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Wow, we are really screaming toward the end of 2015! It has been a trying and rewarding year in Kalamazoo. I know that I will be looking to make some time for reflection and gratitude.
As we head toward the end of year holidays, know that your Co-op has done lots to make sure that you have gifts that you feel great about for everyone on your list. Check out our gift and party planner when you are next in the store -- there are GREAT deals on everything from party snacks to Co-op merchandise. For example, all PFC branded water bottles, t-shirts, and hoodies are 20% off!
Finally, for all you Co-op owners out there, remember that our next Owner Appreciation Days event starts December 26, and goes through January 4. It's a great time to bring in all that visiting family to show off the awesome grocery store that YOU OWN!
Thanks for all you do to make this place great. And... read on!
Oranges the size of your head! Just kidding, but right now wouldn't you love to replace the cloudy ol' sun with a big bright navel orange just dripping with sunlight? I would! I do enjoy the dark evenings we've been having, staying inside and getting creative with salads, casseroles and friends.
Come to the Co-op for your sunny citrus, party food, and the best fresh-organic-local produce in town! Here's a snapshot of what could be in your grocery bags:
- Local red and white potatoes $4.99 for a 5lb bag
- Local jonagold and golden apple bags $3.99 for a 3lb bag
- Michigan-grown chestnuts for $7.99 per pound
- Local roots like rutabaga, turnips, and radishes
- Bartlett pears for $1.99 per pound
- Navel oranges for $1.49 per pound
- Satsuma mandarins for $2.99 per pound
- Clementine mandarins for $3.99 per pound
- and plenty of cheer and smiles for free!
Farmer's Market Manager
Kalamazoo, your table for five is ready! Are you and yours looking for a brilliant brunch destination for this Saturday? Look no more! Come join us at the Pop-Up Market Cafe from 9am-1pm at Belly Dance Kalamazoo, located at 1350 Portage St.
Featuring made-to-order Crepes by the Lakes, Mamaleelu Cold Brew Coffees, Kaleamazoo Chips, Earthsmith Food and Forest Products like spicy arugula (grown in a hoop-house), local pottery and artworks, and of course the finest PFC fruits and vegetables from our green cart!
We can't wait to support your weekend with a fresh crepe (sweet and savory) a tasty coffee and some ripe produce to go with our endless smiles. Hope to see you there!
THE CO-OP DELI
We’ve all been there. You were supposed to be at this party twenty minutes ago but you had to work late or pick the kids up from yoga or stop for gas and suddenly you remember that you promised to bring something and all you have in your kitchen is half a bottle of mustard and some really sad looking baby carrots.
Solution: stop by People’s Food Co-op and grab a container of our famous Cashew Curry Hummos, on Owner Special through the end of the month for 3.99!
New sales start tomorrow! Look for great sale prices on Dr. Bronner's organic and fair trade lip balms, bar soaps, and hand sanitizer; Jason fluoride toothpaste; Moon Valley's amazing organic salves and liquid hand soaps; Nourish organic deodorants and liquid hand soaps; Rescue Remedy; Garden of Life probiotics; all New Chapter vitamins and herbal supplements; and all Nordic Naturals omega oil supplements! Don't forget to take care of yourself in the holiday rush!
THE CENTER STORE
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
- Colombian Extra-Dark: I have never been much of a #DarkRoastPerson, but I have to say, this coffee has me re-thinking that stance. There is so much going on here, flavor-wise; I just can't seem to stop from going back to the pot for another cup!
- Mexican Light Roast boasts a combination of my three favorite attributes for a coffee: light roast, Mexican beans, and crafted at the Kalamazoo Coffee Company! This coffee is mild and smooth with an incomparable flavor, and is a real contender to be my new favorite coffee ever.
LOCAL HOLIDAY GOOSE AVAILABLE NOW
This year, celebrate your holiday season with a traditional goose! Pasture-raised on Eichorn Family Farm in nearby Leonidas, Michigan, these birds are fed non-GMO feed and cared for the old fashioned way. Pick yours up today in the store for only $6.99/lb.
‘A PARLOR GUITAR CHRISTMAS’ BY JOEL MABUS IS BACK AT THE CO-OP
Just in time for the holiday season - Joel Mabus’ stellar album “A Parlor Guitar Christmas” back in stock at the Co-op Music Section! In Joel’s own words: "For your Christmas vespers: a peaceful collection of carols, hymns and songs handed down from earlier days, lovingly and tastefully arranged for solo acoustic guitar. Take a break from the hustle and fuss with the serenity of A Parlor Guitar Christmas." Find music by Joel Mabus and many other Michigan musicians in the Co-op Music Section.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: TALK CO-OP ENDS WITH PFC BOARD!
The People’s Food Co-op board of directors invites all Co-op owners to attend our next board meeting on Monday, January 5, 7-9pm! First, hear a report from general manager Chris Dilley on how PFC did during 2014 in achieving its Ends of “creating access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.” Then, participate in a conversation with the board on your Co-op’s vision, direction, and the issues that matter to YOU! Your input is vital to our board representing you. Download the 2013 Ends report here, and read the full PFC Ends statements online here.
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!
- Co-op Deli Delights – Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Go from bulk bins to the table with Deli Manager Chris Orsolini in a class focused on cooking with dried beans, split peas and lentils. Learn expert recipes for making refried beans, split pea soup, and more!
OWNER APPRECIATION DAYS!
JANUARY PFC BOARD MEETING
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, January 19, 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 COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2682!
New owners in 2014: 326!
Current equity invested: $405,603
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 26-28
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 14-16
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 24-26
- 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – December 3-5
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
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.