March Specials at the Co-op!
off Broad @ Caudill

 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
March 2, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Product Updates at the Co-op

We’ve several new items in our Chill department for you this month. Raymond is excited to bring in a product brand new to the market: Blue Hill’s savory yogurts in Beet, Carrot, and Butternut Squash, made from 100% grass-fed cows’ milk. These yogurts can be enjoyed on their own, used in smoothies and other recipes, or as dips for crackers and veggies. See Blue Hills’ for more creative recipe ideas here.  Raymond has also brought in Half Time lunch kits from Apple Gate Farm. Selections include uncured bologna, uncured ham, and turkey breast. All three come with crackers, American cheese, Stonyfield Strawberry Yogurt, and Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. Another new product is Grainaissance Mochi Bake & Serve Rice Squares, made from 100% organic brown rice. They are vegan as well as gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, and cholesterol-free. We are carrying the Mochi in Super Seed, Sesame Garlic, and Raisin & Cinnamon.  Tonix Coconut Water Kefir is also new to the Co-op, and is available in 8 and 16 oz. glass bottles.
In Wellness, Jessica has brought in Original Sprout, a local hair care line. We now carry their Natural Shampoo, Deep Conditioner, Hair & Body Babywash, Miracle Detangler, Tahitian Hair Oil and Natural Curl Calmer. Another new line for the Co-op is Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care. Mad Hippie gets great reviews and you can look at the Before and After photos on their website to see some amazing results. Jessica also wants you to know that you save with our everyday low price (EDLP) on several brands. Garden of Life, Health Force, MRM, Source Naturals, and Planetary Herbals are always 20% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) and Pure Essence products are 30% off! As an example of what you can save: the MSRP for the 500g size of Health Force Vitamineral Green is $81.19 but here at the Co-op, our price is $64.95.
In our Bulk Herbs, Teresa is now ordering organic nettle in three forms: nettle root (cut and sifted) and nettle leaf and nettle leaf powder.  Many people use nettle to combat seasonal allergies, but there are many other uses as well; you can read about them here. The teas from Two Hills Tea are proving popular with shoppers, so we also want you to know about Two Hills Matcha First Harvest Green Tea Powder. This tea is harvested from the first spring buds and young leaves, so it’s very high in chlorophyll and antioxidants.
Have you tried the organic Cara Cara navel oranges that Mark has brought in to the Produce department? They are beautiful: round and deep orange, with a slightly pink flesh, but best of all, they are delicious! Make sure you try some of these oranges while they are still in season. We also have a new crop of local, organic strawberries, grown by Green Gold Organic Farms. You can read more about this local farm here.
In Grocery news, Zach has ordered products for the home goods section: Bento boxes, EcoJarz stainless steel drinking jar lids and accessories, Mason jars, and water bottles will begin arriving March 2nd.  He has also brought in the full line of Ancient Harvest Ancient Grains Hot Cereal. Flavors are Apple Cinnamon, Banana & Brown Sugar, Honey Vanilla Spice, Maple Morning, Traditional, and 100% Whole Grain Quinoa Flakes. All of these cereals are USDA organic, Kosher, and non-GMO. After several customer requests, we are now carrying Bob’s Red Mill 8 Grain Cereal.  For those of you looking for local honey, we’ve added another: David’s Blue Ribbon Honey from Arroyo Grande. We are carrying 1lb. jars of honey and 1lb. jars with comb, raw and unfiltered. We also carry David’s creamed honey in lavender, cinnamon, chocolate, and unflavored. And finally, we’re now offering another Back Porch Bakery favorite: Dutch Crunch baguettes!
Staff Changes at SLO Natural Foods

It turns out that Zach is leaving us after all, so the middle of March will see all of us here at the Co-op wishing him well on his journey north. He decided to delay his departure in December, but everything has lined up and so Zach is off on his next adventure in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We’ll miss him.
Raymond will be taking over ordering for Grocery and Lonnan will take over for Raymond in Chill, so we expect to have a seamless transition.
Washing Dishes by Hand Linked to Fewer Allergies in Children
A study in Sweden found that washing dishes by hand was tied to a 43% reduced risk of allergies among children, even after controlling for other factors. Read more here.
Meyer Lemons
New Seed Library, every Tuesday at the Grange in SLO

SLO Seedsavers has a new Seed Library that is open every Tuesday from 3-5pm, during the Farmers’ Market at the Grange (2880 Broad St. in SLO).  Read about the Seedsavers and their library here.
If you are interested in learning about and joining the SLO Seedsavers, they meet the second Tuesday of every month, also at the Grange. These meetings are from 6-8pm, after the Farmers’ Market. Bring a potluck dish to share for the 6pm meal, and then enjoy a roundtable discussion.
If you’ve any questions, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at 805.543.5364.
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.
The Board generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month; the next meeting will be March 11th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the store at 544.7928 for the location.
The Girl Who Gets Gifts from Birds
Photo by Lisa Mann.
Upcoming Events

Black Diamond Vermicompost, Farm Fuel, SLO City Farm,
and goals for Slow Money SLO in coming months.
Mobile Seed Library, Tues Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Monthly Meeting, Tues, Mar 10
Seed Savers at The Grange
2880 Broad Street, SLO
Films throughout the county.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, Mar 11
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for location.
Meet your Board Members! Volunteer for a committee!
Vegan Week, Fri – Thurs, Mar 20-26
Kick-off events Fri, Mar 20 at Bliss Café, SLO and
Wilwand Tea Co., Atascadero.
Water Management, 10a-12p on Sat Mar 21
"Advice to Grow By" workshop, offered free by Master Gardeners
2156 Sierra Way, SLO
Third Sat of each month, sessions are 25 minutes long.
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