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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.
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!
Farmer's Market Assistant
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
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.
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
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
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!
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.
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!
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
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, 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.
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: 2676!
New owners in 2014: 320!
Current equity invested: $403,033!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FAIR FOOD MATTERS: BIZARRE BAZAAR SUPPORTS CAN-DO KITCHEN!
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: BUY LOCAL ART AND GIFT FAIR
UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS
- 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
- Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 7am-2pm (May – November)
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.