July Specials at SLO Natural Foods Co-op!
off Broad @ Caudill

 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
July 7, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Summer Membership Drive Continues

The processing fee on all new memberships is waived through the end of the year, a savings of $10. New owners will still receive 12 double discounts through the end of the calendar year.

We also have a deal for current Co-op owners: if a new owner writes your name down on their application as a referral, you'll receive a $5 gift certificate as a thank-you.
Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
In grocery we now have Runa brand drinks that contain guayusa, a "super-leaf" from the holly genus (Ilex) that contains caffeine and polyphenols. We have three flavors: Lime, Hibiscus Berry, and Half & Half (lemonade and iced tea -- aka, an 'Arnold Palmer'). All are USDA organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. We're also now carrying La Tourangelle Artisan Oils. We have Walnut Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, and Thai Wok Oil. The Wok Oil is safflower oil infused with Thai Basil and Lemongrass. All are expeller pressed and non-GMO. All of La Tourangelle's nut oils are pressed in Woodland, CA from nuts grown mostly in the USA.
Another new brand in Grocery is Nuvia, and we're now carrying their healthier coffees: NuviaTrim and NuviaCafeNuvia Trim ingredients are green coffee bean, raspberry ketone, African mango, green tea with ECGC, ganoderma, and garcinia cambogia. The Nuvia Cafe is made from Sumatran Arabica coffee, ganoderma, ECGC, and pomegranate. Both drinks are nutritious, and are dairy-, lactose-, soy-free, vegan, and contain no GMOs, no artificial additives, no sweeteners, no preservatives. If you came to our Local Vendor Fair and Annual Member Meeting in May, you may have met Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms in Los Osos. He grows non-GMO and organically certified ancient grains, seeds, herbs, spices, peas, beans, and gourmet pollens. We have a lot of Larry's products here at the Co-op, including Sonora White Wheat, Triticale, Red Millet, Garbanzo Beans, Brown Flax Seed, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, White Mustard Seed, Chia Seed, Evening Primrose Seed, Dill Seed, and Coriander. You'll find Larry's packaged products on the shelves about the bulk bins.
In Herbs, we have Oriental Stir Fry Seasoning Mix in the Culinary Section. It's organic and origin is the United States. Ingredients are sesame seeds, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, celery seed, lemon peel, orange peel, chili pepper, and ginger. All ingredients are organic. In the tea section we have several new organic and Fair Trade Certified teas: Indian Black, English Breakfast, Jasmine Green, Irish Breakfast, and Chunmee Green.
In Chill we have some tasty meats for summer grilling starting off with grass-fed and organic tri-tip from Nick Ranch in Santa Margarita. We also have a good selection of grass-fed meats from Harmony Farms including a variety of steaks (T-bone, sirloin, and filet mignon) as well as hamburger and turkey patties.

In Wellness, Jessica has brought in Tera's Whey protein powders in several formulations, including Goat Whey, perfect for those sensitive to cow's milk. Other varieties are rBGH Free, Sustained Energy, and Hunger Control. We have single serving sizes, 12 oz., and 24 oz. containers in plain unsweetened, vanilla, and Fair Trade dark chocolate cocoa. In the refrigerated section you'll find Barlean's Swirls, an Omega-3 supplement (including one vegan option), in various formulations, flavors, and sizes. These are all discounted 20% for the month of July.
2015 CCMA Conference
In June, General Manager Gwen Schmidt and Board Member Eric Michielssen traveled to Boise, Idaho for the 2015 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference. 400 people representing 75 food cooperatives attended. Gwen and Eric were able to receive scholarship funds that helped defray the costs of attendance.
Both found the sessions to be very informative and helpful; they learned new strategies for better product selection and pricing and how to compete in "the new normal" where organic products are now widely available in grocery stores as well as big box stores. Gwen and Eric also learned more about the National Co+op Grocers and how NCG membership will benefit our owners and shoppers via competitive pricing, professional development, and operational and marketing best practices, among others.

For more information on the CCMA and a recap of the conference , read here.
A Fond Farewell to Board Member, Steven Boothe
Many of you know Steven Boothe, champion, loyal supporter, and Board Member of SLO Natural Foods Co-op. Steven is realizing a dream and embarking on a grand new adventure: life in New Zealand! He will be starting his new job and relocating later this month. We wish Steven and his family all good things, but we sure will miss them here at the Co-op.

Congress, Consumers, and GMOs

Republican Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas has proposed a bill that would override state laws requiring disclosure of GMOs in food and instead replace those laws with a voluntary system overseen by the federal government. Pompeo's bipartisan bill, called the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" is expected to be voted on in the House by the end of the month.

Read here for more on this story.
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 July 15th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Blue Elderberries
A bumper crop of elderberries in the garden means that the birds have actually left enough this year for an elderberry pie or two. Perhaps some homemade vanilla ice cream is in order as well!

Upcoming Events

40+ craft breweries and wineries, live music, activities,
workshops, vendor village, festival camping.
This month's meeting will be in Solvang. Details at above link.
Free admission; lavender cuisine, oils and more.  Music, vendor fair,
and children's activities.  Paso Robles.
Scholarships are available!
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, July 15
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy two of the Bard's comedies
at CCSF's new home on the Filipponi Ranch, SLO.
Part of the Advice to Grow By series, a FREE presentation
from Master Gardeners at the Garden of the Seven Sisters.
Run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. Proceeds benefit Morro Bay
Recreation Department's Youth Sports programs.
Up for a longer run? Register for the Rock'n Around the Pier Half Marathon
and run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier, and then back to the Rock.
HopeDance Events, July 1-30
Films, discussions, gatherings.
SLO Blues Baseball, through Sun, Aug 2
SLO's hometown team since 1946, plays
at Sinsheimer Park in SLO.
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 newsletter@slonaturalfoods.com
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.com       805-544-7928