PFC Newsletter March 2017
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Help us create an outdoor eating area and community gathering space at the Co-op!
We will begin a fundraising campaign soon.
Right now we need volunteers to help with:

Our first planning meeting is Wednesday April 26 at 5pm at the Co-op! We'll meet outside weather permitting, inside if it's raining.
Bring your ideas and suggestions!

Dear PFC Owners & Customers,
Placerville Food Co-op celebrated it's 5 year anniversary in October 2011. We now have over 1,600 owners. "The Co-op" is a hub for food and for our community. Our employees, owners, and customers are passionate about local and organic food, they also believe in supporting local farmers and other small businesses. 

If you shop at the co-op you know that we have a fantastic deli that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. We use organic produce and organic ingredients whenever possible (and that's a lot!). We have fresh juice, sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, and baked goods. We have options for all dietary needs including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo and more. We also have kombucha on tap!

Sadly, we lack a proper seating area.  With our funds we will create an outdoor seating area for all co-op customers. The space has “great bones” - a rock wall with honeysuckle vines and a mature pecan tree that provides shade in the summer.

An outdoor seating area will provide more than a place to eat - it will be a space for people to connect and community gatherings. Everyone in our community will be able to enjoy the results of this project.

In cooperation,
Regina Grosby
General Manager
Do you have experience with any of the following? Would you like to volunteer or do you know someone who would?!
  • Marketing plan
  • Crowdfunding
  • Donor benefits (gift card, brick with donor name, etc)
  • Design & layout
  • Builders
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
Check out our Pinterest inspiration board for our outdoor cafe!

We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands. -Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. -Carl Jung

How Many Hands Does it Take?
A Handy Guide to Feeling More Connected

By Andrea Crimmins, PFC Board of Directors

All hands on deck, lend a hand, give a hand,  get your hands dirty, many hands make light work.  Have you ever noticed how many sayings there are that use hands to connote community connection? When was the last time you stopped while picking up a gorgeous head of lettuce in our produce section or spooning up some of the scrumptious and nourishing food from our hot bar and asked yourself, how many hands did it take to get this food into my own?

I encourage you to try this out and see how you feel. In my experience, taking a moment to ask this simple question has the power to bring a deeper sense of appreciation, connectedness and well being. The question can be used as a form of mindfulness meditation, a practice that is proven to have multiple benefits.

There is nothing we can do in this life that doesn’t connect to someone or something else. And yet we live in times that often feel isolated and disconnected. There are many reasons that each of us feel motivated to be part of the Placerville Co-op, not least of which is the opportunity for community connection. Still, we are all busy and it can be challenging to feel that we have enough time to give to building community. I’m a firm believer that when we feel more connected we can more easily feel empathy and appreciation for those around us. When we feel appreciation it’s easier to take actions that keep building connection and the reinforcing feedback loop continues.

My hope and dream is that we can all help build the Placerville Co-op into a nurturing and connected community, that it can become an even greater hub for connecting with and getting to know our neighbors, our farmers, and our employees, and that we can practice appreciation for one another and for all the work it takes to build a healthy food system and community. Most of all, I hope we can remember that there is joy in this work. How many of our hands will it take? All of them.


Our online presence is growing as more people are using  the internet to search for stores like ours. They search for co-ops, natural food stores and restaurants (think of our deli!) while passing through town or moving into the area. It is even surprising to see those who have lived here some time "discover" us online.  Interestingly, more and more of our new owner applicants are stating that they found us online.  The power of social media and usefulness of the internet for promoting businesses is undeniable. 
If you appreciate the co-op and have good things to say about it, we would encourage you to leave a positive review for Placerville Food Co-op on Google, Yelp, Facebook or wherever reviews can be submitted. Thank you!
Greetings from the Front End Team!

We are looking for part time help in the cashier pool.  Applications can be picked up in person or downloaded from the Placerville Co-Op website.  Cashier/register experience is preferred.  

We at the co-op, and in the cashier pool, value providing excellent customer service in a timely and friendly manner.  Did you know that you can place special orders right at the cashier station as well as through the website?  Co-Op owners receive 10% off the shelf price when placing special orders for bulk quantities and/or by the case.  And don't forget that when you make your final member payment you receive a $10 Gift Card!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
First Sunday of each month @ 10am

What is a food swap?
The Placerville Food Swap was started in 2012. A food swap is a free community event where people barter their homegrown, foraged, preserved or homemade food items. No money is exchanged.

How does it work?
Bring several items valued at appx $5 (example, dozen eggs, fruit/veggies, loaf of bread, jar of preserves), meet local folks, offer to barter for their items, and leave with new items for your pantry.

Photos: Shelly Thorene,
Mountain Democrat

Use the co-op community room for your next community event. 
Our schedule is filling up with events like yoga, belly dancing, book clubs, story time, meditation circles, and of course, a food swap.
Friday, April 14 is Owner Discount Day
Owners save 10% off all purchases!
Free samples from
Chacewater Olive Oil.
Get your knives sharpened while you shop w/ Super Sharp.
Healthy Back and Movement with the Feldenkrais Method®
Improve your posture, reduce stress and learn to move with more ease and power. The lessons are designed to meet each individual at their level. Classes consist of gentle, verbally-guided movements done with focused attention to experience how you move, reduce pain and increase feelings of lightness & strength. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a mat or blanket.

WHEN: Monday Evenings April 3 to April 24
WHERE: Placerville Food Co-op Community Room
TIME: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
FEE: $10 Suggested Donation

All profits go to supporting our community owned co-op! Anita Bueno is an Authorized Teacher of Awareness Through Movement® Classes


Saturday, April 8th 1- 2 pm

  • Explore the biggest obstacle to feeling energetic and joyful: stress!
  • Learn what stress really is and how it affects your health
  • Assess your stress levels and learn how likely you are to experience a stress-related illness
  • Discover a naturopathic approach to stress management that is above and beyond typical strategies
  • Learn how to assess your adrenal glands to determine if you have maladaptive stress syndrome
  • Get tons of natural tips to heal your adrenal glands, conquer stress, and restore your energy & vitality 

Space is limited! Enter your email to RSVP

Interested in taking a Bellydance class? Here is what you can expect. A no stress class with a focus on movement, proper posture and body alignment. In this class we build community and accept you for who you are! We will also learn about the history of the dance and it’s movements from a woman’s perspective.

Wear clothes you can move in and shoes are optional. I have hip scarves to borrow or if there is an interest I can order them for you in a bulk order. Come try out the class and bring friends! Contact Jan (530)409-1397 with questions and to RSVP. Shimmy on!
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” 
Michael PollanIn Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
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