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Jan212014

January 21, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello People's people!

I am writing from the road this week. Board member Kama Mitchell and I are in Lansing for two days at a managers and directors conference put on by the Mid-America Cooperative Council and MSU Product Center. It has been a great chance to learn about cooperative legal structures and leadership. The best part is that we are surrounded by cooperators from lots of types of co-ops including agricultural supply, grower, dairy, other food co-ops, and credit unions. I am thrilled to have this chance to work cross-sector to make co-ops stronger!

I’d also like to mention an upcoming change under consideration by the Michigan Agriculture Commission. The proposed change could impact small-scale farming operations (even as small as raising backyard chickens) or urban farms. If you or someone you know are interested in backyard chickens or urban farming, you may want to take a look. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is accepting comments through tomorrow. See the MLive article on the subject to learn more. 

Read on for more news from your Co-op... 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello PFC family! I hope all are healthy as can be. 

Yesterday I was honored to participate in a luncheon conversation with Kalamazoo College’s visiting speaker Winona LaDuke. If you’re not familiar with Winona and her work, I would recommend Googling her or reading her short biography here. Winona, whose work includes harvesting wild rice indigenous to North America, is a very knowledgeable, inspiring, and down to earth person. Hearing the way she spoke of land, ancestors, and the future generation was a gift that I am truly thankful for. 

On another note, I would like to remind and invite folks to the Nordic Walk this Saturday, January 25, at the PFC! The walk, which is co-sponsored by Gazelle Sports, will start at 2pm. We’lll have 20 walking poles available on a first come, first serve basis. Dress warm, and don’t worry if you can’t make this one -- we have more coming up on February 22 and march 22.  See you there!

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

There’s all sorts of sunshine and snow energy today! If you're really craving more energy, consider replacing one of your daily snacks with fresh fruit. Or are you looking to dust off your juicer? We've got plenty of juicy deals for your juicing needs! To me, fresh juice feels like drinking rainbows...  

  • Five pound bags of carrots, $5.79 each
  • Celery, $2.29 each
  • Michigan cranberries, (the last of'em!) $1.29 per quart
  • Bulk lemons, $2.49 per pound
  • Navel oranges, $1.79 per pound
  • Three pound Honeycrisp apple bags (the last of'em!),  $8.99 each 

Also, keep your eyes peeled for Little Bee Organic microgreens arriving later this week! Microgreens are different than sprouts, always grown in soil and usually about double the size. Double the size, double the flavor? You decide! We're planning on sunflower greens, spicy and mild mix greens, and the cutest wee little kale greens. Microgreens from Little Bee (Schoolcraft, MI) should arrive by Friday this week. 

FARMERS' MARKETS

Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market Manager

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Let a true Michigan winter get in the way of Farmers' Market business? Heck no! The Bank Street Winter Market is rolling in full force. With fresh meats, produce, baked goods and more, you're sure to find something that will make you smile.

At the PFC table this week you can expect to find our new water bottles (made in the USA and powder coated with our logo!), Michigan-produced cheeses, and locally baked breads. Plus a plethora of delectable treats fresh from our own PFC Deli team. Wow, all this is too good to miss.

So it's settled, we'll see you and yours at the market this coming Saturday. May the force be with you. Peace.

THE CO-OP DELI

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson

Deli Cook

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

The importance of eating breakfast has been long discussed and studied and although recognition of this is relatively common, it can be difficult fitting it into an already over-scheduled day. Fear not however, because as always, the Co-op Deli has your best interests at heart. 


Our Good Morning Muffins are the perfect way to start your day off right and they’re more than just muffins; they’re a hearty helping of fruits and vegetables shrunk down, baked, and wrapped for safety and freshness. Our Good Morning Muffins are baked fresh each day and filled with whole wheat flour, carrots, apples, coconut, dates, pineapple, walnuts, oats, eggs, sunflower oil, and more. 

If you haven’t tried these spongy delights , now is the time to do so. We’ve marked them down to just $1.99 each for your breakfast convenience so stop in today and start your morning right. 

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hey, it's my birthday today! One of the drawbacks to being an adult is that I now have to plan my own birthday or nothing happens. So if you see me in the wellness aisle this week a quick “happy birthday, Abbie!” would totally make my day.

The real wellness news is that Garden of Life's RAW Fit protein powder for weight loss is finally here! And it's on sale! And when you purchase the canister you get a free shaker bottle! And there are single serve packets to try it out first before committing to the larger size! And it comes in a new Marley Coffee flavor! It just gets better and better!

The protein powder in the RAW Fit is Garden of Life's RAW Organic sprouted protein blend. The RAW Protein has 17 grams of protein per serving for daily maintenance, and the RAW Fit has 28 grams of protein per serving for weight loss that ensures retention of muscle mass. The RAW Fit also includes Svetol green coffee bean extract, cinnamon, baobab fruit, and daikon radish for metabolism and blood sugar support. If you've been looking for that extra kick for your health plans this year, this is a great time to give RAW Fit a try!

THE CENTER STORE

Ken Quayle

Ken Quayle

Grocery & Merchandising Manager

buyer@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Well, the stage is set for the big game: the 49ers versus the Seahawks!  It’s a time of parties and movement around the Co-op, with the Super Bowl, The Olympics, and our very own Nordic Walking events beginning on Jan 25 with Gazelle Sports.  We've got all the goodies to keep you moving into spring as our new sales start tomorrow, too! Look for these deals and many more: 

  • Lärabars, $.99 each
  • Honest Tea iced teas, $1 each
  • Garden of Eatin’ tortilla chips, 8 ounce bags, 2 for $5
  • Zevia sodas, $3.99 for a six pack
  • Nature’s Path Flax Cereal, $3.39
  • Field Day pretzels, 2 for $4 

If you're throwing a party, try out a new salsa called Fiesta Blanca, made in the Can Do Kitchen! It comes in a 12 oz container for $6.79.  Made fresh weekly, we have two varieties: Black Bean, which is nicely spicy, and Pineapple, which is sweet and just absolutely delicious!

Until next week, enjoy your time with friends, family and good food.

PEOPLE'S NEWS

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PFC TRANSFORMATION TEAM

The Transformation Team will work to address how racism and other oppressions impact access to good food in our community. We are looking for owners, vendors, community members, board and staff that have interest in growing personally and making a better Co-op through analysis of systemic and institutional oppression. If you are interested, please learn more on our website, and consider filling out an application to be on the Team. Applications are due January 23, 2014.


RUN FOR THE BOARD!

One of the most important ways that PFC owners can be involved with the Co-op is through serving on our Board of Directors. If you'd like to help guide the future of People's through contributing your skills, experience, and vision for a healthier Kalamazoo, please consider filling out a candidacy form.You'll join eight other committed PFC owners on one of the most fun, productive, and delicious boards of directors in town! Candidacy forms are due by January 31. Submit questions or candidacy forms to Board Secretary Chris Moore

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!  

  • Paleo Soups – Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    People are loving to eat like their distant Paleolithic ancestors and who are we to argue! These soups will wow your friends and adhere to the paleo dietary plan. With Stacy Housman-Schmitzer. 
  • Raw with Love – Friday, February 14, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join raw food phenom Sara Kozminske to learn fresh new sweet treat recipes on Valentine's Day. Bring yourself or your sweetie! 
  • Savory Tastes – Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC chef JaRay and create some sumptuous savory dishes! Learn some of the tricks of the PFC deli trade, featuring fried chicken and savory side recipes.  
  • Fun with Fermentation – Tuesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to create healthy and delicious fermented foods, such as cabbage and sausage, with PFC fermentation superstar Heather Colburn.
  • Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer!
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.  

PFC FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

Monday, February 3, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, 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.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, February 4, 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 ourvolunteer coordinator today! To learn more about becoming a volunteer, check out our Help Out page.


OWNER ORIENTATION

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo) 

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

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: 2381!
New owners in 2014: 20!
Current equity invested: $347,332!  

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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


KALAMAZOO AREA WILD ONES: PLANT COMMUNITIES OF MICHIGAN

Wednesday, January 22, 7pm – First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park St, Kalamazoo)

Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones presents a free one hour program by Josh Cohen of Michigan Natural Features Inventory on what’s being done to preserve and restore our state’s plant communities, and what more needs to be done. More information online.

BEYOND NUCLEAR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRICE, POLLUTION & PROLIFERATION

Thursday, February 13, 7pm – Western Michigan University (1910 Sangren Hall, Kalamazoo)

A presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, President, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). He has traveled extensively in the former USSR and has lectured about the effects of nuclear weapons and radiation there, in Europe, as well as in Japan and the US. His special interests include the effects of radiation, non-violent alternatives to war as means of preventing war, and sustainable methods of ameliorating climate change.


KALAMAZOO BEE CLUB: BEE SCHOOL

Saturday, February 22, 8am-5pm --  First Assembly of God (5550 Oakland Dr., Portage)

The Kalamazoo Bee Club’s annual Bee School provides education for new and experienced beekeepers of all levels. Classes are designed for beginner, advanced, and “outside the box” bee enthusiasts. This year’s keynote speaker is renowned author and beekeeper, Michael Bush. Click herefor more information and to register online. 


UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

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

  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 6-8, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 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: 

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.

Tuesday
Jan142014

January 14, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello everyone! I have three quick invitations for you before you dig into the rest of the Co-op News.

  • Please come and listen, learn, and share about Food Sovereignty at our January 2014 PFC Board of Directors meeting. Shani Blueford, cashier and food sovereignty scholar, will be sharing what she's learned and sparking a conversation about our Ends. In particular we hope to explore how we work to provide access to food that is healthy for people. That's tonight, Tuesday, January 14, 7:30-9:30pm, 518 E North Street. I hope to see you there!
  • Please join us tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 15, 7-8:30pm also at 581 E. North Street for Gather and Grow, a conversation about our Transformation Team. It is an opportunity to bring your application and/or learn more.
  • Please consider running for your Board of Directors! Consider running for a seat for this high functioning part of our organization charged with charting a future and gauging our process toward that future. Learn more here.
Thanks everyone! I hope to see you very soon!

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello PFC family, I hope you’re all are as healthy as can be!

Switching into the Outreach Coordinator role, it becomes clearer to me day by day that the PFC is much more than a grocery store. We are truly an advocate for a more healthy community, and going to different meetings and engagements around town is something that I enjoy as part of my role here. Through meeting with people and other organizations, I see firsthand the resource that the PFC is to the Kalamazoo community.

Being a resource and an organization that strives in creating access to healthy food for all is a great challenge. It brings me joy knowing that the Co-op is involved on so many different fronts in addressing this challenging work. Stay tuned, I think the PFC will be making some great strides in 2014.

A few upcoming events to look out for include: 

  • Gather and Grow – Wednesday, January 15, 7-8:30pm at Ignertia (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)
    This event is intended for people who are interested in being a part or or learning learning more about the PFC's work with ERAC/CE (Eliminating Racism and Clamming/Celebrating Equality) and for people who are interested in applying for our transformation team. Learn more.  
  • Cooking Class: Paleo Soups – Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30pm at Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)
    People are loving to eat like their distant Paleolithic ancestors and who are we to argue! These soups will wow your friends and adhere to the paleo dietary plan. With Stacy Housman-Schmitzer. 
  • Nordic Walk – Saturday, January 25, 2pm starting at People’s Food Co-op
    Meet at People's parking lot for a movement and nutrition clinic with a Gazelle instructor and then hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a 1-5 mile walk.

 

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Big ol' juicy news! More citrus has arrived! 

Your favorite, our favorite, and your best friend's favorite has arrived: BLOOD ORANGES! Made from pure joy, these blood oranges are bright red inside, and bright tasty, too! Also, kumquats are here, the easy to eat roll in your hands and pop in your mouth cuties (sour goodness). We received our first delivery of tangy Minneola tangelos, and more Meyer lemons and satsumas, too. Get healthy, love fruit, eat citrus!

What a wonderful month to be alive. January is classically the month of making plans to live healthy, dreaming about big gardens, and trying your hardest to remember what it feels like to have an 80 degree summer day. If you don't have a calendar for the year, check out the Local Foods Calendar. Created in a partnership with PFC and the Cultivating Community Kalamazoo College class, this calendar brings with it pictures and profiles of local food vendors such as Pleasant Hill Blueberry, Kismet Bakery, Understory Orchards, Cinzori Farm and many more!  Get yours today for $12 and love local all year long.

And before I go, I just have to share these few things, especially if you're juicing these days: 

  • Green Gardens kale is back! (grown in Michigan!)
  • Lemons are on sale ($2.49lbs) 
  • Ginger is on sale ($6.99lbs)
  • Carrot 1lb bags are on sale ($1.29)
  • And I'm expecting fresh turmeric root this week!

 

FARMERS' MARKETS

Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market Manager

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Excitement is building for the upcoming 2014 market season! Many of our friendly vendors’ faces, including People’s Food Co-op, are at the Bank Street Winter Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm in the Bingo Hall at 1157 Bank St. Be sure to stop in and shop with all your favorites. 

Earlier today we held our first Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market  Advisory Board Meeting and in my opinion it was a success! We talked numbers, logistics, and market needs, and began exploring what the future of our market may be. Look for Advisory Board updates on www.farmersmarketkalamazoo.com in the near and distant future. 

Also, the Super Bowl is near and it’s sure to be an incredible event. The Market and the Food Co-op are two of the BEST places to visit for all your party supplies. Be sure to check out this wonderful online news in the coming weeks for party planning needs and wants. 

May the force be with you. Peace.

THE CO-OP DELI

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson

Deli Cook

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Looking for the perfect snack to munch while watching sweaty muscle-bound men grapple with each other on live television? Get your football game day on with our Deli’s Spicy Chipotle Hummos!  It’s the perfect combination of spicy chipotle peppers, roasted tahini, lemon juice, chickpeas, and a splash of cider vinegar for added zest. Despite its bold name, our Spicy Chipotle Hummos has only a mild bite to it; it’s the perfect amount of spice for even the meekest of palettes. 

And if you’re looking for a little more burn for your buck? Try pairing it with the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory’s Chili Lime chips. It’s my favorite combination of spicy snacking goodness. They’re made locally and are probably the best tortilla chips I’ve ever had. 

So if football is your thing, then stop into the Co-op so you can enjoy the excitement with some quality snack food.

THE CENTER STORE

Ken Quayle

Ken Quayle

Grocery & Merchandising Manager

buyer@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Welcome to the post-polar vortex world everyone! It’s quite nice if I do say so myself.  

I'm super stoked to live in a place that has something called Beer Week. Have you had a chance to catch any of the Kalamazoo Beer Week activities? There are too many to list here, but you should spend a minute checking them out online.

We are lucky to have so many great beers made here in Michigan.  It wasn't hard to find top products that were mostly local for us to stock. Brewery Vivant, Arcadia Ale, Bell's, GreenBush, Arbor Brewing, Paw Paw, its like a who's who in the brewery business, and we get to carry them all here every day at your Co-op. did I mention Founders, Atwater or Shorts?

Who's your favorite brewery?  What are you drinking these days? Let us know on our Facebook page. Personally, Greenbush’s Closure, Tapistry’s Chocola Java Stout, and Paw Paw’s St. James Ale have been on the table lately. Watch Facebook for posts about what we will be sampling in the store throughout the week. Come have a taste while you shop for one more week of our current sales! 

Combine those beers with some pickles and cheese, and now you’re ready for the Big Game. We’ve got McClure’s pickles, Spicy or Garlic, now on sale for $7.49. Drew's Salsa is now two for $5, another great deal before the football season winds down. Organic Valley Cheese Shreds are on sale two for $7, so pile it high on a stack of chips for some cheese-a-rific nachos. Or if you want your cheesiness pre-made, try Barbara's Cheese Puffs, two for $4. 

Have you had a chance to try our newest product in the freezer section?  Beyond Meat offers very tasty meatless chicken products. We carry three varieties: Southwest, Lightly Seasoned, and Grilled. They come cut in slices, just warm and get to eating! Come to think of it, they would be great on those aforementioned nachos. They’re only $6.99 so it’s a small investment for a great new product.

Until next week, enjoy your time with friends, family and good food.

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JANUARY BOARD MEETING & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY CONVERSATION

Tuesday, January 14, 7:30-9:30pm – Ignertia (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)

All are welcome to join us at the January meeting of the board of directors to discuss the concept of food sovereignty, with an introduction to the topic given by PFC staffer Shani Blueford. Don't miss this opportunity to dig deeper into this important subject! The meeting has been rescheduled, as the original meeting was postponed due to the weather.

The Board normally meets the first Monday of each month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more information visit the Board of Directors page.


PFC TRANSFORMATION TEAM: GATHER & GROW

Wednesday, January 15, 7-8:30pm – Ignertia (518 E. North St.)

Curious about the work that our Transformation Team will be beginning in 2014? Considering applying to be on the Team? Join us at Ignertia for an hour of getting to know each other and learning about the work of our Transformation Team. You can turn in your Team applications at the event!

The Transformation Team will work to address how racism and other oppressions impact access to good food in our community. We are looking for owners, vendors, community members, board and staffthat have interest in growing personally and making a better Co-op through analysis of systemic and institutional oppression. If you are interested, please learn more on our website, and consider filling out an application to be on the Team. Applications are due January 15, 2014.


RUN FOR THE BOARD!

One of the most important ways that PFC owners can be involved with the Co-op is through serving on our Board of Directors. If you'd like to help guide the future of People's through contributing your skills, experience, and vision for a healthier Kalamazoo, please consider filling out a candidacy form.You'll join eight other committed PFC owners on one of the most fun, productive, and delicious boards of directors in town! Candidacy forms are due by January 31. Submit questions or candidacy forms to Board Secretary Chris Moore.

 


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!  

  • Paleo Soups – Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    People are loving to eat like their distant Paleolithic ancestors and who are we to argue! These soups will wow your friends and adhere to the paleo dietary plan. With Stacy Housman-Schmitzer. 
  • Raw with Love – Friday, February 14, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join raw food phenom Sara Kozminske to learn fresh new sweet treat recipes on Valentine's Day. Bring yourself or your sweetie! 
  • Savory Tastes – Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC chef JaRay and create some sumptuous savory dishes! Learn some of the tricks of the PFC deli trade, featuring fried chicken and savory side recipes.  
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.  

PFC FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

Monday, February 3, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, 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.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, February 4, 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 ORIENTATION

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

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

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: 2375!
New owners in 2014: 14!
Current equity invested: $364,151! 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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


MICHIGAN SAFE ENERGY FUTURE: CHRIS WILLIAMS OF VERMONT CITIZENS ACTION NETWORK

Thursday, January 16, 6:30-9pm – Lake Michigan College, South Haven Campus (125 Veterans Blvd, South Haven, MI 49090)

Are there environmental issues in your neighborhood or community that you would like to mobilize others to take action on?  How does one connect and make a difference?  What steps are needed for organizing and action success?

Mr. Williams will discuss steps that he has taken to organize community members on a wealth of issues and actions during his 25 years of involvement with Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Vermont Citizens Action Network, and Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance. 


CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: WINONA LADUKE AT KALAMAZOO COLLEGE

Monday, January 20, 7pm – Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College (1200 Academy St, Kalamazoo)

Winona LaDuke will present "Economics for the Seventh Generation: Food, Energy, and Sustainability.” She is the executive director of Honor the Earth, is a Native American activist, environmentalist, and economist of Anishinaabe descent, and author of six books and the booklet "Food is Medicine." The event is being co-sponsored by the Mary Jane Stryker Underwood Center For Civic Engagement and Office of Multicultural Affairs.


KALAMAZOO AREA WILD ONES: PLANT COMMUNITIES OF MICHIGAN

Wednesday, January 22, 7pm – First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park St, Kalamazoo)

Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones presents a free one hour program by Josh Cohen of Michigan Natural Features Inventory on what’s being done to preserve and restore our state’s plant communities, and what more needs to be done. More information online.

KALAMAZOO BEE CLUB: BEE SCHOOL

Saturday, February 22, 8am-5pm --  First Assembly of God (5550 Oakland Dr., Portage)

The Kalamazoo Bee Club’s annual Bee School provides education for new and experienced beekeepers of all levels. Classes are designed for beginner, advanced, and “outside the box” bee enthusiasts. This year’s keynote speaker is renowned author and beekeeper, Michael Bush. Click here for more information and to register online.


TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY: OPEN HOUSES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Come visit an open house at one of our locations. Stop in any time an open house is scheduled and ask questions of our instructors about Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health, watch a demo, and mingle with members. Please visit the website for more information and Open House dates in January and February. 

COMMUNITY PROMISE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS!

The Community Promise Federal Credit Union has been organizing for six years and has been open since January 2013! With savings accounts, consumer loans up to $5,000, wire transfers, check cashing, free coin counting, CDs, and financial counseling classes, CPFCU has something for everyone. Help support this important co-op by opening an account today!

UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information. All events are held at the Douglass Community Association unless otherwise noted.
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 6-8, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 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:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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January 7, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley,

general manager

Hello lovers of winter! It is a beauty out there. I am proud of our staff for standing up to this weather and keeping your Co-op open through the storm and the cold. I hope you are cozy with your family or at work, and that you'll visit us during this cold snap if you need anything!

Sadly, we had to cancel last night's board meeting due to the weather. This is especially sad because our own cashier Shani Blueford was on deck to do a short presentation about food sovereignty, and I know that there was interest among much of the community to learn more. Luckily, you’ll only have to wait another week, because the board meeting and conversation have been rescheduled for next Tuesday! Join the board of directors on Tuesday, January 14 from 7:30-9:30pm (slightly later than usual) for a community conversation on food sovereignty and Shani Blueford's presentation on the subject.

In the meantime, here are some interesting links about food sovereignty to whet your palette:
  • Info about food sovereignty from La Via Campesina, the organization that defined the term on the global stage in 1996.
  • Food Voices: Experiences from the Front Lines of the FS movement, by Why Hunger.
  • Fascinating newsletters by Nyeleni, the Mali-based newsletter that is working to promote FS globally.
In short, food sovereignty is about our community making choices about how we feed ourselves. Do we have the knowledge at a household level to grow, process, and cook our own food? How much of our food do we grow? How is it grown? Where does food come from if from afar? It is a movement that goes beyond food security to a system of values. I look forward to a lively discussion about this in the near future!
Until then, please read on for more news from your Co-op!

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson,

outreach coordinator

Hello PFC friends, I hope you all are healthy as can be, and warm as can be! 

I would like to take a minute to highlight the Co-op’s work in developing our Transformation Team, and to invite everyone interested to join us at our Gather and Grow event next Wednesday, January 15, from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is for folks curious about the Transformation Team that will be beginning in 2014, and it’s a chance to meet and learn more about the Team’s work. 

In short, the Transformation Team will work to address how racism and other oppressions impact access to good food in our community. We are looking for owners, vendors, community members, board and staff that have interest in growing personally and making a better Co-op through analysis of systemic and institutional oppression. If you are interested, please learn more on our website, and consider filling out an application to be on the Team.

Another event that I’m excited about this month is Nordic Walking on the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail with Gazelle Sports – Saturday, January 25, starting at 2pm. Walkers will meet at the PFC, and listen to a short presentation on Nordic walking and winter walking garb from a Gazelle Sports trainer. After that, we walk the trail!

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian,

produce manager

Ah, the snowy flakes, the red cheeks, the dark blue hue that glows in your windows at dusk. I'm loving it! Here are some of my wintertime "stay warm" favorites: 

  • Lemon, ginger and honey tea! Warm up a pot of water on the stove top, squeeze lemons and throw them in, peel and all. Then grate or mince fresh ginger and sweeten it up with honey. Drink throughout the day for a strong immune system and a fresh warm flavor.
  • Roasted root veggies! Chop up chunks of carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, and potatoes, then splash them with olive oil, your favorite spices, and salt and pepper. Roast on high heat (around 400 degrees) for 15-20 minutes until sizzling and brown on one side.
  • Bake brownies! This isn't necessarily produce, but I sure do love to turn a frown upside down with fresh hot cakey chocolate brownies (“no-frownie brownies” as I like to call them). The smells will waft through your house, making your heart skip quickly when the pan comes out of the oven (are they ready?!). Best ever, share with your neighbors and friends for a sweet surprise! 

KALAMAZOO FARMERS' MARKET

Michelle Brenes

Michelle Brenes,

farmers' market assistant

We’re in the thick of it folks -- that wood burning, ice fishing, flu-spreading, cabin fever time of year.  Those now-distant memories of all the wonderful sunny Saturday mornings spent down at 1204 Bank Street are now filed away in my rolodex of good times under summer 2013. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m definitely not bummin’. I’ve got that Farmers’ Market fever and the only cure is, of course, more Farmers’ Markets!

We’re fortunate here in Kalamazoo to have such a dedicated group of growers, producers, retailers, artisans, and of course, market patrons who have held strong their enthusiasm for all things fresh and local. These folks are keeping the ‘buy local’ spirit alive by participating in the Bank Street Winter Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8am-1pm, located at 1157 Bank Street inside the Bingo Hall. 

Now although the PFC does not operate this winter market, we sure couldn’t keep our paws off for a whole season. Come down and check out the Co-op Pop-Up Shop, where you can find a selection of fresh Zingerman’s breads, Rosewood cheeses, Liz Lovely cookies, PFC deli-made salads, and of course, Cashew Curry Hummos. This week we’ll be bringing down 32 ounce containers of Mattawan Artisan Creamery Mediterranean yogurt, and we’re anticipating the return of Kismet Bakery’s curry bread rolls!

Remember to say ‘hey’ to all your favorite market vendors like Bonamego Farms, Young Earth Farms, Otto’s Chicken, Bear Foot Family Farm, and Termite Custom Woodworks, just to name a few. I’m sure they miss your face!

THE CO-OP DELI

Chris Orsolini

Chris Orsolini,

deli manager

Next time you're hanging out with friends or watching the game, treat yourself to a delicious snack of PFC Deli-made Garlic Seed Hummus.  It’s a true raw food dip, made with raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, raw tahini (sesame seed butter), fresh raw garlic and fresh raw lemon juice.  We add cumin and salt for a flavor kick and blend it to a smooth delicious dip.  A customer favorite, our Garlic Seed Hummus is currently at a special Owners' discount price of $6.99 per pound (reg. $8.99/lb).  It’s great with your favorite chip or raw veggie.  Happy snacking!

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller,

wellness buyer

I hope everyone's off to a great start in the New Year! If you want to make some healthy eating resolutions this year, come on in and talk to us! We have a wealth of combined knowledge about good, healthy food, and suggestions for ingredients or recipes, and we love to talk about it!

If you want a quick and easy addition to your new healthy lifestyle, check out our great sale on Garden of Life's RAW Organic protein powders. I use the original flavor in my breakfast smoothie every morning, with maple syrup, a banana, almond butter, hemp hearts, parsley, lemon, and water or green tea. If you're not sure which flavor you'll like the best, you can try the single serving packets, on sale for $1.99 each.

Garden of Life has many more wonderful ways to supplement healthy lifestyle changes, and I love to talk about them, so don't hesitate to come on in and ask me questions. Let's start the year off right!

THE CENTER STORE

Ken Quayle

Ken Quayle,

grocery & merchandising manager

It’s great to hear that over 400 of you, our Owners, took advantage of our most recent Owner Appreciation Days, shopping the store and receiving your 10% owner discount. Thanks!

You may have noticed we have our Co+op Deals coupons back in the store after a short absence while the program was reworked a bit. Lots of good products like R.W. Knudsen Juices, Country Choice Oatmeal, Rising Moon Pastas, and Healthy Valley Soups are all $1 off!

To warm you up on those cold mornings, try one of my favorite slow cooker recipes for oatmeal. It's simple. Just combine the following ingredients in your slow cooker:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 apples, diced (3lb Fuji apple bags are on sale in the produce department for $5.99 each) 

Let this mixture bake on low in your slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight. You’ll wake up to the smell of fresh apple pie and warm breakfast with next to no prep! Dress it up with some chopped nuts or Pleasant Hill Farm Blueberries to fancy it up a little. A bit of butter doesn't hurt either. Delicious!

Are you ready for Kalamazoo Beer Week? It runs January 11 through 18, and there are lots of super duper events planned. We have many of the beers and breweries featured at this fun event right here in our store.  Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming weeks.  Until next week, enjoy your time with friends, family and good food.

 

PEOPLE'S NEWS

ONLINE POLL

Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll.

This week's question: Our eNews has received an overhaul! Our hope is that the new design of our eNews weekly email is easier to read and more engaging. Please share what you think!

Last week's question: A new year can be a great time to reflect on the past and consider changes for the future. What are your New Year’s resolutions? See results here.


PFC TRANSFORMATION TEAM: GATHER & GROW

Wednesday, January 15, 7-8:30pm – Ignertia (518 E. North St.)

Curious about the work that our Transformation Team will be beginning in 2014? Considering applying to be on the Team? Join us at Ignertia for an hour of getting to know each other and learning about the work of our Transformation Team. You can turn in your Team applications at the event!

The Transformation Team will work to address how racism and other oppressions impact access to good food in our community. We are looking for owners, vendors, community members, board and staff that have interest in growing personally and making a better Co-op through analysis of systemic and institutional oppression. If you are interested, please learn more on our website, and consider filling out an application to be on the Team. Applications are due January 15, 2014. 


RUN FOR THE BOARD!

One of the most important ways that PFC owners can be involved with the Co-op is through serving on our Board of Directors. If you'd like to help guide the future of People's through contributing your skills, experience, and vision for a healthier Kalamazoo, please consider filling out a candidacy form. You'll join eight other committed PFC owners on one of the most fun, productive, and delicious boards of directors in town! Candidacy forms are due by January 31. Submit questions or candidacy forms to Board Secretary Chris Moore.


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! 

  • Paleo Soups – Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    People are loving to eat like their distant Paleolithic ancestors and who are we to argue! These soups will wow your friends and adhere to the paleo dietary plan. With Stacy Housman-Schmitzer.
  • Raw with Love – Friday, February 14, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join raw food phenom Sara Kozminske to learn fresh new sweet treat recipes on Valentine's Day. Bring yourself or your sweetie! 
  • Savory Tastes – Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC chef JaRay and create some sumptuous savory dishes! Learn some of the tricks of the PFC deli trade, featuring fried chicken and savory side recipes.   
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske. 

JANUARY BOARD MEETING & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY CONVERSATION

Tuesday, January 14, 7:30-9:30pm – Ignertia (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)

All are welcome to join us at the January meeting of the board of directors to discuss the concept of food sovereignty, with an introduction to the topic given by PFC staffer Shani Blueford. Don't miss this opportunity to dig deeper into this important subject! The meeting has been rescheduled, as the original meeting was postponed due to the weather.

The Board normally meets the first Monday of each month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more information visit the Board of Directors page. 


VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, February 4, 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 ORIENTATION

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

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

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: 2410!
New owners in 2014: 6!
Current equity invested: $344,741!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

If you have news or an event to share, please email media and communications coordinator Chris Moore.


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: BEEKEEPING 101

Sunday, January 12, 2-3pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo)

Bees are the only insects that produce a food product—honey! Which bees make honey? How do beekeepers keep bees? Are bees migratory? Join the Kalamazoo Bee Club for a talk about bees and a honey tasting! Program is free to Kalamazoo Bee Club Members and KNC Members.


TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY: OPEN HOUSES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Stop in any time an open house is scheduled and ask questions of our instructors about Taoist Tai Chi® internal arts of health, watch a demo, and mingle with members. Come visit an open house at one of our locations. Please visit the website for more information and Open House dates in January and February.


COMMUNITY PROMISE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS!

The Community Promise Federal Credit Union has been organizing for six years and has been open since January 2013! With savings accounts, consumer loans up to $5,000, wire transfers, check cashing, free coin counting, CDs, and financial counseling classes, CPFCU has something for everyone. Help support this important co-op by opening an account today!


UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information

  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – February 6-8, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 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:

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.