We Do LOCAL Better!
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
July 2, 2016
In This Newsletter:
A Message From Gwen: We Do LOCAL Better!

We don't just have local products because it's marketable.  We ARE local.  And we have been, since 1978. It's a way of life for us, not a marketing strategy. It's our commitment to our community. It's our commitment to you, and always has been!
The buying club becomes Questa Cooperative, at the Francis Street store in SLO.
Product Updates

101 CIDER HOUSE raw ciders made with all natural ingredients, herbs, and 100% fresh pressed fruits. These hard ciders are probiotic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized -- they're alive! They are naturally sparkling, have no sugar and no added yeasts or sulfites. We carry all five flavors!
FAGUNDES OLD WORLD CHEESE handcrafts their cheeses in Hanford from old family recipes. These delicious cheeses are made so fresh, the milk is just minutes old. We have several varieties of smoky and traditional cheese and they pair well with several of our wines.
TWO COOKS CATERING, a local company right here in SLO, is now providing sandwiches, salads, and burritos for our Grab 'n Go case. Russell and Heather Thomas buy their eggs and produce from local farmers' markets. We're very glad to have their food here at the Co-op!
Founder Sky Kubby created MEDICINAL FOODS to share Ayurvedic, Amazonian, and Chinese herbal wisdom. The foods are tasty and effective to use in transitioning to a more whole, live, raw food diet. LOVERS BARS are organic, raw, dark chocolate, and vegan. Flavors are Hawaiian Macnut & Sea Salt, Original Shaman's Blend, and CBD Bar (no THC, but may increase a calming sense of well-being). We also carry dark chocolate covered Raw Macnuts, Sprouted Raw Almonds, and Raw Turkish Mulberries.
New line: MATTOLE VALLEY NATURALS are a small handcrafted protein and greens company in Santa Barbara. Their products are always organic or wild crafted, and have no fillers, growth hormones, or antibiotics. Mattole Valley Naturals is proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet by donating 1% of their annual revenue to domestic environmental non-profits they believe in.
EVOLUTION SALT LAMPS emit a lovely light in various colors, which many people find to be calming. The lamps also release negative ions into the air, similar to ionizers.
SLO Natural Foods Co-op,
Out and About
Jessica and Tatiana had a table at Kohana's Healthy Living Expo on June 18th, and it was a terrific success! People enjoyed all the free samples as well as Tatiana's amazing food, all made with Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein: Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs with Yogurt Sumac Sauce, Rice & Pine Nut filled Dolmades with Tzatziki Sauce, Beet & Quinoa Spinach Boats, and Protein Coconut Macaroons. There was a line out the door as people waited their turn.

Many people learned of the Co-op for the first time, and some of our customers discovered that the Co-op can provide some enticing dishes. Several people whom Jessica and Tatiana met that day joined the Co-op the following week.

Well done! Thank you, Jessica and Tatiana, for representing!
Tatiana's fabulous cuisine!

Rob from California Fresh, Jessica and Tatiana.

Good Cents: Co-op Community Cause

With the new competitive landscape your continued support of the Co-op is as important as ever, and together we can make a positive impact on our community. With this in mind, July will kick off Good Cents, a donation program that supports our local community.

You can now donate easily at the checkout to a selected local non-profit organization. Together we can make a difference for these causes by focusing on a given project.

As you check out, just ask the cashier to round up your total payment to the nearest dollar or more. 100% of the amount over the purchase total will be donated to the designated project.

We selected Family Care Network, Inc. (FCNI) as our first non-profit for July and August, but Co-op members will be able to nominate and vote on succeeding beneficiaries.
So, first up: Family Care Network! Corinne Roberts of FCNI writes:

The Family Care Network was established in 1987 as a Community-Based Organization to provide clinical and treatment services and supports to children and youth in a family setting, preferably their own, and within the community. Over the last 29 years, we have grown to provice 20 distinct programs within five service divisions, including: Therapeutic Foster Care; Family Support Services; Education Support Services; Community Resources Development; and Transitional Housing Services. In partnership with our community, FCNI focuses on enhancing the safety, well being and permanency of our children and youth, and fostering stable and self-sufficient families.

Sample Me Saturday!
This summer we're kicking off Sample Me Saturday so you can try some new-to-you foods! Join us on Saturdays between 11AM and 3PM for some savory surprises.

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, you can pick up a Board packet at the Co-op or print one off at the link on this page.
The Board generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month; the next Board meeting will be July 13th at 5:30 PM. Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events
Samples, vendors, food, displays, activities.
Free, Paso Robles Downtown City Park.
Run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. Proceeds benefit Morro Bay
Recreation Department's Youth Sports programs.
Up for a longer run? Register for the Rock'n Around the Pier Half Marathon
and run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier, and then back to the Rock.
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, Th-Sun, July 14-Aug 6
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
at the Filipponi Ranch, SLO.
Part of the Advice to Grow By series, a FREE presentation 
by SLO Master Gardeners at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, SLO.
Food, entertainment, period costumes, even a pirate ship!
Laguna Lake Park, SLO

Kids' Adventure Camp, Mon-Fri, July 18-22
SLO Botanical Garden -- Scholarships are available!
Central Coast beverages, flavors, and fare with a live and silent auction
in the Secret Garden at Madonna Inn. Benefits children and families
in your community. Volunteer opportunities are available.
SLO Blues Baseball, through Sun, Jul 31
SLO's hometown team since 1946,
plays at Sinsheimer Park, SLO.

HopeDance Events, July 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 newsletter@slonaturalfoods.coop
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928