What's new from the Board and at the store, High5Picks, 2013 Bulk Buys, Co-op & Community Events, Shirley's Corner & more
GLEANINGS - April 2013
News  and Notes from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667
530-621-3663 pvillefoodcoop@gmail.com


748 Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

15% Off
Daily Member Benefit for 

APRIL'S High5Picks

Co-Op 's 2013
Bulk Buy Specials
Open to all
Get your orders in by the 15th of each month. For prices or more information contact call or email Lisa Stark Hughes at (530) 391-7544 or lisa@swish4fish.com

•  April:  Organic Lund          Long White Rice #25
•  May: Organic GOE              Whole Wheat Elbow          Pasta #25
•  June: Organic Pinto            Beans #25
South Fork Farm's Jaclyn Moyer and her arugula.
Laura Owens (Owens Acres) "Ayurvedic Calm"--the perfect tea.
Hummus, it's already been made for you--just ask Diana Weiman.
Justin with Mama Earth Farm's Rainbow Chard, a High5Pick.
Mad Dog Mesa - One of the High5Kitchen's favorite EVOOs (Extra Virgin Olive Oil).
Mellifera Farm's Salud Mix.
Melisa spotlight's Placerville's Lana Lane Bakery's Cheese Cake.
Moro Blood Oranges, a High5Pick from Pine Hill Orchard.
Garrick helps Morgana Jacques find Buckwheat, a High5Pick.
Local Vendor Spotlight: "TWO HOT CHICKS" Jellys and Jams.
Pomele from Veritable Vegetables.
Kyle Schildman--holding High5Pick's black-eyed peas--a High5Pick.
Local Honey is in the store just in time for allergy season.
Wani's Organic Salsa
Bulk Herbs & Spices

--in the next issue of Gleanings--

You will read information about PNFC's new Low-Income Customer Program, designed to help people on public assistance share in the Co-op advantage of buying nutritious, safe, organic food for their families.

Watch for it in May!
What a beautiful show of Spring all around.  That reminds me, have you seen the wonderful native flowers at the front of the parking lot?  Many thanks to all the hands that helped to assure the Spring bloom!  Shirley (photo by Bridget Loera)
What's New  -  From the Board 

Breakfast with Bill

Every third Thursday of the month at 8 am upstairs in the Co-op Community Room Bill Scrivani, PNFC Board

President will meet with interested member-owners of the Co-op community to listen and share ideas for making our Co-op the best place to shop and a strong presence in the community.

Have Ideas?  Bring them along.
Donation-based breakfast provided by our deli. 
What's New at the Store -  From Melisa, Our General Manager

Thanks to all 748 of our Owners The Co-op is busier than ever! Spring has everyone out shopping for fresh organic produce, locally made cheeses, salsa, cheese cakes and more! The Co-op Staff is hustling to keep up with the increased demand and will be getting some much needed help with an additional employee in the Deli and a designated Stocking Coordinator to make sure products throughout the store are available at all times. We will be extending store hours, staying open until 8:00pm Monday through Saturday for our customers who are driving through town a little later on these long sunny days.

We are also busy with many activities outside the store including Earth Week Activities at Folsom Lake College EDC on the 16th and 18th, Earth Day 2013 on April 20th at the Placerville Branch Library, and Family Fit and Fun Day in June.  Farmer's Markets are starting in May and we are looking for volunteers.

Next time you are at the store enjoy a fresh juice under the new canopy in the sunny outdoor eating area. Bon Appetite!
New Bulletin Board
A new Customer Communication Bulletin Board is located in the rear of the store across from the soup counter near the Deli. Leave us your written requests or questions on the board and a staff member will respond with a written reply within 24 hours. Together we can make the store you want it to be!
The Rummage Sale was a great success, with proceeds of over $1,000 - thank you for all your help!
Co-op & Community Events
  • Earth Day  Don't forget Earth Day, Saturday April 20, 10 AM to 4 PM at the El Dorado Main Library for a full day of fun.
  • South Fork Farm's Spring Open House Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Pet Day at the Co-op  - Saturday, April 27 10A.m. - 3 p.m. Come visit our vendors and bring your pets! Free samples & pet adoptions.
  • Placerville Certified Farmers' Market opens Saturday, May 4, Corner of Main Street and Cedar Ravine in Historic Placerville
  • El Dorado Master Gardener's 4th Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Veterans Memorial Building Parking Lot
    130 Placerville Drive, Placerville.
From the High5Kitchen  
April marks the sixth month anniversary for the High5Pick Program where members receive a 15% daily discount for 5 Picks throughout each month.

As Placerville Natural Foods Co-op continues to support and celebrate a return to whole foods I would like to thank all those who have helped make the High5Pick program happen from the Board of Directors, who approved it, to the store staff who implemented it and the numerous co-op members who have helped in big and little ways and all the member-owners who believed in the concept--healthy whole foods at affordable prices.

By the way, have you noticed our produce section lately? Justin Barbu has done a terrific job-- not only is it fresh and abundant but all of it is organic and he's been able to provide us with more local produce. You can read about it in your e-pub, the Best of Bits & Bites, where we cover local growers and more.

For more information about the High5Pick program or if you want to help or have suggestions
Enjoy! Chris

Bulk Buying Program

Your Co-op Bulk Buying Program--buy by the bag--continues to expand each month. Check out this year's full selection below.

Please note specific items are subject to change so be sure to check with the Co-op or on our Facebook page for the latest news and prices or call Lisa Stark Hughes at 530-391-7544 or email her at lisa@swish4fish.com.

  • April:  Organic Lund Long White Rice #25
  • May: Organic GOE Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta #25
  • June: Organic Pinto Beans #25
  • July: Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour #25
  • August: Organic Guisto’s Whole Wheat Fine Flour #50
  • Sept: Organic Lund Brown Basmati Rice #25
  • Oct: Organic Rolled Oats #50
  •  Nov: Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries #25
  • Dec: Organic Flax Seeds #25

Cut off dates for pre-paid bulk orders are the 3rd Monday of the month.  Items must be pre-ordered, paid in advance and ordered by the bag or multiples of bags.

This program is open to all--members and non-members and it is a wonderful way to get non-members involved and to benefit the community at large. Lisa

Shirley's Corner -  Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events  -  

Call or email Shirley Woods at 530-620-3229 shirleyjwoods@gmail.com

Silkscreening T-shirts  - Remember silkscreening? On Friday, April 19, 11 a.m.,we will be silk-screening t-shirts upstairs at the Co-op.  Let me know if you can come- should be lots of fun!

Pet Day at the Co-op -  On April 27 we will be hosting a special day here for animal lovers.  We need helpers starting at 9:30 a.m. for event set-up, 3:30 for break down and folks throughout the day who can help keep vendors and visitors--both animals and humans--happy!  

Wanted: Co-op Historian -  Like scrapbooking? Putting photos in albums? The Co-op needs a volunteer to keep and organize flyers, news articles, ads, paper memorabilia of all sorts – so that we can record our own history.

No need for fancy scrapbooking--you can just put items neatly on the pages, with labels and dates. Our historian doesn’t even have to gather all the memorabilia; other Co-op members will naturally help by putting items in a History Box at the market. There’s even a back-log of early Co-op “stuff” currently existing in a place or two.

Weeding -  This job calls for those familiar with native plants and can keep our new flower bed free of invasive plants. Plan your own schedule and meet with Verne Pershing, our Landscape Pro.

Thanks again Everyone!  See you here at the Co-op. Shirley 

Interested in Helping Direct the Co-op? Consider being a Board Member

Our Co-op needs a pool of member/owners interested in joining the Board of Directors.  Board vacancies, especially when regular Board elections aren't immediately pending, need to be filled by interested, involved and informed member/owners. If you are interested, contact Ruthie Loeffelbein at 530-642-2972 or ruthieloeff@gmail.com.
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From the editor's desk
Thanks to Tripp Mikich, Chris Smith, Shirley Woods, Melisa Clark, and many more for so much help putting out this newsletter. This was truly a community project. Just like the Co-op, this is an example of the creativity we are capable of when we work together. - Gary Clark

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