What powers PCC? (a welcome note)
It's the people. And by that, I mean the people who grow and raise the food we sell at our stores, those who deliver it, stock it, bake it, arrange it, wrap it, sell it. Those at the main office who spend months analyzing and debating what should go on the shelves and in the bins and how to better serve the various dietary needs and desires of you, our customers and members.
I joined this team two months ago, fresh from a decade as a working journalist. I've been interested in food all my life but really started paying closer attention to organics, sustainability, local agriculture and all those other big buzzwords about three years ago, when I began covering food for The Seattle Times. It was startling to realize my smallest choices, as simple as selecting one apple over another, could ultimately guide how food is grown in this country when magnified by the "smallest choices" of millions of others.
For years at PCC we've connected with you through Sound Consumer, our monthly newspaper, through our Web site, over the phone (I know this for a fact, because I sit right by the reception desk!) and, most recently, via Facebook and Twitter. We're keeping this blog to provide even greater insight into the people behind the co-op, how we make decisions (from what we carry all the way to how we'll display it), how we weigh in on the important issues of the day and yes, the adventures we have in the wide world of food.
My goal is to create a space where you feel welcome to share your thoughts and views, that you'll want to revisit to discuss everything from recipes to reading lists. Be on the lookout for profiles of the unique personalities behind the counter at our stores. And above all, let's celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest!