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December 16, 2014

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Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager 

Wow, we are really screaming toward the end of 2015! It has been a trying and rewarding year in Kalamazoo. I know that I will be looking to make some time for reflection and gratitude.

As we head toward the end of year holidays, know that your Co-op has done lots to make sure that you have gifts that you feel great about for everyone on your list. Check out our gift and party planner when you are next in the store -- there are GREAT deals on everything from party snacks to Co-op merchandise. For example, all PFC branded water bottles, t-shirts, and hoodies are 20% off!

Finally, for all you Co-op owners out there, remember that our next Owner Appreciation Days event starts December 26, and goes through January 4. It's a great time to bring in all that visiting family to show off the awesome grocery store that YOU OWN!

Thanks for all you do to make this place great. And... read on!



Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

Oranges the size of your head! Just kidding, but right now wouldn't you love to replace the cloudy ol' sun with a big bright navel orange just dripping with sunlight? I would! I do enjoy the dark evenings we've been having, staying inside and getting creative with salads, casseroles and friends. 

Come to the Co-op for your sunny citrus, party food, and the best fresh-organic-local produce in town! Here's a snapshot of what could be in your grocery bags: 

  • Local red and white potatoes $4.99 for a 5lb bag
  • Local jonagold and golden apple bags $3.99 for a 3lb bag
  • Michigan-grown chestnuts for $7.99 per pound
  • Local roots like rutabaga, turnips, and radishes
  • Bartlett pears for $1.99 per pound
  • Navel oranges for $1.49 per pound
  • Satsuma mandarins for $2.99 per pound
  • Clementine mandarins for $3.99 per pound
  • and plenty of cheer and smiles for free!  


Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Farmer's Market Manager

Kalamazoo, your table for five is ready! Are you and yours looking for a brilliant brunch destination for this Saturday? Look no more! Come join us at the Pop-Up Market Cafe from 9am-1pm at Belly Dance Kalamazoo, located at 1350 Portage St.

Featuring made-to-order Crepes by the Lakes, Mamaleelu Cold Brew Coffees, Kaleamazoo Chips, Earthsmith Food and Forest Products like spicy arugula (grown in a hoop-house), local pottery and artworks, and of course the finest PFC fruits and vegetables from our green cart!

We can't wait to support your weekend with a fresh crepe (sweet and savory) a tasty coffee and some ripe produce to go with our endless smiles. Hope to see you there! 


Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

We’ve all been there. You were supposed to be at this party twenty minutes ago but you had to work late or pick the kids up from yoga or stop for gas and suddenly you remember that you promised to bring something and all you have in your kitchen is half a bottle of mustard and some really sad looking baby carrots.

Solution: stop by People’s Food Co-op and grab a container of our famous Cashew Curry Hummos, on Owner Special through the end of the month for 3.99!


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

New sales start tomorrow! Look for great sale prices on Dr. Bronner's organic and fair trade lip balms, bar soaps, and hand sanitizer; Jason fluoride toothpaste; Moon Valley's amazing organic salves and liquid hand soaps; Nourish organic deodorants and liquid hand soaps; Rescue Remedy; Garden of Life probiotics; all New Chapter vitamins and herbal supplements; and all Nordic Naturals omega oil supplements! Don't forget to take care of yourself in the holiday rush!


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Weekly greetings fellow Co-oplonian citizens!  I'm filling in for Ken this week; though I'm not sure what he's up to. I'm certain that he's not hard at work in an underground lab, searching valiantly for the right chemical formula to dissolve the mind-glue that Brain Slugs have used to control the minds of his fellow co-op staffers, because such a thing would be both preposterous and traitorous to the collective.
Let us now turn to matters of the heart: which is to say, new coffees! Though we were excited recently to convert our coffee section to be 100% organic and Fair-Trade certified, some of our favorite conventional coffees were lost in the process: in particular those from our beloved neighbors the Kalamazoo Coffee Company
However, the incredible folks over at the Black Owl (that's their cafe, haven't you been?) were more than up to the challenge of meeting these new standards, and this week I am ecstatic to unveil two completely new Fair-Trade-Organic roasts from Kalamazoo Coffee company (exclusive, for now, to the Co-op!):
  • Colombian Extra-Dark: I have never been much of a #DarkRoastPerson, but I have to say, this coffee has me re-thinking that stance. There is so much going on here, flavor-wise; I just can't seem to stop from going back to the pot for another cup!
  • Mexican Light Roast boasts a combination of my three favorite attributes for a coffee: light roast, Mexican beans, and crafted at the Kalamazoo Coffee Company! This coffee is mild and smooth with an incomparable flavor, and is a real contender to be my new favorite coffee ever.
Organic raw sugar is back at the Co-op!  As many of you've probably noticed, the Fair Trade, imported Raw Cane Crystals we've carried for many years have been out of stock for some time, and right in the heart of baking season, no less! Well, fret no more, the Co-op now stocks USA-grown and processed Organic Raw Cane Crystals. This minimally processed, non-GMO sugar from Florida Crystals is in every way a match for the Raw Sugar you've come to know and love in our bulk bin, and comes with a lower price tag of just $1.99/lb. And it’s on Owner Special starting this Wednesday for just $1.59/lb.!
Last but not least, Holiday Geese are here at the Co-op! You heard right, the succulent waterfowl that is a holiday tradition for families around the globe is now available at your co-op! If you've led a sheltered, goose-free life, we don't blame you: Charles Dickens is inside your head with his paranoid pro-turkey, anti-goose agenda! This year, try a real holiday favorite and find out what you've been missing! Raised on local Eichorn Family Farm, these geese are completely naturally pasture-raised and GMO free, and are sure to have guests licking their fingers for just $6.99/lb!



This year, celebrate your holiday season with a traditional goose! Pasture-raised on Eichorn Family Farm in nearby Leonidas, Michigan, these birds are fed non-GMO feed and cared for the old fashioned way. Pick yours up today in the store for only $6.99/lb.


Just in time for the holiday season - Joel Mabus’ stellar album “A Parlor Guitar Christmas” back in stock at the Co-op Music Section! In Joel’s own words: "For your Christmas vespers: a peaceful collection of carols, hymns and songs handed down from earlier days, lovingly and tastefully arranged for solo acoustic guitar. Take a break from the hustle and fuss with the serenity of A Parlor Guitar Christmas." Find music by Joel Mabus and many other Michigan musicians in the Co-op Music Section.


The People’s Food Co-op board of directors invites all Co-op owners to attend our next board meeting on Monday, January 5, 7-9pm! First, hear a report from general manager Chris Dilley on how PFC did during 2014 in achieving its Ends of “creating access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.” Then, participate in a conversation with the board on your Co-op’s vision, direction, and the issues that matter to YOU! Your input is vital to our board representing you. Download the 2013 Ends report here, and read the full PFC Ends statements online here.


Register for one of our fun, interactive cooking classes! All classes are held in the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St). Values Program classes are $5 each; all other classes are $20 per adult, kids come free. And come hungry! In our classes, you’ll always eat well. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier! 

  • Co-op Deli Delights – Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-8:30pm
    Go from bulk bins to the table with Deli Manager Chris Orsolini in a class focused on cooking with dried beans, split peas and lentils. Learn expert recipes for making refried beans, split pea soup, and more!


Wednesday, December 17, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
Perhaps you are a PFC owner, but you're not really sure what that means. Maybe you just became an owner and want an introduction to the store. Join us for one of our new monthly owner orientations! Gain a better understanding about ownership, learn more about your Co-op, and meet other PFC owners and staff. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP with our media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore


Saturday, December 26-Sunday, January 4 -- People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
We love our owners and we want to thank you for being one! Come into the store during Owner Appreciation week for extra Owner Specials. Don't forget to bring in your postcard (coming in the mail) to receive 10% off (non-sale items) of one order during the ten day sales period.
Are you or someone you love not yet a Co-op owner? Stop in the store to sign up yourself, or pick up an ownership form for a friend or family member! More information about ownership here.


Monday, January 5, 7-9pm – 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, visit our Board of Directors page.


Monday, January 19, 7-8pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo) 

Volunteers are what make co-ops great, and we believe we've got some of the best volunteers in the country! If you've applied to volunteer at People's, you'll first need to attend an orientation session, where we'll make sure you have everything you need to join our all-star team. Please RSVP with our volunteer coordinator today! To learn more about becoming a volunteer, check out our Help Out page.


Our owners are why we are here! Owners are shoppers and investors, and it is their investment, in part, that will make our expansion a success. Here are the current stats: 

Current owner count: 2682!
New owners in 2014: 326!
Current equity invested: $405,603



To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERACCE(Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERACCE online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – Feb. 26-28
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 26-28
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 14-16
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 24-26
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 3-5


Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs.


Farmers' markets are providing a great opportunity to meet local farmers and to pick up some great food, including: 

Are you inspired to eat closer to home? Do you want to find sources of local foods and share with other locavores? Well, here's a tool you'll not want to miss. To join hundreds of others with similar interests, visit their Yahoo Groups page. To learn more, please email Lori Evesque.