September 2012

Volume 28, Issue 4

The FireStarter

We have TWO great events this month!

As you can imagine it's quite an effort to put these on. If you are able to help staff an event, bake, or donate auction items we would be most appreciative. Of course, your participation 'on the other side of the counter' is just as vital and appreciated, so we hope to see you enjoying yourself at one or both events soon!

First up: Saturday, September 22nd it's the 2nd Annual PLAYING 4 CHANGE day

Held around the world, it's a creative day of action that uses the universal power of music to create positive social change. Musicians from all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes to bring music into the lives of young people.

Our local event will be a fun evening for the entire family. sponsored by the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op and the Community Cultural Center, it will open with a wonderful Thai dinner, prepared by Heather and Salem Straub with help from the Co-op volunteers.

Dine at the CCC at 5:30pm with live local music, including Sandy Vaughn, Leah Passaro, Harvey Swanson, members of Hippies on Vacation, and Claire Jeffko. Then Two movies begin at 7:00 - Playing for Change Live and Playing for Change 2.

There will be a raffle for the benefit of the Playing for Change Foundation. The foundation builds music schools for children in third world countries, helping to bring peace and understanding through music around the globe.

Volunteers needed on 9/22:
2 people to help set up @ 2 pm
2 kitchen prep and clean-up people @ noon until end of service
1-2 dishwashers @ 3:30 until end of night (can be two shifts)
1 kitchen cleaner for general clean up and to put food away
3 clean-up folks @ end of event to take down folding tables & chairs and sweep up

And we need BAKED GOODIES to offer at end of meal with coffee for a donation.

Please contact our Store Manager, Alice, at 486-4188 or to let her know you are available to bake or fill a kitchen slot. Thanks! It promises to be a fun night, so lend a hand :-)

Saturday September 29th, the Co-op will hold an IMPROVEMENT FUND BENEFIT AUCTION

We are asking for member and community support to raise funds for installing a heating and cooling system in the store. The event, at the CCC, will feature a wonderful harvest dinner prepared by Buffalo, live music, silent auction, and live auction with auctioneer Rich Fewkes.

Our Improvement Fund exists to help us pay for large projects to benefit the facility. We recently had to dip into the Fund to partially pay for the purchase of a commercial freezer to replace household freezers that burned out and are no longer approved for use.

All donations and grants the Co-op receives go to the Improvement Fund. You may donate to this at any time in jar at the front counter, by sending a check directly to the store earmarking it for the IE, or asking the cashier to ring any amount you choose into the Fund when you are checking out. Each month the store contributes a percentage of sales to the Fund, also.

Volunteers needed on 9/29:
2 kitchen prep and clean-up people @ noon until end of service
1-2 dishwashers @ 3:30pm until end of night - can be two shifts
1 kitchen cleaner for general clean-up and to put food away
2 people to help serve food @ 4:30pm until end of service
3 clean-up folks @ end of event to take down folding tables & chairs and sweep up

We'll need BAKED GOODIES to offer at end of meal with coffee for a donation this night, as well.
And, bakers, BEAUTIFUL BAKED GOODS to auction off during the event.

Speaking of donating auction items, folks can bring their wonderful auctionable items to the store any time before 9/26. Large /bulky items should be brought to the CCC on Friday 9/28 (try to let Alice know ahead of time, though, so we know what to expect and can include your item in promotion. :-)

Again, please contact our Store Manager, Alice, at 486-4188 or to let her know you are available to bake or fill a kitchen slot. Thank you!  

Monsanto's RoundUp Pesticide Causes Birth Defects

Five of the twelve new GMO crops that agro-chemical companies Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and BASF have submitted for approval from the US Department of Agriculture are genetically engineered with a soil bacteria that keeps them alive, even when they're sprayed with massive doses of the herbicide RoundUp. More of these so-called "RoundUp Ready" crops means more RoundUp sprayed on our food.

This is horrible because Monsanto's RoundUp causes birth defects. Instead of "RoundUp Ready" we should call these GMOs "Birth-Defect Ready"!

According to a report published by Earth Open Source, industry’s own studies--including one commissioned by Monsanto--showed that as long ago as the 1980's that RoundUp’s active ingredient, glyphosate, causes birth defects in laboratory animals.

The “Dirty Dozen” – A List of What's Safe and What's Not

Source: Environmental Working Group, and Food News,

Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues, and which do not, the following guide from the Environmental Working Group will help.
12 Most Contaminated
Sweet Bell Peppers
Grapes (Imported)
12 Least Contaminated
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Kiwi Fruit


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups coarsely chopped yellow onion
3 lbs. butternut or other winter squash, peeled and cut into 1- inch pieces
1½ cups peeled, thickly sliced tart apples, such as Granny Smith (about 2 medium)
4½ cups stock; chicken or vegetable
1½ cups apple cider (fresh is best)
1½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¾ cup heavy cream

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
Add the squash and apples and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 10 minutes.
Add the stock, cider, salt and pepper, Cover and simmer gently until the squash is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and, working in batches (about 1 cup at a time), transfer the soup to a blender and puree until very smooth.
Return the soup to the pot, over medium low heat, then stir in the heavy cream.

Come out September 29th to Support YOUR Co-op at the
Benefit Dinner and Auction for Heating and Cooling System

Doors open at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6:00
Silent Auction until 7:30
Live Auction begins at 7:30pm
There are LOTS of fine items to bid on!

As California Goes, So Goes the Nation

Democratic and Republican administrations, and Congress, have repeatedly ignored the overwhelming majority of Americans who favor labeling genetically engineered (GE) food in the marketplace. Our politicians seem to be listening to the corporate executives (their donors) instead of the citizenry.

But in California, the people have a right to craft laws of their choosing. Proposition 37, on the ballot in California on November 6, would mandate labeling of foods containing GE ingredients.

If consumers win this fight in California, manufacturers will likely begin to label food nationally for GE ingredients.

Multi-billion dollar, multi-national food manufacturing corporations are terrified at the prospect of labeling their foods containing GMOs. That’s why they are partnering with the biotech industry--Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, and others--by spending millions of dollars in an effort to defeat Proposition 37.

We Need Baked Goods for our both upcoming events--September 22nd and September 29th
Talk to Alice or Julie in the Co-op for more details

Co-op Staff “PICKS”

Next month we’ll have at least 5 or 6 new “Staff Picks” for you all!

Co-op Board of Directors meets at the Community Cultural Center on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30pm

Web Notes

submitted by Patrice, Member and webmonkey

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