Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting, Sat, May 21st!
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
May 6, 2016
In This Newsletter:
Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods Co-op
Tifney has some great new produce this month. Organic Pomegranate seeds from I Love Pomegranates are a perfect addition for salads or just a quick snack. You'll find these with our fresh berry selections. We have local, pesticide-free loose leaf lettuces and spinach, all triple-washed from Bautista Farms in Arroyo Grande. We also have hydroponic pesticide-free local tomatoes on the vine and crisp, seedless Persian cucumbers delivered every Saturday from Magnolia Farms in Paso. Pick up a container of our fresh house-made hummus and you have the makings for a quick, healthy snack or light lunch. Be sure to check out the recipes box in the Produce department for delicious, easy, and healthy meal ideas featuring our weekly sale produce.

In the Chill Department, Jennie is featuring Humboldt Creamery, a certified organic dairy with an 85 year history of sustainable farming. We have three flavors of their ice cream: Mint Chip, Strawberry, and Coffee. We also carry Humboldt's Half & Half and Lowfat Cottage Cheese. Jennie orders libations as well, and local company See Canyon Hard Cider has a new Boneyard Dry Cider, fresh pressed from 100% exclusive See Canyon apples. It is gluten free with no added artificial sweeteners.

In Wellness, all Bluebonnet liquid calcium products are 20% off June 30th. The various formulas provide several different minerals in an easy-to-swallow liquid in your favorite fruit flavors. Jeffrey James Botanicals, a skincare line made from organic botanicals, is also 20% off through the month of May. Jessica has also brought in another local line: Poppy Soap Co. soaps are sustainable, organic, and made by hand. All the packaging is reusable and recyclable. Not only that, Poppy gives back. It started with their "Bar for Bar" program; for every bar of soap sold online or in stores, Poppy donated a bar to a US women's shelter. Realizing that shelters are in dire need of funds, the "5% Give Back" program was instituted. Each year, Poppy now donates 5% of profits to five US women's shelters.

Raymond has brought in some delicious new brittles from Paso Almonds. Almond farmer Rusty Hall offers three varieties: Brittle, Sweet Hots (with chipotle!), and Brittle Corn (with popcorn). These brittles might be the best you've ever tasted! 

In our Bulk Herb department, Teresa has brought in Ceonothus americanus, commonly known as Red Root and New Jersey Tea, among other names. It's grown in the US (it's a native) and our source is kosher. Red Root tea is delicious as is, without any added sugar. It has been used to support the immune system including lymphatic drainage and some people have gotten relief from their asthma and seasonal allergies. After brewing a sample batch at the Co-op and sharing with customers, she sold out of her first order right away. Happily, we have Red Root back in stock again!

Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting

You're invited to our 4th Annual Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 21st from 11am to 3pm. Meet some of our wonderful local vendors and farmers and sample their products. There will be plenty of raffles and live music from the Cimo Brothers, as well.

At 1:30pm, Co-op Members are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting. Meet your current Board Members, hear how the Co-op is doing, and learn about our future plans.
General Manager's Update: Lower Prices!
Our general manager, Gwen, has some good news for Co-op shareholders and shoppers. Thanks to increased sales, we now receive a larger volume discount from our main supplier, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI). 
For our customers, this means we're able to offer lower prices on on all products ordered through UNFI. Special orders, which are already more deeply discounted, will not be affected.
Thank you again for your support of our local farmers and vendors, and for keeping your shopping dollars circulating here in our community.
Staff Changes

At the end of April, Produce Buyer Lonnan left the Co-op for a position as a painter's apprentice. He is sorry to leave the Co-op, but is looking forward to learning a trade. We'll miss his easygoing manner and great customer service. Produce Assistant Tifney has taken over as Produce Buyer and hasn't missed a beat as she already has 12 years of produce experience.

Rick also left the Co-op in April. Rick was very knowledgeable about superfoods and shared this with our customers. He was often working the registers and assisting customers. We'll miss his wry sense of humor and his passion for the industry.

We'd also like to offer a belated welcome to Colin. He is often working in the front of the store and helping customers but he also has been creating professional flyers and ads for the Co-op.
Eric has rejoined us after his sojourn in Germany. We're glad to have him back!

Just last week, two additional team members joined us here at the Co-op. Genna is a recent arrival from New Jersey where she grew up on a farm and sold her own produce. She will be assisting Tifney in Produce, as well as working at the registers. Taryn comes to us from Whole Foods and will be working in the front of the store as well. She's very supportive of the local community which is why she wanted to join our Co-op family.
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 are 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 Board meeting will be May 11th at 5:30 PM. Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, May 11
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
Meet your Board Members! Volunteer for a committee!
Meet the most active chapter of the CRFG and see what they're growing.
This month: meet at Sycamore Falls Ranch in See Canyon.
SLO Natural Foods
Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting
at SLO Natural Foods Co-op
May 21, 2015
Fire Safe Gardening, Sat, May 21
Part of the free Advice to Grow By series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.

California Festival of Beers, Fri-Sat, May 27-28
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,
so join in on the fun!
FREE events throughout the county
to celebrate Bike Month.
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 newsletter@slonaturalfoods.com
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928