Specials and Our Featured Local Vendor for May
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Community Owned Co-Op
May 2, 2017
In This Newsletter:
Produce sales start each week on Tuesday.
Co+op Deals is our new two-week sales flyer and starts every other Wednesday.
Co+op Basics are the items you use everyday with everyday low prices. Look for new items each month.
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to see our Specials page.
Our Featured Local Vendor for May:
Kandarian Organic Farms
We are proud to offer local Kandarian Organic Farms’ whole grains, flours, seeds, legumes, herbs, and blended teas here at SLO Natural Foods Co-op. From May 3 – May 16, select whole grains, seeds, and blended teas are on sale.

Whole Grains and Seeds:
Emmer Farro (1 lb), regular $7.00, sale $5.99
Triticale (1 lb.), regular $7.00, sale $5.99
Flax (1 lb.), regular $8.00, sale $6.99
Chia (1 lb.), regular $12.00, sale $9.99

Tea Blends:
Dream Scape (1.5 oz.) and Minty Carob (2.0 oz.), regular $10.00, sale $8.49
Touring his farm with Larry Kandarian, one is struck by both the sounds and the fragrances. On this windy day, the young wheat makes a slight chattering, a pleasant and clean sound. As the wind dies down, the bird songs become more noticeable. In addition to farming, Larry cleans seeds and herbs for other growers and the aroma of lemon verbena and oregano is heady inside the building.
Larry grew up on a conventional farm near Fresno. After graduating from Fresno State with a double major in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, he took a job with Raytheon working on the space shuttle. He was there less than a year before he sought out his mentor at Fresno State, Professor Bodger of Bodger Seeds, and set his course for a life in agriculture.
Larry worked in several different areas: farming, growing out plants for seed production, seed cleaning, and eventually, managing farms in both northern and southern California. Weary of the long commutes and wanting to leave Fresno with his young family, he bought his farm in the Los Osos Valley nearly 20 years ago. He farms his own property and leases acreage from a neighbor to grow ancient grains, seeds, legumes, and herbs.
Larry Kandarian, Kandarian Organic Farms, Los Osos Valley.
Some of the many grains he grows are Emmer farro, kamut, Sonora wheat, and Einkorn. Some people are surprised that Larry grows grains on his farm but he is not the first to do it; before WWII, grains grew on the same farm and were winnowed out near Turri Road. After WWII, garbanzos and other beans were primarily grown.
There are both warm and cool season grains and Larry grows them year-round, alternating his fields between nitrogen-loving grains and nitrogen-fixing legumes. Larry is also an observant steward of his land and brings to market some of the plants that appear on their own such as yellow mustard (for seeds) and mugwort (for teas). For several years Larry had searched for a specific black oat, only to learn that another neighbor had a few volunteers growing on his property.
If you would like to see Larry’s farm in person, the local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) will hold their next monthly meeting there on Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 PM (details here). CRFG welcomes guests for a meeting or two but you may want to join this group to go on the field trips and learn more about what our local farmers and neighbors are growing here in SLO and SB counties.
Co-op Board Meetings: You're Invited
We encourage Co-op Member-Owners to attend the monthly Co-op Board Meetings, now being held on the first Thursday after the 18th of each month. Each meeting opens with a public comment period so if you would like to speak, please arrive a few minutes early. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM and are now being held at the SLO County Builders Exchange (address and map below). 

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's doings and plans for the future. This is a great way to be informed, share your ideas, and get involved.
We currently have two open seats on the Board. If you are interested in serving, you may download an application via the link on this page. If you have any questions, please call or come by the Co-op.

Next Board Meeting:
Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM
SLO County Builders Exhange
153 Cross Street, Suite 130, SLO (map here)

Questions or comments? Please contact us
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Upcoming Events
Join Michael Johnson and Adam Trott, coauthors of Building Co-operative Power
will discuss the benefits of and lead a workshop on co-ops.
$15, no one turned away for lack of funds. Guild Hall, SLO.
Meet the most active chapter of the CRFG and see what they're growing.
This month: Kandarian Organic Farms in Los Osos.
Part of the free Advice to Grow By series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners. In SLO.
5:30 PM at the SLO County Builders Exchange,
153 Cross St, Suite 130, SLO (map here).
Members are encouraged to attend; public comment period
at the beginning of each meeting.
One of the oldest and largest regional beer festivals in CA.
Madonna Inn Meadows, SLO
Bike Month, May 1-31
Largest community-organized event in SLO County!
FREE events throughout the county
to celebrate Bike Month.
Films, discussions, gatherings.

Enjoy our Local Vendor Fair from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
with music, special prices, and more! Meet our local vendors
as they showcase their products that we proudly feature in our store.
Annual Membership Meeting at 1:00 PM; owners will have an opportunity
to vote on Board candidates.
At SLO Natural Foods Co-op, SLO.
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