Your co-op community, June 2016

This article was originally published in June 2016

Vitamin Angels Success

Thank you, PCC shoppers! Your purchase of PCC-brand vitamins and supplements in March raised $2,700 for Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit working to reach 40 million children around the globe with the vital nutrients needed for good health. Learn more about Vitamin Angels at

Fremont 5K

Day-of-race registration and packet pickup opens Friday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m.

It’s the Brooks Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay!

Whether you’re looking for a fast 5K to try to PR on, a reason to give that costume one more shot at glory, or just looking for a “healthy” event with beer, this event has it all!

PCC is the official fruit sponsor for this event. Visit here for more information.

July 4th Freedom Festival

Monday, July 4
Downtown Bothell

For over 100 years the Bothell community has been holding a community parade on the 4th of July enjoyed by more than 10,000 spectators annually. This is the city’s largest community event featuring veterans, local businesses, scouts, antique cars, bands and more.

2016 theme: Honor the Past – Imagine the Future

  • Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.
  • Children’s Parade: 11:15 a.m. See hundreds of children decked out in red, white and blue walk or ride down the parade route!
  • The Grand Parade: 12 noon. PCC is the presenting sponsor. Join us there to cheer on the participants!


Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Public Works Operations Center
21233 20th Ave. SE, Bothell

This free, fun event provides tips about sustainability for all ages! Bring your family, friends and neighbors and learn about sustainability programs for your community. PCC will be there with the TasteMobile. You also can bring hazardous household materials to recycle. For more information, visit here.

The Future of Pride parade

Sunday, June 26
Kicks off at 4th Ave. & Union St. at 11 a.m.

Join us for the 42nd annual Seattle Pride Parade, held along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The 2016 theme is The Future of Pride, and it serves to honor all who will continue the fight for equality. PCC will be in the parade handing out treats along the route. The parade ends at Seattle Center where you can enjoy a festival of market booths, beverage gardens, food trucks and more!

Food bank packaging parties

Help our partnering food banks by donating time to pack PCC bulk foods into family-sized portions. Join us:

Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m., West Seattle Food Bank

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m., North Greenwood Food Bank

Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m., Chicken Soup Brigade Food Bank

Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., Redmond Hopelink Food Bank

For more information, including addresses and future dates, visit

Community grant winner

And the award goes to …

We’re excited to announce that our second community grant of 2016 has been awarded to Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program.

This nonprofit organization delivers nutritionally balanced meals and local produce to 2,200 people in King County and provides educational home visits. It enables homebound people age 60 or older to eat well and remain independent without having to grocery shop or worry about the nutritional value of their food. The meals are prepared with the special dietary needs of seniors in mind.

For the past 10 years, Meals on Wheels has used heavy, plastic-insulated containers to keep entrees frozen. These insulated containers are in need of replacement. Our grant will cover the cost for a local seamstress to make new insulated fabric ice chests that will be much lighter and more efficient. These new food chests will expedite delivery and allow more time for education and interaction with Meals on Wheels’ clients.

PCC Cooks

Registration for our summer 2016 catalog opens June 1, featuring inspiring warm-weather classes from July to September. From barbecuing, tamales and grilling, to dinner parties and brunch, we have recipes for any activity summer throws your way. Plus, kids’ Around the World in Five Days summer camps begin in late June. Kids ages 8 to 15 prepare full meals from five different countries, learning kitchen basics along the way.

Why wait for summer? We’re wrapping up our spring quarter this June with available space in plenty of diverse topics. All About Pie will get your pie-making skills up to snuff for the bounty of spring and summer fruits; Healthy Eating – Budget Friendly is a great resource for those who want to increase their kitchen creativity without breaking the bank; and Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Sauces offers simple and flavorful go-to pasta recipes to please the whole family. For the beginning cook, Chicken 101 breaks down techniques for preparing this versatile protein. Visit to browse the full schedule.

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor, June 2016

PCC's body care standards, Amazon Prime Now delivery, Health benefits of asparagus, and more

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn how the California nut industry has been rocked with organized crime, farmland planted with GE crops has declined, the popularity of Cosmic Crisp apples is set to skyrocket, and more news from the field.

New Dietary Guidelines: What you should know

The federal government's latest Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans shift their dietary patterns, and consume no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.