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THE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE Published for Ever’man by Ballinger Publishing

Ever’man Publishing Coordinator Maria Pinochet Publisher Malcolm Ballinger Executive Editor Kelly Oden Art Director Guy Stevens Editor Hana Frenette Graphic Designer Rachael Jokerst Staff Contributor Ashley Forrer Ad Coordinator & Graphic Designer Anna Hitchcock Editorial Assistant Tanner Yea Account Executives Geneva Strange Paula Rode For information: info@everman.org For advertising rates, contact 850.433.1166 Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe serves a diverse community. The diversity is reflected in culture, tastes, needs, lifestyles and viewpoints. It is within the vision of this cooperative to strive to embrace diversity and to meet as many community needs as possible. Opinions and viewpoints shared within this newsletter are neither endorsed nor disregarded. Editorial content is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, recommend or offer medical advice. Ever’man reserves the right to review the appropriateness of the placement of advertising. The product appropriateness is based on Ever’man’s product philosophy regarding accountability to healthfulness. If there seems to be potential for conflict-of-interest issues regarding competition with products sold at Ever’man, the ad may be rejected. Ads will be sold at the discretion of the Marketing Manager who reserves the right to refuse and edit submissions. The Healthy Alternative is published every other month by Ballinger Publishing for Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Inc. DBA Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe (Ever’man). All Rights Reserved. Comments and opinions expressed in this publication represent the personal views of the individuals to whom they are attributed and/or the person identified as the author of the article, and they are not necessarily those aof the publisher. This publication accepts no responsibility of the individual advertiser. Appearance in this publication does not necessarily reflect endorsement of any products or services by Ballinger Publishing. © 2017

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William Rolfs As I am writing this article, I am very excited. Two nights ago, our Board of Directors and I were presented a Nine Mile Road concept site plan and store exterior design by our architect, Larry Adams. Larry of Bullock Tice and Associates has met with us on several occasions to brainstorm on design needs and ideas. The design concept he proposed was one that everyone agrees will work very well. It will take more work to finalize the concept, but with the Ever’man Board’s approval of the initial concept, we can move forward. This is very good news for our co-op. I think everyone will be very impressed when the final design is revealed. In mid-February, we mailed the annual survey to all current co-op members. We received just over 700 completed surveys. The Board of Directors and store operations management team have begun compiling the results and reviewing them. In the next few issues of The Healthy Alternative we will share with you some of the most important points. We will be working to use the information you shared, to improve your experiences at our store and educational center. We are very proud of the positive feedback, but we do see areas that need our attention. We want you to value your membership and enjoy every shopping trip to Ever’man. In reviewing the recent survey, the most common comment was concerning prices. We know the price of some of our products is higher than the price of the same conventional product. Those products will cost a little more, because they are far superior products to their conventional equivalents. We work very hard to secure the best prices. We negotiate the co-op’s cost of products in many different ways. The first and most impactful way is by being a founding member of the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG). This organization is a co-op of co-ops, which was started by and continues to be managed by its members. The NCG

General Manager brings the buying power of 150 separate co-ops to the table when negotiating product costs. The NCG negotiates with our largest vendor “United Natural Foods Inc.” and many independent health and wellness suppliers. Without the NCG, Ever’man would have much less buying power with these companies. In addition to being an NCG member, we negotiate many deals directly with smaller vendors and directly with brokers. Furthermore, we attend several food shows at which vendors offer products at a reduced cost. We, in turn, pass these savings on to our members and customers. A few examples of these savings are the recent deals on the pallets of coconut water, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Wine and other large displays of products stacked near the service desk. We also continually visit other local stores to compare prices. We are very competitive on most products, but know there will be items that the big box stores can purchase much cheaper. We will continue to work every angle we can to keep our prices as low as possible. Please also remember, we provide a lot of services that the other stores do not. We have more than 70 classes and support groups per month. We support a lot of local vendors and charitable organizations. We also provide a much better working environment for our staff. All values that you, as a member, tell us you want us to support. In closing, I look forward to finishing the Nine Mile Road store design and starting the construction. Thanks for your continued support and patronage. I look forward to seeing you in the store soon.

EVER’MAN ENDS STATEMENT

Because of Ever’man, the community will have: • education about health, nutrition and environmental issues • access to healthy, natural food and products at the lowest possible price • support for responsible, local agriculture and small business • an example of green business practices

STORE HOURS

Monday - Saturday 7:00am - 9:00pm Sunday 9:00am - 8:00pm 315 W. Garden Street · Pensacola, Florida 32502 850.438.0402 · everman.org


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IN THIS ISSUE: 2 | A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Our General Manager talks about what is new at Ever’man and offers insights into how members and customers are being served as a result of customer surveys.

4 | board news

The Board talks about future plans for Ever’man and our new location as well as the value of member feedback.

5 | Staying Hydrated in the Gulf Coast Heat Natural drinks to fuel your summer activities.

6 | Customer Survey

Vendors PAGE 7

Feedback about pricing and products.

8 | What’s Trending at Ever’man

Vendors participate in Ever’man’s Anniversary Week

11 | Eat your way to glowing skin

RECIPE IDEAS PAGE 9-10

Our experts weigh in about how to stay happy and healthy during the summer months.

Learn what foods will keep your skin radiant and healthy.

14 | Get More out of your store

See what’s happening at Ever’man, and learn about our new Little Library as well as The Organic Champion Award.

16 | Educational Center class descriptions

See whats happening at the Ever’man Educational Center.

19 | Co-op Deals

Ways to save everyday On the Cover: GMO OMG Director Jeremy Seifert, and his two sons, Finn & Scout

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Healthy Recipes to Please a Summer Crowd

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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS DAVE DEBLANDER PRESIDENT KELLY ODEN Vice President LAUREN SOUTHERN-GODWIN SECRETARY Eric Schneider TREASURER LYNN JACKSON DIRECTOR J.J. STEPHENS DIRECTOR

Dave DeBlander

The excitement is starting to build as we get closer to breaking ground on our new store on Nine Mile Rd. This is TARA JONES a wonderful collaborative effort that involves our General DIRECTOR Manager, William Rolfs, and his competent staff; the Ever’man Board of Directors; the architect; our national coop Bonnie Bayly advisors and consultants; the building contractor; and you. DIRECTOR Yes, you. As a cooperative, we are always interested in your input. Share your ideas by coming to a board meeting, putting FOR MORE INFORMATION a suggestion in the suggestion box located at the Customer ABOUT THE BOARD VISIT: Service desk or by speaking to any one of your board directors. We are envisioning building a destination store; a place that EVERMAN.ORG/ABOUT/ not only sells groceries but a place that brings members and EVERMAN-BOARD community together as well. We are still in the planning -OF-DIRECTORS stages but to say we are excited about the possibilities is an understatement. We are currently meeting and proposing ideas and concepts and if you have any ideas, now is the time to let us know. It is not too late to incorporate your great idea!! Our annual member survey is done and the results are MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS most gratifying. The overwhelming majority of respondents ARE OPEN TO MEMBERS. are quite pleased with the store, its staff, and the products. THE NEXT SCHEDULED We also hear your suggestions and are in the process of MEETINGS ARE addressing those suggestions. We hear that you would like AS FOLLOWS: more cooking classes and management is gearing up for that and you will see that taking place soon. You want more Monday, May 22nd educational classes about health issues and you would like 6PM to have that education go out into the community. We hear Spring Membership Meeting, Financial you, those are great ideas and the staff is working to get that

Reporting Monday, June 26th 6PM

Meetings, held at the Ever’man Educational Center, start at 6:00PM. We welcome your participation and comments. If you are unable to attend meetings, consider sharing your feedback via email at: board@everman.org.

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implemented. Recently Ever’man sponsored two screenings of the film GMO OMG, a documentary on GMO’s, with no cost to the community. These were shown at UWF and PSC with a variety of interested community members attending both showings. Price is always a subject that comes up in the survey and one of our core values is to bring you the best food and products at the lowest possible price. Organic foods continue to be pricier than conventional foods but we do compete very well on organic items that you may also see in conventional stores. We do our very best to remain competitive in our pricing and to keep your prices as low as possible. Shopping smart for the season will help to keep your costs down. Also make sure that you are a member because members get special pricing on many sale items. As a member, you also get 5% off at the cafe hot and cold bar and that can easily pay for the low annual membership cost of $12 and $5 for seniors. Thank you for everyone who took part in our member survey and, although the results were overwhelmingly favorable, we will not be resting on our laurels but will continue to strive to make the Ever’man shopping experience full of smiles and joy in a healthy, pleasant atmosphere.


Staying Hydrated In The Gulf Coast Heat Living on the Gulf Coast means we have year-round access to some of the world’s most stunning beaches.

Summers are filled with long days enjoying outdoor activities, which mean spending a lot of time in the sun and intense summer humidity. While you and your family are out and about this summer, we want to help you stay hydrated and healthy. Our advice is to bring your own drinks, but make them hydrating. Ever’man members love to bring aloe and coconut water along on their summer adventures. These hydrating drinks contain natural electrolytes (think potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, and sodium) that help to keep the body balanced. When you and your loved ones are out in the heat and humidity, it is important to refill these nutrient levels to regulate blood pressure levels, energy levels, and fluid levels in the body. Aloe water is a great choice to bring with you in a cooler this summer. It contains a combination of potassium, magnesium, and sodium along with high water content that will nourish your digestive tract while also keeping your electrolyte levels balanced. If you are working up a sweat, coconut water is a great option. This drink is often referred to as “nature’s sports drink” as it contains a lot of potassium, which can help prevent muscle cramping. Whatever your favorite activity, we hope these hydrating drinks will help fuel and energize your summer. Alo Real Aloe Vera Water (1.5 Liter) various flavors: Allure (Mangosteen + Mango), Enrich (Pomegranate + Cranberry), and Exposed (original + honey) $5.10

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2017 Customer Survey Feedback Value And Values A Top Priority Your feedback, received in the 2017 survey, has been carefully reviewed and we are hard at work acting on your suggestions. As in past surveys, we heard that you care about us keeping to the co-op’s well established values but you also care about your co-op delivering value for each dollar you spend with us. We strive every day to achieve both competitive pricing and to enhance your membership value. In our continuing effort to be competitive, we have expanded our Co+op Basics program – a program with everyday items at everyday low prices. This program includes high quality brands such as Field Day, Santa Cruz Organic Lemonades, Greek Gods yogurts, Thousand Hills ground beef, Applegate chicken nuggets and more. Additionally, we are paying very close attention to managing price in key categories and items that you regularly shop with us. These categories recently reviewed include chips, fruit juices, coconut water, ready to drink teas, grab-n-go beverages and yogurts as well as breads. We will continue to review categories throughout the store to ensure you are receiving the best value at the best price. We continue to offer a wider and deeper product selection, than any other store in town, on items that our members wants us to carry. Many of these items are premium products that tend to have high value attributes such as being local, organic, fairly traded, B-Corp, NON-GMO certified as well as brands that invest in their communities and sustainability. We

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balance these high value premium items with selections that are value options and also with items that are familiar natural and organic brands. We do so in most all product categories throughout the store including meats, cheeses, yogurts, and dairy items. Our approach is all about providing more options and value with value to our members and shoppers. As you requested we are focusing on price, as it states in our Ends Statement. However, we continue to track all aspects of the value equation. Be confident that when you buy at your local cooperative you are spreading the co-ops values in our community. When you shop the co-op you support small farmers and their families and when you buy organic you support workers in environments that do not require them to be exposed to toxic chemicals. When you buy your produce at the co-op you are supporting farmers who practice sustainable farming methods like crop rotation that helps to promote biodiversity. When you shop our Meat Department at Ever’man you can be sure that the animals were humanely raised on farms with space to roam, that the animals received no antibiotics ever, and no growth hormones. All of our local beef is grass fed from Hastings Farms (cows graze 25 miles from the co-op on certified organic pasture) or White Oak Pastures which is the epitome of biodiversity. At Ever’man, we are committed to making sure that price is not a barrier to good food, health and wellness products. We invite you to come in and see what is special about Ever’man!


VENDORS AT ANNIVERSARY WEEK APRIL 12-18TH ECUA’s Quench Buggy

Keens Beans Coffee Beans Nordic Naturals Vitamins & Supplements Amavida Coffee

Sweet Breads by Sandy Maple Valley Lemonade

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What’s Trending At Ever’man? Experts Weigh In

Sonny Porter Meat & Seafood Manager

Darrell Melton Grocery Manager

Steve Cochran Produce Manager

Lyn Sparks Wellness Manager

Belinda Carlino Customer Service Manager

Jay Porter Prepared Foods Manager

In the Meat and Seafood Department at Ever’man, we offer ready to grill bacon cheddar burgers, boneless pork barbeque country style ribs, and a customer favorite, maple rosemary marinated skirt steak. We offer a variety of cuts of beef, pork and chicken great for grilling. And as always, our full line of pork sausages is a wonderful choice for grilling or adding to a shrimp boil. Each year we help our customers get ready for the summer grilling season, by hosting a cooking class on how to prepare dishes using healthy grass-fed beef from White Oak Pastures of Bluffton Georgia. Our staff associates are ready to assist with special orders, questions, or suggestions for making this summer a special time of healthy tasty meals. Time to get busy grilling!

It is important for your health to hydrate and to protect against UV rays when you are out in our Florida sunshine. The Wellness Department has some new sunscreens and after sun care products from Coconut Joes. They are ecofriendly, coral reef safe and they do not contain ingredients that would cause hormone disruption to our fish. It is equally important to hydrate and we carry electrolyte drops that will replace what may be lost when working outside or participating in outdoor activities. These drops can be added to water or juice packets. Electrolytes can eliminate cramping and muscle aches. Come and visit us, we would be glad to help you find the products that fulfill your needs.

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With springtime here and summertime rapidly approaching our thoughts turn to all the fun outdoor activities that bring families closer together: days at the beach, barbeques with friends and family, and just being outdoors in nature. Summer brings lots of fruits and vegetables to the table for us to enjoy as well. Here in the Ever’man Grocery Department we have a wide variety of items that will help you plan the perfect backyard get together for the family. So, as you are looking for menu ideas to help you plan your next great summer bash remember that Ever’man’s has everything you need right here.

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. There will be grilling, beach time and the Blue Angels flying. So now is the time to get ready! Ever‘man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe has lots to offer you and your family so stop by the Customer Service desk and become a member today. Anyone can shop at Ever’man, but as a member you can save by buying in bulk or on advertised sales that ring up at the register with a member’s only price. The Cafe offers members a 5% discount on the hot and cold bar. Make it easier for you when you attend the annual Pensacola Beach air show or when family and friends come in from out of town, stop by our Produce Department and pick up cut fruits and vegetables. Also, special orders are available at any time. Just stop by Customer Service and ask your friendly representative to place your order or to become a member today to start enjoying more from Ever’man. Don’t forget the sun screen!

Enjoy the taste of summer with cut fruit which is cut fresh daily. We offer just the right size and fruit combination for your breakfast, snack or dessert. This summer you will be able to enjoy soft fruit including red and white seedless grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots and apricots. Also, remember to stop by for our good supply of melons which include watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews. Keep an eye out for that first corn on the cob of summer!

The staff at Ever’man’s Cafe is ready to assist all of our members and customers with their summer food needs. We have the perfect selection of items for your picnics, beach trips or home cookouts. Choose among grab and go salads, prepacked or made to order sandwiches, chips and dips and single serve desserts. As usual we will also feature a wide assortment of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, bars, and muffins. If you want to build your own sandwiches we have a variety of sliced meats and cheeses as well as many breads, buns and rolls. For a larger group, order an apple pie or vegan carrot cake and make your summer party happen.


Lemon and Dill Salmon Kebabs This kebab recipe makes it easy to indulge in the fun of summer grilling, while also sticking with your healthy diet. Adding salmon, lemon, and dill to your summer kebabs is a deliciously unexpected twist on a grilling classic. Salmon is a great choice to make a light, healthy summer meal. This is because salmon contains a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to support brain and heart health, along with a good amount of protein which helps to keep you feeling fuller longer. Dazzle friends with this simple meal, and enjoy knowing that the ingredients will help keep you feeling healthy and energized this summer.

Ingredients

16 ounces thick (center cut) wild salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 2 inch pieces 1/2 large green bell pepper, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch chunks 1/2 large red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks

Marinade 2 lemons, juiced 4 tablespoons white wine 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon (about 2 cloves) garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried dill 1/2 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika Salt and pepper to taste 8-10 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes Fresh dill and lemon wedges, for garnish

Preparation

1: In a small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Toss with salmon pieces and let sit for 15-30 minutes. 2: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Toss bell pepper chunks with a little olive oil, and assemble the kebabs on the soaked skewers, alternating between salmon and bell pepper pieces. 3: Gently place the kebabs on the hot grill and grill for about 4 minutes on each side. 4: Garnish with fresh dill and lemon wedges

Nutritional Information

310 calories, 16 g. fat, 65 mg. cholesterol, 64 mg. sodium, 8 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 32 g. protein

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Sweet Onion Panzanella

This sweet onion Panzanella pops with the colors and fresh taste of summer. The combination of perfectlyripe heirloom tomatoes with savory olives and crispy bread, make this a salad that is sure to satisfy. This salad can be made ahead of time to bring with you for a picnic on the beach, or to impress your loved ones at a summer potluck. However you choose to share it, this salad is served best with fresh ingredients and good company.

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Ingredients 1 day-old baguette, cut in 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups cubed bread) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup julienned sweet onion Large pinch of salt 1/4 cup red wine vinaigrette, divided 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered 1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes, cut into small chunks 1/3 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives 1 cup roughly-chopped fresh spinach Preparation

1: Preheat the oven to 300ยบF. Toss the cubed bread with the olive oil, place on a baking tray and toast until just lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove and set aside. In a small bowl, toss the onion with a large pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon vinaigrette and let marinate while preparing the rest of the salad.

2: Mix all of the ingredients, except for the onion, together in a large salad bowl. Rinse and drain the marinated onion, then toss with the rest of the salad. Let the salad sit for 10 to 60 minutes to absorb the vinaigrette before serving.

Serving Suggestion

Chiffonade of fresh basil, seeded cucumber and flaked Parmesan or feta cheese are all common additions to this summery salad. The proportions of this bread and tomato salad are flexible; adjust them to your liking or based on what you have on hand. We used a prepared vinaigrette in this updated version of the classic dish, but you can replace it with a combination of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if preferred.

Nutritional Information

488 calories, 30 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 608 mg. sodium, 49 g. carbohydrate, 9 g. fiber, 8 g. protein Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.


Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin Our skin is a reflection of our internal health. Because our skin is also one of the

main detoxification systems of the body, having clear, glowing skin comes, at least in part, from maintaining a diet rich in nutrients, healthy fats, and hydrating drinks. How to get your start? Choose an abundance of healthy foods like dark leafy greens, walnuts, and hydrating drinks to keep your skin looking bright and vibrant all summer long. For Year Round Healthy, Glowing Skin Eat More Of These Skin Nourishing Foods:

Tomatoes, on top of being loaded with vitamins, also contain an antioxidant called lycopene. This compound is shown to help give extra protection to your skin’s defense against the sun and UVradiation induced effects. Dark leafy greens (like kale, chard, and spinach) are high in vitamins A and C, these vitamins help to counteract free-radical damage that is caused by the sun. Carrots are a carotenoid-rich vegetable that helps to keep your

complexion glowing and balanced; carrots are also shown to help improve the health of your skin cells by helping to repair damage done to cells from sun exposure.

Add In Healthy Fats:

Walnuts, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, help to maintain moisture in skin while also helping the skin to better absorb nutrients. These Omega-3 fatty acids can also help to reduce inflammation and provide additional properties that aid in protecting skin from sun damage. Olive Oil, with its high levels of monounsaturated fats, can help keep skin hydrated and healthy. Bonus: When used topically, olive oil is also a great moisturizer and natural make-up remover

Choose Antioxidant-Rich And Hydrating Drinks:

Green tea is high in antioxidants that help reduce damage caused by free-radicals. Drink 2-3 cups of this healing tea to get its rich antioxidant benefits. You can also use green tea topically by placing cool tea bags over your eyes to help reduce puffy circles. Coconut water contains natural electrolytes that will help keep you hydrated in the heat. If you choose natural electrolyte replacements, rather than drinks filled with added sugars, you will be able to stay properly hydrated without adding extra sugar that can spike blood sugar levels and effect hormones that may cause acne.

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Local Highlight Upcycled art is created when an artist takes an unused or unwanted material and makes it something beautiful.

In honor of Earth Day, Ever’man hosted an upcycled art exhibit and extended an invitation for local artists to display their work. With nine entries, Ever’man staff was delighted with all of the participation and support from the community. We had pieces made of everything from glass to cardboard to cigarette butts.

Upcycled Art Exhibit

Best All Around: Kimberly Sorrie,Love Around The World. This painting is a message that love is a universal theme and should be embraced by all. Consisting of a backdrop of the American flag the painting features the globe surrounded by hearts with a golden frame made of found wood and willow branches. Best Representation Of Earth Day: Kenya Longmire, Natural Beauty Emerging. This piece is made from a slice of a cut down tree. Using bits of colored glass to represent the leaves and grass and using a wood burning technique, a beautiful representation of a tree was created representing the very epitome of loving the Earth.

Best Use Of Material: Shelly Marshall, Cig the Sea Turtle. Cig was made from the hundreds of cigarette butts that were collected from the shores of Pensacola Beach. Shelly Marshall uses Cig to show the effects of smokers leaving their butts on the beach has on wildlife. Most Creative: Bria Igo, Secret Garden. Consisting of more than 100 paper flowers, Secret Garden gives the impression that you have been transported to a scene from Alice in Wonderland and that you can lay among the flowers talking to them for hours.

Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Haines—Customer Service Desk Can you share with us what prepared you to be an Ever’man Information Desk Staff Member? My natural foods journey began about five years ago, when I was expecting my first child. During pregnancy, I became much more mindful about what I put into my body knowing that I was sharing it with a little one. Around this same time, someone very close to me was diagnosed with Celiac disease. I researched and learned everything I could about the disease, food sensitivities and dietary restrictions. This knowledge has been extremely useful for me when helping customers that have specific dietary needs. I love learning about natural foods and nutrition. I invest time in keeping myself up-to-date on the latest news in health foods. Being able to help Ever’man shoppers find the right products to suit their needs and answer any questions regarding natural foods is important to me, and gives me a great deal of satisfaction at the end of every day. 12 | THE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE

Tell us a little about your interests and how you spend your free time? During my free time, I love to spend time outdoors with my family soaking up the Florida sunshine and fresh air. We really enjoy finding new camping spots and hiking trails to explore. I am also always on the lookout for new plays to see with my four year-old daughter who has an imagination bigger than she is. We love going to Pensacola Little Theater together to support and watch performances by local theater groups.


Earth Day

On April 22nd we hosted local Girl Scouts for the third year in a row to learn about the environment, plant marigolds in our community garden, and to earn their Ever’man Earth Day patch.

On April 13th, we hosted two film screenings of the documentary GMO OMG: the first at Pensacola State College and the second showing at the University of West Florida in partnership with SEAS (Student Environmental Action Society).

Earth Day Events On April 22nd we joined the community at Bayview Park for Earth Day Pensacola, where our Education Coordinator discussed how small daily changes can make a positive impact on our environment.

ECUA

Jim Roberts, ECUA Public Information Strategists was on hand to talk with members and customers about the recycling programs available to residents. Ever’man partners with ECUA to house a FOG (fats, oil, and grease) recycling station and to serve as a distribution point for ECUA’s compostable paper yard waste bags. To learn more about reducing household waste, join Jim Roberts every second Monday at noon for his “Green Wave Coming” workshop.

Here at Ever’man, our mission is to be an example of green business practices for the community, and to make it easier for our members and shoppers to choose a more environmentally friendly lifestyle through business practices such as support of local farmers, operations of our reusable bag library, and reduced packaging in our bulk aisle. While these are practices we are committed to all year long, every April we like to make things a little extra special in honor of Earth Day on April 22. This year was no different, and we were excited to participate in a variety of Earth-centered celebrations throughout the community all month long. These celebrations included hosting two film screening of the documentary GMO OMG; holding an upcycled art exhibit featuring local artists in our cafe seating area; hosting local Girl Scouts for the third year in a row; and participating in Earth Day Pensacola at Bayview Park. THE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE | 13


Get more out of your store Ever’man Charity Eco-Friendly Bag Program In support of our local community, we were proud to be first to roll out a Charity Eco-Friendly Bag Program. Since its inception of the program in July of 2015 a total of $ 3,032.52 dollars has been donated; $ 139.57 from members and customers who directly contributed by adding to their total receipt purchase amount and $2,895.95 from the 5 ¢ donated for each of the total 57,919 reusable bags utilized during shopping trips. That is 57,919 fewer plastic bags that were put into our local trash.

choice. From May 1 through June 30 Ever’man is happy to announce that our Charity Eco-Friendly Bag Program donation options will be:

Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Inc Emerald Coastkeepers, Inc. Camp S.K.A.M.P.

Our program makes it easier than ever for members and customers to contribute to worthy community charities. For each eco-friendly bag used, Ever’man will donate 5 ¢ to a charity of the shopper’s

The Little Free Library Ever’man is excited to announce, through a donation from Ryan and Jonna Lynn, we will have a Little Free Library at Ever’man. A Little Free Library is a small wooden “library” box that offers a “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange. It is built with community effort to keep the library stocked, and it offers the opportunity for people to share their favorite books with the community, and to provide access to books to the community at large. It is an example of cooperative values, allowing members of the community to contribute and receive books free of charge. We thank our members, Ryan

Lynn and his mother Jonna Lynn, for contributing this Little Free Library in tribute to Ryan’s grandparents, Don and Rosetta Lynn. The family shares a passion for reading that was instilled to them by Don and Rosetta. Don was a high school history teacher at Milton High School for decades, and finished his career there as Vice Principal. We are glad that the passion for reading that was shared with the Lynn family will now live on underneath the oak tree in front of Ever’man, so this passion for reading can be shared with countless other members of our community.

Organic Champion Award As a founding member of the National Co+op Grocers (NCG), Ever’man is pleased to announce that NCG was awarded the Organic Champion Award. This award is an acknowledgment of the many successful initiatives between NCG and CCOF to support established and future organic farmers, both in the United States and abroad. The award was bestowed by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), a nonprofit organization that provides organic certification, education, advocacy and promotion. CCOF presented the award, the first of its kind, during its 2017 annual conference, “Organic Inspiration and Innovation: Ideas that Are Changing

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the Way We Grow,” held February 9 and 10 in Visalia, California. NCG is a business services cooperative for U.S. retail food co-ops like Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. NCG’s 143 member and associate co-ops operate 190 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales over $1.7 billion. Learn more about NCG at strongertogether.coop

Co+op Deals Coupons Early Summertime Savings at the Co-op!

The May-June edition of the Co+op Deals coupon book is full of savings on products that will help you enjoy summer to its fullest! Stop by the co-op to pick up your copy today, and save big on brands like Annie’s Homegrown, Clif Bar, Vita Coco and Blue Diamond. In this coupon book, you’ll find great deals on favorite brands to help you beat the heat with a cool treat, fuel up after some fun in the sun or prepare lunches for a family picnic. Look for coupon books beginning in May. Coupons are valid through June 30, 2017.


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Educational center class descriptions

UNDERSTANDING YOUR BIRTHING OPTIONS:

Informative session on birth options in our area including hospital birth, home birth and water birth. Find out the best option for you! Cost: complimentary.

SAUSAGE MAKING: Fresh sausage making class/demo. We’ll demonstrate how to make sausages stuffed into casings. Sausages like Brats, Italian Sausage, Chorizo, vegan & Seafood sausages can all be made using this technique. Of course we’ll cook & eat some during the class. Cost: complimentary.

SUPPORT GROUPS

CCFA: The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America offers a local support group where patients, family members, and caregivers can connect to others living with these digestive diseases. Cost: complimentary. GAY GRASSROOTS: Gay Grassroots is a social, advocacy, and support meeting that is open to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuals, and Transgender persons, as well as Straight Allies. Cost: complimentary

KIDS CLASSES

Story Sprouts: Children ages

3 to5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are always creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Cost: complimentary

STORY SEEDLINGS: Story

seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4-7 year olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary.

FITNESS CLASSES

RESTORATIVE YOGA: This class

will focus on relaxation and restoration of the body through the use of yoga props and supportive postures. This class is ideal for all levels of yoga. Please bring a mat. Cost: complimentary.

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FUNKY FLOW YOGA: Funky

Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing, all you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Cost: complimentary.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA:

Vinyasa flow is the art of moving through a series of postures with the breath. This class is for all levels of practice. Please bring a mat. Cost: Complimentary.

PILATES MAT: Pilates focuses on engaging the mind and body together to create exercises that involve the whole person. Pilates strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and decreases stress! Cost: complimentary.

INFO CLASSES

TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE:

Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) public information officer, will create public awareness and provide instruction on recommended environmental strategies. Cost: complimentary

LA LECHE LEAGUE: Our

ECUA “GREEN WAVE COMING”: Jim Roberts, Emerald

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR YOUR GARDEN: Learn all about

natural gardening using natural remedies with heirloom gardener Cat McCreery. Cost: complimentary.

KOMBUCHA 101: Come learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to make your own Kombucha (fermented sweet tea with no sugar left), and apple cider vinegar. Cost: complimentary.

Come join fellow members of Pensacola’s transgender community. Share stories, support, and find a fellowship amongst fellow transgender individuals. Cost: complimentary.

Mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Cost: complimentary.

VETERAN’S MEETING: These monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Cost: complimentary. These meetings are open to active duty military, retirees, and veterans. If you have questions contact Everlyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258.


LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support):

A self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Cost: complimentary

Wellness Classes

HEALING CLINIC & MEDITATION: Pranic Healing offers

several guided meditations depending on the week. Following meditation we set up our Healing Clinic. We have a group of well-trained Healers who do energy work on the physical, emotional, and mental issues attendees want/need. We also collect food for Mana Food Bank. Cost: complimentary

MEDITATION: A very simple, safe, scientific, nondenominational, world service group meditation with over 600 Transmission groups in 40 countries worldwide meeting on a regular basis. Cost: complimentary. REIKI FOR PETS: Reiki is as

helpful for animals’ emotional pain as for humans, releasing it so dis-ease can heal. This group will meet on the lawn *weather permitting* Cost: complimentary.

CANCER STUDY GROUP:

Group that studies about the illness of Cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Cost: complimentary.

COOKING CLASSES

DEBBY’S KITCHEN: This is a cooking class for the novice cook at any age! This class will be educational, fun and offer some basic knife and sauce skills to appeal to anyone. Bon Appetite! Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members SEED TO TABLE COOKING:

Join our gardener Cat for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. Cost: complimentary (you will just eat a sample, not a full meal).

ONE POT WONDERS: French cooking made easy with “One Pot” cooking techniques. Price: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Do you Want to Teach at our Educational Center?

Contact our Marketing Department at (850) 438-0402 or by e-mail: education@everman.org. Please note that the classes taught must fall within the guidelines of the Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Ends Statement and you must have proof of qualifications. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Full calendar online at www.everman.org/events.

Ever’man Educational Center 327 W. Garden St. Pensacola Fl. 32502

Lois Stephens

Lois Stephens’ love affair with Ever’man began in 1975 when her military husband brought her and their three children to Pensacola for an assignment on the USS Lexington. Lois and her husband met at Auburn where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees specializing in Foods & Nutrition, minoring in Biochemistry. When Lois first left Auburn, she worked in hospitals as a Therapeutic Dietitian, counseling patients on diet, or teaching nutrition and diet therapy to Student Nurses. She became one of the first Registered Dietitians in the country when that Certification was begun. Lois is a longtime member of Ever’man and has spent time working in the store, as well as serving on the Board of Directors. She continues to share her passion about healthy eating and living through her Natural Healing and Cancer

GMO OMG

Did you miss the two April screenings of GMO OMG?

Then please join us at the Ever’man Educational Center for showings of GMO OMG, an award-winning documentary about genetically modified organisms. The screenings will take place in May and June so everyone that missed the April screenings has a chance to see the film. The Dates And Times Are As Follows: • Monday, May 8 5:30pm – 7pm • Saturday, May 20 1pm- 2:30pm • Saturday, June 10 10am -12:30pm • Monday, June 12 5:30pm –7pm

Study group held in the Ever’man Educational Center. Lois focuses on a holistic approach to health which incorporates detoxifying and nourishing the body. She shares her knowledge in class, while also bringing in educational DVDs and other outside materials. Join Lois and her Natural Healing and Cancer Study group on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in the Ever’man Educational Center.

The screenings are free and open to all community members. “Ever’man has long been a local leader in educating the public about GMOs’ impact on our health and the environment and in offering whole, organic, minimally processed non-GMO alternatives to conventional foods. We are proud to help bring attention to this issue because people deserve to know what they are eating,” said General Manager William Rolfs.

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Woodstock, Ever’man Cooperative and You: Learn, Share, Grow TEAM NON-GMO!

You Could WIN this wagon! Enter to win between May 17th – May 30th, 2017. It is easy, just fill in an entry form next time you shop! This May, WOODSTOCK wants you to get Hooked on Organic. Visit Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe to save $5 on any 4 WOODSTOCK organic Condiments, Pickles, Relish and Cravings snack mixes AND enter to win a coveted WOODSTOCK wagon! WOODSTOCK celebrates foods that make you feel great about what you buy, eat, and serve your family. They believe in options that are simple, pure, and good for our world. Give your barbeque the perfect finish with WOODSTOCK’s organic condiments, pickles, and relish or bring a snack anywhere the summer takes you with the new Cravings organic snack mixes. Because Organic is always NonGMO and so much more, WOODSTOCK invites you to get Hooked on Organic this summer!

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All natural cleaning solutions for most carpets. Utilizing Bio-Kleen’s grapefruit seed and orange peel extract cleaner!!! We use a totally natural disinfectant made from the herb thyme for most mold and water damage jobs.

The Co+op Basics program offers everyday low prices in select product categories. Look for the Co+op Basics logo in signage throughout our store. We are excited to introduce the following item to our Co+Op Basics Program:

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Greek Gods 24oz Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great high-protein snack. With up to 9 grams of protein per serving, it is an excellent option to keep you feeling full longer, and it also helps to repair muscles. Eat it plain, or make an Instagram-worthy breakfast by adding some sliced bananas, mixed berries, and your favorite granola. However you eat it, Greek Gods Greek Yogurt is sure to satisfy your hunger.

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Nothing tastes more like summer than a cold glass of lemonade. Santa Cruz Lemonade is a natural option to serve your family this summer. Sip with gusto knowing that this drink is free from artificial colors or flavors. By choosing natural ingredients, this lemonade is full of flavor and will please any thirst. Also available in mango, peach, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. $2.49/ 32 FL oz.

Numi Ready to Drink Organic Tea

Numi seeks to bring innovative and delicious tea combinations to their customers. They focus on 100% natural ingredients, whole leaves, and Organic teas. This ready to drink tea is a great option if you are seeking to upgrade your iced tea choice this summer. Available in fived delicious flavors: Black Lemon, Hibiscus Red, Jasmine Green, Classic Mint, and Aged Earl Grey. $1.99/ 12 FL oz

Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade 32 FL oz.

RW Knudsen Recharge Sports Beverages

Stay hydrated this summer with RW Knudsen’s Recharge Sports Beverages. This is a natural thirst quencher that will replenish electrolytes after a long sweat-session. Loaded with potassium, and available in delicious orange and organic lemon flavors, this is a great alternative to conventional sports drinks. Try RW Knudsen’s Recharge Sports Beverages in orange and organic lemon. $2.49/ 32 FL oz.

R.W.Knudsen Recharge 32 FL oz.

Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca

Bring home a taste of the Caribbean with Santa Cruz Agua Fresca drinks. Made with a blend of organic fruit juice, a splash of lemon, and just enough sweetness, these drinks are inspired by the Agua Frescas that are popular in Central America and the Caribbean. Try Santa Cruz Agua Fresca in these flavors: Pomegranate, Grapefruit or Mango Passionfruit. $2.49/ 32 FL oz.

Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca 32 FL oz.

Numi Ready to Drink Organic Tea 12 FL oz.

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Monday - Saturday 7:00AM - 9:00PM Sunday 9:00AM - 8:00PM 315 W. Garden Street · Pensacola, Florida 32502 850.438.0402 · everman.org

THA May/June 2017  
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