A Big Thank You, to All of Our Supporters!
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 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
January 1, 2014
In This Newsletter:
Thank you, to all of our Supporters, Shoppers, and Owners
2014 has been a remarkable year for SLO Natural Foods, beyond what we had hoped. Thanks to all of you, the Co-op has successfully expanded into our new location, with added staff, more hours including later weekday evenings and Sundays, and more products. This last year also saw a substantial increase in the number of shoppers who chose to become owners and further support our mission to provide organic and local products to our community. We so appreciate you, and will do our best to earn your continued support in the future.
With thanks and gratitude from all of us at SLO Natural Foods,
still the little store with a big heart.
* * * Special Holiday Hours * * *

SLO Natural Foods will be closed on Thursday, New Year's Day.
We at the Co-op wish you the best in the new year.  May it be all that you hope!

  2015 Membership Drive in Full Swing!
SLO Natural Foods is a member-owned cooperative.  To be eligible for your regular and double discounts after January 1st, you will need to be current on your membership.  Full share owners need only update their records to get their 2015 card; all others must make a minimum payment of $25 to stay current.

If you think you are close to paying your $300 full share and wish to pay more than the minimum (or just wish to know how much you have paid), ask us when you come in to the store or give us a call at 544.7928 and we will let you know.
If you wish to save time at the register, application and renewal forms are available on our website along with details on owner benefits.  And of course, any team member can answer your questions and assist you in filling out forms here in the store.
Kick Off 2015 With Our Health and Beauty Fair!
Join us here at SLO Natural Foods for our Health and Beauty Fair on Saturday, January 24th from 11 am to 4 pm.   We’ll have many vendors sharing information on their products and giving out free samples, along with hourly raffles. Representatives from Garden of Life, New Chapter, Health Force, Kyolic, Barlean’s, Jarrow, and Derma-E will take part.  Enjoy special discounts this day only on participating product lines.
We’ll also be hosting a blood drive with United Blood Services. Please call us at the store at 544.7928 to schedule your appointment from 11 am to 4 pm.
Saturday, January 24th will be a day to enjoy at SNF. We hope you join us!
Product Updates at the Co-op

In bulk news this month we want to let you know that we will continue to offer grain sides and salads made fresh at the Co-op from our organic grains and produce. Please check the chill case near the produce department for Tatiana’s delicious creations.

Do you know that SNF has a great selection of bulk teas? Teresa has just added another: Long Life Tea. It's a blend of all organic ingredients: peppermint, licorice root, cinnamon, chrysanthemum flowers, and honeysuckle flowers. We also have some other new products in the department this month. Triphala is still available in our supplement department but we are now carrying it as a bulk herb as well. Teresa has also brought in two new Chinese herbs; Dong quai is helpful for menstrual and menopausal symptoms, among others. It is available both as a powder and cut and sifted. We also have Fo-Ti which is available thin-sliced and as a powder.
In our health and beauty department Jessica has brought in Nubian Heritage body care products. The Nubian line includes shower gels, lotions, and soaps. We’ve also added the DeVita aloe-based skincare line which includes Hyaluronic Serugel. With 65% pure hyaluronic acid, Serugel plumps skin and minimizes lines and wrinkles. Also back in the store are two products that have been out of stock from the manufacturer, Himalaya. I.E. Balm is a soothing petroleum-free balm that contains turmeric and eucalyptus oil. StressCare is a blend of herbs for energy and adrenal support. These vegetable capsules are gluten-free. 
Raymond says that two new pizzas from Daiya are getting a lot of positive comments from customers. The Fire Roasted Vegetable and the Margherita pizzas are both dairy-free, lactose-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, egg free, and soy-free. You’ll find these in the frozen section at the back of the store.
Mark has marked down the delicious Cinderella pumpkins from Branch Mill Organic Farm to $.59/lb., so now is the time to stock up. If you can’t use your pumpkin soon, bake it, cut in chunks or puree, and then freeze to have on hand for warming pumpkin soup. Tatiana suggests adding potatoes, Serrano peppers, and garbanzo beans and Christina thinks kale and turmeric would be a nice addition. Don’t forget pumpkin muffins and scones, or perhaps try a hearty Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping from Veganomicon. Christina will let you know how this one turns out!
Staff Changes at SLO Natural Foods
Zach had a change of plans and will be staying with us after all.  The northwest will wait, and we’re pleased that he’ll continue here at the Co-op in the grocery department.
The Co-op also welcomes our newest team member, Lonnan.   You may have seen him behind the register as well as assisting in other departments.  Lonnan has worked at various places in the past; Spencer’s in Morro Bay, Topaz Solar Farm where he installed solar panels, and Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay.  He’s pleased to join us at the Co-op where he really enjoys the friendly working environment with our Co-op community.

We also want to offer a belated welcome to Raymond, who joined us back in October.  He was employed at Grande Foods in Arroyo Grande for nine years where he worked in all of the store’s departments so he was able to jump right in here at the Co-op.
Cal Poly’s Community Counseling Clinic

Short-term counseling and consultations are available to SLO County residents on a sliding scale from $3-$15 per visit at the Cal Poly Community Counseling Clinic. The counselors are grad students and are overseen by clinically licensed psychologists.
No one will be turned away based on their ability to pay for counseling.

For more information, call 805.756.1532 or visit the website.
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 every month.  The next meeting will be January 14th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the store at 544.7928 for the location.
              Sycamore and Cerro San Luis.  Sunset, winter solstice, 2014.
Upcoming Events

SLO County Restaurant Month, Fri, Jan 2 – Sat, Jan 31
Special prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants.
The Secret Garden, Fri, Jan 9 – Sun, Jan 25
Academy of Creative Theatre at SLO Little Theatre
Annual Pruning Meeting at the CRFG Demo Orchard, Cal Poly SLO
FREE clinics with Professor Dan Lassanske at Farm Supply
SLO store on Jan 10, Paso store on Jan 17
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, Jan 15, 2015
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for location.
Meet your Board Members! Volunteer for a committee!
Third Sat of each month, sessions are 25 mines. long.
are accepting applications through Fri, Jan 23, 2015.
Volunteer positions for 2015 appointments
Kick off 2015 with SLO Natural Foods!
Vendor fair, free samples, special discounts
Blood Drive with United Blood Services
HopeDance Events, January 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 newsletter.slonaturalfoods@gmail.com
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.com       805-544-7928