September Specials and Co-op Improvements!
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 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
September 2, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
In Grocery, Raymond has brought in some tasty treats! Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds from Natierra Himalania are a great source of fiber, omegas and magnesium. Also new are the Organic Toasted Coconut Chips from Made in Nature. These are non-GMO and BPA-free, and we have two flavors: Italian Espresso and Maple Madagascar Vanilla.
In Wellness, Jessica wants you to know about Jarrow's PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone), an antioxidant that promotes mitochondrial growth, supports heart health and cognitive function. She has also brought in more products from the Nubian Heritage line. SLO Natural Foods Co-op now carries Nubian Heritage deodorants, in addition to their soaps and hair care products. Not only are Nubian's products very clean and gentle, the company itself is doing good work in the world. They support women's cooperatives in Northern Ghana to source their ingredients and Nubian pays wages 2-3 times higher than the average minimum wage in Ghana.
Teresa in Herbs has brought in some new teas from Silk Road Tea. Sticky Rice Nuggets are hand-wrapped; one nugget makes a full pot of tea and each nugget may be steeped multiple times. This tea is a blend of Pu Erh leaves. Camel's Breath (Tuo Cha) is organic and is aromatic, earthy, and reminiscent of the forest floor. Steeping the nuggets longer yields a stronger (not bitter) tea. Imperial Keemun (Red Peach) is a loose, black tea and is also organic. It is fragrant, fruity, and refreshing.
Lonnan has brought in some new produce, all of it organic. We have lovely baby broccoli, to steam or eat raw, and we also have mixed sprouting beans. These can be enjoyed by the handful, or mixed in salads or pitas. Both are certified organic (CCOF) and are grown locally at Charan Springs Farm in Cambria. We also have organic CA-grown Nopalea cactus paddles. These are anti-inflammatory and can be juiced with berries for a tasty smoothie. Finally, be sure to try the fresh jujubes from Rock Front Ranch in Cuyama. These are certified organic (CCOF). Jujubes are higher in Vitamin C than citrus, are anti-inflammatory, have 18 of 22 amino acids. Please ask for a sample, Lonnan has fresh jujubes for any and all!
Store Improvements
We’re making several improvements for our shoppers here at SLO Natural Foods. You may have noticed the lovely new aisle signs in our grocery department, created by local company Lola Red Design Group.

We also have a new refirgerator; Bio-K Plus has proven to be a very popular probiotic with our customers and so the company asked if we would like to receive a complimentary refrigerator to stock their product. You'll find it next to the Grab & Go case in the produce department.

And we’re very happy to announce that the Co-op is getting two new nut butter machines. After years of coaxing and repairing the old machines, we’re looking forward to the new arrivals within the next couple of weeks.  Let there be fresh peanut and almond butter for all!
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 September 9th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events

Not-for-profit pure-food movement, heirloom veggies, anti-GMO activism.
100+ speakers, 300+ natural food vendors.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, September 9
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
CRFG Members will discuss how to grow rare fruits on the Central Coast
at the SLO Botanical Garden.
Dog Splash Days, Sa-Sun, Sept 12-13
Returning for its 9th year!  Bring your dog to swim in Templeton's
community pool; reserve a time slot at the link above.
Proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.
Avocado & Margarita Festival, Sat-Sun, Sept 12-13
Specialty foods, live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors.  Morro Bay.
Coastal Cleanup Day, Sat, Sep 19
Seeking volunteers; events are countywide.
Last year 1500 volunteers cleaned 30 beaches!
Free presentation offered by Master Gardeners of SLO County
at their monthly Advice to Grow By series.
Food and wine events at Santa Margarita Ranch
and throughout the county.
Harvest Festival, Fri-Sat, Sep 25-26
77th year; entertainment, displays, parade,
and more in Arroyo Grande.
via dei Colori SLO, Sat-Sun, Sept 26-27
Italian street painting festival, Mission Plaza, SLO.
HopeDance Events, September 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
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401       805-544-7928