August Sales and Membership Deals!
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 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
August 4, 2015
In This Newsletter:
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 2015, so there are still plenty of opportunities to save with the coming holidays, when many shoppers buy more groceries.

We also have a deal for current Co-op owners that runs through Labor Day: 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.
New Weekly Produce Specials

Don't miss our new weekly produce specials! We'll post flyers here at the Co-op and on our Facebook page at SLO Natural Foods.

Manzanita Manor Profiled on The California Report
Many of you are familiar with the flavorful dry-farmed walnuts that we sell here at the Co-op, grown by Jutta Thoerner and Cynthia Douglas of Manzanita Manor in Paso Robles. But did you know that they were featured recently on the California Report about dry farming?

The article and photos are here. Be sure to listen to Jutta's interview!

Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
In Grocery, Raymond has brought in The Neat Egg, an all natural egg substitute made from chia seeds and garbanzo beans. It's 100% vegan, non-GMO, soy-free, and gluten-free. We also have New Zealand Premium Beef Jerky from free-range, grass-fed cattle. This jerky is Non-GMO Project Verified and comes in three varieties: Original, Peppered, and Teriyaki. Doughkies, the tasty doughnut-shaped, cookie-like almond treats, are proving to be quite popular here at SLO Natural Foods. Doughkies are locally made here in SLO County and they come in several flavors. They're GMO-, gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and egg-free. Doughkies are definitely a staff favorite! Tell us which flavor you like best.
In last month's newsletter, we profiled Larry Kandarian and his non-GMO and organic ancient grains, seeds, herbs, spices, legumes, and pollens, but Tatiana wanted to mention that she uses Larry's Ethiopian Blue Tinge Farro in the Wheat Berry Salad, available in our Grab-n-Go case. Farro and spelt, though not gluten-free, are often tolerated by people with gluten and wheat sensitivities.

There's plenty of warm weather remaining this summer, so Jennie wants to highlight some refreshing desserts in the Chill department. In addition to Negranti Creamery and Omega Creamery (highlighted in previous newsletters), we have Steve's Ice Cream, made from organic coconut cream. It's gluten-, egg-, dairy-, soy-, and GMO-free and we have three flavors: Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel, Speculoos Cookie Butter, and Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee. Luna & Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss Bars are dairy-, soy-, gluten-, and GMO-free. They're vegan and sweetened with agave. We also have Brio Frozen Dairy Dessert, a more nutritional option than conventional ice cream with vitamins, minerals, and even prebiotic fiber. Flavors are Spring Strawberry, Mellow Dark Chocolate, and Tropical Mango.

In Wellness, Jessica has brought in a new bulk oil: Organic Calendula Oil from Inesscents Aromatic Botanicals. It's very gentle and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. SLO Natural Foods is now carrying Coconut Gods High Potency Probiotic, loaded with several different species of bifidobacteria and lactobaccili -- the good guys for gut health! It's cultured in coconuts, mangoes, and oranges, and is made right here in San Luis Obispo.
Lonnan has brought in some delicious produce from a new vendor. The good people at Achievement House are now providing the Co-op with leafy greens: Romaine and Red Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, and Green, Red, and Dinosaur Kale. They're grown hydroponically without any pesticides or fertilizer, so while not certified organic, this produce is clean. These big, beautiful greens are sold with the rootball still attached and so are easy to keep fresh. This produce from Achievement House can only be found at SLO Natural Foods!
Lovely lettuce from Achievement House.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act: Orwellian Doublespeak?

This act was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and if approved by the Senate, it will block mandatory GMO labeling and instead, such labeling will continue to be voluntary only. Because of that, GMO labeling advocates are referring to this as the Denying Americans the Right-to-Know (DARK) Act.
Read more here, and if you wish to see mandatory GMO labeling, please let your senators know!
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 August 12th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events

Bring a picnic dinner (no outside alcohol, please)
and enjoy two of the Bard's comedies at the Filipponi Ranch in SLO.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, August 12
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
Kids will make a colorful butterfly book to hang in their rooms.
Soil Preparation: Compost and Mulch, Sat, Aug 15
Part of the Advice to Grow By series, a FREE presentation from Master Gardeners
at the Garden of the Seven Sisters.
No local chapter meeting this month; join members in San Diego for the
HopeDance Events, August 1-31
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