Talk to Us! New Member Benefit, Member Meeting, and a Questionnaire!
 
 
 
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
 
November 4, 2016
 
 
In This Newsletter:
 
 
 
 
New Member-Owner Benefit: Patronage Refund
 and ~
December Member Meeting and Questionnaire
 
The SLO Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors is considering ways to increase and improve the benefits of being a Member-Owner. Remember, in the cooperative way of doing business, the members of a Co-op are actually the owners of the Co-op!
 
Many Co-ops across the country have used the Patronage Refund method successfully for many years to return Co-op profits to the Member-Owners as an additional benefit of membership. Your SLO Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors recently approved a plan to add the Patronage Refund as a new benefit of ownership. We are very excited that this change will help customers better understand that membership is actually Cooperative Ownership.
 
Locally, Farm Supply is another cooperative business and has included the Patronage Refund as a member benefit for many years.
 
How will it work? With Patronage Refunds a portion of the profits are returned to the members based on their patronage (purchases) in the Co-op. The more a Member-Owner spends at the Co-op, the greater their refund.
 
There are many benefits to distributing member equity (profit share), including the opportunity for the Co-op to avoid taxation on those funds. Tax laws allow Patronage Refunds to be exempt from taxation. It will allow the Co-op to retain earnings for capital improvements without the expense of interest or taxation. The Board may also elect to distribute some of the profits to meet the Co-op’s other goals such as community outreach and education, staff bonuses, or contributions to other organizations or charities.
 
Although the Board of Directors approved the Patronage Refunds idea, it will require a change to our Co-op Bylaws. At this time, we are planning a special Member Meeting to be held on December 13, 2016 at the local SLO Guild Hall (formerly the Grange) at 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, starting at 7PM. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
QUESTIONNAIRE LINK:

In our constant effort to better serve our members and customers, we want to hear from you and get your thoughts and opinions. As a member of the National Cooperative Business Association and now the National Co+op Grocers, your Board of Directors is interested in the many tools and options available to our Co-op to enrich your shopping experience and member rewards.
 
We will review the survey results and speak more about ways we are considering improving the store. We are planning a special Member-Owner meeting in December, and your participation is very important to your Board of Directors.
 
If you are not currently a Member-Owner of SLO Natural Foods Co-op, please consider joining before November 13, so that you can attend the meeting and start seeing the rewards of membership. Not all profits will be returned to the Member-Owners as the Co-op may need to retain some of the profit for improvements, future expansion and overall financial stability.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday December 13th, 7PM
                        SLO Guild Hall (formerly Grange) 2880 Broad Street, SLO
 
Please complete the questionnaire by Mon, Nov 14th.

 
Eric Michielssen
Board President, SLO Natural Foods Co-op
 
 
 
Special Thanksgiving Hours
 
The Co-op will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and Friday, the day after, so staff can enjoy some time with their families and friends.
 
We'll be open on Saturday morning, regular business hours.
 
We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
 
Click the image at left for recipe and decorating ideas for all those squash!
 
 
Product Updates
 
Chill
 
CHICKEN BONE BROTH and CHICKEN-TURKEY BONE BROTH are made fresh, right here at the Co-op by our Chef Tatiana (you can read more about her professional food service background in the Soupabration article here). These broths are made with organic chicken and turkey and are available in the freezer case in glass jars. These are customer favorites and sell out quickly!

We also carry NONA LIM BONE BROTHS in the freezer case. These broths are made from high quality meats and poultry from Northern California farms and hand-picked spices and fresh herbs. These broths can be used alone or as a soup base. Packaged in BPA free packages.

HONEYMOON ICE CREAM is our newest addition to the store's ice cream shelf.  Mr. & Mrs. Honeymoon specifically choose to make all their ice cream by hand, from scratch, with milk from Sonoma County Jersey cows.  Known for its luscious texture and high fat content, Jersey milk is an A2 milk and more easily digestible than regular (A1) milk. This ice cream is packaged in reusable Mason pint jars. Our featured flavor this month is Brown Butter Plum! 

 
Grocery
 
The QUICK PICKLE KIT was created by Connoisseur Creations, Inc., a local company in Los Osos. And it really is quick, as you'll have fresh pickles in just three days. Fermentation is one of the oldest food preservation methods, and it is both an easy way to preserve extra veggies as well as add those good probiotics to your diet. Each kit contains a 2-liter reusable glass jar, instructional recipe booklet, and three pre-measured seasoning packets to get you started.

Wellness

Most of the BIO-K line is 20% off SRP for the month of November. This sale is valid for all capsules and for liquid Bio-K sold in 12-pks. Single containers of liquid Bio-K are not on sale.
INESSCENTS SALVATION CBD + SKIN SALVE is new to the Co-op. This is a nourishing topical salve infused with high potency CBD (cannabinoid) CO2 extract made from organically grown hemp. It's great for problem skin or inflammation.


 
 
 
Join Us at Soupabration
on Sunday, November 6th
 
We hope you'll join us at Pacific Wildlife Care's Soupabration on Sunday, Nov 6 from 12pm to 4:30pm at the Morro Bay Community Center. The Co-op is one of the entrants in the soup contest, along with 12 other local contestants. The soup tasting is from 12p to 2:30p, and there will be wine, beer, and food tasting as well. You'll also get to meet some of PWC's Wildlife Ambassadors and there will be auctions and holiday shopping. You can buy your tickets online here.
 
Our chef for the event will be Tatiana, whom many of you know as our bulk foods buyer and from her delicious offerings in our deli case. She has been a 
food service professional since 1980, either as a cook or restaurant manager, and has worked in several 5 star restaurants. Tatiana emphasizes local and organic ingredients in her cooking and with a special interest in world cuisines, we know her soup will be something special!
 
Proceeds from Soupabration will benefit PWC in their work as SLO County's only licensed rehabilitation center for injured birds, mammals, and reptiles. Please visit Pacific Wildlife Care's website for more information.
 
 
Special Order Your *Fresh* Thanksgiving Turkeys

Harmony Farms' turkeys are fresh, free-range, and raised without antibiotics and without hormones. Sizes range from 10-28 lbs, and the price is $3.99 lb. A $10 deposit is required to order here at the Co-op or over the phone with a credit card.

The last day to  order is Friday, Nov 18th. Turkeys may be picked up on Tues and Wed, Nov 22-23. The Co-op will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and Friday.
 
 
Good Cents:
The Nov-Dec Beneficiary Is...
 
The votes are tallied and we're pleased to announce that Co-op shoppers who round up their purchases will be supporting the Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter this November and December with our Good Cents program. Founded by John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Thanks to you, our Co-op family, for nominating, voting for, and supporting our friends and neighbors by rounding up your purchases here at the Co-op.

 
 
Co-op Board Meetings: Member-Owners are Welcome
 
We encourage Co-op member-owners to attend our monthly Board Meetings, usually held on the third Wednesday of the month. Each one opens with a public comment period so please arrive a few minutes early if you wish to speak. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM and are now being held a few blocks from the Co-op at the Guild Hall (formerly known as the SLO Grange), 2880 Broad St in SLO.

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's doings and plans for the future. Be informed! Share your ideas! Get involved!

Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, November 16th at 5:30 PM
Guild Hall (formerly the SLO Grange)
2880 Broad Street, SLO

Questions or comments? Please contact us.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Harvest on the Coast, Fri-Sun, Nov 4-6
Wine tasting, auction, winemaker dinner and more.
 
Central Coast Weavers, Strawbale Barn Weaving Studio.
See spinning and weaving demos, view the collection of
modern and antique looms and spinning wheels.
Support the makers!
 
Midland School Gardens, Los Olivos.
Learn about their agricultural and conservation projects.
 
Soupabration, Sun, Nov 6
Soup, food, beer, and wine tasting. Auction and holiday shopping.
Proceeds benefit Pacific Wildlife Care.
Morro Bay Community Center.
 
33rd Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.
Various locations.
 
Carriage rides, dancers, singers, musicians. Free open house with
refreshments and entertainment provided. Paso Robles.

5:30pm at the SLO Guild (formerly the SLO Grange), 2880 Broad St., SLO.
Members are encouraged to attend; there is a public comment period
at the beginning of each meeting.
 
Part of the FREE Advice to Grow By (ATGB) series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.
 
HopeDance Events, November 1-30
Films, discussions, gatherings.
 
*** SAVE THE DATE: Tues, Dec 13th at 7:30 PM***
Co-op Member-Owner Meeting
 at the Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St., SLO.
 
The Board will speak about ways to improve the store.
Your participation is very important to your Board of Directors.
 
If you are not currently a Member-Owner of SLO Natural Foods Co-op,
please consider joining before November 13,
so that you can attend the meeting
and start seeing the rewards of membership.
 
 
Thanks for reading and being a Co-Op Member.
Your support of the store supports local sustainably grown food, farmers, and non-GMO standards.
 
If you've any questions or comments about the newsletter,
 
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928