Member-Owner Benefit Updates

A reminder for Co-op Member-Owners: there are updates to your benefits, as described here in the special notice from Board President Eric Michielssen that was sent on May 31, 2017. The last day to use daily and double discounts will be August 14, 2017.

Among other benefits, active Member-Owners will enjoy special sales and promotions. One of these is our monthly "First Friday" special kicking off Friday, July 7th. Every item in the Bulk Foods and Bulk Herbs & Teas departments will be 10% off, so stock up on culinary and medicinal herbs, coffee, teas, seeds, beans, grains, nuts, flour, sweeteners, dried fruits, and more for big savings! This discount even applies to items that are already on sale. Wellness items sold in bulk are not included in this sale.

Take advantage of these savings by making sure you are an active Member-Owner!

 

LEFT: Bulk Foods, CENTER: Culinary & Medicinal Herbs and Teas, RIGHT: Bulk Coffee Beans.

LEFT: Bulk Foods, CENTER: Culinary & Medicinal Herbs and Teas, RIGHT: Bulk Coffee Beans.

Local Vendor Fair Wrap-Up

On Saturday, June 3, more than 20 local vendors were here sampling their foods and products for our Co-op owners and shoppers. It was a lovely day and we all enjoyed live music from The Cimo Brothers before and after the Annual Membership Meeting.

After the Members' vote was held, we welcomed two more people to our Board of Directors: Kellye Grayson and Dan Niles, who has served on the board previously. Thanks to both for stepping up and volunteering!

And thanks to all of you who make up our Co-op community: our local vendors, our Member-Owners and shoppers, and our dedicated staff and board!

June 3rd: Save the Date!

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Co-op on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Co-op community owners will also be voting on Board candidates.

Our Local Vendor Fair will be going on that same day, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with music, special prices, and more! Please come meet our local vendors as they showcase their products that we proudly feature in our store.

Keep an eye out for more details at the Co-op and if you are interested in helping us share even more local food and products, it's a great time to consider Board membership right now. New faces are welcome!

Fun times at our 2016 annual membership meeting and local vendor fair.

Fun times at our 2016 annual membership meeting and local vendor fair.

Thank You, Albert!

Some of you may have met Albert Rodriguez, a Cal Poly student who has worked this past year as a marketing intern here at the Co-op. He helped with several surveys, special events, and other marketing duties, and he was a regular attendee at the Co-op's monthly Board meetings.

We wish to congratulate Albert on his graduation from Cal Poly last quarter and also to thank him for all the work he has done here at the Co-op. We really appreciate it.

Gwen and Albert. Thank you for all the hard work!

Gwen and Albert. Thank you for all the hard work!

Templeton Hills Beef

We are proud to offer local, sustainable, and naturally raised beef from Templeton Hills Beef. Here at SLO Natural Foods Co-op you can find their ground beef, sirloin steaks and tip roasts, brisket roasts, and beef riblets. From April 5 – April 18, Grass Fed and Grass Finished Ground Beef from Templeton Hills Beef is on sale for $8.99 lb., (reg. $9.99 lb.).

Templeton Hills Beef partners Will Woolley and Alton Emery are fourth and fifth generation California ranchers (Alton from Paso Robles), but it wasn’t until 2010 that they saw an opportunity and decided to go into business together raising grass fed and grass finished beef.

Will Woolley, Darian Buckles, Katie Emery, and Alton Emery. Photo courtesy of Templeton Hills Beef.

Will Woolley, Darian Buckles, Katie Emery, and Alton Emery. Photo courtesy of Templeton Hills Beef.

Grass fed and grass finished means that their Angus cattle graze the hills of Templeton and Paso Robles for their whole lives and are not ‘finished’ before market on grain in a feedlot. Alton and Will manage their pastures by utilizing rotational grazing. The cattle are periodically moved to fresh pasture, which mimics natural behavior and is better both for the cattle and the land. Their grass fed and grass finished cattle are not given any hormones or antibiotics.

The North County butchers who harvest the steers are strictly small-batch, and only process one or two animals per day. This procedure is not rushed in any way, and when the meat is ground it comes from a single animal; it is not a mixture of many animals, like commercial ground beef. The butchers are USDA inspected and certified and the meat carries the USDA label as well.

The benefits of grass fed, grass finished beef are many. It is much more humane for cattle to live and finish on pasture than to be finished on grain (not a natural food for cattle) and in overcrowded feedlots, conditions that lead to widespread use of antibiotics. The land also benefits because rotational grazing allows the pastures to rest and recover, and not become overgrazed. For people, grass fed and grass finished beef is lower in saturated fat and calories and higher in many nutrients including good fats like Omega-3 fatty acid, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and Vitamins A and E.  

If you are new to cooking with this leaner beef, know that it requires less cooking time. When converting recipes from conventional to grass fed beef, Alton and Will recommend cutting the cooking time by about 40%; you can always cook longer if needed.  For tips on proper thawing, seasoning, and cooking, as well as many tasty recipes, be sure and visit the Templeton Hills Beef website.

Board Meeting Thurs, March 23

Just a reminder that the SLO Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors meets this evening, Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30p. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the Co-op's operations and plans. Every meeting opens with a public comment period.

The Board meets at the SLO County Builders Exchange, 153 Cross Street, Suite 130 in SLO. Map is here.

We hope to see you!

In the News

Did you see the article in SLO City News and other Tolosa Press publications recently? Gwen, Eric, and Aimee explain how membership in the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) will allow for bigger discounts and better product selection here at the Co-op!

Read their interview here at SLO City News.

Board President Eric Michielssen, General Manager Gwen Schmidt, and former Board President Aimee Wyatt.

Board President Eric Michielssen, General Manager Gwen Schmidt, and former Board President Aimee Wyatt.

Health Fair Fun

Our Third Annual Health Fair last Saturday was a great success! The rain held off and we enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting people new to the Co-op. We even had a few folks join as new Member-Owners.

Thanks to all of our generous vendors; the wellness vendors who shared samples, raffle prizes, and plenty of product knowledge and our food vendors, who sampled out delicious and nutritious food for all of us.

Save More with Co+op Basics!

We are pleased to introduce our new Co+op Basics program which offers everyday low prices on many popular grocery and household items. From milk to peanut butter to toothpaste, you'll find both new value-priced brands as well as new low prices on some of your old favorites.

As a member of the National Co+op Grocers (NCG), we're able to purchase products at a lower cost and are then able to pass the savings on to you through the Co+op Basics program. We're committed to improving our product selection so that everyone can find mroe value when shopping here at the Co-op. Beginning on March 1st, you'll find Co+op Basics items in the store. Just look for the purple tags with the Co+op Basics logo.

Board Meeting Thursday, Feb 16

Just a reminder that the SLO Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, February 16th from 5:30p to 7:30p. All are welcome to attend to meet the Board members and learn more about the Co-op's operations and plans. Every meeting opens with a public comment period. Here is a link to the meeting agenda.

The Board will meet at the SLO County Builders Exchange, 153 Cross Street, Suite 130 in SLO. Map is here. We hope to see you!

And Away We Go!

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