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September 16, 2014

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Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager 

Hello People's people! What a great time of year in Kalamazoo. Cool, but bright. I hope you have many chances to enjoy the outdoors before the impending cold.

For these next couple weeks, we are all about supporting you as you work to feed your family on a budget. We have a couple things that you might want to consider making time for yet this month along those lines:

1) Our buyers and our national co-op (National Cooperative Grocers Association) work hard to put great Owner Specials and Co+op Deals together for you. New specials start this week Wednesday.

2) Every Wednesday the 100-Mile Market offers great quality foods, direct from the growers. Look for great deals there!

3) Since I seem to be stuck on Wednesday, I'll also tell you about a project that our talented outreach and events coordinator, Jacob Pinney-Johnson is putting together for this Wednesday and next. From 3-6pm both Wednesdays, he’ll be handing out recipes for delicious main courses that can feed your family for between $11 and $15. Jacob will also be available to show you around if you have questions about how to shop in bulk, about sales, or anything else.

4) Our next cooking class is a Values class focused on Cooking on a Budget. On Monday, Sept 29, 6:30-8pm, join us for only $5 and learn from Registered Dietician Lindsay Merkel some basic tips for eating great quality foods on a budget.

Read on for more great tips and more news from YOUR co-op!



Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator 

Peace PFC people, hope all are healthy and well! Between the back to school frenzy and the end of the summer, things are starting to pick up!

In an effort to address the economic stress of our time and the high cost in good food, the Co-op is doubling down on our Values Program, which highlights staple foods in the aisles that are affordable and of high quality. Keep an eye out for Values signs on products in the store, recipes, and our upcoming Values cooking classes. 

We realize that to eat healthy and well can be a real challenge for some individuals and families. Please email me with your thoughts and ideas on how the PFC can better serve you and our community in creating access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.

Upcoming festivities this week:

Thursday, September 18 from 7-11pm the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market is having its first Night Market, so stop by and check it out as it is sure to be a good time. With a live band and cash bar fundraiser for fair Food Matters, you can’t pass it up!

Also on Thursday, Carlson Farms is holding its Farm to Fiddle Fest from 6-10pm. There’ll be live music from the Go Rounds and others. Bring your picnic and camping chairs and enjoy the tunes and locally-sourced food. Click here for more info and tickets.

Of course, you’ve all been waiting for the best harvest party of the year, and it’s finally here! The Co-op is excited to be at the eleventh annual SW Michigan Harvest Fest this Sunday, September 21 from 11:30-5:30pm at Tillers International (10515 Op Ave E, Scotts, Michigan 49088).

New this year, the Co-op will serve as a pickup location for a FREE shuttle bus to and from Harvest Fest! The shuttle leaves from the Co-op at 10am and 1pm, and leaves Harvest Fest to return you home at 12:30pm and 5:30pm. 


Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

Oh, potato! It's a lovely time of year to love potatoes! They are freshly dug, crunchy, and have tons of flavor. My favorite way to eat potatoes is to eat them every day. Well, actually I like to cube them, roasted in the oven with peppers, onions, and lots of garlic. Speaking of lots of veggies, our veggie selection is nearly 100% local right now. Pretty impressive, and a pretty exciting time of year. When you're in next, you'll notice that potatoes are a little lower in the display than usual, and have their own bins and shelf. This way they'll stay out of the light a little longer and be easier to shop and maintain.

Everybody stop what you're doing and eat an apple! A honeycrisp apple that is! We've sold hundreds of pounds of local apples this year, and we're excited about feeding you hundreds of pounds more of your favorite variety, the honeycrisp! Our apples are grown by Molter Family Orchards. You can't get fresher than apples grown less than an hour away, certified organic and with lots of care. Also look for fresh apple cider later this week! 


Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

Get ready, get set, for the freshest market yet! 100-Mile Market had a week off and a whole lot of rain and this week we are all coming back fresh!

Come down and see the beautiful assortment of late harvest tomatoes, kale, squash, cabbage and more- I’ve seen pie pumpkins making their debut, and... APPLES! Your favorite vendors will all be there and new on the scene this week is Juicy Leaf, with fresh fruit and veggie juices. 

Also this week we welcome back our friend Fresh Food Fairy on her smoothie bike! I can’t wait to see her in her super fresh kale mask, and I know kids love seeing her to, so bring ‘em down and visit our Market Kids table for coloring, games, and Food Friend fun. Family, food, fairy, fresh FUN! Times five hundred.

And don’t forget to visit the sure to be amazing Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market NIGHT MARKET, Thursday, September 18 from 7-11pm! This special event will host many of your favorite vendors from Saturdays at Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market plus live music, great friends and a cash bar to benefit Fair Food Matters! What a night!

Look forward to seeing you all TWICE this week!


Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Deli Assistant

Has the chill in the air gotten you in the mood for something hot and steamy? We couldn’t agree more. We’re ramping up our soup production in the Deli, with the return of two soups on the weekends for those of you who like to have options. And that’s not all! Starting on September 17, all large soups are a dollar off!


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

Good news everyone! The future is here! We've gotten our body care reset in the wellness aisle mostly complete, with a few new products to fill in and details to finish up yet. Come on in and check it out! You might find items you never knew we had. For example, the bulk castile soaps are now much more visible and accessible, and all of the shower and hair care products are now together with them in one place. The local items are now inter-mingled with the rest of the aisle so it will be easier to see that we do have a local option for deodorants, shampoo bars, chest rubs, and body butter, among others!

We've also moved the toothpicks, hand sanitizer, breath sprays, and ear candles into the aisle from their position up front by the cash registers; and our children's vitamins and products for moms and babies now have their own special home on the side cap at the end of the wellness aisle.

The end cap around the corner is full of all of the last chance items we will no longer be carrying, which are all on sale until they're gone. If you see something there that you still want to be able to purchase after it's gone, I would be happy to look into placing a special order for you any time. (And don't forget that owners get a discount on special orders!)

Also look for some of the exciting new products we've been able to bring in with this reset, including Acure Organics facial care, the new look of Brittanie's Thyme facial care (local!), and Field Day's shampoo and conditioner. Joining them soon will be Auromere mouthwash and toothpicks, new flavors of Now's Xyliwhite toothpaste, Andalou Naturals facial care, liquid black soap in bulk from Alaffia, and larger sizes of Nature's Gate's herbal shampoo and conditioner.

If you like the new look of our body care set, love it, hate it, or just don't know what to think, let me know! I would love to get your feedback so I can continue making our wellness departments an aisle you love to shop!


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Hello again co-op-a-teers!  Max here, filling in for Ken while he attempts to solve the riddles of the immortal three-headed giraffe who guards the entrance to the tombs of forgotten food co-op board members.

Cheese lovers among you: if you haven't noticed already, Grassfields' raw milk cheeses are back at the Co-op! This local cheese is lovingly crafted using the freshest raw milk from 100% grass fed cows, and you can really taste the difference. With five different varieties to try, from sharp cheddars to silk-smooth Edam, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this awesome local cheesemaker.

Anyone remember the coffee scene in the 80's? (I don't, I was 4). Though it hadn't really become "cool" yet, one country's coffee beans reigned supreme in America: Colombian Supremo was the final word in quality coffee for many years.  Well, though the coffee world has come a long, long way, Colombian growers have still got the goods when it comes to smooth, drinkable coffees that pack a serious punch of flavor. New in this week, check out Colombian Fondo Paez, just $10.99/lb. this week, from Higher Grounds Trading!



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?


We are seeking someone who is self-motivated for the part-time, 20-hour per week Human Resources Coordinator position with flexible availability. The Human Resources Coordinator develops and maintains the Co-op's hiring process, performance evaluation and training systems, and supports an excellent internal work environment through strong communication skills and systems. 

Hourly starting wage between $10 and $12. Download a job application and job description, or pick one up in the store. Applications due Monday, Sept. 29.


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!

  • Cooking on a Budget – Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
    Join Lindsey Merkel and create a delicious, heathful meal for a family of four for under $10! This class is a part of our Values Classes series, and includes tips for shopping on a budget, recipes, and a store tour.


Thursday, September 18, 7-11pm – Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market (1204 Bank St, Kalamazoo)

The KFM Night Market will be big treat for our great city of Kalamazoo! To add to the excitement, the Night Market will feature a DON'T-MISS performance from the highly acclaimed Kalamazoo band, Maraj. They will keep the market vibrant, performing songs from their recently released album, "Voyager." 

Click here to view "The Making of Maraj's Voyager", written by singer, musician and composer, Andy Catlin. To hear a couple of songs, visit Maraj’s bandcamp page. We can’t wait to see you there to show support for Fair Food Matters and local musicians this Thursday night!


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.


Monday, October 6, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (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.


Saturday, October 11-Sunday, October 19 -- People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
We're celebrating National Bulk Foods Week and appreciating you, our Owners, during one very special Owner Appreciation Days. You'll find great deals on a huge variety of bulk foods, as well as the Owner Specials throughout the store you've come to expect.
We love our owners and we want to thank you for being one! Come into the store during Owner Appreciation week for extra Owner Specials. Don't forget to bring in your postcard (coming in the mail) to receive 10% off (non-sale items) of one order during the week.
Are you or someone you love not yet a Co-op owner? Stop in the store to sign up yourself, or pick up an ownership form for a friend or family member! More information about ownership here.


Wednesday, October 15, 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.


Monday, October 20, 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.


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: 2616!
New owners in 2014: 265!
Current equity invested: $390,280!



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


Thursday, September 18, 6-10pm – Carlson Farms (16217 96th Avenue, Lawton, Michigan)
Carlson Farms hosts its first ever Farm to Fiddle Fest!  Come to the farm for a beautiful evening including live music by The Go Rounds, the B.E.A.T., and Dena Dena Dena.  Farm gates open at 6pm, music at 7pm.  Advance tickets are $3, and $5 at the farm.  Bring your picnic blanket and your camping chairs to lounge on the lawn while enjoying the music.  Farm sourced food available for purchase at the event.  *A portion of Farm to Fiddle Fest ticket sales will benefit Fair Food Matters.


Sunday, September 21 – Tiller’s International (10515 E O P Ave, Scotts, MI)
Fair Food Matters' 12th Annual Community Harvest Fest is just around the corner!  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!


Sunday, September 21, 1-5pm -- Tom & Ruth Small’s home (2502 Waite Ave., Kalamazoo)
Share your bounty, find new plants, and celebrate! Fall is an ideal time to plant for next season, as well as thin out those crowded plantings and share your extras. There will be plants available from Tom and Ruth’s gardens and from many chapter members, plus refreshments and socializing. KAWO members will help you set out your plants and choose appropriate plants. For members, supporters and guests (w/donation). More information here.


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!


In honor of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, Humanitas Global and Food Tank are conducting a brief survey: what attracts some to be family farmers and what motivates others to leave farms behind to pursue other careers?  The findings will be used in advocacy and awareness efforts in collaboration with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization to support World Food Day held annually on October 16. You can find the survey here.


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.