Fall issue of the Grapevine is out

The latest issue of the Yelm Cooperatives Grapevine is out for your reading pleasure!

You can help us reach 1 MILLION in sales this year – a major milestone for your Co-op.
The article is on page1.

There are great articles on:

History of Co-ops

The General Manager’s bi-monthly report

Update on our fabulous Farmers Market

GMO-free Month at your Yelm Food Co-op

A note from the Board President

Our in-house Naturopath, Diane Duncan

YFC specials for the month and more….

Get it at the store while supplies last or download it here:

Grapevine Vol4.4

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The Doctor is IN

The Doctor is IN

c7e3f9b4-9948-4845-b260-34983e205b80By Heidi Smith

Imagine this: you’re shopping for groceries and you have a question about a particular product – a protein powder, let’s say. The clerk magically transforms herself into a trained and knowledgeable medical professional, comes around the counter, and consults with you about your health, on the spot. Fantasy? More like Friday at the Yelm Cooperative.

Diana Duncan is that clerk, and she is also a trained and licensed naturopathic doctor, an added benefit for customers and co-op members. One day a week she is available for anyone with questions about health, nutrition, botanical medicine and more.

“I would like to be an educational resource for people to feel more empowered about their own health,” she says.

The naturopathic approach to medicine is different from traditional western medicine’s.

“Our philosophy is to stimulate the body to heal itself,” Duncan explains.  “The person has the ability to heal within themselves and it’s our job to identify along with them the things that are standing in their way and help them get back to more of a fundamentally healthy lifestyle. It’s unique for every person. The idea  is to support body systems as needed with nutrition, nutraceuticals in supplement form, work on structural integrity, all sorts of things.”

Duncan first got involved with Yelm Cooperative as a volunteer clerk.  “I loved coming in to buy groceries. I thought it would be really nice to be in a place where you get to see and connect with a lot of the community,” she says. Since she began in April, her role has evolved, given her background and training. She studied pre-med at the University of Idaho and then spent four years at Bastyr University earning her Naturopath license.

Now, she is enjoying the chance to share her knowledge.

“One of our mandates is ‘doctor as teacher’, docere in Latin,” says Duncan. “That’s one of my favorite aspects of naturopathic medicine, teaching people about their intestines, or about the function of their pancreas or why neti pots are so useful.”

To learn more about any of the above or consult with Diana on another topic, drop by the Yelm Cooperative on Friday afternoons or call for an appointment.

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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 yelmfarmersmarket@gmail.com 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 eatingeMarketer.com 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: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/business/when-liking-a-brand-online-voids-the-right-to-sue.html

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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

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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 yelmfoodcoop@gmail.com.

 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 trustedrxreviews.com 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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