WA State PPE Mask Policy at the YFC

As most of you are aware, as of July 7th, all retail businesses in the State of Washington are required to abide by the new Governor’s mandate on masks and other PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

face mask

For your Co-op this means 2 things:

If you come into the store without a mask, a staff member will approach you and ask you to please put on a mask. If you don’t have one with you, one will be made available.

Declining to Wear a Mask

If you still decline to wear a mask or face covering, a YFC representative or employee may politely inquire as to whether you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a mask. If you answer in the affirmative, then you are exempt from the requirement.

Under the Governor’s mandate, if a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements, violations can be enforced by Labor &Industries as a safety and health violation by the employer. That could carry a penalty of nearly $10,000 or more for your Co-op. Our members would certainly not approve of such a penalty. In addition, our Board of Directors could be held personally liable if they allow us to violate a state mandate.

Medical Exemption to Wearing a Mask

PLEASE NOTE: Some staff and Working Members and shoppers may be medically exempt from wearing a face mask. So please, if you do not feel safe in an environment due to others not wearing a mask for medical purposes, and you choose to enter, you do so at your own risk.

We appeal to all our shoppers and members to understand that this is not a Co-op policy, but one we must abide by. We hope that you can accept that. If you are not comfortable wearing a mask for any length of time, then please come in, shop and leave quickly. That way you support your Co-op, get the products you want and don’t endanger your personal health.

Thanks you for your understanding and cooperation. We all want our co-op to survive this present situation and be there for our members and other shoppers long into the future!

The Board and Staff of
the Yelm Food Cooperative

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How about a little Mother’s Day treat for yourself, no matter if you’re a Mom! Sweetly Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake and Tiramisu. Marie Morin Creme Brûlée, PetitPots Dark Chocolate French Pudding and NEW Lemon Curd French Pudding. And on the front row; local Olympia Blissful Wunders Truffles, Milk, Almond and Dark Chocolate.

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A big shout out to Johann Pool for getting our computer system up-to-date and running smoothly! Thanks to his know how our entire system is now updated to Windows 10 and the bookkeeping system is installed. Round 2 will be installation of the new POS software.

Thanks also to Michael of @Working Computers, Yelm, for building some of the new PCs now in the system.

That of course is done in the unseen, but there is something in the seen as well – check out the new big monitors at the checkout register.

They are easier for our cashiers to operate; they are adjustable in height and make it easier for customers to see their total sale amount.

The Win 10 part was especially important since Win 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft so any holes in the system would not be patched up. Those holes are the kinds of things malicious hackers like to exploit. So we are safe again!

We hope to continue to serve you as well as we can during these trying times! We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to let us help you with your grocery and wine purchasing decisions!

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In just a few minutes, you can have this Spicy Chicken and Broccoli on the dinner table, ready to eat!


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 5 -6 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced for garnish
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced for garnish


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the seasoning. Spread in a single layer on one of the prepared baking sheets.
  3. On the second baking sheet, spread the broccoli in a single layer on one half of the baking sheet. To the second half, spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer.
  4. Roast both the chicken and vegetables at the same time in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Garnish with the sliced avocado and lemon slices. Serve immediately.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning




  • 3tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3tablespoons onion powder
  • 3tablespoons paprika
  • 1tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2tablespoons dried thyme
  • 3tablespoons kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients. Place into a jar or airtight container to store at room temperature.

Thanks to Amanda Rettke-iamhomesteader.com for this wonderful recipe. Please visit her website (https://iamhomesteader.com/) for more delicious “homesteader-style recipes>

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EDTA (Calcium disodium) is a chelating agent that can bind to, and render inactive, certain toxic metals in the body. These chelated trace minerals are then removed through the urinary tract. Arizona Natural EDTA is a great alternative to intravenous EDTA chelation therapy. Recent clinical trials at the NIH (National Institution of Health) show that EDTA may be a safe alternative for cardiovascular therapy.

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Makeover Appointments Dec 18th

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Gabriel is sending us two makeup consultants on Wednesday December 18th. . Sign up at the cashier desk for a 15-20 minute consultation between 12pm and 3pm. You’ll also get 15% discount on your purchases. Those of us who’ve already had a makeover are thrilled with the results. Seattle based Gabriel uses organic ingredients and scores as one of the cleanest makeup brands on the Environmental Working Group website.

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