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

Alexandre larger size Organic A2/A2 Milk & Chocolate Milk

Members who really appreciate the combination of Alexandre’s Organic and A2/A2 milk and cream have been asking for larger size bottles, so here is their 28oz Chocolate Milk and their 48oz 6% Milk. Coming Soon: their delicious Eggnog and watch out for their new Organic...

TruEarth Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls

Members love our Tru Earth Eco Laundry Strips so we thought we’d bring in their Wool Dryer Balls. *Set of 4 Original Tru Earth 100% Premium Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls (no fillers) *Softens Laundry Naturally - Made with 100% sheep wool. No Chemicals or...

Aleia’s Gluten-Free delicious Almond Horns and Gluten-Free Savory Stuffing.

Aleia’s Gluten-Free delicious Almond Horns and perfect for the holidays Savory Stuffing.

October Special: Mina Moroccan Tangine Sauces

On Member Special this Month. A taste of Morocco, Mina Tangine Sauces for Chicken or Lamb, Preserved Lemons and Harissa. Time to wake up your winter palate.

Collagen Day Cream, Collagen Night Creme, Flaxseed Oil & Organic Neem Oil

Here are some more member requests. One for Collagen Skin Care, so we have a Collagen Day Cream from Insta Natural and Collagen Night Creme from Reviva Labs. Another for Flaxseed Oil Cold-Pressed capsules from Zhou and Organic Neem oil choices from Neem Aura and Uncle...

Hail Merry Meyer Lemon Cups; Tate’s Coconut Crisp Cookies; Angies Boom Chicka Pop Chocolate Drizzled Kettle Corn.

Here are some tasty new choices. Hail Merry Meyer Lemon Citrus Cups; Tate’s Coconut Crisp Cookies, uniquely crisp, deeply delicious; Angies Boom Chicka Pop Dark Chocolate Flavored Drizzed Sea Salt Kettle Corn.

Dr. Goodpet Flea Relief, Ear Relief and Eye-C.

New at the co-op Dr. Goodpet Flea Relief, Ear Relief and Eye-C. For more than 30 years, pet owners have been using Dr. Goodpet to heal their dogs and cats with all-natural, homeopathic formulas that are made right here in the USA.

Chico 3-Layer Face Masks

New color choices for these 3-Layer Chico Face Masks. They are very comfortable while giving extra protection.

Lily’s Delicious Holiday Sugar-Free & Less Sugar Chocolates.

Since its inception, Lily’s Sweets has been committed to supporting causes we love and believe in. We pledge a percentage of our earnings to non-profit organizations that support the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Jade Leaf Organic Matcha Latte Mix, Culinary Matcha and Ceremonial Matcha

Organic Cafe Style Matcha Latte Mix - Original Create delicious matcha lattes at home! Lightly sweetened cafe style blend Just add your favorite milk (almond, oat, soy, coconut, dairy - all work great) Mixes easily in hot or iced preparations 100% USDA Organic, All...

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.