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What!? Did you hear the latest? This week's eNews coupon is $5 off a 5 lb box of Mitchell's Bangor-Grown Glorious Organic Blueberries! We are so proud to be your source for the locally-grown.
As we're on the topic of summer's bounty, let's talk Can It, Yo! For those of you that are not familiar, this event takes place at the 100-Mile Market on the last Wednesday in August, this year, the 26th, 3-7pm. You will find all your favorite local vendors, as well as free workshops, kids activities, and more.
There you have it. Read on for more news from some of the most rad folks working in the food industry in Kalamazoo today.
People's Produce is loaded with local and organic produce these days, over 50 items are local right now, and the number keeps going up! In the past hour alone we've received local and organic Michigan peaches, blueberries, lettuce, kale, turnips, flowers, collards, chard, and bumblebee cherry tomatoes! Get out in the heat and down to the Co-op and enjoy the fruits of our farmers. You'll thank yourself (and the farmers!).
Farmer's Market Assistant
Did you know that everything sold at 100-Mile Market is grown or produced within 100 miles? This is true! Hence the name. Here’s what you’ll find this week at Kalamazoo’s only ALL LOCAL market:
- Bonamego Farms with a variety of produce and fresh fruits including peaches
- Evelynn with beans, potatoes, garlic, beets, carrots, pickles, cucumbers, and basil
- Cosmic Ethics with a variety of soaps, lotion and face scrubs
- Jovalve Ginger with ginger syrup, and minced garlic
- Two Chicks Bakery with Honey Wheatberry Amaranth bread, Sourdough Jalapeno Cheddar, pies and muffins using local blueberries
- Missy’s Muffins with banana nut, blueberry, chocolate chip, and cinnamon muffins and two wheat-free options
- Eichorn Family Farm with a variety of free range, non-GMO lamb meat, duck eggs, and chicken eggs
- Valerie with t-shirts and bumper stickers
- Dave from Young Earth Farms with his usual array of tasty meats. New this week: chicken
- Understory Farm with organic blueberries, cherries, salad mix, arugula, apple cider vinegar
- Pretty Lake Farm with greens, radishes, fresh herbs, potatoes, and fresh cut flowers
- Katherine Steward with fresh baked mini pecan pies, apple-blueberry cobbler, and cinnamon roles
- 929 Apothecary with specialty skin creams, salts, scrubs, and essential oil roll-ons
- Granny Janny Herbs and Creative Health Arts with herbal teas, salves, tinctures, herbal first aid preparations, and elderberry syrup
THE CO-OP DELI
You’ll probably have noticed the great big new sign over our Deli Hot and Salad Bar, boldly proclaiming "As local, organic & fresh as can be!" Our Deli is proud to source the finest local ingredients available for our food every day. We are also fortunate to be in southwest Michigan, a hub for amazing locally raised products!
Many of those products are used daily in our Deli menu:
- fresh local veggies in our hot food and salad bar
- local Amish eggs for our hard boiled eggs
- local bread for our sandwiches
- local cheese in our burritos
- and fresh berries atop our Raw Cheesecakes and Fruit Oat Bars
Starting this month, look for new signs on each of our recipes. We’ll be highlighting the local farmers and producers who are featured in our products. Enjoy the bounty!
I will be in St. Paul, Minnesota all week this week at Convergence, a conference for co-op grocery and wellness buyers and managers. It's an exciting event held every year, and I always come back from it feeling super inspired and enthusiastic about the bigger work we are part of as cooperative grocery stores all across the country providing access to good local food, health and wellness, and important conversations about sustainability, race, community empowerment, and so much more!
Food and other goods made from the plants we grow are one of the most basic parts of what it means to survive and thrive in this world, and I love that I can be part of that work every day in my job at our awesome People's Food Co-op! I haven't even left yet, and I'm already feeling inspired and excited! I hope to return with many great ideas for how we can improve the work we do in the coming year bringing good, local, healthy food to your plates and tables!
THE CENTER STORE
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
Hello again co-opondrians! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he travels to Dr. Redmill's Memorial Co-operative Hospital in Iowa City to undergo the installation of his final human-biologic organ transfer. As you know, Kenbot Model: Q4513 began replacing his mechanical parts with lab-grown human facsimiles early last year, with the goal of becoming fully human. While it goes without saying that we here at the co-op have always considered Kenbot (or rather, the fully sentient A.I which controls his chassis) to be a fully human member of the team, we are looking forward to celebrating with him later this week when the last of his fiber-optic cyber spine will be replaced with biological tissue, and when he will officially be dropping his model number for his chosen human name Kenneth Quayle!
Victorian Bakery has some new goodies for us this week! First off is an old favorite returning to the Co-op: Chocolate Croissants! Find them baked fresh every Friday morning in the Co-op bakery case next to the coffee machine! (I ought to take this opportunity to mention that we also have Victorian Bakery's legendary plain croissants).
Completely new this week are their incredible new Sourdough Seed Crackers! These thick, tangy, crispy crackers are perfect for hummus, salsa, bean dip, guacamole, cheese and olives, you name it, the possibilities are endless! They're seasoned with a whisper of cayenne right in the dough for just the barest hint of peppery warmth without ever graduating to "spicy," for a unique cracker experience you won't be able to put down!
Hail the return of Pecorino Romano to the Co-op cheese case! Trivia Blast (tm): This flavorful, hard sheep's milk cheese was developed somewhere around the year 100 B.C.E. by roman farmers, and has been a staple of the cuisine ever since it became the official marching-cheese of the Roman Legions! Pick up wedges of this salty, aromatic classic for your next pasta dish, pizza, cheese plate, or really just to snack on. Once you try it, you'll understand why there really is no substitute for this true original.
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PFC BOARD MEETINGMonday, August 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, July 20, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, August 17, 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, August 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 general manager, Chris Dilley.
NIGHT MARKET @ KALAMAZOO FARMERS MARKET!
Join us at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market for the return of Night Markets! Live music, dinner and desserts from food trucks, locally grown Michigan fruits and vegetables, all your favorite market goods, and drinks for a good cause to support Fair Food Matters! Bike Valet will be available.
And now, a Night Market poem by Read and Write Kalamazoo!
Crickets chirp chirping in the night/
The moon like a streetlamp shining bright/
Fireflies and owls are near/
The Night Markets are finally here!
CAN IT, YO! MARKET PARTY AT 100-MILE MARKET!
Capture the flavor of summer at our celebration of the bounty of the season! Save the date, because Can It, Yo! is a party you don’t want to miss. You’ll find kids’ activities, canning foods and supplies, free food preservation workshops and information, and of course, ALL LOCAL vendors! EBT/SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks accepted.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2855!
New owners in 2015: 176!
Current equity invested: $439,960!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
HUNGER-FREE COMMUNITY COALITION: FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS
Kids need healthy food all year! At 35+ sites in Kalamazoo county, the Hunger-Free Community Coalition's Summer Feeding Service Program will be serving free meals to kids all summer. ALL children 0-18 years old are welcome, no paperwork or ID required.
Families are also welcome to join - adult meals are only $2. Call 211 or text FOODMI at 877877 for more information. Click here to see a full list of dates and locations throughout Kalamazoo County. Please share widely!
FAIR FOOD MATTERS: WOODWARD SUMMER GARDEN NIGHTSWednesdays through August 19, 5:30-6:30pm, Woodward School (606 Stuart Ave, Kalamazoo)
We need your help to keep the Woodward School garden growing over the summer. All ages and skill levels are welcome to come learn, play, eat, and grow in the garden!
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) Tuesdays, 4-7pm (through August 25)
- 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.