June Specials and Annual Meeting Details at SLO Natural Foods Co-op!
off Broad @ Caudill

 Mondays - Saturdays:
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
June 4, 2015
In This Newsletter:
Local Vendor Fair and Annual Membership Meeting
Our Local Vendor Fair and Membership Meeting was a great success! It was a beautiful day here at SLO Natural Foods Co-op, with plenty of people meeting and mingling, sampling the tasty offerings from our local vendors, and listening to live music from Chorro de Oro.
Board Member and Treasurer Eric Michielssen called the Membership Meeting to order. After thanking General Manager Gwen Schmidt and the staff for the Co-op's turnaround of the last two years, Eric discussed the finances of the Co-op. Well over half of the outstanding loans borrowed to keep the doors open two years ago have been paid off. Sales are up dramatically and the Co-op is on track to join the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) when we reach the annual sales threshold. NCG is a cooperative for retail food co-ops in the USA, and membership will allow SLO Natural Foods to receive better pricing on products which will then be passed on to Co-op shoppers. Eric and Gwen also explained how a better point-of-sale (POS) system would benefit operations as well as the Co-op's owners. Upcoming improvements that shoppers will see soon include aisle signs and possibly an additional entry to the Wellness Department where the Bulk Herbs counter is located.
Eric also invited everyone to share their vision of the Co-op and to become involved. Owners are always encouraged to attend Board Meetings. 
Summer Membership Drive

The processing fee on all new memberships is waived through the end of the year. This is a savings of $10! New owners will still receive 12 double discounts through the end of the calendar year.

We also have a deal for current Co-op owners: if a new owner writes your name down on their application as a referral, you'll receive a $5 gift certificate as a thank-you.
Giveaways on Facebook
As a thank you to our Facebook friends, we are doing random giveaways from time to time. To enter, you must LIKE and COMMENT on the giveaway post.
We're accepting entries on our current giveaway until midnight on Fri, June 5th. The winner will be announced on Saturday morning. Go to our Facebook page for all the details!

    Enter on Facebook by midnight, Fri, June 5th.
Product Updates at SLO Natural Foods
We have a lot of new items in Grocery this month. From AMPHORA we have Soft Dried Plums and Soft Dried Figs. These dried fruits have been rehydrated with natural spring water. Both products are organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and unsulphured. They are vegan and gluten-free and have no added sugar.  From BARNANA we have Chewy Banana Bites in three different flavors: Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Coconut. All are organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and gluten-free. DEB’S GOURMET Simply Smokey Jalapenos are new as well; these are tasty in bruschetta, omelets, as a BBQ topping, or added to dressings and sauces. And from CHAPARRAL GARDENS, we have seven flavorful vinegars: Champagne Mimosa, Raspberry Basil, Kiwi Mint, Head Ancho, Mission Fig Balsamic, Blackberry Balsamic, and Star Anise Vanilla Bean Balsamic. Many people tasted these for the first time at our Vendor Fair and were delighted! These vinegars can add a special flair to your recipes or simply pour some into a saucer and enjoy with slices of BACK PORCH BAKERY baguette. These vinegars also make the perfect host/hostess gift for your favorite cook. Finally, don't forget that we carry delicious and hand-crafted SEE CANYON Hard Cider, another popular item at our Vendor Fair. ROCK FRONT RANCH in Cuyama is new to the Co-op, with their certified organic honeys. They are sold in 1 and 2 lb. glass jars in two varieties: Sage and Wildflower. We also sell Rock Front's Dried Jujubes, grown right in Cuyama. 
In the Chill department, Jennie has brought in TARTE Asian Yogurt. It is a high-protein, Vietnamese style yogurt with probiotics. It's gluten free and made in California from non-rBST milk. The big news in Chill is that we have expanded our selections of MEAT. Ground Lamb and Ground Buffalo are back in stock and we now have Baby Back Pork Ribs as well as and several new sausages (Venison/Beef/Pork, Elk/Beef/Pork, and Duck Bacon with Jalapenos), and MORE! Also new this month is SLO's own KOMPLETE Kombucha. You'll find self-serve taps next to the coffee bar, with two flavors: Ginger Sarsaparilla and Jasmine Bliss. Komplete is making converts of the Co-op Staff, even those who thought they weren't fond of kombucha. More, please!
Lonnan is bringing in some more seasonal produce. STONE FRUITS are here: peaches, nectarines, plums, as well as GRAPES, both green and red. If you haven't tasted the CHELAN CHERRIES, get in and buy some! Cherry season doesn't last long and this is an early and very tasty variety; these cherries are firm and sweet, absolutely delicious. MELONS are arriving, and we have MANGOES and PAPAYA. Many of the papayas grown in Hawaii are GMO, but the ones here at SLO Natural Foods are organic and non-GMO.
In Health and Beauty, Jessica has brought in the complete line of NUBIAN HERITAGE body lotions. Nubian buys shea butter from women's cooperatives in Ghana. The women earn wages 2-3 times the prevailing rate and are able to better provide for their families. A new brand this month is NOURISH ORGANIC, with two products: Replenishing Argan Oil can be used on the body, face, and hair, and is very hydrating. Rejuvenating Rose Hip & Rosewater Body Oil Mist with EFAs, anti-oxidants, and vitamins.
Finally, in Herbs, Teresa has brought in Nigella sativa, commonly known as Black Seed, Black Cumin, Roman Coriander, and Black Caraway, among other names. It's been used in cookies, breads, and liquors, and is considered a natural remedy for a variety of ills.

Local Farmers' Banners at the Co-op

Have you noticed the new banners hanging above the produce department at SLO Natural Foods? Trina and Edwin Baumsteiger of Templeton Valley Farms submitted their photo, Christina took the rest, and PRP did a fine job making up the banners.

Come and 'meet' the local farmers who grow the food you buy here at the Co-op. In addition to Trina and Edwin, you will see Roberto Le-Fort  of Le-Fort's Organic Crops, Ruth Maddocks of Branch Mill Organic Farm, Vangie Glass of Glass Farm, and Manager Alan Cavaletto of Morro Creek Ranch
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, but there will be no meeting in June. The next one will be July 15th at 5:30 pm.  Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for the meeting location.
Upcoming Events
Volunteer, collect donations,
donate in person at one of many SLO County locations,
including SLO Natural Foods Co-op,
or donate online at www.slofoodbank.org
11am to 7pm, Tidelands Park.  Bring a chair!
Local bands, food, wine, beer, many vendors.

12pm to 8pm, Avila Beach.
Largest oyster festival on the west coast.
Advocacy Training, Tues, June 9
Learn how to advocate for your cause at all levels of government.
Suggested donation $10.
Meet the most active chapter of the CRFG and see what they're growing.
Open to all; learn about laws, food science, sanitation, packaging,
storing, and business operations.
$25 if registered by June 8; late registration is $40.
Board of Directors Meeting, Wed, July 15
Please call the Co-op at 544.7928 for meeting location.
There's an open seat! Meet your Board Members!
Volunteer for a committee!
Summer Pruning, Sat, June 20
Part of the free Advice to Grow By series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.
Learn about organic certification with the CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF),
Kids' City Farm Day, Sat, June 27
Help plant the Three Sisters Garden at the SLO City Farm.
$5 suggested donation per family, pre-registration required.
University of CA Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver (UCCE MFP)
Water bath canning tomatoes, $5.
Coming up: Fermentation (Jul 25) and Pressure Canning (Aug 22)
HopeDance Events, June 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.com
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.com       805-544-7928