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Tuesday
May142019

Getting Involved at Your Co-op

Hello PFC Peeps! 

What a beautiful day we had today. I hope you got out to enjoy some of that sunshine.

Speaking of sunshine...we've got LOCAL, organic plant starts from Cinzori Organic Farm in the house! $3.50 per plant, or $3 for owners. Come build your garden with us!

Discounts like that are a perk of PFC ownership. As a community-owned grocery store focused on doing good for people, land and economy with every purchase and every interaction at the store or the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. As an owner, you can get involved in YOUR co-op. How?! I'm so glad you asked:

  1. Shop it!  - First and foremost, shop your co-op. Over the past several years, sales at PFC have declined due to competition, road construction, and more. Your shopping is what fuels this work. Please choose PFC and KFM first!
  2. Volunteer - Want to help out and see the inner workings of the coolest grocery store and farmers market in town? You can! We'd love your help unloading trucks, washing dishes, running EBT at the markets, tabling at events, and more. Email me if you have an interest.
  3. Run for the Board! & Vote! - As a democratically run organization, our owners vote from among them for the nine board members that oversee PFC. Consider running to be part of that group of smart, driven, committed folks. It's an amazing way to support this work. And then, once we launch the elections in June, please remember to vote!

We cannot do the work of creating access for all to good food without your commitment to YOUR co-op. 

I hope to see you shopping at PFC & KFM soon!

And thank you!

Chris

Tuesday
May072019

Mother’s Day at Your Co-op!

Hello PFC Peeps!

Let's all get excited about mom! 

Show mom how grateful you are for all she does this week and weekend at PFC.

We have many fun, funny and touching cards (see coupon below!), as well as lots of things both pretty and sweet to show you care. 

Does your mom love to garden? Great! Bring her to the store this Sunday, May 12, for our Grow It Yourself Mother's Day Plant Sale! We'll have lots of options from tomatoes to kale, and basil to dill, with some ornamentals thrown in for fun. All plant starts are from Anthony and Hope, our much beloved and seasoned local organic growers at Cinzori Organics in Ceresco, MI, a mere 31 miles away. 

While you're in, why not treat mom to a very special Mother's Day brunch on the hot bar! JaRay will be pouring all his love for mom into eggs, bacon, pancakes, and yogurt bar. 

However you do it, make sure mom knows how much you care.

We're grateful for you! See you soon!

Chris

Tuesday
Apr302019

Coming Soon to Your Co-op

Hello!

Thanks for tuning in to this week's PFC eNews. Have we got some stuff going on for you! May is an exciting time for food in our area, and your PFC team has been hard at work making it special!

Opening Day of Kalamazoo Farmers Market is this Saturday! Join all your friends at the first market of the season for fresh, local delights from local growers, producers, food trucks, and artisans. There will also be live music performances by Dede and the Dream and Mitchie Moore, as well as a cooking demo using asparagus by Chef Cary Allen from the American Culinary Federation.

Spring has sprung in the produce department: you'll see local ramps, fiddleheads, green garlic, black garlic, great greens from Fitz Farms and Windshadow, local spinach, and local mushrooms arriving over the coming weeks. 

Owner Appreciation Days! starts this Friday, May 3, through next Tuesday, May 7. We love and appreciate you, our owners! You make the difference every day through the choices you make to support healthy food and a healthy community. Come on down this weekend and stock up and let us show you a little love!

Next week is Women's Week at PFC. We're featuring women-owned businesses, perhaps with some tastings and other promotions. And as we run up to Mother's Day, keep these events in mind:

  • Traditional Ricotta Cheesecake Cooking Class, Wednesday, May 8, 6:30pm - Chef Natasha Blake-Beach, the creator of many of your favorite PFC Bakery treats, will be teaching you how to make delicious ricotta cheesecake. This is a fun opportunity to sample cheesecake and handmade toppings and to spend quality time with a special woman in your life.
  • Grow It Yourself Day plant sale is happening Sunday, May 12. Bring mom by to load up on plants for your garden, and treat her to Special Sunday Brunch on the hot bar, 10am-4pm.

I can't wait to see your smile in the aisles of the store, and as we dive into spring at this weekend's farmers market. 

Chris