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Tuesday
Oct012019

Strengthening the Fabric of Our Whole Community

Hello all!

Thanks for all the kind, excited responses to the news about the impending renovations at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market in the next couple of years. PFC is excited to be involved and so grateful to be part of such a passionate, food-loving community.

The Kalamazoo Public Library recently announced that they have chosen Jonathan Foer's We Are the Weather as the 2020 Reading Together book. In the book, Foer takes on the impediments to us, as a society, taking climate change on in a powerful way, stepping from believing in it, then acting on that belief to do something about it. It is such a struggle to hold the challenges we're faced with in both our minds and hearts - painful, confusing, scary. Yet it's essential if we're going to be part of doing something to better the planet for the generations to come. We can improve our future. And we can do it so much better if we make a concerted effort to do it together.

Though I've only just started the book, I fully expect that food will play a central part in the conversation. What we choose to eat, and all the implications that underlie that choice - what we're eating, how it's grown, where it's grown - matter. I applaud KPL and their work to take on climate change, and to do it in a community format that they have proven can engage, inspire and move the needle. Please read the book. Please be part of the discussions that follow. PFC will seek ways to be part, too, to listen and learn, to share and discover together how we can move ourselves forward as a community to mitigate the impacts of human generated carbon, and to strengthen the fabric of our whole community, in equity, in what we do best - connecting through good food.

To wrap up, coming up are a couple of opportunities to do just that:

  1. Owner Appreciation Days start this Friday! Stock up on the best.
  2. Apple Cider Tasting and Competition - This Saturday, October 5, at Kalamazoo Farmers Market. Join our team, and amazing local apple growers and taste this season's bounty. 
  3. Cooking Classes are Back! Summer vacation is officially over for our cooking classes. Dive back into a community food learning experience with the Fresh Food Is Fun team as they feature Ukrainian Cuisine this Sunday, October 6.

Thank you! See you soon!
Chris


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Tuesday
Oct012019

October Change for Change: Partners in Housing Transition

“Turning a house into a home; filling a home with hope.”October's Change for Change supports Partners in Housing Transition. When you round up your purchase at PFC throughout the month of October, your change goes toward assisting formerly homeless families in reaching self-sufficiency through the provision of basic household furniture and furnishings. 

Partners works with 11 local social service to support formerly homeless families.  Partners collects and stores gently used household furnishings and basic furniture--beds, dressers, sofas, tables and chairs--through donations from individuals, businesses, hotels, and others. Through this work, Partners helps once homeless families return to independent living as quickly as possible. Partners brings hope to battered mothers and children escaping violence, working families struggling to stay above the poverty line, victims of economic hardships and eviction.

By helping their clients receive household items at no cost, their clients' limited resources can now be spent on food, clothing and necessities such as medicine.

Partners in Housing Transition's primary goal is to purchase beds, and household items such as silverware, towels, dishes, pot, pans and towels. All of their resources are used to purchase such items.

For more information on Partners in Housing Transition, please visit their website.

Tuesday
Sep242019

Abundant ๐ŸŽ Local ๐ŸŒฝ Produce ๐Ÿ‰

Hi everyone,

A while back a devoted PFC owner asked me what each owner would have to spend on average at PFC in a week to reach a sustainable level of sales. Well, I did the math, and it's really exciting: each active owner would have to spend only $43 per week to lift PFC sales appreciably!

As you head into PFC this week to spend your $43, notice the amazing abundance that is local produce in SW Michigan this time of year:

  • Corn from Schultz Fruitridge, 5 for $3
  • Large organic watermelons from Old Home Place, $13.99
  • Bags of zestar and honeycrisp apples from Schultz Fruitridge
  • Organic acorn and butternut squashes from Cinzori at a great price!
  • Organic kale, chard, collards, radishes and sungold tomatoes from Birdsong Farms
  • and, and, and....!

It's so fun to get to feature the amazing work of local growers this way. And the things our staff then turn around and do with amazing food is pretty amazing too:

A highlight in the deli right now is our housemade Pimento Cheese spread. It's decadent and way more affordable than many others out there.

Thanks for being part of what sets PFC apart: a love of good food and great community.

Until next week,
Chris