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Tuesday
May212019

Getting Ready to Grill This Weekend

Alrighty! This coming holiday weekend is historically a great one for grilling. To get you ready, here are some ideas:

  • Grilled Local Otto's Chicken Wings - My go-to crowd-pleaser marinade for chicken when grilling is equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar with crushed garlic, salt and pepper. But, I'm thinking about upping my game this weekend, and trying out one of these 12 best recipes from The Spruce Eats. My likely favorite among the dozen: Very Best Buffalo, though I have to admit it's mainly as an excuse to use some of our Salemville bleu cheese for dipping....
  • Grilled Loaded Cauliflower - I LOVED the loaded fries at The Alamo Drafthouse (he groans longingly), and miss them every day. Well, I just came across this amazing looking Loaded recipe using grilled cauliflower, and topped with scallions, cheese, (bacon if you're on that wagon), sriracha a la Alamo, or why not try with PFC's housemade vegan ranch?
  • Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Asparagus - Yep. Enough said. 
  • Simple Grilled Michigan Mushrooms - on a Taste of Home top 10 grilled vegetable recipes list, I found this one for Contest-Winning Grilled Mushrooms. Simple: salt, butter, dill. Grill.
  • Finally, I always love grilled fruit! How about some grilled green Bartlett pears? Or grilled cinnamon apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Or, for fans of Bananas Foster, how about grilled bananas served with a splash of rum (away from the fire!!) and some ice cream as well.
I don't know about you, but I am getting excited about eating this weekend. Check out the store and Kalamazoo Farmers Market for the VERY BEST local, delicious, fresh, and friendly food experiences in Kalamazoo.

See you soon!

Chris

 

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

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