B r i a r Pa t c h C o - o p’s C o m m u n i t y N e w s l e t t e r June/July 2011
Eat Local Extravaganza! Community Fund:
10% Disco due Aug. 31 .......................... 3
Vouchers Farm Focus:
inside! local producers,
farm tour ......................... 4-5
bits from all over. ..... 6
The toughies: store
music, parking .............. 7
and more ................................. 8
Out and about:
and racing ............................. 9
Foods, classes, raffle,
Cooking Classes ............ 15
Our Co-op Story:
The Washington St.
Deena Miller and Robbie Martin of Sweet Roots Farm have joined the list of local farms selling their bounty at BriarPatch this season. results ............................. 18-19
Story on pages 4 and 5. Photo by Akim Aginsky
2 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Not unlike a circus… Supporting our local food system
By Stephanie Mandel By Malaika Bishop, Board Secretary
reminds me of a
What this month’s Vine is short
on, though, is news from the wider N evada County’s
movement has taken
business plan, which reduces some of the
risk of running a small farm.
Last month, in a dialogue with Alan
world — state and national legislative
3-ring circus. Ladies, trends that impact the food on our off. This has been Haight and Jo McProud of Riverhill Farm
and gentlemen… tables: budget cuts to sustainable an exciting time in in Nevada City, the Board discussed how
step right this way! agriculture programs, the farm bill, which we’ve seen an BriarPatch could play a role in farmer
In Ring Number GMO regulation (or non-regulation), exponential growth loans as a way to partner with local
One it’s the Eat Local Extravaganza! with food safety legislation, etc. of new farms, young producers. Several Board Directors were
the spotlight on local food, tasty free Because it’s published on a bi-monthly farmers, farm-to-school initiatives, further inspired at a recent cooperative
samples almost every day, a farm tour… basis, our newsletter isn’t really suited farmers markets, and more. grocers’ conference, where we learned
and more! to be your best source for such food Here at BriarPatch, we are taking that La Montanita Cooperative in New
In Ring Number Two… is that the news. Though our recent shopper survey a lead in the support and growth of Mexico facilitates over $100,000 a year in
dancing bears? No! It’s BriarPatch indicated that a surprising number of our local food system. This is a strong member loans to farmers, while working
supporting and sponsoring our BriarPatch owners prefer to be “offline,” commitment shared by our staff and with over 900 regional producers.
community: with food donations, the internet is certainly the best place to board, and it’s clearly written into our Something to aspire to!
farmers markets, the Nevada County go for news and in-depth information new “global ends” policies*, which As we seek to raise awareness, look
Land Trust, Center for the Arts on national and state issues. Many outline our long-term vision. These for the local and regional signage
concessions, and much more. advocacy groups and watchdogs of policies call for us to “support a strong around the store. Our managerial team
And who’s that in Ring Number Three, organic standards and other food issues local food system” and to “provide is also tracking the sales of locally and
just sitting there drinking juice? Why… it’s now post their latest news exclusively on high quality, healthy products with an regionally grown produce (see your sales
the store managers and Board, discussing their websites and on social networking emphasis on local and organic.” receipts) so we can set benchmarks for
how to better serve all owners and shoppers! sites like facebook. In this past year, our produce manager greater local purchasing.
(Keep the spotlight lit, please! These talks So we’re working on adding a fourth David Benson and his team have done Please join us this month for the Eat
are as lively as the jugglers.) ring to our circus. If you haven’t seen it an extraordinary job of reaching out to Local Extravaganza. In our family, we
And that’s our three rings just for yet, we’re already collecting this other and coordinating purchases from over have made it a practice in recent years
August. level of important food news that we 30 local farms. This has not only put the to make July our “no shopping” month.
You get the picture. Whether you read, know interests you, and posting links to freshest, tastiest produce on our shelves, Apart from the staples that we always
skim, or just peek through this issue of The the latest developments on our facebook but has begun to support our farmer
Continued on next page
Vine, it’s clear that there’s a lot going on page (facebook.com/briarpatchcoop). In base in a new way. With quantities like
at the Patch and in our community. And the upcoming months we’ll be doing the over 300 pounds of cabbage a week Keep up with the Patch
with such an active food scene in Nevada same with our website, ramping up to a going out the door, many farmers are www.briarpatch.coop
County, we don’t have to look far for new level of reporting excellence that you now telling us that sales to BriarPatch www.facebook.com/briarpatchcoop
relevant news to fill these pages. will value and enjoy. are becoming a dependable piece of their www.twitter.com/briarpatchcoop
For information about advertising in The Vine, Editor: Stephanie Mandel
go to www.briarpatch.coop/pages/newsletter 530-272-5333 / Stephanie@briarpatch.coop
Moving? Please let us know where. Send an email message with your Contributors:
new mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 530-272-5333 ext. Malaika Bishop, Bill Drake,
Mellisa Hannum, Chris Maher
The Vine 103, or fill out an owner change form at the store.
Published bimonthly by BriarPatch Co-op Read The Vine online at www.briarpatch.coop/pages/newsletter. Words, Pictures, Production:
290 Sierra College Drive, Suite A Don’t want a paper copy of The Vine? Send an email message with Rose Arsenith, David Benson,
Grass Valley, CA 95945 NO NEWSLETTER in the subject line to email@example.com. Josh Bumgarner, Margaret Campbell,
530-272-5333 fax 530-272-1204 Our email newsletter will send you notices and links to The Vine Tony Finnerty, Mellisa Hannum, Robert Stephson
www.briarpatch.coop as new issues are published. Deadline for next issue: August 23, 2011
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 3
Around the Patch
Continued from previous page
Grant applications due August 31
keep on hand, like bulk oats and rice
from BriarPatch, grains from Reed
packaging that comes from people
we know. We have found it a real gift
A pplications for the
2 0 11 B r i a r P a t c h
customer service window or may be
downloaded from BriarPatch’s website,
briarpatch.coop/communit y_f und.
Hamilton/Grass Valley Grains, and to practice simplicity and to nourish Fund grants are due by html. For more information, contact
honey from McClaughry Farms; we do relationships in this way. August 31. Grants will be Stephanie at 530-272-5333 ext. 127 or
well on produce from our garden and However you choose to celebrate given to local nonprofit organizations Stephanie@briarpatch.coop.
eggs from our chickens. In August we local food this month, I’m sure you’ll be and cooperatives working in the areas of: T he Br ia rPatch C ooper at ive
move on to buying only food without enriched by it! Bon Appétit! sustainable agriculture and organic food, Community Fund was established in
hunger and social issues, environmental 1999 by BriarPatch Co-op and Twin
protection, and cooperatives. A total of Pines Cooperative Foundation.
Chicken donation to bring comfort $2000 will be given in 2011.
Applications are available at the
Earlier and later
T hrough the generosity of Smart Chicken®,
BriarPatch recently donated several boxes
of chicken to the Comfort Cuisine program at
Build your own customer service
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Comfort
Cuisine provides meals to cancer patients be-
deli sandwich F or your convenience, this summer
you’ll find the Patch’s customer
service window staffed longer hours:
ing treated at the hospital’s Cancer Center,
along with their and families and caregivers. Monday – Friday
The nutritious meals are prepared with love by 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
volunteers and sold at minimal cost. Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Shop when it’s right for you
Native Plant Demonstration Garden
K now what you want in a sandwich?
No problem at the Patch, we’re
now all set up to make your custom
Do you love shopping or just
like to get it over with? Either way,
there is a perfect shopping time for
• Jackhammer service: to punch holes in the bottom of a nonfunctional concrete sandwich to order. You choose the you. BriarPatch is often bustling in
ditch (approximately 100 feet long). bread or wrap, spread, veggie protein the afternoons, from around noon
• Rocks: especially larger rocks and slate. or meat, cheese, and veggies. through dinner time. For a quieter
• Manzanita wood: branches 3" or more across the base, for a screening panel in Freedom inspires creativity; here’s shopping experience (and a closer
the picnic area shade structure (cut for fire safety or similar concerns). one winning combination from a parking space!), generally speaking
• Native plants: primarily shrubs and perennials, in sizes that are easily veggie sandwich-lover: sourdough the least busy times at the Patch are:
transplantable. bread, grilled baked tofu, pepperjack Monday – Friday 7am to 11am
For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, contact: cheese, garlic basil Vegenaise, lettuce, Monday – Friday 7pm to 10pm
Cindy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-1816. tomato, pickles. Saturday & Sunday – 7am to 10pm
The International BriarPatch Co-op Vision
BriarPatch Co-op is the leading natural food store in Nevada County.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
We are a vibrant, important community hub for gathering and for dialogue and learning about healthful food.
2. Democratic Member Control ~
3. Member Economic Participation We seek to be a leader in social, environmental, as well as fiscal business responsibility,
4. Autonomy and Independence among both local businesses and food co-ops nationally.
5. Education, Training, and Information ~
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives We model community-mindedness and cooperative principles, and hope to inspire others to do the same,
7. Concern for the Community and in so doing contribute to peace and prosperity for all within our reach.
4 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Eat Local - Meet the Farmers
More farms bring their bounty to BriarPatch
T he number of Nevada County farms
keeps growing, and BriarPatch
shoppers are reaping the benefits. Some
sionate about growing to-
matoes. Though he’s been
growing them for ten years
recent additions to the growing list and considers himself an
of local farms selling their bounty at organic heirloom tomato
BriarPatch are Sweet Roots Farm, Greg’s specialist, he’s been in the
Organic Heirloom Tomatoes, Willow farming business only for
Springs Farm, Riverhill Farm, and First the past three. Greg doesn’t
Rain Farm. Here are some introductory plan to stop at growing just
snippets, with the web-sites where you the tomato fruit/vegetable;
can get the full story on the farms. expect to see blackberries,
Deena Miller and Robbie Martin, Sweet Roots Farm
pears, and squash from
Sweet Roots Farm ping, which they learned at UC Santa him as well. His site is coming soon at
“We have this little microclimate… Cruz, where they met. In fact, Sweet gregsorganicheirloomtomatoes.com.
along Wolf Creek,” said Deena Miller of Roots got its name because the two Until then, follow Greg on Twitter, @
Vanessa and Matthew, Willow Springs Farm
Sweet Roots Farm, who Patch shoppers met and fell in love on a farm. “It was GregsTomatoes.
may recognize from our floral depart- a sweet beginning,” Deena says. Sweet Riverhill Farm
ment. Though she still fills in from time Roots is in the process of being certified Willow Springs Farm Riverhill Farm sold a relatively small
to time, Deena recently left her regular organic, and is a member of Nevada Willow Springs Farm, proprietors amount of produce to the Patch last year,
position at BriarPatch to work at the farm County Grown. For more information on Matthew Wich and Vanessa Patterson, but this season we expect much more.
full-time. the 65 different plants, sits on 3/4 of an acre. In its second season Currently farming on ten acres, Alan
Because of t he including flowers, that this year, Willow Springs uses a row crop Haight and Jo McProud sell all of their
farm’s microclimate, they grow, visit sweet- method and has an orchard of 15 fruit produce within ten miles of Riverhill.
Deena and her partner rootsfood.com. trees — apples, plums, pears, and peaches Their production system includes the
Robbie Martin are able — and 28 hens producing eggs. Though growing of 50 different crops, annual
to grow a lot of leafy Greg’s Heirloom the season was pushed back a couple of crop rotation, and the use of fall cover-
greens, including kale, Tomatoes weeks, Matthew and Vanessa are really crops. Alan and Jo’s farm internship pro-
fennel, parsley, daikon, Greg Weber, t he excited about this year’s crops. Look for gram has helped to launch the careers
and kohlrabi. They use ma n behi nd Greg’s their apples and pears at BriarPatch this of quite a few young farmers, and the
a mix of techniques, Organic Heirloom To- autumn. More information is available
including double crop- Greg, Greg’s Organic Heirloom Tomatoes matoes, is really pas- at willowsprings-farm.com. Continued on next page
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 5
Eat Local - Meet the Farmers
Continued from previous page
couple is quite dedicated to the
success of farming in the foot-
Eat Local Farm Tour:
hills. Look for their assorted
herbs, loose kale, a variety of
peppers, cantaloupe, straw- Sunday, August 14, 9am (we’ll start promptly to beat the heat!)
berries, squash, and more this
Free admission - Coffee, tea, and baked goods from BriarPatch
season. Their comprehensive
website is riverhillfarm.com.
First Rain Farm J o McProud
Haight of Riv-
Government Center is Cement Hill
Road. If you are coming from Nevada
City, this intersection is also the top of
First Rain Farm, which is erhi l l Fa rm West Broad Street. Take Cement Hill
part of Living Lands Agrarian are gracious- Road 3 miles to the end, where Cement
Network, is run by Tim Van ly of fering Hill Road intersects with Bodie Ridge
Wagner, one of the founders BriarPatch owners and shoppers the Road. Do not turn onto Bodie Ridge
of Living Lands. When he was opportunity to visit and learn about Road, but proceed straight onto the
thinking of the name for his Jo McProud and Alan Haight, Riverhill Farm their farm at the height of its produc- road marked as a private road. During
own farm, he felt it needed to tion season. the farm season, you will also see our
be something beautiful. And for him that Meade at In The Kitchen, Tim grows a Riverhill Farm is located on Cement farm sign at this location, directing
meant the first rain that comes after the lot of greens for BriarPatch on the three Hill Road outside of Nevada City, just you to go straight. Please drive slowly
heat and dryness of the summer, replen- parcels of land that he farms. Expect five miles from BriarPatch. (See page 5 to respect our neighbors. You will see
ishing the ground pickling cucumbers, for a short farm profile.) two more signs as you drop down the
and refreshing the collards, chard, Ital- To connect with others seeking hill towards the farm. At the bottom of
people. In addition ian parsley, ka le, to carpool, meet on the front patio at the hill after less than 1/4 mile you will
to growing the pro- green onions, and BriarPatch between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. see our address – 13500 – and a sign
duce for a ferment- more. Read more To just meet us there: 13500 Cement directing you to the right onto a gravel
ed foods business about Tim’s farm Hill Road, Nevada City – From Grass driveway. Enter the farm and park in
he shares with his and his musings at Valley, take Hwy. 49 north towards the designated parking area. Walk the
sister Wendy Van his blog, firstrain- Downieville at the 20/49 split. The short distance from your car toward.
Wa g ner a nd h is farm.blogspot.com. first right after you pass the County See you there!
brother-in-law Joe Tim Van Wagner, First Rain Farm
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Food News Bits
Yogurt, beer, green days, and affording organic
Reduce risk of osteoporosis— Monday, Monday...so green to me
have a beer!
D rinking beer can be good for your bones. Malted
beers with hops are a major source of dietary silica,
M eatless Mondays are catching on across the
country, even for omnivores. The movement,
which began as a way to help Americans become more
according to a study done at UC Davis. Dietary silica conscious about what they eat, is showing up in restau-
can help cut one’s chances of developing diseases like rants, schools, and hospitals. Besides the health benefits
osteoporosis, and roughly half of the silica in beer can of eating more vegetables, it’s also cheaper than meat
be easily absorbed. (The Guardian) options, which means more green on the plate and in
the wallet. (The New York Times)
Yogurt calories equal to
and less than potato chip calories PepsiCo investors give thumbs down
H arvard researchers suggest that what you eat may to marketing healthier food
be more important than how much you eat. A new
study found that potato chips led to more weight gain Melons in China go explosive P epsiCo’s investors are unhappy with their CEO after
the business began to focus more on promoting its
per serving than foods such as yogurt. Nutritionists cau- “healthier-for-you” foods than on its flagship brands of
xcessive use of a growth accelerant is causing water-
tion that this doesn’t give folks with a sweet tooth a free Pepsi, Gatorade, and Doritos. The junk foods, called “fun
melons to explode in China. The overuse of Forchlor-
pass. More likely, people who eat a lot of potato chips, for you” by PepsiCo, are more profitable, so the business
fenuron during wet weather, which caused excessively
sugar-sweetened drinks, and processed meats have a less will most likely be putting more marketing dollars back
rapid growth, has turned the highly valued melons into
healthy lifestyle. (Time) into this junky niche. (Marion Nestle)
“land mines.” (Huffington Post)
11 tips for affording organic Precursor to type 2 diabetes: Organic farming breeds content
T he Organic Trade Association just came out with polluted blood
O rganic farming benefits insect biodiversity, insect-
eleven tips to buying organic on a budget. The list ccording to a new Swedish study, people with more flower interactions, and the pollination of wild
recommends that we buy in bulk, shop in season, use pollutants and pesticides in their blood have a plants, according to a study published in the “Journal
coupons, check out farm stands and farmers markets, greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. This study of Applied Ecology.” There were more flowers on the
make a shopping list, cook at home, and more. (organic- adds to the theory that chemicals may change the body organic farms, which in turn attracted more bees than
itsworthit.org) in ways that lead to diseases such as diabetes. (Reuters) were found on conventional farms. (PhysOrg.com)
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 7
Answering the Patch’s toughest questions:
parking and music
A strategy for cooperative parking Music madness
I just finished reading your article in The Vine. First, let me say how much I
appreciate being able to be a member of this great co-op. It is a blessing to be
Thank you for your insightful comments. I ’ve been a member and supporter of this
co-op since its inception … and never have
experienced such loud-bad music as recently.
able to buy clean, local, whole foods and natural products. We will in fact get a cart corral in the back lot
at some point. I am not sure when. Please find something that heals and nourishes
Regarding parking at BriarPatch. It’s wonderful that the store is so busy so
The interesting thing about that front lot as good as your food. I feel that it is junk food
much of the time, and it has created congestion as you point out. I’ve developed
is that the front drive between the store and for the soul when I’m there.
a parking strategy that perhaps others can think about also. During busy times,
the island is narrower at the end closer to Jean Schwarzkopf
it seems that most congestion is around the front of the store and in the driveway
to and from Sierra College Blvd. When I come to shop during busy times, I enter the optometrists office. That makes the turn Hi Jean,
through the top driveway off Litton Drive and go directly into the back parking tighter right at the point where shoppers I received your comment today regarding
lot. This way I am not one of the many cars circling the front parking area looking are streaming out of and into the store and music in the store. You have touched on one
for a spot, or trying to get out. I am in good health, do not have any mobility where the most cars are backing out and of the most common and controversial issues
issues, do not have one or more young children to pack along, so I figure I will the “circlers” are distracted looking for a that I deal with on an ongoing basis as the GM
leave the spots near the front for those who really need them for one reason or spot. Sadly, the security guard who was out of the Patch! We currently subscribe to Sirius,
another. It is another way we can work cooperatively to make the parking scene there for a few weeks said that ours was the a commercial-free satellite radio for our store.
less frustrating for everyone. One thing that might encourage more people to “angriest” lot he had worked. Thanks for not Due to ASCAP/ BMI licensing issues, this is just
use the back parking lot is a spot for carts. That way shoppers with more than a getting into the fray! about the only option that a retailer our size
bag or two would be more inclined to use the back parking area knowing they We recently restriped the lot to direct cars has for in-store music. The service offers a wide
don’t need to walk a cart back to the front of the store. in a one-way circle around the lot. Hopefully variety of channels that have many different
Thanks again for everything you do to make BriarPatch a wonderful place people will adhere to this and it will reduce genres of music on them. We try to rotate
to shop. some of the incidents in the lot. through the ones that are retail appropriate:
Sraddha Williams Chris Maher, General Manager light rock, classical, jazz, 70s, 80s, acoustic folk
and world music are some of the most common.
I have found that no station satisfies all
the people, and that every station irritates
someone! For a while, I got so frustrated
fielding complaints that I turned the system
off. This, of course, caused people to complain.
Our policy is that if you don’t like it, we will
change it. So, if you are in the store and hear
music that is irritating, please take a moment
to let the kind folks at our customer service
window know, and they will change it or turn
it off immediately. I have copied Bill Drake on
this message since you know him and he is
usually the person up there. The last thing that
we want is for the music to drive people away.
Feel free to make a recommendation if there is
something you might like to hear. A channel
list is available at: http://www.siriusxm.com/
If you would like to discuss this further,
I would love to meet you face to face. I am
generally at the store Monday through Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thanks for your
longstanding support of BriarPatch!
Chris Maher, General Manager
8 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Rally round the river for SYRCL’s
Upcoming Events at the
annual clean-up Celebration A.P.P.L.E. Center for Sustainable Living
412 Commercial Street, Nevada City • info@APPLECenter.org
Open Wed. through Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • 478-1700
Movie Night: “Sicko” Wed., Aug. 3, 7-8:30pm at the A.P.P.L.E. Center
Thursday Night Market Aug. 4, 6-9pm, Downtown Grass Valley
Stop by our booth and say hello.
Mind-Body Medicine: What is the impact of stress?
Fri., Aug. 5, 6-7:30pm
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr, Grass Valley.
Panel discussion and Q&A with local health experts.
Something Changed Everything Sat., Aug. 6, 5-6:30pm
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 617 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley.
Join the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) on September 17, 2011,
Speaker and author Peter McGugan presents his new book and the new
for the 14th Annual Greater Yuba River Clean-Up and Restoration Day.
consciousness that’s shaping our new sustainable world. Peter’s visiting from
V olunteer at one of over 35 clean-up out, over 1/3 of whom were aged 18 and Canada, so don’t miss this one!
sites and enjoy the camaraderie of under. In the past 13 years, over 120,000
Demo Day and Urban Farm Tour
friends, family, and neighbors as you walk pounds of refuse and recyclables have
along the river collecting refuse, or help- been removed from the watershed due to
for New and Renewing A.P.P.L.E. Members
ing to restore meadows and trails.
After the morning’s work, take a swim
at Bridgeport Crossing in the South Yuba
the hard work of over 5,500 volunteers.
So mark your calendar and tell ev-
eryone you know about this wonderful
N ew or renewing A.P.P.L.E. mem-
bers are cordially invited to a Demo
Day and urban farm tour at the Harris
• How to start a worm compost bin.
• How to build a simple chicken coop/
River State Park, and enjoy a free organic family-friendly opportunity to express our Street Homestead. Mali Dyck, executive • How to keep your soil alive and vital.
barbeque lunch celebration (co-sponsored love for the Yuba River after we’ve enjoyed director of The A.P.P.L.E. Center, along • Drip irrigation for beginners, cover
by BriarPatch Co-op) honoring you and it all summer. Register to work/play at with her partner, Patrick Rodysill, of cropping to renew soil, preparing nutri-
your co-volunteers. Entertainment will your favorite sites beginning August 20th. Garden Fare, will open their farm to the ent rich foods, preserving the garden
be provided by Haute Trash, and you can The SYRCL event is being held in con- A.P.P.L.E. member community on Sun- harvest, turning your “grey” laundry
be the first to take part in the first annual junction with the 3rd Annual Great Sierra day, September 18, from 11am to 4pm. water into landscape water, and DIY
Rock Skipping Competition, which is River Clean-Up, which is supported by The day’s events will include: repurposed garden décor.
open to all ages. the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. For more • Edible landscape tour.
Last year, over 650 volunteers turned information, go to www.yubariver.org.
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 9
Patch Patrol wows crowd at parade
B riarPatch employees participated
in the Friendship Club’s “Friend-
ship 100” go-cart race fundraiser in
Volunteers Janis Johnson and Mo Tebbe carried the BriarPatch banner.
From left: Lindsay Molsberry came to
The Patch Patrol
cheer, drivers Hassan Ebrahimi-Nuyken
executes the “High
and Rose Arsenith, and Board Direc-
Five” for the judges
tor Peter Lockyer, who sponsored the
at the intersection of Front End Manager Oscar Salgado and volunteer Julie
Neal and Mill streets. Herrlinger joined the fun. Photos by Tony Finnerty.
U ndaunted by temperatures in the high 90’s, on July 4 a fearless band of
BriarPatch staff and shoppers represented the Co-op in the Indepen-
dence Day parade in downtown Grass Valley. Shopping baskets swinging,
the Patch Patrol Shopping Basket Drill Team entertained the crowd with
moves such as the “Virginia Reel,” “Swing-Your-Partner,” and “Weave.” (See
the video on the BriarPatch website, www.briarpatch.coop.) Other volunteers
handed out organic lollipops to children.
This year’s team: Bill Keogh, Nancy Schillinger, Hassan Ebrahimi-Nuyken,
Sarah Reikko, Rusty Pendrey, Leslie and Jimmy Gault, Chelsi Torres, Jessie
Meyers, Oscar Salgado, Julie Herrlinger, Randi Pratini, Lucinda Defranco,
Rose brought the racing spirit and won
Janis Johnson, Mo Tebbe, Hilary Dart, Stephanie Mandel
Behind the scenes support: Ken Hale, Tony Finnerty, Mellisa Hannum
10 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
The shade pavilion Why Does Your Co-op Rock?
— a community project
Shade pavilion raising
Sunday, Sept. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
T o enhance awareness and enjoyment
of the native plant demonstration
garden next to the BriarPatch parking
ditional wood was purchased from Kubich
Lumber Co., which has milled local cedar
for the past 70 years along Deer Creek, west
lot, the Redbud Chapter of the Califor- of Grass Valley.
nia Native Plant Society has organized The timbers will not be “finished” with
the construction of a picnic area with a toxic products; rather, they will be allowed
shade pavilion. to age and acquire a natural patina.
To be raised the morning of Sunday, The concrete for the pavilion’s founda-
September 25, the shade pavilion will tion will be composed partly of fly-ash, a
be a testament to the community spirit reused industrial byproduct, rather than
of volunteers, primarily: Cindy Rubin, of all new materials. The foundation work,
which will take two to three days, is sched-
acting manager of the demo garden, and
uled to begin on Tuesday, August 30.
Tim Brennan of Ridgebeam Building he third annual My Co-op Rocks should be two minutes or less—so show
Tim states that, “Mindful use the
Company. Cindy and Tim designed the contest is back—with something us what you’ve got! Be ready to share your
material will include minimal waste,
structure, and Tim did the drawings with new! BriarPatch Co-op is excited to kick masterpiece with the world on September
with attention to appropriate recycling or
structural engineering review by Will Pre- disposal of the waste that is produced.” off this year’s contest with two ways to 1. The sooner you enter, the more votes
chter. Funds for materials were provided show everyone how much your co-op you can get!
by BriarPatch Co-op. Thanks are also due Tried and true timberframing rocks. This year, create an original video Run with your own idea, or get inspired
to former garden project manager Cyndi The construction of the pavilion will or take a photo that’s inspired by or by one of these suggestions: Top 10 Rea-
involve pegged wooden joinery, including features your co-op. Starting September sons My Co-op Rocks; Still Life with My
Brinkhurst, whose vision and efforts were
true mortise and tenon. The timbers and
pivotal in establishing the garden. 1, head over to www.MyCoopRocks. Co-op; [Your Co-op name]: a Rock Opera;
all the joinery will be precut in advance,
coop to submit your video or photos, or Unexpected Delights at the Co-op; A Co-
Green building methods and the pavilion will go up in just one day
rate and leave your two cents on others’ op Love Story; How Great Food Fuels Me/
All of the wood for the project is locally with the use of a powered beam lift to aid in
submissions. Winners in both categories My Family/My Life.
harvested incense cedar, abundant in the the raising of the structure parts. Timber-
Sierra foothills. Ames and Nancy Gilbert framing was the dominant form of wood will be in for some super sweet prizes! The only limit is your imagination!
donated cedar log posts from their prop- construction up until approximately 1900, Unleash your sense of humor, show Stay tuned for more, and check www.
erty, harvested (not without considerable when the current model of stud construc- your mad video story-telling skills, or MyCoopRocks.coop September 1 for more
effort, as Tim notes) by Ames and Tim. Ad- tion was developed. let your inner shutterbug shine. Videos contest details and updates.
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 11
Eat Local Extravaganza
Celebrate local foods
with BriarPatch in August
A t the height of the growing season,
BriarPatch will be celebrating our
abundance around us, it’s a snap and a
pleasure to increase your enjoyment of
Co-ops across country
fresh and delicious local products right
along with you. Together with co-ops
local foods. It’s easy, for example, to find
a local substitute for your breakfast ba-
around the country, we’re hosting our an- nana, or to prepare your family favorites
nual “Eat Local” month, a time when we
invite everyone to appreciate and enjoy our
abundance of local foods. As part of the
using locally grown foods. There’s also
the added, special joy, that comes with
connecting such wonderful nourishment
B riarPatch is joining hands with
natural food co-ops coast-to-
coast in this fourth year of Eat Local,
celebration, BriarPatch will be hosting a with the recognition that it represents the America! All participating co-ops are
Read more about local food and
farm tour of Riverhill Farm, and you’ll find labor of love of our neighbors. members of the National Cooperative
farms, and learn why supporting them
lots of yummy local food-tasting treats, Grocers Association (NCGA) – a
Why Eat Local? is so important at www.eatlocalamerica.
and even a special display here in the store. business services cooperative that
coop. Find great recipes and information
Where does “local” begin and end? At At BriarPatch, we intentionally cul- represents 120 retail food co-ops
about in-season produce at www.
BriarPatch, food that’s been grown within tivate relationships with local growers nationwide.
20 miles is considered local, and food and producers to strengthen the local
grown within a larger 120 mile radius food system, and to provide the freshest,
is called “regional”. You can see these highest quality products for our com- weeks even, in transit. sion of who we are. As a member-owned
distinctions on the round tags we display munity. Together, BriarPatch and local Eating local also helps stimulate the business, BriarPatch Co-op keeps its
with local and regional foods year-round. producers create market opportunities local economy, since your dollars spent investment dollars close to home by
This August’s Eat Local Extravaganza for these products. This gives shoppers on local foods support regional farm- supporting local farmers, food artisans,
will be a great way to explore and enjoy a convenient connection to their farmer/ ers and producers. When that money is and other local businesses, and by pro-
Nevada County’s bounty, and to sup- neighbors who grow them, who in turn kept right here in the community, much viding jobs for people in western Nevada
port the growers and producers who put cultivate the local environment we all live of it gets plowed back into our shared County. For more information on Briar-
this delicious, fresh food on our tables. in. Local foods are also fresher and taste economy. Much of it is spent locally, and Patch’s Eat Local Extravaganza, contact
We encourage everyone to set their better. They’re packed with more sunshine it also goes to pay taxes that support our Stephanie Mandel, 272-5333 x127; Mellisa
own (tasty) goals to make this event a and nutrients since they’re sped right to local infrastructure. Hannum, 272-5333 x129; or Hilary Dart,
personal experience. With the amazing the store, rather than spending days or Eat Local month is clearly an expres- 272-5333 x134.
12 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Eat Local Extravaganza
Know the local and regional foods at the Patch
Eggs (Aisle 1A) Fruits and Veggies
From 20 farms, when the hens are laying. Fresh seasonally from these farms:
Meats Bakbraken Acres, Chicago Park
Beef – Nevada County Free Range Beef, Nevada City Bevitori Gardens, Smartsville
Pork – Llano Seco, Chico Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit, Chicago Park
Lamb – Donner Trail Ranch, Chicago Park 20 miles from the Patch Members of this group help 120 miles from the Patch Blueberry Hill, Chicago Park
Chicken – Fowler Family Farm, Penn Valley build our local economy.
Country Rubes’ Farm, Grass Valley
Chicken – Mary’s Chicken, Petaluma Honey, Jam, Rice Syrup (Aisle 3B) Créme Fraiche, Bellwether Farms, Sonoma Dinner Bell Farm, Chicago Park
Turkey – Diestel Family Turkey Ranch, Sonora Honey – Randy Oliver Honey, GV; Elmore’s Soft Cheeses, Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Downtown Farm, Colfax
Bulk Grains, Nuts, etc. Beehive Products, Oroville; Selby Honey, Chico
Ice Cream (Aisle 8B) Filaki Farm, Oregon House
Wheat Flour, Wheat Berries, Rye Berries, Rolled Blackberry Honey – McClaughry Farms, GV First Rain Farm, Nevada City
Clover Organic Farms, Petaluma
Oats, Teff – Grass Valley Grains, Wheatland Jam – Mountain Fruit Co., Chico
Straus Family Creamery, Marin County Four Frog Farm, Penn Valley
Popcorn – Pleasant Grove Farms, Pleasant Grove Brown Rice Syrup – Lundberg Farms, Richvale
Wine, Beer, & Cider Greg’s Organics, Grass Valley
Walnuts – Ferrari Farms, Linden Milk, Butter, Yogurt etc. (Aisle 1A) Avanguardia, Nevada City Heaven and Earth, North San Juan
Bulk Olive Oil & Honey Clover Organic Farms & Clover Stornetta, Petaluma Hummingbird Hills, Penn Valley
Clos Saron, Oregon House
Olive Oil – Calolea, Loma Rica Straus Family Creamery, Marin County Indian Springs Organic Farm, Penn Valley
Coufous Cellars, Rough & Ready
Johansen Ranch, Orland (available seasonally) St. Benoit Yogurt, Bodega Double Oak Vineyards, Nevada City Johansen Ranch, Orland
Berkeley Olive Grove, Oroville Wallaby Yogurt, Napa Grant-Eddie Winery, Oregon House Kaki Farm, Gridley
Honey – Elmore’s Beehive Products, Oroville Goat’s & Sheep’s Milk Products Indian Springs Winery, Nevada City Lazy Valley Ranch, Penn Valley
(Aisle 1A) Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Auburn Living Lands Agrarian Network, Nevada City
Bulk Rices Goat’s Milk – Meyenberg, Turlock Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Grass Valley Moonstone Farm, Chicago Park
14 varieties from Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale
Goat’s Milk Yogurt – Redwood Hill Farm, Montoliva Vineyards & Winery, Chic Park Mountain Sweet Cherries, Oregon House
Olive Oils (Aisle 2A) Sebastopol; Skyhill, Napa; Capretta, Willows Naggiar, Grass Valley Naked Farm, Nevada City
Apollo Olive Oil, Oregon House Sheep’s Milk Yogurt – Bellwether Farms, Sonoma Nevada City Winery Natural Trading Company, Newcastle
Calolea Olive Oil, Loma Rica Nevada County Wine Guild
Goat’s Milk Cheeses (Aisle 7A) Pyramid Farm, Chico
Bariani Olive Oil, Sacramento Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, Oregon House
Meyenberg, Turlock; Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol Red Hill Mandarins, Brown’s Valley
Smith Vineyards, Grass Valley
Rice & Pasta (Aisle 2B) Cheeses (Aisle 7A) Sierra Knolls Vineyard & Winery, Grass Valley
Riverhill Farm, Nevada City
Rices, Wild Rice Blend, Risotto Mixes, Brown Rice Cow’s Cheeses, Clover Organic Farms, Petaluma Ronsse, Chicago Park
Sierra Star, Grass Valley
Couscous, Brown Rice Pasta Cow’s Cheeses, Petaluma Creamery, Petaluma Shared Abundance, Auburn
Szabo, Grass Valley
– Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale Cheeses, Cream Cheeses, Sierra Nevada, Willows Honeyrun Mead, Chico Suzumi’s Garden, Grass Valley
Chips & Crackers (Aisle 3A) Blue Cheese, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico Sweet Roots Farm, Grass Valley
Rice Chips & Rice Cakes, Lundberg Farms, Richvale Cheeses & Curds, Spring Hill Cheese, Petaluma Fox Barrel Cider, Colfax & Camino Willow Springs Farm, Penn Valley
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 13
Eat Local Extravaganza
Canning Classes Receipts tell local purchase story Eat Local
Home Canning and Restaurant Raffle
Preserving Workshop: ave you noticed the words “Lo- ocal restaurants invite you to eat
Canning Tomatoes cally and Regionally Grown local when you eat out — and enter
Wed., Aug. 3, 6-8:30pm $50 Total” on your BriarPatch receipt? a raffle for free meals while you’re at it!
Tomatoes… if there is one food that They appear whenever you buy food Throughout August, local restaurants
you should learn to can, it is tomatoes. or flowers that are grown within 120 will have Eat Local stamp cards available
In the dead of winter, I’m so glad to have miles of the Patch. An “L” or an “R” for diners who order a menu item made
last year’s harvest available. Learn how to next to the item price further speci- with local and/or regional food(s).
preserve your own tomatoes, both whole fies whether it was grown within 20 Just ask your server at the restaurants
and as a sauce. We will be using the water miles, which BriarPatch defines as for a card, and then get it stamped.
bath method and discussing pressure local, or within 120 miles, consid- When you have four stamps from any
canning. Go home with jars of tomato ered regional. of the participating restaurants you can
goodies to inspire your own canning ses- The “L” or “R” may surprise enter the raffle! Just bring the stamped
sions. Email or call Wendy at 478-0669 you if you didn’t realize that card to the customer service window at
or email@example.com. the olives in that oil were BriarPatch by August 31.
grown just in the next county.
Community Canning Day/
Or for local/regional ex-
Open Kitchen – Tomatoes perts, it may just confirm
Sun., Aug. 28, 9am-12noon $15 that your local/regional
Bring your late summer tomatoes purchases add up. Cod-
and work together with your fellow ing these items helps
homesteaders to can a mess of tomatoes. BriarPatch staff track
In the Kitchen teachers will be on hand our locally grown sales.
to answer any questions. Your group will Want to rack up Participating restaurants:
decide how many jars each person will a bigger L/R total? BriarPatch deli, Charlie’s Café,
go home with. This is a loosely organized Learn more— pick- Diego’s, Emily’s Catering & Cakes,
event, and this will be our first “open ing up a local and re- Flour Garden Bakery, Fudenjuice,
kitchen” event. Space is limited. Bring: gional shopping list Ike’s Quarter Cafe
cutting board, knife, apron, pint jars and from the display at Jim E’s Club 141, Matteo’s,
lids, tomatoes, and a canner if you have the store entrance, Nevada City Marketplace,
one. Email or call Wendy at 478-0669 or and keep your eyes peeled for Simplicity Bistro, Summer Thyme’s,
firstname.lastname@example.org. the round shelf signs with the pear. The Old Five Mile House
14 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Eat Local Extravaganza, August 1-31
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 15
with ice cream, tomatoes, Thai, raw, and macrobiotic
Tout Sweet: Thai One On
Ice Cream & Sorbet Sat., Aug. 20, 6-8:30pm $45
Thurs., Aug. 11, 6-8:30pm $45 Join us in exploring some of the tan-
In this class you will learn to make: the basics of talizing tastes of Thailand: Omelette Soup
• Homemade Peach Ice Cream, gelato- macrobiotic (very simple, but tasty & versatile), Spicy
cooking Cucumber Salad, Pad Thai, and Spicy
style from the
• Dairy-free, Sugar-free Coconut Sorbet creator of the
Red Beef Curry. The recipes incorporate
• Vanilla Ice Cream Custard BriarPatch elements of classic Thai cuisine, but can
• Fresh fruit and coconut sorbets “Macrobiotic be made with ingredients that are easily
You’ll also learn about the chemistry balanced
of frozen desserts and flavoring tech- meal box, Sign up with Kate at 268-0343 or kate-
niques through adding fresh fruit, nuts
riarPatch Co-op is proud Kawasaki
and sweets. Marcrobiotic Cooking
to partner with Wendy Van
Sign up with Jen at 559-9457 or blue- for beginners
Wagner and the other cooks at In
email@example.com. Fri., Aug. 26, 6-8pm $45
The Kitchen cooking school. In
The Kitchen classes are hands-on Learn what macrobiotic means and the
and use high-quality ingredients
Raw & Living Foods Too Too Tomatoes! basics of macrobiotic cooking. The first in
with Atma Campbell Thurs., Aug. 18, 6-8:30pm $45 a series, this class will focus on cooking
found at BriarPatch. BriarPatch
of Next Level Foods A tomato utilization class taught by Jen brown rice, sesame salt flakes, miso soup
owners receive a 10% discount off
Sun., Aug. 14, 1-4pm $45 Smitt. In this class you will learn to make: and stock, bean cakes, steamed vegetable
the class fees. Class size is limited,
Create 5 different raw cuisine items pico de gallo salsa, homemade Caprese salad, and an agar agar dessert.
so reserve early.
including an entrée dish, salad, dehy- salad with fresh mozzarella, fresh Put- Taught by Migiwa Kawasaki, who has
Classes drated items, a raw pie, and a nut or seed tanesca pasta sauce; how to concasse (peel completed the Macrobiotic Leadership
All classes are held at In The milk beverage. We will sample fresh items and deseed) a tomato; how to easily sun dry program at the Kushi Institute in Massa-
Kitchen, 648 Zion Street, Ne- and offer an option to purchase the dehy- your tomatoes at home; and how to jar and chusetts. Migiwa cooks at BriarPatch Co-
vada City (by the former Miner’s drated foods snack pack. All ingredients freeze your tomatoes for later use. You’ll op, where she has developed macrobiotic
Clinic, now California College of are plant based/ vegan, and gluten free. also learn about tomato varieties and the dishes including the “Macrobiotic Bento”
Ayurveda). Space is limited. history of the tomato in the New World. balanced meal box.
Sign up with Atma at 272-1137 or Sign up with Jen at 559-9457 or blue- Sign up with Migiwa, 470-3625/migi-
firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Celebrating 35 Years, 1976-2011
Co-op Stories: Remembering our Washington Street store
By Bill Drake
I t was 1986 when I was hired at Briar-
Patch’s Washington Street store, the
Co-op’s third location, bringing experi-
Mary Lou Knapp, who is currently is book
buyer and a cashier.
The Washington Street era began in
rectors took a great
leap, making a hugely
significant change to
ence working at the Tree of Life Co-op 1981, when BriarPatch moved there after the Co-op’s structure.
in Auburn. I worked at the Washington a short-lived stay in a building on Nevada On March 15, 1982,
store for almost seven years, and stayed City Highway. This new home in downtown BriarPatch changed
through the early days at our next loca- Grass Valley, a 2,280 square-foot building from a members-only
tion at Joerschke Drive in the Brunswick located a few blocks from the post office, co-op to a store that
Basin. I then returned to BriarPatch when had actually been a grocery store previ- was open to the pub-
we opened our present store. ously! lic. Up to that point,
Several other current staff members For the first six months, Hilary was the Co-op was always
also served the Co-op back in the Wash- the only paid employee; she ran the store in the red. Finances
ington Street days. Hilary Dart, now our entirely with the help of volunteers. By the were chronically dire,
Volunteer and Demo Coordinator, was our time I was hired in 1986, there were five and it was a miracle
manager for our entire time there, and Liz or six salaried staff, and by 1992, when that we even survived!
Streater, our present Wellness Manager, we moved to Joerschke Drive, there were Once we went public,
worked there as well. Bill Keogh, who now about twelve. though, sales got a big
runs our Bulk Department, first worked Less than a year after moving to boost and we finally
at the Patch at Washington Street, as did Washington Street, the Board of Di- began to show a profit
on a regular basis. In
Hilary’s report to the
Board in June 1982, she
wrote, “Sales are good
compared to the past
Co-op employees posed outside BriarPatch’s Washington Street
at this time. I attribute
store, c. 1986. Standing from left to right: Mary Kaminsky, Mary
that to being open to Lou Knapp, Laura Potkin, Hilary Dart, Liz Streater, Bill Drake;
the public…All bills front: Susan Myers.
Continued on next page
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 17
Celebrating 35 Years, 1976-2011
Continued from previous page
In November 1982, after six
are current.” (That year, gross sales for the grew, which helped establish us as a well-
month of July were $21,580, less than half rounded natural foods store. years of enormous effort on
of our current gross sales for a single day!) Many tasks at BriarPatch are now com-
partmentalized and computerized, such as
the part of the BriarPatch
In November 1982, when George Bur-
cham and Lois Bailey ended their terms cashiering and counting money. Back on pioneers, the cooperative
on the Board, it was the first time that Washington Street, though, although we
each managed specific areas, things were
was beginning to stand on
our Board did not have any of the original
founders. After six years of enormous ef- quite different. As Liz recalls, “At that time its own feet.
fort on the part of the BriarPatch pioneers, we all did cashiering and buying, and we
the cooperative was beginning to stand on all counted the money at night, mopped the
its own feet. Fortunately for us, a number floors, closed the produce department… we present location. I remember when Joe and
of those founders, such as David Bowman all did it all!” One of my first memories as Suzi Figueira’s baby girl Cailah was born,
(member #1) and Harry Bailey (member a new employee is of Mary Lou taking me and watching as she and our store grew
#3), continued to help as volunteers, and to the bank at night to show me where to together through the years. Not long ago,
most of our founders remained regular deposit the day’s proceeds. I can still see she left her job behind the cash register to
shoppers. the black widow spiders that lurked under have her own baby. Luke Wilson and Mag-
All four of us current Patch employees the bank’s deposit “drop”; banking was a gie McKaig’s son Bryn now works in our
who worked under Hilary on Washington dangerous job back then! deli. Becky O’Connor’s daughter Shannon Liz Streater in 1990, holding a co-worker’s
Street remember her as a good manager The Washington Street store had a is an assistant manager in our Front End baby outside the Washington Street store.
Liz, BriarPatch’s Wellness Department
who infused the Co-op with a feeling of comfortable, “shopper friendly” feeling to department, and Alice Harrell’s son Mat-
Manager, was recently honored for working
stability through her years of continu- it. Part of this was due to what was outside thew is one of our cashiers. at BriarPatch for 25 years.
ous, selfless service. As Hilary pointed the building. There were nice fruit trees, I have very fond memories of the Wash-
out, “People would seek us out because and a fenced-in backyard that had a swing ington Street store’s neighbors, many of It was time to move on, though. Look-
our prices were good, so we built a good from a tree and shade – a really pleasant them elderly, who would come over to buy ing back, I can see that Washington Street
customer base.” One thing that also helped place where children could play while their their milk and eggs. I especially remember was where we developed a good following
us prosper was Hilary’s insistence that our parents shopped. We also had an inside Carmen, who lived next door and shared and solidity as a quality natural foods
staff receive training related to the running play area. with us the challenges of growing older. co-op. It was on Joerschke Drive that we
of a cooperative grocery store. We also It has been gratifying to see some of For me, the sad thing about leaving Wash- achieved consistent financial stability and
learned how to price products better. Our these children from our Washington Street ington Street was seeing our neighbors lose the impetus of growth that propelled us to
vitamins and body care department also days grow up to become employees at our their little neighborhood store. the stature that we have today.
18 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Co-op Business: Shopper Survey Results
Shoppers (mostly owners) speak up in survey
Here are some highlights from the responses:
T he results are in! Thanks 600+ times
to all who took the time to complete
the survey. This feedback from shoppers Product selection/variety
Please choose the top five factors
is extremely valuable as BriarPatch staff Quality/freshness of products
you consider when choosing
strive to meet your needs. Prices
where to shop for groceries.
Who took the survey? Location of store/convenience
Are you a BriarPatch owner? Hours of operation
97.7% yes, 2.3% no Atmosphere ambiance of store
What is your gender? Cleanliness of store
82% female, 18% male
How long have you been shopping at
Availability of brands I/my family likes
10.1 years = 24.4%
20+ years = 18.6% Please mark up to three social All other responses
5.1-10 years = 19.9% issues that you think BriarPatch
3.1-5 years = 16.9% should champion.
1–3 years = 16.1% Promote recycling
How would you rate your overall Support development of other small businesses
satisfaction with BriarPatch Co-op?
Provide nutrition education
Extremely Satisfied (51.3%)
+ Satisfied (42.1%) = 93.4% Support other co-ops
How well does the store Support local, sustainable agriculture
meet your needs overall? Address local hunger problems
Provide education on food safety issues
Somewhat well Support efforts to protect/improve environment
Somewhat poorly Make charitable donations to community organizations
BriarPatch should not champion social or environmental issues
No opinion All other responses
The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter August/September 2011 19
Co-op Business: Shopper Survey Results
Is there anything else you want to say about BriarPatch?
S hoppers gave 229 responses to this question.
(Thank you to all of you.) Here is a sampling,
chosen with an attempt to represent the diversity
Prices: “I’d love for the prices to go down… and
I know how hard that is.” “I have done surveys of
pricing and BP gets a bad rap. Whole Foods is usually
about good management specifically relating to
employee training in customer relations…?” “The
employees are a lot of fun and wonderful to deal
of viewpoints expressed. While there is not space in higher priced as compared to same items as BP. As are with.” “Well run, by people that care and employees
this newsletter to print responses to each comment, Raley’s and Safeway… if you can find the products.” who like their work.”
BriarPatch staff will address the major concerns in the “Lower prices please!” “The new store is great and “New” store: “I am proud to be a member and to
upcoming months. aside from so much inflation in food prices in general, volunteer at BriarPatch. I was skeptical about all the
Parking: “Looking forward to more parking.” “The I have no complaints.” $s that were used for purchasing and building, but I
parking lot for elderly folks is not very user friendly Store and staff vibe: “Love ya’ll. I’m in here almost see that it was an excellent decision and now reaping
especially when pushing a cart.” every day and I feel like part of the family.” “How benefits for the store and the community.”
Please rate BriarPatch in terms of how well it is meeting your needs How important are these features for
with respect to the following store characteristics: shopping at BriarPatch Co-op?
Quality/freshness of products No opinion
Prices Not important
Location of store/convenience Somewhat important
Hours of operation Important
Atmosphere ambiance of store Very important
Cleanliness of store
Member/ Patronage Ability to Other
Availability of brands Owner refund vote for
I/my family likes of the Member/ Board of
business Owner Member/
All other responses specials, Owner
20 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Co-op Owner Benefits & Meetings
Food co-op movie Board of Directors
Jeff Gold, President; Alan Weisberg, Vice President; Peter Lockyer, Treasurer;
needs owner support Malaika Bishop, Secretary; Mark Fenton, Rick Sheller, Louise Jones, Kerry O’Regan
E ducation, Where to find Board meeting
participation, BOARD MEETINGS agendas & minutes
i nd e p e nd e nc e , Tue., Aug. 30; Tue., Sept. 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Agendas are p osted on the front inside bulletin board
and cooperation. In the BriarPatch Co-op Community Room several days before meetings. Minutes are posted there
These are four of on the last Tuesday of the month. BriarPatch about two weeks after meetings and online at www.
the seven prin- owners are welcome to attend. briarpatch.coop/pages/board.html. Staff will make you
ciples that guide copies upon request.
food cooperatives A WINE CRUSH
OWNER MEETING AND BANqUET
in their mission of service to their communities. Food for
Change, a work-in-progress documentary planned for Monday, October 17, 6pm League of Women Voters
release next spring, looks at how food co-ops manifest Miners Foundry, Nevada City • free admission supports co-op election
these principles in their day-to-day operations. lasagne dinner $3 advance/$5 at door incere thanks to Mary Dreifuss and Ruth
The film takes a contemporary and social-historical wine, beer, Italian sodas Schwartz of the League of Women Voters’
look at cooperatives in the United States, exploring the
How to contact the Board Western Nevada County chapter, for counting
three major periods in the growth of the co-op movement.
Directors have BriarPatch email addresses consisting of the votes for the BriarPatch Board Director
The first wave of co-ops was a response to the financial
their full first names and the first letter of last names followed election in May. League volunteers have provided
collapse of 1929, as co-ops helped people band together for
by “@board.briarpatch.coop”. Or send an email message to this service to the Co-op for several years, with
relief in hard times. The second wave we are more familiar
email@example.com with “Board” in the subject, and staff efficiency and professionalism. Thank you
with, as the counter-culture of the 1970s sought ways to
will forward it to the Board Secretary or another Director League, from all BriarPatch’s owners. Learn more
express its newfound appreciation for wholesome foods
as indicated. Or leave letters for Directors at the customer about the League at www.lwvwnc.org.
and a connection to farming. The third wave? That’s the
reality we are living at BriarPatch today, which actually
combines the aims and motivations of the first two waves
(which is interesting food for thought).
The release of Food
Know and enjoy your BriarPatch benefits!
For Change is timed Owners: find your August 10% Discount Voucher in this newsletter!
to coincide with the
United Nations desig- Patronage Dividends Special Order Discount
nation of 2012 as the For years with sufficient earnings, profits will be Pay only the wholesale catalog price plus a handling
International Year of returned to owners in proportion to purchases.. charge when you order products in wholesale quantities
Cooperatives. The film will be shown in hundreds of (by the case or 6 each for Wellness Department items).
Local Business Discounts
locations across the country on the same day, sparking Discounts on goods and services at 38 local Cooking Class Discount
an invigorated national discussion of the cooperative businesses. The list is on the next page, page 21. At In the Kitchen cooking school in Nevada City.
vision – as good business as well as right action. See www.wendyvanwagner.com for class schedule
To date, 64 co-ops in 25 states (including BriarPatch
Newsletter Ad Discounts and more information.
Co-op) have contributed nearly 40 percent of the budget Run a free classified ad and/or take a one-time $20
discount on a display ad in our bimonthly newsletter. The opportunity to be involved
needed to complete and distribute the movie. Vote for the Board of Directors and in other decision-
Your support as an individual co-op owner is needed Community Mindedness making elections, run for the Board, and attend our
as well. A great way you might “warm up” to making Join your friends and neighbors in showing your annual Owner Meeting and party in October.
a contribution is to visit www.foodforchangemovie. pride in co-owning a local business that supports our
Food Safety Alerts
com. There, you can watch the film’s trailer, view entire community.
scenes, and then see if your head, heart, and wallet are in Notices of important food safety issues affecting
Volunteer Program Discount BriarPatch shoppers are sent promptly via email. (To
accord. Your investment in this documentary will help Earn a 10% discount by volunteering in the store with
to communicate a deeper understanding cooperatives, get on the list or update your email address, send it
bagging, product sampling, or other jobs as available. Pick to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it at the Customer
which will vitalize not just BriarPatch, but the new wave up a volunteer application at the Customer Service window.
of co-op growth, nationwide. Service window.)
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Co-op Owner Discounts
These local businesses HEALTH & HEALING SERVICES
offer discounts to
BriarPatch owners. Dr. Don Williams, DC Carbright Auto Detailing
10% discount for existing patients, Steam Cleaning
Discounts vary. Please cash only & Paintless Dent Repair
present your owner $50 discount new patient services 10% off any service
card prior to the 530-271-5921 273-5482 • 11671 East Main St.,
OWNER BENEFITS transaction to receive www.livingvibrantly.com next to Humpty Dumpty
the discount. Inquire email@example.com Changing Spaces
about this cooperative Fast and Fit for Women 10% off feng shui services
promotional program Gym & Personal Training Studio 272-9128
with Mellisa at $10 Off Enrollment Fee firstname.lastname@example.org
530-273-5862 Covert’s Pump Service
272-5333 ext. 129 or
www.fastandfit.net 10% off labor
Form is Function 530-292-WELL (9355)
10% off all fitness classes, Dawn Lorraine Conscious Skincare
group or private Organic Facials & Skin Products
530-346-7631 office 50% off your first facial
GOODS HEALTH & HEALING 510-393-2568 mobile www.dawnlorraine.com
www.kettlebellform.com 265-9004 • email@example.com
Ambient Beauty NEW! Brian J. Breiling, Psy D, MFT, LPC
Facials by Franceska Alexander Specializing in Emotional Iris Holistic Counseling Services Kimmel Electric • csl#914225
10% off products & treatments Transformational Therapy and Positive Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. $25 off all repairs & remodels,
530-265-8448 Psychology: individuals, couples, families 50% off initial counseling session new construction
By appointment only 10% discount 530-477-7863, Grass Valley 530-432-1872 office
Colfax Farm & Country Store 530-478-9592 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.donnafisherjackson.com www.kimmelelectric.com
10% off purchase (most products) Jacobson Chiropractic Liz Fugman
140 Main St., Colfax • 530-346-2600 NEW! Dr. Jennifer Nelson $40 follow-up visits Thursdays, General Contractor #908963
Chiropractic, Nutrition, Bodywork, cash only, please call for appointment
Country Wood Furniture Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, home
Ayurveda, HCG Weight Loss, Detox 265-2220 • 194 Gold Flat Rd., NC
10% off merchandise repairs and remodels
10% discount on services Living Waters
except sale items & finishing; 10% discount on labor • 265-5151
530-478-9592 Colon Hydrotherapy
claim discount before orders are placed
email@example.com 5% off packages & service Loma Rica Ranch Self Storage
116 W. Main St., Downtown GV
1097 E. Main St., Suite F, Grass Valley 6th month free
NEW! Monster Gym 530-274-9738 5x10 $55, 10x10 $75
Geronimo Pole Co. Corporate rates (lowest available) 530-273-0889
5-20% off hand-peeled poles, 722 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley lomaricastorage.com
custom log furniture, timbers, 272-7676 Synden’s Home Care Sierra Consulting &
tipi poles, slabs, etc. www.monstergyms.com 15% off house cleaning and elder care Integrated Pest Management
288-1000 530-798-9081 • 530-205-9764 Tree Specialist & Agricultural Advisor
www.geronimopole.com Antouri Chiropractic firstname.lastname@example.org 10% off • 432-7845
Mowen Solinsky Gallery 10% off, cash patients only South Yuba Club sierraconsultingipm.com
5% off cash sales • 530-265-4682 563 Brunswick Rd. Ste.5, Grass Valley Corporate rates (lowest available)
273-6192 • www.antouri.com Veronica Monet, ACS, CAM
225 Broad St., Nevada City 555 Searls Ave., NC • 530-470-9100 Couples Consultant specializing in
www.mowensolinskygallery.com Body Balance • Kung Fu & Tai Chi Wilma Terrill, M.S., M.F.T. Anger Management & Sacred Sexuality
Free introductory package Marriage Family Therapy, 7% off in-person and telephone appts.
Parts for Imports10%-15% off
151 Mill St., Grass Valley Hypnotherapy & Children’s Issues 208 Providence Mine Road, NC
(except oil & selected special orders)
530-477-0677 10% off sliding scale 888.903.0050
120 Joerschke Dr., GV • 272-3477
www.bodybalanceacademy.com 265-3068 • 103 Providence Mine Rd., email@example.com
Sweet Diane’s Ste. 104, Nevada City
Custom Wedding Cakes Debra Buddie, L.Ac.
& Fine Catering with Diane Astarita Acupuncture & Herbs SOLAR POWER
10% off • 692-1614 10% off all acupuncture treatments SERVICES Mountain Solar
913-6347 • Grass Valley
firstname.lastname@example.org Bardsley Safe and Lock Consulting, sales, and installations of
California College of Ayurveda 10% discount on labor solar electric systems
10% off Bliss Therapies, 530-575-2100 $250 credit toward system monitoring
10% off used books, CDs & DVDs
Intern Consultations www.bardsleysafeandlock.com on your computer or 5¢/watt discount
671 Maltman Dr., #3, GV, 273-4002
700 Zion St., Nevada City • 478-9100 Brian’s Electrical Service on photovoltaic modules
www.ayurvedacollege.com & Plumbing Repair 175 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley
Brian Puckett, 30+ years experience 274-7355 / email@example.com
Weiss Brothers Nursery lic. #324214 763-7634 / firstname.lastname@example.org
10% off (except sale items) 10% off labor • 272-6241 www.mountainsolar.net
615 Maltman Dr., GV • 273-5814
22 August/September 2011 The Vine, BriarPatch’s Community Newsletter
Co-op Connections Classified ads are FREE to BriarPatch current owners. The deadline for the October/November issue is August
2, 30 words maximum. Submit your ad to the newsletter by giving it to a staff person at the store or by emailing it
Co-op Connections listings cost $20 per issue, $15 for BriarPatch to Mellisa Hannum, MellisaH@briarpatch.coop. Please include your owner number. Ads may be run repeatedly.
owners. Email up to 5 lines — business/person’s name, 4 to 5 word Renew by the first of the month preceding publication, by email or phone, 272-5333 ext. 129.
description, contact information (phone number, email address, BriarPatch staff reserve the right to edit ads or to reject any ads deemed unsuitable. A classified ad does not
website), and owner discount (if any — not required) to mellisah@ represent BriarPatch endorsement of the products or services offered.
briarpatch.coop. For more information, call 272-5333 ext.129.
CHILDBIRTH Free. “Acorns And Eat ‘em,” a How-To Vegetarian Cookbook and Field Fast and Fit for Women. Individual instruction. Daily small group
Sierra Homebirth Midwifery Services Guide for Eating Acorns, by Suellen Ocean. Go to www.oceanhose.com trainings on balls to bands. Fast paced Super Circuit Tuesdays and Thurs-
for information on obtaining a free download of the book. days unique to us. One week FREE. www.fastandfit.net. 273-5862.
Jessica Mairs, LM, CPM Individualized, compassionate, and
holistic midwifery care • www.sierrahomebirth.com Hear Dr. Don Williams, DC speak on the subject of how to Be Free
email@example.com From Depression. BriarPatch Community Room, October 18, 7-8pm. YOGA CLASSES
271-5921, www.livingvibrantly.com. Yoga Sculpture taught by yoga teacher and competition body-
(530) 273-7430 (H) (925) 457-4787 (C)
builder Jackie Gerster at Wild Mountain Yoga Center. Build strength and
TAI CHI CLASSES & EVENTS flexibility. All student levels. Wed. 12:30-1:30 pm. (916) 747-1415.
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery. Local mountain grown fine wine Iyengar Style Yoga with Ronnie Paul at Full Life Yoga Studio, Wednes-
Five Elements Community of Tai Chi Players produced by nature-friendly farming. Double Oak Saturdays: wine tasting, days 10:30 - noon. This class encourages thoughtful movement, respect
Classes in Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan picnicking & tours. Taste our award-winning wine at the State Fair Wine of individual differences, and the meaning of yoga in daily life. 265-0478.
Tues and Thurs at 5 PM. Grape Day, July 29th. www.DoubleOakWinery.com. (530) 292-3235. Full Life Yoga Studio provides an island of serenity where 8 instructors
New! Beginners Class Starts Tues Sept 13 Piano Lessons in your home or my studio. (NC/GV area) Beginning teach a wide variety of classes for all age, body type, and ability level.
www.taichi-nevadacity.com • (530) 274 –3513 to intermediate levels. Adult beginners especially welcome. Emphasis on Breathe, Release, Relax, Tone, Stretch, Feel, Live. 204 Providence Mine
music reading. Cathy Collings, B.A. in music from Oberlin College. 272- Road, Ste. 112, Nevada City, www.fulllifeyogastudio.com, 277-3783.
YOGA & MORE 6588. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, established in beautiful foothills
Piano lessons – experienced teacher loves to work with beginners of Grass Valley for 40 years, offers extended retreats, events, and daily
Dragonfly Yoga, Massage & Wellness classes on Eastern and Western holistic Yoga and meditation. Yoga-
(children and adults) and continuing or returning students. Certificate
Yoga classes for all levels in peaceful studio. Farm@sivananda.org, www.yogafarm.org.
of Merit, National Guild Auditions. Jean O. Poff, Nevada City. 273-6875,
First visit free! New! Prenatal Yoga firstname.lastname@example.org.
17328 Penn Valley Dr. Suite D, Penn Valley Holistic Strength. Natural movement instruction that cultivates
www.pennvalleyyoga.com or contact Bonnie 530.432.6929 strength, speed, mobility, stability, endurance, resilience & balance. Eur- Aikido’Ka. Aikido classes for students of all ages. Our classes empha-
Bonnie@pennvalleyyoga.com asian folk wisdom meets cutting edge science. Contact Eric or Alison at size fun, respect, fitness, self-defense, personal growth and non-violent
(530) 346-7631, EricKenyonRKC@yahoo.com, FormisFunction.org. dispute resolution. 142 E. McKnight Way, Grass Valley. 273-2727. www.
Yoga Sculpture with Jackie Gerster joinaikido.com.
Free public DVD Showing of Adyashanti 2nd & 4th Mondays of each
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. month. Begins at 6:45 with silent meditation. Location: Sierra Center for
Wild Mountain Yoga Center • (916) 747-1415 Spiritual Living. Contact: email@example.com or Jan (530) 273-5595.
SERVICES - BUSINESS, COMPUTER
Project Simplify - Getting organized doesn’t have to be painful. Let
Book group - read memoir, fiction, spiritual narratives, and discuss how
it be easy. Call Shawn (530) 205-5775 or go to ProjectSimplify.com.
books are a connection between souls. Monthly. Writers especially in-
vited. Preliminary meeting at Woolman, NC. Max. 10. Contact Elizabeth: Apple Computer Specialist. Tutor, Install, Upgrade, Consult... and
firstname.lastname@example.org. more. Tony, (530) 273-3106
Flute Lessons: all levels from Nora Nausbaum, many years experience Quality Editorial Services. Pitch perfect writing and editing for
teaching all ages in kind, patient, fun way. Flute Choir starting Septem- your business, academic, web, creative, or dream projects. I’m Robert
ber 15 downtown location. 273-5489, Nora@bachtobebop.com. More Stephson. Visit me at www.thewrite-editor.net.
info: bachtobebop.com. Designs by Dwight. Custom website and graphic design. www.de-
Enneagram in Relationship. Classes & Groups. Understanding the En- signsbydwight.com. (530) 559-0977.
neagram can help you
in relating with family, friends or partners. Come & have fun getting to SERVICES - GARDEN
know yourself and those Sunnydaygarden. Time to update your beautiful living space? Food
you love better. Brian J. Breiling, Psy.D & Jennifer Nelson, D.C. (530) & Flowers. Good ideas and garden planning, consultation, design,
478-9592. planting, pruning, maintenance & mentoring. Sensible, creative, liv-
able gardens. Kathy Laible, (530) 263-3709.
DANCE & MOVEMENT CLASSES A Women’s Touch Yard & Garden Design. Edible fall gardens-
African Dance Class. Thursdays 5 pm to 6:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Cultural start them in August (broccoli for sure)! Seed starting, vegetable,
Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley. Dances, rhythms, & songs of flower & landscape bed installation. Maintenance, pruning, compost-
the Congo. Taught by Cai Sorlien. Live drumming by Kit Bailey. All levels ing, mentoring & consultations. Randi Pratini, (530) 478-0800.
of experience included. 288-3603. Permaculture your homestead! Reduce food costs, improve water
Dance your way to Fitness: Aerobic dance fusion, core conditioning, availability & quality, boost fertility & biodiversity, lower energy ex-
strength training class. MWF 8:45-10:15am Center of Arts, Grass Valley, penses, increase self-reliance, create abundance! 3-hour site evalua-
upstairs in SDI. Call Jenn, 913-6877. 1st class free. tion $175. See details at SierraPermaculture.com.
Kra-Z Fitness located @ 354 Idaho Maryland Dr, opening July 13th, Garvin’s tree service. Call me for all your tree needs, 263-9190. We
offering Zumba™ classes, Zumba™ toning and R.I.P.P.E.D classes. To find also offer interior/exterior painting services, Lic. # 884378.
out more information regarding class times, visit www.zumbakm.com. Need Tree Work? Hook-less tree climbing licensed and insured.
Sarah Molaro. Reiki Energy Healing/Chakra Balancing. Beginning BriarPatch owner. Call Austin DeRock for free estimates, (530) 277-
Ballet and Ashtanga Yoga Instruction. Classes and Private Lessons, barter 6633.
options. 205-7698. Namaste.
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Michael’s Tree Service: ISA Certified Arborist/State Licensed Contrac- Solid Ground Bodywork. Effective, focused orthopedic massage
tor # 723619. Fully Insured. Serving Nevada County for over 18 years. sessions with a holistic perspective. Deep, powerful and empower-
Removals, trimming, consultations. Discount for BriarPatch owners. ing yet gentle, supportive and very relaxing. Short sessions available.
Call today for a free estimate. We care about your trees. 265-5724. Glenn Smith, 478-0770.
Garden Consultations and Landscape Planning. Creative and prac-
tical advice on plant material and design, organic and sustainable gar- SERVICES - HOME
dening, drought and deer resistant landscapes. Susan Iversen, 273-2517. Loma Rica Ranch Self Storage. Kent & Mollie Gallagher invite you to
Garden with Nature. Tune into Nature’s wisdom while discover- call our friendly resident manager, Barbara, 273-0889. 5x10 $55, 10x10
ing your innate ability for integrative awareness. It’s fun! Workshops, $75, 6th month free. Lomaricastorage.com.
coaching, and consulting available. Renee Wade, 292-0279. Kimmel Electric CL #914225. Your licensed, insured electrician
for repairs, remodels and upgrades. Upfront pricing & discount for
SERVICES - HEALTH & HEALING BriarPatch members. www.kimmelelectric.com, kimmelelectric@
Got Drama? Wish he/she understood you? Want to stop the mad- gmail.com, (530) 432-1872.
ness? Get relief now! Veronica Monet, ACS: Couples Consultant special- Bardsley Safe and Lock. www.bardsleysafe.com. 30 years local expe-
izing in Anger & Sexuality. Telephone appointments & Nevada City rience. State Permit LCO4728. Service, re-key, or change combination
office. 7% discount to members. (888)903-0050. on locks & safes. 10% discount on labor for BriarPatch members. (530)
Quantum Bio-Feedback for Spiritual Healing. God and Science in 575-2100.
Harmony. Try “STU” Spiritual Tune Up! Deep Relaxation, Stress Relief, High quality handiworks. Plumbing, carpentry, electrical, general
Chakra & Aura Sweep, Brain Wave Repair, Flower Essences, Gemstones, repair, remodels. Call Liz, Licensed General Contractor, for all your home
Essential Oils, Angelic Attunement. Feel like a “New You” and still be improvement needs. (530) 265-5151.
the “Old You”. Let me pamper you! Dr. Haripriya Dillon, ND, HolisticGift. Ken Hale Piano Tuning, Repair, Regulation & Evaluation for home,
Net, 432-2121. schools, concerts. Call Ken, Registered Piano Technician, 272-8133. Men-
Reiki Master. Certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho healing system. Encompass- tion ad for 10% discount.
ing the whole mind-body-spirit in caring for your health. Releasing cu- Handy Houseman. Small repairs, Household Projects, Tile Setting,
mulative stress or addressing more serious health concerns. Serving the Plumbing, Window Washing, Painting, Kitchen Remodels, Patios,
human, animal, and plant kingdoms. Doreen Domb, (530) 273-8394. Bathrooms, Showers, Kitchen Flooring, Electrical. Free Gutter Inspec-
Dr. Don Williams, DC. Gentle care for infants, children and adults. tions. Isaac , $23/hour. www.myhandyhouseman.com, 272-7488.
Specializing in functional neurology and mind-body healing. (530) For What It’s Worth. Alan Caisse, State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.
271-5921, www.livingvibrantly.com. Experienced, Honest and Accurate. Estate, Legal or Sale purposes. Ne-
Mindful Massage with Mieke Blees. Receive $30 off your first session. vada County Specialist. Conventional to the most complex - I’d be glad
Thorough and specific work in a comfortable space. Relieve Headaches, to help. Since 1988. (530) 470-8611.
Back/Shoulder/Neck pain, Sciatica, promote relaxation. Call (530)205-7071. Heart to Heart Animal Wellness. At -Home Professional Pet Care
Sleep Better. Think Better. Live Better. Relieve stress and pain, Provider. Services include Animal Acupressure, Dog Walking, Compan-
deepen sleep, improve memory, ease depression and anxiety. Effective ion Care for Special Needs and Senior Pets. Insured and Bonded. Let us
for children’s learning and behavior problems. No Drugs! Reach your care for the pets you love. email@example.com, (530) 559-5120
peak potential with neurofeedback. Free brain health newsletter & or 265-0954.
consultation. (530) 263-1413. SierraEEG.com
SERVICES - MISC.
Elevation Massage Therapy. Enjoy blissful, beneficial massage with
Lillian Llacer, CMT. Soothing, deep tension release, effective pain relief, Live Rock n Roll dance band for weddings and parties. Music from
pre-natal, and sports massage. 20% discount for new clients, 10% off the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Please visit our website, starpeopleband.com
Tues/Thurs for owners. (530) 559-3115. or call 432-1363.
A Caring Heart. Certified Personal Care Attendant. Cleaning, cook Rooms for rent in Squaw Valley cabin. 2 rooms in my home, bed
meals, taking you to appointments and errands, provide companion- and breakfast style. For more info: www.crosscreekcabinsv.com or
ship, and other services you might need. Excellent references. $12 an call Cindy at 386-1985. Many nearby summer activities available.
hour. I am very honest. Marceline, 615-4018. Travel: Costa Rica/eco adventures, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean,
LightStones. Crystal/Gemstone “Pharmacy” offers a wonderful Europe; weddings/honeymoons, spiritual vacations. Personal travel
selection of crystals, minerals & gemstones, hand-selected for your en- experience-local resident for 34 years. Melanie (530)268-1756, drea-
joyment. Showroom in Nevada City, open by appointment. Call Maraiel firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dreammakertravel.net.
Ruth at (530)265-3159 for info. Need a ride to or from town, work, school, the train or bus station,
Are you 18 Yrs old or older & need a Marijuana prescription? Indicat- or the Airport? Call Gold Country Cab and Courier. Ask about our $5,
ed for Intestinal disorders, Chronic pain,& stress. Call MFM, 268-8778; $10, and $15 rides. 274-8294(TAXI).
$95 initial exam & Certificate/ $50 annual renewal. Board Certified In- Wedding Officiant Jinnae Anderson, Non-denominational Minis-
ternist. Additional 10% BP member discount. ter. Sacred, joyful weddings that you will cherish in the happy years
End of Life Coach for the terminal patient, spouse, family, and care- that follow. Ceremony samples, coaching, advice. 17 years experi-
givers. Many thoughts, many feelings – when you need to talk, Rose ence. www.yourceremonywithspirit.com, 277-9642.
Gander Pastor, Chaplain, caregiver, empath, email@example.com, do-
Art therapy/counseling for individuals, couples, families, and chil- Join CSA, Mountain Bounty Farm this summer! Organically grown
dren. Professional counseling on a sliding fee scale. Contact Sue Cirillo, Veggie and Fruit Shares available. Mid-season memberships are pro-
(530) 613-1383, art therapist and MFT intern. Supervised by Jennifer rated and welcome. Sign up at www.MountainBountyFarm.com or 292-
Hoffman MFT, lic. 44842. 3776.
Improve brain function using neurofeedback and therapy. Honeywell Hepa Air Cleaner Model 18150, $50/b.o.; gently used;
High success rate with ADD, brain injury, stroke, memory enhance- includes extra new pre-filter & manual. Also selling Sunbeam Hepa Air
ment. Over 30 yrs experience: Erik Olesen, MFT, BCIA. 885-2673. www. Cleaner Model 2587/2588. Manual included; $20/b.o.
strongu.com. (530) 274-9010 Chicago Park.
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What’s your favorite local food?
I always look forward Jim Gates’ beef, the vegetables Blueberries and Peaches. –Bob Blueberries from Penn Figs, eggs… the The cherries have
to the local heirloom from local farms, and Dinner local honey. Valley. Love the fresh garden plants are my been really good
tomatoes. – Lindsay Bell chicken… there’s too many – Jenny greens. The closer they are number one favorite. this year.
choices! – Gordon and Heidi to being picked, the more – Chris – Mary
vital they are. – Jean