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 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
November 2, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Special Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

SLO Natural Foods Co-op will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day after (Nov 26-27) so that staff can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!
Order Your Fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving
We’re offering fresh, free-range turkeys from Harmony Farms at $3.69/lb.  They are natural, hormone-free, and are only available as a special-order item with a $20 deposit.  The last day to order will be Friday, November 20 for pick-up the following week on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 24 and 25.  SNF will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov 26 and 27.
Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
Raymond is bringing in a great product this month, perfect for discerning cooks or to give as an interesting gift. The Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm comes in two sizes -- mini and regular -- and both will have fresh oyster mushrooms ready to harvest in ten days. Make sure you check out their website for their "Grow One, Give One" program. Upload a photo of your mushroom farm (or a recipe you created with it) and Back to the Roots will donate a mushroom farm to a classroom of your choice! This is for every photo you upload -- not limited to one. Good work, Back to the Roots!
In Chill, Jennie is bringing in some flavored Coconut Milks from So Delicious. Enjoy dairy-free Nog, Pumpkin Spice, and Mint Chocolate coconut milks for your holiday gatherings.
Jessica has exciting news in Wellness this month; Jordan Rubin, formerly of Garden of Life, has a new company called Get Real Nutrition in Arroyo Grande. These supplements are produced locally, and they're organic, vegan, sprouted, and fermented. Our Get Real Nutrition order just arrived, making SLO Natural Foods Co-op one of the first in the nation to carry this brand. Next week, Co-op staff will attend a training with Mr. Rubin so we can learn more about these new products to share with you.
Teresa has brought in three new herbs this month. Angelica Root is related to carrots and dill and has an intense aroma. The root can brewed as a tea or used as an herbal extract for uses as varied as heartburn, intestinal gas, arthritis, and insomnia. Angelica root has also been used to bring on menstruation so it is NOT to be used during pregnancy. Mulberry Leaf contains gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) which may lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. The leaves have no caffeine and contain protein, essential amino acids, and are high in calcium and iron as well. There is some evidence that it can lower blood sugar after a meal which may be helpful for those who have Type 2 diabetes. Chervil, sometimes known as French parsley, is an annual culinary herb used to flavor mild dishes and used in the French mix fines herbes. It's a rich source for minerals including potassium, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and calcium. Chervil has also been used medicinally, for its expectorant and diuretic properties.
Gift Cards: Not Just for Giving Away

Our new Point-of-Sale (POS) system is up and running, not without a few hiccups. We thank you for your patience as we work out some of the kinks, and as our staff get fully trained. We are already seeing some of the benefits including better inventory controls, easier merchandise returns, and simpler gift certificate redemption.

With the new POS system, paper gift certificates are being phased out in lieu of gift cards. These are similar to the membership cards, with a magnetic strip that can be recharged so additional funds may be applied to the card. You may purchase a gift card for a friend or for yourself; the Co-op is not charged a bank transaction fee when using gift cards.

Credit and debit card transaction fees add up to several thousand dollars each month. Paying for your purchases with a gift card is not only faster, but since there are no transaction fees, you will be helping us save money that can be used toward store improvements as well as offering lower prices here at the Co-op.
SLO Natural Foods Co-op is Hiring!
We're looking for an enthusiastic and energetic team member for a position in our store. We’re seeking a Cashier/Stocker who is sincere and personable and will strive to provide excellent customer service.
Applications are available at the Co-op.  Please feel free to bring in a resume detailing your experience.  We look forward to seeing you!
Lonnan helpfully points out the itsy bitsy "Employees Only" sign.

Employee Parking Lot 
Behind the Co-op we have a small employee parking lot. It serves many duties, besides hosting staff's cars: our recycle and trash dumpsters are there and many farmers and local producers arrive throughout the day to make their deliveries. It's very busy for such a compact space, and at any time there may be people breaking down boxes, unloading delivery vehicles, and taking out the trash or recycling. A few times a week, a semi-truck and trailer will park in our driveway, effectively trapping all vehicles in the employee lot until the truck departs.

We realize that our front customer parking lot is small, but please park there, or if there are no spots available, park along the curb. For those who need it, the closest parking spot to the front door is a handicapped space.

REI: Black Friday Has Gotten Out of Hand

REI, the premier outdoor equipment retailer, is closing all of its stores and distribution centers on Black Friday. "For the company's 12,000 employees, Black Friday will be a paid holiday. It's up to them to decide how to spend their time, but the company is hoping that they will follow a simple mandate: Go outside and do something."

While it won't be a paid holiday, the staff of SLO Natural Foods Co-op will again be enjoying Black Friday off of work to enjoy with our friends and family. We're glad that REI will join us this year!
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. There will NOT be a board meeting in November; the next meeting will be December 9th at 5:30 PM.
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events

Language of the Soul, Nov 1, 8, 13-15
32nd Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.
Various locations.
Local food businesses: Mama Ganache Chocolates, Reef Points Hard Cider,
Vert Foods. Also Judy Mahan from SLO Hothouse Accelerator will speak.
SLO Grange, SLO.
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!
Harvest on the Coast, Fri-Sun, Nov 6-8
Wine tasting, auction, winemaker dinner and more.
Board of Directors Meeting for November
will be canceled.
Next BoD Meeting will be Wed, December 9.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Carriage rides, dancers, singers, musicians. Free open house with
refreshments and entertainment provided. Paso Robles.
Plant Propagation, Sat, Nov 15
Part of the FREE Advice to Grow By (ATGB) series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.
This is the last ATGB presentation until Jan 2016.
HopeDance Events, November 1-30
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