Late Opening Thursday April 2nd

The plan, as it is seen right now, is for the store to open at 12:00 instead of 9:00 in order to install new computers, new software and update the whole system. This is long overdue and some network issues kept us from doing this sooner. Among other things we must update the Windows software to prevent hacking attacks which might cripple our system.

We will do our best to hold to this timeline, but if technical issues arise, we may have to delay opening until the systems are fully operational. .

This time will also allow store staff to get shelves restocked and do a more thorough job of sanitizing the store for the health and well being of our members, customers and staff.

We apologize for any inconvenience while we do these necessary tasks.

The Staff of the Yelm Food Co-op

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Little Secrets Wafers

Little Secrets Wafers

The tasty chocolate classics you once loved as a kid are filled with anything but wonder these days. High fructose corn syrup, colors made of chemicals, and factory-made flavors candy coat each bite.

LITTLE SECRETS® is here to provide chocolate’s fix with the ingredients you love, the flavor you crave, and zero of the conscience-busting bad stuff. Almond, milk and dark.

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Customer Protection at the Yelm Food Co-op

Customer Protection

Here is an innovative solution that our co-manager Emily Ranken came up with to reduce the exposure our customers have from the cashiers and the cashiers from the customers.

These Plexiglas shields hang from the ceiling with a gap at the bottom to allow products to be put on the register counter and for the customer to sign their credit card receipt.

Thanks to Emily and Jeff King for this great contribution to our store!

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Turkey Prices Slashed at the Yelm Food Co-op!


Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

All turkeys at the Yelm Food Co-op are now on sale at a great price!

But quantities are limited..

Turkey in March?

Why now? With so many people staying at home with time on their hands, here’s our suggestion. Buy one of these free-range, GMO-free or organic turkeys and use your favorite turkey dinner recipe to start.

Then carve all the meat off the bones and use the carcass to make a yummy soup once again using your favorite recipe. A nice one is down below, if you need an idea.

With the meat you took off the bones and what you recover when you make the soup, start canning. Can the soup as well. You get one really nice meal at the beginning as a Thanksgiving celebration that your family is well – being Thankful doesn’t only have to be done in November! And you’ll get several more meals later from what you canned.

If you need some help with the canning, there are tons of recipes online and many videos on YouTube for you to follow.

Great Turkey Soup recipe


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 14-pound turkey)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt, optional


In a stock pot, place turkey carcass, water and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 hours.

Remove carcass from stock. Remove any meat and dice. Return to stock along with rice, onion, celery, carrots, bay leaf and poultry seasoning. Add remaining seasonings to taste. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until the rice is cooked. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 147 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.
Thanks to:

Have a Happy Spring Thanksgiving!

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Shout Out to our Working Members and Staff

working members

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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Naked Newt Body Shield

Naked Newt Body Shield

Created by the famous Shark Tank Yelm Grannies. Naked Newt is their locally made product. “All products in our Body Shield line contain our Proprietary Essential Oil Blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, Ravensara, Naiouli and Eucalyptus. We purposely created our Hand Sanitizer to contain more natural ingredients and less isopropyl alcohol than is recommended by the CDC”.

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Micronutrients and your Health

–by Tom Dewell, guest author

Earlier this month, we wrote that one of the best ways to protect yourself from the Coronavirus is to eat healthily. One of the things that a healthy diet includes is foods high in specific micronutrients.

So what are they? A definition from biochemistry is:

An essential nutrient, as a trace mineral or vitamin that is required by an organism in minute amounts.

Where to get your Micro-nutrients

So where can we get these nutrients? Here is a list of some of the “most nutrient-dense” foods available. I’m sourcing this from this website –The 11 Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on the Planet – which has lots more detail for you to check on yourself.

Salmon — and other fatty types of fish — contain the greatest amount of omega-3’s fatty acids.

micronutrients salmon

Kale – Of all the healthy leafy greens, kale is the king. Contains, among other things, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Vitamin B6 and lots of minerals

micronutrient kale


Seaweed – contains high amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese and various bioactive compounds like carotenoids.

micronutrients seaweed

Garlic – is high in vitamins C, B1 and B6, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium and studies have shown it can help lower high blood pressure. Plus it is yummy!

micronutrients garlic

Shellfish – are some of the most nutritious animals found in the sea. They are very high in important nutrients like vitamin B12 and zinc.

micronutrients shellfish

So, that’s the first 5 out of our list of 11. check in with us next week for some more yummy sources of micronutrients. (Hint: one of them is very dark, a little bitter and full of glycine (n/d), arginine (n/d) and methionine (n/d).

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Your Food Co-op and the COVID-19 Virus

As is everyone world-wide, your Yelm Food Co-op staff is having to deal with the impacts of the Corona virus, COVID-19.

This runs everywhere from shortages on some items that are in high demand because suppliers can’t deliver to customers calling from the parking lot asking for staff to put together an order for them and bring it out to their car.

Because all of this is new, we all have to use common sense in how we interact with each other and our places of business. The YFC will do its best to keep things in stock that we know our customers and members want like fresh produce, milk, eggs, butter {Wine :-)} and supplements.

We are also doing our best to keep the store sanitized for your shopping safety.

Stay well!!

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Happy Valentine’s Month from the Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors!

2020 is off to a great start for the Yelm Food Co-op, with four brand new computers and the software to make a major upgrade to our POS system. Thanks to our management group and to Jeevan, our technical genius, we will be rolling that out in the months to come.

You may have noticed how nice and toasty it is in the store now, thanks to Brian Tighe, and the work he did to get our heaters in perfect working condition. Thanks Brian! So, come on in out of the cold, and enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee while you shop, or relax in our new Member Center.

We wish you a cheerful and wonderfully Irish St. Patrick’s Day, and thank you for supporting your Co-op.


the Yelm Food Co-op Board of Directors

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