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Save $15 on Co-ownerships ALL MONTH LONG!

Co-Owner Benefits Include:

  • Becoming a Co-Owner is more than getting a membership. You actually own a piece of the only community-owned grocery store in Ada County and get to vote for our Board of Directors.

  • An annual patronage dividend in profitable years based on your spending for the year.

  • A monthly 10% discount that can be used any day you choose, all day, at any of our locations.

  •  10% discount local day (coming in 2020).

  • Access to special Co-Owner sales each month.

  • Discounts on our classes.

  • Discounts on goods and services at local businesses through our Local Co-Operators program.

  • A friendly and knowledgeable crew ready to help you make informed purchases that meet your needs.

  • Automatic enrollment in our Boise Co-op Coupon Club.

 
 

The Equity You Invest is Put to Work By:

  • Creating a healthier community that supports individuals in need through our Community Involvement.

  • Supporting the local food system by prioritizing locally sourced products.

  • Growing the local economy by ensuring more dollars stay in Idaho.

  • Creating local jobs, and providing a living wage and benefits to more than 225 employees.

2019 Annual Meeting and Community Partner Awards

Thanks to everyone who made it to the Community Celebration and Annual Meeting this year! We held it at the Boise Depot and had 200 people in attendance. Delicious food, great local wine and beer, and awesome conversations made this our best one 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: Happy Day Brands

    • Happy Day Brands has a mission we can get behind: Eat Healthy. Live Happy. Do Good. Through their work donating 150,000 servings of superfood oatmeal to Idaho schoolkids in need, and their work toward sourcing Idaho-grown oats, we couldn’t ask more from a vendor.

  • Outstanding Co-op Partner: Idaho Wine Commission

    • We partner with the Idaho Wine Commission throughout the year on awesome events like Savor Idaho, Sippin’ in the City, and more. Their dedication to putting Idaho wines on the map is a perfect fit for our love of local and penchant for good wines.

  • Outstanding Small Vendor Growth: Wagner's Mustard

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our small vendor category. Do you reach for the mustard first or the ketchup first? If you reach for the mustard, make it Wagner’s.

  • Outstanding Medium Vendor Growth: Saalt

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our medium vendor category. They are changing the industry by providing sustainable period care for women, and recently were certified as a B Corp!

  • Outstanding Large Vendor Growth: Eagle Creek Orchard

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our large vendor category. Growers of the best peaches we’ve ever had!

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

November Cheese Of The Month

Beemster’s Pumpkin Spice

This savory cheese delivers the taste of autumn! An irresistible blend of pumpkin spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger, are blended right into our mild, young Gouda to infuse it with aromatic, fragrant fall flavor. Don’t miss this limited-time offering.

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  • Type: Seasonal & Specialty

  • Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

  • Age: 1 Month

  • Milk Type: Cow

  • Food Pairings: Grill with ham, serve alongside raisin-nut bread.

  • Texture: Semi-Soft

  • Drink Pairings: Malbec, Chardonnay, farmhouse ale, cider

RECIPES

Click here to Celebrate Fall with Beemster’s Pumpkin Spice!

Content Thanks To Beemster!

Boise Co-op Wine Shop 12th Anniversary Sale

One year older, wiser, and winey-er? Whatever the adjective, we're celebrating! All our wines are 15% off from October 11th to the 13th.

Friday through Sunday October 11-13

Time flies when you are selling (and drinking) wine, but it’s still hard to believe we’ve been in our current North End location for 12 years! To celebrate, we’re having a three day sale at our Wine Shop and both grocery stores. Here’s the skinny:

At the North End Wine Shop, & North End & Village Grocery Stores October 11-13

15% off* all regularly priced wines

Free Wine Tastings throughout the weekend at the Village in the Wine Department and in the Boise Co-op Wine Shop

$1 off beer and cider and special $10 Idaho wine flights in our Uncorked Wine Bar

*Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Some restrictions apply. Limited to stock on hand.

 

 

October Cheese Of The Month

QUICKE’S ELDERFLOWER CLOTHBOUND CHEESE

A fresh creamy clothbound cheese with a flicker of real elderflower running through it, our Elderflower Clothbound Cheese is delicately scented, rich and buttery. Full of aromatic floral notes, it pairs perfectly with a full party spread of charcuterie and pickles, figs and nuts, ideal for festive feasting.

Pair with charcuterie and pickles

Flavor profile: rich, buttery, aromatic


A 'QUICKE' HISTORY OF ELDER LORE

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The elder is an ancient hedgerow plant, native to Britain and steeped in mystery and superstition. Legend has it that if you fall asleep under a tree in full bloom, you'll be carried off into the world of the fairies...

Famous for their use in champagnes, cordials, and cooking, elderflowers are also thought to have medicinal properties, and every part of the plant – bark, leaves, flowers, and berries – have been used in domestic medicine since the days of Hippocrates. A flower infusion is a good old-fashioned remedy for colds and sore throats, just what we need at this time of year.

If you can capture the sweet taste of elderflower - dry it, bottle it and preserve it - you can bring it out in the midst of winter, a much-needed reminder of warm sunny days.

Content Thanks To Quicke!

Statement from Boise Co-op Board of Directors and CEO

Statement from Boise Co-op Board of Directors and CEO

September 12, 2019

Thank you

First, thank you to everyone who attended the Boise Co-op Board of Directors meeting on September 9. We appreciate your time and candor as you shared your concerns, support, and questions. We would also like to thank our crew, Co-Owners and shoppers that were unable to attend and took the time to reach out to us. As the Board of Directors and CEO we want you to know that we appreciate your feedback and your input.

The intent of this letter is to provide clarity, facts and insight where needed. This is not only in reply to the attendees of the Board meeting on September 9, but also the various people that have reached out to us. There are a number of questions circulating due to either a lack of information or deliberate misinformation. We recognize that this is a result of unclear and inconsistent communication. Honest and transparent communication is key to everyone understanding the “why” behind the decisions that are made and the direction we are going. We all need to work on this and it starts at the top. Our goal is to encourage a culture of accountability, and to more clearly outline the relationship between employees and managers.


Part of this narrative is intended to clarify the different roles that make up our Co-op. Each and every one of us choose to show up and most of us are here because we believe in the Co-op’s vision, mission and role in the community. To those who are here to help move us forward with purpose and integrity, we are grateful for your contributions. We have a long way to go and we hope you’re in for the long haul. Thank you.


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to Stand Up for Honest Food. Our core values are: collective harmony, positive spirit of action, and respectful honesty. Every Boise Co-op employee should be familiar with these concepts because we built them together. And together we intend to live and to work by these principles.

The Cooperative Model

A number of references have been made as to what the co-op model is and how it is designed for the benefit of employees. We want to provide some clarity and information on this. Cooperatives are owned and driven by the members—at the Boise Co-op we use the term “Co-Owner.”

The Boise Co-op exists to serve our Co-Owners through the purchasing of goods and services. We were organized for that reason—to provide access to good food at a reasonable price as a buying club. In addition to getting the products and services they want, Co-Owners also get a share in the profit of the Co-op. We return this in the form of a patronage dividend. Each household is allowed one membership and one vote. Through this democratic process we elect a Board of Directors. The Board serves as representation of our 33,000+ Co-Owners.

Employees can be Co-Owners, but they do not get preferential treatment for being employed by the Co-op. They are allowed one vote per household along with other benefits under the Co-Ownership allotment. The decisions we make are first and foremost for the benefit of our Co-Owners.

You can find our bylaws and Board policies online (if you’re reading this in print: www.boise.coop/directors)

Our Culture

First, and because questions were raised at our forum, retaliation is not the cost for those who speak up to management or the Board. This policy is explained on page 20 of the Employee Handbook. Staff ideas and insight are always welcome and encouraged. This being said, in an attempt to foster a shared sense of mutual respect and professionalism, we will not condone mean-spirited, spiteful, or bullying behavior. The expectation for all involved parties is to maintain considerate etiquette. 

Nor do we allow for insubordination; by this we mean refusal to obey direction from a supervisor and disrespect shown to management in the form of vulgar or mocking language—or making threats, spreading rumors and engaging in toxic gossip. This is destructive behavior that creates tension, loss of progress, and decreased morale. This is the very antithesis of who we are as a cooperative; it negates and undermines our values and will not be tolerated.

We as a Board of Directors and leadership team are committed to the creation and nurturing of a positive, empowering, and collaborative work culture. We all play a role in keeping this going. Our hope is that with honest and open discussion and mutual understanding of problems we can grow our collective confidence and trust, and improve our working relationships. 

Accountability Structure

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Deli Leadership Positions

The senior leadership team decided to invest in our largest department. The positions of Culinary Director and Executive Chef are strategic investments in the Co-op. In an industry where a grocery’s deli is typically a profit center, driving innovation and profits to the store, the Boise Co-op deli operations are an unfortunate exception; they have been losing money for several years. To help us reinvent and re-invigorate our deli operations, we turned to industry leaders who are excited to help us;  Jin Yang and Chris Paquette together bring more than 45 years of culinary talent and leadership. Jin is regularly listed as one of the food industry’s leaders in sustainability and environmental innovation. We tasked them with nothing short of transformation of this important function, and to also train and develop our future culinary leaders. We realize we should have been more clear about these positions and why Jin and Chris were selected right from the get go, and apologize for the confusion and frustration this caused. We’ll do better moving forward.

The ECHO Program

Both representatives of the previous ECHO resigned from their roles, subsequently leaving the positions vacant and dormant. We received feedback that the program needs revising because it isn’t effective. We also learned that the ECHO program created unintended consequences in communication breakdowns and gaps between department managers and their staff. We are taking this feedback seriously and exploring viable and sustaining alternatives which address the future of the program.

At this time we are not bringing the program back. True to our shared values that we stated above, we prefer to build a culture of open, honest and productive conversations between managers and their team. We have a system for employees to share concerns with their managers, not with a middleman who might not accurately translate the employee’s issues. To that end we have made changes to the managerial roster. One of our top priorities is to establish and grow that trust between managers and employees who are working together to rebuild these relationships. The graphic below outlines the best way to voice concerns.

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*the employee forums are a new addition that will take place quarterly, beginning on October 9 (at the Village) and 10 (at the North End). Employees should look for more info by the time-clocks and in meeting minutes in the next couple of weeks.

Employee Wage Increases

We want to clarify that wage increases are not capped at 3 percent. We set an organizational budget of 3 percent — as we have done for the last five years. We asked managers to provide reasoning, documentation and request for approval for any increase above this amount. This ensures accountability to budget and fairness in evaluation practices. 

One of the most urgent priorities on our “Go Forward” business plan is to implement a Total Pay package with a clear methodology and consistent application. Work is now underway and we will be providing progress updates along the way, with the goal to implement as soon as possible. 

A critical outcome of the across-the-board review described above will be clarity for employees about their compensation. Part of that review will be a clarification about salary caps, so that employees can see how to increase their wage either through performance or through a change in position. These discussions will take place between managers and their employees.

Personnel Decisions and Salary Information

Personnel decisions and salary information are private and closely held between the employee and the Co-op. The Board does not get involved in these conversations. As stated before, our sole employee is the CEO. Personnel changes, and the reasons for them, are private, to protect the privacy and integrity of all Boise Co-op employees. 

We set salaries and pay scales commensurate with an employee’s position and experience. Historically, we have brought on many entry level employees at the minimum starting wage (currently $10.76). Pay ranges exist for all jobs within our organization; hiring managers are being encouraged to bring new hires on at a pay within the job’s pay range that is commensurate with the new employees’ experience and skills. 

Long-term and Legacy Employees

As part of our pay evaluation process, we are reviewing our overall compensation terms. This process will include a focus on our long-term employees. 

Boise Co-op in the News

It’s likely that you’re aware of the various articles and social media posts being made about our organization. There are several accusations and personal attacks being circulated and we will not engage in tit for tat exchanges. That’s not who we are. 

Uncertainty creates a mixture of emotions—most of which lean toward the negative. Again, our intention is to provide clarity, insight and open and honest dialogue around these issues. We know the Co-op plays an important role in many people’s lives in our community, and our main goal is to ensure the Boise Co-op survives and thrives for another 46+ years. 



September Cheese Of The Month

Cypress Grove Humbold Fog Pepper Remix

The Original American Original® — remixed!

Humboldt Fog paved the way for soft-ripened goat cheese in America, but this is Humboldt Fog like you’ve never seen it before. Each limited edition, handcrafted wheel features a distinctive ribbon of chilies, curry, and harissa — with just the smallest kick in the pants. You'll also enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbaceous over-tones, and a clean citrus finish. As Humboldt Fog Pepper Remix matures, the creamline develops and the flavor intensifies.

Serving ideas

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  • Top your burger with Pepper Remix to turn up the heat.

  • Beer Pairings: chilli beer, porters, stout

  • Wine Pairings: suvignon blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

Content Thanks To Cypress Grove Cheese!

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Natural Ways To Boost Endorphins

By Cathy Smith

Natural Ways To a Happier Brain

Who doesn’t want that? My partner and I just returned from a lovely vacation in the Grand Tetons and the South Fork of the Snake River. I bathed my brain and body in a blissful blast of endorphins with a combination of nature, higher elevation, long hikes, delicious food, bouts of laughter, and making new friends.

What are endorphins? How do they work and can we get more daily? Brain science is fascinating! By no means will I attempt to explain the complexities of the billions of neural pathways. Endorphins are “feel good” chemicals produced by the pituitary gland and nervous system. They attach to the brain's opiate receptors, thus increasing pleasure and reducing pain. Ever heard a story of someone breaking a bone and not feeling the pain until hours later? That is our mighty gray matter coming to the rescue! 

Have you experienced the euphoria of a “runner's high”? Or the chilled out buzz of a glass of wine and a belly laugh with a friend? I feel incredible after a heart-pumping hour at the gym or after playing a game of Frisbee in the park. Maybe for you, it’s the sense of community while bonding with a cycling group or a monthly book club. The positive energy created releases these feel-good chemicals that keep us wanting more. Might be one reason we hear that pint of ice cream calling us from the freezer for one more bite ...hmmm?

Here are a few endorphin “triggers” that came up again and again in my research.  Give ‘em a go and see how you feel!

  • Regular exercise 

  • Laughing ~ Social bonding

  • Music

  • Nature and sunshine

  • Beet root powder or capsules

  • Omega 3 fish and flax oils

  • Probiotics 

  • Ginkgo Biloba

  • Turmeric 

  • Lavender and Vanilla essential oils

  • Physical intimacy

  • Meditation and conscious deep breathing

  • Dance

  • Volunteering 

  • Body massage

A customer last week shared how at age 55 she had begun to a kid again! I’m with her.

Cheers!!

August Cheese Of The Month

Deer Creek Cheese:

The Rattlesnake

Premium Tequila & Habanero Pepper Infused Specialty Cheddar

The Rattlesnake is a true flavor experience — spicy, sweet, tropical, and HOT. We start with a smooth, creamy medium aged Cheddar and infuse it with premium gold tequila and Habanero peppers. The warmth and sweetness of the tequila open your palate to the smooth and creamy mellowness of a perfectly aged Cheddar. And just when you are wondering where the Habaneros are, the heat bursts forth for an unforgettable finish. Watch out — this cheese just might bite you back!

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Our Favorite Pairings

  • Beverages: Tequila, Margarita

  • Beer & Wines: Iced Sangria, Mexican Beer

  • Nibblies: Pineapple, Mango, Chocolate, Potato Chips, Burgers, Chicken, Tortilla Chips

RECIPES WITH GRASKAAS:

Content Thanks To Deer Creek Cheese!

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Gratitude for Food

By Cathy Smith

Take advantage of summer's abundance! We have an amazing amount of delicious produce coming in, representing the abundance of summer. A few of my current favorites are fresh figs, peaches, blueberries, arugula, beets, carrots, and cucumbers. Working at the Boise Co-op for the past 23 years allows me access to the best organic food, quality skincare, and supplements. I am truly grateful I get the privilege to eat fresh and clean every day (not counting the nacho cheese sauce I recently consumed at an outdoor concert). Unfortunately, not everyone has such ready access to quality food.

Good digestion is important. Without it, we may not be getting all the nutritional benefits of the food we consume. Not to mention the discomfort of food moving slowly through our intestines. When dinner just sits around in our gut, it can cause indigestion, keeping you awake at night. Have you tossed and turned in bed, gotten out of bed to drink some water or taken an enzyme tablet, or stumble to the loo late at night before trying to get back to sleep? Sound familiar? Let’s check out a few solutions that can help!

It's very important to chew, chew, chew. Allow the food to macerate in your mouth until a soft paste. Or, simply chew your food 20 times before letting it go down the hatch. Chewing your food properly will activate the enzymes cellulase and amylase in the saliva. This will start the process of breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It will also signal the stomach, pancreas, and intestines to release protease, lipase, and lactase. They work to break down food which allows vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Protease: breaks down protein into amino acids

Amylase/Cellulase: break down carbs into simple sugars

Lipase: breaks down fats into three fatty acid compounds

Lactase: breaks down lactose found in dairy

Many of us are lacking in these enzymes. The good news is they are available in supplements. Try taking a full-spectrum enzyme blend at the beginning of each meal to ease bloating, gas and cramps. Peppermint capsules will help to soothe and calm your tummy better than Tums.

If eating is your jam, add the following foods that rate high in natural enzymes.

  • Pineapple

  • Papaya

  • Sauerkraut

  • Avocado

  • Mango

  • Kimchi

  • Kefir

  • Kiwi

  • Ginger

  • Raw honey

  • Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake mushrooms.
    Note: always cook mushrooms to release the beneficial compounds or take them in capsule form.


Beet the Heat Wrap

Ingredients

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  • 12 oz Co-op beet hummus

  • 4-6 Savor Tooth paleo pumpkin seed wraps

  • 4 oz lemon goat cheese

  • 1 local cucumber

  • 2 cups fresh greens ~ romaine, spinach, kale or arugula

  • 1/4 cup cilantro

  • Karam’s garlic sauce ( you’ll want to use this on everything!)

Directions

  1. Top the wrap with a dollop of goat cheese and warm in the oven on 350 degrees until soft and toasted.

  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of beet hummus per wrap.

  3. Throw in a handful of your favorite greens.

  4. Layer on a few thinly sliced cucumbers.

  5. Garnish with cilantro.

  6. Top everything off with a drizzle of Karam’s garlic sauce.

  7. Serve with sliced lemons and pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy the lush season of fresh produce from The Co-op, the Farmers Market, or handpicked from your garden!

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Summer makeup...light and dewy

By Cathy Smith

Summer makeup...light and dewy

Are you habitually late, constantly rushing out the door, always feeling overwhelmed, and frequently stressed because you spend way too much time getting ready in the morning? Do you want to find a quick and easy way to feel pretty and look put-together? With no time to fuss around in the morning, I’d rather spend any opportunity I can get wandering through my garden and sipping my cup of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee. So how to make it look effortless?

Let us go on a journey for radiant skin! This morning routine takes less than 10 minutes and will last you throughout the entire day.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. To look great and feel great, we need to take great care of our skin. We all have different skin needs, what is your skin trying to tell you? It is important to protect the base before you explore cosmetics:

  1. Post-shower I smooth on a layer of aloe vera gel, (Badger products are my go-to) all over my face, neck, and chest. The cooling and calming sensation will reduce redness and irritation. Your skin will drink it up!

  2. Followed this with a Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This is great if you have a combination skin type because it will lock in moisture without feeling greasy. Hyaluronic Acid Serum absorbs quickly. Your skin will get the hydration it needs while at the same time filling in those fine lines. 

  3. If you have oily skin, choose a lightweight moisturizer such as Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream, Kettle Care Balancing Lavender Facial Cream. If you have dry skin, choose an  Argan oil to keep your skin from looking rough and flaky.

  4. Now for the icing on the cake. Top everything off with a zinc-based SPF; look for a BB cream that contains SPF 30. BB creams with SPF will provide coverage and sun protection. The dual action of a tinted SPF will cut the time and cost. 

Remember, when you're feeling put together, you won't worry about the daily nuances. You'll be able to focus on your everyday tasks. Here is my no-fuss makeup regimen for that dewy sun-kissed-skin:

Mascara - Separate and define those lashes with Dr. Hauschka or Mineral Fusion

Eye shadow - Experiment with a shimmery bronze, tan, or silver for some nice highlights.

Blush - Add some depth to your cheeks with Gabriel cream in Dalia or Peony, also works great on your lips 

Lip – For a natural youthful look, pick a natural nude or pink, or a mix of both and choose a shade of coral.

Drinking water isn’t enough

Remember that time that you finished a long run, proud that you'd finally remembered to stop for water and gels, only to feel just as exhausted as when you'd suffered through without any nutrition at all? Or that time you finished a 10k, chugged a bunch of water at the finish line, urinated plenty, but still felt thirsty for the rest of the day?

Most people know that hydration is important, but up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Many people have trained themselves to reach for their water bottle on a regular basis, but they don't know water alone isn't enough!

Even if you're certain to drink your 64+ ounces of fluids per day, downing 8 glasses doesn't necessarily mean that you're truly hydrated. Unless your body is getting sufficient levels of electrolytes with your fluids, drinking more water may actually dehydrate you further. Even in small doses, too much water can have a negative impact on your body and state of hydration by diluting your blood, leaching existing electrolytes from your system, and in extreme cases can cause hyponatremia (which can be fatal).

So why are electrolytes so important?

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Electrolytes are essential to fluid and nutrient absorption and play a key role in hydration, sports performance, and health. Your body naturally loses these particles along with fluid through sweat, breath, and urine, making it incredibly important to replenish before, during, and after exercise. Without electrolytes, the water you drink can't be properly absorbed and will make its way through your system quickly and without benefit to your body.

The four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance are: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Sodium and potassium are needed at greater quantity, due to their important roles in fluid retention and preventing muscle cramping. Magnesium and calcium complete the electrolyte profile by aiding in muscle contraction and movement.

How exactly do they help?

Proper hydration has benefits beyond minimizing muscle cramps, maximizing energy, and helping with an afternoon slump. When fluids and electrolytes are consumed regularly and proper hydration is achieved athletes may notice additional benefits such as a more level heart rate and lower perceived exertion during strenuous exercise, less muscle soreness and fatigue, quicker recovery times, and increased mental acuity.

Be sure to consume fluids with a balanced electrolyte profile for better hydration, better performance, and a healthier body!

Article Courtesy of NUUN

July Cheese of the Month

UNIEKAAS MELKBUS® 39 LAVENDER

Uniekaas cheeses are of the finest quality in Holland for one reason: tradition.

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Since the 1950’s our cheeses have been crafted and hand made by Holland’s most respected cheese makers and farmers. Whether you prefer a fresh spring milk aroma, tangy notes of citrus, crunchy protein crystals, or even a traditional creamy gouda… we are certain you will find a cheese or two to satisfy your palette. All Uniekaas cheeses are passionately created to have their own distinctive characteristics that stand out above the rest on your cheese plate, atop a delectable recipe, or on their own.

This refreshing Spring cheese is produced on a typical Dutch Farm in the middle of Holland known as Het Groene Hart or “The Green Heart” of Holland. Melkbus 39 Lavender starts out as a traditional “Kaas van de boerderij” or Raw Milk Farmer Cheese that it is infused with fragrant French Lavender blooms, rosemary, and thyme just prior to pressing and shaping.

After 10 weeks of aging, the lavender’s slightly sweet flair gives this indulgent and creamy cheese just the right balance of floral essence while subduing you into a dreamy state with its herbal garden aroma. Made with raw hormone free unpasteurized cow’s milk. This goes great on a summer cheese plate with some crackers, a healthy mix of fresh fruit or dried fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

Pairings: Creamed Honey, Prosciutto, Dried Cranberries

Content Thanks To Uniekaasusa.com

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Sunscreen

By Cathy Smith

Hey everybody, its sunscreen season!

All year we wait for summer to arrive, counting the days. Sun on the skin, it wakes up the playful kid in me. Jumping into pools, floating rivers, the smell of sunscreen and dirt mixed together is total happiness. Growing up, I used baby oil and iodine to get a deep tan, not understanding how damaging it was to my skin. Now a serious sunscreen advocate, I use the white stuff. You know, zinc oxide? It’s the one you want, dermatologists would agree!

The safest and most effective sunscreen is the physical barrier kind found in products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Minerals sit on the skin surface causing UVA/UVB rays to bounce off, as opposed to chemical SPF that absorb the sun’s aging and burning rays. Minerals do not enter the bloodstream, giving a sleeve of protection you can count on. Ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, homosalate, and octinoxate circulate through the blood. Not so good.

Now, which one do you choose? Ask a helpful staff member and they will light the path for you to healthier sun-exposed skin. The Boise Co-op offers a wide selection of high-quality SPF for daily, facial and sports, including 40-minute and 80-minute water resistant formulas.There are even a few tinted sunscreens available, excellent for evening out skin tones. Nice! Aloe gels with soothing and highly anti-inflammatory properties, great for sunburns, and bug resistant sprays can also be found in the same area.

Check out our photo guide and follow useful links to learn more about protecting your skin.

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EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens

Badger Healthy Body Care Sunscreen Safety in The News

Have a deliciously fun time playing in the warm sunshine. Relax in the shade.

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”

― Roman Payne

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!