September 2019 Newsletter for the Arena Market and Cafe
Arena Market & Cafe logo
Friend of Facebook

September 2019
Our Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

Hiring Opportunities

Arena Market and Cafe is expanding its leadership team. Please spread the word and help us recruit people who can continue our decade of service to the community.

Our current General Manager, Natalie Cortese, has requested a reduction in workload for personal reasons, but we hope to retain her expertise and passion for the co-op on a part-time basis. The Board of Directors sees this as an opportunity to bring in additional talent and implement a team management approach for the store. We feel this will not only create more resiliency and resources in management, it will also be more in harmony with the business structure of a co-op.

We are hiring one or more people to collaboratively manage our natural food market and cafe, approximately 20 staff members, cafe/deli food production, the store and facility, and finances. Experience in food retail and working with related technology is strongly desired. Passion for serving our community with natural food is required. More information is available at at, including the job description, qualifications, and objectives for the leadership team.

We are also hiring a kitchen person to prepare and expand our offerings of prepared foods, soups, salads organic salad bar, sandwiches, pizza, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, and more. 707-882-3663


Co-op Principle #7: Concern for Community

What makes cooperatives different from ordinary businesses are the principles by which they operate. 

The seventh principle, Concern for Community, was actually the source of the idea to form a cooperative natural food grocery store in the fall of 2008. Interest in sustainable food and self-sufficient economies were common discussions in Mendocino County at that time. Forming a co-op ensured that community interests would remain paramount.

Our co-op continues to work on community development after a decade of operation. We hire local people, sometimes giving them their first job. We source local products to support local farmers and entrepreneurs. We participate in local city and merchant activities to both promote the co-op and support interest in our community (see us at various festivals here in Point Arena). We rely upon the talent and interest of local leadership to run the board of directors. Does that sound like we Go Local! 

Cooperatives adhere to seven principles. Those principles make co-ops different from other forms of businesses. This is your co-op. The whole community benefits from your membership equity, your patronage, and your leadership.

RIck, Treasurer
Coastal Organics Cooperative, Inc.
dba Arena Market and Cafe

New Products

Happy Camper organic vegan gluten-free breads ~ from $8.99-$9.99 (discounted through September)


Cocoburg coconut jerky
~  1.5 OZ $5.49


Koia plant powered protein drinks
~ 12 OZ $4.29


Sale Items


One Degree sprouted brown rice cereal or sprouted cocoa crisps
~ 8 OZ $4.95 ($1.00 off)


One Degree Organic Sprouted spelt flour
~ 32 OZ $6.99 ($1.50 off)


Mediterranean organic roasted red peppers
~ 12 OZ $6.99 ($1.00 off)




Annual Meeting of Coastal Organics Cooperative September 11

The annual member meeting of the co-op will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, starting at 6:30 pm in the Veterans Memorial Building at 451 School Street in Point Arena (also known as City Hall).

This meeting is an important opportunity for members to have a voice in the governance of the co-op. The Board of Directors will report on how the Arena Market and Cafe is doing, discuss our financial health, conduct an election for the vacant board seat, and lead a discussion on issues and plans for the future.

We are currently seeking people who would like to serve on the board. We have one vacant seat now and will have three more vacant in a year. Please contact if you are interested.

Anyone who has made a minimum investment of $50 is a member of the co-op with privileges to vote at the annual meeting.  When you shop at the co-op, the cashier can tell you if you have paid in $50 or more.

(Other member benefits, such as the 5% discount on shopping or reduced-rate propane, only apply to current members who have invested $50 in the past 12 months or who have reached the full-share amount of $300.)

Please bring potluck finger-food to share starting at 6:30 pm. After some socializing, we’ll start the business meeting around 7 pm.

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

Upcoming Events

9/4 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
11am. Monthly board meeting at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

9/6 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

9/11 ~ Annual Member Meeting
6:30pm, Wednesday. Veterans Memorial Building, Point Arena.

9/19 ~ Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
7:30-10:30pm, Thursday. Featuring Ukiah Poet Dan Barth. See more information about Dan below.

10/4 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

10/22 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
3pm, Tuesday. Monthly board meeting at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

Zucchini Banana Bread        
with Sprouted Spelt Flour - Dairy Free  

from Sharon | The Honour System

Zucchini Banana Bread is like a warm, whole foods hug from your oven. And who doesn't love veggies baked into things? Using spelt flour and subbing in coconut oil and coconut sugar instead of butter and the bleached out, refined sugar makes this loaf wholesome, dairy free AND delicious.


  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 bananas the browner the better
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 9x5 loaf pan (I use a coconut oil spray)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and set aside
  3. In a large bowl mash the bananas until it's pretty lump free, then stir in the coconut sugar, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Bit by bit, add the flour mixture, stirring well each time incorporate it. Set aside.
  5. Squeeze the moisture out of the grated zucchini by placing it in the middle of a double layer of paper towels and squeezing out the water over the sink. Fold the zucchini into the batter
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, checking that a toothpick in the centre of the loaf comes out clean
  7. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then cool completely, on a window sill if you can. ;)



Third Thursday Poetry Brings Ukiah Poet Dan Barth to the Co-op

On Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature Ukiah poet Dan Barth. The reading will take place at the Arena Market and Cafe with live improv jazz and an open mic.  
Daniel Barth grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Duke University. Starting in 1974 he spent a decade travelling and working in a variety of jobs: firefighter, artist’s model, cook, waiter, bartender, camp counselor, farm laborer, landscape gardener, and others. In 1984 he married his wife, Mary. They lived in Palo Alto, Watsonville, and Chico before settling in the Ukiah area in 1994. Dan worked eight years as a bookseller and began to publish his writing.
Dan works mornings at home, writing and editing. He works afternoons as a teacher and librarian at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. In his spare time he plays tennis and petanque, rides his bike, goes for hikes, reads a lot, chops wood, carries water, and plays his guitar and ukulele. And sings!
Daniel’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Ant Farm to Zam Bomba. His work appeared frequently in The Redwood Coast Review. He is the author of The Day After Hank Williams’ Birthday, Fast Women Beautiful, Coyote Haiku, and Ukiah Haiku. Dan was poet laureate of Ukiah from 2012 to 2014. His work is included in the anthology Deep Valley: Poets Laureate of Ukiah, 2001-2018. His latest book, At the Corner of Vigor and Wisdom: New and Used Poems, was published this year.

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


Volunteer at Your Co-op

Contribute to our newsletter:  Send your stories, recipes, anecdotes to us and become part of this monthly publication.  And don't forget, there are many other things you can do for your co-op, so please become a volunteer.  To get involved, please email


New Members

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


Board of Directors

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

185 Main Street
Point Arena

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram


Copyright © 2019 Arena Market & Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative, Inc., All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp