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March 2020
News from Your Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

Manager's Report

Wow, February flew by, bringing lots of changes to the co-op. We had our first “First Friday” event, an add-on to Member Appreciation Day featuring wine and food samples, music, and more. It was such a sweet time that we are looking forward to continuing this event. The next First Friday will be March 6th with cheese and wine samples from local Pennyroyal Farm, fresh vegan baked goods from Gabriella Lotan, and Blue Lotus chai lattes. Bryan Brown, a.k.a. “Brown Dog,” will be performing on his guitar...and perhaps inviting a few friends to join him! 

Thanks to your feedback, we are expanding our cheese section. Check it out and let us know what you think!  We also started #pizzatimetuesday and #milagrosdemiercoles -- lunch pizza every Tuesday and breakfast burritos every Wednesday.  Mariamma has started baking heavenly lemon bars (usually in stock from Thursday through Sunday), and James is back from vacation and is supplying us with fresh Pelican bread once again.

We now have a “Customer Request Form” to help us track items you request. Anything you ask a staff member for should go on that form; be sure to give it to our manager Natalie or to me.  

Thanks for being on this journey with us!
Lee Farmer, Assistant General Manager


New Items

Elemental Superfood Bars Cranberry Almond & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
 ~ 1.8 OZ. $2.98 

Old Mother Hubbard Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
~ 20 OZ. $7.49

Dog Chews Ear Candy
~ 5 CT. $16.29

Liv Bar Coffee Maple Cacao Organic Superfood Bar
~ 1.55 OZ $3.69

Wave Crisp Apple Soda
~ 12 OZ. $1.89


Sale Items

Alter Eco Crispy Mint Dark Chocolate Bar ~
2.65 OZ. $3.69 ($1.00 off)

Organic Harvest Chipotle Hot Sauce ~ 5 OZ. $3.99 (.40 off)

Late July Sriracha Tortilla Chips ~ $2.96 ($1.00 off)

Go Raw Sunflower Flax Snax ~ 3 OZ. $5.49 (.50 off)

Pirate Booty Aged White Cheddar Puffs ~ 4 OZ. $3.89 (.30 off)

Kettle Organic Chips Lightly Salted ~ 5 OZ. $2.99 (.90 off)


Burrito Wednesdays!! Might we suggest some of our homemade pico de gallo to go along with Cecilia’s phenom burritos? 

Upcoming Events

3/6 ~ Member Appreciation Day plus Wine Tasting, Food Samples, Live Music and More!
On the first Friday of every month, co-op members get 10% off all items in the store. In March, sample Pennyroyal farm cheese and wine, vegan goodies, and chai lattes to the music of Bryan Brown and friends, 4:30-6:30 pm. 

3/11 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
4PM Wednesday, Monthly Board Meeting at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

3/19 ~ Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
7:30-10:30pm, Thursday. Open mic poetry & jazz, plus featured poet Tongo Eisen-Martin. See article below for more info.

4/3 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

February Employee Spotlight:
Meet Francisco Frank! 

Francisco Junior Frank, who goes by either “Francisco” or “Frank,"  has been working at the co-op for the past three years and living in Point Arena for the past 18. All of the staff love when Francisco is on the schedule because he is always trying to make everyone’s job easier, by pitching in to help stock shelves, mop the floor, or make a latté for a customer. We also appreciate that he holds us to a high standard; there’s no skipping tasks when Francisco is around!! Francisco’s favorite part of the job is joking around with his coworkers, especially Martin, a.k.a. “Muppet Pie.” Among Francisco’s favorite activities are looking for sea lions at the pier, listening to mid-90s hip-hop, and counting sheep until he falls asleep. Next time you see Francisco, consider asking him to whip up for you his favorite co-op treat, a turkey pesto panini.


Almond Chocolate
Overnight Oats

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan

Yield: 1 serving; Prep Time: 5 min; Fridge Time: 6 - 8 hours


  • ½ cup (45 g) old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) plant-based milk
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g) ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp (8 g) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate
Optional Toppings
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Chopped toasted almonds
  • Sliced banana
  • Fresh raspberries


Combine all ingredients together in a Mason jar or airtight container and let sit overnight in the fridge. 

The next morning, top with desired toppings and enjoy!


Third Thursday Poetry Brings SF Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin to the Co-op

On Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 pm the Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature San Francisco poet Tongo Eisen-Martin reading at the Arena Market café. The evening will begin and conclude with live and open mic improv jazz.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized around issues of human rights and self-determination for oppressed people in the United States. His curriculum on extra-judicial killing of black people, titled "We Charge Genocide Again," has been used as a teaching and organizing tool throughout the country.

His book someone’s dead already was nominated for a California Book Award. Heaven Is All Goodbyes is his latest book of poems, published in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series. It was short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize and received the California Book Award and the American Book Award.

Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by the Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.



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5% off purchases for co-op members every day, plus an additional 5% off for all members on the First Friday of every month!

Board of Directors

Molly Morgan, President
Rick Beach, CFO & Treasurer
Rhonda Rumrey, Secretary
Margaret Grace
Dan Lewis
James Gallager
Natalie Cortese, General Manager
Lee Farmer, Assistant General Manager

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