Shout Out to our Working Members and Staff

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THESE are the times that try men’s souls”,

said Thomas Paine on December 23, 1776 in a treatise entitled The Crisis.

And so all the Staff and Working Members of the Yelm Food Co-op find themselves in a similar situation, but what makes the difference now is the incredible dedication of all those people. Pulling together, supporting each other, having a can-do attitude, going the extra mile, all of these phrases are true today in your Co-op.

We may have suppliers who make wrong deliveries or late deliveries or limit the quantities of what we can order, but the Co-op crew just goes with the flow and most members and customers understand that we can’t control it all.

We want our wonderful members and customers to know that we are doing everything we can to make sure you get served as well as possible. We are also doing our best to deal with the sanitation issues to make sure you stay healthy while shopping with us.

We also appreciate your help with the things like social distancing which seems to be helping in many other areas of the world.

Next time you’re in the store, a small word of “Thanks” to our staff and working members goes a long way!

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Protection against Corona Virus the Easy Way



corona virusAlthough COVID-19, Corona virus, is a major topic in the news, it doesn’t mean you are doomed to become infected. In this post we want to share with you some common sense precautions that everyone should take. Some being things you do every day anyway, but now you just do more thoroughly.

Simple Solutions to Combat the Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several things for prevention. They are easy to do and don’t really cost a lot and don’t mean you have to change your lifestyle.

In an article here (https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-protect-yourself-from-coronavirus/), Dr. Tom Moorcroft, an osteopath focused on infectious diseases recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as counter tops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant.

Those of us who work at the Co-op know that point #1 is a daily action when working with food. To correctly wash your hands, use warm or hot water, use a normal soap, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Count this out in your head –{or maybe there’s an app already for your phone}. Then, rinse thoroughly and dry with a paper towel. After drying your hands, turn off the tap using the paper towel. You don’t have to use your food budget to buy special hand sanitize – just use normal soap correctly.

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Clean Surfaces to Combat the Virus

Point #5 is also easily done with many different types of cleaning solutions. Check your Co-op – they have a selection.

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Build a Strong Immune System against the Virus

What should be an obvious preventative measure that’s not discussed too much in the media might require you to change part of your life style – build or maintain a healthy immune system. Here’s what Dr. Moorcroft has to say on that:

On top of basic illness prevention, Moorcroft says the best (and only real) defense against disease is a strong immune system. Your body is better able to fight off illnesses when your immune system is really humming, he explains, and everyone should put in an effort to get theirs into tip-top shape. To do so, get enough quality sleep at night, stay hydrated, minimize overly processed foods, and get enough micronutrients in your diet.

In addition, the Co-op carries a number of remedies that may be helpful in strengthening your immune system and helping to combat any stray virus (of any type) that happens to get close to you:

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On that last point, your local food co-op is a good place to look for foods that will help get those micronutrients: vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Since this is a really big topic, we’ll cover them in another post.

P.S. The agency (CDC) estimates that as of Jan 20, 2020 so far this flu season (2019-2020) there have been 9.7 million flu illnesses, 87,000 hospitalizations and 4800 deaths from flu, including 32 pediatric deaths. Compare to COVID-19 stats from the CDC: 99 cases, 10 deaths as of March 5, 2020

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Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

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So you like cheese – but it has to be good, well made and without a bunch of stuff in there that you don’t want to eat. That’s what the buyers at the Yelm Food Co-op aim for when they look for products for the store.

So it’s no wonder that they buy Beecher’s Handmade Cheese from Seattle!(https://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/)

Kurt Beecher Dammeier opened in 2003 in Pike Place Market and to this day they start with fresh, pure milk from local farms and apply the traditional methods used by cheesemakers for thousands of years, so the cheeses are free of artificial ingredients – making them just as delicious as the milk they are made from.

And still today, their mission is:

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese makes food only with ingredients we trust, are proud of, and would eat ourselves. It’s just authentic and original food, full of flavor.

“Their sharp cheddar is the best!”, says one of our satisfied member/customers. Try it and let us know, too!

xxx

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Happy Birthday Yelm Food Co-op!

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Amazing as it seems, your food cooperative is about to turn 12! Oh, oh – the teenage years are upon us!

April 2007, the doors were first officially opened at the first store in the shopping center on Mossman and the corner of 1st Street. A few shelving units, a couple of refrigerators, a bunch of products (no produce) and a checkout area – that was it.

Well actually that wasn’t all there was. There were a bunch of people who had a dream that they could make it work. All volunteers – what we now call Working Members – who did everything: order, receive, unpack and price, stock shelves, run the register, clean up and, of course, take care of our customers.

In those early days, we wondered, day-to-day, if the doors would stay open. But, a dedicated staff and a wonderful, every growing number of customers who gave us a chance, have brought us to April 2019.

A huge thanks to everyone who was ever involved in bringing the dream of a co-op to life and to the thousands of members and customers who find something special about our store!

Please come and celebrate our birthday, Saturday, April 27th all day long.

YFC members get 10% off all purchases (except sales items). You’ll get a raffle ticket with every purchase to win some super prizes!

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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – JULY 2018

PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – JULY 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for July 2018.  YFC NEWSLETTER Vol.2.7

Our featured Coffee of the Month is Love Buzz by Equal Exchange..

We have a new look we are trying out.  This newsletter you will find 4 pages.  On page 4 you will find some of our Members Only specials and when in the store look for the yellow Members Only sale cards.

And don’t forget our ION (It’s Only Natural) Sales flyer. The prices in the ION flyer are available to all our shoppers.

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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for June 2018. YFC NEWSLETTER Vol.2.6

Our featured Coffee of the Month is Mind Body Soul by Equal Exchange.

On page 2 you will find some of our Members Only specials and when in the store look for the yellow Members Only sale cards.

And don’t forget our ION (It’s Only Natural) Sales flyer. The prices in the ION flyer are available to all our shoppers.

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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – MAY 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for May 2018 YFC NEWSLETTER Vol.2.5

Our featured Coffee of the Month is Equal Exchange’s French Roast at $10.99/Lb through the end of the month..

On page 2 you will find some of our Members Only specials and when in the store look for the yellow Members Only sale cards.

And don’t forget our ION (It’s Only Natural) Sales flyer. The prices in the ION flyer are available to all our shoppers.

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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for April 2018. YFC NEWSLETTER Vol.2.4-2

Our featured Coffee of the Month is Raven’s Brew Coffees.  All 12oz bags are $1.50 off the retail price of $12.99.

Raven’s Brew Coffee originates from Alaska.  Check out their website for their full story. https://store.ravensbrewcoffee.com/

On page 2 you will find some of our Members Only specials and when in the store look for the yellow Members Only sale cards.

And don’t forget our ION (It’s Only Natural) Sales flyer.  The prices in the ION flyer are available to all our shoppers.


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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for March 2018.  YFC NEWSLETTER Vol.2.3.

Our featured Coffee of the Month is Whirling Dervish on sale at $10.99/lb.  This coffee is roasted to order by Batdorf & Bronson in Olympia, Wa!

Check out some of our Members Only specials on page 2 and when in the store look for the yellow Members Only sale cards.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our new ION Sales flyer for March available in the store.  The prices in the ION flyer are available to all shoppers.

Thank you for shopping with us!

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PRAIRIE NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2018

Click to read our latest Prairie Newsletter for February 2018.  YFC NEWSLETTER Vol1.2.2

New this month and going forward we will be featuring a Coffee of the Month.  This month is ‘LOVE BUZZ’ by Equal Exchange $9.99/Lb.

Check out some of our Members Only specials on page 2 and when in the store look for yellow Members Only sale cards.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our new ION Sales flyer for February available in the store.  The prices in the ION flyer are available to all shoppers.

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