddar and bathed it in Green Chartreuse liqueur. The Chartreuse adds a delicate herbal bouquet with hints of cloves, citrus, rosemary, and thyme that beautifully complements the cheese’s creaminess while imparting a light green hue. This special cheese comes in a 22 lb. daisy wheel wrapped in chartreuse colored foil for a unique and unforgettable presentation.

Pairings -

  • Beverages:  Gin on the Rocks, Crisp Unoaked Chardonnay, Rhône Red Wine, Blue Moon Belgian White Ale with a big slice of orange

  • Nibblies:  Crusty French Bread, Pistachios, Rosette De Lyon Sausage, Pears, Fresh Cherries, Orange Wedges, Orange-infused Dark Chocolate

Content Thanks To Deer Creek Cheese

Coffee for a Cause

Drink Coffee.
Do Good.

All our drip coffee now benefits charitable organizations!


For every pound of coffee we purchase for our self-serve coffee bar, our roasters donate to a charitable organization. 

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So now when you shuffle in for the morning cup of joe, you can feel extra perky knowing your coffee benefits an awesome organization.

We have 8 coffees that rotate in our self-serve coffee bar—check out the list below for each coffee and to see who benefits. Special thanks to our roasters for committing to these awesome causes.

Click on the names of the roasters of the organizations for more info about who they are what they do!


Cafe Mule

Dawson Taylor

DOMA

Happy Day

Meet our New Culinary Director!

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We are so excited to add more talent to our organization. We recently hired Jin Yang, former corporate executive chef at Sustainable Restaurant Group (SRG), as our new Culinary Director! Yang has been in the Portland food scene for nearly 10 years, first working with James Beard nominated Gregory Gourdet as his sous chef at Departure in downtown Portland.

“Jin is a huge score and we’re over-the-moon thrilled that we got him to Boise,” said Michelle Andersen, CEO at the Boise Co-op. “He has a big reputation in Portland, and he’s an extraordinary chef. Anytime you have the opportunity to try his food is a real treat.”

Some of his notable accolades:

  • 2015: Portland Iron Chef Overall Winner

  • 2016: Portland Iron Chef People’s Choice Winner

  • 2016: Named one of the most sustainable chefs by Uproxx

We can’t wait to see what awesome new flavors and ideas Jin brings to our Deli! He’s excited to showcase the Treasure Valley’s local flavors in new and interesting ways.

“Boise has everything it needs to be a major food city,” said Yang. “Working with the Boise Co-op gives me the opportunity to drive this change by connecting with the community, local farmers, and restaurateurs.”









Cathy's Wellness Tips: Wrinkles

I often hear people frustrated with aging.  It does take a certain amount of grace and, well, courage.  A friend asked me an interesting question last week. “What can I do to get rid of my forehead wrinkles?” she asked, pressing and rubbing her forehead in circles, as if she could wipe them off.  Later that day a customer asked me the exact same question. Synchronicity.

My answer for both was this:  Sorry, your wrinkles are not going away.  The good news is, facial wrinkles can be softened and diminished by using the right nutrients and protection.  Start by hydrating the body inside and outside:

  • Use a good quality moisturizer

  • Use zinc based sunscreen

  • Apply vitamin C and/or hyaluronic acid serum topically

  • Take collagen peptides internally  

  • Add an Omega 7 fatty acid supplement, I highly recommend New Chapter

  • Do all of these daily, if possible.  

Collagen peptides, when taken in powder form, support our skin, hair, nails, joints and connective tissue, feeding and strengthening, as collagen production slows down as we age.  

Throughout the day, remember to relax your face, run your fingers through your hair and give it a pull.  This relaxes the scalp. Shrug and drop your shoulders a few times, releasing built up tension. All of these will soften the face, and with that reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Interested in treating yourself to a facelift at home? Yes, please. Check out this video I found.


Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Every day I feel is a blessing.  And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.

- Prince



Wellness Tuesday Tips: Sinus Relief

Feeling stuffy in the head? That’s no fun.

I have a quick and simple solution. Let’s explore peppermint and douglas fir essential oils to get you breathing freely and deeply once again. It’s my go-to blend for shrinking sinus tissue and relieving headaches by getting mucus flowing. It will give you an energy boost, too!

First up is my good friend douglas fir. It is the hefty breather of the forest- a favorite conifer for pumping out oxygen. It is a cooling decongestant, purifying with its antimicrobial activity, and is also stimulating to the immune system.

Next, we have peppermint essential oil- tried and true as a remedy for headaches and its beneficial respiratory effects. Expansive and uplifting, it clears the mind and relieves minor pain. Peppermint is an important oil for any first aid kit; I don’t travel without it.

For sinus congestion, apply 2 drops of douglas fir and 2 drops of peppermint oil to the palm of a clean hand and cup your hands around the nose and mouth to make a seal. Take a deep breath in through the nose and a long breath out the mouth, doing this as many times as is comfortable for you. Massage the remaining oil into the back of your neck. Avoid the delicate eye area with this mix as it can be irritating, causing the eyes to water.

March Cheese of The Month

FULLY LOADED.
FROM BEEHIVE CHEESE.

Save 20% on This Cheese All Month Long


Fully Loaded is fortified with rye whiskey. Bold and spicy, with hints of cinnamon, anise, and honey. The rye whiskey imparts a complex kick to Beehive’s creamy, Irish-style cow’s milk cheese.

Pairings
Enjoy Fully Loaded with salami or on a chicken avocado sandwich. Pair with a dark ale or a medium-bodied red wine.

Perfect for entertaining, choose from a 4 oz or 12 oz cut of Fully loaded will make a loaded addition to your cheese board. HINT: 12 oz cut of cheese will accommodate between 12-16 guests.

Content thanks to Beehive Cheese


Wellness Tuesday Tips: Skincare in the Dry Season

Let’s talk about skin and how to get your glow on after the season of dryness. The Co-op has the best selection of skin care in the valley. High quality ingredients go into amazing formulas that will improve the appearance of your skin, whatever its current condition. I use an exquisite blend of products that supercharge my skin.


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Dr. Hauschka Night Serum

Light and hydrating, this serum is made from Rose Apple blossoms. Full of pro-vitamin A, vitamin C and B1, B2 and B6, minerals and antioxidants, it is designed to be used at night with no other moisturizer. This enables the skin to breathe and detoxify. Do this and wake up with soft, toned and beautiful skin.

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Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant + Oil

Gentle as it is effective in brightening, and deeply moisturizing, Rosehip oil lessens the appearance of scars, including fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins such as beta carotene, E, C and essential fatty acids that support tissue regeneration. Apply in a circular motion to the entire face; I focus on my lips, under my chin and neck.

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Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

Glow in a bottle, this is it! Simple ingredients make it exceptional, such as olive oil, beeswax and mineral pigments.


Putting it all together:

In the morning, mix together in the palm of your hand and smooth onto clean skin.

  • ½ inch Dr. Hauschka Night Serum

  • ½ dropper of Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant Oil

  • 1 pump Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

*Stay tuned for our Keto book club coming in March….





Wellness Tuesday Tips: Keto

Ratio of food intake to get into and maintain ketosis is 70-80% fat, 10-15% protein, 5-10% carbs

Ratio of food intake to get into and maintain ketosis is 70-80% fat, 10-15% protein, 5-10% carbs

In lieu of making a New Year’s resolution, I decided to choose an intention for 2019. It just feels better, cultivating what I wish to manifest in my life, rather than imposing restrictions. Who needs more of those? Create is my word to explore, tend and grow, with a sense of wonder. 

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

-Ruth Reichl

Curious about the Ketogenic lifestyle, yet resistant to conforming to a particular protocol, it was set on the back burner. After connecting with someone who simplified the science behind Keto, I dove in. It’s incredibly helpful to have a guide along the way.

What you are asking your body to do is burn fat as fuel instead of glucose, providing a stable source of energy. Our brains are made of fat, as well as the myelin sheath that is a fatty insulating layer protecting our nerves. I’ve already noticed improved sleep, weight loss, increased mental focus and zero sugar crashes. That is after getting through the Keto flu.

  • Include healthy fats, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds

  • Limit carb consumption bread, pasta, crackers, and beans, fruit

  • Get regular exercise

  • Utilize electrolytes ~ pink salt

  • Stay hydrated

In March I will be hosting a keto book club at Uncorked, your personal  guide along the keto trek. Demystifying the hype, sharing the science and navigating the pitfalls. Together we will explore all the ways to make it simple, satisfying and yes, fun.