Placerville Co-op Newsletter July 2015
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General Manager’s Letter

I am now beginning the last 4 weeks of my tenure with Placerville Natural Foods Co-op. The previous 5 months have had many challenges that, along with the assistance of the staff, we have met and addressed with successful results. There have been many projects that have made the time seem to pass much too quickly.

During the past 5 months your Co-op has increased sales, hired some very capable staff, made some positive changes in the sales operation, and has started the road to profitability. Along with the sales growth, the membership growth continues to climb.

I feel that I have accomplished the tasks that were asked of me when I arrived and although there is more room to improve, the path will be a little easier for the next General Manager.

I have made many friends during my time with your Co-op and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time in your community.  Not many Southerners have a chance to spend 6 months in the Sierras.  I am still looking for good grits and fried okra.

On July 27th, I will turn the reigns over to Brad Salmon, also an experienced General Manager. I am sure he will receive the same welcome that was extended to me when I arrived. I feel confident that Brad will lead your Co-op into a successful future.

I hope to see many of you before the end of July, maybe during our Member Appreciation Day, which is always the second Friday of the month and during July, this will be July 10th. On these days, all members will receive 10% off their entire purchase.

On behalf of all the staff and myself, we are thankful and appreciate your continued support and hope that you find your store to your liking and feel encouraged to visit more often. If there are any issues or concerns, feel free to contact me at  I will respond to all e-mails as quickly as possible. 

I will never forget Placerville Natural Food Co-op and if my future travels take me anywhere nearby, I will definitely return for a visit.

Thank you,

Garland McQueen
General Manager
Placerville Natural Food Co-operative.
From the Board...

The Placerville Natural Foods Coop Board have selected Brad Salmon to fill the position of General Manager. Brad comes to us from Bloomingfoods Market & Deli of Bloomington, Indiana, where he currently serves as Financial Manager. Brad previously worked as General Manager of Kokua Market in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brad will be joining us at the end of July, concurrent with the end of the six month tenure of Garland Mcqueen, our interim General Manager. Garland’s efforts have resulted in much improvement in the financial performance of our Co-op, and we expect that we will continue to make strides under Brad’s leadership.

The Board wishes to say "Thank You" to Garland, and to the entire PNFC staff for your efforts to achieve strong gains in the financial performance of the Co-op since the beginning of 2015.

We continue to seek owners willing to serve on the Board of Directors, and we would especially like to have representation from our local grower/producer community. If you would like more information about serving as a member of the Board please contact Ruthie Loeffelbein at 530-642-2972.

Thank you,
John Le Pouvoir
President, Placerville Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors
Our annual Farm to Table Dinner will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Manzanita Kitchen.
Please plan to attend this community dinner that highlights our local farmers and brings us together to enjoy the bounty.

Please buy your tickets now. Tickets will not be available at the door.  You may purchase your tickets online or at the co-op. This event will sell out! 
Thank you to the Farm to Table committee. You are working so hard to create a wonderful event. Visit for more info and check out our Facebook page too!
Farm to Table Dinner posters and postcards are available. Please contact Regina if you would like to promote the Farm to Table Dinner. Posters are 8.5x11"or 11x17" and postcards are 4x6".
Thank you volunteers! Wow. You are truly making a difference in the lives of our community! 
Thank you Mad Dog Mesa for being our first sponsor of the Farm to Table Dinner!  
Volunteer Opportunities
Sponsorships:  If you would like to sponsor this year's Farm to Table Dinner, please contact Twyla. We have a limited number of sponsorships available. You will receive publicity in our newsletter, on our Facebook page, on our website and publicity the night of the event, Saturday, September 19, 2015.  (Download a sponsorship form here).
Farm to Table Dinner: We need people to help prepare the food! We need people on Thursday, September 17Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19
Ticket Sales:  We need a few volunteers to host a ticket selling booth at the Co-op.  If you are available on Friday, July 10, 2015, please contact Twyla and schedule a convenient time. We have two shifts available: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Thank you!  Please purchase your tickets now!
Farm to Table Dinner promotion:  Please help promote this year's Farm to Table dinner by hanging a poster at your place of work. This is a wonderful community event.  
Community Garden Volunteers:  The co-op will give you credit for volunteering at the local community gardens. Times and days vary and are determined by the Community Garden organizer. 

Please email Twyla to sign up for volunteer oppportunities or call at (916) 521-4569

Yoga for Every BODY

Gentle yoga for folks with mobility issues, including size, age, etc.

We use chairs and bars on the walls for assistance.

No floor work; no pretzel positions.

Please bring a mat. Tuesdays 10 am

Bill (916) 276-7087

Coconut Water Kefir:
To Make:
¼ cup Water Kefir Grains (available at the Co-op)
1 quart of coconut water

How to Make the Kefir:
Add the coconut water to the Mason Jar. Add the kefir grains. Cover the mason jar with a lid and tighten. Let sit for 24-48 hours. The longer the fermentation, the less sugar in the kefir. 
Once it is done - you have a fizzy and probiotic rich drink. Strain the grains with a fine mesh plastic strainer and repeat process. Make sure you are using clean instruments as you do not want to get unwanted bacteria into your divine kefir.
-Place special orders
-Request new items
Reminder: We hold a monthly drawing for completed lunch punch cards. Enter today to win a $20 gift card to the Co-op!
FREE Health & Wellness Workshops
Presented by 
Danielle Murphy, Masters in Health Education.

The Gut-Brain Connection
Saturday, July 18, 2015
3:30 pm 
What are Inflammatory Foods?
ednesday, August 12, 2015
12:00 noon
Healthy Foods & How to Cook Them!
Saturday, August 22, 2015 
3:30 pm

All classes are 1 hour and are held in the PNFC Community room (upstairs). Placerville Natural Foods Co-op, 535 Placerville Drive. For more information please contact Danielle 916-521-4568
PNFC has a beauitiful and spacious Community Room available for meetings, classes and community events.

Tables and chairs are available. Please contact Julie for more information.
If you would like to place an ad in the PNFC newsletter, please contact Regina.
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