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Evening Magazine

In the spring of 2014, Evening Magazine began developing a video series highlighting our community partners and Washington State farmers and food producers. Look for a fresh video every two weeks!


Mr. Rogers' Sweater Drive makes us all good neighbors
  • Fred Rogers — the gentle guy behind Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood — began a sweater drive in 1997, before he passed away in 2003. Today, we're proud to help share in his legacy of comfort and neighbors helping neighbors. You'll find sweater donation bins at all PCC stores, so clean out your closet of gently used sweaters and bring them on down! We'll pass them along to local organizations like Wellspring Family Services.

    Find when and where you can drop off your items.

When in doubt, eat kraut!
  • Looking for some good advice for the New Year? Firefly Kitchen's owner Julie O'Brien has some: "When in doubt eat Kraut!" This small, local company makes flavorful fermented foods by hand with the help of volunteers in their Fremont kitchen. PCC Chef Lynne Vea gets to sample a smoothie and some of Julie's famous "kimcheese."

Seattle company makes candles by hand
  • Big Dipper Wax Works was born more than 20 years ago, and we're proud to have a long-lasting relationship with this Seattle company. See the process of how the 100 percent beeswax candles are made, then stop in to our stores to sniff to your heart's content! You'll find gorgeous hand-dipped tapers, pillars and votives year-round, plus a lovely assortment of seasonally themed candles.

A holiday roast that gives vegans reason to celebrate
  • This Seattle company may look like a meat processing plant but it specializes in vegan products. PCC’s Lynne Vea visits Field Roast to see how wheat, potatoes and apples are transformed into sausage.

Too much fun with Thanksgiving leftovers
  • We have no words for what happened when Jim Dever joined PCC Chef Lynne Vea in the kitchen at our Greenlake Village location. Along with the silliness (is that Jim's impression of Julia Child?), you'll find a great idea to use up all your tasty Thanksgiving leftovers in one fun recipe: a savory cupcake!

Naches Heights Vineyard
  • Winemaker Phil Cline says, "the wine thing was like a mid-life crisis for me" — but we should all be so lucky to have such successful mid-life crises. Naches Heights, one of the highest-elevation grape growers in Washington, grows beautiful biodynamic fruit that makes gorgeous wines. Great fruit, treated right, creates wine that our Wine Guy Jeff Cox calls "a snapshot of this place."

Apples for a cause
  • Take a field trip to the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland and experience farm-fresh produce along with a class of preschoolers. Then, learn how our Farm-to-School bagged organic apples support such fantastic programs. Last year's apples generated more than $42,000 for the farm!

Pumpkins take to the skies
  • Mike Shriver's organic pumpkins get a few moments of glorious flight before they're packed into crates and shipped to us to be sold as jack o'lanterns.

    Shriver farms about 40 different organic crops at Rents Due Ranch (the lack of apostrophe on the 's' is deliberate). He's been supplying PCC since the early '90s. According to Shriver, it's a mutually beneficial relationship:

    The varietal of jack o'lantern pumpkins he grows have long, sturdy handles for stems, creating fun opportunities for creative carving. You'll also find his dense, sweet Sugar Pie pumpkins if you're in the mood for pie.

Tieton Cider Works
  • Tieton Cider Works doesn't just press apples into cider — they grow them as well. Craig Campbell is a third-generation Yakima farmer who's been growing apples organically for 25 years. The team turns those apples, along with other fruits like cherries, apricots and pumpkins, into award-winning ciders that pair wonderfully with many foods.

A truck that encourages tastes
  • The smiling faces and honking horns at Redmond's annual 'Big Truck Day' are proof that little kids adore big rigs. But can a brightly painted box truck get kids to adore healthy food? PCC Natural Market's new TasteMobile is a fun way to beat fussy eating. Kids give their tastes a thumbs up or a thumbs down using a simple voting system. The results are tallied, and popular items will get a coveted 'Kid Picks' label at PCC stores.

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