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40 year annual meeting & celebration… save the date!

Come celebrate with us! Save the Date!

Saturday, October 28, 2017
3pm – 8pm
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia Street NW

The party will include lots of food, music, and helpful information (of course!), and we are also preparing a visual celebration!

40 Years of Co-op Local! It’s more than a grocery store. It’s community! Who do you recognize? Who do you remember? What are your favorite Co-op memories? We are still gathering your stories!

Annual Meeting & Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 28, 2017
3pm – 8pm
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia Street NW

round up at the register! three to choose from… pocket change makes real change!

Rounding up at the register has been an tradition here at the Olympia Food Co-op for a long time. It can be an incredible way for our community to come together to help organizations, small business, and individuals in time of need.

We currently have three round-ups:

CECOSESOLA is a huge cooperative network in Venezuela. They operate three food markets, serving thousands of people every weekend, as well as a large health center, funeral home service, health clinics, small farms, and food production co-ops across the country. Increasing political and economic instability in Venezuela presents challenges to our friends to continue the life-changing work they do in the community. Your donation today goes directly to CECOSESOLA to offer emergency support to their workers and cooperatives. Here is a film that the Olympia Food Co-op staff produced after our first exchange with CECOSESOLA in 2012.


Community Sustaining Fund is an Olympia non-profit organization offering seed and sustaining funds for various local organizations. The grant cycle is open twice a year. Here is an article in the Table, Spring 2016 issue, written by an Olympia Food Co-op Board Member.


Thompson/Chaplin Family – in response to an incident on May 21, 2015 when Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin were shot by an Olympia Police Officer. Here is an article from our staff in the Table magazine (pdf) page 12. Here are a few more links related to this round up… Black Lives MatterShowing Up for Racial JusticeProject Implicit (an online test to examine your own biases).


we are celebrating! do you have materials for our documentary?


This year, in celebration of our 40 years, we are combining our Annual Membership Meeting with a party*!

This means lots of delicious food, fun music, helpful information, and we are preparing a visual celebration! We would love to document the wild, beautiful world of all the years we have been a part of this community, from 1977 through 2017! We are seeking material from all of these years…

do you happen to have any pictures?

maybe a short video from an event you attended?

perhaps a story you want to share?

Anything may be useful to add some spice to our document… we would love to hear from you! Contact us at this email:

here is a start from us – our newsletter from 1978 –
fourteen ounce Okie doke

*party details

Annual Membership Meeting & Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
3pm – 8pm
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia Street

working member appreciation party

Barbecue at the Park

Sunday, July 23rd

noon – 4pm

Priest Point Park, Shelter #3

Join us for food & fun times…
it’s a summer shindig to celebrate YOU!

For more information,
or to make sure there will be food you can eat
(for food requests, email by July 15)

To our wonderful working members!

Thank you for all your hard work, day after day, keeping the stores running with ringing up groceries, stocking shelves, making produce fresh and available, creating and maintaining the Eastside butterfly garden, serving as Board Members, packaging cheese, opening and closing the stores, and all the various administrative jobs with policy development, filing, member relations! The list goes on and on… and…

We are very grateful!

Without you, the Co-op would not be what it is!!!

Become a Working Member! here’s more info…

do you have a senior or disability membership? changes are coming july 3rd


Beginning July 3, the Senior and Disability Memberships will no longer include an additional 10% discount off of membership prices.

If you are finding the additional discount is needed, we encourage you to consider changing your membership to the Cooperative Access Program where this additional discount will remain.

When determining if your income is below self-sufficiency for Washington State, a qualifier for the Cooperative Access Program, here is an excellent tool

To change your membership, here is the form to give to a cashier or the Customer Service desk. Let us know if you need assistance  Membership Form PDF

For information about the process of arriving at this decision and how we implemented it in stages, here is an article in our Table magazine

We welcome you to contact us by phone, or email

Here are some charts with interesting data

westside garden center sale and clearance event! this weekend june 23 & 24

The Westside Garden Center
will be hosting a big
Summer Sale and Clearance Event!

This weekend!
Saturday and Sunday
June 23rd and 24th

10am – 7pm

Spend $20 and receive a
free 4″ herb start from
Rising River Farm!*

*Westside Garden Center only

Check out our wide selection of specially priced garden supplies!

Here is our latest Thurston Talks article,
Garden Goodies at the Olympia Food Co-op!

If there is something you are looking for, and it’s not here, let us know, maybe we can get it for you!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Saturday June 23
Sunday June 24

10am – 7pm

win a woodstock wagon! one more week to join the raffle!

want this wagon?

hurry in to enter your name!! There is only one week left!
raffles are held at both stores
– and, yes –
there is a wagon for each store!!
no purchase necessary!!

one more week left to enter your name for the drawing!
open until 9pm Tuesday, May 30th

Here is a word from the sponsor – National Co+op Grocers – of this great give-a-way….

This May, WOODSTOCK wants you to get Hooked on Organic. This month there are sales, coupons, and a chance to enter to win a coveted WOODSTOCK wagon!

WOODSTOCK celebrates foods that make you feel great about what you buy, eat, and serve your family. They believe in options that are simple, pure, and good for our world. Give your barbeque the perfect finish with WOODSTOCK’s organic condiments and pickles. Because Organic is always Non-GMO and so much more, WOODSTOCK invites you to get Hooked on Organic this summer!

join us for a co-op conversation on the changes to the senior and disability memberships

We welcome you to Join us for a mini
Co-op Conversation on the implementation of our
new Cooperative Access Program!

Wednesday, June 7
6pm – 8pm
Olympia Community Center, Room 100
222 Columbia St NW (click for Google map)

There will be a brief presentation outlining the history of our discount program, from the fruition of the Discount Task Force to the approved implementation plan for our new discount program by our Board of Directors. Light snacks, treats and beverages will be provided. This event will by hosted by the Member Relations Committee, comprised of staff members, board members, and members-at-large.

Here is an article from the spring Table magazine…

Membership Form PDF

westside garden center fun! open 10am – 7pm daily!

Today – our first taste of summer with sunny skies and 75 degrees – we got a chance to peek into the Garden Center at the Westside Co-op to see what was up … and … wow!

Folks finding the perfect starts to their gardens

Danielle and Sylvan, Staff Collective Members, are often here at the Garden Center, ready to help you with your gardening ideas

And, what is in the big package? Today Sylvan will be unpacking it – getting ready for the big two week sale of clay pots that starts tomorrow, May 4th!

If there is something you are looking for, and it’s not here, let us know, maybe we can get it for you!