Please Call Senators Murray and Cantwell for a
Better Farm Bill and a healthier food system!
The Farm Bill is moving fast and we need your help! Read more Alert on Farm Bill …
We know it can be particularly hard when you love a product and then it disappears from our shelf. Often times,we can special order an item –but other times –that treasured lotion or must-have supplement remains out of our reach.
There are so many reasons for this. We do discontinue slow sellers,but more often products are dropped by a distributor. When that happens the only way for us to get the product is to create a one-to-one direct buying relationship with that smaller company. We have literally hundreds of small vendors we work with,and we love it! It can be very time consuming to manage so many small accounts,so we like to make sure you really,really want that product before we do all the leg work. Read more Organic Essence Lip Balm is Back! …
As we head into the warmer months and spend more time outside,remember that pets need some love too. Often a walk in the mountains,or a trip to beach,even just being outside gardening can be a rewarding time for you and your pet,but please remember if you are putting on sunscreen…so should fido. Fleas are also another issue that needs to be looked after before it becomes a problem. Tackling them before infestation is key. Here are some ways to love on your pets all summer long.
Center for Food Safety has filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of GE foods and is spearheading a drive with the Just Label It Campaign to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition.
Or send your comments directly to the FDA:Read more Tell the FDA that you support Labeling of GE Foods! …
Local Connection:Living Rain Farm
We asked: What motivates you to farm?
“I’ve always liked nature. Being a part of the natural cycle is satisfying. I enjoy sticking my shovel in my soil and letting the soil run through my fingers. Good soil has a certain “feel” and scent to it. It’s fun to watch things grow (everything except weeds!) and Heck,I just like being outside!”Read more Local Connection:Living Rain Farm …
Perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of chia and hemp seed? Striving to find that perfect high protein,high fiber way to start your day? Well,have we got a tasty treat for you! Try new Qi’a (pronounced kee-ah) from Nature’s Path Foods in Richmond,B.C.
This superfood cereal is made with organic chia,hemp and buckwheat for a powerful boost of plant-based protein,fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Available in three flavors:Cranberry Vanilla,Apple Raisin Cinnamon or a plain variety without any added sugar. Plus,it’s certified gluten free,vegan,and Non GMO Project Verified.
But don’t stop at enjoying Qi’a as a hot or cold breakfast cereal. Read more New Qi’a Superfood Cereal …
One day I found myself stuck with the inspiration of a half bag of day old Multigrain Rolls from the Breadfarm. After checking the fridge I also discovered a few eggs,some leftover cheese scraps and a bunch of kale. Put the pieces together and it’s breakfast sandwich time!
We at the Co-op are lucky to be near so many fabulous local artisans and producers,including the Breadfarm bakery. Nestled in north Skagit County in the sleepy small town of Edison,don’t let this off-the-beaten-track location fool you,Breadfarm is a seriously spectacular bakery that offers hand-formed,freshly baked loaves and rolls daily.
These artisan breads can be used in so many ways. The following recipe is but one of the possibilities…
Celebrate Earth Day by drinking a toast to Mother Nature’s health with eco-friendly brews. Plenty of Pacific Northwest brewers are working hard to integrate the principles of Earth and Arbor Day into their daily routines. Source your beer ethically and enjoy responsibly. A couple of options for refreshing and tasty brews:
The brew next door:go local with Skagit River Brewery. Support your neighborhood brewery and help cut down on the carbon emissions and pollution of exporting and shipping brews out by enjoying hand crafted beer from Mount Vernon’s own Skagit River Brewing. Read more Skagit Brew Corner:Eco-Brews for Earth Day …
As a current foodie and soon-to-be mom I have spent a fair amount of time considering menu plans for my growing family. I am currently anticipating the rough first few weeks of parenthood to be filled with exhaustion,hunger and more exhaustion. Constantly in search of meals that are simple and satisfying,I have come to recognize the potential and power of the wrap. It may just be the versatile meal solution for you!
Some points to keep in mind:
Recipes for Wraps 3 Ways Read more Wrapping It Up:Quick and Easy Meals …
Sometimes this Valley is so bursting-with-loveliness that I find myself taking haphazard photos out my car window. My drive in to work,from La Conner to Mount Vernon along McLean Rd,has been a consistent delight. All winter the snow geese and trumpeter swans held court in the clodden soggy fields. All spring the fields have been peeking, then popping with color. The farm workers are out there in the morning fields,reminding me that no dream of color and light and harvest in particular, can happen without the labor and effort of many hands. Thanks be to all of you who are tending the soil in this magnificent place. And remember show up to support the various Farmworker Solidarity marches that happen on May 5th. Also –send in your favorite tulip photos and we’ll keep sharing them…jodie(at)skagitfoodcoop.com Read more Photos from the Morning Commute …
Paleo and Plant Based,these two kinds of diet have been gaining traction lately,thanks to movies like Forks Over Knives and books like Practical Paleo and Eat to Live.
What is the Paleo Diet?
It’s essentially all about eating the foods that have been available to humans for most of our evolutionary history:meats raised on their natural forage,seafood,eggs,fibrous vegetables and greens,nuts and seeds,healthy fats and some fruit — all things that would have been recognizable as food to our most primitive ancestors. It’s about “focusing your choices on
ñ Locating sources of high-quality and sustainably raised meat,fish and vegetables takes legwork.
If you’re not familiar with the tangy bright flavors of rhubarb try a Rhubarb Custard Bar from the Co-op’s Deli. Layers of delicious custard,roasted rhubarb and a sweet crust make this dessert a perfect introduction to the powers of this plant.
What exactly is rhubarb and how can you use it? Read more Seasonal Eating:Rhubarb Salad Recipe …
This came via email from Evergreen Islands about the UGA expansion to accommodate a proposed Tethys bottling plant in Anacortes. We wanted to share the info with you:
ANACORTES UGA EXPANSION PROPOSAL
City of Anacortes (PL12-0258),proposal to expand its Urban Growth Area (UGA) by redesignating approximately 11 acres of Rural Reserve (RRv) land to Anacortes UGA on the Skagit County Comprehensive Plan Land Use map and to the Anacortes UGA Urban Development District (A-UD) on the Skagit County Zoning map.
The City of Anacortes submitted the application to increase its Urban Growth Area (UGA) to provide the land requirement that Tethys needs for its 1 million square bottling plant. The Tethys bottling plant will process up to 5.5 million gallons per day of Skagit River water. Tethys Enterprises paid the application filing fee,and the City billed Tethys for the consultant who prepared the City’s response to the County for more information.