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November 24, 2015

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Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager   

Hello everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving! We at People's are so grateful for so much about our community and that includes each of you. Thanks for bringing yourselves so fully to this place.

As you ready yourself for the Big Meal, don't forget that we've got everything you need to make it perfect, from the basics to the centerpiece, all of great quality and price.

We are hoping to see you share the meals you're creating this year, so we are creating a social media contest. Post a pic of your dinner table to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #PFCFriendsgiving, and you'll be entered into a contest to win a basket of holiday gifts valued at $100. Visit our Facebook page to learn more. Thanks for playing along!

Finally, an insider tip: Look for a great Saturday dinner solution coming to the Co-op Hot Bar the first three Saturdays in December! Pizza Farm, seen Saturdays at Kalamazoo Farmers Market throughout the summer season, will be serving pizza on our Hot Bar Saturdays December 5, 12, and 19, 5-8pm. This could be the start of something fun!

Read on for more gratitude, and I'll see you in the store!


We are part of a nationwide co-op network that helps us bring you great deals on the high quality brands that you love. Check out this week’s sales!


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Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager 

Time is almost up for you to stock up for the big holiday! If you're looking for the best priced organic and local produce, stop on in, we're open 7-9pm on Wednesday. Big thanks to the people who devote their lives to growing our food, our farmer's work hard and we thank them for the food they provide.
  • Molter Orchards apple cider, fresh pressed exclusively for the Co-op!
  • Brussels sprouts! Cinzori Farm, 2 pints for $6 on Owner Special, or $3.99 each pint.
  • Golden Delicious apples, 3lb bags for $3.99 or Fuji apples $1.99/lb. from Molter Orchards while they last!
  • Pick up a bag of Russet potatoes 5lb bags for $3.49
  • Everyone's favorite cutie, the Satsuma mandarin is here for $2.99/lb!
  • Pie pumpkins, butternut squash, acorn squash and plenty more local squash are here for your choosing.
  • Braeburn apples 3lb bags for $3, great for eating or baking with!


Chris Orsolini

Chris Orsolini

Deli Manager

Treats make great holiday gifts! The Co-op Deli's Raw Macaroons are an ever-popular treat. We recommend our raw ‘roons as a hostess gift, Hanukkah treat, Christmas goodie or treat for yourself on a cold winter day.

Raw Macaroons come in three flavors, Blonde, Chocolate and now introducing Peppermint Chocolate! They’re made with coconut oil, coconut, raw agave syrup, raw cacao powder (chocolate) or pecan meal (blonde). Hand made in the Deli, raw 'roons are packaged three to a bag. Yum!

Please note, People's will have shorter hours on Friday, November 27. The Deli’s Hot Bar will include Breakfast Burritos and soup on that day, but not regular Hot Bar selections. Full Hot Bar will return on Saturday, November 28.  Happy Thanksgiving from the cooks in the Co-op Deli!


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

Ready or not, here it comes! The holiday season is officially upon us, and I always enjoy an extra reason to get excited about food as the weather turns colder and darker. As you're stocking up for your big meals don't forget that our wellness aisle is full of beneficial immune-boosters, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. A little sugar splurge or over-eating can be greatly benefited by increasing your body's defenses and digestion. If you're not sure where to find them in the wellness aisle, I'm more than happy to help you out!



Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our 2015 Shopper Survey and enter to win $50! 


In order to give our staff time with family, we will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. We will be open reduced hours on Friday, November 27, 9am-7pm. Thank you for your understanding! 


Shop smart with our planner! We’ve selected dozens of customer favorites and put ‘em all on sale, so don’t waste time scouring the shelves for all the best deals, just take a peek at our holiday planner. Check it out online here or pick one up in the store.


Register for one of our fun, interactive cooking classes! All classes are held in the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St).  All classes are $25 per adult, kids 12-17 come free with adult. And come hungry! In our classes, you’ll always eat well. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier.  

  • Paleo Appetizers – Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8pm
    Join Stacy Schmitzer of Paleo Gone Sassy for an evening of paleo appetizers. Learn and sample three new recipes that are sure to be a hit with everyone, paleo or not! 
  • Lose the Sugar! – Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-8pm
    Instructor: Kelly Zajac
    Love to bake, but want to ditch the sugar? Come learn how to use healthy, natural alternatives for sugar and corn syrup when baking. We’ll make and eat guilt-free, nutritious, and tasty baked goods. 
  • Using Sprouted Flours – Friday, Dec. 18, 6:30-8pm
    Instructor: Kelly Zajac
    Sprouting grains converts them to a living food with more health benefits and better digestibility, but there are a few tricks to using them. During this class we’ll learn the tricks, discuss all the benefits of sprouted flours, and make and eat foods prepared with them. 


Monday, December 7, 7-9pm – 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo 

Notice: There is no September PFC Board meeting due to the Labor Day holiday.

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.


Monday, December 21, 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 general manager, Chris Dilley.


Monday, December 21, 7:30-8:30pm – 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.


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: 2934!
New owners in 2015: 266!
Current equity invested: $456,260!



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


Saturday, November 28, 11am-6pm – Bell's Brewery (355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo)

Do some holiday shopping (don't forget about yourself too!), have a drink, and enjoy the vibe. This sale is full of eclectic, unique, and yes, bizarre handmade goods. Thanks to the generosity of Bell's Brewery, the organizers, and all of the artists, the booth fees are donated to the Can-Do Kitchen. This donation supports our food business incubation programming and small, local businesses. 


Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 1-4 pm – DeLano Homestead (357 W E Ave, Kalamazoo)

Bring your family and friends to the beautifully decorated DeLano Homestead for a step back in time. Join the 1800’s-style celebration and holiday traditions. 

  • Make gingerbread cookies and crafts
  • Listen to live music in the parlor
  • Stroll to the 1830s log cabin replica
  • Try your hand at candle making
  • Take an old-fashioned wagon ride - enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride Saturday, and a horse-drawn wagon ride Sunday ($1/ride, weather permitting)
  • Warm up with cider and a cookie
  • Watch skilled spinners, weavers, and blacksmiths demonstrate their craft 


Saturday, December 12, 9am-4pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)

Enjoy top-quality work from more than 50 local artisans in a fun and festive atmosphere surrounded by the beautiful winter woods. Join us and find something unique for everyone on your holiday list!  If you work up an appetite, Gorilla Gourmet will be serving up delicious food for our visitors.  Enter our raffle for a chance to win baskets full of gifts!  For a complete list of participating artists and vendors, visit the Buy Local page. FREE admission all day! 


Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Claiming/Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERACCE online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 3-5


Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs.


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.

If you know of someone who'd like to be added to our list, or have event suggestions to share, please email our Media & Communications Coordinator, Chris Moore.