—by Monica Rojas

Tahini or tahina is a paste made from ground hulled sesame seeds. Tahini has been around for a very long time. The first written documentation is in a cuneiform document written 4,000 years ago, which talks about the custom of serving the gods a form of sesame wine. Historian Herodotus wrote about cultivating sesame 3,500 years ago by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where it was mainly used as a source of oil. Tahini is mentioned by name in a hummus kasa, a recipe in an anonymous 13th-century Arabic cookbook called Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada.

Think spring when you make a food shelf donation and include garden seeds, ready-to-go drinks, and portable, healthful snack foods.

Ongoing needs include canned goods (meat, soup, fruit, and vegetables); rice, beans, and pasta; boxed dinners and baking mixes; cooking supplies such as oil, flour, and sugar. Personal care items are also needed: bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, paper products, and toothbrushes.

Donations from your home cupboard are welcome as long as seals are intact and the product is not out of date. The food shelf is not able to accept bulk items that you packed at the store, or home-canned foods.

—by Roxy Bergeron, HPC volunteer

Is it too dramatic to call it cancer, this insidious affliction pursuing citrus trees?

Fruit warps into impossible green bitter phantoms of what they might have been, raining from a tree in despair, lying by the dozen on the ground. The tree itself becomes stunted, with deformed roots and yellowed leaves, rife with the lethal bacteria that invaded its phloem—its vascular system—months or even years before. It’s a not-so-subtle end-stage failure, with nothing to be done but thank a tree for its years of fragrant delicious yields, then destroy it.

—by Margot Monson

A Review of Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please
by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh

—reviewed by Nicole Infinity

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Insects in this issue

The first article I ever wrote for this newsletter was about bees. That was fifteen years ago. Since then, I’ve developed an insect- friendly herb garden, become a bee keeper, written bee poetry, and now am turning my attention to the issues that threaten the survival of our pollinating insects.

In this issue, Margot Monson and Roxy Bergeron provide information and resources for you to insure that your home garden does no harm to beneficial insects and to address the wider issues of toxic pesticides and habitat loss. You can also buy insect-friendly seeds and plants at our co-op.

Annual patronage Letters

—by Roxy Bergeron

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Are you turning 65 soon?

All HPC members receive a senior discount once they turn 65. Non-volunteering seniors receive a 15% discount. Volunteers may use their senior status as part of their volunteer credit.

Have you not been receiving co-op mailings?

We send out four mailings each year: our annual patronage letter, plant sale and annual meeting notices, and quarterly 10% discount coupons. If you haven’t received mailings recently, we may not have your current address.

Our food shelf volunteer, Deb Ahlborg, reports that in 2013 our co-op donated 1609 pounds of food and five bus passes to the Midway Food Shelf. That’s approximately 200 pounds more than last year. Thanks to everyone who made donations.

Co-op shoppers receive a 28% discount for anything they purchase for the food shelf. Leave your purchases with the cashier when you check out. Current food needs include: canned meats, soups and stews, rice, pasta, flour, sugar, and cooking oil.

Donations from your home cupboard are welcome as long as seals are intact and the product is not out of date.

—by Kari Simonson, building manager

As many of you probably know, there are a number of other tenants in the 928 Raymond Building besides the Hampden Park Co-op. Have you ever wondered who those tenants are and what they do? Here’s your chance to learn about the other occupants in our lovely turn-of-the-century building!

The following is an introduction to the four other tenants in their own words. All of their entrances are on the Hampden Avenue side of the building, either directly into their space, as in the case of Vienna Community Arts, or through the double doors under the archway that open to a shared staircase for second-floor tenants.