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January 27, 2015

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Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Media & Communications Coordinator   

Hello all!

I come to you today wearing my PFC board director hat with an exciting announcement! Please save the date for our 2015 Annual Owner Meeting, which will take place from 6:30-10pm on Saturday, March 21 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

This party is set to be the best yet, seriously. We’ll take care of business from 7-8pm, including hearing from staff and others about the state of the Co-op, and wrapping up last-minute voting for your board of directors and on other issues. More information on voting coming soon.

At 8, Kalamazoo’s own genre-bending Maraj kicks off the party. Then toss in a couple of drinks and snacks on us, supervised art class childcare on-site from 7-8 (RSVP required), and your Co-op friends and family. Sounds like the place to be to me.

Putting on my staff hat now!

Did you know that this weekend is considered the second largest food holiday of the year? That’s right, this Super Bowl Sunday (February 2) is second only to Thanksgiving!

We’re ready for the rush, stocked to the ceiling with avocados, chicken wings, jalapenos, local brews, and enough snacks to satisfy everyone you can think of and then some. I’ve personally been busy putting together a selection of our greatest deals. Pick up a flyer at the customer service desk for ideas, and check out the recipes we’ve sprinkled around the store for great appetizers and main Game Day courses.

Read on for more from your Co-op staff!



Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager 

People's Produce is still swimming in all sorts of fresh citrus! I know how much everyone loves easy-to-peel mandarins which have been hard to source. The good news is, we have the Murcott Mandarin in stock right now! They are punched full of sweetness and tart melodies of summer days. Also, they’re easy to peel with a dark orange to green color, now available in 2 lb. bags for $5.99 each. Don't forget to bring home kumquats, blood oranges, and cara cara oranges while they're here! Winter only lasts so long, which means so does citrus season. 

Is your family all hopped up on Super Bowl Sunday? People's has so many great options to make your snack foods healthier and tastier! Check out the Game Day planner when you walk in the store, it's full of low priced items to guide you on a wise buying adventure. Around the store you'll also see recipe cards set up for things like Avocado Chorizo Salsa or Jalapeno Cheese Bites. Jalapenos are on sale for $4.99 per pound, Avocados are 5 for $5, and Crimini mushrooms are on sale for $3.99 per pound. Get your snack food partying on!

If you love coconut water, you may be really interested in organic baby coconuts (here for $3.99)!  They are very special to coconut lovers worldwide, but are a little tricky to get into. Here are instructions for those comfortable and experienced handling a chef's knife. Be sure to ask for help from a friend if you're not comfortable with a knife, it can be challenging but very rewarding!


Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

Hey, hey, hey, it has officially begun! The countdown to the 2015 Farmers’ Market Season is here:

NINETY-FIVE DAYS until we kick off the season with opening day of the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, May 2 and we are NINETY-NINE DAYS away from the first 100-Mile Market on May 6!

Help us continue to prepare for the best season yet by completing our survey. You could win a $10 gift card for doing so, and the drawing will be held next week. A heart-felt THANK YOU to all of you who have already taken it! 


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

Have you seen our new EO Organic Body Serums yet? EO is a great natural products brand that uses essential oil blends in their products, and these two body serums are their first USDA Certified Organic products! USDA Certified Organic is my gold standard for body care products. The USDA Organic certification is designed for food products, so to reach USDA Organic standards with a body care product, an industry that has little to no regulation of ingredients, is one of the first things I look for when selecting body care products for myself and for the Co-op. The skin is our body's largest organ, and it absorbs a percentage of what gets put on it, so I want to know that what I'm putting on my body is as clean and good for me as what I put in my body.

These new organic body serums from EO use a blend of organic oils and essential oils to nourish and soothe the skin. Serum No. 01 is for normal dry skin, and Serum No. 02 is for dry, damaged, or aging skin. Perfect for winter dryness, body serums are great after showers, first thing in the morning, or right before bed, any time you would use a body oil or lotion!


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Hello once again Co-optricians! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he represents your hometown Kalamazoo Co-op in the 92nd annual Co-operative Gladitorial Battle Royale. For three days of incredible action he and other co-op grocery managers will face off against waves of bloodthirst-ensorcelled Organic Celery Stalks and colossal enchanted Napa Cabbages. He hopes his performance this year will finally topple the long-standing record of William "Big 'Tater" Johnston (who represented The Wedge co-op of Minneapolis in the arena from 1976-1984). We'll be rooting for you, Ken! 

Whether you have big plans for the big game, or couldn't care less, the Co-op has you covered with some great deals this week! Look up front or on the shelf for great deals on: 

  • Barbara's Natural Cheese Puffs are 3 for $5!
  • Green Mountain Tortilla strips (perfect for dipping!) are 3 for $5!
  • 14 oz. Muir Glen Tomatoes, just $3 for 2!
  • 15 oz. Westbrae Organic Beans, just $5 for 3! 

Keep your eyes peeled all around the store this week for great prices on these and other pantry essentials!

Omnivores among y'all, I have great news: we have new beef in the freezer! Coming to us from local Hiday Farms, these cows are 100% grass fed and finished on Organically Certified grasses growing right up out of Hiday's pastures! The difference this makes in the quality and flavor of the steaks, cuts, and ground beef is hard to describe, other than to say: it's big.  We're really excited to carry this product, and I feel confident it will be some of the best-tasting (and most sustainably raised) beef you've ever had!

Last but not least, check out a new variety of rice in the bulk department: organic Madagascar Pink Rice! As you know, I love all my bulk grains equally, but this African heirloom rice brings a lot to the table. A little sweet and a little nutty, it cooks up fluffy and dry to go well with just about any saucy dish. The "pink" that makes the rice so distinctive is part of the bran layer that's left on for its great flavor and nutritional value, which it derives from the uniquely rich Madagascan soils it's grown in! My suggestion: mix it in with a little bit of "real" wild rice from White Earth; these two flavorful grains complement each other beautifully without either one overpowering. 



Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll.

This week’s topic: Take our survey and enter to win a $10 gift card! Please help our market team better understand what our community looks for and loves in regards to farmers' markets!


Do you love People’s Food Co-op? Submit your candidacy to run for the board of directors today! 
If People’s is to serve its owners and community members to its fullest, we’ll need your passion, creativity, critical eye, and most of all, your voice! Any Co-op owner is eligible to run for the board. Download a candidacy form here or pick one up in the store. Submit completed applications to the store before January 31. Election results will be announced at the PFC Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 21.


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! 

  • Raw with Love - Friday, February 13, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join raw food phenom Sara Kozminske to learn fresh new sweet treat recipes on Valentine's Day. Bring yourself or your sweetie!


Kalamazoo native Elisabeth Pixley-Fink’s debut full-length album ‘Bloodroot,’ released in 2013, is once again available in the Co-op music section. This expertly crafted collection weaves lyrically driven songs of loss and love together with a rich tapestry of tones to form an album brimming with heart and melodic grit. With original artwork by local artist/musician Laurel Premo, engineering by local whiz Ian Gorman, and sounds provided by some of Kalamazoo’s finest musicians, an album doesn’t get any more local than ‘Bloodroot.’


Wednesday, January 21, 7-8pm – 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.


Monday, February 2, 7-9pm – 525 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the board will not be meeting in September. 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, February 14-Sunday, February 22 -- People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
In February, Owner Appreciation Days are all about Values! You’ll find deep discounts on all of the products in our Values program – staple foods and household items that are always nicely priced just got nicer. It’s a great time to stock up on the basics!
As always, Co-op Owners can 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.


Monday, February 16, 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.


Saturday, March 21, 6:30-10pm – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 South Park Street, Kalamazoo)

Save the date for your Annual Owner Meeting! Come for the business, stay for the party of the year!

Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing. Snacks and a couple of drinks are on us, so meet up with friends and relax. At 7, join us for the meeting, where you’ll hear from staff and others about your Co-op, and get a chance to talk with others about the issues on your mind around food and Kalamazoo. Board director elections and other vote results will be announced.

Kiddos four years and older will be treated to a free supervised art class from 7-8pm, allowing parents to check out the meeting portion. Children 4-6 years old will need a parent accompanying them, 7 and older can participate alone. RSVP is required for childcare.

At 8, Kalamazoo’s own genre-bending Maraj kicks off the party! Don’t miss it!


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: 2723!
New owners in 2015: 35!
Current equity invested: $411,773!



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


Wednesday, January 28, 7pm -- First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park, Kalamazoo)

Laurel Ross, retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will present a 1-hour program emphasizing the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. Engaged residents play increasingly important roles in ecological restoration and education as stewards of the landscapes where they live. Laurel, a veteran organizer of volunteers, will tell stories and show pictures of many people and places in Chicago she's worked with. Sponsored by Kalamazoo chapter of Wild Ones, Native Plants/Natural Landscapes. Free and open to the public.


February 7, 12-4pm -- Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)

The Group Tour is a no-cost opportunity to see our kitchen facility and to learn about our incubation program and other opportunities. Registration is required. Please email if you are interested in attending. Learn more here. See more events here.


Tuesday, March 3, 6-8pm – Georgian Room, Kalamazoo County Building (3299 Gull Road, Kalamazoo)

Grow your own plat starts at home! This class will teach you how to build your own plant start set up with grow-lights. Save money by growing your own starts.


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 – 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.

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.