August Events

Fall is coming quite quickly (and who isn't ready to be done with these 100 degree days?!), but that means we still have August. August means lots of tomatoes and okra, back to school and the beginning of K-State football! Here's some events we'll have in August to help you transition from summer to fall!

August 14th- Blend in: How to build a better smoothie

Smoothies are a great food for breakfast, post-workout or a snack. Our produce buyer, Kait, will be showing you how to best make a smoothie to fit all of those needs. She'll cover how to get the best consistency, how to cram more nutrition into them and of course, how to make them taste great. And don't worry. There will be plenty of samples!

August 15th is Lynn, our Assistant Manager's Birthday! She's turning the big 2-5! Wish her a happy birthday while you're in!

August 25th- Monthly Board Meeting held at UFM

 

 

 

Welcome Chris!

Today is an exciting day for People's Grocery as we welcome Chris Babcock, our new General Manager to the team! When we first met Chris, we knew he would be a great addition to our team. Chris comes to us from Ray's Apple Market and has a background not only in Grocery Management, but is also passionate about natural foods! 

We asked Chris to introduce himself to you. Here's what he had to say:  

"I was born and raised in Phillips County, which is the "Cow and Calf Capitol of Kansas". During elementary school, I spent a good deal of time on the farms of my friends and family. I learned to appreciate the hard work that farmers do 365 days per year to provide food for their families and many others.

There was a strong sense of community in the town where I grew up. Many of the farmers would discuss weather and business over breakfast at the local restaurant several days per week. I remember going to the local butcher as a boy to purchase meat that came from locally raised cows. In the summer, most people had huge gardens and traded with anyone who wanted to.

I thought that all of the food in the grocery store came from local providers, until I began working there.

My parents bought the only grocery store in town when I was six years old and I started stocking shelves shortly thereafter. I learned about the industry by working in the produce and meat departments, seeing first-hand where products originated and how quickly they would perish. I also learned about chemicals and preservatives that were added to lengthen shelf-life by reading labels and asking questions.

I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, so I studied Business Management at Kansas State University, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. My curiosity about other cultures led me to supplement my education with a Certificate of International Business. 

When I moved back from studying abroad in Germany, I was fortunate to establish a connection to the Department of Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and began working for the International Food Safety Network in 2007. There I researched topics in public health, including nutrition, food safety, risk communication, agriculture and technology. I learned to appreciate local and organic products immensely by the time I graduated.

Since 2009, I have managed large-volume stores (both public and privately-owned) and have desired a closer connection to the community. I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to use my skills and experience to help People's Grocery succeed."

 

Welcome to the team Chris! We're so excited for the knowledge and leadership we know you'll bring to the store!

Product Spotlight on: LÄRABAR!

People's Grocery Cooperative has been selling LARABARs for years, but recently we just added a whole new selection of flavors!

If you've never had a LARABAR, we highly recommend it. These vegan, paleo energy bars are naturally packed with protein, antioxidants, and they taste like dessert! With flavors that sound like items at a bakery, rather than energy bars, you would think they would be packed with sugar, but in fact LARABARS are sweetened with dates and other fruit. (Only a few contain actual sugar, which are an ingredient in the chocolate chips that are in some flavors.

LARABAR was founded in 2000 by Lara, who came up with the idea to make these bars on a hike. Lara believed that health food should come in fun flavors, just like the cookies and treats she saw everywhere in grocery stores. After many successful test batches, the bars first hit store shelves in 2001 and we a big hit! Now, 13 years after it's inital launch, LARABAR has tons more flavors and 4 more lines of bars including ÜBER their whole fruit & nut bar, ALT the alternative protein bar, REnola the grain-free granola bar, and Jocolat chocolate food bar. 

Not only are LARABARs delicious, but they're also great for people with a lot of dietary restrictions. LARABAR has a commitment to making their bars gluten free, kosher and vegan. For more information, see their website. 

We love that LARABAR is Non-GMO verified, Kosher, they use Fair Trade Certified Coffee and chocolate and there are never preservatives or fillers. 

Currently we are carrying: Bluberry Muffin, Peanut Butter Cookie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Banana Bread, Cherry Pie, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Chip Brownie, Chocolate Chip Chew, Coconut Cream Pie and the Jocalat chocolate coffee bar. 

Product Spotlight: Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!

 

With the rising temperatures, it's important to stay hydrated. To help you out, we've added a whole bunch of different flavors of coconut water! Coconut water is high in electrolytes, which make it the perfect drink after a workout or even just a long day out in the heat. Coconut water is great on it's own or mixed into smoothies or even iced coffee or iced yerba maté!

While we have coconut water from many different companies, one of our newest has quickly become a staff favorite. Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water is absolutely delicious! Founded in 2009 on the idea of bringing a wholesome product to the market with ecological and conscious practices. They're not only certified organic, but they're also in the process of becoming Fair Trade Certified through Fair For Life! Here's a nifty diagram that shows their business model:

 

Not only does Harmless Harvest have a great business model but they have a great product, as well. Check our their Acclaims page to see the praise given by Food & Wine, Bon Appetite, TIME, FitSugar, Whole Foods and many more! 

If you come into the store, there's one thing that could throw you off. Your coconut water might be pink! What does this even mean!?!?! Well, here's what Harmless Harvest has to say about it: 

Those familiar with whole coconuts know that a pink hue can be a sign of oxidation and spoilage. All of our coconut water is completely clear when bottled. After bottling, the color simply signals antioxidants interacting with light. Variation is (more than) normal in nature, but everyone thought we were crazy to put pink bottles on the shelf. Rather than change the product, we decided to educate people and trust that they would understand. We hope that we’re paving the way in acceptance of variability and reconnections with the truth that nature comes in many colors.
— Harmless Harvest
Photo Courtesy of thefussyfork.com

Photo Courtesy of thefussyfork.com

 

So stop in today and try one of the best bottles of coconut water you'll every have! We promise you'll love it!

May People's Grocery Co-Op Cooking Class!

This Thursday at 6pm, come to the First United Methodist Church (612 Poytz Ave) join us for the May session of our Co-Op Cooking classes. 

This month's theme is "Kale Yeah! How to eat Kale all day!" Our Produce Department Head, Kait Snoddy, will let us in on why everyone's talking about kale. We'll have easy recipes for kale salads, smoothies and chips so that you can better enjoy this superfood! 

May Events!

It's hard to believe that it's already May! 

 

We have some great events coming up this month!

 

The People to People CSA will be kicking off next week! If you have signed up for our CSA, you will be getting an email very soon with more information! Thank you for joining us on this new endeavor! 

 

The Annual Plant Swap is next weekend, Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th on our patio! The forecast says it will be be beautiful so bring your plants and trade for some new ones!

 

The following Thursday, our Produce Director, Kait will be teaching our FREE May Cooking class, "Kale Yeah!" Kait will be teaching us all kinds of her favorite kale recipes including salads, kale chips, smoothies and more!

 

Our monthly Board Meeting is Monday, May 19th in the UFM fireplace room!  

 

We will also be visiting Coal Creek Farms and Meadowsweet Farms this month! Stay tuned for pictures on our facebook and the local food resource page! 

 

School is almost over! Start out studying for finals right with Student Deli Discount Day every monday! Show your Student ID and get your choice of sandwich for only $5!

 

We'll also be releasing a Groupon soon! Check out their app or the website to stay in the loop! 

 

And as always, don't forget to check out our May sales in grocery and herbs! 

 

Happy May!

-Your PeGro Team