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

3 Ingredient Paleo Naan (Indian Bread) Recipe

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/3-Ingredient-Paleo-Naan-_Indian-bread_-2121640#directions Ingredients US|METRIC 4 SERVINGS 1/2 cup almond flour 1/2 cup tapioca flour (or Arrowroot flour) 1 cup organic coconut milk (canned and full fat) salt ghee (Grassfed Organic,...

Theo & Chocolove

With Valentines coming, it’s time to share the love. Our wonderful chocolate brands, Chocolove and Theo have loving choices for us. And they’re on Member Special this month, so get them early.

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Lake Champlain is our newest Organic brand of Valentine chocolates. They are delicious.

Valentine Gifts

Wonderful Special Valentine’s gift includes vase, teddy bear, rose shaped soap and heart shaped ring.

Perky Jerky Chicken Breast Crisps

Perky Jerky Chicken Breast Crisps: The Open Sesame is pretty spicy, while The Works is like bagel flavoring. THIN AND CRISPY: These delightful crisps are thin and of course crispy, but don't let that fool you. Packed with flavor, they will satisfy any craving PALEO...

Tortellini

Three Cheese Tortellini: Our authentic Italian recipe begins with delicate egg pasta made from only the finest quality durum wheat semolina. We carefully fold our pasta around a savor, nutty blend of fine Italian cheeses, then pinch them into small rings to form one...

Soaps & Shampoo Soaps

Everyone loved the products from Fox Island so we decided to bring in some of their soaps and hair shampoo bars.

Doodle Buns Bakery

Naturally Gluten Free Cupcakes and scones from Doodle Buns Bakery in Yelm.

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...

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.