About Us

Since 2007, we’ve been offering healthy alternatives for local shoppers who care about where their food comes from. We are a hub for fresh, local, organic, and GMO-free products that help to create a sustainable food supply for our community. Many of our vendors live right here in Thurston County, and you may run into them when you visit the store.

Everyone is welcome!

Whether you’ve been a co-op member since birth or are brand new to the concept, our staff can help. All of us are knowledgeable about the products we carry and we’re happy to share that knowledge. You don’t need to be a member to shop here, but you won’t want to miss out on the many benefits of becoming a member. We offer the following services to our community:

  • We accept food stamps
  • We honor other co-op’s memberships.
  • We offer servicemen and women who present military ID or are in uniform member prices and other buying privileges.

Get Involved. Volunteers, also known as Working Members, are the backbone of our organization. They contribute time and energy to everything from cashiering and stocking items to creating signs and helping with special events. Want to get involved?

OUR VISION 

  • To be a central location for our community reflecting values of a healthy lifestyle. 
  • To serve our community by investing in our local food producers and businesses. 
  • To be able to promote the values of organic, healthy foods.
  • To be a place of education for our community with regard to these principles.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to continually grow our organization by educating ourselves and practicing the fundamental principles of cooperation, membership service and community service on an ongoing basis.

We are a community-owned grocery store that serves the community’s needs, not the needs of big corporations. We source our products as close to home as possible. By sourcing locally and selling sustainable and natural products, The Yelm Food Coop keeps our community’s money in the local economy, which promotes local independence.

OUR STAFF

  • Christina Hoelzer – Cashier / Shiftlead
  • Dale Sharp – Cashier
  • Debera Ricalde – Cashier
  • Emily Ranken – Store Manager
  • Florence Vincent  – Buyer / Merchandiser
  • Glenadine O’Harra – Cashier
  • Jutta Dewell – Store Manager
  • Margaret Gilbride – Cashier / Wine Department Manager
  • Meshelle Almandinger – Floormanager
  • Monica Fox – Cashier
  • Ute Christine Jarlik – Floormanager
  • Yoko Fujiwara – Cashier 

How are we doing financially?

Daily totals from the pont of sale system

Expenses updated the third week of the next month.

Supporting Our Local Producers

January Specials

A few of this months specials. Check them out and save some money.

Resveratrol

Florence has done some of these trainings but she isn't in the store all the time, so can't answer questions. Check out this short video. Check out this video to hear Terry Lemerond discuss Clinical OPC, made with unique French Grape Seed extract VX1 that contains...

Bread Peddler

The wonderful Bread Peddlar in Olympia tells their Instagram followers that they provide their delicious sandwiches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week at the Yelm Food Co-op

Doodle Buns Bakery

Local Yelm baker Doodle Buns Bakery has Mixed Berry Scones and her naturally Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes for us.

Fresh Aloe

Local, organic lovingly grown Aloe.

Elderberry

Rainbow Light Elderberry Gummies has our strongest elderberry strength and includes Vitamin C, D and Zinc. It’s a great price too. Just two Rainbow Light Counter Attack Elderberry Gummies a day support your immune system without artificial preservatives, flavors or...

Primal Kitchen

Holy moley, we made garlic aioli. Meet Primal Kitchen® Garlic Aioli Mayo, the perfect condiment companion to your artichokes, chicken sandwiches, and salad wraps. Made with avocado oil and organic cage-free eggs, our beloved mayo gets an upgrade with zesty lemon and...

Fever Tree

These new drinks from Fever Tree look delicious. Elderflower Tonic Water and Sparkling Pink Grapefruit. Check them out.

Pad Thai Simmer Sauce

Pad Thai Simmer Sauce: At Simply Organic, we are driven by the goodness of organics. From the field to your kitchen, we are committed to ensuring that our organic spices and seasonings are grown and processed in an ethical and sustainable manner. We develop direct,...

Cornbread & Muffin Mix

Pamela’s Cornbread & Muffin Mix bakes up flavorful cornbread, delicious muffins, and savory tart crusts. Made with organic corn, this gluten-free mix is sure to impress. Fast, easy, delicious!

New COVID-19 Requirements in effect!
Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.8, Stay Safe-Stay Healthy, these requirements are effective November 16, 2020
Click Here to see how this impacts our in store shopping.