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Hello PFC people!
Thanks to each and every one of you for making last week's Owner Appreciation Days and Bulk Foods Week celebration so successful! What a great array of deals! And we were so glad to see so many of your faces.
I want to personally invite you and your family to come out to the exciting festivities next week at Co-optoberfest, a celebration of the changing of the seasons and the last day of the 100-Mile Market season. Trick or treat with the kids at the vendors tables, participate in the costume party (young and old!), and sample some Arcadia Ales (old only!). Learn all the details on our website. That’s Wednesday, October 29, 3-7pm!
Here are a couple other things for your calendar:
- Join us on Monday, November 3, 7-9pm at 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave for our November board meeting. Great people and great conversations about things that matter. Everyone is welcome.
- Tuesday, November 11 is our next cooking class: Cooking on a Budget with Lindsey Merkel. Register at the store for only $5!
Finally, for my favorite deal of the week! Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22, in the store you'll be able to get 28 oz. cans of selected varieties of Muir Glen organic tomatoes for only $1.99! Stock up, like my family does, by buying a couple cases to last you into the winter.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the news from your co-op!
Spots are available for our next Cooking on a Budget class on November 11 from 6:30-8pm. Come hungry! In our cooking classes, you always eat well. This class is part of our values program so classes are only $5 per adult; and kids 12-17 come free with adult. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier.
If you're a lover of all things apple, you'll be happily pleased with our local variety! Molter Organic apples are fresh harvested from Benton Harbor, MI, some are turned into the best fresh cider and most are eaten by you and me. Find your pie apple, your eating apple, and your heirloom organic apple at People's! (Honeycrisp, winesap, rome, macintosh, jonagold, empire, golden, and did I mention Honeycrisp?)
It's time to start checking out your cooking favorites! If you are a lover of Brussels sprouts, come and get them (they're local and organic)! If you're life revolves around potatoes, you'll surely find your spuddy buddy here in the form of purple potatoes, red, yellow, russet, and a variety of fingerlings.
If you love delicious winter squash but you have a hard time chopping up that big old hard vegetable then you're in luck! We've been peeling and chunking up freshly harvested butternut squash from Blue Dog Family Farm so it's all ready for you to roast up or add to a soup. You'll find them near the salad mix from Blue Dog Family Farm that is also on sale for $2.50 off per pound!
Farmer's Market Assistant
Hey 100-Mile Marketeers! I hope this finds you all warm, well and enjoying this beautiful autumn!
We have two more markets this season. Two more opportunities for you to come on down, see some friends, support a local farmer, take part in our 100-Mile Open Mic (this is really getting going, guys)! One of my favorite reasons the market is still open is that it is the perfect place to consider gifts for the coming holidays. Might I suggest some homemade jam, cold-brewed coffee or decorative gourds? You can get ‘em all here! Along with the best produce the season has to offer.
Coming to you from no more than one hundred miles away this week will be:
- Bonamego Farm- grapes, pumpkins, greens
- Sunshine Silo- sweet potatoes, osage oranges, turnips
- DeLano Farm- greens, potatoes, squash
- Evelyn Thomas- still had tomatoes last week!
- Under the Stone Garden- turnips, greens, squash
- Vlietstra Farm- fresh eggs and pumpkins
- Young Earth Farm- local pork and beef
- Wiltse Kitchen- amazing jams
- Crepes by the Lakes- hot, fresh sweet or savory
- Mamaleelu Coffee- check out the new hot coffee options (dirty chai, gasp!)
- Eichorn Family Farm- fresh duck and chicken eggs
- Charters Gardens- flowers, gourd bird houses, homemade candles
Get it while you can! And be sure to mark your calendars for our season finale next week: Co-optoberfest! There will be a celebrity-judged costume contest, face and pumpkin painting and trick-or-treating for kids, a cider press, Arcadia beer sampling, and more! Plan on being there. I look forward to seeing you!
THE CO-OP DELI
Just because the leaves are brown and falling doesn’t mean that salad season is over. Back by popular demand, at least from the kitchen crew, is our seasonal Beet and Feta Salad – on sale now for $8.99 per pound!
Our recipe starts with tender, sweet and earthy beets tossed with fresh mint and parsley and all dressed up with roasted pistachios and Valbreso sheep’s milk feta. It’s a salty-sweet treat that tastes amazing, looks beautiful, and is so healthy it will literally make you live forever.*
*Eating the Beet and Feta Salad will not actually make you live forever. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
New sales start tomorrow! Look for great prices on Earth Mama Angel Baby pregnancy and baby teas, balms, and shampoos, Nature's Gate Herbal shampoo and conditioner (did you notice we now also have the 32 ounce size as well?), Boiron homeopathic cold and cough care products, New Chapter multivitamins, and Organic India Psyllium and Moringa!
Plus take a look at our exciting new shelf of Man Care products! For the men who love their beards and/or mustaches we now have beard oil and mustache wax! And for the men who prefer a clean shave we now have safety razors, brushes, pre-shave oil, shaving soap, and after shave oil and tonic! Find out more about these awesome new products next week, but in the meantime, come check them out!
ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY TODAY!
- Pre-order our fresh local turkeys, farm-raised in the Amish tradition by Henry at Old Home Place in La Grange, IN. His birds are fed only non-GMO feed, roam freely on the farm, and are only $3.29/lb! Fresh turkeys require a $20 nonrefundable deposit.
- Our frozen turkeys come 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 starting in November.
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!
- Values Class: Cooking on a Budget – Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Join Heather Mitchell to create a delicious, heathful meal for the whole family, without breaking the bank! This class is a part of our Values Classes series, and includes tips for shopping on a budget, recipes, and a store tour. Cost: $5 per person.
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.
100-MILE MARKET: CO-OPTOBERFESTWednesday, October 29, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)
Get ready for the last 100-Mile Market party of the season, Co-optoberfest! It’ll be a celebration of the end of the harvest season, with a family-friendly, night market vibe. More information to come.
NOVEMBER PFC BOARD MEETING
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, November 17, 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: 2652!
New owners in 2014: 294!
Current equity invested: $396,578!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
KALAMAZOO AREA WILD ONES: USING NATURE’S METHODS TO HEAL & RESTORE THE LAND
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT - MYTHBUSTERS!
AUTHOR, FOOD ADVOCATE MICHAEL POLLAN COMING TO KALAMAZOO
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: GROWING HERBS INDOORS
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: VIBRANT VEGETABLE GARDENS - PLAN IT TODAY
GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF SW MICHIGAN
UPCOMING ERAC/CE 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, 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)
- Richland Farmer’s Market, Richland – Wednesdays 3-6pm (May 21 – October 15)
- Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo – Saturdays 8am-noon (May 10 – Oct 18)
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.