For the People By the People

A food cooperative or food co-op is a business model that is owned and operated by the people who use its products and services. Such an organization can meet specific needs and objectives of its members and can adapt to member’s changing needs. Thus making food co-op very versatile and can offer most any product or service to it’s diverse members.

Why Co-Op

Cooperatives come in many shapes, sizes, locations, and in every way are flexible. The roots of such an organization come from the Industrial Revolution, where was born a need for collective cooperation for the wellbeing of all. And in 1995 in accordance with the International Co-operative Alliance adopted a 7 principle code to reflect core principles and values.

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training, and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

When you become a member of your local food co-op, you become part of a large diverse community. Whose principles and values of how our food should be produced and distributed have a large impact on you, your family, and your community. But it does not just stop there as are hundreds of Food Co-ops in the USA and much more worldwide.

As a member, you will begin to notice these words-

Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Humanely Treated, Chemical Free, Locally Grown.

And at the Yelm Food Co-op, we pride ourselves on vetting products for you that meet the highest standards of the Organic Industry. We want the best for our local community and our neighbors. Please feel welcome to join our unique nation!

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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