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October 14, 2014

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INTRODUCTION

Chris Moore

Media & Communications Coordinator

enews@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Hello friends! Great to be with you this week as Chris Dilley is collaborating with other food co-op leaders at Common Ground Food Cooperative in Urbana, Illinois.

The biggest news of the day is, of course, Owner Appreciation Days and Bulk Foods Week! Owners can shop through Sunday for huge sales and get 10% off any one order. We’ve also stacked a mountain of Bulk department deals on top of that. Bulk teas, grains, dried fruit, snacks, and more are all on sale right now.

What gets me most excited is that the ENTIRE bulk coffee section is currently on sale. Every single one. So if you’re a coffee drinker or know someone who is, now’s the time to stock up.

Aside from OAD and Bulk Week, we’ve also started taking holiday turkey pre-orders. Our birds are coming again this year from Old Home Place, an Amish farm in La Grange, Indiana, run by Henry Graber and his family. We’ve been able to keep the price at $3.29/lb, the same as last year, and those of you who bought one will know how worth it they are.

Finally, I’d like to let you know that due to Chris Dilley’s travel, the Owner Orientation scheduled for tomorrow, October 15 is canceled. If you were planning on attending, please email me and we’ll find an alternative time. Thanks and have a great week!

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Peace PFC people, I hope all are healthy and well with the changing of weather. And happy National Co-op  Month, Owner Appreciation Days, and Bulk Foods Week. I trust that you will be celebrating with yours truly and the rest of us at the PFC!

We hope that you plan to join us for our celebration of National Co-op Month at our Co-optoberfest market party, happening the last day of the 100-Mile Market, October 29 from 3-7pm. It is sure to be a good time! Not only will you be able to purchase fresh goods from the market, we will be having a costume contest, beer sampling from Arcadia Ales, wine sampling, apple cider, donuts, kid’s activities, and more! We hope to see you there!

We still have available spots for our upcoming cooking classes: 

  • Kale, Kale, Kale! – Tuesday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC Deli Manager (and top-notch cook) Chris Orsolini in a class dedicated to the superfood of the decade: KALE! She’ll walk you through preparing several of her favorite kale-centric dishes. 
  • 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. 

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

It's time to be appreciated! This week People's Produce has big heads of organic cauliflower for owners at just 2 for $5, or $2.50 each! Regular price on cauliflower is $4.99. That’s 50% off!

Has anyone told you that cauliflower is the new kale? Here's a kid friendly recipe that includes getting your kids involved in the preparation.

Carve a pumpkin this week! It's time to get all spooky and covered in pumpkin goo (i.e. in the Halloween mood). Our pumpkins are big and goofy looking, from Soil Friends in Richland, MI. Only $3.99 each, can't beat that!

Apples, apples, apples, apples! Michigan, organic, awesome, tasty, you name it, it's apples! Molter Family Orchards delivered hundreds of pounds of apples on Saturday. Jonagold, Empire, Honeycrisp, Golden and more! Come get the best Michigan apples in town, and grab a half gallon of organic cider from Molter as well! 

FARMERS' MARKETS

Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello market friends! Here at 100-Mile Market we are winding down, but we’re not done yet! There are three more markets not to miss! This week come on down to visit your favorite local farmers and producers. You will find: 

  • Bonamego Farm
  • Sunshine Silo
  • DeLano Farm
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Under the Stone Garden
  • Vlietstra Farm
  • Young Earth Farm
  • Wiltse Kitchen
  • Crepes by the Lakes
  • Mamaleelu Coffee
  • Shae’s Healthy Choice
  • Eichorn Family Farm
  • Charters Gardens!

See what I mean? Not to be missed! We are still here for you providing great fall harvest fruits and vegetables like carving and pie pumpkins, grapes and tomatoes, lots of kale and turnips and amazing locally produced foods like jams, coffees, spice packs and crepes.

Also, yes! You still have a chance to perform your favorite song, poem, joke, and/or skit at our 100-Mile Open Mic! It’s on. We’re here. Join us!

THE CO-OP DELI

Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

As our regular customers know very well, we like getting a little experimental in the Deli sometimes. Yeah, our garlic stuffed olives are wonderful, and who doesn’t like a classic Kalamata, but when’s the last time you tried something different off the olive bar? 

We have two new additions to our briny family: some beautiful red peppadews (try stuffing them with goat cheese for holiday party appetizers!) and adorable picholines that are perfect for topping a salad.

Need a little more incentive to try something new? How’s this: for Bulk Foods Week, our entire Olive Bar is just $7.99 per pound!

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

We're celebrating our Owners and buying in bulk through Sunday! In the Wellness Department this means fantastic sales on Frontier's Organic and Fair Trade bulk teas for everyone AND an extra Owner Special on our brand new Extra Rich bulk Authentic African Black Soap from Alaffia!

Our Frontier bulk tea sales include Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Gunpowder Green, Jasmine, Chai, and Rooibos! All of these teas are Organic, and all but the Rooibos are Fair Trade Certified. This is a great time to stock up on teas for the winter!

Alaffia is one of my favorite superstar body care companies, because of the cleanliness of their products, the fair wages they pay to their women's cooperatives in Togo who make the shea butter and coconut oil they use in their products, and their fantastic programs for giving back to those communities, including bicycle donations, school-building projects, and maternal health care. I'm super excited to add their bulk black soap to our bulk soap options. It's normally $8.99 per pound, but through Sunday owners can get it for just $6.99 per pound!

THE CENTER STORE

Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

bulk@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello again, co-oppers!  max here, filling in for Ken this week as he puts the finishing touches on his locally sourced, fossil-fuel-free mecha-suit.  With it, he hopes to be able to deliver fresh produce to all twelve Galactic Co-op colonies!

If you've been in the store recently, you may have noticed some things have moved around a bit! The big one is our local beer and wine selection, which now includes a variety of beer singles!  If you've been itching to try one of our many awesome Michigan brewed beers, but don't want to commit to 6 whole bottles, now's your chance to pick up individually priced beers.  Or, pick any six bottles for one flat price: just $10.99 for each mix-and-match 6-pack! 

It's Owner Appreciation Days at the Co-op, and in October that means it's also National Bulk Foods Week! For those not in the know, buying in bulk is an awesome way to get exactly as much as you want, save money and skip all the packaging!  Just grab a container (or better yet: bring your own re-useable one in!), fill it up and write down the 4-digit number on the bin, and you're good to go!  In addition to your one-time 10% off during OAD, look for dozens of extra sales in the bulk section for even more savings!

Did you know the Co-op's bulk coffee selection is now 100% Fair-Trade and Organic? In celebration of Bulk Week, all varieties of bulk coffee beans are on sale!  There are no duds in our coffee bins: our staff has personally vetted each variety for quality and flavor, so now's the perfect time to try anything new!

PEOPLE'S NEWS

ONLINE POLL

Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll.

This week's question: It might seem early, but the holidays are just around the corner. Which meats would you like to see us offer for pre-order?

OWNER APPRECIATION DAYS MEETS NATIONAL BULK FOODS WEEK!

Saturday, October 11-Sunday, October 19 -- People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
We're celebrating National Bulk Foods Week and appreciating you, our Owners, during one very specialOwner Appreciation Days. You'll find great deals on a huge variety of bulk foods, as well as the Owner Specials throughout the store you've come to expect.

We love our owners and we want to thank you for being one! Come into the store during Owner Appreciation week for extra Owner Specials. Don't forget to bring in your postcard (coming in the mail) to receive 10% off (non-sale items) of one order during the week.  

Are you or someone you love not yet a Co-op owner? Stop in the store to sign up yourself, or pick up an ownership form for a friend or family member! More information about ownership here.

ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY TODAY!

Each year during holiday season, we work hard to source the best turkeys possible for your family feasts! This year, we're offering both fresh and frozen turkeys. Fresh turkeys are available via pre-order, and frozen turkeys will be available in the store starting in November. Frozen turkey orders are due by November 17. Please call or see a cashier to pre-order your turkey. Availability is limited, so order soon!

  • 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!

  • Kale, Kale, Kale! – Tuesday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC Deli Manager (and top-notch cook) Chris Orsolini in a class dedicated to the superfood of the decade: KALE! She’ll walk you through preparing several of her favorite kale-centric dishes.
  • 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 MARKET

Wednesdays, 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’ MARKET

Tuesdays & 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.


OWNER ORIENTATION – CANCELED THIS MONTH

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
Our October Owner Orientation has been canceled. Please attend our next orientation on Wednesday, November 19.

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.


VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Monday, October 20, 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.


100-MILE MARKET: CO-OPTOBERFEST

Wednesday, 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

Monday, November 3, 7-9pm – 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, visit our Board of Directors page.

OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE

Our owners are why we are here! Owners are shoppers and investors, and it is their investment, in part, that will make our expansion a success. Here are the current stats: 

Current owner count: 2651!
New owners in 2014: 292!
Current equity invested: $395,289!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


ERACCE: 4TH ANNUAL REGIONAL ORGANIZING FOR ANTI-RACISM AWARDS CELEBRATION

Thursday, October 16, 6-8pm – Douglass Community Association (1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo)
The 2014 ROAR Awards will celebrate ERACCE’s dynamic efforts to build a collective movement of people working to understand and dismantle systemic racism in Southwest Michigan. This celebratory event will include a delicious catered meal, music, awards, and other fun surprises. 
It's a great way for us all to collectively celebrate Southwest Michigan’s growing, vibrant antiracism community. Tickets are $35/person and $50/couple, or $40/person and $60/couple at the door. To RSVP, please send an email to eracce@eracce.org.

AUTHOR, FOOD ADVOCATE MICHAEL POLLAN COMING TO KALAMAZOO

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 pm -- Miller Auditorium, Western Michigan University
Author and food advocate Michael Pollan will speak about the importance of a healthy food system at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 2014 Community Meeting at Miller Auditorium in November. Admission is free, but registration is required; registration details to come.

GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF SW MICHIGAN

We are a nonprofit support group that helps people navigate a gluten free lifestyle while building a community of support. Whether you are newly gluten free, thinking about going gluten free, have been for a long time, or know those who are gluten free, everyone is welcome. Starting in October, we will meet the second Monday of the month at noon via GO-TO-MEETING. Just email gig.swmichigan@gluten.net to register and attend by computer, tablet, smartphone, or analog phone. Meetings will also be recorded.

MISSION MAIN STREET GRANT CONTEST: ORGANIC GYPSY

Local Kalamazoo food truck business Organic Gypsy is in the running for a $150,000 grant! To vote and help support local food entrepreneur Bridgett Blough, click here.

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING SURVEY

In honor of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, Humanitas Global and Food Tank are conducting a brief survey: what attracts some to be family farmers and what motivates others to leave farms behind to pursue other careers?  The findings will be used in advocacy and awareness efforts in collaboration with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization to support World Food Day held annually on October 16. You can find the survey here.

UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 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: 

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.