Placerville Co-op Newsletter June 2015
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F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
O U R new W E B S I T E
Letter from the General Manager

We are now entering the summer months, which means that your Placerville Natural Foods Co-op will have many more varieties of fresh, local, organic produce.  We receive a delivery from at least one of our local suppliers each day.

Be sure to check out the wine selection. Kyle has brought in some excellent local offerings at very competitive pricing.

We will have available some of the finest ingredients for strawberry shortcake. This will be organic real whipped cream, local strawberries from Papa Hank’s farm, and shortcake made in-house by Heather.

Don’t forget our Member Appreciation Day, which is always the second Friday of the month and during June, this will be June 12th.  On these days, all members will receive 10% off their entire purchase.

May was a good month for your Co-op, as sales continue to climb and we continue to make improvements to make your visits pleasant. Your Co-op now has 1344 Owner/Members.

Some of the recent changes are:
Website: We have added the ability to place special orders on-line. It is quickly becoming a popular order method.
Produce: As we enter the peak growing season, we have now begun to receive melons and stone fruits (peaches, apricots, nectarines, and cherries). We are also receiving a good supply of local strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Signs: In the near future, you will see our in-store signage changing to become more uniform to serve as a branding opportunity for Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.

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. 

Garland McQueen
Our annual Farm to Table Dinner will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Manzanita Kitchen.
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! All tickets purchased before July 1 will come with 10 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS!
Please plan to attend this community dinner that highlights our local farmers and brings us together to enjoy the bounty.
We also have sponsorships available. If you and/or your business would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Twyla at or 916-521-4569. Sponsorship forms can downloaded here.
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!
Our next Farm to Table Dinner planning meeting is Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10:00 am.
We will be meeting at the Manzanita Kitchen. 4232 Fowler Lane Ste. 101, Diamond Springs. ~Please join us~
Volunteers Needed
Do you enjoy helping a stack of papers find their home? We are need of a few volunteers to file.  Please stop by the co-op Monday through Thursday anytime from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and ask for Sher or Courtney.  
Do you like to distribute delicious food to others? We need a few people to help with our in-store sampling.
Would you like to volunteer at the Farm to Table Dinner? We need people to help set-up, prep the food, take tickets, etc. 

Remember, every 4 hours of volunteer service gives you 10% off your purchases at the co-op. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Twyla 916-521-4569
Thank you to everyone who has brought bags into the store, either for our bag lending program or your own shopping use. We will continue to take donations of clean, reusable bags as well as previously used paper bags, all in good condition. This enables the co-op to cut back on its own purchase and use of new bags. Also, if you forget to bring your bags when you shop, you are welcome to borrow some. We only ask that you return them, in clean condition, when you are finished using them.
New signs in our produce department will easily let you know where our produce is grown. Locally grown is within our county, and/or a 50 mile radius. Regionally grown is within a 150 mile radius.
From the Board
Your Co-op is making great strides. We continue to see improvement in the store, and your Board of Directors is in the process of recruiting to hire a new permanent General Manager.

We are still looking for some ​O​wner/members who have the interest and time to consider becoming involved in the governance of the organization by running for election to the ​B​oard​ later in the fall.​ 

We expect a potential candidate to have attended several board meetings as ​an ​observer, and to become familiar with the form of management called Policy Governance. The best way to accomplish this is by reading the PNFC Bylaws and Policy Register which are posted on the New and Improved PNFC ​W​ebsit​e​.
Interested owners should contact one of the ​Directors​ to start this dialog; Ruthie Loeffelbein is the ​Director​ heading up our board recruitment effort.
Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

¾  lb. chicken
½  lb. carrot (shredded)
½  lb. celery
½  lb. onion
¼  cup chopped garlic
2 qt. chicken stock 
½  lb. (uncooked weight) white rice
¼  cup lemon juice
2 Tb. lemon zest
¼ bunch green onion
2 egg yolks
¼  lb. butter
½  cup white flour
½  T white pepper
½  T salt
¼  T black pepper
¼ cup parsley

Cook rice in a separate pot to add to soup at the end. Cook the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in oil in a large pot. Add chicken stock, chicken and spices. Cook butter and flour together in a sauce pan. Bring soup to a boil, drop heat and add the roux and egg yolks
Cook until the soup thickens. Finally add the rice, lemon juice and zest, green onions and parsley.
Do you know we have a Community Room available for meetings, classes and community events?

We have a spacious room with tables and chairs available. Please contact Julie for more information.
Beyond Insomnia: Tapping into your natural power to sleep

Tired of tossing and turning at night, watching the clock in frustration while anxiously anticipating how exhausted you will be the next day?  Followed everybody’s advice on how to get a good sleep, but nothing seems to work?

In this 90 minute seminar, Beyond Insomnia Coach Jennifer Jackson will talk about how she moved beyond 28 years of chronic insomnia and how you can too.  Come learn a powerful technique to clear busy, anxious thoughts, and move the body out of a stress response and into a relaxation response so that sleep comes easily and naturally.  Say good-night to sleeping pills and tap into your natural power of sleep.

Natural Foods Co-op Community Room, Saturday, June 6th 11 - 12:30
Please sign up in advance.  We need a minimum of 3 participants and space is limited to 8.
$15 co-op members        $20 non-members
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