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Over the past several weeks we have received several comments expressing frustration and anger about Michigan organic foods company Eden Foods' decision to petition against being held to the Affordable Care Act based on religious reasons.
Last week, Chris Moore and I worked on putting together a letter to Michael Potter, Eden Foods CEO, expressing our appreciation for their long-standing commitment to organic and their recent leadership on BPA-free canning, as well as our frustration and concern about their current decision. You can read our letter here, and learn more about the lawsuit and PFC’s position here.
Our concern is that you, our owners and shoppers, have the information you need to make good decisions about the quality of your food, and the world we are building together. Mr. Potter called me yesterday in response to the letter. He forwarded on Eden's latest statement, which you can find here.
As this develops and unfolds, please feel free to continue to ask questions and give us statements, and we will continue to pass those statements and questions along to Mr. Potter.
Thanks for being part of the discussion! And read on to enjoy more news from your Co-op!
Peace PFC people, yesterday was great day for me as I started off my day with a healthy snack demo at the Mattawan Library. We served fresh fruit to over 30 youth and parents, and I got a chance to tell a lot of interested people about the great work that the PFC is doing.
Did you have a chance to check out screening of More Than Honey last night? If not, you missed out, it was awesome. I learned a great deal about the issues honey bees are facing here in North America. Big thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse for hosting us, and a huge thanks to the Kalamazoo Bee Club and especially Dale from Trybal Revival for organizing the event. It was a huge success and we had around 200 people in attendance!
If you missed this movie showing don't worry, the PFC will be co-sponsoring another free movie showing next month. On August 28 the Co-op and Fair Food Matters will be co-sponsoring two free showings of Fed Up. Keep an eye out as registration for this event will be coming soon. Click here to view the trailer.
Come find us at two great events coming up soon!
First, visit us at the Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival this weekend, July 24-27 in Bronson park. The Co-op will be tabling during Thursday’s youth day, and all day on Saturday. Learn more on the Black Arts and Cultural Center and the Black Arts Festival.
Then on Saturday, August 2 from noon-6pm at Spring Valley Park, is the Mothers Of Hope 7th Annual Ultimate Family Reunion. We’ll be one of over 50 organizations providing information and resources to the community.
And finally, don’t forget the PFC will be vending at the Douglass Farmers’ Market every Tuesday from 3-6pm through October!
Looking for local berries? We've got plenty! This is the last week for local tart Montmorency cherries from Understory Farm and Orchard. They really pack a punch, full of juiciness and squirt. New this week are Ramey's raspberries from Martin, MI! They are so very ripe and may induce memories of Michigan summers, gorging your mouth at wild raspberry patches. Also, picked as frequently as possible are Mitchell's Blueberries from Grand Junction. Now is the time for an ice cream berry sundae, hot berry muffins on the weekends, and freezing for winter enjoyment!
Beans! A great word to replace something along the lines of "shoot!" and also a very crunchy fresh vegetable. Right now, you can get three different beans at People's Produce, all organic and local grown by Cinzori Farm in Ceresco, MI. Get your green bean, your yellow bean, or your roma bean, and make yourself a big bean casserole for dinner tonight! Beans!
Time to get pickling! We've got the cutest little pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, and English cucumbers. Every cucumber is local, and crunchy, and ready for their pickle jar homes. Did you know that out of all of the items we sell, at least 40 of them are local? From at least 9 different local farms, too! Fill your fridge with food from local farms, shop People's Produce!
Farmer's Market Manager
One of the many perks of our farmers’ market team's job includes site visits to some of the wonderful vendors at our markets! Our purpose is to learn as much as we can about the unique aspects of each market business and about how the food comes to our markets, and then to share it with you, the fans!
This past week took us to Sunshine Silo, and wow! what an idyllic setting to spend the afternoon. One of the most exciting things we learned about Larrisa and Joseph's business is the support they feel from PFC. The opportunity to sell at the 100-Mile Market was a springboard to growth for their farm. The 100-Mile Market was one of their first direct-to-consumer markets, and by getting the chance to sell in that market, Sunshine Silo has provided Joe and Larissa the means to achieve their goals. Hurrah!
The 100-Mile Market accepts SNAP benefits, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, cash and checks. All of the food at the 100-Mile Market is either grown or produced within 100 miles of Kalamazoo.
THE CO-OP DELI
If you’ve perused the Co-op Deli, you’ve probably seen our baking case located to the right of our cold items and brimming with delicious house-made baked goods. At any given time we have at least four different types of cookies for your snacking pleasure. This week we are featuring our new and improved Mish Mish Cookie!
Upon customer and staff suggestions, Ashley took it upon herself to revise the recipe with less flour, anise, and sugar, resulting in what we think is a moister, more delicious cookie, with all of the love. We have them on sale now for just $1.99 each and will be sampling them all week long on the counter next to our baking case. Stop in, try one, and let us know what you think.
THE CENTER STORE
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
Greeting cooperators! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he travels throughout time and space (on his Ice-Cream Bike that is bigger on the inside), drawn inexorably to the moments when co-ops throughout history and the galaxy need his aid most!
New from Dark Horse Brewing: Black Ale! This flavorful, caramel-y beer is surprisingly smooth and drinkable, even in the summer! If you're like me, you spend much of the summer pining for the dark beers of the colder months. Well, no need to wait!
At long last, Michigan-grown chili beans are back! These organic beauties have rich, almost purple color, and a luxurious texture to match. Perfect for cookout chili, don't be afraid to use them in baked beans, bean salad, or anywhere you might want a great, locally-grown bean.
Alden's Ice Cream is on sale! Do I need to say more? All flavors of half gallons are now just $4.99 each. You know you're gonna want some to wind down after a hot, humid day; now's the time to stock up!
Peace Coffee's summer seasonal roast is here: Breakaway Blend. If you love the smooth drinkability of medium roasts and the robust nutty flavors of the best dark roasts, look no further than this limited time roast. It's a great time to pick some up, too: all of Peace Coffee's organic, fair trade coffee is on special for just $9.99/lb. for the whole month of July!
NOW HIRING FOR TWO POSITIONS!
EDEN FOODS STATEMENT
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!
- 1-2-3 Sushi – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6:30-8pm
Join chef Sara Kozminske in the Can-Do Kitchen and learn how to make raw, fish-free sushi. You'll come away with great new recipes to make for friends and family!
- Quick, Cool, Wheat-Free – Tuesday, August 19, 6:30-8pm
Join PFC owner and cooking instructor Vicki Mitchell to learn all about cooking easy, fun, delicious meals for summer, all wheat-free! Please note that all ingredients used will be certified gluten-free; however, the Can-Do Kitchen is used to prepare foods with gluten. Those with severe gluten allergies should be advised that the Can-Do Kitchen is not a gluten-free environment.
GROW-IT-YOURSELF SEASON EVENT: CAN IT, YO!Wednesday, August 27, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
FREE SCREENING: FED UP!Thursday, August 28 – Alamo Drafthouse (180 Portage St, Kalamazoo)
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! Click here for this week’s vendor list.
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 Kalamzoo Farmers' Market website.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, July 28, 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.
AUGUST PFC BOARD MEETING
OWNER ORIENTATIONWednesday, August 13, 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: 2578!
New owners in 2014: 220!
Current equity invested: $381,030!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
CANNING CLASSES AT THE CAN-DO KITCHEN AND TILLERS INTERNATIONAL
RICHLAND FARMERS’ MARKET FARM TO FORK FUNDRAISER
DOUGLASS FARMERS' MARKET
WOODWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUMMER GARDEN NIGHTS
FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING HARVEST FEST COORDINATORS
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.