PCC Sound Consumer November 2009 | PCC Natural Markets

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November 2009


Just a pinch — traditional spices

by Karen McGeorge Sanders

A pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Adding just a bit of the traditional holiday spices — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger — can provide a bounty of health benefits, while seasoning your cooking.

Eat local for Thanksgiving logo

Pledge to eat local

by Goldie Caughlan, PCC Nutrition Education Manager

Accept the challenge! This Thanksgiving, Puget Sound Fresh, a program of King County and the local nonprofit, Cascade Harvest Coalition, are asking us to pledge to “eat at least one locally produced food.” It’s fun and easy ­— and a wonderful way to give thanks for the delicious bounty of our region.

Collage of holiday dinners

Holiday dinners — leave the cooking to us

Take the hassle out of the holidays and order a complete holiday dinner from your local PCC deli. This Thanksgiving we’re offering traditional turkey dinners, a ham dinner, a vegetarian or vegan lasagna dinner, and for the first time, a vegan Field Roast dinner.

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Organic cotton: As important as organic food

by Kathleen Dombek-Keith

When you think about supporting organic agriculture and choosing sustainably produced products, don’t forget cotton — the world’s most important non-food crop. Non-organic cotton is considered the world’s “dirtiest” crop by the Environmental Justice Foundation.

roasted veggies

Recipes from the November issue

Parsnip Purée with Smoked Paprika · Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter · Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

What's new in store — November 2009

Stop by the PCC deli and bakery for an assortment of new items including Zoe's nitrite-free deli meats, deep-dish fruit pies, pumpkin bread and more. Also look for new Fair Trade winter wear in our stores.

Jeff Cox

Notes from the Cellar

Giving thanks

by Jeff Cox, Beer and Wine Merchandiser

I’m a lucky son of a gun. In terms of buttering one’s daily bread, I count myself among some of the most fortunate beings on the planet. While there’s no shortage of reasons for this, almost none of them are among the most obvious.


The legacy of farmland: announcing the Agrarian Circle

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Communications and Development Director

We’re pleased to announce the Agrarian Circle — a program that designates the PCC Farmland Trust in your will — so this important work can continue, long after we’re gone. Local, organic farmland is a legacy we are passing on to future generations, and now it can be part of your personal legacy as well.

Letters to editor

Giving thanks · Advocating for good food · Supporting WSU · Acid alkaline balance · Reusing deli containers · Corn syrup · Vendor compliance · Read labels to make choices · Humane slaughter

News bites

USDA to clarify “natural” · USDA restores pesticide database · GE sugar beets stopped · Canada challenges COOL · France abuzz with urban beekeeping · Protecting local farmland · Patenting genes for climate change · Brain not fooled by sugar substitute · Organic milk linked to fewer allergies · Bluefin tuna ban blocked

Your co-op

Board report · Fall member meeting · PCC Farmland Trust solicitation · Next board meeting · Public education