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November 18, 2014

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Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Media & Communication Coordinator 

Hello all, welcome to winter!

Although it might seem strange based on the weather, we’re still gearing up for Thanksgiving dinners here at the Co-op. For us, that means getting ready to distribute over 200 fresh turkeys from Old Home Place to all of you who pre-ordered one.

This year, we’re making the turkey pick-up process even more fun by hosting what we’re calling Turkey Tailgate 2014 in our parking lot! What does this mean?

When you come in to pick up your turkey on Wednesday, November 26, we’ll have free hot cider and donuts for you in the morning, and in the afternoon, the Deli will be offering free pulled pork sliders. Ken and Chris Broadbent will be outside talking turkey and helping you load up your turkey, get home, get warm, and get ready for your family and friends-filled feast.

So those of you with fresh turkeys coming, please wait for our call before you come in, and if you’re still looking for a turkey, have no fear! We have plenty of frozen whole turkeys from Plainville Farms and frozen turkey breasts from Duerksen’s, too. 

Finally, a HUGE congratulations to the three winners of our turkey pre-order drawing: Andrea Moralez, Christy DeHaan, and Amanda Bannikov! Andrea has won her turkey for free, and Christy and Amanda each won a gift basket full of local and delicious snacks, produce, cheese, and wine.  Thanks again to everyone who ordered a turkey this year!



Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator 

Peace PFC people! I hope all are warm and well. As the cold weather and snow hits, we are beginning to bring our attention indoors. With not too much going on in terms of outside events, we are looking for ways to bring some of the fun inside.
One way we’re doing this is by having more in-store sampling with local food makers and producers! The PFC carries a lot of great local products and we are always looking for ways to connect customers to producers by creating opportunities to talk with the folks behind those products.
We are looking to have weekly in store samples, highlighting some of the great people and products that make the PFC.
Today we had folks from Curry Guru in sampling some of their finest Curry and Paneer. 
Mamaleelu Cold Brew coffee concentrate will be in Thursday, November 20 from 11-1pm. If you haven't tried this awesome cold brewed coffee you are missing out! For more info on Mamaleelu read this recent MLive article.
And Brazilian Oven will be in the store sampling this Sunday, November 23 from 12-2pm. If you're planning on doing some shopping for the big meal this Sunday, stop by the PFC and make sure to taste some of the Brazilian Oven goodness


Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

Woah, what a world! It's extremely cold outside, so get out your favorite soup recipe and get cooking. The best way to warm up your house and your spirit is to heat up that oven and fill your home with delicious smells. People's Produce has five pound white potato bags for $5, big butternut squash for $.99 per pound, and plenty of local roots to choose from.

Are you ready for citrus season? Find your favorite organic Satsuma mandarins, easy to peel and super sweet in 3 pound bags for $8.99 each. We also have fresh organic navel oranges for $1.99 per pound, and lemons are still on sale for $2.29 per pound. 

Get excited, it's fresh cranberry time! Our fresh cranberries are from Holland, MI and are just $2.99 a bag. Make a relish, cook a sauce, or pop those berries into your fresh hot muffins!  


Bree Bird

Bree Bird

Farmer's Market Assistant

The most consistent advice I receive from Michigan natives on how to handle winter is, “Get out in it!” So, I have some good news for you: you have one more opportunity to get out to Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market! 

This Saturday from 7am to 2pm KFM will be open for its last market of the season. Many vendors (we had 30 last week!) will be there to sell you everything from fresh, local produce to pies for the holidays to alpaca socks to fight the cold. And I’ve heard rumors of a giant snow ball fight… Don’t miss it!


Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

We have four fantastic new products from Urban Moonshine! In addition to their awesome Organic Bitters and Immune Tonic, we now have their new Herbal First Aid line, which includes Throat Spray Honey Hoot & Howl, Cough Syrup Herbal Expectorant, Immune Zoom Elderberry Boost, and Allergy Blast 3.2.1...Breathe! These powerful organic herbal blends are great additions to your seasonal supplies.

And don't forget that new sales start tomorrow! Look for great sale prices on Aura Cacia mineral bath and milk & oat bath packets; Preserve toothbrushes, toothpicks, and razors; Rainbow Light men's once daily multivitamins and Protein Energizer powders; Hyland's Calms Forte homeopathic sleep support; Emergen-C 30-packet boxes; and Garden of Life's new Kind Organics line of USDA Certified Organic multivitamins, plant calcium, and B12 and D3 sprays. Owner Specials will be Herb Pharm's herbal stress support products. With vitamins, energizing protein, sleep support, immune system support, stress support, and soothing essential oil baths, these sale items are a great way to take care of yourself and stay healthy as we run head-on into winter and prepare for the fun and stress of the holidays!


Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

Hello again, co-optulonians! Max here, filling in for Ken this week as he prepares to wager with a crossroads devil: whichever of them can manage a co-op grocery department better will win either a solid-gold co-op or Ken's soul, respectively.

Everyone knows that the most important part of any family gathering: the stuffing! There are a million-and-one ways to make a really great stuffing, but almost all of them start with a simple cornerstone: little dry cubes of great bread.

This week, check out our bakery department for great local stuffing mixes!  Kalamazoo favorite Victorian Bakery has stuffing croutons featuring their famous 5-grain bread for Just $3.25; on top of that, Kismet Organics Farm Bakery from Fennville, MI, is bringing back their "big bags" of stuffing mix, made from a huge variety of awesome organic breads, for just $5.49 each!  (personally, I like a compromise, so I tend to mix them together!)

All right-thinking cheese lovers love a good baked Brie or Camembert, but let's face it: those fancy pastry crusts are the definition of time consuming! Grab a round of St. Rocco's Triple Cream Brie from local Reny Picot creamery, and get back to basic with this basic recipe:

1) Preheat oven (or toaster oven!) to 350 degrees.

2) Press a small handful of slivered or chopped almonds gently into the top of the rind of Brie. optionally, sprinkle a few dried currants or chopped dry figs along with the almonds.

3) Bake until very soft to the touch, about 10 minutes. If you see any bubbles, it's ready!

4) Drizzle lightly with local honey, schmear and serve on crackers or bread.

Stay warm and enjoy the season!



In order to give our staff time with family, we will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27. We will be open 7am-9pm on both the day before and after, Wednesday and Friday. Thank you for your understanding!


Our fresh turkeys from Old Home Place have sold out! Thanks to all who ordered one this year.
We still have frozen turkeys 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.


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!


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.


Wednesday, November 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
Our October Owner Orientation has been canceled. Please attend our next orientation on Wednesday, November 19.

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, December 1, 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, December 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.


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: 2670!
New owners in 2014: 316!
Current equity invested: $401,320!



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


Fair Food Matters is seeking new leadership as it prepares for the departure of its current executive director, Erica Barajas. During time with Fair Food Matters, Erica worked with the board of directors, staff, and community partners, focusing on reducing disparities in access to healthy foods. 
Barajas and her husband Mark moved to Kalamazoo in 2009 in order for him to pursue a Ph.D. at WMU. He moved back to California this August, and Erica will earn her BFA in Printmaking from WMU in December and join Mark in California in early 2015.
Fair Food Matters is currently accepting applications for the executive director position. The first deadline for applications is Friday, November 28. Applications will continue to be reviewed every other Friday until the position is filled. More information, including the job description and application form, can be found at


Thursday, November 20, 6-8pm -- Winston's (214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo)
Social media: you know you need it, but you feel overwhelmed by the many possibilities. You’re sinking in a sea of smartphones, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, and hashtags. We can help! 
Jarrod Wilson of SPARKFIRE Mobile will give us a brief history of the internet, a rundown of the technology available today, and how to use social media strategically, depending on your desired outcomes. Joined by branding specialist Missy Al-Azzawi of Mazawi Design Group and outreach extraordinaireCeleste Elechi of Fair Food Matters. Walk away with a social media strategy that fits YOUR business goals. Cost is $30. Register and pay here.


Saturday, November 29, 11:30-4pm – Bell’s Eccentric Café (355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo)
Join us at the Bizarre Bazaar, perfectly poised on Buy Local Day and just in time for holiday gifts.Skip the mad rush at the strip malls and come down to Bell's to enjoy a cozy, creative atmosphere with a beer in hand. These are gifts you won't find anywhere else. Don't forget it's okay to give yourself a gift too! 
Once again the generosity of Bell's Brewery, the organizers (Heidi LaGrow and Erin Abueva), and the artists blows us away. The artist table fee is a donation to the Can-Do Kitchen, supporting small, local food businesses in becoming an economic force to be reckoned with! All artists interested in participating please contact


Saturday, December 13, 9am-4pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)
The Buy Local Art & Gift Fair is not your ordinary art fair! Enjoy top-quality work from more than 50 local artisans in a fun and festive atmosphere surrounded by the beautiful winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering FREE admission all day long. Join us and find something unique for everyone on your holiday list!  If you work up an appetite, Gorilla Gourmet will be serving up delicious food for our visitors.  New this year: Enter the raffle for a chance to win baskets full of gifts! For more information at


Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERACCE(Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERACCE online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 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.