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In This Issue:
  • Board of Directors Message
  • Letter from George Wheaton
  • Limiting Drugs you take for Allergies
  • Announcements
  • Dandelion Jelly
  • Celebrate Mushrooms
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Board of Directors Message

We want to thank all of our member owners who attended our Annual Meeting on April 17 and everyone who participated in the yearly elections. Members supported the Board of Directors recommendation to consider the option of voluntary foreclosure on our property on 10th Street. Look for further action on this in the near future. The Board of Directors election resulted in the reelection of incumbents Dennis Winkler and Marria Knight and new board member George Wheaton. Officers were determined by vote of the Board and the new officers are: George Wheaton - President, Lloyd Nelson – Vice President, and Secretary to be determined at the next Board meeting. We would like to thank Clyde Christian for her service as a Board Member and our secretary for the last two years. Clyde contributed a lot to the board of directors and the Co-op during her tenure, she was always willing to take on additional action items and assist in getting things accomplished. Clyde plans on remaining active as a working member at the Co-op. Thank You Clyde. The Board of Directors is looking forward to working together and encourages our members to join us.


Board of Directors Meetings:
May 15th – Board of Directors Meeting, 6 PM at the Baker City Library Meeting Room.

June 19th - Board of Directors Meeting, 6 PM at the Baker City Library Meeting Room.

All members are welcome to attend the Board of Directors meetings and your comments and suggestions are always welcome; you may contact any board member, staff, or use the suggestion box in the store. The Board may be contacted at  



Your Board of Directors:
George Wheaton – President
Lloyd Nelson – Vice President
Dennis Winkler

Elizabeth Smithson
Ken Krohn
Marria Knight
Ramona Webb

Contact the board at  

Dear Baker Food Co-Op Member,
I am honored and challenged as I begin the next two years as the President of our Board of Directors. Many of us have become aware that there are challenges ahead of us that we must, as a group, meet to continue to provide the needs and wants of all of us. So I am asking, even pleading, for your assistance. 

I am, at this time, forming five committees to look at areas selected as possible or necessary areas for our improvement. They are:

1. Storefront improvement - to create a more inviting image of the store as people go by.

2. Store layout – to explore if by changing the arrangement of the store we will be able to create a more pleasing and enticing shopping experience.

3. Art - to explore how we can incorporate the works of local artists to the advantage of both the store and the artists

4. Product expansion – to identify new items which we can incorporate into our store to meet the needs and wants of the community

5. Community Outreach – to explore the participation of the Co-Op in local activities

6. Environmental Awareness – to identify ways we can reduce our negative impact upon the environment through positive actions

Your Board of Directors and the store management will be looking at ways to reduce costs, reduce waste, and in general make us more cost-effective in all areas while meeting our mission - “To supply affordable high quality natural and organic foods, supplements, sundries, and cleaning products.”

Your assistance is needed. If you are willing to be on one of these committees, please let me know by e-mail ( or by leaving a message for me at the store. If you have suggestions in any or all of the above areas, we have a suggestion box at the store, or again e-mail me.

As stated in my letter introducing myself prior to the election, I feel we are at a crossroads. The actions we as a group take in the next several months will be a major factor in determining the successful growth of the Baker Food Co-Op, and even it's continued existence. Only a little time spent by each of us, talking to friends and neighbors to tell them about the Co-Op, doing more of our own shopping at the store, and sharing our wants and needs so that we get the products in you desire, will help us to grow.

I invite you to join with me in making the Baker Food Co-Op the local grocery store where everyone can obtain locally grown produce, healthy foods, bulk items at reasonable prices, etc.

- George Wheaton

Ideas to Limit The Number of Drugs you take for Allergies

You can't reduce the pollen in the air, but you might be able to limit the number of drugs you take for allergies. Start to treat allergies before you feel anything, advises Nathanael Horne, MD, of New York Medical College.


  • One step is to spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen. Allergists with allergies swear by saline rinses
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses outdoors to keep the pollen from blowing into your face.
  • Change your clothes when you come indoors, especially if you have been in an area full of plants or working with plants, to keep from bringing pollen into your living area.
  • Make sure to buy a HEPA filter equipped vacuum to keep from flinging pollen around your house. Some experts suggest placing a freestanding air purifier with a HEPA filter in a high-traffic area.
  • Change the filter in your car to reduce the possibility of pollen being shot into the seating area of the car.
  • Leave windows shut and avoid spending time outdoors on windy, sunny, pollen-infested days.
  • Since most pollen is released first thing in the morning and ragweed pollen lingers during the hottest part of the day it may be a good idea to confine your activities to later in the day.

Runny nose, scratchy throat, and sneezing typically, are at their worst in the morning. So take medication at bedtime, says Richard Martin, MD, at National Jewish Health in Denver. For herbal help, butterbur is suggested by a majority of healthcare providers. A study of people with allergies found those who took daily fish-oil supplements for a month had lower levels of the chemicals that contribute to the allergic reaction.

Butterbur for Allergies

Butterbur is a type of marsh plant that’s long been used for medicinal purposes. It gets its name from its large leaves that were used to wrap butter to keep it fresh in warm weather. All parts of the butterbur plant have been used to treat a variety of health problems and it is still used to treat headaches, especially migraines.

Findings suggest that the plant may be an effective treatment for nasal allergies. In one human study, people with allergies that were given butterbur tablets showed smaller amounts of the allergy-producing substances leukotriene and histamines after five days. When your body comes in contact with an allergen, it releases the inflammatory chemical leukotriene. Leukotriene (LT) inhibitors block leukotriene and prevent or relieve an allergic reaction. Butterbur seems to act as an LT receptor inhibitor, much like the drug Singulair (montelukast) used to treat nasal allergies.

Word of Caution: Unprocessed butterbur contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA’s). PAs can cause serious liver damage and other illnesses. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that PAfree butterbur products are safe, effective, and don’t cause side effects in most people.​


Working Members of the Month

  • John & Susie Busch

Department Head of the Month

  • Cynthia Roberts

Members Who Worked 10 or More Hours

Cindy Bacon
Kata Bulinski
John & Susie Busch
Chris Cantrell
Barbara Carnahan
Corry Carter
Jerry Clark
Mona Cook
Gayle Hammond
Kathleen Hansen
Fran Hart
Ken Johnson
Ethel Jones
Carly Kritchen
Kevin Lee
    Laurie McAdams
Barbara McNeil
Jeanne Ann Mellott
Laura Miller
Marla Munson
Sue Nelson
Sandra Osbourne
Barbara Peterson
Deb Roehm
Maureen Stanciu
Norris Tibbetts
Sandra Vassar
Kathy Vaughn
Ramona Webb
Tracy Williams

Your Help is Needed!

You can save up to 30% at the co-op. No experience necessary. Contact Carol, Phoebe, or Pat at the Co-op or call (541) 523-6281 to sign up.

  • Cashiers
  • Cleaning (earn triple time)
  • Produce
  • Dry Bulk
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance
  • Grant Researcher/writer
  • Newsletter editor

Young Workers Wanted

Co-op members if you have a teenager who is looking for work experience, something to start to build a resume, or to list on their college applications; the Co-op has a great opportunity for them. If you know about our working member program then you may want to see if your teenager wants to spend some time here at the Co-op learning and getting experience. Call Gretchen or Carol at the Co-op (or stop in) to hear about what we can offer our youth.

Dandelion Jelly

4 cups dandelion petals (none of the green)
8 cups water
8 cups sugar
1 box sure-jel
2 tablespoonsful lemon juice
1 teaspoonful vanilla (optional)
Boil 4 cups dandelion petals in 8 cups water for approximately 10 minutes. Let steep covered overnight on the counter. The next morning, strain out the petals and discard, leaving the ‘tea’. If a perfectly clear jelly is desired, you may next pour the ‘tea’ through a coffee filter. This ‘tea’ may be refrigerated to complete later if you do not have the time.

In a large pot, combine 8 cups of ‘tea’ with an equal amount (8 cups) of sugar. Add one box of sure-jel and two tablespoonsful of lemon juice. One teaspoonful of vanilla may also be added for an additional flavoring. Mix and bring to hard boil. Reduce heat slightly to a moderate/easy boil for 10 to 30 minutes until thickened. To test, put a little into a teaspoon in the freezer to see if the jelly sets. When ready, pour into sterilized jars and seal. Process sealed jars in a hot water bath for an additional 20 minutes.

Celebrate Mushrooms

Celebrate Mushrooms! What benefits can you get from eating mushrooms? Mushrooms can enhance many foods while adding only very modest quantities of fat, calories, or carbohydrates. They are among the only natural food sources of vitamin D and one of few foods that contain germanium, a trace mineral that helps your body use oxygen efficiently and prevents against the damaging effects of free radicals. Many varieties are good sources of selenium, copper, niacin, potassium, and phosphorous, as well.

Because a mushroom’s cell walls are undigestable unless exposed to heat, you must cook mushrooms to get their nutritional benefits. Mushrooms are also a good source of both chitin and soluble beta glucans, each a form of fiber which has a role to play in human health. Insoluble fiber is crucial to proper digestion, while soluble fiber can slow the rise in your body’s blood sugars after a meal and can moderate your blood pressure and cholesterol. 

White button mushrooms demonstrated an ability to suppress markers of recurrent prostate cancer according to one study published in an oncology
journal in 2015. Maitake mushrooms showed an ability to suppress breast tumors in a study published in Nutrition and Cancer in 2017. Another study published in 2015 by the American College of Nutrition demonstrated that shiitake mushrooms boosted the human immune system when eaten daily. Eritadenine, a compound in shiitake mushrooms, showed some potential at helping the liver process cholesterol and other triglycerides in a 2016 study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

Your Co-op carries a selection of dried, fresh, and canned mushrooms... check ‘em out

The Morel

The Morel Morchella is an edible mushroom which has an appearance of honeycomb in the upper portion which consists of network ridges with pits. It is hollow. The bottom portion hangs from the whitish stalk. The cone and the stalk are one and inseparable. Morels differ in size and shape. Cylindrical to cone-shaped morels are the most common ones. Round morels and pencil-shaped morels are not common. Morel mushrooms belong to the same species as the truffle.

For mushroom hunters, nothing signifies the beginning of spring more than the first appearance of morel mushrooms. The strong, almost nutty flavor of the morel mushroom makes it a favorite choice of cooks and consumers. A short harvesting season and difficulty growing them commercially means that these mushrooms may be hard to find. Arguably considered among the most prized edible fungi on the planet and it is not uncommon to see them fetching a price of a few hundred dollars per dried pound on the market.

While very worth searching for, always remember - consult an expert and become very familiar before gathering these in the wild.

And... never, ever experiment with mushrooms - not even once!

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