Your co-op community, August 2017

This article was originally published in August 2017

Just Kidding Around

Summer children’s concert series
Bothell Landing Park

Don’t miss this brand-new children’s summer concert series! Each week will feature one of the best local “kindie” bands around, sure to get you and your youngsters up and dancing. On Wednesday, August 2 at 11 a.m., Recess Monkey will perform a show sponsored by PCC Natural Markets. Come visit the PCC tent. Visit for more.

Battle of Greenlake Volleyball Tournament

Saturday, August 5, 7 a.m.
Registration Green Lake Park

Join in one of the largest reverse co-ed doubles grass volleyball tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. In collaboration with Seattle Parks & Recreation and Greenlake Sports & Fitness, the Battle of Greenlake is a pool play format, followed by double elimination. PCC Greenlake Village will be there, refueling athletes with perfectly ripe organic, fair trade bananas! Learn more and register at

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival

Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m.
Northbound along Rainier Avenue South starting at Dawson Alaska

Join in the festivities of the 25th annual Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival. PCC will be in the parade, handing out featured vendor snacks along the way.

CHOMP! Dinner in the Park

Friday, August 18
Marymoor Park

Dinner in the Park is a community and culinary experience. PCC Chef Lynne Vea, along with four other local chefs, will be creating small plates featuring ingredients from King County farms. To learn more and to purchase dinner tickets, visit:

Summer Splash

Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Green Lake Small Craft Center

Make a splash in Greenlake with Windermere’s Summer Splash, in partnership with George Pocock Foundation and Seattle City Parks. Adults and kids can try canoeing, kayaking, rowing and stand-up paddleboarding and more. Cheer on the rowers during the race. Then stop by our PCC booth where kids can make a custom trail mix to fuel their summer fun. For details, visit

Back to School Event – Shoreline School District

Saturday, August 26, 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Ridgecrest Elementary School

The Back to School Event is a community effort that provides school supplies, haircuts and clothing assistance for families in the Shoreline School District who are low-income and/or experiencing circumstances that make it challenging to prepare their children for going back to school in the fall. PCC Edmonds store staff will be hosting a make-your-own trail mix activity, where kids can customize a mix to their tastes and get inspired for the upcoming school year! Learn more and register: Registration ends Friday, August 18.

Food bank packaging parties

Summer is a great time to continue volunteering! Help our partnering food banks by donating your time to pack our bulk foods into family-sized portions.

Please visit our website for upcoming packaging party dates and preregistration.

Preregistration: The PCC Packaging Parties have been a major success due 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 preregister website page.


The July Sound Consumer mistakenly named the PCC Community Grant winner as the Community Kitchen at Seattle Pacific University. Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) was the correct winner of the $2,000 grant.

HIP increases food security for underserved populations in North King County through nutritious meals, educational programs and advocacy. HIP operates a range of programs to address hunger including:

  • Summer and afterschool meals.
  • A community meal program for seniors.
  • Cooking Matters, a nationally recognized curriculum that helps families shop for and cook healthy meals on a low budget.

HIP will run a series of summer education, cooking and nutrition classes for youth younger than 18. The goals are increased participation at HIP’s summer meals sites to ensure more children have access to nutritious food throughout the summer, and improved access to fun, educational and skill-building opportunities for underserved youth.

By creating educational activities at the same locations where kids receive summer meals, HIP is impacting not only nutritional outcomes for this low-income population, but also increasing the kids’ educational stimulation during the summer.

The PCC grant will be used to purchase food for summer cooking and nutrition programs, including “Mini Chef ” and “Skills and Thrills” classes.

This project will serve kids living in the Lake City neighborhood and greater northeast Seattle, where 30 percent of households are considered extremely low income, and up to 85 percent of students at local public schools qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

PCC Cooks

Looking for some fresh ideas for summer meals? PCC Cooks is here to help! Iole Aguero will charm you with her show-stopping Al Fresco Italian Summer menu; salads become warm-weather entrees inMain Course Salads Go Global; and our popular Vegetarian Sushi Rolls class returns this month – customize your perfect roll in class and get ready to have a sushi party at home! Plus, you’ll find inspiration to take advantage of the incredible bounty of summertime produce with Patty Pan Grill’s own Devra Gartenstein. She’ll share bushels of information and approachable, inventive recipes in Summer Vegetables: Easy 5-a-Day.

With more topics like Balanced Make-Ahead Breakfasts; Greek Seafood; The Well-Built Cake; and Eating for Energy, we’ll keep you cooking and eating well this summer. Visit for the full calendar.

Also in this issue

Restoring soil with regenerative agriculture

UW researcher David Montgomery traveled around the United States and abroad to see how large and small farmers and scientists are restoring soil fertility — and doing it much faster than he thought possible. His research bodes well for the future of food and agriculture.

Color me healthy

You’ve probably heard that carrots are good for eyesight, but did you know that the carotenes in red, yellow and purple carrots protect our bodies from a host of other ailments — and may even enhance physical attractiveness?

The high cost of deporting farmworkers

The administration’s promise to deport illegal immigrants could impoverish family farmers by destroying their ability to plant, tend and harvest crops — and could result in food shortages that impact American eaters.