The FireStarter
is the newsletter of the
Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op

21 West 4th Street
Tonasket, WA 98855

2014 Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 9-7 * Sat 9-6 * Sun 11-4

General Manager: Alice Simon
Assistant Manager: Julie Greenwood

as a cooperative natural foods market is to continue to be at the leading edge of supporting local, organic, sustainable agriculture, with a commitment to social and environmental responsibility, a hub for local products and services, and a source of information for healthy living.


Sunny Lanigan, President
Ron Jones-Edwards, Secretary
Evangeline Rand, Treasurer
Tom Fisher
Aaron Kester
Casey Oberg
Charlene Rich

The next regularly sheduled Board Meetings in 2018 are: Monday, August 20, Monday, September 17, and Monday, October 15at 6:00 pm, in the North Valley Hospital Board Room--for location see

About the Regular Meetings of the TNFC Board

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The FireStarter ~ Winter 2018-2019

Volume 34, Issue 3


  • Monday, December 24  9am - 3pm (not 7pm) 
  • Tuesday, December 25  CLOSED 
  • Wednesday, December 26  9am - 6pm (not 7pm)
  • Monday, December 31  9am - 6pm (not 7pm)
  • Tuesday, January 1  CLOSED 
All other days are regular schedule (Weekdays 9-7, Sat 9-6, Sun 11-4)
Have a happy holiday season!

New and Noteworthy at the Co-op

The days are getting shorter, but the Co-op has been busier than usual with all the activities going on in our little store. If you haven’t been to the store lately you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise when you see our new, beautiful flooring which was installed the first week of November.

What a huge project it was! We had to empty the store of all fixtures – everything that wasn’t screwed down got moved out of the front room. The project was financed by the store’s Improvement Fund and a generous grant from the Okanogan Family Faire, without which this upgrade would not have been possible. (see some pictures)

Another big community activity was the movie event we put on in October, the screening of Food For Change, a film about the history of co-ops. We had a great turn-out, with a free meal organized by Buffalo Mazzetti. We are thinking about showing the film again in the spring, along with several other short movies – offering a little film-fest for the public to enjoy. Watch for notices in the months to come.

None of these projects would have been possible without the help of so many volunteers. We are very fortunate to have many dedicated people who care deeply about the Co-op. A big Thank-you to all!

Shop with Us for Holiday Fixings!

  • There's a limited supply of free range turkeys – pick yours up today!
  • We have the best tasting ham you’ve ever tried - Zoe's Artisan Applewood Smoked Ham – in stock now. It's fantastic baked in apple cider (and then you can make cider gravy for the mashed potatoes!)
  • We have preservative-free, extra-large Lund Fisheries Sea Scallops and raw peeled and deveined Del Pacifico Shrimp in two sizes – all sustainably wild caught
  • Get fresh, organic cranberries throughout the holiday season at your Co-op
  • Try Santa Caws special holiday blend, medium roast coffee from Ravensbrew Coffee Company
  • We offer a great selection of beer and wine, including Jubelale and Pray for Snow in the 'winter beer' category; and we feature the Methow's Lost River wines, along with our newest offerings--a Merlot and a Red Blend from The Disruption Wine Company to name a few.
  • There's Blissful Wunders Confectionary Chocolats– as seen at the Okanogan Family Faire – handmade chocolate truffles from Olympia, WA (in dairy or vegan) in the refrigerated case
  • A delightful assortment of other sweets for stocking stuffers, as well as baking ingredients to make your own Feast on multiple varieties of olives, cheeses, salamis, crackers, and baguettes!
  • And we have a broad range of non-food gift items (for others--or yourself): lovely calendars and day planner/engagement books, seasonal cards, felt-lined wool hats and rainbow gloves, Co-op tees, a new shipment of clothing items, wine glasses, mugs, candles, and Artecnica Starlightz lanterns
  • Best of all: give someone a Co-op Gift certificate
    (Psst--if you don't live in the area and want to buy one for someone who does, give us a call during regular hours. phone (509) 486-4188

Local & Regional Producers

Currently featured at Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op, we have And check out our consignment shelves for locally made soaps and salves, and selections from local authors and recording artists--more holiday gifts there, to be sure!

Look for SALES throughout the Co-op displayed with white shelf tags below items. Current Tonasket Co-op members receive special discounts on these products (price tags show member and non-member prices.) Discounts are one-time deals, monthly sales, or introductory promotions. These specials also apply to visiting members of other food co-ops –just show us your membership card!

All Welcome At The Co-op

There’s a beautiful new mosaic sign in the Co-op’s north-facing window, welcoming all to the store. Carol Lanigan designed and created the artwork. Reed Engel and Harvey Swanson contributed their time and talents to frame and install the lighted glass art piece.

The idea was inspired by a scene in the Food For Change movie shown last October, where a 1930s store posted a similar sign. “The sentiment resonated with us and we wanted to encourage the idea,” store manager Alice Simon explained, “We want to promote the Co-op and welcome all residents and visitors to shop with us, have lunch with us, and become part of the greater community.”

The Co-op is certainly a big promoter of the community – just this year we donated around $1500 in goods and money to various organizations and individuals in need, which includes regular monthly donations to the Tonasket Food Bank and the CCC community meals. We support the community that supports us!

New Study: Organic Diet Lowers Cancer Risk

--source Cornucopia Institute

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people who reported eating more organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer.

The researchers examined the diets of 68,946 French adult volunteers over an average of four and a half years. It is noteworthy that those who ate mostly organic food were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer suffered by a rising number of plaintiffs (currently over 8,700) suing Monsanto.

The plaintiffs allege that Monsanto’s Roundup is responsible for their illness. Roundup and other synthetic pesticides are ubiquitous in conventional and GMO agriculture, but they are prohibited in organic agriculture.

7 Artificial Flavors Banned by FDA in Response to Lawsuit

--source Cornucopia Institute

Environmental and consumer groups successfully sued the FDA to remove seven troubling artificial flavors from use in the food industry earlier this month. Legislation passed in 1938 forbids the use of food additives shown to be carcinogenic in humans or any species of animal—and these fit the bill.

How were they ever allowed? Artificial flavors are determined GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) based on the word of the flavoring industry itself. The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) pays its own panel of scientists to review and approve flavors, and the panel reports its findings to the FDA. No further research is done.

The FDA and FEMA insist that the banned additives are safe for consumption in small amounts. You can avoid unnamed synthetic toxins by purchasing only organic food.

Spiced Maple Holiday Cookies
Vegan and Gluten Free

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (room temp)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375º
  • 2. Mix together the applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, flaxseed meal and vanilla. Make sure the coconut oil is soft enough to blend in nicely.
  • 3. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl then add the applesauce mixture to it and mix. It will be quite crumb-like.
  • 4.Take tablespoonfuls at a time and roll into balls then flatten slightly and put on a prepared baking sheet (lined with parchment paper if not pre-lined) then bake for approximately 15 minutes until firm and starting to brown very slightly.

Legal. But Safe?

--source Organic Consumers Association

Weedkillers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies—all are part of the daily diets of many Americans.

For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be safe. But a new wave of scientific scrutiny is challenging those assertions.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest report, more than 75 percent of fruits and more than 50 percent of vegetables sampled carried pesticides residues. Even residues of the tightly restricted bug-killing chemical DDT are found in food, along with a range of other pesticides known by scientists to be linked to a range of illnesses and disease.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb claims that because the residues fall below U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tolerances, they pose no risk to consumers.

But as U.S. Right to Know’s* Carey Gillam reports, recent scientific studies have prompted many scientists to warn that years of promises of safety may be wrong. In fact, repeated low-level exposures to trace amounts of pesticides in the diet could be contributing to a range of health problems, particularly for children.

*Click to see more about U.S. Right To Know--a nonprofit public interest, consumer and public health research group working for transparency and accountability in our nation’s food system.

Tonasket Co-op Member Appreciation Day is the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Members may bulk-order from the UNFI Catalog (our main distribtor) at 15% above wholesale.

Thank You To All Our Amazing Volunteers Who Helped With Our Recent Projects!

Aaron Kester, Brian Burnette, Bruce Jones, Buffalo Mazzetti, Casey Oberg, Carmen Miller, Chance Painter, Charlene Rich, Deborah Vester, Evangeline Rand, Harris Dunkelberger, Harvey Swanson, Justin Blair, Lee Nelson, Michael Breen, Mikkel Gredvig, One Pine, Pasquale Sofia, Patrice our webmonkey, Peggy Tofte, Priya Mozes, Robert Maxwell, Reed Engel, Ron Jones-Edwards, Sabrina Sofia, Sandy Vaughn, Sarah Long, Scott Dennis, Sunny Lanigan, Tom Fisher, and the entire Co-op Staff

We couldn’t have done it without you!
(And, in case we missed someone, please know that you are appreciated.)

Co-op Board of Directors meets on the THIRD MONDAY of each month, at 6:00 pm . in the North Valley Hospital Board Room in Tonasket, at 126 S Whitcomb, in the Administration Building. (subject to change)


This edition of the Co-op News was edited by River Jones,
and published as a service to the members of the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op.

Letters and articles are welcome from members.
Please email your submission for consideration to us at .

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Co-op Board of Directors:
Sunny Lanigan, President
Ron Jones-Edwards, Secretary
Evangeline Rand, Treasurer
Tom Fisher
Aaron Kester
Casey Oberg
Charlene Rich
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General Manager: Alice Simon
Assistant Manager: Julie Greenwood