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Tuesday
Oct222019

Shop at PFC this weekend & get FREE tickets to Nobuntu 🎶

Hello PFC Peeps!

Your co-op is part of an international movement of grocery and other food-related cooperatives seeking to change how business is done. The goal is to bring the cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity to bear on our communities in ways that support the creation of the world we want to live in.

On this rainy day in the middle of National Co-op Month, PFC was visited by Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-op in the Age of Grocery Giants. Our staff stepped out to take a photo with Jon before he continues on his travels sharing the good word around the country about the good work and importance of food co-ops.

PFC staff standing with author Jon Steinman in front of PFC and Jon's book tour van

Our community grocery store is something to be VERY proud of. Thanks for being part of something special.

See you soon!
Chris

 



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Tuesday
Oct152019

Happy Co-Optober!

Happy Co-Optober!

Around PFC we all October the month of months. Know why? Well, I'll tell ya. It's Fair Trade Month. It's Non-GMO Month. And...It's National Co-op Month!

All those mean the world to us, and we have decided to focus our energy on co-op month, mainly because we see being a responsible player in a global economy (Fair Trade), and a conscious consumer in relationship with the environment as central to being a community-owned grocery store, YOUR co-op. 

PFC is people sourcing good food for our community in a way that no one else is doing. We adhere to the Seven Co-op Principles. All we do goes through the lens of community ownership and control, care for planet and community. 

One of the co-operative principles is Cooperation Among Cooperatives and there are some really great companies we do business with that are not only cooperatives themselves, but also practice a fair trade model. Riojana is a cooperative in Argentina that offers organic, fair trade, cooperatively produced olive oils and wine. We are really proud of our relationship with them, from the delicious fair trade products we are able to bring to you, to all of the good that is coming to the Riojana community through the sales of these wines and olive oils. If you haven’t tried their wines, stop by to find your new favorite! At $7.99 a bottle, you can’t find a wine that you would feel better drinking. 

Another company we love to do business with is Equal Exchange. They are all about “Fairness to farmers. A closer connection between people and the farmers we all rely on.” Their mission is, “To build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound.” They work to “foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and demonstrate the contribution of work-co-ops and fair trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.” When you see their name and logo on a product you know that not only will it be delicious, it will also be sustainable. 

Whether it's wine or chocolate, the people or the products that keep you coming back to PFC, it's your shopping that fuels our good food economy. Thank you for that! And if you haven't been by in a while, stop in! We'd love to see your face and show you all the great things your co-op has been up to.

Have a swell Co-Optober Week and we'll see your smile in the aisles,
Chris



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Tuesday
Oct082019

Let's talk CBD!

Hello PFC peeps! Nia here, giving you all the CBD info.

Last week, we were able to get our CBD-infused tonic waters by Suu Kuu back in stock. This product, along with Suu Kuu’s line of tinctures and topical CBD products are locally made in Grand Rapids and Suu Kuu is a woman-owned company.

CV Science’s PlusCBD brand is also currently on Co+op Deals through October 15, so it is a great time to stock up, or give this brand a try.

So what is the difference between all of these brands and the products they sell? Here at the PFC, we provide three different types of CBD products:

  • full spectrum CBD
  • broad spectrum CBD
  • CBD isolates

All of our CBD products are made from extracting the oil from the flower of the hemp plant. This oil naturally has many different chemicals present that all have their own unique properties, in addition to the cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Yes, our full spectrum products do have THC. However, legally they are required to have 0.3% or less of THC per volume to be considered a hemp-derived product. At this concentration, THC acts as an enhancer to CBD, and works with other naturally occurring chemicals to help CBD work better in the body. This is what we call the "entourage effect."

If you want a product with no THC, broad spectrum and CBD isolates are for you. If we go back and think about the natural mix of chemicals that come with the full spectrum oil, broad spectrum is everything but the THC. These products usually go through more filtration cycles in order to remove the THC. Isolate products are made by just collecting and concentrating the CBD cannabinoid by itself. Even without the entourage effect, isolates of CBD still have great benefits and helps a larger range of people benefit from the wonders of hemp.

As you can see, each type of CBD product has its own pros and cons, so it is really what works best for you. Stop by the store and we can find a CBD product that works for you.


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