Happy, Happy Holidays from SLO Natural Foods Co-op!
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed December 25th and January 1st.
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
December 3, 2015
In This Newsletter:
* * * Special Holiday Hours * * *

SLO Natural Foods will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed through Christmas Day. The Co-op will be open for regular business hours on New Year's Eve and then will be closed on New Year's Day.
We at the Co-op wish you all a splendid holiday season!
New Bulk Station in Wellness!

Our new bulk station has made it much more convenient to fill your containers with bulk hair care, soaps, and lotions. We have plenty of bottles and jars to choose from or feel free to bring your own. We sell these items by weight now (not fluid ounces), so if you bring your own container, please weigh it empty before filling. We can do that for you at one of the registers or if there is a line, you can use the scale in the Bulk Department, next to the coffee grinder.

Also, we have two new bottles in stock, just in time for those who wish to make their own holiday gifts using essential oils. Details below in the Product Updates!

Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
'Tis the season, and here at SLO Natural Foods we have gifts that are sure to be appreciated by the people on your list. In Grocery, Raymond has brought in some more lunch boxes and bottles from New Wave Enviro, all at great sale prices. The Litter Free Lunch is an insulated bag with BPA-free, reusable bottle and four containers. We have new colors and patterns, and our sale price is $16.99. We also have Enviro Bottles on sale at $4.99 and Insulated Hot/Cold Bottles on sale at $12.99. From Earth Circle Organics we have two new products; Raw Organic Balinese Cacao Butter is perfect for making your own chocolate, desserts, and skin care products. Their Organic Raw 70% Dark Chocolate is mixed with low-glycemic organic coconut sugar; enjoy this one straight from the package or grate it to melt easily. Don't forget special craft and local beers, wines, and ciders for friends and for your own holiday celebrations!
In Chill, Jennie has brought in some new goat cheese: Montchevré comes in several tasty varieties including Cranberry-Cinnamon, Jalapeno, and Pumpkin. Enjoy some festive Coconut Milks from So Delicious; dairy-free Nog, Pumpkin Spice, and Mint Chocolate coconut milks are perfect for your holiday gatherings. Frozen, gluten-free Pumpkin Pie from Katz. Enjoy it with a dollop of Coco Whip topping from So Delicious!
Jessica has many great gift ideas in Wellness. We have plenty of candles, incense, lotions, and soaps, many of them locally produced here on the Central Coast. For those of you who like to make your own essential oil blends, we have two new glass bottles: clear roll-on cylinders (roller bottles) and cobalt essential oil bottles (with an orifice reducer and cap).
Teresa wants you to know that we have the much-loved We'moon spiral datebooks in stock. If you want the 2016 Gaia Rhythms for Womyn: Quantum Leap Year, for yourself or for giving, don't delay, as these are very popular gifts every year. We also have some lovely candles, and Himalayan salt crystal votive candle holders in the Herb department. For the tea drinkers we have several gift ideas including mesh tea balls, fabric bags, and single cup paper filters. We also have some beautiful fair trade knit hats from cooperatives in Nepal and Chile.

For those who would like a turkey dinner over the holiday, we're again taking special orders with a $20 deposit. These are fresh, free-range turkeys from Harmony Farms for $3.69/lb. Last day to order is Friday, Dec 18th for pick-up Tuesday, Dec 22nd (but we'll call to let you know when they have been delivered).  The Co-op will close early on Dec 24th at 4pm and reopen again on Saturday, Dec 26th.
Finally, don't forget the ever-popular gift certificate (in any amount) for your friends, families, and/or starving students! A $35 gift certificate is enough to get a person started on their own Co-op membership as well, and that person will enjoy everyday discounts as well as special member-only promotions.
Thank you, again -- and always -- for supporting the Co-op, and our local farmers and producers. By spending your dollars at the Co-op, you keep them here in our community, supporting our friends and neighbors.  
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 December 15th at 5:30 PM. Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events

Too many holiday performances and events to mention, but look out for vendor fairs all
over the county, where you will meet the people who made the very items
they are selling. Please support our local artisans and small businesses!
SLO Natural Foods Co-op will be in SLO's annual Holiday Parade!
Join us (details above) or cheer us on! Downtown SLO.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, Dec 15, 2015
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for location.
Meet your Board Members! Volunteer for a committee!
Migrating Monarchs, Sat Dec 12
Saturday at the Garden, SLO Botanical Garden
HopeDance Events, December 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.com
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928