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

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

Happy Holidays from Your Co-Op!

Time flies! It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by. With the closing of the year I’m reminded of all the things that I’m grateful for. One of the things at the top of that list is the co-op. Even though it sometimes keeps me busier than I want to be, I love and believe in what we do and try not to take anything for granted. Especially in the year that saw one of the biggest corporate mergers of natural and organic food suppliers in history. It’s a reminder that small food co-ops like us are becoming fewer. So heres to another year! 

Speaking of a new year, we have some exciting plans for this one! We’ll have new vegan and gluten-free deli offerings, more art receptions (with snack sample plates, live music and wine sold by-the-glass), and maybe even some cooking class events. But before we get to all that, three core staff members and myself will be traveling to visit family for the holidays. During that time we will reduce our hours of operation. For the three week period of Monday, December 17th - Monday, January 7th the co-op will be open from 8:00am-4:00pm. We hope to be able to serve all of your needs during that period. And we look forward to coming back fresh and energized and eager to get to work on all of the new ideas!

For those of you staying here and making a holiday dinner, we have Turkey and Ham sign up sheets at the register. For vegetarians/vegans we just got in a ridiculously delicious cranberry hazelnut loaf that makes an excellent centerpiece meat replacement for your holiday feast. We’ve got all of your other holiday meal needs covered too. From regular and gluten-free pie crust to organic stuffing mix to ready-to-eat pumpkin pie, gravy mixes and more! If there’s something I forgot, let me know!  

Happy holidays <3
Natalie Cortese, General Manager


Seasonal Treats & New Products

Califia Almond Nog $5.89

Dairy-free, soy-free holiday goodness. Don’t miss out on this limited time treat. 

Thanksgiving Coffee Santa Blend $11.89

Not just a cup but a just cup. Sweet and fruity roast. Makes a great gift! 

Hillary’s Spicy Thai Burger $4.79

Savory and delicious with with hints of ginger and Thai basil. Throw it on a bun with some sliced sweet red bell peppers and spicy arugula drizzled with olive oil. Yum!


Vega Cashew Milk Yogurt $2.25

Super smooth and creamy. High in protein and low in sugar. What’s not to love!

Go Raw Grainless Sprouted Flax Crackers

Simple, clean, yummy superfood. These crackers are a healthy satisfying snack on their own! Hummus optional ;)



Sale Products

Light Brown Sugar 24oz $4.79


Gluten-free brown rice penne 16oz $3.59


Mountain Valley
Mineral water 750ml $2.39


Organic Red Quinoa $3.99/lb


Mendocino County Farm Nog

Yield: 3 to 4 servings (24 oz)

There are many twists on the classic eggnog, and now thanks to the box variety, you can skip the painstaking process of cream and eggs and still get that classic eggnog taste. 

Well, here another eggnog recipe, and this one is for the tequila fans -- which is interesting for sure and adds just a few more layers of flavor. 

As the name suggests, this farm nog does offers a fresh and local from the farm feel to it. It uses an aged tequila and a nutty sherry (Amontillado style is a good option) with farm eggs and organic full cream milk. It is a rich eggnog and once you get all of the spices in there, it is quite tasty. It may even win over those who are not fans of the holiday classic!

This recipe is best when it rests for two days, so keep that in mind and plan ahead.


  • 2 1/2 ounces sherry (nutty, Amontillado varieties such as Bodegas)
  • 2 ounces tequila (100% agave Anejo tequila)
  • 3 ounces of Wholesome Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole brown farm eggs
  • 6 ounces organic whole milk (raw if possible)
  • 4 ounces organic heavy cream
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • Garnish: nutmeg
  • Garnish: star anise

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender starting with eggs and ending with heavy cream.

  2. Refrigerate for two days.

  3. Garnish w/grated nutmeg and star anise.

Or -- make it the easy way

  1. Combine spices and booze above with 12oz Califia Almond Milk Eggnog, Silk Nog or Clover Eggnog (we carry them all, so lazy vegans and full dairy lovers rejoice!) in a blender and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with ground nutmeg and a beautiful star anise! 

    Paleo folks can substitute brown sugar with monk fruit or stevia to taste.

Keep your suggestions coming!

Can you switch to the Organic Bobs Redmill 24oz Gluten-free oats?

We’ve traded the conventional for the organic and it’s now available in the cereal isle.

Please keep making the chocolate covered frozen bananas!

We are taking a tiny break from making the chocolate covered frozen bananas. As soon as the weather warms up a tad we’ll get back to it! 

Bring back Oatly Oat Milk!

Sadly, our distributer stopped carrying this product. But! since oat milk is the hot new milk there are a TON of new brands making it sprouting up! Stop in and see whats hot and new!

Holiday Hours

Effective Mon, Dec 17 - Mon, Jan 7:
8am - 4pm every day
Mon, Dec 24, 8am - 2pm
Tues, Dec 25, Closed
Mon, Dec 31, 8am - 2pm
Tues, Jan 1, Closed 

Resuming normal business hours on Tuesday January 8

Upcoming Events

12/18/18 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
Monthly board meeting 2-5pm, Tuesday, December 18 in the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

1/4/19 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

Board of Directors

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

183 Main Street
Point Arena

Thanks for your continued support. 


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