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Hello PFC people,
I am really loving these beautiful sunny, cool days. There is something about the way that the sun slants slightly in September that really puts me at ease.
The part of September that can be tough is settling into a new routine, after the free-wheeling, frolicking of summer in Kalamazoo, we all find ourselves searching for the new normal among school schedules and cooler days. People's has been working to make that transition easier, in particular by offering good deals on lunchboxable goodies.
For some inspiration, check out Simon's beautiful chalkboard this week: The lunchbot deconstructed. And then swing by on Wednesday afternoon during the 100-Mile Market for some samples of great lunch options with our outreach coordinator, Jacob Johnson.
Read on for more news from around the store, and have a splendid week.
In response to the end of summer, the start of school, the overall high cost of living, and the fact that we all need good, healthy food to survive, the PFC is hosting a cooking on a budget cooking class! For those of us who are less fortunate financially, it can be a real struggle to afford good healthy food that can feed the whole family.
So on Tuesday, September 30, come to the Can-Do Kitchen and learn from Lindsey Merkel in her Values Cooking Class, Cooking on a Budget! She will give us some tips on how to affordably shop the Co-op and cook for the whole family! Sign up today, as class spots are only $5. Remember, kids 12-17 get in free!
Did you know that September is the last month for the Douglass Farmers’ Market? Come support the vendors and chat with the community every Tuesday from 3-6pm at the Douglass Community Association.
Get ready, get set, get happy! I mean, get Apple-y! Molter Orchards is bringing freshly harvested organic apples from Benton Harbor. We get new varieties every week, like Macintosh, Paula Red or Golden Supreme. We also get to build up the hype for what's to come like Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Jonagolds. Check for weekly deals and get your apple pie, apple sauce, and favorite apple recipes ready!
Just got off the phone with Cinzori Farms and we're happy to hear that tomorrow we'll be receiving local and organic cauliflower! Finally, the brassica everyone loves is coming back, this time fresh picked here in Ceresco, MI. Also look for lovely long leeks and more fresh local everything!
If you are like me, you're craving the experience of a warm kitchen, full of good smells and a chilly outdoors. Now is the time, as I found out this weekend when I made a delicious pizza bread. I roasted tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions and then found a sweet recipe for not a whole pizza, but a whole loaf of bread with all pizza ingredients mixed throughout. It turned out fantastic, it warmed my kitchen, my senses were happy, and my family was well fed! I'm thinking this weekend I'll roast off more peppers and tomatoes and freeze them for the winter. Get busy preserving local flavors while you still can!
Farmer's Market Assistant
Howdy, 100-Mile Market fans! Look for more new taste sensations this week: Juicy Leaf will be there with fresh veggie and fruit juices, and Fiesta by Blanca with fresh, local salsa! Our amazing cast of regulars will be there too: superb produce from Bonamego, Sunshine Silo, Under the Stone, John Reuter, Vlietstras, Wiltse, Delano, Trybal Revival, and Evelyn Thomas. Young Earth Farm will be there with fresh meats, Mamaleelu with smooth coffee, and Crepes by the Lakes with delicious bites.
And I am so excited about what we have going next week I can’t wait, I have to tell you now: September 17, the Fresh Food Fairy returns to 100-Mile on her smoothie bike! Come grab a smoothie, but wait, that’s not all -- we’ll be putting up our new Kid’s Table in honor of her fairy presence. Kids! There will be coloring, Co-op Explorers sign up, a Favorite Foods game, and Food Friends to find! It’ll be fresh, fun and fantastic. For real.
A very exciting Wednesday indeed, but we’ll be just getting started. Thursday, the fun continues with a special event, the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market’s Night Market! You can learn more here, but let me just say, IT’S GONNA ROCK! I look forward to seeing you all!
THE CO-OP DELI
I feel like tofu gets a bad rap sometimes. And I get it; it’s kinda weird and bland, and when it first comes out of the package it can have an unappealingly squishy texture. But I also firmly believe that anyone who claims not to be a “tofu person” just hasn’t had it done right.
Picture this: bite-sized nuggets of soy-based joy marinated with curry spices and tamari, baked until firm and a little crispy at the edges, and mixed with other delicious things like dried currants and toasted slivered almonds with a little red onion for bite. Sound familiar? It’s our Curried Tofu Salad! It’s perfect even for the tofu-phobic, and even better, it’s on sale for just $9.59 per pound through September 16.
Exciting changes in the body care aisle should be happening by the end of this week! We'll be moving products around and moving the local body care items back into the aisle. This also gives us the opportunity to bring in some great new brands!
Coming very soon are Acure Organics and Andalou Naturals facial care. Acure Organics is one of the best affordable organic facial care brands I have found. Their products are a delight to use and are clean, organic, and effective. Andalou Naturals is another great effective natural brand with clean products. I'm excited to add both of these options to our selection!
THE CENTER STORE
Happy Tuesday Co-opers! Tyler here, filling in for Ken this week. The weather is getting cooler which can only mean two things, fall is almost here and football is back! Whether you are watching the game or just looking to keep warm, we’ve got plenty of good eats and drinks for whatever the situation may call for.
New to our shelves is Patak’s Concentrated Curry Paste; loaded with coriander, cumin, and paprika, this curry paste will be sure to warm you up on those chilly fall nights, and with the nice price of $4.49 each it’s sure to please.
Looking for something to take to your next tailgating party? Well, with all varieties of 15 oz. Westbrae Beans on sale, 3 for $5, you can make one killer bean dip for the game. You’ll need some chips for that bean dip and we’ve got you covered there as well -- Garden of Eatin’ tortilla chips are on sale 2 bags for $7.
You may be asking yourself, “What am I going to drink with all this delicious food?” Well, luckily there are a slew of new fall beers in stock. My personal favorite, Bell’s Best Brown Ale, has returned to our shelves, $10.99 for a six-pack of bottles. And after a few weeks’ absence Bloom Ferments Kombucha is back on tap, $3.29/pound for both flavors, Zingiber and Parejas.
Until next time, take care and GO LIONS!
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!
- Cooking on a Budget – Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-8pm
Join Lindsey Merkel and create a delicious, heathful meal for a family of four for under $10! This class is a part of our Values Classes series, and includes tips for shopping on a budget, recipes, and a store tour.
100-MILE MARKETWednesdays, 3pm-7pm (May–October) -- People's Food Co-op parking lot (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)
Join us for the 100-Mile Market every Wednesday, May through October! All food sold at this market is required to be grown or produced within 100 miles of Kalamazoo.
We accept Bridge Cards at the market, and we'll be participating again in the Double Up Food Bucks program starting in June! SNAP benefits customers, bring your Bridge Card to the market to get your SNAP tokens. In June, SNAP benefits will be matched up to $20 for fresh Michigan-grown fruits and veggies! That's $20 for free!
KALAMAZOO FARMERS’ MARKETTuesdays & Thursdays (June – October), Saturdays (May – November), 7am-2pm – 1204 Bank St., Kalamazoo
People's Food Co-op is proud to manage the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market! Our purpose is to connect consumers directly to food sources through honest relationships and to support local food businesses through a vibrant market culture. Our Kalamazoo Farmers' Market Manager, Chris Broadbent, is available to answer questions. Find more information on market vendors, news, and events at the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market website.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, September 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.
OCTOBER PFC BOARD MEETING
OWNER ORIENTATIONWednesday, October 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 media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2616!
New owners in 2014: 263!
Current equity invested: $389,990!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
FALL GARDEN AFFAIR
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: MUSIC IN THE WOODS & CAMP FALL FEST
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING SURVEY
KALAMAZOO WILD ONES: FALL PLANT EXCHANGE
2014 HARVEST FEST SEEKING SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, EXHIBITORS, & VOLUNTEERS
DOUGLASS FARMERS' MARKET
SUSTAINABLE GRAIN GROWING COOPERATIVE PROJECT
UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 2014
- 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:
- Borgess Indoor Farmer's Market, Kalamazoo – Every other Thursday, 11am-2pm
- Douglass Farmers' Market, Kalamazoo – Tuesdays 3pm-6pm (June - September)
- Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7am-2pm (June – October) and Saturdays 7am-2pm (May – November)
- People’s Food Co-op 100-Mile Market, Kalamazoo – Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm (May – October)
- Schoolcraft United Methodist Church Farmers Market, Schoolcraft -- Wednesdays, 3-6pm (June – October)
- Vicksburg Farmer’s Market, Vicksburg – Fridays, 2:30-6:30pm (May 16 - October 3)
- Richland Farmer’s Market, Richland – Wednesdays 3-6pm (May 21 – October 15)
- Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo – Saturdays 8am-noon (May 10 – Oct 18), Tuesdays 4-7pm (May 27 – Aug 26)
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.