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Tasty Toadstools

By Michele Hatton

The mushroom possesses some surprising characteristics for such a peculiar and almost weightless food. In fact, the largest organism in the world is a mushroom, creeping 3.5 miles underneath the forest floor. The stem and cap which we harvest for food are simply the fruiting of a complex network of underground “mycelium”—the vegetative body.

Kick-start Your Kid's Day

By Sandy Beck

Your mother probably told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And now you’re saying it. Just as your car won’t get very far on fumes, your children also need a meal that will refuel and sustain them until lunchtime.

A breakfast that is rich in whole grains and protein and low in sugar has been shown to boost attention span, concentration and memory, and that will prepare their minds and bodies to function at peak performance in school all day, every day.

The Many Faces of Winter Squash Soup

By Crystal Wakoa   

At last, the air is crisp and cool. Evening temperatures call out the need for sweaters and a yearning for the comfort of hot soup. Nothing fits the bill like winter squash. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as winter squash are planted in the spring along with summer squashes, but take much longer to ripen. Harvested in the fall, the squashes’ hard outer shells allow them to be stored without refrigeration all winter long.

It’s Time for Oktoberfest!

By Gretchen Hein

Imagine you’re a prince, soon to become a king and to honor your marriage to your favorite princess you invite the town to a several day gala…not too far out of the realm of possibility. Now imagine that your wedding celebration has become an annual event for about the last 200 years and is the largest celebration in the world. Allow me to introduce you to Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in Mϋnchen, or Munich, Germany as we call it and is attended by approximately six million people from all over the world.

Nature Journal Makes Great Summer Project

By Sandy Beck

On the last day of school, I asked second-grader Jackson how he was going to spend his summer.

“Well, the first thing I’m going to do is lie on my back and watch the clouds," he said.

Jackson is on a soccer team and does other “regular” kid stuff, but his wise mom makes sure he also has something special: free time and a blank notebook. He carries it around in a little bag with a bird field guide and pencils. He draws and writes about the birds he sees, and then looks them up in his bird book.

Wait, what do I do with this shirt?

Did you tie-dye a tee at the Co-op's 40th Carnival? Did you misplace the instruction sheet, or forget to pick one up? Not to fear, we've got you covered. Here's your handy dandy guide to complete your tie-dye project!

Backyard Beekeeping

By Bridget Welch, L.M.T.

Layered Salads—Attractive, Convenient and Delicious Salads on the Go

By Michele Hatton

Kombucha at Home

By Bridget GuruBeant Welch, LMT

Ever tried Kombucha? It’s a living health tonic drink, said to be rich in anti-oxidants, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. If you are already a Kombucha fan, you may find yourself paying a lot for these pre-made health beverages. Why not make this healing fermented beverage at home? All you need is tea, sugar, water, the “mother,” patience, and a taste for culinary adventure.

Going Gluten Free

By Bridget Welch, LMT

Many people avoid gluten because of food sensitivities, but others are chosing to eat gluten free for a healthier diet. Though many of us know people who have slimmed down when they cut gluten out of their diet, avoiding gluten alone does not guarantee weight loss. The best results come when the diet is done right.


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