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August 26, 2014

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Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager 

Hello everyone!

There are many fun things going on at PFC as you plan your week:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, 3-7pm is Can It, Yo! at the 100-Mile Market. Come and participate in canning demos, buy lots of cannable produce from your favorite local vendors, and don't forget to bring a sack of canned goods to donate to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Each item you donate earns you a chance to dunk myself and several other willing Dunk Tank participants. I'll be in the tank, 5-6pm. So, don't miss that!

If Thursday night is date night for you and yours, consider dinner and a movie at Alamo Drafthouse. People's and Fair Food Matters are partnering to show Fed Up, a documentary about sugar, obesity, and processed foods. Free showings at 5:30 and 8pm, but require registration.

And then comes Labor Day weekend! We've got great deals on Kettle and Bearitos chips, Drew's salsa, Garrett Valley uncured hot dogs, and Bionaturae pasta perfect for a pasta salad for your cookout. Check out our Co+op Deals and Owner Specials flyers for more deals and details. 

Thanks everyone! I hope to see you at the store soon!



Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator 

Peace PFC people, it’s an eventful week here at the Co-op, with Can It Yo! happening tomorrow and the Fed Up! free movie showing at Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday. I am excited for both of these events as they are sure to be good times. 

Did you hear there will be a dunk tank at Can It Yo!, featuring our very own Christopher J. Dilley, amongst others? It’s true! Earn throws by donating canned or preserved goods to our food drive which benefits Loaves and Fishes. No cans? You can also pay a dollar per throw, with proceeds to help alleviate hunger. 

First 200 kids get a FREE food-filled coloring book

Besides the celebrity dunk tank, which will be going all day, the schedule is as follows: 

  • 3:10 - Canning peaches with Ken Wiltse
  • 4:10 - Lacto-fermentation with Heather Colburn and Hristina Petrovska
  • 5:10 - Canning tomatoes with Lori Evesque
  • 6:10 - Kimchi making with Nabe from Bonamego Farms 


Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

People's Produce is so pumped that tomorrow is Can It, Yo! A celebration perfectly timed during the peak of the produce season in Michigan. This is the time of year to capture the flavor of summer, put it in a jar or freeze it in a bag, dry it for making soup this winter and capture that Michigan summer flavor forever! This is the perfect place for wheeling and dealing with farmers to find the quantity you want at the price you want, directly purchased from your favorite Michigan farmers. Get excited about spending money with local farmers and get in your kitchen and get busy!

We've got about a million big and bountiful watermelons grown just a few miles away from the co-op at Kirklin Farms. They are either red or yellow, super sweet and extremely powerful! Every year we sell so many of these watermelons, they should last for a few more weeks so get them while you can.

If you know a Co-op Explorer, make sure you pass the word! Tomorrow at Can It Yo! we'll have a special giveaway of a Michigan Fruit coloring book by local author and artist Susan Briggs for the first 200 Co-op Explorer's to arrive on scene. If you know of any cool kiddos who would like to become a Co-op Explorer bring them into the store for their sweet club card and free piece of fruit (usually a banana) every time they come to the store. All they need is to sign up with a cashier! 


Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Farmer's Market Manager

Can It, Yo! is here, yo! Wednesday August 27 marks the second annual Can It, Yo! as a part of Grow-It-Yourself Season. So what is Can It Yo!? An awesome day of righteous ways to capture the flavor of summer.

Plus kids activities - make a dried fruit necklace and play What Can You Can? featuring the artwork of Simon Kalil Borst!

And the most exciting part of the day is Chris Dilley in the Dunk Tank from 5-6pm! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes to earn a throw (or make a suggested cash donation) and Dunk our GM! Other celebrities will be in the tank all afternoon.

So join us for the best Wednesday ever at the 100-Mile Market. In addition to the Can It Yo! Activities, you can shop the best vendors all growing or creating foods from within 100 miles of Kalamazoo, get all the goods you need to capture the flavor and summer to enjoy all winter long!

See you soon and smiling.


Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

Prime salad season might be winding to a close (although no one bothered to tell the weather this week!) but there’s still time to enjoy some delicious late summer goodness. We've been working on some fresh and flavorful salads-on-the-go for just $5.99 each and I have a feeling you’ll like them.

Right now, we've got our Caprese Salad ready to go in the Deli case. Layers of heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella, topped with fresh basil from our garden, croutons for a bit of crunch, and our house balsamic all artfully arranged on a bed of zesty mixed greens. 

If you’re into something with a bit more soul, we also have a fruit and cheese salad with local blueberries, dried cranberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese with our addictive maple walnut vinaigrette.

We’ve got plenty more ideas where that came from, so keep checking back to see what our latest creations are!


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

We're getting ready for a major reset of the body care portion of the wellness aisle! To make room for some new products, we've marked down our slowest sellers to clear them out. Come on in and scoop up some great deals while supplies last. And don't forget our remaining sun and bug care summer products are also 20% off while we've got them as well!

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer! Jose and I will be out on the water as much as possible with our dinghy and our puppy as long as the warm weather lasts!


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Hello again, Co-op-folk! Max here filling in for Ken as he plumbs the depths of his innermost psyche, using nothing more than a miniature submarine, an intrepid crew of co-op staff, and an industrial strength shrink-ray.

It's time once again for Kalamazoo to experience one of the most breathtaking precursors to fall; the arrival of regionally-brewed stout beers! This week, check out a triplet of new great local dark beers: Kalamazoo Stout from Bells, London Porter from Arcadia, and Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing. All three are truly delicious, drinkable, long-sleeves-weather beers.

Haven't you heard? Can It, Yo (CIY) is next week! I, for one, am way behind on my pickling and preserving for the season, but it's not too late! We've got bulk pickling spice on sale for almost 20% off. Let the good folks at Frontier Spice Co-op take the guesswork out of good pickle; I've used it in everything from sweet bread-and-butter cucumbers to dilly beans to spicy jalapenos. 

Regardless of whether you are a "canner," you've definitely got to come down this Wednesday (3pm-7pm) and check it out; a lot of our farmers have their best produce and deals; it's definitely one of my favorite markets of the year!



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?

Last week's question: Have you visited other food co-ops recently? What did you like about them? What is your vision for how the PFC will change, evolve, and develop?  See the results here.


Thursday, August 7-August 28 – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

It’s the season of summer abundance; let’s not forget to share with those in need! Please consider donating your canned and non-perishable goods during our food drive with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. You can find our donation bin at the entrance of the store.


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!   

  • Vegan Soul – Tuesday, September 16, 6:30-8pm
    Denise Miller merges traditional soul food with a vegan approach in this one of a kind cooking class. Not to be missed! 
  • Cooking on a Budget – Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
    Join Heather Mitchell in learning to shop and cook using healthy ingredients on a budget. This class costs only $5! 


Wednesday, August 27, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

Join our second annual food preservation party at the 100-Mile Market! In honor of the abundance of summer, we’re throwing a canning, pickling, and fermentation bash, full of kids’ activities, live music, educational cooking demos, and more. Buy fresh produce in bulk and preserve it to last all winter. 
Celebrity DUNK TANK to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes! Donated canned goods = free throws!
First 200 kids get a FREE food-filled coloring book!
3:10 - Canning peaches with Ken Wiltse
4:10 - Lacto-fermentation with Heather Colburn & Hristina Petrovska
5:10 - Canning tomatoes with Lori Evesque
6:10 - Kimchi making with Nabe from Bonamego Farms


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!


Saturday, September 6, 9am-4pm -- KRESA, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002

Fair Food Matters is hosting an introductory workshop into the intersection between race, institutional racism, and food justice, and People’s is sponsoring 20 seats for our board, staff, and owners. If you’re interested in learning more about food justice, please email Chris Moore with your name, address, race/ethnicity, and dietary restrictions. Please register soon, the seats will be going fast!

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introductory process for the participants to explore and deepen their understanding of food justice, the food movement, and systemic racism; and to begin to investigate ways to more effectively dismantle racism within their respective institutions.


Thursday, August 28 5:30pm and 8pm -- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (180 Portage St, Kalamazoo)

Fair Food Matters and the People's Food Co-op are proud to present two free, public screenings of the new film, FED UP, which claims to be "the film the food industry doesn't want you to see." Although this is a free event, registration is required! Please register here.


Monday, September 15, 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, September 17, 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.


September 25-28, 2014 – Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

PFC is a sponsor of this exciting conference at K College! We are offering a group registration to our owners and shoppers at a discounted price. Click here to register with the Co-op group.  If our group is 5 people or fewer, each ticket will be $30, 6 or more $20 each. 

With/Out ¿Borders? is a convergence of activists, scholars and artists from across issues, disciplines and generations who will question, interrogate and complicate the political, ideological, cultural, and social borders that make up our world. Learn more here.


Monday, October 6, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, 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.


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: 2593!
New owners in 2014: 237!
Current equity invested: $387,650!



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


Saturday, September 13, 10am-noon -- 3299 Gull Road, Kalamazoo
Enter your home grown tomatoes in our competition or come to taste and vote for your favorites!There are prizes for first place winners in many categories, including cherry and Roma varieties, heirloom varieties, and most attractive garden basket. Come for the contest, stay for cooking demos, face painting, door prizes, and food vendors. For more information, call 269.383-8830.


Sunday, September 21 – Tiller’s International (10515 E O P Ave, Scotts, MI)
Fair Food Matters' 12th Annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest is just around the corner! We are seeking sponsors, program advertisers, exhibitors, and volunteers to help out on the day of the event.  
This year's event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Reinhardt, an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan and Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. And as always, we'll have live music, local food vendors, demonstrations, a family tent, and much more! We are seeking sponsors, program advertisers, exhibitors, and volunteers to help out on the day of the event.  
Please read more about these opportunities here and contact Sheena with any questions. See you there!


The Office for Sustainability at WMU is seeking a qualified and passionate individual to develop, plan, and deliver permaculture programming at the Gibbs House Permaculture Site. The Coordinator creates an educational experience for all students and community members who visit the Gibbs House Permaculture Site. The Site provides a supportive research and education space for developing, testing, and learning about sustainable land management practices, food production, and ecological living. Click here for more information.


Tuesdays, 3-6pm (starting June 3) – Douglass Community Association (1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo)

Farmers' market season is here! Our market helps connect local farmers to people who have less access to healthy food, and we have new plans to make the market sustainable for the farms and producers who participate. If you are interested in being a vendor at the Douglass Farmers' Market,please click here for more information. We'd love to see you there as a vendor or as a customer!


Mondays, June 16 - August 25, 6-7pm – Woodward School Garden (606 Stewart Ave, Kalamazoo)

We need your help to keep the school garden growing and to harvest for the farmer’s market.Children, families, friends, neighbors, and community members, come learn, play and grow at the Woodward School Garden on Mondays during the summer break!  It’s a great way to learn more about organic gardening and to spend some quality time outdoors. Call 269-492-1270 or contact for more info.


If you're concerned with where your food comes from and want to have a part in producing some of your own grains--wheat, barley, oats, quinoa, amaranth--get involved in this project! Shares cost $40 and a pledge of 16 hours of work over the course of the summer. Click here for more information and to sign up.


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 – September 25-27, 2014
  • 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.