April 2019 Newsletter for the Arena Market and Cafe
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April 2019
Our Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

A Message from the Manager

Happy Spring! We’re really excited for the new season. And what better way to kick off this new season than with our beautiful new outdoor sign! Thanks to artist Erin Kirchner and community member John Luna, who volunteered to hang it, our new co-op sign is finally up and greeting our customers with its warm colors and lovely artistry. Along with our new outdoor sign, we also have new indoor signs! Artist Lena Bullamore volunteered her time and donated materials to make signs for the store's departments. Every section of the market now has a unique hand-painted sign to help us find what we’re looking for. So if you haven’t yet, come check out our fresh new changes! A big thank you to everyone that helped make these improvements happen, from those of you that donated to the sign fund, to our regular shoppers that have kept us going for nearly ten years! Something to celebrate… 

General Manager

Co-op Principle #2: Democratic Member Control

Continuing to introduce the cooperative principles that guide Arena Market and Cafe operations, the second principle gives our members control over the co-op. Members elect Directors who set policies through their actions on the Board of Directors. Members also patronize the co-op and influence what sells and what we offer to the community. Member focus on organic and local foods has evolved into offering gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan foods.

At the initial meeting of interested people in November 2008, folks in the Point Arena area wanted community control over a natural food grocery store, a desire that arose after the closing of The Record market. They did not want a regular corporation or single proprietor ownership where a small number of people controlled things. Furthermore, they supported the co-op through their initial equity share purchases. Those funds helped improve the building (floors, painting, lights, display cases, refrigeration, etc.) and open the store on May 19, 2009.

Members control co-ops with one vote per member rather than one vote per share. During our early days, we had a few people who invested substantially to get things started. Co-op control limits the influence that those investors have because every member gets the same voting power.

Members who join and pay the initial $50 membership equity payment are members for life and may vote at our annual meetings. Those that continue to pay their equity payments are considered current members and receive member benefits, such as discounts on purchases, steep discounts on propane, and the opportunity to make special orders of volume purchases. We have more than 230 full-share members who have paid the maximum equity of $300.

Co-op members acting together in a democratic manner control the co-op. The Board and GM want to hear from you.

Rick Beach, President
Coastal Organics Cooperative, Inc.
dba Arena Market and Cafe

Supplier Spotlight

This month we are beginning a series to spotlight some of the food producers who supply the Co-op. 

Straus Family Creamery

        by Dan Wormhoudt and Leslie Hoppe
The co-op is proud to carry organic dairy products from the Straus Family Creamery, a family-owned-and-operated organic dairy located in Marshall on the east shore of Tomales Bay.  We regularly stock Straus yogurt, cream, and other products — currently, we’re the only local grocery to carry Straus milk.
Straus Family Creamery was the first 100% certified organic creamery in the US and the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River  — reflecting the long and deep commitment of its owners to environmentally responsible, sustainable practices.
Bill Straus, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded the dairy in Marshall in 1941. He
began his dairy with 23 cows, which he named after family and friends, and was, from the start, a leading innovator in terms of environmentally responsible farming and dairy production methods. In 1950, Bill married Ellen Prins, herself a refugee from Nazi Germany, and, like Bill, a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture and other environmental causes. Among her many distinctions, Ellen co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), which to date has acquired development easements covering more than 50,000 acres on 82 ranches, family farms, and dairies.
Bill and Ellen’s son Albert, the current Straus CEO, has continued his parents’ mission of environmental stewardship. Albert introduced no-till planting to reduce both soil erosion and carbon-based fuel use. He developed the use of cow feeds from unusual waste sources, such as rice sake waste from a local distillery and orange peel and pulp from a family-owned orange juice company in San Francisco. The dairy has also developed a naturally composted, manure wastewater pond system that recycles manure as fertilizer for the irrigation of their pastures.
Straus Family Creamery is a great example of the producers your co-op looks for — organic, local/regional, committed to sustainable practices, and supporting rural communities on the coast.

New Products

Pop & Bottle Matcha Green Tea Latte 11 oz. $4.89 ~ 
Made with almond milk and date sweetened to perfection. Lovely mid-afternoon treat/pick-me-up

Rishi Earl Grey Tea 15 bag $8.49 ~ 
Black tea infused with essential oil pressed from real bergamot citrus fruits grown in Calabria, Italy. This is the real deal… and a real treat.

Tura Organic Hibiscus Alcoholic Kombucha 6/12 oz. bottle $14.99 ~ 
Crisp, fruity, probiotic goodness. 

Eel River Meyer Lemon hard water. Zero sugar, low carb, gluten-free. 6/12 oz. cans $9.69 ~ Light and refreshing. Sparkling citrus yumminess. 

Sale Items

Organic Quinoa
White $3.69/LB. Red $3.99/LB.

Kevita Probiotic Drink ~
Selected flavors including Lemon Cayenne, Watermelon Rose & Pomegranate 15.2 OZ. $2.96 ( .73 off )

Soothing Touch Lip Balm ~ 
Vanilla Rose & Vanilla Chai 7g. $1.95

Napoleon Artichoke Hearts
6.5 OZ. $2.79

Upcoming Events

4/5 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

4/7 ~ Co-op Spring Cleaning
6-8pm, Sunday. It’s time for a spring cleaning of the cafe! We are looking for up to four people to help us for no more than two hours. Please email Molly Morgan at molly.morgan@amazingpossibilities.org if you’d like to help!

4/13 ~ Art Opening at the Cafe
5-7pm, Saturday. As part of the Almost Fringe Festival, we are hosting an art reception featuring new pastels by Madeline Kibbe.

4/16 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
3pm, Tuesday. Monthly board meeting at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

4/18 ~ Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
7:30-10:30pm, Thursday. Featuring Oakland performance poet Jahan Khalighi. See more information about Jahan below.

5/3 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

5/19 ~ Co-op 10th Anniversary Party
2-5pm, Sunday. Save the date for our tenth anniversary party on at Oz Farm. Please check the co-op website for updates on the plans.

Suggestion Box

Q: What exactly is a “natural person”?

A: That phrase comes from our bylaws that limits membership to “natural persons” rather than corporations or other fictitious entities. The language is a legal term of art to refer to human beings. You may recall that in 2000, the City of Point Arena was first in the USA to pass a resolution to end corporate personhood. That strips corporations of having the same constitutional protections as “We, the People,” such as speech as money and lobbying. Co-op membership then is limited to us, the people in the community.


Artichoke Walnut Pesto Crostini
by Chloe Coscarelli 

  • 1 14-ounce can or jar artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup packed fresh Italian parsley 
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 French baguette, diagonally cut into ½-inch slices

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, pulse artichoke hearts, parsley, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, ¼ cup oil, and water until combined.
  • Place bread slices on a large baking tray and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.  
  • Spread pesto on warm or cooled crostini and transfer to a serving platter.

Third Thursday Poetry Brings Oakland Performance Poet Jahan Khalighi to the Co-op

On Thursday, April 18, at 7:30pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature Oakland Poet Jahan Khalighi. The reading will take place at the Arena Market and Cafe and will begin with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with more live improv jazz.
 “We should dance / as if dancing were a symbol of peace / as if gyrating arms and fluctuating feet / were the true protest signs /of an anti-war movement.” These were the first lines of a poem that spoken word artist Jahan Khalighi performed at the annual Watershed Poetry Festival in Berkeley, California. 
Jahan Khalighi is a first generation Iranian American performance poet, musician, and educator whose work exists at the confluence of social justice, arts education, and environmental consciousness. For much of his adult life, his creative focus has been centered around shedding light on that which is buried beneath the surface, often unseen, unheard and yet essential. This past year, he collaborated with poet, beat-maker, and Oakland native Amani Will to co-write a poetic performance piece for TedXSonoma. Their groundbreaking piece entitled the Event Horizon: Dreaming At The Edge Of Collapse wove deep story and mythic poetics into a narrative that spoke to the challenges and opportunities alive in these times of cultural and environmental turmoil.
Raised in a family of artists, dancers, and teachers, he was exposed to the notion that art-making and creativity is an essential part of life-making. Shaped by the redwood and laurel bay trees of Marin County's native landscape, influenced by the rich cultural history of Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco, mentored under the guidance of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People program, and seasoned by the rich traditions of culture spaces like La Pena Cultural Center and Casa De Cultura, he writes and performs from a desire to contribute to a more just, reverent, and connected world.
Although poetry performance has been his primary form of expression, resistance, and art-making, his passion for youth mentorship and community organizing has been central to his work in the SF Bay Area. He has facilitated poetry workshops with incarcerated youth and led ten 12th-graders in publishing a book that documents their family stories of migration and immigration, Past Is Present: Heritage Stories from Oakland Youth (published by Chapter 510, 2017). His dedication to youth development is propelled by a strong belief in the transformative power of youth voice and imagination.
In 2017 he joined the Justice Arts Collective, a group of community college students and their mentors with a shared passion for music, dance, poetry, and activism. They came together to create songs and performances to speak out about issues of oppression against people of color. Their debut music video, From Mt. Tam To Fruitvale Station, was a tribute to the victims of police brutality, and the video won first place in the My Hero Film Festival, as well as being featured at the Oakland International Film Festival.

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


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New Members

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


Board of Directors

Rick Beach, President
Rhonda Rumrey, Secretary
Molly Morgan
Margaret Grace
Dan Lewis
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

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