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Unscented

A Customer just asked us for unscented lotion and in walks the Laughing Goat Dairy lady who asks if we would be interested in her unscented lotion! It’s in our Local facial cream section.

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Olympia’s 8 Arms Bakery Delivers the Good(ies)

Olympia’s 8 Arms Bakery Delivers the Good(ies)

bakery goods1Many people have heard of CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, but what about CSB? That stands for Community Supported Bakery, which is how Olympia’s 8 Arms Bakery began. In this model, customers can pre-purchase a weekly box of baked goods for periods ranging from four to twenty weeks, with the selection changing every week.  “When I first started in 2007, the only thing we were doing was a bakery share program like a farm CSA,” says owner Jen Ownbey.

Today, 8 Arms is still a CSB but has added much more to the mix. In April, they moved from a space with 200 square feet to one with 1,800. “Our wholesale business has grown a lot,” says Ownbey. “Now we’re figuring out how to fit into the new space.”

Ownbey believes part of their growth comes from the fact that 8 Arms offers things you don’t see in other places. “We have 20 different kinds of bars,” she says. “Little hand held pies, and a couple of different types of crackers. Our breads are kind of rustic looking, which is clearly different from bread that’s mass-produced.” Products are also 75% organic, another contributing factor, she says. The bakery offers gluten-free and vegan alternatives along with more traditional goods.

The bottom line, says Ownbey, is that she wants people to be happy when they eat her creations. “The reason I started 8 Arms was that I love to bake,” she says. “Food should make you feel good.”

Look for 8 Arms breads and more in the bakery section at the Yelm Food Co-op.


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Enjoy Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Gardens This Saturday

Enjoy Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Gardens This Saturday

wine artGet ready for a heady combination of art, wine, music, poetry, and flowers this Saturday as the Yelm Food Co-op hosts its second annual Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Garden event. Anne Marsh, Virtuose de Vin at Wine Cellar of Yelm, has selected wines from six different regions in collaboration with La Gitana owner Marian Licxandru, who will be providing unique pizzas to complement each glass, and Gordon’s Garden Center owner Kellie Petersen. “This is an awesome way to reach out and bring the community together,” says Anne. “We can create something wonderful and support local business at the same time.”

From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to sample wines while being greeted by a volunteer sommelier in culturally appropriate garb. “Everyone can move through the six tasting stations at their own pace,” says Anne. “The server will know their wine very well, and each tasty bite has been specifically chosen for that wine.”

Four local artists will have work on display: Steve Cramer, Jenn Harshfield, Judy Chapman, and Sandra Bocas. Visitors can also enjoy the floral arrangements created by Kellie Peterson, designed to enhance the regional atmosphere of each tasting station. Classical guitarist John Chapman and poet Michael Apau will complete the ambience, with Apau wandering, minstrel-style, through the gathering.

Once they’ve finished tasting, guests are encouraged to buy the wine of their choice and journey across the street to La Gitana, where Marian will have the specially created pizzas available – and no corkage fee. But don’t ask about ingredients. “I won’t be revealing what the wines are until the day of the event,” says Anne, “and the same goes for the pizzas.”

Tickets are $40 for two prior to the event and $25 per person the day of, with a $10 charge for those who only want to view the art. “It’s honoring the work of all of the volunteers who are contributing their time to put this together, including the artists, the people pouring, the musician, the poet and the people preparing food,” says Anne. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Yelm Co-op’s Wishlist of new equipment and features. Tickets can be purchased at the Co-op or by calling 360.400.2210.

“It’s going to be a beautiful day,” says Anne. “This is a way to raise money for the Co-op and support our local businesses, while enjoying great food, wine, and art in a really lovely setting.”


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