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When it comes to helping our community, every little bit adds up

A happy Friday indeed! All that PCC Halloween mix you took home to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year added up to a $8,605 donation to Woodland Park Zoo! Thanks for your support.

Andrea from our community relations team, handing over the check to an incredibly pleased representative from the zoo!



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Help preserve organic farmland, sip by sip, with Powers Winery

Want to help save organic farmland from development? If you've purchased Powers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay at PCC, you're already helping -- and maybe didn't even know it!

The Kennewick, Wash.-based winery crafted this pair of blends exclusively for PCC and donates $2 from each bottle sold to the PCC Farmland Trust, a local, nonprofit land trust that has saved hundreds of acres from development, from Nash Huber's organic farm in Sequim, Wash. (the source of our wonderful organic carrots) to part of Full Circle Farm in Carnation, Wash. (home to our organic salad mix and many leafy greens).

PCC shoppers donated $1,452 to the Trust via your wine purchases in the month of October alone. That's a grand total of $58,730 since May 2007. Thanks so much for your support in this truly delicious effort. Cheers!

More about: agriculture, PCC Farmland Trust, wine

This kitty knows where to shop

... and, that our reusable bags (made from recycled plastic bottles) are infinitely useful!

Meet Lily, a feline PCC fan.

More about: community, sustainability

Make the most of winter squash

How do we transform some of these ...

into something like this? 

Or this? 

Why, with winter squash techniques from PCC Chef Lynne Vea, of course! Not to mention this winter squash primer with photos and video to help you always be able to find your favorite in a crowd.

Looking for fresh takes on your old favorites? Look no farther than our Recipe Database, home to squash recipes galore.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy winter squash? I'm a big fan of butternut squash soup, of pumpkin curry, of roasted acorn halves fragrant with caramelized brown sugar, of savory kabocha, still hot from simmering in a bath of soy sauce and mirin on my stovetop. Dig in!

(Thanks to Tom and Lynne for the photos!).

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PCC Cooks class: Northwest Harvest Celebration

It's my second year at PCC, but I had yet to attend one of Chef Lynne Vea's PCC Cooks classes. Now I can't believe I waited so long.

Let's start with dessert, shall we? Paired with J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider. Sigh.

That Upside Down Praline Apple Tart with Cointreau Creme was the grand finale of her Northwest Harvest Celebration class last night at West Seattle PCC. The new, daylight-filled classroom in the front of the remodeled store sparkles in the sun. I'm excited to see the entire store when the remodel is complete this winter. But first, back to dinner!

Lynne, demonstrating how to flip the apple tart.

She served this lovely bite with a crisp, vibrant, non-oaky Chardonnay from Powers Winery.

She paired this spicy, creamy delight with a rose' from Lachini Vineyards.

This was superb. That sliver of skin-on duck breast was tender, meaty, fatty and crispy all at once. I can't eat enough figs, especially when they're stuffed with Gorgonzola. And that Rosemary Polenta Souffle'  up top just rounded this out perfectly. She paired this with Maryhill Cellars' Winemaker's red.

Another fantastic PCC Cooks class. Can't wait for the next. Mark your calendar: The next catalog is out Monday, Nov. 29! And don't forget you can now connect with PCC Cooks on Facebook.

More about: local food, Lynne Vea, PCC Cooks

PCC's youngest shopper

Meet 5-day-old baby Sabine on her first visit to PCC Fremont with proud parents Natalie and Ross. Thanks for the photo, Janice! 

Congratulations Mom and Dad!

Sabine's not ready for this quite yet, but parents and caregivers, remember that children get a free piece of fruit on each visit to our stores as part of our Kid Picks program. Just ask!

More about: community, Kid Picks

Taste the Season, coming to a bus stop near you

Check out that billboard! Each time I spot that stew, those apples and that pie, I want to run for my kitchen and start cooking.

See the photos up close and learn to make all the recipes pictured on this page.

All hail Fabian, PCC grocery bagging champion!

Congratulations to Fabian of PCC Redmond who bagged first place in PCC's first-ever co-op wide bagging contest! Saturday marked the high-energy conclusion to a summer that saw 80 competitors throughout PCC's nine locations battle to represent their store at the finals. 

From left to right: Marisa of Edmonds (2nd place), Fabian of Redmond (1st place) and Jennifer of Fremont (3rd place). Each went home with a PCC gift card, ranging from $300 for 3rd place and $500 for first! Thanks to Mimi, Janice and Johnnie for the great photos.

Baggers were judged on proper bagging technique, speed, distribution of weight between two bags (one paper, one reusable PCC bag), as well as the contestant's style, attitude and appearance. It's great fun (think of it as three-dimensional Tetris) and a great way for all of us at PCC to brush up on our bagging technique so your groceries get home in the best shape possible.

Fabian will represent PCC at the state bagging championships (yes, there is such a thing!) in Seattle in October. If he bests the best of the rest of the state, he'll win $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for the national contest in February! You know who we're rooting for...

More about: Edmonds, Redmond

Tour Orting Valley Farms Oct. 2 during HarvestFest

Embrace fall with a visit to a local farm. Orting Valley Farms, the latest organic farmland preserved in perpetuity by the PCC Farmland Trust, is a stop on this year's Pierce County HarvestFest farm tour. The free fun runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at 21108 Orville Rd. E. in Orting, Wash. Enjoy live music, a pumpkin patch, farm tours, a farmstand and more!

Welcome, autumn!

More about: PCC Farmland Trust

Root on your store's bagging champion Saturday morning at PCC Edmonds!

There can be only one -- one supreme grocery-bagging champion of the group of winners that hails from each of our nine PCC locations, that is. The showdown is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at PCC Edmonds. The best of our best will represent PCC at the state contest in Seattle come October for cash prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights (thanks to Mimi, Janice, Johnnie and Nancy for all the great photos!).

Will it be Alicia of PCC Greenlake? 

Someone from PCC Redmond's formiddable crew? 

Or the mighty team from Issaquah? 


Perhaps James from View Ridge? 

Hope we see you at the championship Saturday! Surely it will be just as festive as Issaquah's faceoff earlier this summer.

More about: Edmonds

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