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

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

A Message from the Manager

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks summer break will be coming to an end. We’re getting ready to say goodbye to staff members that are going off to college, while welcoming some new faces to the team. The new co-op crew is one of many changes you might notice this month. We’re also continuing to build on the vision that our remodel inspired, creating new recipes for our daily lunch specials, expanding our baked goods to include vegan and gluten- free options, and making more and more space for local produce as harvest season approaches.

The co-op remains dedicated to supporting local farmers, sourcing as many things locally as possible. Right now we have Oz Farm red and green butter lettuce, spring mix and kale. Nature’s Tune Farm brought us some sweet, delicious tomatoes last week along with beautiful heads of lil’ gem lettuce and gigantic bunches of chard.

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how sad it is to see Outback Garden & Feed closing. They have been a big part of our community for years and they will be greatly missed. In the coming weeks I will be looking into filling some of the void that their closing will leave. If you have a favorite product that you bought regularly at Outback that you would like to see the co- op carry, please let me know.

As always, a big thank you to all of our members for their continued support. We couldn’t do it without you.

General Manager

Board Member Report

by Ginny Wyatt  

Hello to all our co-op members. I hope you are enjoying your summer. And I hope that your co-op is continuing to meet your needs as a one stop grocery and prepared foods market.  I am so pleased with our new layout and the way it makes the store feel. I also find new and interesting items each time I shop. When I need something special I ask Natalie and she can usually get things in within days. The kitchen staff works hard to make yummy food and Natalie has been giving them recipes for new and delicious vegan choices. Please tell your friends about our co-op and invite them to become a member. We become stronger when we increase our buying power. The way to lower prices is to increase volume. If you are planning a gathering or having an event you can special order from your co-op.


New Products

New Wave Soda ~ Crisp, light & refreshing. These naturally flavored and caffeinated sodas have around 5 grams of sugar per can. Enjoy these as a guilt-free late summer afternoon hydrating pick-me-up. $1.59 12 oz.

Forager Yogurt ~ Creamy, decadent, probiotic goodness in the perfect size with just enough sweetness $2.25.

Cocomel Bites ~ These lil’ caramel bites are sweet treats at their best. So so satisfying. $5.49.

Back To Nature Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~ Perfect for school lunches or for an adult portion-controlled dessert. $6.59


Sale Items

Kettle Chips $3.99 (save more than $1.00)

Daiya Provolone cheese $2.89 (save $1.00)

Heavenly Organics honey $9.98 (save $5.00)

Recipe for Khichari

( simple eating, lowest on the food chain, easiest on the digestive system)


  • 1 cup rice and ⅔ cup smallest beans mung,lentils,dal
  • 5 cups water

Bring rice and beans to boil. Cover and reduce heat simmer until water is absorbed. Stir occasionally add water if necessary.

*Optional: Top with chopped veggies and allow them to steam.


2 tabs ghee or oil
pinch hing
2 tbs minced ginger
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 
¾ tsp black mustard seeds
¼ tsp ground fenugreek
1 tsp turmeric
salt or liquid seasoning to taste
*optional sugar, chopped fresh cilantro.

Heat ghee or oil in a skillet add hing, ginger, cumin, mustard seeds, fenugreek. Sauté until seeds dance then add to kitchari. Stir in turmeric, salt, pinch of sugar to taste. Garnish with cilantro.

Suggestion Box

by Kathryn McCabe

Wow! Thank you for your wonderful positive comments on the new appearance of the store. Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated and help us better serve you. Our goal is to improve your shopping experience and to meet your consumer needs.

We had a request to start a punch card for coffee. Natalie has made a simple suggestion that members can put money on their house accounts and have their purchases deducted at the time of purchase. Creating a punch card would involve re-organizing of our accounting methods and would not be practical.  

Better meat selection was another request received. I have conferred with Natalie and discovered we do in fact stock pork chops, several cuts of steak and ground beef.  Filet mignon can be ordered as a special order. If you are looking for these cuts of meat and don't see them in the cold case please ask. Your customer service person will be happy to look and see if they are currently in stock. If what you want is not available we can do a special order for you.

Please keep your comments and suggestions coming so we can continue to meet your shopping needs.

This is a photo of the new co-op sign designed by our very talented member Erin Kirchner. Help make this happen. Financial contributions will be taken at the register.


Next Co-op Volunteer Opportunities


Any and all interested in helping to insure that the roof over our storage area gets covered before rainy season, please contact Ginny 882-3248.


Do you enjoy making things shine? The co-op has many areas in need of some TLC. Let me know if you can invest some time. Ginny 882-3248


Co-Op Wish List

Espresso Machine
Rice cooker
Money$$$$$ donations accepted at the register.

New members

Welcome to all our new members! If you know someone that’s not a member invite them in. Thanks for being apart of our Co-op!

Upcoming Events

9/7 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

8/21 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
Monthly board meeting 3pm, Tuesday, August 21 at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

10/5 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

Board of Directors

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

183 Main Street
Point Arena

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