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

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

A Message from the Manager

Fall is finally here. I hope you’re all staying warm and well fed.. This month we’ll have Stornetta fresh dried beans (available only once a year), Beyond Meat burgers (a hugely successful and authentic new meat alternative), several new Gluten-Free zero sugar hard mineral waters (available to buy by the case or as singles in our deli case), and many more new, fun & exciting goodies!

Perhaps more exciting than our new food and drink options, is our very first art reception this Friday, October 12th from 5-7pm! We’ll be featuring local artist Anthony Rees and San Diego based artist Meredith Fredericks. We’ll have a little live music and have wine by the glass available for order in our cafe. So come out, take in some fine art, and bring an instrument!

And lastly on the events calendar this month, DJ Jasmine will be registering voters on Friday, October 19th from 1-4pm. The deadline to register to vote is October 22nd.

So stop in, see what’s fresh, and make sure you’re registered to vote in the November election!

And remember, we vote every day with our dollars.

General Manager

Ways to Get Involved

by Ginny Wyatt  

Still hoping to get some folks willing to volunteer with the following. Remember, it is your co-op and we need you!  Contact me at gntwyatt@yahoo.com.
1)  Join our Fundraising Committee: Contact Ginny at gntwyatt@yahoo.com.
2)  Contribute to our Newsletter: Contact Blake at blake@snakelyone.com before the first of each month. 
3)  Help Fund our New Sign: See right sidebar; Contact Ginny at gntwyatt@yahoo.com.
4)  Encourage New Memberships and help us find reliable employees:  Contact Ginny at gntwyatt@yahoo.com.
5)  Join the Co-op Board:  Contact Ginny at gntwyatt@yahoo.com.

New Products

White Claw Hard mineral water. Low carb, gluten-free. $19.99/12 case

Gluten-free graham cracker crust. $4.99 

Beyond Meat burgers. $7.89



Sale Items

Kite Hill smooth and creamy blueberry yogurt $1.89            

So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla cashew milk $2.89

Real Foods sesame corn thins $2.49

Southwestern Beyond Burger

Tastes great charbroiled!



  • 4 Beyond Burger Patties
  • Caramelized Poblanos and Onions (recipe below)
  • Brioche burger buns, toasted
  • 2 Avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup Pico de Gallo
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • Butter Lettuce
For the Caramelized Poblanos and Onions:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, finely sliced
  • 2 poblano peppers, finely sliced
  • ½ cup water
  • Kosher salt


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and poblano and sauté for 10-15 minutes until it starts to caramelize. Reduce the heat to medium and add a few tablespoons of water starting at the 15 minute mark and continue to caramelize for a total of 45 minutes until deeply brown but not burnt. Season with salt and set aside.

Cook the Beyond Burgers according to the package directions.

Place your toasted buns on a plate and add the lettuce leaves to the bottom of the bun. Top the lettuce leaf with the Beyond Burger. Top the burger with sliced avocado and caramelized onions and poblanos. Add some pico de gallo on top. Slather the top half of the bun with the chipotle mayo and top the burger with the bun. Serve immediately.

Suggestion Box

by Kathryn McCabe

Hello Friends of the Co-Op.  I hope this finds all well and enjoying the fall. I am out of town and away from the suggestion box!  But be sure and keep making suggestions and check back next month for answers! 

Have a great day and remember, it's your co-op.

Celebrating Co-ops!

We think co-ops are fabulous. Cooperation is, after all, a word that implies people working together towards the same end, mutually benefitting one another and the larger community. Both economically beneficial and socially responsible, these community-minded businesses make the world a better place—and that’s a beautiful thing. Here are three reasons to celebrate co-ops:

1. October is National Co-op Month

The cooperative model is unique. A co-op exists to serve its members, but the members are also the owners. With ownership comes an opportunity to participate in some co-op decision-making and to reap economic rewards for ownership, often in the form of patronage dividends.

Globally, there are nearly one billion people who are cooperative member-owners. And in the United States, there are more than 29,000 co-ops. Besides grocery/food, there are co-op brew-pubs, chocolate purveyors, coffee makers, dairy farms, credit unions, electric providers, hardware stores, arts & crafts, and housing to name a few.

2. The magnificent 7

Cooperative businesses proudly operate with seven principals that serve as guidelines to provide a democratic structure for co-ops around the world. While adoption of these principles is not required, most co-ops choose to adopt them for their business. The seven principles are:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

3. Everyone is welcome

At food co-ops, you don’t need to be a member to shop or participate* (participation is totally optional, though, and the most common form of participation is voting in co-op board elections). Although membership is encouraged and often provides additional rewards, your local co-op is democratically owned and operated, and all consumers are welcome. So check out the fresh, delicious food that food co-ops have to offer and, if you want, get involved, no matter your capacity for commitment right now. Anyone can go co-op.

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. No amount is too small or too big!


Next Co-op Volunteer Opportunities


Send your stories, recipes, andedotes to blake@snakelyone.com


There is always an opportunity to volunteer your time at the Co-op!  To get involved, please contact 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

10/16 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
Monthly board meeting 3:30pm, Tuesday, September 18 at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

10/12 ~ Art Opening at the Co-op
5-7pm, Friday, October 12 -  Art Reception featuring Anthony Reese and Meredith Fredericks; live music wine and art.

10/19 ~ Register to Vote at the Co-op
1-4pm, Friday Oct 19 - Sister Yasmin will be registering voters in the cafe.

11/2 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

12/7 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

Board of Directors

Rick Beach, Pres.
Margaret Grace
Dan Lewis
Rhonda Rumrey
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

183 Main Street
Point Arena

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