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

Zucchini Fried Rice serves 4 and takes 25 minutes

Click below for the recipe. This single skillet dinner is a weeknight-friendly meal the whole family can get behind, not to mention—it’s a genius way to put a bulk of summer zucchini to good use. The grated zucchini helps to lighten and brighten this take-out...

Herbs Etc, Chloroxygen

ChlorOxygen Chlorophyll Concentrate: Boost Your Energy Levels*  Increased oxygenation is the body’s key to producing more energy.* ChlorOxygen satisfies your body’s hunger for oxygen in two ways.* First, as red blood cells travel through your lungs, it activates these...

Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Coffee Maker Descaler

Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Coffee Maker Descaler. Bar Keepers Friend cleaning products tackle rust, mineral deposits, baked-on food, and other stains with gentle, bleach-free formulations. Bar Keepers has been cleaning for 138 years.

Vietnamese Pho

Halo Pho Broth, Lotus Rice Noodles,
Recipe

Puffs & Chips

KA-POP Super Grains Dairy Free Cheddar Puffs, Rhythm Organic Kale Chips, Outstanding TakeOut Meal in a Bag White Chedda, Chill Ranch, all the nutrients of a balanced meal in a bag

Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water and Sparking Pink Grapefruit

Check out these wonderful new flavors from Fever-Tree, Sparkling Pink Grapefruit and Elderflower Tonic Water join their regular Aromatic Tonic Water. They’re Non-GMO Project Verified

Beat the Bugs to the Scratch or Stop the Sting

Beat the Bugs to the Scratch or Stop the Sting Save yourself from the irritation itch of a bug sting with some preventative measures: · Our Big Dipper Citronella candles will help free up your campsite or porch from mosquitos with a refreshing scent. · Prevent the...

Enjoy a delicious “Campfire” treat.

Enjoy a delicious "Campfire" treat. Grab a box of Pamela's Honey Grahams and combine a toasty Dandies Marshmallow with a piece of the Endangered Species Chocolate: Otter Bar from Endangered Species Chocolate for a classic S'more recipe or for the more bold and...

Mina Moroccan Sauces & Condiments and Chicken Tangine Recipe

Moroccan cooking has its very own special and delicious flavors. We offer information on Mina’s Sauces and Condiments and a recipe for Chicken Tangine. 1950’s Mina grew up on the wave-crashing shores of Casablanca, where a morning stroll between the white walls of the...

Waiākea Water from Hawaii and Chuck Norris’s C Force Water from Texas

A Proud Product of HILO, HI Completely isolated from the rest of the world, Waiākea offers purity in its ultimate form. Located just outside the quiet town of Hilo and surrounded by rich, bio-diverse forest preserves, a deep well source sits at the eastern base of...

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
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