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.


  • Ashleigh Kunchick – Cashier
  • Brenda Hough – Cashier
  • Christina Hoelzer – Cashier / Shiftlead
  • Debera Ricalde – Floor Manager
  • Emily Ranken – Store Manager
  • Florence Vincent  – Buyer / Merchandiser
  • Glenadine O’Harra – Cashier
  • Jutta Dewell – Store Manager
  • Margaret Gilbride – Cashier / Wine Department Manager
  • Meshelle Almandinger – Floor manager
  • Michael Burke – Cashier
  • Monica Fox – Cashier/Floor lead
  • Ute Christine Jarlik – Floor manager
  • 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


Are Leeks part of the SuperFood Clan? by Ute Jarlik It's this time of year: the Leeks are ready to be harvested and we have some local ones from the Rising River Farm, which are exceptional in taste and looks. Leeks are part of the onion family, are easy to grow and...

Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Potato chips

We are really excited to bring you these Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Potato chips. Classic Sea Salt and Cheddar Sour Cream are both incredible.

Amazing Grass Plant Protein Blend

Check out all the Amazing Grass options we have at the Yelm Food Co-op. It’s a brew-tiful day for a proffee

Little Secrets Nougat Salted Caramel Creamy Nougat Bars

Little Secrets Nougat Salted Caramel Creamy Nougat Bars.

Yerba Mate Bombilla Straws

We’ve moved the Mate Factor Yerba Mate Bombilla Straws next to the Yerba Mate as we thought that might make sense for you Yerba Mate lovers!!

Halloween frogs, skulls, pops and variety packs.

While it might seem a little early, all the stores are doing it, so we thought we would too! We’ve got frogs, skulls, pops and variety packs for you.


So here we have a cheese-apolooza, lots of new and exciting cheeses for you. BUF Mozzarella is made from Buffalo milk and it makes some of the most delicious mozzarella you’ve ever tasted. Sartori Merlot and Cherrywood Smoked Cheddar are equally delicious. Kourellas...


At the end of the day and since the dawn of time, we’ve always just been bacteria.  Each of us possesses our own unique microbiome: a multi-trillion sized army of single cell organisms that protect us against germs, break down our meals, release energy and produce...

Upton’s Chick & Noodle and Chick Tortilla Soups

When selecting flavors for our new line of canned soups, Chick & Noodle was an obvious choice along with Chick Tortilla. This is a vegan take on a very classic flavor—made with thyme, rosemary and our own Chick Seitan. With savory vegetables, hearty pieces of...

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