Yelm Farmers Market 2019: Kids’ Activities, Great Food and More Vendors than Ever

pop kids clubOpening Day is right around the corner and the 2019 Yelm Farmers Market is shaping up to be the biggest yet. Over 30 vendors will be on hand on May 25th when the season kicks off at the Yelm Community Center.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be the best season we’ve ever had,” says Manager Jon Jamieson. “We’ll have more vendors, more kids activities and  great opportunities for the community to come together to enjoy locally-made products in our freshly renovated Yelm City Park.”

Kids activities will be a focus this year thanks to newly hired Power of Produce Manager Kayla Blanch. Participants in the free program for ages 5-12  get $2 in market tokens each week they attend to spend on fruit, vegetables, or a plant that grows food. “I’m excited to get kids involved in making healthy choices and supporting their local community,“ says Blanch.

Another new development: collaborations with local non-profits and community groups. In exchange for free booth space at one or more of our markets, groups will bring fun activities for kids and have an opportunity to highlight their organizations. Thus far, those include: Binky Bunny Tales Rescue, Yelm Habitat for Humanity, the Port of Olympia, Puget Sound Energy, South Sound Seed Stewards, the Nisqually River Council, Standing Room Only, and GRuB.

“We’re happy to provide a chance for these groups to get the word out and they help us by bringing activities that engage kids,” says Heidi Smith, a board member of Bounty for Families, the non-profit organization that oversees the market.

Both new and returning vendors will offer fresh produce, artisan crafts, hot food and more. This season Yelm’s popular Masonry Cafe will be serving up hot meals in the kitchen and on opening day Steele Barrel Barbecue and The Cattleman restaurant will also have lunches for sale.

A new Splash Park in the City Park will be an added attractions for families, Jamieson notes. “We’re looking forward to it.”

See you at the market!




Gift of Gobble 2017: Now Accepting Nominations and Donations

Let the nominations (and donations) begin! Gift of Gobble 2017 is officially launched. Now in its eighth year, this program will provide 100 families with entire Thanksgiving feasts that they can prepare and enjoy at home.

To nominate a family, stop by the Yelm Food Cooperative and fill out a nomination form. Be sure to include contact information for the family so that we can reach them in time and please note that nominations will be closed as of Friday, November 17th. One change this year: to maintain the spirit and integrity of why this program was originally created, we are asking all nominators to write a short paragraph describing the family they are nominating and the need they have at this time. A space to do so is included on the back of the nomination forms.

Want to help? Here are two options:

  1. Donate. Just $60.00 will feed a family of six. Drop by the store and contribute today! You can also donate directly on our website HERE.
  2. Volunteer to raise funds. Our goal is to raise $6,000 by closing time on Friday, November 17th. Help us achieve that goal by joining our business outreach team. Contact Heidi Smith at to learn more.

Thank you for making the holiday season brighter for our community!