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Have you noticed the awesome new items our team of deli superstars have been coming up with lately? Today Marc and Stephanie came up with Fat Tuesday-themed goodies like Gumbo and, my personal food highlight for the day, Jambalaya with shrimp and locally-raised sausage. Also, one of our newer deli team members, Caitie, has been showing her sandwich prowess, creating new combinations of flavor and texture. My favorite so far is the Sweet Blue Chicken Wrap: roasted chicken, cranberry almond cole slaw and blue cheese on a wrap with a romaine crunch. Also be on the look out for:
- Tom Curry’s Mango Dream - curry mayo, mango chutney, cukes, romaine, turkey
- Muffaletta - house made olive and roasted red pepper tapenade, ham, pepperoni, provolone, on a baguette
This week also kicks off the incredible array of Reading Together events. Please visit our events page and the KPL web site for more details. I hope to see you tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 5, 7pm at Kalamazoo Central High School for the kick off: Author Tracie McMillan visiting to discuss The American Way of Eating. Let's get this conversation started!!
Stick around, there is much more from the rest of your Co-op!
Peace PFC people,
The Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together events start this week! I must admit I haven’t yet read either of this year’s featured books. However, I do plan to read both "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter and "The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan as soon as I get the chance, and I plan to be at both featured author presentations.
The first of these events is this Wednesday 7pm at Kalamazoo Central. I encourage you again to check out the Reading Together list of events and plan to attend if you can! I am excited for this series and think it’s a great opportunity for our community to deepen our understanding of food and food systems.
I sure wish I just had to wear sunglasses every day. Positive change is coming, right? People's Produce is having changes related to frequency of deliveries that will result in positive results for you!
One of these positive results will be even fresher produce, delivered more frequently. Another positive change will be to our sale program. We're working hard every week to lock down great prices on great Organic produce that we can share with everyone. It might be a great sale price for at least two weeks, or it might be while supplies last for a few days only. Keep checking for pink sale signs while you visit.
Changes happen daily! Now if only we could see sunshine and green growth changes... Oh well, here are some examples of the great prices we have right now!
- Cauliflower, big ol' heads, just $3.49 eac
- Broccoli, best price we've seen in months, $1.79 per pound
- Romaine hearts, because we love you, 2 for $5
- Strawberries, lowest price since late summer, $4.99 each quart pound container
- Owner special starting Wednesday 5# bags of carrots for just $5.79 eac
- Owner special starting Wednesday celery just $1.99 eac
- Also, starting this Friday, look for a great deal on one of our favorite pears!
Farmers' Market Manager
Energy and excitement for the upcoming 2014 Kalamazoo Farmers' Market season continues to build!
We are please to announce that Double Up Food Bucks will be back again this season starting on June 1. Both the 100-Mile Market and the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market will be able to match up to $20 in SNAP benefits. Woo hoo!
In case you missed it, we are now accepting applications for 2014 Kalamazoo Farmers' Market businesses. Please email me to get your online application and vendor packet for 2014!
We are holding 2 upcoming vendor meetings and hope to see you at one:
- Saturday March 15 (1:30-2:30pm)
- Tuesday March 18 (2-3pm)
Both meetings will be held at 1157 Bank Street, inside the Bingo Hall.
We are building an exciting lineup of businesses and smiling faces for the upcoming season. See you there in just 61 days when we open for the season on Saturday, May 3, from 7am-2p!m May the force be with you. Peace.
THE CO-OP DELI
Though specifically tailored to those choosing a raw food lifestyle, our Deli’s Raw Macaroons are for those on all walks of life. Have you experienced the chocolatey melt-in-your-mouth explosion of our Chocolate Macaroon? If you like chocolate, this is just the treat for you. It’s a bold balance of raw cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut flakes, and agave that will have you hooked upon first bite. Next thing you know you’ll be stealing your neighbor’s TV just to chase that chocolatey dragon. It’s okay, though, your neighbor will understand.
How about my personal favorite, that delicate beauty that is our Blonde Macaroon? It’s essentially the same balance of coconut oil, coconut flakes, and agave but instead of cacao powder the Blonde Macaroon is filled with almond meal. It may be my favorite sweet treat we make at the Co-op.
If you’re confused by the “Raw” denotation, rest assured; there’s no cooking required. All the ingredients, though uncooked, are perfectly safe to eat and will leave you wondering why you’ve been abstaining all this time. Relax and give in to the temptation. For your palette’s pleasure, we’ve marked down the price for our Owners to just $2.29 for a pack of three, so stop in today and get ‘em while they’re cold!
New sales start tomorrow! Two of the highlights of the upcoming sales are Garden of Life's RAW Probiotics and ALL New Chapter supplements! As this winter of all winters continues, we could all use some additional beneficial flora in our guts to assist our immune systems and some inflammation support. If you've got some lingering congestion like I do, Tea Tree Therapy's Eucalyptus Chest Rub will come in handy. And if you need a little something extra to keep you smiling until spring gets here, hugging a friend is always heartwarming!
THE CENTER STORE
Grocery & Merchandizing Manager
Welcome to another trip around the sun. Hang on, it’s going to be a good one! As I sit here at the front counter next to Chris Broadbent, our Farmers’ Market Manager, I can't help but to think about the impending warm days to come, but not before we deal just a little more winter wonderfulness, I fear.
As a way of saying "thanks, but it’s time to go!" to old man winter, we've sale priced all of our remaining stock of Alpaca gear. Come grab that hat, pair of gloves, or scarf while the deals are great. And speaking of swag, our newest batch of t-shirts and sweatshirts is going fast. It's no wonder, given the appeal of our retro old-school logo and great colors. Long sleeve ($21) or short ($14), pullover or zippered ($39), we've got it all. And don't forget the cotton tote bags ($13)!
We've had a lot of attention to our Bakery section of the store of late, as Sarkozy's is delivering fresh baked goodness daily. To add to the excitement, we will be offering a new sprouted line of breads from Silver Hills Bakery. Max and I tasted some at a trade show this summer and thought they would make a great addition to the store. They're certified Organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.
Speaking of certifications and industry-type news, if you’d like to catch up on all things food in a quick way, try spending some time on the Cornucopia website. They always have some good up-to-date information about what’s going on in the food system. I often feel like our food system is neglected by the bigger media companies, except when there is some type recall or large-scale product issue going on. Cornucopia is a watchdog group that helps keep things in perspective. Check it out, some interesting things are going on in Organic food company ownership these days.
Until next week, enjoy your time with friends, family and good food!
This week's question: Holidays are a huge part of our individual and community identities. Are there holidays that you celebrate that People’s could offer more appropriate foods for? What specific items would you like to see us carry?
ANNUAL OWNER MEETING!Sunday, March 23, 12-5pm – Kalamazoo State Theatre (404 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo)
Don't miss the PFC Annual Owner Meeting – it’s the party of the year! Learn about the exciting progress your Co-op has made in 2013 with food, friends, and films. Following meeting we'll be showing the film Food For Change, a great new documentary about food co-ops. The film will be free and open to the public, so invite your friends to join us at 3pm! We’re looking for owners willing to help volunteer at the Annual Owner Meeting, so please contact our volunteer coordinator if you’re interested.
Full event schedule:
- 12pm: doors open, showing of PFC owner Matt Clysdale’s film Animals Among Us
- 1pm: meeting (upstairs) and children's performance by Duniya Drum and Dance (downstairs)
- 2pm: light snacks provided, cash bar available
- 3pm: Food For Change screening -- free and open to the public!
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!
- Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer!
- Yummy, Easy, & Allergen-Free – Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Prepare delicious meals that are gluten, soy, dairy, and nut free with chef Vicky.
- Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.
OWNER ORIENTATIONWednesday, March 19, 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.
NORDIC WALK ON THE KRVTSaturday, March 22, 2pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
PFC is teaming up with Gazelle Sports to get us all moving on a wintery walk! Meet at People's parking lot for a movement and nutrition clinic with a Gazelle instructor and then hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a 1-5 mile walk. 20 sets of walking poles will be provided -- bring your own if you've got 'em!
PFC APRIL BOARD MEETING
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, April 14, 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 COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2425!
New owners in 2014: 66!
Current equity invested: $355,502!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY: READING TOGETHER 2014
Get involved by attending the community events that will move the conversation about food in Kalamazoo forward. See the full events calendar here.
Selected Reading Together Events:
- Meet Tracie McMillan
Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
- Raising Animals for Food
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)
- The Farming Life
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)
- Beyond Food For Thought
Wednesday March 26, 6:30 pm -- Portage District Library (300 Library Ln, Portage, 49002)
- The Farmworker Story
Tuesday April 1, 6:30 pm -- Washington Square Branch Library (1244 Portage, Kalamazoo, 49001)
- Food Security or Food Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Thursday April 3, 7:00 pm -- Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education (7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo, 49007)
- Farmer’s Market 101
Tuesday April 8, 7:00 pm -- Central Library (315 S Rose St, Kalamazoo 49007)
- ERAC/Ce Food Justice Intro
Saturday, April 12 – Location and time TBD
- Meet Novella Carpenter
Tuesday April 15, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
HOPE FOR CREATION: FAITH & ACTION IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE
All events held 5:30-7:30pm -- First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo (212 South Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007)
Don’t miss this series of presentations about climate change and how people of faith might take meaningful action here in Kalamazoo. Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation by a community expert on climate change and conversation among participants. Presented by an inter-faith partnership of the Bronson Park churches, other local faith communities and the Climate Change Working Group of WMU. Childcare provided. Free and open to the public.
- Seeds of Hope: Faith Communities Adapting to a Changing Climate – Monday, March 10
Presented by Cybelle Shattuck, University of Michigan
- The Economic Debate on the Costs of Climate Inaction – Monday, March 17
Presented by Ahmed Hussen, Kalamazoo College
- Climate Change & Agriculture in Michigan: What We've Seen & What We Can Expect – Monday, March 24
Presented by Phil Robertson, Kellogg Biological Station
- Our Response in Kalamazoo – Monday, March 31
KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
February 22 - May 4 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 S Park St, Kalamazoo)
Traditional landscape art depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition. The paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact, instead, confront pressing issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, from the Gulf oil spill to the dangers of nuclear energy, the trashing of the American landscape, and the impact of global warming. This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL
Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16 – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)
Join us for the 49th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Walk along a wooded trail with a KNC Naturalist for a maple sugar tour. Experience our amazing Birds of Prey up close! Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and weavers will round out the activities. Full schedule of activities here.
FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGER
Fair Food Matters is seeking a new program manager to continue the Douglass Farmers’ Market in 2014 and beyond. We will accept applications until 5pm on February 26. Please find more information here.
CIRCLE PINES CENTER NOW HIRING
Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI is looking for a few folks to fill various positions in the summer camp kitchen. We are specifically looking for people to work in our face-paced and demanding kitchen who have high energy and stamina, who are willing to communicate, and who recognize the value behind serving ethically-raised and healthy foods to youth. These jobs require staff to live on-site at the summer camp facility throughout the duration of camp, June 25 through August 13. Our kitchen staff are responsible for preparing three meals/day from scratch for up to 110 people (mostly youth). We are in need of filling the following full-time, temporary positions.
Head Cook: We are looking for a responsible and experienced person to oversee our summer camp kitchen and staff. Responsibilities will include: oversight of meal preparation, staff training and management, safety and sanitation rule enforcement, kitchen cleaning, inventory stocking and management, and other tasks as assigned.
Assistant Cooks: We are also looking for several enthusiastic and experienced prep cooks. Responsibilities will include: preparing food and meals to completion, following safety and sanitation requirements, cleaning and doing dishes, and other tasks as assigned.
Please send resumes, including salary requirements and references, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to: 269-623-9054.
CINZORI FARMS NOW HIRINGCinzori Farms is a 100+ acre certified organic farm in Ceresco, MI. We have wholesale and retail sales. We are looking for self motivated individuals who are familiar with organic vegetable and greenhouse production. Opportunities are available in: hoop house production, greenhouse bedding plant production, field vegetable production, delivery, organic record keeping, and food safety. Full and part time positions available. Contact Anthony Cinzori at Cinzori@triton.net or by calling 269-275-5873.
TRYBAL REVIVAL GARDEN SEEKING INTERN/BOARDER
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HIRING CONSTRUCTION SITE COORDINATOR
UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 2014
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 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:
- Bank Street Winter Market, Kalamazoo – Saturdays, 8am-1pm (December 8 – April 28)
- Borgess Indoor Farmer's Market, Kalamazoo – Every other Thursday, 11am-2pm
- Bronson Winter Farmers' Market, Kalamazoo – Every other Friday, 10:30am-2pm (December 20 – March 14)
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.