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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!
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
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!
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.
THE CO-OP DELI
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!
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!
THE CENTER STORE
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!
KALAMAZOO LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD DRIVE AT PFC
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!
- 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!
GROW-IT-YOURSELF SEASON EVENT: CAN IT, YO!Wednesday, August 27, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
100-MILE MARKETWednesdays, 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!
ERAC/CE FOOD JUSTICE WORKSHOPSaturday, 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.
FREE MOVIE SCREENING: Fed Up!Thursday, August 28 5:30pm and 8pm -- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (180 Portage St, Kalamazoo)
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, 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.
OWNER ORIENTATIONWednesday, 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.
KALAMAZOO COLLEGE: WITH/OUT - ¿BORDERS? CONFERENCESeptember 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.
OCTOBER PFC BOARD MEETING
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
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.
FALL GARDEN AFFAIR
2014 HARVEST FEST SEEKING SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, EXHIBITORS, & VOLUNTEERS
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PERMACULTURE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
DOUGLASS FARMERS' MARKET
WOODWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUMMER GARDEN NIGHTS
SUSTAINABLE GRAIN GROWING COOPERATIVE PROJECT
UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 2014
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 4-6, 2014
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:
- Borgess Indoor Farmer's Market, Kalamazoo – Every other Thursday, 11am-2pm
- Douglass Farmers' Market, Kalamazoo – Tuesdays 3pm-6pm (June - September)
- 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)
- Schoolcraft United Methodist Church Farmers Market, Schoolcraft -- Wednesdays, 3-6pm (June – October)
- Vicksburg Farmer’s Market, Vicksburg – Fridays, 2:30-6:30pm (May 16 - October 3)
- Richland Farmer’s Market, Richland – Wednesdays 3-6pm (May 21 – October 15)
- Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo – Saturdays 8am-noon (May 10 – Oct 18), Tuesdays 4-7pm (May 27 – Aug 26)
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.