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Tuesday
Apr302019

Coming Soon to Your Co-op

Hello!

Thanks for tuning in to this week's PFC eNews. Have we got some stuff going on for you! May is an exciting time for food in our area, and your PFC team has been hard at work making it special!

Opening Day of Kalamazoo Farmers Market is this Saturday! Join all your friends at the first market of the season for fresh, local delights from local growers, producers, food trucks, and artisans. There will also be live music performances by Dede and the Dream and Mitchie Moore, as well as a cooking demo using asparagus by Chef Cary Allen from the American Culinary Federation.

Spring has sprung in the produce department: you'll see local ramps, fiddleheads, green garlic, black garlic, great greens from Fitz Farms and Windshadow, local spinach, and local mushrooms arriving over the coming weeks. 

Owner Appreciation Days! starts this Friday, May 3, through next Tuesday, May 7. We love and appreciate you, our owners! You make the difference every day through the choices you make to support healthy food and a healthy community. Come on down this weekend and stock up and let us show you a little love!

Next week is Women's Week at PFC. We're featuring women-owned businesses, perhaps with some tastings and other promotions. And as we run up to Mother's Day, keep these events in mind:

  • Traditional Ricotta Cheesecake Cooking Class, Wednesday, May 8, 6:30pm - Chef Natasha Blake-Beach, the creator of many of your favorite PFC Bakery treats, will be teaching you how to make delicious ricotta cheesecake. This is a fun opportunity to sample cheesecake and handmade toppings and to spend quality time with a special woman in your life.
  • Grow It Yourself Day plant sale is happening Sunday, May 12. Bring mom by to load up on plants for your garden, and treat her to Special Sunday Brunch on the hot bar, 10am-4pm.

I can't wait to see your smile in the aisles of the store, and as we dive into spring at this weekend's farmers market. 

Chris

 

Tuesday
Apr232019

Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community 

 

Good evening PFC peeps!

For the past several weeks we've been exploring the seven Cooperative Principles in the enews. These principles are at the core of what we do and how we do it as a consumer-owned cooperative business from being open to all and controlled by the community, to our passion for learning and cooperation. The seventh principle is Concern for Community - perhaps my favorite of all!

As you well know by now, PFC exists to create access for all to food that's healthy for people, land and economy. Concern for Community is all throughout that mission statement: for all, healthy for people, healthy for economy. Cooperatives are uniquely suited to build the local economy in a way that betters the community. Here are just a few of the many ways we strive to leave Kalamazoo in a better place at the end of every day:

  • Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression work - PFC is committed to access for all. And we're well aware of systemic and structural barriers that limit access to good food, as well as employment, education, healthcare and so much more. These barriers impact many folks of marginalized identities, arguably most extremely People of Color. PFC staff and board are actively engaged in better understanding these oppressions, addressing how pricing and selection are at play in our store and market, and looking to our Anti-Racism Transformation Team for leadership to keep moving our community in a more equitable direction. Slow, hard work. And worth it.
  • Change for Change - Now in its third year, Change for Change is simple: round up your grocery bill to the nearest dollar, and the change goes to do good in our community, last year to the tune of $25,000! Thank you for your concern for community!
  • Local purchasing - Improving the local economy through engaging and empowering our community's small businesses is what our store and market operations are all about! Over 25% of our store purchases were from local businesses, and we estimate about $1.5M in local commerce facilitated at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market last year!
  • Environmental efforts - From our new robust composting efforts at Kalamazoo Farmers Market to the many ways in which our store's design limits energy use and emissions, PFC has deep concern for our planet and all the communities of living beings that must thrive.

So much to be proud of in the work we do together as a cooperative! Thank you for your continued efforts and participation in our very unique, very much needed community-owned, locally grown business. We cannot do this without each other.

As we head into the end of the week, I would also like to encourage you to put a few things on your calendar: 

  • Saturday, May 4 - Opening Day of Kalamazoo Farmers Market!! - That's right, it's almost here! Thanks to all that came out to help clean up the site last weekend. Gaby and Grace, our PFC Markets team, have a great season planned for you this year!
  • Sunday, May 12 - Mother's Day Grow It Yourself Day plant sale - Come treat mom to Cinzori certified organic vegetable, flower and herb starts, and brunch on the hot bar!
  • Saturday, May 18 - Kalamazoo Wild Ones Native Plant Sale - complement your various gardens and plantings with natives that support pollinators and provide habitat. Come get the best selection in natives and benefit an excellent organization.

Thanks y'all! You rock!

Chris

Tuesday
Apr232019

May Change for Change: Mothers of Hope

May's Change for Change supported Mothers of Hope. When you round up your purchase during May, your change went toward empowering and strengthening women, families, and communities to rise above the effects of substance use disorders, poverty, violence and systemic inequities.

By rounding your bill to the nearest dollar, you raised $1,458 for Mothers of Hope.


Strength in Adversity is the basis on which Mothers of Hope was founded. As dedicated women primarily from Kalamazoo, Mothers of Hope embodies the power that mothers possess to support our families and the focused determination to affect positive change in our community. Their charge is simple... empower mothers in an effort to better our community. Through their various efforts, Mothers of Hope is committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods are well educated and equipped with all the knowledge and resources available to guarantee a better quality of life for all people here in Kalamazoo.

For more information on Mothers of Hope, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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