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?


  • 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 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.


  • 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

Q Drinks; Tropical Ginger Beer, Bloody Mary Mix, Margarita Mix

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CRETORS: Cheese & Caramel Popcorn Mix

CRETORS: Cheese & Caramel Mix Did someone say cheese? And caramel? **We take real cheddar cheese and toss it over freshly made, select popcorn. Then, we mix up our artisanal small-batch recipe of real caramel. It’s made in copper kettles over an open flame, hand...

Craize Sweet Corn, Coconut and Guava Crackers

TRANSFORMING REAL INGREDIENTS INTO REAL CRACKERS. ***Guava: Prepare to pair or eat straight out of the packet! This zesty, fresh, and fruity cracker calls for the best sweet-and-salty or just sweet-on-sweet combinations. We love it with creamy cheeses and fruity or...

Apres Sustain & Replenish

CLEAN PLANT PROTEIN WITH FULL-BODY BENEFITS Our products combine clean, complete plant protein with a smooth, hydrating base of coconut water & coconut oil delivering electrolytes and MCTS fats that help you feel better, look better and perform better.

Ginger People

Ginger People Organic Ginger. If you need anything ginger, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s grated, minced, Sushi’d or syrup’d we have it for you!

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese

For a super easy and delicious microwave snackity snack, Annie's Real Aged Cheddar Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Cups are the ultimate comfort food. Just add water, microwave, and enjoy a yummy cup of mac and cheese in minutes. It's made with organic pasta and...

Terry Naturally Hair Renew

Unlike shampoos and conditioners, which may only temporarily improve the outward appearance of your hair, Hair Renew Formula provides a balance of nutrients to support hair from the inside.

Nature’s Vision G.I. GO. Gastro Intestinal Support

Nature’s Vision G.I. GO. Gastro Intestinal Support. Nature’s Herbal Elimination Process.

Clover Sonoma Organic Moon Milks and Lactose Free Whole Milk

LIQUID NAMASTE ~ FOR ANY TIME OF DAY: Introducing Clover Sonoma Moon Milks. Experience a new soul-soothing, delicious and ayurvedic-inspired daily ritual. Steeped in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest healing systems, Moon Milk blends adaptogens, herbs, and spices to...

Three Trees Organic Almondmilk

Closest to homemade. 4x more nuts, seeds, and protein. All organic ingredients. Naturally creamy and so good you’ll want to share. With everything we do, we want to uphold our core values: purity, integrity, and connectedness. Now Made with 100% Recycled Plastic We...

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