Newest Grapevine is out!

The newest issue of The Grapevine is now out at the store and here online.

Articles on Food Security and the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” (foods you only want to eat if they are organic), an explanation of what foods are taxed and which ones are not, the GM’s report and notes from the YFC’s The Wine Cellar of Yelm are featured this month.

Check out page 7 for the news about free consultations from our “in-house” Naturopathic Doctor, Diana Duncan.

And our BIG news that the Yelm Cooperative and all its programs are now officially a federal non-profit organization under the IRS code 510(c)(3). This will be a huge help as we start looking for grants and large donations to keep the YC growing. We’ll keep you updated as to how that will effect our members.

Download it here: Grapevine Vol 4, Issue 3


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Your Farmer’s Market Needs Your Help

Yelm Farmers Market

Hi Farmer’s Market Fans

Sunday June 1st is really close and our Market Manager could use some help.

As you can imagine there is lots to do to run a market and every bit of help helps :-)

When the market begins, there are many things to do each week to keep the market running – putting out signs, helping vendors, counting and assisting visitors, handing out information about the market, helping tear down at the end of the day, and more.

You can make a difference this year! Be part of the team that is helping bring local food and arts and crafts to our beautiful community.

And as an out-of-store Working Member for the Yelm Cooperative, you earn discounts on your shopping at the Yelm Food Co-op! See a store staff members for details.

Drop a line to and let Karen know you’d like to help her this season.

And remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook for up-to-date progress on your Yelm Farmers Market Season.


~The Yelm Farmers Market Team~

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Boston embracing urban agriculture

urban agricultureCornucopia’s latest newsletter, The Cultivator, carries a story about how even a large city can revitalize urban farming. If more cities would follow Beantown’s example, “buying local” would get closer and closer to consumers.

According to the article,

“This spring, the city is starting the most comprehensive transactional urban agriculture system in the country. In December, as one of his last tasks in office, former mayor Thomas M. Menino signed Article 89 into law. The new ordinance means farmers will be able to grow – and, importantly, sell for profit — within the city limits.”

The city also has a thriving community garden system and the city has spent about $10 million in support of these gardens, but the produce couldn’t be sold. Up til now.

We should be encouraging all our local cities to embrace urban agriculture. This is one simple method of developing food sovereignty and encouraging the growth of local farms. By making local food more available, people in those towns will start to take advantage of food that may have only been harvested that morning. At some time, those same shoppers will reject week old (or more) factory farmed food from thousands of miles away.

That is another reason it is critical for the readers of this blog who live in the Yelm area to patronize the Yelm Food Co-op and the Yelm Farmer’s Market – we are building the spirit of urban agriculture in Yelm and need your help. Together, we can make a difference.

The whole story from The Cultivator is here:

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Teens spending more on food than clothes

teens just ran an article about a recent survey on teen spending that showed that they are now spending more on food than on clothing. Piper Jaffray’s “Taking Stock with Teens” survey is in it’s 27th year and this is the first time that food has taken the lead.

What’s important for us in the food awareness arena is to note that the bulk of the spending is for lower priced food since teens tend to have limited budgets. So they spend in the so-called “quick service restaurants”, QSRs. Sounds much better than “junk food restaurants, but the name doesn’t change the food.

You can read the whole article here. They don’t mention quality of food since that is not the thrust of the survey.

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Yelm Farmers Market – New Opening Date

Yelm Farmers Market
From our wonderful Market Manager, Karen Rae:

Hi All,

We have important news … the first day of the season is now


at the beautiful Nisqually Springs Farm (just past Stewarts Meats as you head to McKenna).

Our magnificent vendors are busy getting their produce and products ready so you can come on down and revel in farm-freshness!  There really is no taste nor nutritional comparison to Buying Local!

(And remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook for up-to-date progress on your Yelm Farmers Market Season.)

See you there!

~ The Yelm Farmers Market Team~

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Another reason that we can’t trust Big Food

big foodRecently, the New York Times online ran an article titled

When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

The article goes on to describe the behind-the-scenes efforts of General Mills has gone to to protect themselves from suits by consumers. Many businesses have done this for years, but this appears to be the first time that a big food producer has done it. It is expected that other big food companies will follow suit (no pun intended!)

Buy a coupon, join one of their social media sites like Facebook or take part in a sweepstakes or contest they sponsor, and you automatically agree to settle any disputes through one-on-one arbitration. You would not be allowed to sue them in a group as in a class-action suit.

And the US courts have agreed to this miscarriage of justice so that “Corporate Individuals” have more protection than any of the rest of us individuals.

Here’s the link to the whole story:

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“Wine and Chocoalate” Wine Tasting Event

wine and chocolateThe Wine Cellar of Yelm is once again putting on a tasting class and you don’t want to miss this!

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 p/m.

Here are the details – just click on the link below

Tasting Class Flyer

P.S. you must have Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer to view this.

Get Adobe Reader here – it’s free:

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JOB LISTING – Work at the Yelm Food Co-op

yelm food co-op

Company: Yelm Food Cooperative

Description: Grocery Clerk

Grocery Clerk Job Purpose: Sustain and improve store sales by demonstrating excellent customer service.

 Summary: This is a part time job with a range from 15 to 30 hours per week. The duties involve working in most every part of the store. We would prefer an applicant who has a solid history of employment, but we will train someone who shows initiative.  The ideal candidate would have a background in retail, particularly grocery.

Grocery Clerk Job Duties:

  • ·         Transacting purchases at the Point of Sale with proficiency and accuracy.
  • ·         Demonstrating excellent customer service before, during, and after a sales transaction.
  • ·         Possessing great interpersonal skills with paid and volunteer staff members.
  • ·         Maintaining the store floor by stocking shelves, cleaning, facing, and fronting.
  • ·         Handling paperwork meticulously when drafting orders and processing memberships.
  • ·         Conducting inventory with care and precision.
  • ·         Solving math problems quickly on the fly.

Skills/Qualifications: POS systems (Keystroke); learning quickly; adapting to changes easily; front-end operations; proficiency with Microsoft Office; writing cleanly and clearly; buying and purchasing; natural foods product knowledge; managing personnel; financials and metrics.

Wage: The pay scale starts from $11-$14/hour, depending on experience. One week of vacation will be issued after one full year of service. This position will remain open until filled.

Please stop by the store in order to fill-out an application. Please email cover letters and resumes to

 Yelm Food Cooperative is a natural foods grocery store that has been in operation for nearly seven years. Located in the same building as Gordon’s Garden Center, Yelm Food Co-op began and sustains operations with the support of community members through member dues and patronage. We are located in downtown Yelm at 308 E Yelm Avenue.

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YFC’s new Google Virtual Tour

Yelm Food Co-opIf you search for the Yelm Food Co-op on Google, you”ll see an image like this one that says “Look Inside”.Click on that and take a “walk” through the store.It’s foolish to start taking a medicine or stop taking a medicine on your own based on information you read here or any other internet web because this could cause you to become seriously ill or die or worse even. Very cool.

This tour also helps us with the search engines and gives people who might be looking for an organic food store in the area a chance to see what we look like. A great marketing tool

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The Yelm Farmers Market has a new Manager for 2014

Yelm Farmers MarketThe Board of Directors of the Yelm Cooperative are really pleased to announce that we have found a Manager for the Yelm Farmers Market.

Karen Rae may be known to many of you for her work with the Phoenix Rising School where she is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and a parent volunteer.

Karen has raised a family, done farming and run her own businesses and has a passion for helping people. Here is a bit of what she told us in her application:

I love the idea of supporting our local industry, of encouraging folks to do what they love and are naturally driven to accomplish, by offering a marketplace at which they may present their wares. I love that the farmers’market offers a meeting place for the all the folks of our community, somewhere relaxed and joyful that celebrates family and friends and nature. I love that, in doing so, we are enabling our people access to delicious and nutritious, fresh, wholesome, mindfully produced goods.

We’re looking forward to working with Karen and to continuing the success of the Farmers Market in the 2014 season.

If you also have a passion for our Farmers Market, please let Karen know by dropping a line to

Let’s all make this an awesome year!

Visit the FM website at to stay up to date with happenings.

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Loki Salmon Radiation Free!

We have just received this from Loki Fish, one of the Co-op’s salmon suppliers, saying their fish is radiation free. This is good news!
Good morning Loki Fish customers,

We have some great news on our front that we would like to share with you. Recently, we sent a number of samples to an accredited laboratory in Louisiana to test for a variety of radionuclides in our wild salmon. This results of these tests were very encouraging as our salmon came back clean and perfectly safe to consume.
Please take a moment to read the attached press release with the full statistics and information or visit to read it on our website.
Feel free to share with your customers or post the results in your stores. Thanks for reading and do not hesitate to call with any questions: (206) 962-9977.
As the threats from Fukishima’s radiation spill continues to worry us, it is nice to know that this product is radiation-free.
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