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

Our New Microwave Oven

Here are some of our Yelm Food Co-op yummy snacks from San Francisco Street Bakery and The Bread Peddlar that can be heated up in our new Microwave Oven. We bought it for our members who often ask for a way to heat up the food they purchase. We will have more wraps...

Caulipower Pappardelle

We have some great Caulipower products in the store, so we thought we’d try some of their new pasta. Rather than bring in a fettuccine, we thought we’d try their Pappardelle as it’s a bit more unusual. Made with cauliflower in Italy, it’s high in fiber and you will...

Jovial Organic Gluten Free Spaghetti

We love that Jovial’s Gluten Free Spaghetti is Organic, Award Winning for taste and texture, Artisan Crafted in Italy, and pressed with Bronze Dies.

Pasta Prima Organic Butternut Squash Ravioli

We found this Pasta Prima Organic Butternut Squash Ravioli. Let us know if you like it. You’ll find it in the chiller next to the Cucina Fresca Mushroom Ravioli and the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli.

C60 Star in Black Seed Oil

C60 Star now comes in Black Seed Oil. It joins their Avocado, Olive and Sunflower Oils.

A German Valentines

It’s going to be a German Valentines! Marzipan Gift Boxes and several choices of Cherries in Kirsch and Brandy liquor.

Manner Hazelnut Wafers

The Dominoes, Pfeffernüsse and  Gingerbreads all sold out so we brought in more plus the new Manner Hazelnut Wafers

Our German selection gets bigger.

Our German selection is getting bigger. Here are some much loved savory items. Semmel Knodel Wheat Dumplings, Spaetzle Egg Noodles, Meica Pork Frankfurters and Wieners, Seitenbacher Vegetable Broth, Landsberg White Asparagus and Surig Concentrated Vinegar.

Reed’s Sweet Wines from Tacoma

REED’S Sweet Wines are made in Tacoma with fruit from their orchards.

White Wines from PIETRAMALA and KRASNO

**PIETRAMALA comes from the hills of Torgiano in the heart of Umbria, Italy. The straw yellow color, the pleasant and persistent olfactory re- turns, the herbaceous notes and slightly citrus in the taste, make Pietramala a faithful witness of the atmosphere and nature...

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