Winter 2010

Volume 26, Issue 4

The FireStarter

News from the Store

~by Alice Simon, Store Manager

The big news over the last few months was the roof replacement. Dave Nutt is the roofing contractor. Our roofing committee is comprised of Jere Shaub for the Board, Gary Davis, Rob Thompson, and Michael Simon. We are now leak free and cozy. Thanks to the committee for devoting time and energy to the project.

Thanks to Danny Vaughn and Gary Davis who worked on several projects over the last few months, including a new sink in the kitchen and new lighting in the back room.

The next big project we'll undertake is replacing the store floor. Estimates we have received range from $11,000 to upwards of $18,000. This is a costly and logistically challenging project that will require some fundraising. We are working on a few fundraising projects to boost the Improvement Fund and make the new floor a reality for 2011.

Over the summer Carl Smith allowed some of his paintings to be hung on display in the store. They are a colorful addition of a local artist’s work. Come in and check it out.

As always we invited you to enjoy lunch in the Garden Room. We have hot soup and an entrée to tempt you as well as a full array of hot and cold sandwiches. Fresh baked goods and fresh brewed organic coffee completes the picture during these chilly months.

Stop in and meet Melissa, our newest staffer, who was a volunteer here when she was a teenager. She is a welcome addition to our cheerful and ready to help staff.

It's holiday time and the Co-op is stocked with a great variety of items for last minute gifts. Just a few are: W.S.Badger products for the body and mind, Lei Lotus passport and shoulder bags, beeswax aromatherapy and holiday candles, backscratchers, magnifiers, multi-colored scarves, bandanas, fabulous Co-op t-shirts (3 different logos available), lots of great chocolate bars, fresh coffee beans, gift cards, calendars, and many tasty treats. Stop in and let us help stuff those stockings!

A Recipe to Share

Once a quarter we will be looking for any kind of recipe you think is special. We're asking you to send in your favorite one. The next newsletter will come out just in time for Easter. We hope to see some of your ideas for spring baking. Send them to Rhonda Robinett at

Cranberry Orange Muffins ~by Sandi Sunda

2 ½ c Flour (up to 1/3 can be Whole Wheat for a light muffin)
1 ½ c Sugar
1 ½ c Milk
2 Beaten Eggs
4 tsp Baking Powder
½ c Oil
1 tsp Orange extract
2 c Chopped Cranberries
Pinch of Salt

Mix all dry ingredients together in small bowl. Mix all liquid ingredients together in a large bowl. Then mix all together and fold in fruit and let sit in a lined muffin tin or loaf pan for 20 minutes at room temperature before baking. Pre-heat oven at 400; baking at 400, bake for 23-25 minutes or a little longer depending upon the fruit you use. You may change this recipe by using any kind of fruit or no fruit at all. If you choose to use this without any fruit, you may add 1 tsp vanilla instead of the orange extract.

Co-op's Online Free Classifieds

Just a reminder: The Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op has a web site with an online 'cork board'. You may place ads for any of your needs there at no charge. Use the bulletin board for buying, selling, renting, sharing, and events. Feel free to browse at

Thanks for Using the Suggestion Jar

~by Julie Greenwood, Assistant Manager

Have you ever wondered what happened to your favorite energy bar or body lotion? It got discontinued sometimes by the manufacturer or distributor and sometimes by the Co-op. Why?

Generally, items are discontinued because they aren't selling well enough to continue carrying them. That applies to the Co-op, the manufacturer, or the distributor. The bigger companies do it because of the financial bottom line--and so does the Co-op, to some extent.

However, since we are such a small store in such a remote area, we realize the importance of carrying some slow selling items because it is important, and sometimes essential, to our members and customers. However, if we continue to mark down or discard the product because it hasn't sold before its expiration date, it makes it very hard to justify the loss. We hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Some products can be special or bulk ordered. Of course "bulk" does mean a bulk amount, and that might mean 12 jars or one pound of herbs! Please talk to a cashier or manager. We will help if we can. Thank you.

Peace Buttons
Please remember that the Peace buttons are for sale for $1. The proceeds go to the improvement fund. May a Peace Button bring a little peace to you today, so share them with everyone!

Green Okanogan Recycling Program needs a Home!

The Green Okanogan recycling program was working out of the old Noel Pie Plat Company on Hwy 7. We were asked by the new owners to leave the building and find a new home as of November 1, 2010. We have been talking to the city of Tonasket about letting Green Okanogan use a piece of the property by the City Shop.

At this time, GoRecycle is not excepting any recycling until we find a new home. We are asking the general public to help us find a new building. We are grateful to those in our community who have come through to make GO what it is at this time. Many of you have come to work parties to help, and supported our meetings, and for that we are most grateful.

But now we are truly in need of a building to do our recycling. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to call Robin at (509) 486-1764 or Loreen at (509) 486-2389.

We are planning on having our annual April Earth Day Event on alternatives, and look to have some answers by then. Again, thank you for your support.

Up and Coming Events

March 19th, 2011 Julie Greenwood and Laura Greenwood are organizing a Health and Spirituality Faire to be held at the Community Culture Center. There will be booths, workshops, lectures, Sufi dancing, spiritual discussion, drumming, tea kitchen, and much more. For more information contact Julie Greenwood at 486-1045 or

May 13th 2011 Tonasket Natural foods will be having an auction. We will be excepting donations for this event. Please come and enjoy a fun filled evening with friends and family as we raise money for the new improvements at the Co-op. This will be held at the Community Culture Center. For more information contact Robin at 486-1764 or

Follow us on Facebook



The Co-op News is published as a service to the members of the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op. Editing, typesetting and layout by guest editor 'Robin' Rhonda Robinett. Online layout by highlandwebs

Letters and articles are welcome from members. Deadline for articles is the 24th of each month. Please email your submission for consideration to us at .

Views expressed in The FireStarter are those of the author 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.