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Sound Consumer, May/June 2020 | Issue No. 557

PLANTING A LEGACY: SEATTLE’S P-PATCH GARDENS

Who could have guessed in 1973 that a PCC partnership on a Wedgwood farm would lead to one of the largest and most honored community gardening initiatives in the nation? Read all about it in this history of the glories and challenges of Seattle’s P-Patch program.

Who could have guessed in 1973 that a PCC partnership on a Wedgwood farm would lead to one of the largest and most honored community gardening initiatives in the nation? Read all about it in this history of the glories and challenges of Seattle’s P-Patch program.

PCC UPDATES

Printed copies of the Sound Consumer are available at PCC stores but are not being mailed to the home of each member.

Printed copies of the Sound Consumer are available at PCC stores but are not being mailed to the home of each member.

NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW WAYS TO CONNECT

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began spreading through the U.S., both our community’s needs and the supply chain shifted fast. Here’s how PCC worked with the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance to get fresh produce to our food bank partners.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began spreading through the U.S., both our community’s needs and the supply chain shifted fast. Here’s how PCC worked with the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance to get fresh produce to our food bank partners.

SPECTACULAR RECIPES FOR “SIMPLE FRUIT”

Longtime PCC cooking instructor Laurie Pfalzer has a new cookbook, “Simple Fruit,” with baking tips for all sorts of seasonal harvests. We’re sharing her recipes for Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb and Rhubarb Fool.

Longtime PCC cooking instructor Laurie Pfalzer has a new cookbook, “Simple Fruit,” with baking tips for all sorts of seasonal harvests. We’re sharing her recipes for Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb and Rhubarb Fool.

ADDED SUGAR: FINDING THE SWEET SPOT

Curious how naturally occurring sugars compare to added sugars? Our colleagues at Bastyr University discuss the difference and what it means for you. This is the first in a series of Bastyr articles addressing questions about nutrition.

Curious how naturally occurring sugars compare to added sugars? Our colleagues at Bastyr University discuss the difference and what it means for you. This is the first in a series of Bastyr articles addressing questions about nutrition.

CAN AQUARIUM ANIMALS EAT SUSTAINABLY TOO?

The Seattle Aquarium is all about sustainability—but what about the foods eaten by the animals in its care? Supported by a grant from PCC Community Markets, aquarium staff recently studied the ecological and carbon footprint of each item those animals eat.

The Seattle Aquarium is all about sustainability—but what about the foods eaten by the animals in its care? Supported by a grant from PCC Community Markets, aquarium staff recently studied the ecological and carbon footprint of each item those animals eat.

“LOOK, LISTEN AND LEARN” ABOUT FOOD AND FEELINGS

Cooking is an essential part of “Look, Listen and Learn,” an educational program on public access TV, aimed at children aged 3-6 and their caregivers. The program, which has some scenes filmed in PCC classrooms, teaches lessons about social and emotional learning as well as skills for school readiness.

Cooking is an essential part of “Look, Listen and Learn,” an educational program on public access TV, aimed at children aged 3-6 and their caregivers. The program, which has some scenes filmed in PCC classrooms, teaches lessons about social and emotional learning as well as skills for school readiness.

SOUL OF SEATTLE: FOR LOVE OF SEATTLE’S COMMUNITY

We spoke with Edouardo Jordan, one of Seattle’s most celebrated chefs, about the “Soul of Seattle” program he held earlier this year. PCC was a sponsor of the event, which included local chefs of color and an appearance by Toni Tipton-Martin, “a historian of the diaspora of African-American food, Southern food, the history of the food coming to America.”

We spoke with Edouardo Jordan, one of Seattle’s most celebrated chefs, about the “Soul of Seattle” program he held earlier this year. PCC was a sponsor of the event, which included local chefs of color and an appearance by Toni Tipton-Martin, “a historian of the diaspora of African-American food, Southern food, the history of the food coming to America.”

NEW PCC CHOCOLATE IS “SOURCED THE WAY IT SHOULD BE”

PCC’s new private label chocolate, produced in Bellingham, is “truly bean to bar.” It also meets strict ethical and sustainability guidelines—a particular challenge in the global chocolate industry, which is infamous for its continued use of child slave labor.

PCC’s new private label chocolate, produced in Bellingham, is “truly bean to bar.” It also meets strict ethical and sustainability guidelines—a particular challenge in the global chocolate industry, which is infamous for its continued use of child slave labor.

FOOD “FARMACIES” BUILD NUTRITION INTO HEALTHCARE

There’s a growing movement to make food a primary weapon against the onslaught of health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. These “Produce Rx”-style efforts are gaining traction across the country.

There’s a growing movement to make food a primary weapon against the onslaught of health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. These “Produce Rx”-style efforts are gaining traction across the country.

LABEL LOWDOWN: NON-GMO

Got a label you want demystified? This issue, Sound Consumer looks into requirements for food producers using the “NON-GMO” label.

Got a label you want demystified? This issue, Sound Consumer looks into requirements for food producers using the “NON-GMO” label.

“KIWI QUEEN” FRIEDA CAPLAN REVOLUTIONIZED THE PRODUCE WORLD

She was hailed as “Mother Gooseberry” and “The Princess of Produce”; the woman who first brought kiwis to the U.S. grocery market and popularized dozens of other fruits and vegetables. The late Frieda Caplan left a tremendous legacy in fruit bowls and crispers and shopping lists around the nation.

She was hailed as “Mother Gooseberry” and “The Princess of Produce”; the woman who first brought kiwis to the U.S. grocery market and popularized dozens of other fruits and vegetables. The late Frieda Caplan left a tremendous legacy in fruit bowls and crispers and shopping lists around the nation.

CUSTOMER SERVICE STARS

Meet Sharon Keith, deli cook at View Ridge PCC, and Saikou Barrow, a cashier at Fremont PCC.

Meet Sharon Keith, deli cook at View Ridge PCC, and Saikou Barrow, a cashier at Fremont PCC.

ORCA ACTION MONTH

June is Orca Action Month, an opportunity to connect with our local communities and step up to create change to help orcas, salmon and our shared environment.

June is Orca Action Month, an opportunity to connect with our local communities and step up to create change to help orcas, salmon and our shared environment.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Organic milk accountability  •  What is allulose  •  Allulose and labeling  •  Almonds and bees

Organic milk accountability  •  What is allulose  •  Allulose and labeling  •  Almonds and bees

NEWS BITES

New agriculture library  •  Zero waste creamery  •  Dungeness crab damage  •  Cherokee nation banks seeds  •  Bumblebees in decline  •  Success fighting obesity  •  Sniffing out citrus greening  •  Beacon Food Forest  •  NYC “cashless” ban  •  “Butter” labeling lawsuit  •  Plant-based ice cream  •  Fish stick footprint  •  More organic records  •  Salmonella petition

New agriculture library  •  Zero waste creamery  •  Dungeness crab damage  •  Cherokee nation banks seeds  •  Bumblebees in decline  •  Success fighting obesity  •  Sniffing out citrus greening  •  Beacon Food Forest  •  NYC “cashless” ban  •  “Butter” labeling lawsuit  •  Plant-based ice cream  •  Fish stick footprint  •  More organic records  •  Salmonella petition

MEMBERS ASK PCC BOARD ABOUT GROWTH AND CHANGE

The Puget Sound region has dramatically changed over the past decade, and PCC has changed in some ways with it. Co-op members talked with CEO Cate Hardy and members of the Board of Trustees recently about the co-op’s path and plans for the future.

The Puget Sound region has dramatically changed over the past decade, and PCC has changed in some ways with it. Co-op members talked with CEO Cate Hardy and members of the Board of Trustees recently about the co-op’s path and plans for the future.

PCC BOARD UPDATES

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Board of Trustees election and upcoming meetings.

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Board of Trustees election and upcoming meetings.

Sound Consumer, May/June 2020 | Issue No. 557