WA State 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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Happy Summer Solstice – From the YFC Board of Directors

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice!

from the Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that an all-time record number of people became members of the Yelm Food Co-op in May, including a record number of Lifetime Members.  Welcome to you, our new members, and kudos to our awesome cashiers who are always willing to take an extra moment to help a new member join the Co op..  Speaking of cashiers, we have two new wonderful cashiers on board, please join us in welcoming them when you see them next.

The Yelm Food Co-op continues to serve the community during these changing times, and remember, stocking up on essentials is a wise thing to do, both for yourself and for your family, and as a member, you can participate in the Buy Club.  Stock up now and save money on all your favorite items for a full pantry and some true  peace of mind.

If you would like to join the amazing team of volunteer members here at the store we would love to have you, just ask any cashier or manager, and they can help you to find your perfect fit here on the working member team.  In addition to the pride of serving  the community, working members  receive added discounts for purchases at the Yelm Food Co-op, based on the number of hours worked.

Thank you to the members, working members, staff and management team of the Yelm Food Co-op, and a joyful and bountiful summer to all!


The Yelm Food Co op Board of Directors

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Greetings from the Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors!

Greetings from the Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors!

As we move through these challenging times, we remain a strong and supportive community, thanks to you, our members, and our amazing staff and volunteers. Thanks also to all of the health care workers, law enforcement personnel and first responders of Yelm and the rest of Thurston County. We appreciate you!

The Yelm Food Co-op will continue our super Wednesdays for June, with a 10% discount for all YFC members. Be sure to keep an eye on the upcoming specials.

The management continues to be in close contact with all of our suppliers in an effort to keep our shelves stocked with all of the items you come in for. We’re aware there are some items in short supply and we continue to do our best to stay on top of it. In addition to what we always carry,  we also have hand sanitizer and masks available for purchase.

Summer is coming!  Be sure to check out the assortment of ice creams and frozen treats that are on display in our brand new freezer!

We are happy to say that all is well at the Yelm Food Co-op, and we thank you for support and your membership. We love seeing you all everyday!


The Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors

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Rumiano Cheese

Rumiano Cheese

NEW Fontina and Havarti Cheeses. Our much beloved Alexandre Farms provides creamy organic A2 milk for these Rumiano cheeses. The unique year-round climate which ranges from 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit, allows year-round access to pasture, it rains but doesn’t snow. The cows are either grazing in the pasture eating a combination of rye-grass, clover, and other grasses, or are being fed it in the form of silage or haylage, which is being cut now and throughout the summer for next years winter feed.

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Spicy Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

Spicy Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

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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