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- Ken Quayle, our grocery and merchandising manager, does all the buying for packaged grocery and household.
- Abbie Miller is our Health and Wellness queen!
- Max Hospadaruk gets to work with our local and regional bakeries, and buys bulk foods.
- Cid Abel oversees the chilly lands of fridge and frozen - ask her about yogurt! She will fill your head with what you need to know.
- Heather Colburn is our meat and cheese guru. She does an outstanding job of ensuring that our meat meets with our high standards at a fair price.
Peace PFC people, hope all are healthy and well.
I would like to invite those interested to an upcoming movie showing of Many Hands, a documentary on cooperatives, both local and national. The film will have a conversation to follow, producer Jim Jones and director Erik Jones will be in attendance. Snacks provided by the PFC! Spots are limited, so please RSVP with Chris Moore.
When: Tuesday, February 10, at 6pm
Where: 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
Also keep an eye out for upcoming cooking classes. Our next class Raw with Love is almost full, but stay tuned for more classes to come.
Hope everyone is having a great winter week, I know I am! Yesterday I took the opportunity to volunteer with a couple of friends during the annual MLK Day of Service. Most of my time was spent meeting new people while helping the Kalamazoo Land Bank renovate some apartments in Washington Square. As my volunteer t-shirt reads, I made it "a day on, not a day off.”
It can be hard this time of year for me to feel motivated or inspired what with all the grey weather. But, after a rewarding day helping to restore part of historic Kalamazoo while making friends, I was eagerly asking myself "what am I going to make for dinner for me and my friends?" I was in the mode to continue to get things done, and here's what I did:
- Mixed up that classic Veri Veri Teriyaki sesame dressing (found across from the produce aisle) with a little brown sugar, minced up ginger and minced up turmeric root
- Sautéed rainbow carrots, minced garlic, and re-hydrated shiitake mushrooms (found in produce aisle) for less than 5 minutes, adding a little dressing into the pan for the last minute
- Put on to boil two squares of the Lotus Foods Japanese ramen noodles for five minutes (found at the top of the shelf across from the produce aisle)
- Sautéed ribbons of crunchy lacinato kale, sugar snap peas and sliced scallions for less than five minutes, adding a little dressing into the pan for the last minute
- Toasted raw sunflower seeds over medium heat till golden brown
- Toss sautéed vegetables, sunflower seeds, and ramen noodles together
- Sauté till browned your favorite protein like strips of seitan, strips of chicken, or strips of steak, add enough dressing to cover the bottom of the pan while cooking
- Together in a big bowl, add the finished proteins and the last of the dressing to the noodles and vegetables and share with your friends!
Farmer's Market Assistant
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Follow this survey link to be an active participant in making the upcoming Farmers’ Market season the best it’s ever been! Thank you!
THE CO-OP DELI
Whether you’re planning a party for the big game or just looking for the perfect snack, the Co-op Deli has you covered!
Because variety makes everything better, we’re bringing back our Spicy Chipotle Hummos to party with our traditional Co-op Hummos and our famous Cashew Curry Hummos. We also have our new Mo’s Black Bean and Corn Salsa, or classic Co-op Salsa and Go-Go Guacamole to round out the spread.
Grab some delicious chips, crackers, or fresh organic veggies and munch away while watching large men in tight pants tackle each other for a perfect celebration.
January has always been a magical month for me, because it's my birthday month, which gives me a feeling of extra-special-ness all month long! And my birthday is tomorrow, so today I'm feeling super excited even though I don't have anything super exciting planned, other than new sales starting tomorrow!
Aubrey shampoo and conditioner will be on sale, with conditioner samples right on the shelf to take home and try. Udo's Choice probiotics from Flora Health will also be on sale. This is the perfect time of year for boosting your probiotic intake, as winter viruses and antibiotics can deplete your body's good bacteria.
If weight loss is in your plans for the new year, this is great time to try out Garden of Life's Raw Fit protein powder, (also on sale starting tomorrow!) an organic plant-based protein powder formulated specifically to assist with healthy weight loss. And if you just want someone to talk to about your plans for the New Year or need encouragement to keep working at them, I would love to be your cheerleader!
I'm here Tuesdays through Fridays until 3 pm, and Saturdays until 2 pm. Or feel free to send me an email or give me a call at the store! And I certainly wouldn't turn down extra birthday wishes tomorrow, hint hint!
THE CENTER STORE
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
Hello Co-oplonians! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he interviews the only three survivors from the rural Minnesota town of Lake Hobuckin. The town drew national attention last month when it was discovered that the town's co-op had closed its doors unexpectedly, leaving the nearly 400 stranded residents without any source of community-supported grocery or friendly, personal customer service. As the town’s numbers dwindled without these vital cooperative resources, the three brothers reportedly survived by forming an ad hoc three-person food co-op and trading pantry items between themselves. Check in next week for Ken's feature length exposé of their harrowing ordeal!
New this week in the Bakery section, be sure to check out new Stone House Bakery sandwich breads from Traverse City! While we've always striven to provide an affordable organic bread option, I am very excited to "upgrade" our offerings with these great, fresh-baked, Michigan-made breads! This bread is delivered fresh three days a week (never frozen!), completely organic, totally delicious, and on top of all that is now our best every-day bread price at just $3.99 a loaf! Choose from San-Fran-Sourdough, Honey Wheat, or Classic White and start stuffing your household's lunchboxes today!
Also new on the shelf last week are a couple of great Michigan beers, both in cans! Look for classic 6-packs of Latitude 42 beers, and tall 4-packs from up-and-coming Griffin Claw Brewery! I wish I had time here to go on and on about each of these seven (seven!) new beers, but let me just say that you cannot go wrong; if you're a lover of great Michigan beers, these two breweries will not disappoint.
ONLINE POLL RESULTS
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This week’s topic: Take our survey and enter to win a $10 gift card! Please help our market team better understand what our community looks for and loves in regards to farmers' markets!
RUN FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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!
- Raw with Love - Friday, February 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Join raw food phenom Sara Kozminske to learn fresh new sweet treat recipes on Valentine's Day. Bring yourself or your sweetie!
OWNER ORIENTATIONWednesday, January 21, 7-8pm – 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.
FEBRUARY PFC BOARD MEETING
FEBRUARY OWNER APPRECIATION DAYS: FOCUS ON VALUES!
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, February 16, 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.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2712!
New owners in 2015: 16!
Current equity invested: $410,003!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: HOME BREWING BASICSThursday, January 22 & 29, 6-8pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave)
Master the basics of brewing beer from KNC staff home brewers during this two part brewing workshop. See, smell and taste the raw materials that go into making a fine bottle of beer and gain the confidence to brew at home. Learn the essentials as we walk through each step of the brewing process. Get to know the history, equipment, and what you’ll need to brew a variety of different beers. Workshop will include snacks and beer tasting. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Workshop Fee: Members: $45 Non-Members: $55.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: VIBRANT VEGETABLE GARDENS, PLAN TODAY!Thursday, February 26, 6-7:30pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave)
Learn innovative ways to utilize your home gardening space. Investigate a variety of gardening techniques including permaculture and theme garden preparation. We will cover all of the fundamentals: sight choice, design techniques, building better soil and choosing the best plants for your design.
KALAMAZOO WILD ONES: URBAN AREAS - PEOPLE ARE THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEMWednesday, January 28, 7pm -- First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park, Kalamazoo)
Laurel Ross, retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will present a 1-hour program emphasizing the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. Engaged residents play increasingly important roles in ecological restoration and education as stewards of the landscapes where they live. Laurel, a veteran organizer of volunteers, will tell stories and show pictures of many people and places in Chicago she's worked with. Sponsored by Kalamazoo chapter of Wild Ones, Native Plants/Natural Landscapes. Free and open to the public.
UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 26-28
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 14-16
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 24-26
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 3-5
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:
- Bronson Winter Market, Kalamazoo – Tuesdays, 10:30am-2pm (through March 24, 2015)
- Borgess Indoor Farmer's Market, Kalamazoo – Every other Thursday, 11am-2pm
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 outreach assistant, Chris Moore.