Your co-op community, October 2014

This article was originally published in October 2014

Bagged apple program

fuji apples

This fall, eating an apple a day comes with even morer benefits than just keeping the doctor away.

PCC once again has partnered with Washington state apple growers and Organically Grown Company (the Northwest’s premier organic produce distributor) to fund farm-to-school education in our region.

Proceeds from bagged organic Fuji apples in specially marked Farm-to-School bags will support children’s programs at Seattle Tilth that provide an assortment of hands-on activities for K-12 students and their teachers. Last year, $42,000 was donated to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. Look for the arrival of these special apples to PCC’s produce departments this fall.

Feeding Your Immune System

  • Thursday, October 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    PCC Greenlake Village

Dr. Suzanne McMurry, N.D., and PCC’s nutrition educator, Nick Rose, will discuss ways to pump up your immune system and prevent nasty colds and flus. Come join us for the monthly “Walk, Talk & Taste” tour as we discuss what foods and supplements offer the most benefit to your immune system. Sign up is available on the PCC website under “Walk, Talk & Taste classes” in the “Cook” tab. Free.

Rewards of Fair Trade

  • Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Greenlake Village PCC patio
  • Sunday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Issaquah PCC patio

PCC is proud to host two events featuring Fair Trade products. This is a great opportunity to speak to the vendors who know their products and can tell the impactful stories behind Fair Trade. Samplings include Fair Trade coffees, teas, chocolates and more. Free.

Seattle Children’s Festival

  • Sunday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Seattle Center Grounds

Join us for this free one-day, multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center Grounds. By “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood,” the festival will bring together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. 

The event will feature performances and interactive workshops geared toward families and children of all ages. You’ll find the PCC TasteMobile outside of Fisher Pavilion delivering interactive cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Learn more about this exciting event at

Pumpkin Decorating Party

  • Saturday, October 25

    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Edmonds, West Seattle, Redmond, Issaquah and Greenlake Village PCCs
  • Saturday, October 25

    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Greenlake Aurora PCC

Hey, kids! Come decorate your very own pumpkin to take home. There will be healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. Free for kids 12 and younger.

Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash

  • Saturday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    601 N. 59th St., Seattle

Enjoy a range of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys and other animals crunch, smash or stomp pumpkins at the zoo’s annual Pumpkin Bash. Wear your costume for trick-or-treating in the west plaza and visit the PCC TasteMobile for warm cider.

Chocolate tasting!

  • Thursday, October 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
    Greenlake Village PCC

Love chocolate? Come to this casual event to learn about the health benefits of cacao. Taste bars ranging from milk to extra dark, and compare the flavors of many of our favorite brands sold at PCC! Free.

Start to Fitness: Added Sugars

  • Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
    Sammamish Library

As part of the King County Library System and’s “Start to Fitness” series, PCC’s nutrition educator, Nick Rose, will discuss natural sugars, added sugars, artificial sugars, how much sugar is too much, and why fructose-based sweeteners such as agave have earned a bad reputation. Give up on the quest for a miracle sugar, and instead learn how to avoid added sugars. Enjoy free samples.

Also in this issue

PCC Board of Trustees report, October 2014

Board meeting report, Next board meeting, Board outreach event, and more

Letter for strong organic standards

PCC and other businesses oppose recent changes to the National Organic Program that make it easier to keep using synthetic ingredients in organic foods.

Climate change and northwest agriculture

Climate change seems certain to take a toll on Washington's $40 billion annual agriculture industry, but the Northwest may be able to adapt better than other regions.