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May 26, 2015

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Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Media & Communcation Coordinator   

Hi cooperators! Chris Moore here with a quick intro to the world of the Co-op this week. 

If you’re out and about this weekend, you can find us at two great events. On Saturday, May 30, our Co-op Deli’s JaRay Reese will be giving a cooking demo at the Gospel Celebration and Health Expo at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Learn more about this event hosted by the Northside Ministerial Alliance and presented by the American Heart Association here. 

Then, on Saturday, our Deli’s Caitie Zacker will be at Beer and Skittles GRAND OPENING at Gull Lake, sampling our famous Cashew Curry Hummos. Stop out to see her and support Beer and Skittles!


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Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager 

I am so lucky that my work place is filled with real scents from real food! You know, a scented candle or a wall freshener can only go so far. Ooh la la, that most deluxe sweet smell of ripe cantaloupe and peaches is here! They are hailing from the west coast and are full of real juicy fruit goodness. Organic peaches and nectarines, plums on the way! Cantaloupe, honeydew and sugar baby watermelon, too! 

Goobers and gobs of grapes are finally here! Organic red and green grapes are on sale for $2.99 per pound. (If you like grapes in salads I hear our Deli is coming up with a new chicken salad with grapes in it, too!)  Also get a great deal on organic gala apples for $1.49 per pound, and organic red Bartlett pears for $.99 per pound. If you're craving fruit, People's Produce has the good stuff!


Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

Join us Wednesday 3pm-7pm for 100-Mile Market magic! 

MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator Mariel Borgman will be there with fun and learning. Mariel brings creative, positive inspiration with her wealth of knowledge of all things food systems - don’t miss what she has in store this month! 

And look for your favorite local goods from these marvelous vendors: 

  • Understory Farm, Bonamego and Evelyn Thomas with lots of fresh greens like asparagus, spinach, foraged dandelions and more
  • Moss Funnel Farm with blueberry plants
  • Eichorn Family Farm with fresh duck and chicken eggs (ask him about duck eggs!)
  • Young Earth Farm with fresh meats
  • Katherine Steward with baked goods, made with so much love
  • Youz Guys Sausage
  • Crepes by the Lakes with hot, sweet and savory crepes


Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

The time has come to break free from the bonds of the kitchen and step forth into the bold world of cooking outside. I’m talking about grilling: big hunks of animals or plants (you do you) charring over an open fire with a refreshing beverage in hand. 

And nothing, I mean nothing, goes better with grilling than potato salad. We’re rolling out our classic Co-Op Potato Salad with redskin potatoes, celery, hard boiled eggs, and fresh herbs all tossed in a delicious creamy-tangy dressing. Come pick some up today, and enjoy a perfect little bite of summer.


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

Have you been looking for our awesome Badger sunscreens and bug spray now that the display by the door has been changed? You can now find them up front by the cash registers, on the bottom shelf between the magazine racks! 

Not sure which one to try? They all have testers, so you can try them all out and pick the one you like the best! SPFs range from 15 to 30, they are all non-nanoparticle, biodegradable zinc oxide sunscreens with UVA and UVB protection, and they all get a 1 safety rating from the Environmental Working Group, which is the best possible rating for sunscreens. 

More time in the garden, in the park, or on the lake means more sun exposure, so don't forget your sun protection, whether it's sunscreen, shade, or protective clothing and hats. As Badger says, "Go slow. Be mindful. A day in the sun is great, but a lifetime of healthy skin is even better." 

If you do find yourself with a sunburn this summer, we have plenty of options to help it heal! 

Badger makes a fantastic After-Sun Balm that is great for other burns and skin abrasions as well. Lavender water, witch hazel, and aloe are also great sunburn soothers, and if you keep your aloe in the refrigerator like I do it goes on nice and cold. Our local soap-maker Curvey Girl also makes a fantastic skin cream with aloe, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil that is delightfully cooling and soothing on sunburned skin.


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Hello again co-optipods! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he prepares to enter his senior year of college! As you know, due to a freak time-travel accident in his youth/old age, Ken now lives his life backwards through time, greeting old friends for the first time, and bidding a fond farewell to every new acquaintance. We wish him well in his collegiate endeavors, and have high hopes that he will make it through to his freshman year and maybe even be able to move back to high school! 

I'm a pizza fanatic in the summer! Pizza toppings are a great way to use up the extra veggies I can never resist buying at market and in the co-op when they're in season, so I'm very excited to bring meat toppings into the picture as well. New today in the Co-op meat cooler, look for bags of Organic Valley small pepperoni slices, turkey pepperoni, and summer sausage. All three are sure to please on your next pizza, or get classy and munch on 'em with some cheese and crackers! 

New from Pacific organics we have Queso Salsa Dip and Classic Hummos! Don't be fooled: the packaging looks like tiny little boxes of almond milk, but inside are two of the tastiest dips you'll ever chip! Stock your cupboard up and don't ever get caught without queso dip in the house again! 

2015 honey has begun to flow! Get that fresh fresh local stuff in the bulk bins, just $4.49/lb. everyday! Need I say more?



We are seeking a self-motivated, food loving person for 20-30 hours per week with flexible weekend and evening availability. Deli Assistants provide excellent customer service to all People's Food Co-Op customers and produce high quality and consistently produced prepared foods while maintaining a focus on cleanliness, food safety standards, and teamwork. Pay rate starts at $9 per hour. Download a job description and application, or pick one up in the store. Applications due by Tuesday, June 9.


Monday, June 1, 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.


Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 14 – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)

People's is turning 45! Let's celebrate 45 years of creating access to healthy food together during Owner Appreciation Days, June 6-14. We'll bring the EXTRA SPECIAL owner sales, you bring your love for PFC!  

And of course, don't forget to come by for Co-opiversary, our 100-Mile Market birthday party, on June 10. 

As always, Co-op Owners enjoy extra Owner Specials during OAD. And don't forget to bring in your postcard (coming in the mail) to receive 10% off (non-sale items) of one order during the 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.


Wednesday, June 10, 3-7pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo) 

Join us in celebration of the Co-op's 45th anniversary! This 100-Mile Market party will be all about YOU, our owners and shoppers. We were founded in 1970, which means your support has kept PFC thriving for over two generations -- a truly community-centric affair. 

To show our appreciation, we'll be hosting a kickin' party! You can expect FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE, live music, great food, local vendors, SUPER deals in the store, and so much more. More details coming soon!


Monday, June 15, 7:30-8:30pm – 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.


Monday, June 15, 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 general manager, Chris Dilley.


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: 2815!
New owners in 2015: 132!
Current equity invested: $430,303!



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


The Peace Center needs to fundraise $60,000 to build a new office. Check out the emotionally moving short video here.

The Peace Center works to educate and empower students by providing the tools, knowledge and space necessary for mobilizing around issues of justice and peace and creating effective and positive changes in our community and on the campus of Western Michigan University.


Wednesday, June 10, 6-8:30pm -- Sarkozy Bakery (350 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo)

You own your own business. You work all day, every day. You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You think you need to have all the answers. What if we told you that you're not alone? That you shouldn't try to do it all by yourself? Building your support network is where it's at. 

Startup Sampler will introduce you to, or remind you of, the important services that create your support network. Your support circle. People to lean on and get advice from. Accountant, graphic designer, loan officer, insurance agent, customer relations consultant. Yes! They will all be at the workshop and you'll have a chance to talk with them all in small groups. Plus you'll be surrounded by your fellow entrepreneurs. There will be an opportunity to purchase food and drinks to enjoy while you're learning and networking. Please register and pay at


Opening September 2015 -- 6200 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo

Great Lakes Explorations Academy (GLEA) is a new tuition-free K-8 elementary school, now being built, whose focus is on the environment, but will also encompass studies in the arts, character education,  nutrition and healthy eating as well as study the basics of language arts, math, social studies, and  science. GLEA will initially open with grades K-5. More information at or call our toll free number 844-492-GLEA(4532).

What makes this school unique?

  • An environmentally-based curriculum
  • Indoor and outdoor classrooms
  • Place-based, problem-based, project-based, and play-based learning
  • Opportunity for a school vegetable garden 

Upcoming Community Meeting Dates: 

  • Wednesday, April 1st from 6-7 pm @ the Kalamazoo Public Library – Van Deusen Room located at 315 S. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Monday, April 13th from 6-7 pm @ Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan –Purple Room located at 601 W. Maple Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Tuesday, July 14, 4-8pm -- W.K. Kellogg Farm and Pasture Dairy Center (10461 North 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI)

Sample and purchase the 2014 award-winning Gouda, as well as asiago and sharp cheddar. These delicious cheeses are produced from pasture based cows’ milk. Speak with Pasture Dairy staff about cheese making and our sustainable dairy practices.  Enter to win a year’s membership to the W.K. Kellogg Manor House or free lunch for two at the McCrary dining Hall at the Kellogg Biological Station. More information: or call 269-671-2402.


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 – 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.

If you know of someone who'd like to be added to our list, or have event suggestions to share, please email our outreach assistant, Chris Moore.