The People's Food Co-op is more than your average grocery store.  It is a place to learn, gather, and have fun. Check out all these great events...


Tuesday
Dec042018

2018-19 PFC Wellness Class Schedule

Wellness Classes are now available at PFC! This new set of classes aims to teach you fun & healthy wellness recipes, help you become more knowledgeable about the benefits of different ingredients, and try new things!

$25 per person, with a child aged 12-17 free with adult purchase.

Register for a Wellness Class in-person with a friendly PFC cashier at 507 Harrison, Kalamazoo.

 

Dec 16th 3:30-5pm Vitamin Gummies with Angie Fox

Angie Fox from Kalamazoo Herbals will be at PFC teaching us how to create our own Vitamin Gummies. Join us in this fun, new class to grow comfortable with making gummies, learn more about their benefits, and explore 3 Vitamin Gummies recipes. We will make and take a sample of each recipe--Herbal Gummies, Vegan Vitamin C Gummies, and Elderberry Gummies. Find the event on Facebook here.

 

*Classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

*Cooking Class Vouchers are not eligible for Wellness Classes.

 

 

Thursday
Nov152018

Small Business Saturday & Cider Monday 2018

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small Business Saturday, November 24, is coming up quickly! It's the annual holiday shopping tradition that urges everyone to support their favorite small businesses. Shopping at local businesses and buying fair trade goods invests in a future that works for all of us.

On November 24, PFC will have some demos, samples, sales, & more going on throughout the day to make your holiday shopping experience fun, meaningful, & convenient!

 

Angie from Kalamazoo Herbals will be at the counter by the entrance sampling her Fire Cider and Elderberry Syrup during Small Business Saturday, November 24, from 10am until noon. Her Elderberry Syrup is absolutely divine, and SO healthy for your immune system! She crafts this special mixture with organic ingredients, including Raw Honey, Cinnamon, Ginger, and more. Fire Cider is also a potent, all-natural immune-booster. It utilizes heat to mobilize the system into increased-functioning. A must-have for all the winter bugs going around!

 

Come in, snag a bottle of Kalamazoo Herbals' concoctions, & chat with Angie about all the benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Fire Cider at PFC on Small Business Saturday, 10am to noon!

 

From 11am to 1pm, the DoughChicks will be at PFC sampling their Crunchy Brittle. Naturally Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, and Gluten-Free, Crunchy Brittle is a sweet and salty snack with cashews, seeds and organic coconut sugar. It’s full of protein and a great paleo treat! Use it for granola, or sprinkle some on top of ice cream. Add some crunch to your favorite salad too!

 

Visit PFC on Small Business Saturday from 12:30p to 3p for a Make-Your-Own Bath Bomb event with Kristy from Milk and Quackers! Combine Milk and Quackers' lovely colors & soothing scents for a personalized gift that supports local business. Kristy will have a number of bath bomb crumbles for you to layer in a jar! More of Kristy's handmade bath products will be available for purchase at PFC too!

 

More information about Small Business Saturday on Facebook.

 

 

Cider Monday: Monday, November 26, 2018

UPDATE: Due to snow-related issues, PFC is unable to serve apple cider to shoppers today. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are offering a FREE Local Frozen Turkey to those who make a $150+ purchase at the co-op today, while supplies last.

Created by Toadstool Bookshops in New Hampshire, Cider Monday is "a direct and delicious assault on the Monday after Thanksgiving known as the infamous Cyber Monday." 

Enjoy Free Apple Cider samples and come get some face-time with your neighbors and friendly co-op staff during the busiest online shopping day of the year. We're hoping we can all be more intentional with our purchasing and the message we send with our dollars this winter.

Why think before you click? Locally owned businesses deliver more for your dollar. You benefit from expertise of local retailers--you're 3x more likely to discover something new at a local store. You connect with your community. You trade neighborhood news with your smiley co-op cashier, bump into friends in the produce aisle, and share a meal on the Front Porch. You strengthen your local economy. Independent retailers create more than 2x the number of jobs than Amazon for the same amount of revenue. You cast a vote for the American Dream, supporting local entrepreneurs and supporting a future that works for all of us.

 

More information about Cider Monday on Facebook.

Thursday
Nov152018

2018-19 Winter Holiday Hours


11/22/2018: PFC is Closed Thanksgiving Day

11/21 & 11/23/2018: PFC will be open normal hours, 8am to 9pm


12/25/2018: PFC is Closed Christmas Day

12/24: PFC will be open normal hours, 8am to 9pm


1/1/2019: PFC is Closed for New Year's Day

12/31/2018: PFC is open normal hours, 8am to 9pm

Tuesday
Nov132018

2019 PFC Cooking Class Schedule

 

PFC does Cooking Classes. Get your friends together for a fun night of cooking!

 

$20 per person, with a child aged 12-17 free with adult purchase.

 

Register for a Cooking Class in-person with a friendly PFC cashier at 507 Harrison, Kalamazoo.

 

Looking for a fun, educational gift idea? Purchase a voucher good for one cooking class for $20 at PFC! Your gift recipient can exchange the voucher for participation in any cooking class.* Advance registration necessary--just bring the voucher to a PFC cashier at least two days before any class.

 

The 2019 Class Schedule is as follows:

All classes are on Tuesdays at PFC Natural Grocery & Deli, from 6:30pm to 8pm.

 

Jan 8th 6:30 - 8:00 Handmade Vegan Cheese - Paul Vugteveen

Learn how to make complex and delicious vegan cheese by hand from Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats! Paul uses only the highest quality ingredients and is always innovating, bringing new cheese to his customers and clients. These flavorful cheeses are great for cheese and cracker platters, deli style sandwiches, or a delicious component countless dishes.

OPEN Vegan Eats specializes in barrier free food. Please notify Paul at paul@openveganeats.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

Find the Facebook event here.

 

Jan 15th 6:30 - 8:00 Ferments - Heather Colburn

New year, New Microbiome! Learn how to make easy and delicious fermented veggies, yogurt, and kombucha with Heather Colburn, owner of Elder Fire Farm Arts.   

Please notify Hether at hether@freshfoodisfun.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

Feb 5th 6:30 - 8:00 Vegan Baking Basics - Paul Vugteveen

Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats will discuss foundations of vegan baking and demonstrate tested recipes and techniques that will result in a successful and flavorful experience! This class is for anyone interested in baking vegan in a way that refuses to compromise flavor. Participants can look foward to taking home innovative recipes and techniques including handmade egg replacers and dairy substitutes.

OPEN Vegan Eats specializes in barrier free food. Please notify Paul at paul@openveganeats.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

Find the Facebook event here.

 

Feb 12th 6:30 - 8:00 Raw Food Love - Sara Kozminske

Preparing healthy food is one of the best ways to show love, and raw foods are a great option, whether you're treating someone else or yourself. Join us to learn several raw foods dishes with chef Sara Kozminske, all served up with a healthy side of love.

Please notify Hether at hether@freshfoodisfun.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

Mar 5th 6:30 - 8:00 Vegan Foundations - Paul Vugteveen

Learn kitchen tested techniques that will act as the basis for building dishes that are simple, yet burst with flavor! Join Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats to create handmade and shelf stable items that provide the depth of flavor that is often missing when it comes to vegan food. Chef Paul Vugteveen will demonstrate how to stock up your pantry with items that are sure to please! Join Paul as he builds dishes from scratch and offers up a way of cooking that refuses to compromise quality.

OPEN Vegan Eats specializes in barrier free food. Please notify Paul at paul@openveganeats.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

Mar 12th 6:30 - 8:00 Corned Beef - Natasha Blake-Beach

Do you want traditional corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day? Does it seem intimidating or feel like too much work? Let Chef Natasha Blake-Beach show you how this traditional recipe can be fun and easy!

 

Apr 9th 6:30 - 8:00 Soup It Up! - Sara Kozminske

Learn the basics of soup making with chef Sara Kozminske. We’ll make stock and bone broth, and use those to make classic soup recipes, including a creamy soup, a broth-based soup and a pureed soup. Get creative time and money saving tips to make healthy, hearty, delicious soups using seasonal ingredients. 

Please notify Hether at hether@freshfoodisfun.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

Apr 16th 6:30 - 8:00 Handmade Vegan Meats - Paul Vugteveen

Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats will demonstrate a variety of handmade meat analogues. Paul has been fine-tuning his recipes and techniques for years. In this class, participants will take home recipes and learn what it takes to creat their own hand rolled sausages, sliced deli meats, and charcuterie.

OPEN Vegan Eats specializes in barrier free food. Please notify Paul at paul@openveganeats.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

May 7th 6:30 - 8:00 Vegan Brunch! - Paul Vugteveen

Join Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats as he demonstrates his absolute favorite brunch dishes! Paul has been serving up original vegan brunch for years. Paul will provide recipes for items ranging from eggless omelets to pancakes and waffles to handmade breakfast sausage. Plus, learn the technique for creating perfect hash browns from scratch!

OPEN Vegan Eats specializes in barrier free food. Please notify Paul at paul@openveganeats.com of any dietary needs that you may have.

 

May 14th 6:30 - 8:00 Stringy Mozzarella - Hether Frayer

This class will feature Ricki Carroll’s 30 minute mozzarella recipe. That’s right - it’s possible to make delicious homemade cheese in less than an hour. It’s really interesting to watch the cheese curds form, and super fun stretching the cheese to finish it off! Of course, participants will get to taste the fresh cheese!

 

Jun 11th 6:30 - 8:00 Using Cauliflower Instead of Grains - Sara Kozminske

Keto-friendly and low carb! Learn how to make delicious pizza with a cauliflower crust, as well as fried “rice” with chef Sara Kozminske.

Please notify Hether at hether@freshfoodisfun.com of any dietary needs that you may have. 

 

$20 per person. Kids 12-17 are free with an adult.

Preregister with a friendly PFC cashier today at 507 Harrison, Kalamazoo!

 

*Classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

*Cooking Class Vouchers are not eligible for Wellness Classes

Monday
Nov052018

Special Order Your Thanksgiving Pies!

$19.99 each - Order by November 17, 2018 to pickup before Thanksgiving

 

Bourbon Pecan Pie

This delicious, nutty pie is made with Grand Traverse Distillery Bourbon, a Pure Michigan liquor crafted with a mash of locally sourced corn, rye, and malted barley.

Also made with Pecans, Grand Traverse Distillery Bourbon, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Molasses, Organic Butter, Organic Vanilla, & Love.

 

Pumpkin Pie

PFC's take on this classic holiday pie is made with Cinzori Farms Organic & Local Pie Pumpkins, Organic Evaporated Milk, Organic Eggs, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Cloves, Sea Salt, & Love.

Wheat-Free OR Vegan Pumpkin Pies available for $22.99!

 

Apple Crumb Pie

Organic & Local Molter Family Orchards Apples take PFC's Apple Crumb Pie to the next level. Natasha, the head of the PFC Bakery, freshly bakes these comforting pies with Organic Cinnamon, All-Purpose Flour, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Nutmeg, Sea Salt, & Love.

 

Order with a friendly PFC cashier at 507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo.
Need it before Thanksgiving? Please order at least 72 hours before you'd like to pick it up. We'll call you when your pie is ready for pick-up!


Friday
Apr012016

2018 PFC Cooking Class Schedule  

 


PFC does Cooking Classes. Get your friends together for a fun night of cooking!

 

The 2018 Class Schedule is as follows: 

 

April 24th 6:30 - 8:00 Crepes - Stephanie Lenhart - Crepes by the Lakes

May 1st 6:30 - 8:00 Stocking Your Vegan Pantry - Paul Vugteveen

June 6th 6:30 - 8:00 Handmade Vegan Pies - Paul Vugteveen

June 12th 6:30 - 8:00 Plant-Based Eating for Weight Loss - LeAnn Fritz, DNM, PhD

July 10th 6:30 - 8:00 Handmade Dairy Substitutes - Paul Vugteveen

July 17th 6:30 - 8:00 Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) - Hether Frayer

Aug 7th 6:30 - 8:00 Advanced Vegan Cheese - Paul Vugteveen

Sept 4th 6:30 - 8:00 Principles of Vegan Baking - Paul Vugteveen

Sept 11th 6:30 - 8:00 Lunch Made Easy - Hether Frayer

Oct 2nd 6:30 - 8:00 Pro Cooking Techniques for the Home - Paul Vugteveen

Oct 9th 6:30 - 8:00 Rainbow Fried Rice - Hether Frayer

Nov 6th 6:30 - 8:00 Cooking Vegan for the Holidays - Paul Vugteveen

Nov 13th 6:30 - 8:00 Armenian Comfort Food - Marguerite Mooradian

Dec 4th 6:30 - 8:00 Baking Vegan for the Holidays - Paul Vugteveen

Dec 11th 6:30 - 8:00 Baklava - Hether Frayer


$20 per person. Kids 12-17 are free with an adult.

Preregister with a friendly PFC cashier today at 507 Harrison, Kalamazoo!

Friday
Apr012016

$5 Dinner Deal Every Wednesday 

 


Join PFC for a All Day Dinner Deal Wednesday from 11am-8pm!

Find the menu here!

Friday
May012015

Kalamazoo Farmers Market

Saturdays through November 17, 2018

7 am to 2 pm
1204 Bank St., Kalamazoo, 49001 


PFC is proud to manage the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. The purpose of the Kalamazoo Farmers Markets is to connect customers and market businesses through honest relationships & supporting community and local economies through a thriving market culture. 

In 2013, the PFC Natural Grocery & Deli took over operations of the market from the City of Kalamazoo. We made several changes in the first few years, including:

  • The use of new signage designating whether a vendor is a Grower, Retailer, Producer or Artisan, giving customers a base level of transparency.
  • Improvements to placemaking with the addition of live music and food trucks.
  • Opening up a pedestrian courtyard that added 40 vendor spaces and diversified the market.

 

All of these changes helped us to be ranked #24 on the 101 Best Farms Markets in America in 2014.

 

Our Kalamazoo Farmers Markets Manager, Gaby Gerken, is available to answer questions. Find more information on market vendors, news, and events on the Kalamazoo Farmers Market Facebook page or at the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market website.