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GLEANINGS - September 2014
News from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667

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New Store Hours: 7 days from 
8am to 8 pm

The Annual Locavore Dinner was a fine feast!

1175  Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

15% Off
Daily Member Benefit for
High5 Picks 
(All Organic)
  • Hard Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, Red Kuri, Etc.)
  • Crimini Mushrooms
  • Rosemary
  • Bulk: 
  • Black Lentils
  • Roasted (Kasha) Buckwheat
Co-op & Community Events

Member Patronage Program  starts September 30

September Monthly Specials

Click here the Monthly Specials

Breakfast with the Prez  --  Come chat with John Le Pouvoir, PNFC Board President; ask your questions.  Every 3rd Thursday morning (September 18th), 8 am, upstairs.  Get your complimentary deli breakfast before you go up!

High5 Recipes for August
By Martha McGoldrick

Makes 4 servings
When buying okra, it is best to choose pods that are bright green and small
(about 2 inches or less). Larger okra tends to be more fibrous and difficult to eat.
1 pound fresh okra, tops removed
1 cup chopped red pepper
1 tablespoon flax oil
squeeze of lemon juice
5 to 6 basil leaves, minced
sea salt to taste
Fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches of water. Place your steam basket inside the pot. Add
the fresh okra, and cover. Steam for 3 minutes. Remove the okra, and add it to
a serving bowl. Next, steam the chopped red pepper for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove
the red pepper, and add it to the bowl with okra. Top with flax oil, lemon juice,
basil, and sea salt.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Farmer's Market Table
  • American River Music Festival
  • Gift Bag Construction
  • Newsletter Mailing
  • Sampling
Contact Twyla, twyla@placervillecoop.org

Did you know that PNFC has a senior discount program
Read all about it at our website.

Calling All Volunteers!
by Twyla Teitzel 
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make our 5th Annual Locavore Dinner

a huge success.   Thank you Lois, Kirsten, Laurie, Mike, Danielle, Candiss, Matt, Sam, Janet, Julie, Garry, Karen, Gary, Vicki, Emily, Heather, Carly, the Kroedels, Lana Lane Bakery, Sugar Plum Vegan, and our dynamo leader – Percy!, . . .. . We could not have done this without each and everyone of you.

The room looked beautiful, the raffle prizes were amazing, the food was good and the desserts were fantastic! Thank you to everyone who brought desserts. Some of you dropped them off at the event anonymously so my apologies if I left you off of the thank you list.

We are already planning for next year’s event. So, if you would like to be a part of this fun event showcasing our fantastic local farmers - please contact me. We need you.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or comments regarding the Locavore dinner – please email or call me.

We need volunteers for our upcoming event with the SPCA on Saturday, October 18. Please email me if you are interested.

Thank you again for all your hard work. You are making a positive impact on the health of our community.


Store News

by Melisa Clark, General Manager

Dear PNFC Owner:
We are excited to

 announce that PNFC has reached the point in its growth and development that enables us to convert to the patronage dividend model!

Effective September 30, 2014, all co-op owners who are eligible will receive this dividend at the close of each fiscal year. Patronage dividends will be distributed at the Annual Meeting, held each October, beginning in 2015. Dividends are based on each owner’s purchases relative to the total store purchases. Dividends will be returned as a gift certificate good for store purchases for up to one year.

The patronage dividend will replace the twice-a-month 10% discount given at the register. Discounts at the register will end on September 30, 2014 to coincide with the implementation of the patronage dividend. While as individual shoppers, this may feel as though we are losing a valuable and important benefit, as co-op owners we can celebrate that our community owned enterprise has reached a level of sustainable profitability that will ensure the long term operations of our amazing market.

There are still plenty of reasons to be an active co-op owner including voting in the annual election of the Board of Directors, 15% over wholesale on full cases or bulk purchases of 25 lbs. or more, High Five Discounts, owner only sales and specials,” basic pricing” for members on staple products in every department, and the 10% volunteer discount.

The best reason of all for being an owner of the only consumer owned food Cooperative in El Dorado County is that without you our Co-op wouldn’t exist.

-The Co-op!
Together we built it!
Together we own it!

From the Board
By Ruthie Loeffelbein

Efforts to bring you a full slate of Co-op Directors, for September’s elections, are going well.

Since we currently have two vacancies, plus a third one pending as soon as we can fill it, we appreciate the Owners who are stepping forward to serve the Co-op in this way.

You will receive election/voting information soon.  And, of course, you will mark November 1 for the Annual Owner Meeting (1 pm), when voting results will be announced – and celebrated!

Strategic Plan Review  August 18  --   Several Co-op Owners, including Staff, Directors, and “regular” Owners went over our 2014-15 Strategic Plan (from Feb. 2014).   Progress is good: several tasks are completed ,  many are in process, and a few are just getting started.  You will be hearing about some of these soon.  Watch this space – and other spaces!

Hi, I am Gary Clark, editor of the newsletter. Please, if you know of a a co-op event or activity that you think should be in the newsletter. Email me a sentence or two about it and I will do my best to include it.
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