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November 25, 2014

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INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Happy Thanksgiving People's People!

I suspect that you are busily pushing through a busy week, preparing your house, your kitchen, and your pantry for family and friends to come over and have the meal of the year. 

I had fun roasting two Otto's chickens and making Butter Roasted Tender Turnips as our family's contribution to a fun Friendsgiving this past Saturday. Check out the turnip recipe on our Facebook page.

We will be hosting my wife's mom's side. It has been a long time since I got to host this meal, and I am really excited! We will have a fresh turkey from Old Home Place on the table with all the trimmings. And I will have a blast hanging out with our family in from the central UP, Ann Arbor, and Chicago. Thanks for helping to make Kalamazoo the place we all want to be this holiday!

May you have a safe, wonderful week connecting with and being grateful for all those you treasure most.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

I enjoy cooking and eating with people. It’s a great experience and is often a lost experience in our fast paced, individualistic society. To sit down together with others is one of the most humane things we as people can do. Be human, sit, and eat with people.
When you're hanging with people, cooking and eating your Thanksgiving meal this year, please consider reflecting on who lived on and with this land that we now call our home. Think of the communities of those indigenous to North America, and the long history of struggle which has led us to today in 2014. 
As a cooperatively owned business, I like to think we are very much driven by principle. So as we are hyping up Thanksgiving and going wild for turkeys, (poor turkeys, what about the turkeys!) let’s not forget the history, let’s not forget about what has taken place on this land. Let’s not forget about the privileges we have, and what it took to get them. Give thanks. 

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Feed and fuel your family in a positive way! Support local farmers and a healthier earth by purchasing your produce from People's! People's commits to purchasing local produce from farmers who live in the area and grow vegetables organically like Cinzori Farm, Eater's Guild, Molter Family Orchards, Blue Dog Family Farm and Green Gardens Community Farm.

The biggest thank you to our farmers who choose to have a career that ensures you and yours have a healthy local produce option, grown with love and care for the earth, the bugs, and the people. Put positive local produce into your life with great prices, too! 

  • Butternut squash, $.99/lb
  • White potatoes, 5lbs for $5
  • Carrots with tops, 2 for $3
  • Curly kale, $1.69 each
  • Jonagold 3 lbs apple bags, $3.99 each
  • Yellow onions, 3 lbs bag, $3.99 each 

Also, we've got lots of great organic fresh herbs like rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, basil, dill, mint, and many more! Buy 3 for $3 and put that extra fresh flavor in your dishes this week. Don't forget when you’re out and about, we're all stocked up for the weekend, too!  

FARMERS' MARKETS

Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Ever since I can remember I’ve thought that the life of a farmer must be one of the most romantic, dreamy lives of all. Here’s the gist of what I’ve imagined a farmer’s life to be: 

  • Connected to the land, the seasons, the elements -- to life.
  • Hard, strong work through spring, summer and fall and (here’s the especially dreamy part) 
  • A long, sweet rest through the entire winter. Winters off! What could be better? 

I’ve learned a whole lot by working with our local farmers this year. Among the lessons: that perfect-life-hibernation idea I held so dear is not the reality of many a farmer’s life. Not to diminish any romance, just to say that my eyes have been opened to the reality of that romance. 

As a farmers’ market team member, this “off” season is the time to get so, so much work done. Work like developing and improving communication systems between vendors, market managers, and customers; and finding new and exciting ways to create access to local, delicious food and goods.

I’m looking forward to these quiet winter months -- rest is necessary for all living things. But I have shifted my perception of what that rest looks like. Rather than a void of work, I see the value of this time to do the underground, roots work of strengthening the systems that will support the growth and flourishing of our local food economy come spring.

Stay tuned for more about what that work looks like for our local farmers and our PFC market team. Happy Thanksgiving! 

THE CO-OP DELI

Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

While supplies last, the Deli is making pumpkin pies from scratch for just $12.99. While I’m not going to tell you that these pies are the best you’ll ever try in your life, one Co-op employee did say it was better than his grandmother’s! So there’s that.

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

As we head into the biggest food holiday of the year, I want to pass on an inspiring message from Tony Bedard, the CEO of Frontier Co-op, our awesome supplier of bulk and bottled herbs and spices. They do a terrific job of sourcing and processing their ingredients and products, as well as giving back to the communities they source from, and this message was a great reminder for me of why I love my job so much:

This is a season of generosity and gratitude. Our co-op's generosity is a key reason I — and most of us working here — take so much pride in Frontier Co-op. Our social giving has bettered life in our grower communities in many ways, addressing health concerns, worker safety, financial security, social equality, infrastructure needs and — something I find particularly gratifying — providing educational opportunities for children. And there is no lack of gratitude for what we do. I've met personally with people from our grower communities and heard their thanks. Our projects have significant, sometimes life-changing impact on them, and they are eager to let us know how much our support is appreciated.

Frontier Co-op facilitates a relationship between our generous and fair-minded members and the grateful and hardworking people who supply our products. I want to once again express my appreciation to you for making these efforts possible with your patronage and your support for our social giving. Life for many families in struggling growing communities around the world will be a little happier this holiday, and throughout the years ahead, because our co-op's continued success will allow Frontier to have an even greater impact on the lives of grower communities throughout the world. Thank you and happy holidays.”

Frontier Co-op sells their products under their own name as well as the Simply Organic line of bottled spices. If you haven't seen our new display of bottled Frontier Co-op and Simply Organic spices next to the bulk herb display, this is a great time to explore our expanded herb and spice options as you plan your holiday feasts! We now have salt and peppercorn grinders, salt-free spice mixes, seafood seasonings, and many more!

If you're still not sure what you're preparing for this year's feasting, check out these two awesome holiday recipe websites from Frontier Co-op and Simply Organic! With vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, there's something for everyone!

THE CENTER STORE

Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

bulk@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello again, co-oplonians! Max here, filling in for for Ken this week as he leads the PFC archaeological expedition to delve deep into the catacombs beneath an ancient Bulgarian Library co-op to recover the last known copy of the medieval codex "Ye Auwlde Cow-operatif Guyde fyr Begynnurs."

The hour of "The Holiday Season" is at last upon us!  And while many of you have already (or soon will) picked up your main courses, now's the time to remember the little guys that make the holidays what they are! 

  • Bell's Christmas Ale is here! I know it's not Christmas yet, but this awesome local brew featuring 100% Michigan-grown barley is perfectly rich and smooth, without being heavy: a true crowd pleaser and the ideal companion for family gatherings. 
  • Local stuffing mixes from Victorian bakery and Kismet Organic Farm Bakery! In my mind, stuffing/dressing is by far the most important dish on the table each November, and these mixes of coutons and herbs will start you out on the best possible foot! 
  • All the Fixins: whatever you're looking for, we've got it! Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (without the weird stuff) from Pacific Organic is perfect for green bean casserole! Look for real ready to go whip cream "TruWhip" in the freezer, or whip up a batch yourself with Local Heavy Whipping Cream from Mooville Creamery. A personal favorite of mine, Mooville is also bringing us their truly peerless Eggnog in half gallons! 

PEOPLE'S NEWS


PFC CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY

In order to give our staff time with family, we will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27. We will be open 7am-9pm on both the day before and after, Wednesday and Friday. Thank you for your understanding!


NOW HIRING: CASHIER

We are seeking a self-motivated, people- and food-loving person for 20-30 hours a week with flexible availability.

Cashiers are leaders in providing excellent customer service to all People's Food Co-op customers and staff. They are knowledgeable about many aspects of the PFC and facilitate point of sale transactions with attention to detail and concentration on service.

Pay rate starts at $8.15 an hour. Download an application and job description, or pick one up in the store. Applications are due Saturday, December 6, 2014.


NEW VINYL FROM THE RED SEA PEDESTRIANS AT THE CO-OP

Kalamazoo’s resident masters of klezmer/folk have released a brand new 45rpm recording, “Tied to the Wheel/Magic Alex” – available now at the Co-op! The new release comes complete with a unique download code and full printed lyrics. In addition to the new vinyl by The Red Sea Pedestrians, the Co-op also has vinyl from fellow Earthwork Music artists The Go Rounds, Starlight Six, and Red Tail Ring/Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (The New Roots Exchange). Check it out at the Co-op Music Section, and watch the video here!


FROZEN HOLIDAY TURKEYS!

Our fresh turkeys from Old Home Place have sold out! Thanks to all who ordered one this year.
We still have frozen turkeys from Plainville Farms in New York. These birds are antibiotic-free and perfect for travelling to your holiday feast destination! Pick one up in the store for $2.49/lb today.

PFC COOKING CLASSES

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
    Join PFC Deli superstar Caitie Zacker as she walks you through making several of the Co-op's most popular recipes: Curried Chicken Salad, vegan Tomato Soup, and our inimitable Macaroons! 

DECEMBER PFC BOARD MEETING

Monday, December 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.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Monday, December 15, 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.


OWNER ORIENTATION

Wednesday, December 17, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
Our October Owner Orientation has been canceled. Please attend our next orientation on Wednesday, November 19.

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.


OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE

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: 2676!
New owners in 2014: 320!
Current equity invested: $403,033!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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


FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Fair Food Matters is seeking new leadership as it prepares for the departure of its current executive director, Erica Barajas. During time with Fair Food Matters, Erica worked with the board of directors, staff, and community partners, focusing on reducing disparities in access to healthy foods. 
Barajas and her husband Mark moved to Kalamazoo in 2009 in order for him to pursue a Ph.D. at WMU. He moved back to California this August, and Erica will earn her BFA in Printmaking from WMU in December and join Mark in California in early 2015.
  
Fair Food Matters is currently accepting applications for the executive director position. The first deadline for applications is Friday, November 28. Applications will continue to be reviewed every other Friday until the position is filled. More information, including the job description and application form, can be found atwww.fairfoodmatters.org.

FAIR FOOD MATTERS: BIZARRE BAZAAR SUPPORTS CAN-DO KITCHEN!

Saturday, November 29, 11:30-4pm – Bell’s Eccentric Café (355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo)
Join us at the Bizarre Bazaar, perfectly poised on Buy Local Day and just in time for holiday gifts.Skip the mad rush at the strip malls and come down to Bell's to enjoy a cozy, creative atmosphere with a beer in hand. These are gifts you won't find anywhere else. Don't forget it's okay to give yourself a gift too! 
Once again the generosity of Bell's Brewery, the organizers (Heidi LaGrow and Erin Abueva), and the artists blows us away. The artist table fee is a donation to the Can-Do Kitchen, supporting small, local food businesses in becoming an economic force to be reckoned with! All artists interested in participating please contact bizarrebazaarkzoo@gmail.com.

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: BUY LOCAL ART AND GIFT FAIR

Saturday, December 13, 9am-4pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)
The Buy Local Art & Gift Fair is not your ordinary art fair! Enjoy top-quality work from more than 50 local artisans in a fun and festive atmosphere surrounded by the beautiful winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering FREE admission all day long. Join us and find something unique for everyone on your holiday list!  If you work up an appetite, Gorilla Gourmet will be serving up delicious food for our visitors.  New this year: Enter the raffle for a chance to win baskets full of gifts! For more information at naturecenter.org.

UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS

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 – December 4-6, 2014

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SHARES

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


LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS

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.