The PCC carries very high quality produce and products, but you certainly pay the price for it. When it comes to what you put into your body, though, I think it's often worth it if you can afford it. The PCC in Fremont is in a brand new building and is beautifully laid out.
The produce is great. They have a large variety of fruits and vegetables, though because they tend to sell what's in season and available locally, you won't always be able to find what you are looking for, which is fine with me.
The eggs and dairy section is also great. They sell Cascade Fresh yogurt, which I love since they are one of the few brands that don't use corn syrup in their yogurt and even the fat free versions don't have any sugar substitutes or anything like that in them. They sell milk from local dairies and you can even buy the glass bottles and bring them back when you are done.
The Fremont PCC has a small selection of fish, meat, and poultry. The fish I've purchased there hasn't seemed very fresh so I try to buy fish elsewhere. I don't buy much beef or chicken, but they've been fine when I have. They also sell sausages.
The cheese selection at the Fremont PCC is large and varied, which is wonderful. They even sell mozzarella, parmesan, and a few other cheeses in bulk.
The deli is very nice as well. They always have a variety of sliced meats (turkey, roast beef, etc.), tons of various salads, cooked breasts of chicken or fillets of grilled fish, as well as many vegetarian entrees. There is also a section with bulk olives and capers. They sell packed sushi, salads, and sandwiches to go. They even have desserts and slices of cake and cookies you can buy.
The baked goods are always fresh and they offer a good variety. Of course the bagels aren't great, but that's because we are in Seattle. They do the best they can.
I do believe they are very focused on providing a great wine selection as well. They have a fairly large offering and occasionally have wine tastings. They even have chilled whites on hand for any last minute purchases!
PCC Fremont has a great bulk foods section, offerring many types of rice, pasta, cereal, grains, trail mix, and things like chocolate chips and nuts. They also sell bulk spices. You can choose either organic or non and I think this is a great way to save money! I've often needed a spice just for a specific recipe and have been able to spend less than 50 cents to get what I needed.
Finally, they round it all out with a large selection of vitamins, personal care items, baby food, miscellaneous items like tin foil, cereals, chips, and the typical frozen foods. They have what you would expect from a grocery store.
The only thing that makes the store not perfect for me is that absolutely everything they sell, it seems, is organic or all-natural or whatever, so everything is expensive. When I need to buy something like plastic wrap or food coloring etc., I just want to get something cheap, and you can't really do this here. That is why I really like Marketime market just up the road on 45th. It's small but it has a great balance and is very affordable. Trader Joe's is also a good alternative to the PCC for many items. But, I haven't seen anything other store with the quality and selection of produce that the PCC has.
You do not have to be a member of the coop to shop here, but if you do decide to join (I think it's like $50 maybe), you save 10% on a certain day everything month, plus (I think) 5% or so on another day. It could add up to being worth it if you shop there a lot.