Pig Out with PNA Village

Pig Out to Root Out Hunger

Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 27) is the PNA’s “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger”!

PNA Village staff will be at the 74th Street Alehouse (7401 Greenwood Ave N) for lunch at 11:15 AM tomorrow, and we’d love for Village members and volunteers to join us!

Please let us know if you’ll be there so we can save you a spot—you may call us at 206.789.1217 or  email village@phinneycenter.org .

Hope to see you Wednesday!

What is Pig Out to Root Out Hunger? Pig Out is a neighborhood fundraising event for the PNA’s Hot Meal Program. Restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Phinney/Greenwood donate 15% of proceeds from September 27 to help fund three free meals every week—two dinners and a lunch—at the Greenwood Senior Center and St. John United Lutheran Church. The program serves over 16,000 meals a year to mostly low-income, disabled, and elderly neighborhood residents. Last year participating restaurants raised over $6,000 for the Hot Meal Program.

Breakfast, lunch, coffee break, happy hour, dinner and dessert! There’s a place for ’em all… you can pig out all day!

2017 Pig Out business participants:

74th Street Ale House | 7401 Greenwood Ave N
A La Mode Pies | 5821 Phinney Ave N
Bluebird Ice Cream | 7400 Greenwood Ave N
Caffe Vita | 7402 Greenwood Ave N
The Cookie Counter | 7415 Greenwood Ave N
El Chupacabra | 6711 Greenwood Ave N
FlintCreek Cattle Co. | 8421 Greenwood Ave N
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery | 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Fresh Flours | 6015 Phinney Ave N
Gainsbourg | 8550 Greenwood Ave N
Georgia’s Greek Restaurant | 323 NW 85th St
The Goat on Greenwood | 6722 Greenwood Ave N
Herkimer Coffee | 7320 Greenwood Ave N
Hecho | 7314 Greenwood Ave N
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse | 8564 Greenwood Ave N

The Olive and Grape | 8516 Greenwood Ave N
Opus Co. | 7410 Greenwood Ave N
Pete’s Eggnest | 7717 Greenwood Ave N
Prost! | 7311 Greenwood Ave N
Razzis Pizzeria | 8523 Greenwood Ave N
Red Mill Burgers | 312 N 67th St
Ridge Pizza | 7217 Greenwood Ave N
Teachers Lounge | 8505 Greenwood Ave N
Teasome | 6412 Phinney Ave N
Thaiku | 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Wing Dome | 7818 Greenwood Ave N
Yanni’s Greek Restaurant | 7419 Greenwood Ave N
The Yard Cafe | 8313 Greenwood Ave N

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Behind the Scenes at Tonnemaker Hill Farm


By Dick Gillett

Business was brisk last Friday at the Phinney Farmers Market, with Rainier cherries piled high on the table at the Tonnemaker Farm stall. Serving the customers were Kayci and Alana, both from Seattle but both deeply familiar with operations at the 128-acre farm in eastern Washington. The Tonnemaker farm is big on fruit (including several varieties of cherries, with apricots and peaches coming in early to mid-July) and has 60 acres of orchards. A few of the cherry trees are three generations old and still producing. Speaking of generations: four generations of Tonnemaker farmers have farmed in eastern Washington.

Tonnemaker 2Fruit isn’t the only product you can find at their booth. In season are veggies from most of the rest of their acreage, including summer squash, tomatoes, rhubarb, zucchini and cucumbers. Last Friday, one table featured a variety of packaged organic peppers. “Our crops are rotated annually for soil preservation and also keep pests to a minimum,” says Kayci.

But who actually picks the cherries off the trees and the peppers from the plants? Writes a member of the farm team: “Our current harvest crew consists of 2 generations of Tonnemakers, a couple of local long time year-round employees, local high school and college students on summer break, Japanese Agricultural Exchange Trainees and a seasonally variable number of members of 3 Hispanic families, several of which have helped with the short but intense cherry harvest for more than 20 years. Everyone here from the top down is a picker of one crop or another. Hand harvesting crops is hard work and everyone here participates – even 80 year old Gene Tonnemaker insisted on donning a picking bag and pitching in.”


Happily for us customers of Phinney Farmers Market, “Life is just a bowl of cherries.”

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Please support your local Farmers Market! Today at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 3:30-7:30 pm.

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Phinney Farmers Market Friday

Farmers Market

The sun is out and summer is here!

…Thinking of visiting our local Phinney Farmers Market today? It’s open from  3 – 7 pm in the upper lot of the PNA. Here’s a quick list of what’s “ripe and ready” for you this week:

Cherries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Apricots – more and more varieties coming in!

Beets – Forno (cylindrical), Red, Chioggia, Golden
Chickweed (Satin Weed)
Cucumbers – Japanese
Dried Shell Beans – Cranberry, Black, Cannellini
Fava beans
Fiddlehead Ferns
Garlic – Green Garlic Bulbs, Garlic Scapes
GREENS – Komatsuna, Red Mizuna, Mizuna, Shungiku (chrysanthemum greens), Pac Choi, Nira (Chinese Chives), Gobo (Burdock Root),Turnip, French Sorrel, Red Vine Sorrel, Arugula, Bok Choy, Collards, Spinach
Wild and Spicy Salad Mixes
Mixed Braising Greens
Kale – Dinosaur and Russian Red
Herbs – Lemon Balm, Lemon Sorrel, Bay, Tarragon, Lovage, Chives, Mint, Sage, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary
Lettuce – French Crisp, Green Romaine, Red Butter, Green Butter, Red and Green Oakleaf
Onions – Yellow boiling
Pea Shoots
Peas – Sugar Snap, Snow Peas
Potatoes –Yukon Gold, Purple Majesty, Red Lasoda, All Red, Maris Piper, Mountain Rose, German Butterball, Bintje, Viking Purple, Rio Grande Russet, Yellow Finn, Cal White, All Blue, Desiree
Summer Squash – Zucchini, Patty Pan, blossoms, baby squash
Tomatoes – hothouse heirlooms

For a complete “ripe and ready” list (including garden starts, honey, fresh eggs, cheeses and other delights, click http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/ripe-n-ready. You can also sign up to receive weekly reports via email.

The Phinney Farmers Market awaits you from 3 – 7 pm every Friday from June 7 to October 4. The Market is located in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center (67th and Phinney Ave N). For directions and other information click here: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/phinney.

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PNA Village – Something for Everyone

As a member of the PNA, you are probably aware of the PNA Village -the PNA’s newest program, which is designed to help aging neighbors stay in their homes and community.

But did you know that the Village offers benefits to neighbors of all ages?

Whether you’re a baby boomer looking for reliable referrals for yourself or maybe even your parents; a single parent looking for volunteer help to maintain your home; or a senior hoping to connect with other seniors, the Village offers benefits to neighbors of all ages.

Village membership benefits include: 

  • Access to a Network of Helpers
    Tasks as simple as turning a mattress, changing a light bulb, or weeding a garden are often too much for some. Help with these and other household chores can make the difference between remaining in one’s home or moving to a senior retirement community. Single parent households might also benefit from some neighborly assistance.

Our network of helpers is a specially trained group of volunteers who provide a variety of services, including free transportation in their own cars for people who need rides for grocery shopping, doctor appointments or attending PNA Village social events.

  • Information and referrals
    Have you ever needed a plumber, checked the Yellow Pages and been in a quandary as to which one to call? PNA Village members can simply call 206.789.1217 and get the names of one or more plumbers that have been verified for good service and fair pricing. They’ll be reasonably close and safe to bring into your home. The PNA Village Preferred Vendor List is one you can trust and promotes shopping locally.
  • Connecting with neighbors
    The PNA Village provides an opportunity to meet and connect through its members-only Community Building Activities. Groups for discussion, walking, education and others are already forming. They are facilitated by Village members with the assistance of PNA Village staff and volunteers.

To help make the program accessible to all, we’ve created two levels of membership – Associate and Full. Both levels of membership are open to anyone, regardless of age and income.

Full membership is limited to neighbors living in the area bounded by 50th & 105th and Aurora & 15th but offers all benefits. Full membership is $300/year for individuals or $500/year for households.

Associate membership is not limited by location and includes all benefits except access to the network of volunteer helpers. Associate membership fees are only $150/year for individuals or $250/year for households.

Reduced fee memberships are available at all levels.

Not ready yet? Consider joining today to help build the program for tomorrow!

Not sure if you’re ready to join the Village? Think of the Village as a form of insurance. Your membership fee will ensure that the Village will still be here for you when you need it due to your age or unforeseen emergencies. By joining in the early stages of this program, you can influence its direction and make sure that it will be responsive to your anticipated needs.

And whether you are ready to join or not, you probably have a neighbor, friend or family member in the neighborhood who could benefit from a PNA Village membership. Do them a favor and pass this information on to them.

Visit our website phinneycenter.org/village for more details about the PNA Village benefits and membership fees or simply call 206.789.1217.

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PNA Village Volunteer Update

Thank you for such a strong volunteer response to this new program!

After our Volunteer Kick-Off in February and training in March, we officially launched services for members on April 1st. So far, Village volunteers have helped members with gardening, tidying bookshelves, changing light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries, and cleaning out gutters. These efforts not only help with the physical logistics of aging-in-place, but they also cultivate a sense of community and mutual support in our neighborhood.

Thank you, volunteers, for your amazing work!

The PNA Village is seeking volunteers with a wide variety of skills. Volunteer opportunities include transportation, handy work, home safety tasks, community-building, administrative support, and more.

For details, call 206.789.1217 or email village@phinneycenter.org.