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

Pine Nuts & Pesto Recipe

These Organic Pine nuts from Woodstock come in a resealable pouch. Refrigerate after opening. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13937/pesto/    

Organic Valley Egg Bites

Organic Valley Egg Bites are the only organic egg bites on the market, and they are delicious and also happen to be on special this month. A perfect time to give them a try. Uncured Ham & Swiss; Perfectly cooked, fluffy and tender bites of eggs mixed with uncured...

Almond flour Fettuccine

All the dente. None of the grains. “Worth every penny”. Our almond flour fettuccine isn’t like traditional pasta. The texture is silkier. The taste is butterier. Which doesn’t sound like a word but is. It cooks in 90 seconds or less. It speaks your name when you twirl...

Cypress Grove Fresh Goat Cream Cheese

Cypress Grove ‘Straight Up’ is fresh goat cheese, plain and simple. It’s just like cream cheese. Our Straight Up fresh goat cheese is soft and pillowy with a subtle tang and lightly salted finish. Starting with perfectly cultured milk, our fresh goat cheese cups...

Ferndale Farmstead Mozzarella

Unlike most, this is real tasty Mozzarella. Within the heart of the Pacific Northwest, in Washington state, three generations of the Wavrin family are proud to present artisan cheese crafted in the Italian tradition. This happens on our farm in Ferndale. We use only...

Goat Milk Ghee

Goat Milk Ghee Ghee is clarified butter from pastured, grass-fed goats. Contains the essential fatty acid known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Mt. Capra grass-fed goat milk ghee is high in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides). Use it to boost the beneficial fatty...

Carob Powder & Chocolate Syrup

Customer request. Missy J’s Organic Carob Powder from Sweet Aussie. NuNaturals Pourable Chocolate Syrup with Stevia.

Alaffia, Soothing Touch

Soothing Touch Lip Balms. Vanilla Chia and Coconut Lime. Alaffia Neem Turmeric Charcoal Deodorant

La Colombe Coffee

Triple Shot, Mocha and Oatmilk: The full taste and texture of a true cold latte, complete with a frothy layer of silky foam - now with more coffee! Triple Draft Latte is made with whole, real ingredients like nutrient-rich milk and 3 shots of cold-pressed espresso....

Proud Source Sparkling Water

An addition to our Proud Source range of Still Water, here is their Sparkling Water line. Like their Still Water, it’s fresh tasting and in lightweight reusable bottles.

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.