What's new from the Board and at the store, High5Picks,  Co-op & Community Events & more
GLEANINGS - January 2014
News from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667

New Store Hours: 7 days from 8am to 8 pm
913 Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

15% Off
Daily Member Benefit for
  • Broccoli (Veritable Vegetable)
  • Meyer Lemons (Stoney Point - Pine Hill Orchards)
  • Black Beans
  • Millet
  • Black Figs

Jan. Monthly Specials

Click here the January Monthly Specials
Meet Your Employees!
Erik Woodard, Deli Manager
See our website for more

Co-op & Community Events

Mark your Calendar to attend the Co-op's  
Also of interest
Sustainable Food and Farm Conference, Nevada City, Jan 18 and 19

Breakfast with the Prez  
--  Come chat with Bill Scrivani, PNFC Board President; ask your questions.  Every 3rd Thursday morning, 8 am, upstairs.  Get your complimentary deli breakfast before you go up!

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Historian
  • Food and Product Demonstrators
  • Filing

Contact Julie Silvey, email julie@placervillecoop.org or in person at the store:  M-W, 1-4:00
Did you know that PNFC has a senior discount program Read all about it at our website.
Hi, I am Gary Clark, editor of the newsletter. Please, if you know of a
a co-op event or activity that you think should be in the newsletter. Email me a sentence or two about it and I will do my best to include it.

What's New at the Store

by Melisa Clark, Store Manager

Happy New Year to our Co-op member/owners! 

We finished off 2013 with a bang posting our biggest increase in a single month with a 30% growth rate over last December and we established a new record of 339 sales to customers in a single day. That is over 50 more than our daily average! More and more people are shopping at the Placerville Co-op.

We expect this explosive growth rate to continue in 2014 as the Co-op continues to expand it's selection of goods and services, starting with a coffee bar in mid-January. The Grower's Project posters should begin to appear in February right after our annual Grower's Meeting. Also look for new Deli selections and a Deli calendar so you will never miss your favorite soup or entree!

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The Co-op, together we own it!

From the Board
By Ruthie Loeffelbein

Two one-day events in your happy new year – to support, 

improve and learn about your Co-op:

  1. PNFC Strategic Planning Day – February 1, upstairs meeting room.  From 9:30 am to 5 pm (times to be confirmed) with a yummy lunch provided by the Co-op deli.  We’ll look at what we’ve accomplished and at what we want to do over the next few years.  All owners are very welcome.  Please RSVP to Ruthie by January 27, at 642-2972 or  ruthie@placervillecoop.org
  2. “Cooperative Café” is regional strategic planning for any and all of us (car pool) as part of regional and national co-op advancement.  Your fifty dollars per-person fee includes a great lunch and snacks on March 8 in Sacramento.  In prior years, this event has been greatly-appreciated by attendees.  Get more information here.  Note that you register on this link as a PNFC owner and give your $50 check – made out to CDS Consulting -  to the Co-op at the store.

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High5 Recipe - Lemon Cream
Thanks to Sydney and Laurie Brown

This yummy, quick, and reasonably healthy dessert, with its bright lemon flavor and elegantly simple presentation, makes it a great way to use lemons. Makes 4 servings.

¼ cup fresh lemon juice (1 or 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup honey
12 oz. drained silken tofu

Blend lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of the zest, honey, and tofu in a food processor or blender  until smooth. Scrape down sides and bottom of container as needed to incorporate all the honey.  Pour into serving ramekins. Top each serving with some of the reserved lemon zest. Chill before serving. Keeps well in refrigerator for several days.

Adapted from recipe by Martha Stewart
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Calling All Volunteers!
by Julie Silvey
Well, it may not look like there's much happening in the way of volunteering opportunities this month, but brace yourselves,

because there will be plenty in the year ahead! As we get closer and closer to seeing our co-op have 1000 members we also look to having more of you join our volunteer team.   To become a volunteer for the co-op all you need to do is fill out an application and go through a brief orientation at the store.  After that, your name will be added to the volunteer contact list and you’ll be good to go when the needs arise and you have some time and inclination to help.  Four hours of volunteer time accumulated will earn you a discount of 10% off all of your purchases of regularly priced items the following month.  The next volunteer orientation time is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th @2:00.  Please let me know if you would like to attend.
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