Your co-op community, July 2017

This article was originally published in July 2017

Fourth of July Freedom Festival

Tuesday, July 4
Downtown Bothell

  • Pancake breakfast at the downtown firehouse, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Children’s parade starts on Beardslee Boulevard near the post office, 11:15 a.m.
  • Grand Parade starting at Main and 104th Ave. NE, noon

Join us for a fun-filled community celebration! This year’s theme is United We Stand. PCC is the title sponsor of the Children’s parade. Learn more here.

Blood drives

One donation of blood can save three lives! Bloodworks Northwest will be at the following PCC locations collecting blood. Walk-ins are welcome. Remember to bring your ID.

Wednesday, July 5

  • Redmond PCC – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Issaquah PCC – 2 to 5 p.m.

Monday, July 31

  • Fremont PCC – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • West Seattle PCC – 3 to 6 p.m.

Learn more at

West Seattle Grand Parade

Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.

PCC s West Seattle. We’re happy to be a part of the Annual West Seattle Grand Parade. Join in the festivities of Seafair and see the PCC TasteMobile on the parade route. The parade starts southbound on California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Lander Street and ends on California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Edmunds.

PCC will be handing out featured vendor snacks along the way! For more, visit

NW Solar Fest

Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N.

Visit this Sustainable Living Fair at Shoreline Community College and stop by to say hi to our Edmonds PCC team. They’ll have a healthy snack for you to try as you wander around and learn about sustainable living! For more information, visit


Sunday, July 23, noon to 5 p.m.
Lake Sammamish State Park

The Friends of Lake Sammamish are putting on the 2nd Annual Parkadilly Event for all to enjoy kids’ concerts, a nature scavenger hunt and more fun. Stop by and say hi to our Issaquah PCC team for a healthy snack as you celebrate our parks! For more info, visit event/parkadilly-lake-sammamish.

Dog Days of Summer

Sunday, July 23, 8 a.m.
Green Lake Park

This 5K run (or walk) takes you around Green Lake with or without your dog. Proceeds benefit both the Green Lake Community Center and the Emerald City Pet Rescue, an organization that helps rescue, rehabilitate and re-home pets. Activities include a free kids dash and more.

PCC Greenlake Village is the official fruit sponsor of the race. Runners, make sure to stop by to refuel and continue with the day’s activities! For more information, visit:

Food bank packaging parties

Help our partnering food banks by donating your time to package our bulk foods into family-sized portions.

The packaging parties have been a major success thanks to overwhelming support from volunteers like you! To ensure we have a safe and effective volunteer opportunity, we have added preregistration to these events.

Please visit our website for upcoming food bank packaging party dates and preregistration:

PCC Community Grant winner

Community Kitchen at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is the latest winner of a PCC Community Grant. The Community Kitchen was launched shortly after the university remodeled its food and nutrition lab in 2011. The faculty opened up the new space to the community, with the goal of using food as a catalyst for education, collaboration and community building.

The program gives students opportunities to apply skills they learn in the classroom while simultaneously providing opportunities for community members, including those with limited budgets, to improve their diet by developing nutrition education and cooking skills.

PCC’s $2,000 grant will help fund kitchen supplies, recipe testing, student team member training and a student program coordinator.

PCC Cooks

Hello, summer! PCC Cooks is proud to dish up a new quarter of culinary opportunities. This month, bread making meets outdoor grilling with Flatbreads – On the Grill, giving you great ideas for al fresco entertaining. Indian Summer will tackle your Indian comfort food favorites while highlighting seasonal produce, and Mediterranean Vacation will sweep you away with the rich flavors of the region.

Plus, learn the tools of the trade for successful meat cookery! Pitmaster Champion Saffron Hodgson presents Steak Your Way – she’ll share her secrets for the perfect steak, guiding you through three different preparation methods: traditional, flip and reverse sear. We’re also calling all beginning cooks, or anyone needing a little refresher, to join us for Kitchen Basics. We’ll cover knife skills and common cooking methods in a fun, encouraging environment. Review the fundamentals of roasted chicken, vegetable soup and homemade tomato sauce in class, then get cooking at home! Visit to see the full summer schedule, featuring classes in July, August and September.

Also in this issue

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Could your coffee soon be grown in California? Learn the answer, along with news about the sustainability achievements by PCC’s organic produce provider, what’s happening to Pacific shellfish as a result of ocean acidification, and more!

PCC engages on policy proposals

PCC has engaged on several recent policy proposals affecting ethically sourced, organic foods.

Staff picks

Summer fruit is in full swing! Come pick up local, organic Lapin and Rainier cherries, sugar snap peas, and early peaches, pluots and cherry tomatoes from California. PCC staff is raving about an organic lemon curd, two types of sunscreen, California olive oil and more!