What's new from the Board and at the store, High5Picks, 2013 Bulk Buys, Co-op & Community Events, Shirley's Corner & more
News  from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667


764 Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

15% Off
Daily Member Benefit for

  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Thick Rolled Oats
  • Red Chili Beans

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

•  May: Organic GOE Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta #25
•  June:Organic Pinto Beans #25
Co-op & Community Events
Placerville Certified Farmers' Market open now every Saturday, from 8 AM to 12 noon, Corner of Main Street and Cedar Ravine in Historic Placerville.

Saturday, May 11, 6 PM, movie, Manufactured Landscapes, at the Co-op in the Community Room upstairs. Please join us for a potluck before the film and discussion afterward. And remember to bring your own table service.

Save the Date 
Locavore Dinner
August 3, 2013
Placerville Shakespeare Club
Breakfast with the Prez Every third Thursday of the month at 8 am upstairs in the Co-op Community Room Bill Scrivani, PNFC Board President meets with member-owners of the Co-op community.
Have Ideas?  Bring them along.
Donation-based breakfast provided by our deli.
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 our market the store you want it to be!

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

by John Le Pouvoir
The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op is offering a 10% discount for the month following 4 hours of accumulated volunteer work, for the following activities:
  • Cleanup of outdoor areas
  • Sorting of Recycling
  • Painting
  • Historian/Archivist 
  • Chamber of Commerce liaison
For detailed information, see the volunteer descriptions at Co-op website. To volunteer, contact Shirley or Melisa at the Co-op, 530-621-3663
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What's New at the Store - From Melisa, Our General Manager

The Co-op continues to be busier than ever with more community members becoming owners everyday! This means a higher 
demand for our organic and local produce, our hot Deli selections and everything else in the store. To keep up with this increase in sales we will be adding additional staff members to ensure that our shelves are stocked and plenty of staff are available to help you find what you are looking for at the store. 
Look for new signage throughout the store later this month or early next month as we install department signs, aisle signs and the Growers Project signs in the produce department.
An Owner Communication Bulletin Board, located across from the deli, is a great way for owners to let the staff know what is on their minds. If you have a compliment for the staff or a complaint, need a product we don't carry or have a suggestion for an additional service leave us a note on the form provided at the bottom of the bulletin board. We will respond within 24 hours at the bottom of the form and contact you directly if you so desire.
We are showing a movie, Manufactured Landscapes, this month in the Community Room upstairs at the Co-op on May 11th. Please join us for a potluck before the film and discussion afterward. Potluck at 6 PM. Movie starts at 6:30 PM
The Co-op will have a table at the Farmer's Market in Placerville this year so stop by and say hello to the volunteers who are helping out. Or call Shirley Woods, at the store  621-3663, our Volunteer Coordinator, to get involved yourself!
The Co-op! We Own it!

What's New  -  From the Board 
by Ruthie Loeffelbein
Your Board of Directors is constantly working on  becoming an excellent Co-op Board.  

We work with CDS Consulting Co-op, which helps us advance our knowledge and good Board practices, with its Co-op Board Leadership Development (CBLD) program.

These folks represent a lot of co-op experience across the U.S.  We have a phone meeting (conference call) coming up in early May, our own Board retreat here with Todd – our CBLD guy – in late June, and a co-op seminar in late September in Sacramento.  There’s always more to learn and another challenge to discuss, always relating to our own Co-op as it gains strength and connection in our community.
This expert support and education costs a few thousand dollars a year – and well worth it!
We sampled Percy’s gluten-free pizza (yum!) slated for serving at the August 3rd Locavore Dinner.
We progressed toward finalizing the Co-op’s new “Low Income Shopper Program,” which will help give access, for more of our community, to safe and nutritious food.
We set structure for Board Committees, such as the Education Committee, which is planning for classes, workshops, round table groups, etc. to foster learning and sharing on food-related topics.
The Placerville Co-op LIC Program

The Co-op is pleased to announce the launching of its Low Income Shopper Program which will begin on June 1. 2013. This program was created to help make nutritious food available and affordable to all of our community members. If you are a Co-op shopper and are receiving General Assistance benefits, SNAP(food stamp) benefits or are enrolled in the W.I.C. program you are eligible for this program and will save 10% on your qualifying purchases.

We also hope to enable EBT card holders to purchase Scrip at the Farmers Markets throughout El Dorado County allowing them to purchase fresh food items at the Market using their EBT benefits. We are still waiting for approval from the USDA and will keep you posted on our progress.

Keeping food accessible and affordable is part of our Co-op vision and we are excited to be able to offer these programs to our community members.
What's Up at the High5Kitchen 
With spring officially here, variations of muesli make a light, healthy addition to the High5Kitchen repertoire of breakfast meals. With thick rolled oats and fresh strawberries--two May High5Picks at 15% off for all members--be creative and make a batch or two. For recipe ideas see


Shirley's Corner -  Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Placerville Natural Foods Co-op supporters-  Can I call us Coopers?!
I feel like this is my first true attempt at writing an article for Gleanings.  With that confession, I want to first include a very sincere appreciation for all the joint and individual efforts of our community members that created, and grew, PNFCo-op into what it is today- a place of support, and growth, in so many areas.
Now, I can start with more specific words pertaining to April 2013! Personally, I've been working with Board members, volunteers, and staff to create Job Descriptions for various Volunteer Positions.
In April, Volunteers gave of their valuable time to : maintain in-store fixtures, take Board minutes, create the newsletter and High 5 info, file documents, assist our General Manager, weed planted areas, silk-screen t-shirts with the Co-op's logo, sort and recycle CRV containers, refurbish the art on the outdoor tables, help with Furry Friends Day, and more!  Plus there are folks volunteering on the sly!  Remember to fill out your time slips. If you are interested in volunteering with the PNFCo-op, contact me at (530) 620.3229, or shirleyjwoods@gmail.com, and we can talk. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to be at the Saturday morning Farmers Market on Main Street.  For more opportunities please read "Volunteer Positions" .  Happy Co-op Creating!  Shirley 

Becoming a Board member

Have you been considering getting more involved in the leadership of your Co-Op?
If so, one of the ways you could do that would be to become a Board member.  The Board of Directors is legally responsible for running the Co-op.  Directors have the responsibility to keep informed, to think carefully, and to act in the best interests of the owner/members.
In order to be a board member, you need to be a member in good standing of the Co-op, which means that you have fully paid your membership (or be current in your quarterly payments toward full membership) and that you are a regular shopper at the Co-op.
Since we opened the store in October, 2011, we have not had a Board election.  We have filed vacancies that have arisen when Board members resigned through the appointment of interested owners.  Current director list here. We would like to extend an invitation to join us in running the business of the Co-op.   
If you are interested in finding out more about how the Board functions and what it might mean to be a Board member, please join us at the next monthly Board meeting on Monday, May 27 at 6 pm upstairs at the Co-op.  We invite you to step forward and be part of the governing body of your Co-op.
(To be considered as a candidate, please make your application no later than July 1, 2013)
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