Really Lovely, Balanced Wine

Really Lovely, Balanced Wine

I love how Kyle describes this wine! “Really lovely, balanced wine.” (Kyle is a professional writer and gourmet cook). From time to time I include my customers in choosing wines for the shop. And from the website: Ripe fruit aromas with hints of cocoa and roasted coffee. A touch of sweet fruit on the palate with a backbone of tannins and a little acidity makes this a complex and balanced Crianza.

Read More

Memorial Day Food

Article by Tom Dewell

Memorial Day is coming soon; this year May 27th, and has become one of America’s favorite holiday weekends for outdoor activities and grilling. It has become the unofficial start of summer and as such is most often celebrated with food.

But it wasn’t always that way. It began as a day to memorialize the soldiers who gave their lives in the 1860’s during the “late rebellion” as it was called by MG John A. Logan on May 5, 1868. He designated May 30th as Decoration Day thusly:

“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land”.

By the late 1800s, all northern states recognized Decoration Day, adorning the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. After World War I, Decoration Day, which would later become Memorial Day, honored all U.S. military dead. For decades, May 30 was a solemn day of remembrance. It had nothing to do with food, drink, or a Monday off work.

But in 1971 when Congress made it an official national holiday, they also moved it to the Monday nearest its original date in order to create a 3-day weekend so that workers could have a day off.

But, although it has changed its focus for many, it can combine both ideas and we can all celebrate that many Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in what they believed was the good of their country and honor them with a good grilled steak and a bottle of wine – both of which are available at your Yelm Co-op!

Read More

Alternative to Harmful Insect Repellents – It’s This Time of the Year Again!

Article by Jutta Dewell

Most people use conventional insect repellants that really work, but what is in that stuff that they are
spraying on their body and in their face and on their kids, too? Most of them contain a potentially
dangerous chemical insect repellant/insecticide named DEET.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is safe, but suggests that you should wash it off your skin
when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. So, it’s not
completely harmless and some people do have adverse reactions to it.

There are safer alternatives that do work.

One of our best selling products is Cedarcide’s TickShield© Tactical, a cedar oil based non-toxic
backwoods repellant for people and pets. This is not only a repellant, but also a contact killer for ticks,
fleas, chiggers, gnats, no-see-ums, mosquitoes, bed bugs, lice, wasps, horseflies and a lot of other non-
beneficial insects. It is 100% organic and contains 20% cedar oil and 80% hydrated silica, a form of silicon
dioxide (sand). It is EWG (Environmental Working Group) verified with a very low level (score 1) of
overall hazard (https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/719552/HYDRATED_SILICA/).

Cedar oil seems to be the most powerful natural repellent. It was even used by the Egyptians in the
mummification process!

Get your spray bottle next time you come to your Yelm Food Co-op!

Read More