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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 Greetings Co-op members and patrons,

General Manager

Spring will be in the air soon. We have been fortunate to have a mild winter this year. I sure hope we have a good spring and summer as well. The arrival of spring signals that it is time to start planning for your summer gardens. At home, I am ready to till my ground and add some mushroom compost in preparation for planting. Cat (our gardening guru) has taught me so much in the last few years. I really look forward to seeing what she has planned for the Ever’man Community Garden this year. This year, as in past years, the local Girl Scouts will be helping to plant our summer garden. Non-GMO has become a big interest topic in the last few years. Ever’man will be sponsoring the screening of the documentary film GMO OMG. We will have two screenings on April 13th. Come early, because we will have treats and seats will fill up quickly. See the calendar in this issue on pages 6-7 for more details of this and other Earth Day events. Your Co-op Cafe is continuing to grow beyond all of our projections. This goes to show that times are changing and people are turning away from processed foods to good clean food, like the food served at our cafe. We strive every day to offer new items as well as everyone’s favorites. As this department continues to increase in sales, and to keep up with your requests, we add more bakery items weekly. To accommodate all the new items, we just ordered a new bakery display unit that will provide you with an easier way to view the selection of growing grab-and-go items like cookies, cupcakes, bagels and croissants. Please let us know if you have ideas for new items in this area. At the end of last year, the Ever’man Board announced the

purchase of four acres of land at 1000 East Nine Mile Road. Currently, we are working hard on all aspects of getting our second Ever’man location built. We have started by conducting our due diligence and by beginning the planning phase of the project. Ever’man has chosen Bullock Tice and Associates (BTA) as architects for our 9 Mile Road store project. BTA designed the current expanded Garden Street store just a few years ago. We felt they were well qualified after a very good experience on the previous project. Not only that, but BTA is also a very balanced company with a mixture of visionary and technically minded architects and support staff. They are well known and respected in the local area and around the southeastern United States. We are pleased to be working with them again. As was the case with our last building project, we are working with the National Cooperative Grocers, Development Cooperative (DC). As some of you know, Ever’man is a founding Member/ Owner of the National Cooperative Grocers. This organization’s sole purpose is to support its member co-ops. They do this through negotiating purchasing agreements on a national scale and by offering professional services like the DC. The DC helps member co-ops start-up, expand, move, and open multiple stores. We are very pleased to be working with the Development Cooperative again on our current project. In closing, I want to thank you for your support of our co-op. It’s this support that keeps us financially healthy and growing. We truly appreciate each and every member and patron. 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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Ever’man Earth day: PAGES 6 & 7 Learn about the many green events at Ever’man

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Our General Manager talks about plans for Earth Day celebrations, for the Ever’man Community Teaching Garden, and discusses progress on the Nine Mile Location building plans.

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The Board talks about future plans for new Nine Mile Rd. Location and the value of Membership in our Co-op.

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What makes Ever’man more than a store.

8| What’s Trending at Ever’man

Experts weigh in on how their departments continue to expand.

RECIPE IDEAS PAGE 9-10

Step-by-Step Instructions for Hearty Kale & White Bean Stew and Unstuffed Cabbage

14| Get more out of your store

See what’s happening at Ever’man in the coming months.

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16| Educational Center class descriptions See what’s happening at the Ever’man Educational Center.

18| Win a trip to cascadian farm Cascadian Farm is celebrating is 45th year.

Local Highlight PAGE 12

Meet our green customer service team.

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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS DAVE DEBLANDER PRESIDENT LAUREN SOUTHERN-GODWIN SECRETARY J.J. STEPHENS TREASURER Eric Schneider DIRECTOR LYNN JACKSON DIRECTOR KELLY ODEN DIRECTOR TARA JONES DIRECTOR FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD VISIT: EVERMAN.ORG/ABOUT/ EVERMAN-BOARD -OF-DIRECTORS

Dave DeBlander As spring arrives and the winter that never was is behind us, we, at Ever’man, prepare to celebrate more

than just the arrival of spring. This April marks our three year anniversary in our expanded downtown store. Our celebrations will include all kinds of good deals and special events. The remodel of the Garden Street store has been a huge success and people continue to tell us how beautiful the store is and how much they like it. The Ever’man cafe sales continue to grow and the indoor and outdoor seating areas are certainly a popular spot, especially around lunch time. With your support, our co-op continues to grow and that allows us to move forward with the building of our second MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS store on Nine Mile Rd. The piece of land we purchased ARE OPEN TO MEMBERS. is twice the size of our current downtown campus. The THE NEXT SCHEDULED nature on this piece of land lends itself to a design that MEETINGS ARE incorporates lots of shaded outdoor seating and perhaps AS FOLLOWS: even walking trails. We will work with the architect to make Monday, March 27th good choices within our budget so that we may make this Monday, April 17th store a destination store and not just another grocery store. (Administrative building - downstairs) With spring’s arrival, our attention turns to spring cleaning; why not begin your spring cleaning in your body? Ever’man is the place you can trust, where you can purchase Meetings, held at the Ever’man Educational Center, start at 6:00PM. clean, wholesome organic food with no preservatives. Organic food is superior to conventional food in many ways. 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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Board President Organic plants are grown in fertile soil, rich in nutrients, and not sprayed with toxic harmful chemicals. The animals are raised humanely in conditions that give the animal a decent life. Consumer Reports published an article where they tested 458 pounds of ground beef for bacterial contamination. Their recommendation after testing was to choose organic, grass fed beef! If you are a meat eater, try our organic, grass fed ground beef and beef cuts. You will taste the difference…and feel the difference too. We invite you to celebrate the success of our downtown grocery co-op. Come to our many Educational Center classes, sign up for one of our store tours to learn more ways to save and become a member if you are not - membership has its benefits! Members get 5% off hot and cold bar purchases (Sunday after 11 am), enjoy discounts on special events and get special pricing on bulk orders and member deals. Let’s all have a healthy, cheerful spring in our beautiful community.


With your support EVER’MAN HAS PROVIDED:

ACCESS TO HEALTHY, NATURAL FOOD AND PRODUCTS AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE EVER’MAN WILL NOT CARRY FOOD PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN: • Artificial sweeteners, colors, flavorings or preservatives • Meats containing hormones or antibiotics • Added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

EDUCATION ABOUT HEALTH, NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THE EVER’MAN EDUCATIONAL CENTER PROVIDES CLASSES ON: • Health and wellness • Physical fitness • Support and community • Cooking • Special events • Environmental activities

SUPPORT FOR RESPONSIBLE, LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND SMALL BUSINESS EVER’MAN WILL EMPHASIZE AND PROMOTE: • Organic foods • Whole or minimally processed foods • Non-GMO foods • Products that are cruelty-free • Items that are Fair Trade • Items that are packaged in an environmentally responsible manner •Locally grown products whenever possible

AN EXAMPLE OF GREEN BUSINESS PRACTICES OUR EVER’MAN BUILDING REMODEL INCLUDED: • LED energy efficient lighting fixtures • High efficiency rooftop heat pumps (15 SEER) • Complimentary electric car charging station • Water filtration system • Cardboard baler

Pensacola now has a Holistic Doctor to help you LIVE WELL AND HEALTHY, NATURALLY

Benjamin L. Konell D.O.

Board Certified Family Practice Integrative General Practice Osteopathic Manipulation

Would you like to sit down and talk to your Doctor about your health concerns? Your opinion matters! Has your Doctor discussed how lifestyle and dietary changes can make a difference in you well being? Have you considered Biofeedback for stress relief?

Has your Doctor done a Structural Assessment for you? Teresa Brown-Konell

Author, Wellness Coach Biofeedback Practitioner

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Information on Earth Day events This year, Ever’man will celebrate Earth Day all month long with a variety of eco-friendly classes and local community events. To learn more about these events, and to see our full Educational class calendar, go to our events page online at www.everman.org/events. We hope to see you at one or more of these fun community events!

Attend Ever’man educational classes and win! Every week during the month of April, Ever’man will be hosting prize giveaways to Educational Class attendees. There will be entry forms located in the back of the Educational Center (next to the sign-in sheets). Each time you come to an Educational class, you can fill out an entry form and enter your name for a chance to win one of our fun eco-friendly prizes.

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April Event Calendar

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8-10AM Cat McCreery, our Ever’man gardener, carefully mapped out the 540 square foot garden to create a “kitchen style” harvest garden perfect for store use and also for harvesting. We invite you to come down to Ever’man at 315 West Garden Street to garden and learn from Cat Monday mornings 8am-10am.

10AM- Noon Join Paul Flores to learn all about container gardening. Reserve your spot online at www.everman.org/ events

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Noon- 1 PM Jim Roberts, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) public information officer, will create public awareness and provide instruction on recommended environmental strategies. Come and learn all about our new innovative recycling program.

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The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Quench Buggy, a mobile water station with multiple on-board fountains, is at the Store between 10am-2pm. Stop by and meet Jim Roberts, ECUA public information officer, and get information about our community’s environmental strategies and programs.

April 12th-18th, 2017 Ever’man celebrates its 3rd year in the expanded Garden Street location with weeklong Deals, Specials, Demos and Events.


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22 Earth Day 10AM- 4PM Ever’man will participate in Earth Day Pensacola at the Bayview Park. Staff will be there to talk about green business practices, and how small daily changes can make a positive impact on our environment. Stop by to talk to our Educational Coordinator, Ashley, about recycling, food waste, and to win some great eco-friendly prizes.

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Ever’man is pleased to welcome back the Girls Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. Last year thirty nine Girls Scouts from Escambia County earned their Ever’man Earth Day patch for their work with helping plant the Ever’man Community Garden. This year activities will include learning about planting from our resident heirloom specialist, Cat McCreery. PE

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

Sonny Porter / Meat & Seafood Manager

Darrell Melton / Grocery Manager

At the Ever’man Grocery Department our #1 focus has always been meeting our members’ product needs. Whether it is a request to carry a new product or helping a member find an item, we strive to be the one stop shopping experience that will save our customers time and money. With the store remodel and expansion three years ago, we were able to expand our existing product lines offering a deeper selection in many categories. Many new and exciting products were added that we were not able to carry before due to the restricted available space in the old store. We continue to add dozens of new items every month. So, stop by the Ever’man Grocery Department on your next visit and check out all of the new products that will make your next meal a success. And please, let us know if there’s anything we can help you with.

Since the remodel three years ago the cut fruit and vegetable program has grown to include a variety of choices. We have expanded this section to include different cuts of stir-fry vegetables, fresh cut coleslaw mixes, and Fajita mixes. Also in the cut fruit section, during the peak summer season, we have an extensive variety of cut fruits in our program including watermelon, cantaloupes, honeydews, pineapples, cut berry bowls, tropical bowls, and choices that include a mixture of all seasonal fruits. The expansion has also allowed us to carry more varieties of fruits and vegetables that we didn’t have the room to carry before. For example, now during peak seasons we can sometimes carry up to 10 to 15 different varieties of bulk apples and several different bag varieties as well.

Lyn Sparks / Wellness Manager

Belinda Carlino /Customer Service Manager

Jay Porter / Prepared Foods Manager

In the three years since we opened the Meat & Seafood Department, we have expanded in several different ways. In seafood, we now carry three different kinds of family fished hook and line wild caught salmon: King salmon, Coho salmon, and Pink salmon. One thing we no longer carry is any type of farm raised fish. In our meat department, we now participate in the Co-op Basics program enabling us to offer everyday low prices on Thousand Hills Grass fed ground beef ($6.99), Freebird whole chickens and pieces. As a result, we now engage a larger and more diverse customer base while offering all natural and organic products that are the foundation of Ever’man.

To serve the Wellness needs of our community we have always listened to our customers, and in response, we bring in customer requested products as they are available to us. We encourage customers to tell us what they are looking for and to fill out the customer request forms available at the Customer Service desk. We regularly bring in items requested by our customers & members such as Clear Sinus and Ear to our Vitamin section and also Mineral Fusion’s SPF 15 brightening moisturizer to our Health and Beauty section. To keep up with new trends and to educate us on new products, the Wellness staff communicates closely with our vendor company representatives. It is important to us to be well informed and provide our customers with the best service possible. We look forward to helping you with your next purchase of vitamins, and health and beauty products. 8 | THE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE

It is hard to believe that we have completed the third year in our expanded and fabulous store. When I look back it is like night and day. We now have, at customer service, modern registers, scanners and equipment. Our new technology has increased the efficiency of the checkout process for our members and customers. The checkout lane and aisles are wider making it easier to maneuver around with shopping cart buggies. The expansion also increased the selection in all our departments and added many new heathy and natural products. A lot of these new products that we carry can be special ordered in bulk/cases at the Customer Service desk. However, there is one thing that has not changed in all of our years. What would that be you might ask yourself ? The friendly and happy faces of our members, customers and Ever’man family.

Steve Cochran / Produce Manager

The Ever’man Cafe has dramatically increased our scope and new offerings since the renovation in 2014. The breakfast bar has added many new items including vegan French toast, pecan coffee cake, frittatas and grab-n-go burritos. The salad bar now opens earlier (8am MondaySaturday and 10am Sunday) with many additions including new pickled items, and when available, fresh fruit. The hot food bar offers many new selections on a rotating basis. We have introduced a baked bread program with fresh baguettes, croissants, and bagels. Many new bakery items being offered include small tarts and multi packs of cookies and cupcakes. Additionally, the deli counter offers a premium sandwich array including subs, croissant sandwiches and muffulettas. For a healthy start to the day, try our new smoothie bowls. The Ever’man Cafe is bigger and better than ever!


Hearty Kale and White Bean Stew Eating fresh from the Earth doesn’t mean sacrificing delicious taste and substance. This hearty Kale and White Bean Stew is bound to keep you full and energized for hours, while also minimizing your carbon footprint. By choosing fresh local vegetables you are helping to support local farmers, local families, and the local economy. Local produce also requires less transportation, which reduces the impact this food has on the environment as it makes its way to your plate. Enjoy this stew knowing the ingredients support not only your body, but also the environment around you.

Ingredients

2 cups diced red onion 2 cups diced carrot 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 cups diced peeled butternut squash 2 cups sliced button mushrooms 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock 4 cups chopped kale, stems removed 1 12-ounce can white beans 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 cup shredded Romano cheese (optional)

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onions, carrots, garlic, squash and mushrooms and sautĂŠ for 5-10 minutes. Transfer the vegetables

to an 8-quart stock pot and add the stock, kale, beans, tomatoes, Dijon mustard, fresh rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cover the pot and let cook for additional 20 minutes or until the kale is soft. Top with shredded Romano cheese if desired before serving.

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Hearty autumn vegetables plus dark green kale make for a beautiful warming bowl of stew. Serve with brown bread or rye crackers.

Nutritional Information

330 calories, 15 g. fat, 25 mg. cholesterol, 910 mg. sodium, 41 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 15 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.

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Unstuffed Cabbage Make this comforting dish on a Sunday and you will have leftovers that can be used in a multitude of ways all week long. Eat as it is, dress it up over a bed of brown rice, or stuff it in a sandwich for an easy on-thego weekday lunch. Not only does this dish have a delicious amount of protein and vegetables in each serving, it is also quite cost-effective. Make the most of this meal by choosing organic whenever possible; this ensures that each ingredient is filled with its full nutritional value without containing any harsh pesticides that are toxic to our bodies and the planet.

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Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon dried dill Pinch each of salt and black pepper 1 head green cabbage, cored and roughly chopped 1 yellow onion, diced 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation

the meatballs. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes until the meatballs are set and firm. Gently stir the pot, taking care to not break the meatballs, lower heat and continue to simmer another 20 to 30 minutes until the cabbage is very tender and the meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Serve warm.

Serving Suggestion

A family favorite, this hearty (and economical) dish goes well with steamed broccoli and carrots. Serve over cooked brown rice if you like; any leftover meatballs can be stuffed in a hoagie roll for the next day’s lunch

1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, paprika, dill, salt and pepper. Form the turkey mixture into 12 large Nutritional Information meatballs and set aside. 230 calories, 8 g. fat, 85 mg. cholesterol, 280 mg. 2. In another bowl, mix together the cabbage, sodium, 23 g. carbohydrate, 6 g. fiber, 20 g. protein onion, crushed tomatoes and garlic powder. 3. In a large pot or Dutch oven, place half of the by permission from StrongerTogether.coop cabbage mixture in the bottom of the pan. Gently Reprinted Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop. place the meatballs on top of the cabbage layer and pour the remaining cabbage mixture over


New Earth Friendly Items Our Members and customers support environmentally friendly and sustainable products and companies. At Ever’man we’re always on the look out for new products that meet these standards.

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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. Carpet Tile Oriental Rug Cleaning 850-484-8500 850-FLOODED

KEEP BUGS AWAY, NATURALLY This spring as you prepare for mosquito season, consider choosing natural products to keep your family safe all season long. Using natural and organic products can help keep insects that harbor disease away, but won’t cause any excess damage to your body. Mosquito repellents that use toxic chemicals can be harmful to your body because your skin is your largest organ, and thus can absorb harmful toxins into your bloodstream. When you choose products that are organic and made from natural ingredients, you will not have to worry about bringing noxious chemicals into your body. Here at Ever’man, we carry a large variety of natural mosquito repellents that are sciencebacked to keep mosquitos at bay. Two of our favorite Earthfriendly bug repellents are Fit Organic Mosquito Repellent and Biocare Mosquito and Flying Insect Trap. Fit Organic Mosquito Repellent is certified USDA organic, Non-GMO, not tested on animals, and it is free of DEET, Picardin, and harsh chemicals. Use BioCare’s Mosquito and Flying Insect Trap to reduce outdoor mosquito and wasp populations. This trap contains no pesticides and is made from all natural ingredients.

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Reduce food waste

The average American household produces over 1,160 pounds of food waste per year. Since more than 40% of household waste is compostable, composting is a great option to help reduce the amount of spoiled food that will end up in the dumpster. If you are new to composting, the brand Greenlid has you covered. Greenlid offers a biodegradable kitchen compost starter kit that breaks down along with your food scraps. These compostable containers come with a lid that helps to hold in smells, so that you can compost without any stinky side-effects. Once your compost is filled, take it to your local compost facility so that it can be transformed into nutrient rich soil.

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Local Highlight

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our first stop when entering Ever’man Coop is often the Customer Service desk. Located to your right when entering the store, Customer Service is the place to go if you come into the Coop with questions. Our friendly Customer Service staff can help answer questions about becoming a member, assist you in placing special orders, sign you up for our educational classes and events, answer questions about our Educational Classes, and help answer questions about past purchases. Like all departments at Ever’man, Customer Service is committed to Green Business practices. Some of the ways they help to reduce their environmental footprint are reusing and recycling

gift cards, encouraging people to reuse containers for bulk items, and repurposing old store signs to take notes on. They also help to promote the use of reusable bags, offer complimentary ECUA compost bags to members and shoppers, and maintain our reusable bag library—available to customers who may have accidentally forgotten their reusable bag that trip. If you have questions about the store, or are simply looking for a friendly face, Customer Service is your first stop to find answers and assistance.

Employee Spotlight: Stacie Gunenkov—Ever’man Information Desk Staff Member

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Can you share with us what prepared you to be an Ever’man Information Desk Staff Member?

Tell us a little about your interests and how you spend your free time?

When I was eighteen years old my father came home after shopping at Ever’man and placed an application on our dining room table. To him, Ever’man, with its friendly environment, would be the ideal spot for my first job. I have been here since. I started as a Cashier; in that role the aspects that became important to me were efficiency in performing my tasks and respect in dealing with members, customers and my co-workers. I quickly memorized the members’ names, product codes, and other operational facts that enhanced my customer service skills. Anything new that was introduced to my department motivated me to retain that information as I believed it would help me to communicate the co-op principles and thus promote the value of membership. With the guidance and support of the Customer Service Managers, Belinda Carlino and Tommy McGuigan, I began to train for Info Desk Staff Member position in August 2015.

When I am not working, I like to participate in social dance and to instruct others on social dances. I do many kinds of partner dancing such as Lindy Hop, West Coast & East Coast Swing, Ballroom, Latin, and Blues. Once in a while I dance in competitions. Badminton, chess, longboarding, swimming at the beach, tennis, and volleyball are some of my other activities. I also enjoy helping my significant other, Aidan, with raising our Rottweiler-Coonhound mixed dog, Arro. Laughing is something that I like to include in my day - at least ten times a day. McGuire’s is my favorite restaurant, because not only do I enjoy a meal there – I occasionally tag along with some performers up on their stage. It is the optimal hang-out spot for my dance friends and me.


Learn About GMOs Why Ever’man Sells Non-GMOs What is a GMO? Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are organisms that have had their genes altered in some way through genetic engineering. Genetic Engineering (GE) is the process of taking a desired gene or trait from one organism and inserting it into a separate organism. This type of gene transfer is different from hybridization that occurs naturally between crops because genetic engineering can cross genes or DNA traits from two completely different organisms that wouldn’t otherwise be able to crossbreed. Through genetic engineering, a plethora of combinations are possible: apples and potatoes that don’t bruise, corn that is resistant to pests, and even pigs that can glow in the dark. Why we sell Non-GMO certified food at Ever’man While there are mixed opinions regarding whether or not GMO products are safe, 64 countries around the world require labeling for foods that contain GMOs. Since labeling

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products that contain GMOs is not required in the US, it is difficult to track whether or not specific health conditions had been caused by consuming genetically modified food. In response to this lack of labeling, the Non-GMO Project was born to inform consumers of what is in the foods that they are buying. When you see the Non-GMO Project label on a food product, it means a third party organization has verified that the ingredients in that product do not contain GMOs. Some people may want to avoid GMOs because they are not sure what the long-term effect GMOs may have on one’s health. Another concern is that GMOs may create environmental issues such as producing “superweeds” from herbicide-resistant plants. By choosing organic, NonGMO foods you will be avoiding these issues, while also eating foods that often have higher nutrient and antioxidant levels than their conventional counterparts.

Sambazon Energy Drinks

Justin’s Nut Butter Organic Peanut Butter Bell & Evans Organic chicken Cups

About Non-GMO Certifications Even though the US does not have required labeling for GMO products, there are other certifications that can help guide your food choices toward Non-GMOs. The USDA Organic seal forbids the use of GMOs, and the NonGMO Project verifies that there are no GMOs in the food you are consuming. Top Non-GMO Items at Ever’man At Ever’man, we want to support your ability to choose what you do and do not want in the foods you are eating. We help to emphasize and promote foods that are not genetically modified organisms, and our customers continue to trust our high standard for food. Our most popular Non-GMO items at Ever’man include: • Organic bananas • Bell & Evans Organic chicken • Ever’man Cafe Coffee • Sambazon Energy Drinks • Justin’s Nut Butter Organic Peanut Butter Cups

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See the Film: GMO OMG If you want to learn more about GMOs and the effect they have on our health and food system, join us for a screening of the documentary GMO OMG. We will be hosting this screening on April 13th, at The PSC Hagler Auditorium at 10: 30AM & The UWF Commons Auditorium at 6PM. Watch the trailer at www.gmofilm.com. According to the producers of the movie: GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate? 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 $ 2,736.62 dollars has been donated; $ 139.57 from member and customers who directly contributed by adding to their total receipt purchase amount and $2600.05 from the 5 ¢ donated for each of the total 52,001 reusable bags utilized during shopping trips. That is 52,001 less plastic bags that were put into our local trash. 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 choice. From March 1st through April 30th Ever’man is happy to announce that our Charity EcoFriendly Bag Program donation options will be

Membership Party Update 2017 Member Appreciation Day

The Ever’man Board of Directors has changed the date of the Annual Member Appreciation Celebration to October. While our Annual Member Appreciation Day is typically held in conjunction with our Annual Spring Membership Meeting in June, the Board has decided to change the celebration date to October due to consistent feedback regarding the hot and rainy weather of the June

outdoor celebration. October will be a lovely time to host our hundreds of members and their families for our yearly outdoor green-space celebration. Year-end financials will continue to be reported to members during the Spring Membership Meeting on Monday, June 26th at 6pm in the Ever’man Educational Center.

Save the Manatee Club Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc Meals on Wheels

Call for EntriEs UpCyClEd art show at EvEr’man aCCEpting EntriEs throUgh marCh 31st, 2017 Entry forms availablE at EvEr’man CUstomEr sErviCE dEsk

Co+op Deals Coupons

Spring savings await you at the co-op!

Exhibition april 7th-28th, 2017 rECEption april 21st, 2017 5 - 8pm For more information please email marketing@everman.org

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The March-April edition of the Co+op Deals coupon book is full of savings on products to help you and your family bring in the spring. Stop by the co-op to pick up your copy today, and save big on brands like Stonyfield, Tasty Bite, Woodstock and Mrs. Meyer’s. Whether preparing a fresh meal in the kitchen, putting together a picnic or gearing up for spring cleaning, this coupon book is packed with great deals on good-for-you products. Look for coupon books beginning in March. Coupons are valid through April 30, 2017.


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Educational center class descriptions

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, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons, as well as Straight Allies. Cost: Complimentary TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE:

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

LA LECHE LEAGUE: Our

Kids Classes

Story Sprouts: Children ages 3-5 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. 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. RESTorative Pilates: A Restorative Pilates Mat class specifically tailored to those battling digestive disorders. Cost: Complimentary

Info Classes

ECUA RECYCLING: Jim Roberts,

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

“GEOGLYPHS AND MYTH”:

From the famous Nazca lines in Peru to England’s giant horse diagrams, pre-literate peoples have left their own “written” records upon their landscapes. What do they mean? Can myth offer an explanation into these mute mysteries? Cost: Complimentary.

MUSCLE TESTING 101: In this

one hour class you will learn and practice several methods of self muscle testing. You get to decide which one works best for you. 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. These meetings are open to active duty military, retirees, and veterans. If you have questions, contact Everlyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258. Cost: Complimentary. 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.

class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. You will just eat a sample, not a full meal. Cost: Complimentary

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.

EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY: Come learn

about how your body utilizes essential oils from an anatomy perspective to aide during those times that we just need a little help with our moods, feelings, and emotions! Price: Complimentary

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

Cat McCreery If you have parked in the back parking lot of Ever’man Co-op, you have probably been pleased to find the Ever’man Community Teaching Garden flourishing with fresh herbs and lots of greens. Our community garden is plotted and maintained by Catherine McCreery (Cat) who uses heirloom plants and companion planting methods to keep our community garden thriving all year long. Cat is an heirloom specialist who utilizes seeds that have been passed down for generations within her family. This passing down of a plants seeds is what defines an heirloom plant, which is any variety of vegetable, herb or flower commonly grown in home gardens and by growers prior to World War II after which hybrids were developed. Cat especially loves these heirloom varieties of plants because they have acclimatized to Pensacola’s unique weather and soil. This means, heirloom plants become well adapted at living in certain areas so the next generations of plants are even better at functions like dealing with high heat or lots of direct sunlight. Often heirloom varieties of plants require less watering and less intensive care as they become used to a region’s specific environment.

In addition to putting a lot of time, energy, and love into the community garden, Cat also teaches a monthly Seed to Table cooking class in the Ever’man Educational Center. Her Seed to Table cooking class utilizes fresh herbs, promotes nutrient-dense meals, and low-sugar dessert options. She is also very knowledgeable about cleansing with herbs, cooking with freshly picked ingredients and immune-boosting herbs and does a wonderful job sharing her knowledge with her classes. To learn more about the Ever’man Community Garden and her gardening methods, look for Cat in our community garden Monday mornings 8am-10am.

OVERVIEW TO HERBAL MEDICINE: Come learn hands-

on how to use inexpensive bulk herbs to cure your families’ ailments and discomforts. We will cover infusions, decoctions, tinctures, capsules, and salves; plus going over some of the most basic herbs and their uses. We will visually create and sample these concepts. By the end of the class you will know how to replace any item in your medicine cabinet with herbs or essential oils! 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

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Win a Trip to Cascadian Farm Ever’man is excited to announce that during the month of April, our vendor, Cascadian Farm, has invited Co-op shoppers like you to participate in a sweepstakes to win the chance to check out their beautiful farm in Skagit Valley, Washington, for yourself! One winner will be selected to take a trip for two in August of 2017 to visit Cascadian Farm and receive $250 in free Cascadian Farm products. Three runners-up will also be selected to win $250 in free Cascadian Farm Products. There is no purchase necessary, simply visit www.CFTripSweepstakes.com between April 19 and May 2 to register! To learn more about Cascadian Farm, visit www.CascadianFarm.com. You have probably purchased Cascadian Farm products from our co-op before; they are one of the country’s leading brands of organic foods. It’s more than just a brand: Cascadian Farm is a real place—a working, active, productive farm dedicated to bringing wholesome organic food to your table. Cascadian Farm’s founder, Gene Kahn, wanted to change the food system. Back in 1971, conventional “white bread” food reigned. Gene understood that if people continued making food in this way, it wouldn’t be sustainable. He found a stretch of land next to the Skagit River alongside the Cascade Mountains in Washington state and called it Cascadian Farm. Today, Cascadian Farm has grown beyond the original farm and converted over 100,000 acres of conventional farm land to organic, and they’re not done yet. The company has a mission to bring more organic food to more people while leaving the land better than they found it. Remember, visit www.CFTripSweepstakes.com between April 19 and May 2 and register to win a trip for two to Cascadian Farm.

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“To celebrate their 45th year in business, Cascadian Farm will have great specials all month long on some of your favorites at Ever’man”


New ways to save 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. This month we are introducing the following highly requested items into the program.

Applegate Organic Chicken Strips 8oz.

Applegate chicken Applegate chicken strips are great options if you are looking for an easy weeknight meal. These chicken strips are organic, don’t contain antibiotics, and are humanely raised.

Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant 2.25 oz.

Applegate chicken nuggets and chicken breast tenders are Gluten and Casein free and contain no antibiotics, so you can feed your family with confidence. These all natural, minimally processed chicken nuggets and chicken breast tenders are sure to please even picky eaters, and will make dinner a breeze.

Applegate Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets 16 oz.

Tom’s toothpaste and deodorant To support healthy choices in their product line, Tom’s of Maine offers a variety of aluminum-free and SLS-free deodorants. They utilize herbs, fruits, and flowers to add scent to their deodorants, and also have unscented options. Tom’s supports non-animal-testing models, and avoids using animal ingredients in their products.

Tom’s of Maine Botanically Bright Whitening Toothpaste 4.7 oz.

Tom’s of Maine offers a wide-variety of toothpastes that are safe, effective, and made with all natural ingredients. They have a variety of fluoride-free toothpastes, and they do not add artificial colors, flavors, or fragrances to their products.

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