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October 21, 2014

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Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager 

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!



Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator 

Peace good people, did you know that October is National Co-op Month? If you didn't, now you know: support your local co-op!
Fall fun is here! Join us next week, Wednesday, October 29, at Co-optoberfest. Festivities will include trick-or-treating and other kids' activities, an all-ages costume contest (with celebrity judges!), beer sampling with our new neighbor Arcadia Ales, free bike valet courtesy of I.D.E.A. Association, a cider press, and some of the best donuts ever from GoNuts. Hope to see you and the family there!
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.
We also hope to see you next month on November 6 at 7:30pm in WMU’s Miller Auditorium to hear from author and food advocate Michael Pollan. Click here for more info and to register


Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

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! 


Bree Bird

Bree Bird

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!


Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

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.


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

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!



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

This week's question: The holidays are just around the corner. Which meats would you like to see us offer for pre-order?


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Monday, 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.


Wednesday, November 19, 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.


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: 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.


Wednesday, October 22, 7pm -- First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo)
How, as urban/suburban gardeners, can we transition to a no-waste economy like that of nature herself? Tom Small will on his experience in natural landscaping; his studies of European and American Romantic nature poetry and philosophy; Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke’s new book, The Living Landcape; and his own recent activism and writings. He will attempt to illustrate both the broad problems relative to how we think and how we treat the land, and also show the simple processes each of us can put into practice here and now. Click here for more information.


Saturday, October 25, 4-7pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)
Join the cast of enchanted creatures as they come to life along a pumpkin-lit trail during a guided walk at the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s annual non-scary Halloween alternative!  This year the focus is on myths we hear about some of the critters we associate with Halloween. Bats, owls, spiders, what’s true and what’s myth? At the end of the walk, make a craft, visit LIVE animals, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider around a cozy campfire.  
Join the fun by coming in costume!  Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes, rain or shine, and are geared for children 12 years and younger.  Fee: Members: $5/participating child, $1/adult for non-members; $7/participating child, $2/adult. More information here.


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.


Tuesday, November 11, 6pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)
Grow your own fresh herbs all winter long! Learn which herbs do well indoors and how to care for them over the winter months to ensure a tasty harvest.  We’ll even have some herbs to help you get started!


Tuesday, November 18, 6pm -- Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)
Thinking of having a garden next year?  Let us help you plan your garden while last year’s experience is still fresh in your mind. Learn innovative ways to make the most of your home gardening space.  We will discuss: common mistakes, site choice, design techniques, building better soil and choosing the best plants for your design.


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 to register and attend by computer, tablet, smartphone, or analog phone. Meetings will also be recorded.


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


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.