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San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
May 4, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, May 30th

Everyone is invited to our Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 30th from 11am to 3pm. Meet some of our local vendors and sample their products. There will be raffles and live music as well.
At 1:30pm, members are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting. Meet the current Board Members, hear how the Co-op is doing, and learn about our future plans.

Product Updates at the Co-op
This month in the chill department Lonnan has brought in several new products. We have sheep's milk ice cream, from local Negranti Creamery in Paso Robles. Their sheep are 100% grass fed. We have three delicious flavors: Vanilla Bean, Strawberry & Basil, and Fresh Mint & Chip.  From House Foods we also have Wok Me Up Garlic Stir Fry. The tofu and sauce is ready to cook – just add vegetables for a complete meal.  Latta Russian Kefir Yogurt is new as well. This probiotic yogurt has 12 kefir cultures and is organic and GMO-free. For our Farmgirl Creamery fans, we want to let you know that Katy Lees has stopped production until her facilities are completed. She is no longer selling to retail stores or attending farmers' markets. We look forward to bringing Katy's artisan cheeses and yogurts back to the Co-op when Farmgirl Creamery is back online next year.
Raymond has some new items in the grocery department, including two from Extreme Health. Sacha Inchi seeds are organic and grown in Peru. Each serving has 6 grams of Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) and 8 grams of protein.  Dark Chocolate Covered Acai with Mulberries are also from Extreme Health. The acai berries are grown in Brazil and are considered to be a super fruit, loaded with antioxidants, omega-6 and omega-9 EFAs. Turkish mulberries are a source of resveratrol, a heart-healthy antioxidant. From Sun Coast Gold we have Macadamia Milk in Original and Unsweetened varieties. This milk is cholesterol-, lactose-, gluten-, and GMO-free.
The good people at Dr. Bronner’s have added toothpaste to their product line and Jessica is bringing it to the Co-op. SRP is $6.49 but our introductory price for all flavors is $4.79. From Zion Health we have two new products, both containing montmorillonite clay. ClayDry Natural Deodorant has no aluminum or propylene glycol and comes in Original and Lavender scents. Mint-flavored ClayBrite Extra Toothpaste contains Xylitol and green tea extract. We also have two new specialty skin care oils from Via Nature. Moringa Oil has a very high Vitamin C content to stabilize collagen, reduce fine lines, and repair damaged skin. Macadamia Oil has one of the highest amounts of palmitoleic acid of any plant. This omega-7 EFA is found in younger skin but diminishes with age.
In herbal news, Teresa has brought in two more teas.  Bio-Active Heicha by Two Hills Tea is an organic fermented black tea which may promote healthy digestion and weight control. It contains bioactive Golden Flora (Eurotium cristatum) and is traditionally brewed in Tibet. Gun Powder Tea, one of our favorite teas from Two Hills Tea, is back at the Co-op. It’s a great black tea for making Kombucha or just to drink as a refreshing hot beverage. Teresa has had requests for habanero chili powder (200,000 HU) and will be bringing that in soon.  Look out, the habenero is a very hot pepper!

Visiting Our Local Farmers

Gwen and Christina have been visiting local farmers recently. On our first trip we went to Morro Bay. Vangie Glass of Glass Farms grows the delicious organic Valencia oranges that we have here at the Co-op. Just down the road from Vangie we stopped in at Morro Creek Ranch where we visited manager Alan Cavaletto and learned about their tasty Hass avocados.

Look for more photos coming soon on our Facebook page.
Vangie Glass of Glass Farms, Morro Bay.
Alan Cavaletto, manager of Morro Creek Ranch, Morro Bay.
Staff Changes at SLO Natural Foods 

Mark, who has headed up our produce department, has moved on from the Co-op as of Friday, May 1st.  He has retired from the grocery business to pursue a career in agriculture, more in line with his degree. We'll miss him but since he will be working nearby we hope he’ll visit once in a while. Lonnan, who used to work in produce at Spencer's in Morro Bay, will now be handling the produce department.
We also welcome Jennie, our newest team member. She will be taking over the chill department from Lonnan. Jennie may be a familiar face to some of you as she is a lifelong resident of the Central Coast and used to own the Halcyon Store. We’re very pleased that she’s joined us here at the Co-op!
Please Join Us!  Board Meetings Are Open to Owners of the Co-op

Did you know that the monthly Board of Directors meeting is open to owners of SLO Natural Foods Co-op?  If you are an owner or member (we sometimes use these words interchangeably), you are welcome to attend.  Every meeting opens with a public comment period.
* * * We currently have an open seat on the Board so if you're interested in serving, please call or come by the Co-op and request a Board packet. * * *
The Board generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month; the next meeting will be May 13th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events
Meet the most active chapter of the CRFG and see what they're growing.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, May 13
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
Part of the free Advice to Grow By series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.

California Festival of Beers, Fri-Sat, May 22-23
One of the oldest and largest regional beer festivals in CA.
Madonna Inn Meadows, SLO
SLO Natural Foods
Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting
at SLO Natural Foods Co-op
May 30, 2015
San Luis Obispo Greek Festival, Sat-Sun, May 30-31
Free admission.  Enjoy traditional music, dancing,
homemade Greek foods and desserts.
Bike Month, May 1-31
Largest community-organized event in SLO County,
so join in on the fun!
FREE events throughout the county
to celebrate Bike Month.
Films, discussions, gatherings.
Thanks for reading, being a Co-Op Member and supporting Local, Sustainable Community Health. Your support of the store supports local, sustainably grown food and farmers and non-GMO standards.
If you've any questions or comments about the newsletter, please contact us at
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401       805-544-7928