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New Month, New Local Favorites!

Hello everyone!

As we head into the Super Saturday weekend in Kalamazoo, I want to remind you that this weekend is Owner Appreciation Days. We put tons of love into our little store as we head into this weekend to get ready for you to come and stock up! This Friday through next Tuesday, get 10% off one shop.

Also, it's a new month, so we have a new Change for Change recipient! Merze Tate Explorers is a local program designed to inspire girls to go to college by exposing them to travel experiences and writing about it. Please round up when you shop; it makes a big difference! Thanks to all who rounded up last month for Mothers of Hope. Thanks to you, we raised $1,458 for that much needed organization!!

While I've got you on the line, let me end with a few special items to be on the look out for in the store. We just reset a bunch of the store, moving items to be able to work new items in. Think of it as a treasure hunt! While you're shopping, look for these gems:

  • Housemade Cake Pops! Natasha has been at it again...creating a vegan treat that's super fun!
  • SuuKuu, the herbal infusions company out of Grand Rapids, has done it again! They've come up with a line of tonics that SO GOOD! Find them in the grab and go cooler.
  • In the produce department, look for some Michigan grown fresh horseradishCheck out this recipe to make your own sauce.
  • Did you know that we now have Soil Friends (Galesburg, MI) meads and hard ciders? In the beer department!
  • Euphoria Coffee, a roaster a block away from PFC, has partnered with Green Door Distillery (two blocks from PFC!) to make a bourbon barrel aged Guatemalan medium roast coffee. Find it for $9.99 per pound in the bulk coffee area. All the flavor of an Irish Coffee, but without the guilt. Delicious!

Have a great week, and we'll see you at the store and market soon!





Run! For the Board and to Get Some Asparagus!

Hello PFC Peeps!

It's a special time of year. Things are poppin' out of the ground, and ideas for the future of your co-op are poppin' too!

The Kalamazoo area grocery scene has experience MAJOR change over the past several years, and PFC has felt it. It's more important than ever to support your food co-op by shopping to ensure our long term viability as a business so in the future we can continue to do the good in the community we have set out to do.

Have you considered being part of bigger picture conversations about that future? If you have, WE WANT YOU to run for the Board of Directors of PFC. Put your hat in the ring to join a high-functioning, smart, fun group and group process that provides direction and oversight to PFC. Learn more on our website.

Perhaps you should consider this idea over a lovely, spring meal of Jack & Jill or Organic Birdsong Farm asparagus, grilled Young Earth Farm brats, roasted Cinzori russet potatoes, and a salad mix made from Windrock Farms 5-Star mix AND the amazing spinach from Green Gardens in Battle Creek.

Wow, we're fortunate to have amazing farming talent. Let's keep building a strong grower-community connection. Together.

See you soon!



June Change for Change: Merze Tate Explorers

June's Change for Change supported Merze Tate Explorers. When you rounded up your purchase during June, your change went toward providing 4th-12th grade girls opportunities to learn and build skills through media, interactive career exploration, college preparation, and travel.

By rounding your bill to the nearest dollar, you raised $1,576 for Merze Tate Explorers.

The Merze Tate Explorers provides youth with educational, cultural, and arts exploration through multimedia. Students produce cable television, radio, print and online media in this hands-on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Media) centered initiative. In addition, their travels will take them to places where they interact with professionals and experiences that they capture through writing, videography, and photography for the annual Girls Can! Magazine and online. Students also pay-it-forward through community service projects and fundraising activities, including programs that help to provide food to our community.

For more information on Merze Tate Explorers, please visit their website.