April 2018 Newsletter for the Arena Market and Cafe
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April 2018
Our Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

A Message from the Manager

It’s officially spring! And this spring brings many new changes.. As a longtime employee, a member, and a dedicated supporter of the co-op, I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead the team. I also fell blessed to have such a loyal, hard working staff.

One of my goals as the new GM is to make sure that all of our baristas are well trained and producing quality drinks from our cafe. We’ve now had two training sessions from Thanksgiving Coffee to help ensure this goal is met.

Along with working on having more consistency with our cafe drinks, we’re also focusing on having more healthy, vegetarian options available in our prepared food section. as a dedicated vegan and environmentalist, I believe its small, community-based markets like us that need to help lead the way and provide meal options that are not only better for our bodies, but also for our planet. I always try to be mindful of where our products come from, and buy from as many local produce vendors as possible, while still offering competitive prices.

Some new products I’m especially excited about include Explore Cuisine no boil Green Lentil Lasagna, loaded with a whopping 11 grams of plant-based protein!  Another is the Farmhouse Culture’ Kraut chips. Yes, you heard right! Chips made from probiotic-rich sauerkraut! Getting your daily dose of gut healthy cultures has never been easier—or tastier! And, while we’re on the subject, the other new product I’m excited to share is also loaded with gut-healthy goodness! It’s a high-alcohol kombucha full of vitamins, minerals, and (you guessed it) probiotics! These have been flying off the shelf, so pick one up while you can!

Finally, I want to give a quick shout out to this months showcase artist Wesley Luster. He describes himself as “a multi-racial artist whose creative work—much like his ethnic background—is extremely varied in shape, scope, nature, taste, form and function. Come check out his rotating gallery, up until the end of April.

As always, I’m so very grateful for the continued love and support we receive daily from our members! You’re here for us, so please don’t ever hesitate to let us know how we can be here for you!

Natalie Cortese
General Manager

New Products

Farmhouse Culture chips $4.58

Explore Lentil Lasagna $5.99

Boochcraft $8.99

Bitchin’ Sauce, Pesto $6.97

Suggestion Box

by Kathryn McCabe
I am pleased to announce that the request for toilet seat covers has been addressed and a dispenser was installed and now we have toilet seat covers available in the restroom.
We also heard your request for frozen vegetables and Natalie has started stocking  the freezer with peas and corn this week. Look for a wider selection to start  appearing in the freezer section.
The Board is proud to announce Natalie Cortese as the new General Manager.    I spoke with Natalie briefly and she is committed to addressing all of the co-op member’s thoughts and suggestions. Please drop these in the suggestion box located across from the restroom so we can better serve the needs of our community and co-op members.
Natalie is also planning more vegetarian grab n go items to appear soon. I am confident that these will be  an enjoyable addition to our already yummy offerings.
Mark your calendar:  April 15, 2018 for the annual board meeting to be held at Oz Farm from 3-6 p.m.  Join us and see what your C0-OP is doing, our plans for the future and how you might get involved. Remember it’s your co-op.

Upcoming Events

4/6 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

4/15 ~ Annual Board Meeting
This year's annual board meeting will be held at Oz Farm from 3-6 p.m.  

Board of Directors

Rick Beach, Pres.
Ginny Wyatt, V. Pres.
Kathyn McCabe, Secretary
Margaret Grace
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

183 Main Street
Point Arena

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