Your co-op community, February 2017

This article was originally published in February 2017

Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

Now through February 12

Help neighbors in need stay warm this winter by donating your new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear to KCTS 9’s annual Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive. All donated items go to Wellspring Family Services and Queen Anne Helpline. Look for collection bins at all PCC locations or drop your items off at KCTS 9’s Seattle Center Studio.

Be Mine, Valentine craft events at PCC

Saturday, February 11

  • Greenlake Aurora PCC – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bothell, Columbia City, Edmonds, Issaquah, Greenlake Village, Redmond, West Seattle PCCs – 9 a.m. to noon

Join us for a morning of fun as kids create special valentine cards and crafts for their friends and family. PCC will supply materials as well as treats. Children 12 and under, free.

Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash

Sunday, February 12, 8 a.m.
Green Lake Park
5900 W. Green Lake Way N.

PCC Greenlake Aurora is the official fruit sponsor of this race so stop by the PCC tent for a post-race snack. Sign your kids up for the kids run; it’s free! The kids run begins at 9:10 a.m.; adult run begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information and registration, visit

Food bank packaging parties

Help package bulk foods into family-sized portions at our partnering food bank locations. Join us:

  • Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Maltby Food Bank
  • Monday, February 13, 7 p.m., West Seattle Food Bank
  • Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m., VOAWW Bitterlake Food Pantry
  • Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m., Chicken Soup Brigade Food Bank
  • Monday, February 27, 6:30 p.m., Redmond Hopelink Food Bank

For more information, including addresses and future party dates, visit

2016 PCC holiday food drive results

A huge thank you to PCC shoppers! During our 2016 Holiday Food Drive, we raised more than $55,500 for the PCC Food Bank program. That’s almost 37.5 percent more than what we raised in 2015 during the same time period.

You’re the reason for this success and we want to acknowledge all who donated at the registers and online. With the money donated we’re able to donate even more food to our 13 partner food banks this year! PCC is able use our buying power to get more for the money, helping feed more people in our communities.

If you’re interested in joining a food bank packaging party, see above or visit for dates and times.

Edible City at MOHAI

PCC is a supporting sponsor of the “Edible City: A Delicious Journey” exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) running through September 10, 2017.

Discover the secret history of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite foods: learn the origins of the Rainier cherry, see treasures from the long history of Pike Place Market, get acquainted with the man behind the city’s first sushi bar, and debate Seattle’s signature dishes.

Curated by two-time James Beard Award winner Rebekah Denn, Edible City will be a main course on the city’s cultural buffet. For information visit


Friday, February 10
7 to 8:30 p.m.
$10 MOHAI members and Spilled Milk subscribers/$15 general public

Join a live taping of the popular podcast Spilled Milk. Podcast hosts, authors and comedians Molly Wizenberg (Orangette and New York Times bestseller, Delancey) and Matthew Amster-Burton (Pretty Good Number One and Hungry Monkey) begin with a food-related topic and run with it as far as they can go. Enjoy a special opening performance by And Eat it Too! Podcast co-hosts Molly Gilbert and Sarah Barthelow. Visit for more information and advance ticket purchase.

Edible City Family Day with Festal

Saturday, February 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free for MOHAI members/included with museum admission

Uncover the rich cultural diversity of food in the Pacific Northwest with MOHAI and Festal! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, dance performances, craft activities and more at this all-ages event presented in collaboration with cultural partners from across the Puget Sound region.

Taste of the Market Culinary Series: Celebrating Northwest Sustainable Seafood

Wednesday, February 22
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market $30 MOHAI members/$35 general public

Pike Place Market’s regional bounty has inspired food lovers, home cooks and professional chefs for more than a century. MOHAI and Pike Place Market present, Celebrating Northwest Sustainable Seafood.

Join Chef Zoi Antonitsas and restauranteur Bryan Jarr, the force behind the future Pike Place MarketFront restaurant Jarr & Co., for a celebration of the history and diversity of Northwest sustainable seafood.

PCC Cooks

When the cold weather calls for hibernation, making delicious food is a perfect way to creatively enjoy your time indoors. Join us this February and learn to make classic Italian comfort food with customizable Calzones and Focaccia; marvel at the versatility of coconuts with Crack the Coconut; and prepare for a truly spectacular dessert experience with Chocolatier’s Palate for Valentine’s Day, where you’ll learn to make a delightful array of chocolatey treats to wow your sweetie on February 14 (or any day of the year, just because!).

And if that sugar craving feels like it’s getting the best of you, consider some balance with inspiring vegetable-oriented classes such as Winter in the Middle East and Vegetables: Easy 5-a-Day. Both classes will have you excited to stock up on seasonal produce and eat your 5-a-day, even in the depth of winter. Visit to see the full February schedule.

Also in this issue

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Three major megamergers in the seed industry are on the horizon: Bayer and Monsanto, DuPont and Dow, and ChemChina and Syngenta. This means three corporations will own nearly 60 percent of the world's seed supply. Learn why that's a problem, and what we as consumers can do to fight back.

PCC Board of Trustees report, February 2017

Board meeting report, Get to know your trustees, Contact the Board of Trustees

Letters to the editor, February 2017

What should "healthy" mean?, Carbonated water, Glyphosate and grains, and more