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Hello People's people!
What a glorious couple weeks we've been having! I hope you've been able to enjoy the blue skies and glorious sunshine. You might want to take the chance to grill one of my favorites, Chicken Satay. I've found that Otto's chicken thighs (once boned) are great for this, and we have great, fresh ingredients in our store to round it out.
Also, I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that Michael Pollan, author of Botany of Desire and Omnivore's Dilemma, will be speaking at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s community meeting on Thursday, November 6. Mr. Pollan will talk about the importance of a healthy food system and healthy food, giving a great opportunity to lift up broad-based community conversations about how we feed ourselves. Be on the lookout for more info about the community meeting, and any surrounding events. And, if you are planning to attend this exciting, free event, please register here.
Read on for more exciting, mouth-watering news from your co-op!
Peace PFC people, I had a great weekend visiting with friends and family and participating in some very motivational conversations and presentations at Kalamazoo College’s Without Borders Conference. Big thanks to the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership for putting that on.
I am sad to say that the season is over for the Douglass Farmers Market. I’m glad that the PFC could be involved as a vendor this year! Creating access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy is not an easy task, and it manifests in many different ways, including this community-based farmers market. Big thanks to the Douglass Community Association and Fair Food Matters for continuing on with the market! I hope that we can be a part of making it bigger and better next year.
Finally, mark your calendars for the biggest 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. Be there on Wednesday, October 29 from 3-7pm! More information to come.
Our next three cooking classes are scheduled, so check them out and sign up before they fill up!
Fall weather, colorful squashes, plenty of tomatoes and peppers to go around, it’s the time of year when we get the best of all seasons! Yesterday felt like summer, today felt like a cozy day to wear a sweater. While you're feeding yourself and your family great food, look to People's for the best seasonal produce around! Hey, you could even start a recipe sharing club with your friends!
- Acorn squash, butternut, carnival, delicata, kabocha and pie pumpkins are here! Get out your favorite soup recipe, turn up your oven, and get toasty.
- Honeycrisp, courtland, golden, empire, jonagold, macintosh and Fuji apples are here! Which one makes the best pie? Which one makes the best sauce? I want to eat one every day, which one should I try today? You'll just have to find out at People's!
- Red peppers, sweet Italian long red peppers, purple peppers, green peppers, hot peppers, jalapeno peppers, pimento peppers, yellow bell peppers, and more peppers are filling our minds with awesome salsa, sauce, or other recipes...
- Pair those peppers with San Marzano roma tomatoes, big beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, and tomatillos for all the big tomatoey flavors perfect for canning, freezing, and loving in the form of a sauce!
- Life is looking lovely when the weather turns chillier and the greens turn sweeter! Kale, collards, chard, baby salad greens, parsley, cilantro, cabbage and more green things get sweeter as the cool nights are upon us. Before the big freezes come our way, enjoy the sweet greens Michigan has to offer!
Farmer's Market Assistant
Hello, market fans! Here we are heading into our last month of 100-Mile Market, and still I have new and exciting vendors to introduce you to!
This week Shae’s Healthy Choice will join us with a delicious selection of spice, soup and bread mixes.
Fiesta by Blanca will be there with fresh, local salsa. Charters Garden will be back with a beautiful fall harvest, as well as the other farmers you’ve grown to expect and love: Bonamego, Sunshine Silo, Under the Stone, Vlietstras, Wiltse Kitchen with jams, Delano, Evelyn Thomas, and Young Earth Farm will be there with fresh meats. And you can get your drinks and eats too from Mamaleelu with amazing coffee and Crepes by the Lakes with sweet and savory crepes.
And come share in the fun of 100-Mile Open Mic! Bring a guitar, a poem, or your cleanest stand-up comedy and jump on stage! Or just come on down and take in the local talent... It’s gonna be great to see you there!
THE CO-OP DELI
You know those days where nothing ever seems to go right? You hit all the red lights on the way to work, or you realize you’ve got a toothpaste stain on your shirt once you’ve already left for the day, or the avocado you were looking forward to eating has already turned brown on the inside. I’m gonna let you in on a secret: you should’ve had a fruit oat bar for breakfast!
Scientifically proven* to start your day off right with local honey, oats, blueberries, and local apples for as long as the season lasts! And through October 21, owners get an additional discount! You still messing around with pumpkin spice lattes when we’ve got all the autumnal goodness you could want?!
*No scientific tests have ever been conducted to determine the effect of fruit oat bars on a person’s mood.
New sales start tomorrow and will last for three weeks! It'll be facial care heaven, with both of our new facial care brands on sale. Acure Organics and Andalou Naturals both have amazing plant-stem-cell-based clean facial care products. Our initial Acure order was just to get started; if we run out before the next order comes in, don't worry; we'll be getting more before the sale ends! Also look for great sale prices on favorites Aura Cacia, Alaffia, Dr. Bronner's, and Nature's Gate toothpastes!
Supplements will also have great sales: Wobenzym N, Garden of Life's Raw Organic Meal replacement powder, Lakewood Organics aloe juice, Manitoba Harvest hemp oil and protein powders, ALL Nordic Naturals omega supplements, and Rainbow Light's womens' and prenatal multivitamins! Don't forget that Garden of Life's Raw Meal and Lakewood Organics' aloe juice are two of our few SNAP-eligible supplements!
THE CENTER STORE
Happy Tuesday fellow co-opers! Tyler here, filling in for Ken. This past week I have been asking myself, “Where the heck did the month of September go?” But I’m okay with it -- October means that fall is in full swing and that Halloween is right around the corner. We’ve got some great products for your Halloween festivities.
We have MI-Del and Wholly Wholesome graham cracker pie crust for $3.99 each, and on owner special starting tomorrow we have Farmer’s Market organic Pumpkin Filling on sale for $2.39, regular price $3.39.
Want healthier candy options for the trick-or-treaters? From YumEarth Organics we have Gummy Bears (gluten free) $7.39 for a 7 oz. bag and Organic Pops (organic and gluten free) $7.39 for a 8.5 oz. bag, Surf Sweets 20 count bag of Organic Fruity Bear packs for $6.99, and 8.4 oz. bag of gluten free Milk Chocolate Squares from Endangered Species on sale for $3.99.
Are you planning on getting real festive and throwing a Halloween party, or thinking about making your kids’ costumes this year? Well, we can assist you with that too! All natural face paint from Luna Star singles (black, red, white, and green) for $7.69, or their 4 pack for $23.99. We have natural food coloring from Color Garden to add some spookiness to your holiday treats, $12.99 for a 4 pack.
Until next time, cheers fellow co-opers!
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!
- Soups & Stocks – Tuesday, October 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Beloved former PFC Deli Cook Derek Jackson returns for a class dedicated to making the best veggie stock, chicken stock, and chicken noodle soup.
- 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.
OWNER APPRECIATION DAYS MEETS NATIONAL BULK FOODS WEEK!
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.
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.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, 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-OPTOBERFESTWednesday, October 29, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)
Get ready for the biggest 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.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2632!
New owners in 2014: 281!
Current equity invested: $392,820!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: DELANO FARMS HARVEST PARTY
SW MICHIGAN LAND CONSERVANCY: THREE RIVERS AREA FALL COLOR TOUR
GOOD FOOD KALAMAZOO: GOOD FOOD ROUNDTABLE
AUTHOR, FOOD ADVOCATE MICHAEL POLLAN COMING TO KALAMAZOO
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING SURVEY
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)
- 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.