Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing

If you’re looking for ways to pack a more eco-friendly lunch, look no further. We have the tools and tricks for you! Over time, lunch bags, sandwich bags and individually wrapped items can add up (both in your bank account and in the landfill). Try some of these environmentally-friendly items, available in our Wellness Department.

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2. Keep Leaf reusable pouch- $5.99. Send sandwiches in these fabric pouches and you’ll eliminate the need for plastic sandwich bags.
3. Klean Kanteen food canisters- $17.95-$34.99. Made of food-grade stainless steel, these canisters are meant to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Great for soup!
4. Squooshi reusable pouch- $5.99. Squooshi pouches are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free, and Lead-free. You can fill them from the bottom with yogurt, mashed foods or even oatmeal, then wash them a use them over and over.
5. U-Konserve sweat-free ice pack- $9.99. No one likes to open their lunch box to find their food all wet from a sweaty ice pack! These fabric pouches are filled with a non-toxic gel pack made from recycled water bottles and are guaranteed to leave your food cold and dry.
6. Bento Buddies lunch box- $14.99. These lunch containers contain boxes of varying sizes for storing and separating foods. Have a picky eater who hates when their food touches? This was made for them!
7. U-Konserve insulated lunch sac- $17.99. Made from recycled water bottles, like their ice packs, these lunch sacs will keep your food nice and cool.
8. Bambu Kids spork- $5.69. A fork on one side and a spoon on the other, these sporks are made by hand from Chinese bamboo with fair-trade standards.
9. Preserve reusable food container- $3.99. Made from recycled number 5 plastics, Preserve makes food storage containers, toothbrushes, plates and more.
10. Keep Leaf lunch bag- $18.99.  Made from 100% organic cotton canvas, these bags are durable and lightweight.

Facebook Giveaway! Onyx + Green School Supplies

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School is just around the corner! And while you parents are probably busy rejoicing at the fact that your little ones will be occupied all day again, the cost of school supplies can add up. Fret not co-oppers! We’re offering a fantastic giveaway of some of the coolest school supplies around from Onyx + Green- a company dedicated to making the greenest (and best looking) stuff around. To be entered to win a basket full of school supplies head on over to our facebook page and find the post about Onyx + Green. Then you need to like, comment, AND share the status. In the comment section tell us what your favorite school supply of all time is. We’ll then pick a winner on Wednesday, August 13th. Happy facebooking!

What Will You Spend Your Dividend On?

One of the greatest perks about being an owner of the Moscow Food Co-op is the patronage dividend at the end of the year. Each year our Board of Directors votes whether or not to disperse dividends to owners and this year they voted that owners would receive dividends! In order to receive your dividend, please make sure that your address is correct in our system at the customer service desk. You can expect to receive your dividend at the beginning of September and it must be redeemed within 90 days. Not sure what to spend this extra cash on? Here are some ideas!

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1. PACT Socks (Organic Cotton)- $10.00
2. Cards from Good Paper- $4.99
3. The Feel Good Business, Hammered Copper Hoop Earrings (locally made)- $30.99
4. Bequet Caramels- $0.39 each
5. Le Creuset Mug- $14.99
6. Constellation & Co. Cards- $4.69
7. Constellation & Co. Cotton Bag- $4.99
8. Maika Pouch- $11.99
9. Torch Illumination Co. Candles, Sugared Eucalyptus- $9.99

Celebrate Summer with Gluten-Free S’mores

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We have so many great camping spots available to us in this area and what is camping without s’mores? Just sleeping on the ground, outside really. It’s the s’more that really bring that camping feeling. And if you’ve recently cut it from your diet it can quickly feel like you’ll never eating anything delicious again. Well, fear not gluten-freers! We have put together these gluten-free (and vegan, to boot) s’mores that are so good, you’ll never miss the gluten-full version. We made them with Smoreables graham crackers from Kinnikinnick Foods, which specializes in gluten-free foods, Dandies gluten-free and vegan marshmallows and Alter Eco dark chocolate with sea salt.

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Apricot Peach Milkshakes

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There’s nothing better than celebrating the tastes of summer. We mean the kind of celebration that involves sweet, juicy, drip-down-your-entire-arm peaches. While simply eating a peach is wonderful, we, at the Co-op, like to take things a step further- what can we say? We’re overachievers. This recipe for Apricot Peach Milkshakes takes the freshest seasonal flavors and combines them with delicious, locally produced milk and ice cream to create a treat that is out of this world.

To make these milkshakes you will need:
1 juicy peach (overripe is ok too), cut into chunks
2-3 apricots, cut into chunks
3 cups good vanilla ice cream (might we recommend Sticky Fingers Farm?)
1/2 cup of milk (from either Little Bear Dairy, available in the store or Tourmaline Farms, available at the Tuesday Growers Market)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. We like to serve ours with these great paper straws that we’re now carrying.

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