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What a beautiful last few days of summer we've seen! I trust you've made the most of it.
Lots of people are already talking turkey for the holidays, so I thought I would make sure you know exactly what your PFC has to offer for this important time of year.
Earlier today, our grocery team filled the lower shelves of our freezer with Plainville Farms frozen turkeys. These delicious birds are antibiotic free and priced to please at just $2.49/lb!
And we have already taken many pre-orders for our locally and naturally raised turkeys from Old Home Place in Lagrange, IN. This PFC turkey tradition is in its ninth year! We keep coming back to Henry Graber and his family for turkeys because of their incredible flavor and how well the birds are treated and processed. Come in and place your order today! If you place an order by next Monday, November 3, you will be entered into a drawing for a free turkey and a basket of delectable holiday goodies.
Read on for more great news, especially about Co-optoberfest tomorrow, 3-7pm, at the 100-Mile Market. See you there!
If one reason you love the Co-op is because of all the great local produce, you'll be pumped to know that this week we are starting our transition into hoop house cooking greens (collards, curly kale, lacinato kale and chard) from Green Gardens in Battle Creek.
If you've been to the Saturday market, you'll remember them as the farm in the corner next to Otto's Chicken. Trent, Ruthie and everyone who helps out the community farm always have smiles on their faces and recipes on hand to help you eat more local produce. Plus, you just have to try their carrots with tops. So sweet, crunchy and good for you! Skip those California greens you'll find in the big stores and feed yourself big flavor, big health, and big local produce!
If you love little tender baby greens for your salads and sandwiches, you'll be pleased to find a low price on local Blue Dog salad mix this week. You'll be double pleased to find Eater's Guild supplying us with baby spinach! Pay attention to the flavor during the fall, I find little leafy greens to carry a delicious sweetness only frosty Michigan mornings can provide.
Our local apple season may be winding down with the Honeycrisps, but this weekend we'll be seeing Red Delicious, Jonathon, and more Fuji's arrive. Right now we've got heirloom varieties like Winesap, Rome, and Empire. You crave Michigan apples all year round, so take advantage of the bounty this year has provided us. Be thankful for Molter Orchards, happy apple weather, and the best place in town for local produce!
Farmer's Market Assistant
Well this is it, folks! Our 100-Mile Market season has come to an end. This week will be the last of our markets until spring, and in honor of all of you and our amazing vendors WE’RE HAVING A PARTY!
Come on down for Co-optoberfest, Wednesday, October 29 from 3-7pm. There will be a cider press, Arcadia beer sampling, an all-ages, celebrity-judged costume contest, trick-or-treating and pumpkin painting for the kids, as well as spooky stories and songs with KPL librarian, Bill Caskey! All of this along with our regular vendors with their great produce, jams, gourds, meats, eggs, coffee, crepes and smiles. Come help us wrap this season up right!
I look forward to seeing you there! But will we recognize each other? Spooky!
THE CO-OP DELI
Today, we in the Deli would like to provide a step-by-step guide to getting ready for Halloween.
Step One: Have a brilliant idea for a costume that can be carefully handmade by combining found items from the thrift shop with handmade flourishes that really give it that personal touch. Or just wear all black and a cat ears headband. Whatever. You do you.
Step Two: Gather friends and loved ones and cover your living space with paper bats and that weird fake cobweb stuff they sell pretty much everywhere this time of year.
Step Three: Stop by the People’s Food Co-Op and buy some pumpkin hummos. Marvel at the luscious, creamy texture and notes of sage and balsamic singing backup to sweet pumpkin goodness. And unlike a certain latte that gets tons of press this time of year, you can eat it all day every day without going into a diabetic coma.
Seriously, this hummos is only around through the end of pumpkin season, so enjoy it while it lasts!
As I mentioned last week, here are some more details on our new man care grooming products! We now have Badger's new USDA certified Organic beard oil, mustache wax, and hair pomade, for every man's styling needs. If you love your facial hair you'll love these grooming tools!
For men who prefer a clean shave we have Badger's USDA certified Organic pre-shave oil, shave soap, after-shave witch hazel face tonic, and after-shave face oil, as well as shave + face soap from SunLeaf Naturals, made with green clay, plant ingredients, and essential oils.
We also still have Aubrey's face scrub and shaving cream, plus Dr. Bronner's peppermint shaving gel, and Preserve's recycled and recyclable plastic razors with replacement blades. For men (and women too!) who prefer a more traditional style of shaving we also now have traditional stainless steel safety razors and replacement blades, and natural boar bristle handmade shave brushes from van der Hagen.
So many new shaving and grooming options can be a little daunting, so if you want to learn more and you use Pinterest, you can explore Badger's Pinterest board with videos, shaving tips, and product descriptions. For non-Pinterest-users Badger and SunLeaf Naturals' websites have great product information, including more details and ingredients. And as always if you have other questions or comments I'm happy to help! You can email me, call me, or find me in the store every Tuesday through Friday until 3 and Saturdays until 2. If I don't know the answer I'll do some digging and find it for you!
THE CENTER STORE
Bulk & Bakery Buyer
Hello again, Co-optonians! Max here, filling in this week for Ken as he travels to rural Ireland to see to the sale of his inheritance: a looming, decrepit Co-op built far out on the marsh. Little does he know, the long-lost uncle who bequeathed him the creaky old place still inhabits the ancient walk-in cooler...
The end of the growing season means a fresh harvest coming in for many of our favorite foods. In some cases, this sudden glut of supply means significant savings for all of us! In this case, we're talking about local, organic beans! The Michigan farm that supplies us with awesome organic dried beans in bulk has a warehouse overfull with beans, and that means savings we can pass along to you! All local organic beans are now just $1.59 per pound (down from $2.69/lb.). Look for all your favorites: black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, red chili beans, and borlotti beans (aka Italian soup beans or cranberry beans).
The holidays are coming, and in my house that means plenty of pies with plenty of whipped cream to go around. Kalamazoo area Mooville Dairy has you covered! In the dairy section this week are half gallons of their incomparable Mooville heavy whipping cream.
If you just can't wait to get started on the holidays, then wait no longer! Frozen, antibiotic-free gobblers (I mean turkeys) are here, just $2.49/lb! If you're not in the mood to cook an entire bird just yet, also check out Michigan-raised Boneless/Skinless Turkey breast in the frozen local meat section!
ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY TODAY!
- Pre-order our fresh local turkeys, farm-raised in the Amish tradition by Henry at Old Home Place in La Grange, IN. His birds are fed only non-GMO feed, roam freely on the farm, and are only $3.29/lb! Fresh turkeys require a $20 nonrefundable deposit.
- Our frozen turkeys come from Plainville Farms in New York. These birds are antibiotic-free and perfect for travelling to your holiday feast destination! Pick one up in the store for $2.49/lb today!
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!
- Values Class: Cooking on a Budget – Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Join Lindsey Merkel to create a delicious, heathful meal for the whole family, without breaking the bank! This class is a part of our Values Classes series, and includes tips for shopping on a budget, recipes, and a store tour. Cost: $5 per person.
100-MILE MARKET: CO-OPTOBERFESTWednesday, October 29, 3-7pm – People’s Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo)
If you've been looking for a family-fun place to celebrate Halloween with food, friends, costumes, and more, then Co-optoberfest is the place for you!
We've got quite an afternoon planned. There'll be story time for the youngsters, an all-ages costume contest, cider pressing, and trick-or-treating with our awesome market vendors. Bill Caskey from Kalamazoo Public Library will be reading stories from 3-5, and costumes will be judged by our celebrity panel at 5:30. Don't miss it!
For the adults, we've got beer sampling inside the store from our wonderful new neighbors, Arcadia Ales, as well as wine sampling, too. You'll also see a working cider press in action, and a special vendor at the market, GoNuts Donuts, simply the best fresh-made donuts out there.
KALAMAZOO FARMERS’ MARKETTuesdays & 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.
NOVEMBER PFC BOARD MEETING
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONMonday, November 17, 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.
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.
OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE
Current owner count: 2661!
New owners in 2014: 303!
Current equity invested: $398,093!
To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.
AUTHOR, FOOD ADVOCATE MICHAEL POLLAN COMING TO KALAMAZOO
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: GROWING HERBS INDOORS
KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: VIBRANT VEGETABLE GARDENS - PLAN IT TODAY
FAIR FOOD MATTERS: SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITES & TECH FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF SW MICHIGAN
UPCOMING ERACCE EVENTS
- 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
- 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)
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.