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Hello everyone! I am so proud of Kalamazoo's growers, producers, markets and, of course, our Co-op this time of year!
The store is bursting with fresh produce, local meats, glorious grocery options, and such amazing smells and flavors from our deli cooks. Check out our Facebook page for some great images - we're petitioning Facebook to make their next add-on a smell feature so you could smell today's shrimp gumbo!
Kalamazoo Farmers' Market is booming, of course, and the energy is electric. Every week we have over 120 vendors during the peak season, and so much good food and fun! Did you know that the Kalamazoo Farmers Market team has created a series of quality blog posts? They have, and the latest is all about the stories of folks from the surrounding neighborhood that shop and work the market.
Thanks for being part of so much more than a grocery store! See you soon in the aisles!
Hello everyone, hope you're dipping your toes into a cold pool or sticking your head into the refrigerator right now! Actually, while you're in the refrigerator, nose around and grab up all of that produce! There are ways to eat seasonally, frugally, and time efficient, too. First of all, I know it's hot and all, but that little crock pot hidden away in the pantry keeps the food cooking and the house cool. It's one of the best ways to get a delicious dinner and not turn on your oven.
So, this is my tenth summer of employment here at People's, which is cool! I've seen so much transition over the years, and so many of my Co-op dreams come true. It's a great time cultivating the love of good food with lots of people (coworkers, farmers, customers). We're stronger together, riper together, and we eat healthier together, too!
Farmer's Market Assistant
Thanks market fans for coming out to Can It, Yo last Wednesday! We had a great time.
It feels like a good time check in about our market schedule. Remember that we operate four markets every week in Kalamazoo, a total of 25 hours of markets for you to connect directly with your food sources!
Our hours of operation:
- Tuesday 7am-2pm: Kalamazoo Farmers Market @ 1204 Bank St.
- Wednesday 3pm-7pm: 100-Mile Market @ People’s Food Co-op
- Thursday 7am-2pm: Kalamazoo Farmers Market @ 1204 Bank St.
- Saturday 7am-2pm: Kalamazoo Farmers Market @ 1204 Bank St.
You can always use EBT/SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks at every market.
A bunch more upcoming special events you should mark your calendars for now:
- Wednesday September 12 - Bike Valet @ KFM
Every second Saturday of the month we provide Bike Valet to encourage riding. Join us by riding down to the market on second Saturdays and check your bike for free at Bike Valet.
- Wednesday September 16 - Electric Drive Week Kalamazoo @ 100 Mile Market
A whole host of activities and electric vehicle rides at the 100-Mile Market to celebrate and promote electric vehicles. Free event open to everyone! More info here.
- Thursday September 17 - Night Market @ KFM
Last month’s Night Market with the Surf’s Up theme was a huge hit. Thank you Kalamazoo! We’re coming back for more! The next night market is Thursday September 17, 6pm-10pm. Stay tuned for more details and theme.
See you at your farmers market!
THE CO-OP DELI
Nutty But Nice Bars, our nut and seed packed snack bars, are a scrumptious big-flavor treat in a smallish bar, and sized right for lunch boxes!
We mix up organic brown sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, cashews, peanut butter, and local honey, and then bake to a golden brown. Find them wrapped and ready to go in our deli bakery case. On sale for Co-op owners starting tomorrow, 20% off!
ONLINE POLL RESULTS
Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll.
Everyone makes choices about healthy food based on different factors. What's important to you and your family?
DRIVE ELECTRIC KALAMAZOO: ELECTRIC VEHICLES @ 100-MILE MARKET!
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, September 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.
OWNER ORIENTATIONMonday, September 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.
PFC BOARD MEETINGMonday, October 5, 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.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2886!
New owners in 2015: 208!
Current equity invested: $445,455!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK: FILM SCREENING “WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR”Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7-8:45pm – Kalamazoo Public Library, Van Deusen Room (315 Rose Street, Kalamazoo)
Who Killed The Electric Car presents an overview of electric car history, focusing on the 1990's creation and mysterious disappearance of almost 5,000 electric cars that were quietly built and leased, but more quietly collected and crushed, in spite of offers to purchase them above cost.
National Drive Electric Week Kalamazoo is sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association and Plug In America.
ERACCE: INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMIC RACISM WORKSHOP HOSTED BY YWCAThursday, August 27, 8:30-4:30. YWCA of Kalamazoo (353 E. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo)
To register please complete this form and mail along with check payable to "YWCA" to: Attn: Sherry Brockway YWCA of Kalamazoo 353 E. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Lunch provided. Workshop fee: $150.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: HANDS-ON GARDENING - SEASON EXTENSIONThursday, September 10, 6-7pm -- DeLano Farms Market Barn, (357 West E Avenue, Kalamazoo)
Are you looking to harvest food from your garden in November and December? Join us to learn strategies to extend your growing season into the cold months of early winter.
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: PICKLING AND FERMENTATION BASICSSunday, September 13, 2-3pm -- DeLano Farms Market Barn, (357 West E Avenue, Kalamazoo)
Get started preserving pickled and fermented vegetables from your garden or local farm! We will cover food safety and the basics of quick pickling and fermenting. We will also discuss the differences between brined and fermented vegetables and the ingredients and equipment required for both.
FAIR FOOD MATTERS: CAN-DO KITCHEN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP - STARTUP SAMPLERWednesday, September 23, 6:30-9pm -- Sarkozy Bakery (350 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo)
You own your own business. Building your support network is where it's at. The Startup Sampler workshop will introduce you to, or remind you of, the important services that create your support network. More details and registration here.
UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 24-26
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 3-5
- Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop, hosted by YWCA – August 27, 8:30am-4:30pm
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:
- Allegan Farmers Market, Downtown Allegan – Thursdays 8am-2pm (May – October)
- 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)
- Texas Township Market – Fresh on Q!, West Q Avenue – Saturdays, 8am-noon (through Oct 17)
- Almena Farmers Market, Paw Paw – Saturdays, 9am-1pm (June – September)
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.