We encourage shoppers to provide us with suggestions and comments of any aspect of our organization. Thank you to all who have participated in this program over the years! It has helped us with filling the shelves with what you want, allowed us to participate in the community conversation of ways to better our organization, and most important, provided us a direct link for communications between our staff and shoppers. Having access to an online format is new for us, and we are looking forward to it becoming a more streamlined way to provide information. At the stores, we will continue with using the paper forms for the suggestion boxes, with the answers posted here.
Of note: the answers here may change within a moments notice … for the most up to date information, you are welcome to contact us
Bring back Theo's Dark Chocolate Tumeric Bars
I request a couple of non-alcoholic beer options. And please highlight the NA beer so we don't have to read the fine print on the product. Thanks for your hard work.
We have a few nonalcoholic beers and they are highlighted in the cooler. Thank you for your suggestions.Less
Honey Dijon mustard would be appreciated, and a new bulk section of fragrance free dishwasher soap, laundry soap, epsoms salts, etc would be lovely- to avoid buying plastic. Thanks for all you do!
We carry bulk unscented laundry and dish powder in aisle 4 and plain epsom salt in larger bags over in the wellness section. We haven’t been able to get bulk espsom salts recentely. If you want an unscented, plastic-free dish soap for doing dishes by hand we carry a solid dish soap boxed in paper by a brand called Meliora. Unfortunately, we don’t presently have space to expand our selection of bulk non-food items any further.
There doesn’t appear to be a straight honey dijon mustard available to us that meets our purchasing guidelines, but there are some similar items we can consider bringing in as shelf space becomes available.Thank you for your suggestions and for supporting bulk!
Can you bring in kudzu root starch? Can you please carry this again? A full case is too much for me to go through by myself. Thanks!
As far as I can tell, this isn’t currently available through any of our vendors, so it’s not an option for us at this time. I’m not sure it would sell fast enough for us to carry anyways. It does seem to be widely available online in a bunch of different sizes from a bunch of different retail sites which is how I would get it personally if i needed it. Thank you for your suggestion.Less
I'd rather have Impossible Burgers than Beyond Burgers. I'd also like Brave Robot ice cream.
Our distributor does not carry Impossible Burgers so we will continue to carry Beyond Burger products, which are Non-gmo, no soy and gluten free.
The distribution center where we get our products has discontinued carrying four of the eight flavors of Brave Robot. We will try the flavors they do have and access how they sell.
Thank you for your suggestions.Less
Please carry 4 packs of Reeds ginger ale sweetened with pineapple and honey. (no sugar)
The only Reed’s option that is not sweetened by cane sugar and NOT the Zero line, is the Premium in the green glass bottles, which we currently have.
Thanks for the suggestion!Less
Shroomi cold pressed juice shots with functional mushrooms like Lion's Mane, Reishi, Chaga, and Cordyceps. Their Yuzu Ginger, Mandarin Turmeric, and Pomegranate Mint flavors are yummy. I found them at Sprouts.
Thank you for the suggestion. We are going to try these out.Less
I thought the Coop does not sell cornstarch. The Schar Bread has corn starches as the first ingredient and it is not non-gmo or organic. Actually, all of their product are made with it.
The Co-op carries products with cornstarch that are organic or non GMO. The Schar products are not from a country that allows GMOs. They monitor their products for GMOs. Hope this helps.Less
I have always been able to purchase this item in the past. You have not had this product in months and I am forced to buy it at Whole Food or Walmart- I would rather buy it from you! There are about 10 versions of Annie's' Mac and Cheese on your shelf, but not a gf option. Thank you for considering. Annie's' Gluten Free Rice Pasta and White Cheddar.
Hi, thank you so much for this suggestion! We 100% agree we should have a GF Annie’s Mac and Cheese. We are so sorry this got dropped from the set. It appeared to have a long unavailable period in spring of 2022 and subsequently wasn’t reset! I’ve ordered this and should be back on the shelves as soon as possible.Less
I would Love it if you have space to carry date sugar.
Thank you for your suggestion. It appears bulk no longer has a source for date sugar. We will be bringing in an organic date sugar in packaged grocery this week. Please look for it in the baking section.Less
Wondering if you'd please restock Umeboshi Paste (puree of salt-pickled plum). Please, oh please.
Thank you for the suggestion. We love this product and hope to get it back soon. This is coming from a distributor we order only once every 2 or 3 months from. Since the pandemic, they have had a lot of very long term out of stocks which have interrupted our ability to make the minimums consistently. As a result, it has become less feasible to keep in stock, to the point we have questioned if we should source what we can elsewhere. We certainly commit to an umeboshi paste, possibly not the Mitoku brand. Apologies for the long gap in availability and thanks for bringing this to our attention.Less
Hi Dairy buyers, can we bring in Sown organic oat creamer unsweetened? It's the best one I've tried and one of the few that's organic. Thanks! Xo Ami
We will give this a shot. Look for it next time you shop! Thank you for your suggestion.Less
I am looking for packaged soups that have less than 300 grams of salt to accommodate my diet for kidney disease
We carry the Healthy Valley soups which have 150mg of sodium per can. Even McDougall’s low sodium soups have 370mg of sodium per serving. We did a search to see what we is available through our distributor and Healthy Valley looks like the only option with anything lower than 300mg.Less
Solid dish soap bars! I was really surprised to have not seen any. There's a soap company called Silver Falls Sustainability Co that makes affordable dish soap bars that are made in Oregon.
The grocery manager brought in some from a brand called ‘Meliora’ but is waiting for a different dish soap to sell out before it goes on the shelf. The Westside has such limited shelf space. But, keep an eye out. Coming soon!Less
"Lola" brand wood clothes pins are bad quality, break easily, and are made n China. Please find another brand.
Unfortunately the brand you are referring to is the only option through our distributor at this time. We are looking into other options.Less
Wish we could carry Katz Gluten Free English Muffins.
We received your request to carry Katz English Muffins and unfortunately our distributor does not carry this particular product from this company so we are unable to get it.Thank you for your request.Less
Can you please carry Halo dog and cat food? It's a highter quality and more conscientious company than Wellness.
We often get questions about pet food that are great requests for good quality products. Recently we received one for Halo cat and dog food. Unfortunately our suppliers don’t carry it. Because we are not primarily a pet supply store our product options are limited. Right now, at the Eastside, we have a high quality pet food from Portland Pet Food Company. Currently we carry a dog food selection from them and will be adding their cat food soon. Thanks for asking!Less
Please bring back the Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal! Or any similar size ground oats.You carry multiple choices of steel-cut and rolled oats (so many!), but not one finer ground like the Scottish oats.
The grocery manager will be bringing Scottish Oats back on Monday 1/9/23. Look for them on our shelf then. Thanks for the suggestion!Less
Columbia Gorge carrot juice! Please!! I used to buy 3 or 4 of it every week. it was the only one of their juices that I bought. We miss it!
Thank you for your suggestion. We now have carrot juice from Columbia Gorge in our new produce display cooler. Hope to see you soon!Less
Why did the Bulk Salad Greens go away? It is a great thing for the Co-op to do and saves on plastic. Please consider bringing it back.
Thank you for your question.
We took it away during the pandemic to avoid too much cross-contamination and to reduce labor a little since we have to be more careful with salad because of health codes then the other produce and it requires more dishwashing.
We did bring it back for a few weeks recently, but sales can be very slow. We don’t want to keep the same greens on the display for more than a couple days, so we decided to disco it again. We will likely bring it back at some point, but we have to make decisions based on how fresh we can keep it in relation to demand.
You already carry Green Valley organic lactose free yoghurts and cottage cheese, but Green Valley also has delicious organic sour cream lactose free also. I hope you will start carrying that too.
We try from time to time to bring in more lactose free products of theirs, but to no avail, they oft go to pull. (expire)
We’re more than happy to order cases of things for people as a special order, but sadly we can’t guarantee that we can keep the green valley cottage cheese and sour cream as a staple.
Thank You for your suggestion!
Are you going to get bulk tofu again? I was lost with covid but it would be nice to get it back . Thanks.
We have not began to make preparations to reintroduce bulk tofu, yet.
That may take a bit of a reset, to have the tub-o-water cut back into the set.
Plus we’ll need to get a steady supply source.
So,sorry to say there is no information yet,
as to when that will happen.Less
Oat Malk is delicious. <3. Please bring it in! Thank you. Please call if you get it.
We have tried the Malk line before,
sadly, it has almost every time, gone to pull. (spoiled)
Maybe when we have an empty spot
that we are trying to fill,
We can advocate for Malk Oat Milk.
and we’ll reach out when that happens
Thank You for your suggestion!Less
Please add: 1) cracked wheat (bulk) 2) whole wheat hamburger buns 3)Vital wheat gluten (bob's red mill)
We’re not sure if you are looking for small bags of Bob’s Vital Wheat Gluten, but those aren’t available through any of our distributors. We do carry bulk vital wheat gluten and if you want Bob’s specifically we could special order a 25# from Provvista. Feel free to call either store to place a special order. As far as WW hamburger buns, we’re sorry that we can’t get them at the moment.Less
Stop carrying the Oregon Specialty fruit canned red tart cherries since they taste terrible.
We’re sorry to hear that you did not like the canned cherries. We have organic frozen tart cherries as well. I think they are very good; you might want to give them a try!Less
I purchased the bulk Swiss Muesli. Does this style require any special preparation or is it meant to be eaten directly? This was my first visit to your Co-op. I'm a member of the Skagit and Bellingham Co-ops and love your bread selections. Thank you!
Muesli is traditionally eaten “as is” like a cold cereal/granola
There is no reason to not prepare it hot as one would oatmeal, it’s just rolled oats and fruit and nuts.
It isn’t traditional, but would surely be delicious.
We appreciate the compliment on our bread selections. We have some amazing bakeries in Olympia! Thank you for visiting. Hope you stop by again when you pass through Olympia again.
Great beer- You had it for a couple of months but not today. Can you get more? Wander Brewing Bellingham Correspondent Foreign Export stout
We don’t mind bringing it back in. It’ll more than likely be on the shelf by Friday 6/10.
Thank you for your suggestion!
HI.This is just an FYI.There is a 4th type of OCHO candy bar. 'Caramel and peanuts'. There's no peanut butter. Hope you can get it here again.
We will drop the slowest of the three we have and bring this bar in. Look for it by the end of this weekend.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Bradley for Grocery East
Silly Zaksor Kinnikinik Gluten free frozen crust- better than the wholly wholesome we have now.
Thank you for your request. Unfortunately none of our suppliers carry Silly Zak’s any longer so we are unable to carry their product in the store. We will bring back Kinnikinik GF crust along with Wholly Wholesome GF crust. Thank you
I have been searching for a biodegradable incontinence/menstrual pad and the Cora overnight pads looks like a good option that I would hope to find at the Coop.
Thank you for your suggestion.These do look really cool. I’d love to bring them in, but Cora doesn’t do direct wholesale and isn’t available through any of our current vendors. I’ll keep my eyes peeled though for any vendors bringing them in though. In the meantime, Cora does offer direct retail from their website which could be an option for your needs.Less
1% Organic Valley Lactose Milk Alvarado St Bakery sprouted wheat bread
We have been trying to order the Sprouted Wheat bread, but to no avail,we’ll keep at it.
When we try to bring in the 1% lactose free OV milk, it goes to pull oh so frequently.
But, we could try, from time to time, peppering it into our set.
Thank you for your suggestion.
WS Chill Manager
Pamela's makes a Whenever Bar, walnut spice or walnut raisin spice? It's the best. Can you get it?
Thank you for the suggestion!
Pamela’s, walnut/raisin/spice, Whenever Bar is now on the shelf at the Eastside Co-op.
In the latest OFC Table (spring 2022) I read the Eco-Friendly Co-op Shopping article. There is a suggestion to make cloth bags out of t-shirts and a stapler. I was horrified at the image of sharp pointy staples in my food!! Maybe safety pins as a safer alternative?? If not just sewing the bags?
Thank you for the suggestion, I will pass along the thoughts to the author who is interested in ongoing ideas around this, and serves on our Eco Planning Committee.
Membership and Newsletter, Olympia Food Co-opLess
Would love it if you carried Bianca Di Napoli canned tomatoes from Italy. They are great.
Thank you for your suggestion. The grocery buyer is looking into the possibility of carrying these tomatoes.Less
Salty GF snack in Bulk. PLZ. (I beg)
Thank you for your suggestion. A lot of these snack mixes are not organic and we aim to keep our offerings organic. We do have salted mixed nuts and we are going to soon have a Sprouted Seeds mix from Hummingbird.Less
Vanilla goat ice cream please.
Thank you for your suggestion. We love Goat ice cream too! However, every year when the Goats are kidding, milk is not produced for items like ice cream. Similar to the dairy dept, there is a period in the year when goat milk is unavailable and we are not able to get any. We always carry the 2 flavors of Goat milk ice cream that our distributor carries and vanilla has been and is available on the Eastside. We hope it’s in stock when you come in.Less
Currently there are no frozen entrees that are both gluten free and vegan. A gluten free and a dairy free frozen pizza would be amazing. Also, Amy's frozen enchilada that is vegan is great (I usually get it at Ralphs) Please carry something for when I'm hungry and need a quick dinner. Thanks!
Thank you for your recommendations. We will bring in the Amy’s Vegan Enchilada’s again and will continue to look for a pizza that is gluten free and vegan. Daiya is one brand, however, that have never sold well for us so we do not carry them. We will also try to bring in more rotating gluten free and vegan meals. There is currently Amy’s vegan and gluten free Mac N Cheese.
Thanks so much.
I used to always buy the bulk dried corn chowder and pea soup mixes that were ready to eat with just hot water. But they've been out for months. Can you tell me what happened? Are they coming back? If not, can I make a special order? Thanks.
Unfortunately, the company that makes those has gone out of business.
There are not any organic instant soup mixes available in bulk at this time from our research so far.
I've only seen Junmai style sake at either store. I'd love to Nigori or any other type mixed in. I'd buy more regularly. Getting tired of Junmai.
We carry Sacred Mist – Honjozo Nigori and Snow Grass – Honjozo sake on the Westside coop. We rotate our Sakes due to space so we do not always have these two but we do stock them. Keep checking our shelves at the Westside. Thank you so much for your interest.Less
Can you please carry Kernza either in flour form or cereal form? Thanks!
I wish we could carry Kernza. I am a big fan of perennial wheat and all the research that has gone into making this happen.
I am unable to find it as available from any of our distributors.
I think at this time it is still too new and hopefully will be available in organic bulk quantities soon.Less
Give quantity for Vanilla Sugar use.
Thank you for your suggestion.
The vanilla sugar that the Bulk Department sells (located in the Herb and Spice Rack) is used as a flavored sweetener in a baked good’s batter or dough, but it can also be used as a final touch sprinkled on the tops of those fresh out of the oven cakes, pies, and of course, cookies.
Vanilla sugar can replace two ingredients that show up in many recipes for baked goods. For baked goods, use it instead of sugar and vanilla in everything from cake batters to cookie doughs. The type of sugar in the vanilla sugar that the Co-op sells is coconut sugar.
Vanilla sugar is commonly used as a finishing sugar. Finishing sugar is made by powdering it and dusting it on your baked goods after baking. Finishing sugar can also be used: instead of frosting, on top of biscotti, on top of cakes/brownies, etc.
Vanilla sugar is also a great addition to homemade frostings and whipped cream.The flavor is concentrated, so you only need to use a little to pack quite a punch. Vanilla sugar is great for rimming cocktail glasses, sprinkling over oatmeal or yogurt as well. Start with a small sprinkle and taste!
Would you please carry Snow Days Pizza Bites by Human Co? They are delicious, gluten-free, and made of good, tasty ingredients. Thank you!
Thank you for your suggestions. I looked into the product and unfortunately none of our distributors carry this product so we are unable to get it at this time. I have reached out to the company to see if they ship or who distributes them locally since they are an Austin Texas based company.Less
Please. We want bulk molasses 🙂
Thank you for your suggestion. Many years ago, when we carried bulk molasses, it would ferment before we could sell it. If we have space in the future, we can reconsider bringing in bulk molasses in 1 gallon quantities if we have space and equipment to do so (we currently do not, but the bulk department can start a conversation)Less
Please bring in: Simple Mills: Soft bake almond flour bars. Flavors: Nutty banana bread chunky peanut butter dark chocolate almond
Thank you for your suggestion. We made room for two of these flavors.Less
The new English Breakfast tea is poor quality mixed from different sources. We need quality Assam tea from India or Darjeeling. The best! This one is full of trash! Thanks! I know you don't listen but I write!
We brought in a different company for Earl Grey and English Breakfast because the Frontier brand was out of stock for about a year. The Frontier brand is finally back and can once again be found in the bulk spice/tea area. Enjoy!Less
Hello Coop- It is time to stop requiring mask. Please ask your members who shop here how they feel about still having to wear masks. Thank you! Stephanie.
The Co-op is requiring approved face coverings for all shoppers, workers, and vendors.
As a business serving thousands of people per week, in crowded indoor spaces, proper masking is essential in protecting all members of our community, many of whom are not fully vaccinated.
The Co-op is watching for updates and guidance from state and local health agencies. We will immediately communicate any changes to our current policies.
Our Online Order for Pickup service continues to be available to those who need it at Curbside PickupLess
Kate's Real Food Bars ~so good and simple ingredients!~
We have had these in the past and they didn’t sell well enough.
We might try them again at some point, but right now we don’t have the shelf space.
Will keep in mind in the future.
Thank you for your suggestion.
Do not purchase any more Valencia oranges from HGO Farms. 'Biologique" organic is not the same as simply organic. HGO Farms Valencia Oranges taste terrible! I am returning some today. Do not give HGO Farms your business! Why does their fruit taste so bitter? very bad.
Oof, sorry you got a bad orange. I will do some tasting and figure out if it was a one off or a problem with that label and adjust my ordering accordingly.
HGO is Homegrown Farms and actually a label I like to buy from as much as possible. They are a marketing group that is 100% certified organic and was founded by farmers for farmers. They represent a bunch of mid sized family farms and I’ve visited a couple of their farms and their packing shed during stone fruit season and citrus season. Their farmers are the kind of organic farmers who are dedicated to organic and not the kind who dabble in organic because they think they can get a premium price. Their fruit is usually high quality but produce is a tricky business and sometimes bad quality can slip through the cracks.
The term “Biologique” is actually the same as “Organic”; it’s labeled as Biologique for the Canadian market which has requirements around bilingual labels.
Don't buy Bananas from Mexico is helping the Drug cartel.
I appreciate your concern and I’m not going to pretend I’m super informed about the complexities of the drug cartel. But I do know about our bananas and our options so I can give you information on that.
We get bananas from Mexico and Ecuador, but mostly from Mexico and we don’t have a choice when we buy them. They come from a label called Organics Unlimited under their GROW label (stands for Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers.) The GROW program provides grants to non-profits in the communities where the bananas are grown to initiatives most supporting children in health and education. While not actually a Fair Trade program, the model is similar where there is a small surcharge on every case of GROW bananas and that surcharge goes to the grants.
In July you may have noticed that we had a bunch of different labels of bananas for a week or so. There was a tropical storm that hit Mexico’s main banana growing region and our distributors had to sub in different labels while they waited for boats to arrive from Ecuador with more GROW Bananas. (Mexican bananas come by truck and Ecuadorian bananas come by boat.) During this time we relaxed our buying standards. While we got as many GROW cases as we could, we also had some by another socially responsible label called One and also bananas from Del Monte and Dole. This is the first time I’ve put Del Monte or Dole bananas on the shelf in my time as a produce manager. These corporations don’t line up with the values of the Co-op but since we had no other options on a handful of days that’s what we brought in.
In my dream world we would carry Equal Exchange bananas since they are Fair Trade certified and grown by small farmer cooperatives but our distributors have had a hard time incorporating them into their banana programs.
In the end, people eat bananas, and Mexican farmers grow them and we do our best to bring bananas to the co-op that have the most positive impact on the people of those communities and the land that they tend.
I really enjoy having the mulberries in bulk. I hope we will continue to carry them.
Thank you for your suggestion. The mulberries were discontinued because of low sales. We can special order in a quantity of 25 pounds.Less
Have you looked into the laundry detergent that comes in sheets and/or the toothpaste that comes in tablets? It would be great to avoid the plastic bottles and tubes, and I am curious if these products are any good. Thanks.
Thank you for your suggestions. The Co-op has laundry sheets on the shelf. The Westside Co-op has the toothpaste tabs. Both products are reported to be very good!Less
Please bring in So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream bars. Also tofu sandwich options.
So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream bars are on the shelf and we will bring back the tofu ice cream sandwich option very soon. Thanks so much.Less
What happened to the coco-whip in the freezer? We love it and want it back.
The company decided to temporarily stop production of this product so they can focus on producing pints and novelties until late September. We will bring them back as soon as the company starts production again. Thanks so much.Less
Bread Srsly - Sourdough Gluten Free in fridge case. Wow and wow. GF for over a decade and sourdough bread has been a craving BUT now that I found Bread Srsly on the Eastside, I am happy!!! It's statisfies the craving for Sour Dough and I will purchase it on a regular bases. Also, the Canyon Bakehouse breads and English Muffins are fabulous. Thank you for upping the bread game for GF people.
Thank you for taking the time to fill out a suggestion form. We really appreciate knowing that our gluten free selection is working for you!Less
Georgia onions waste of energy. Politically for me their politics are despicable.
Not all food is local, and sometimes we get foods from far away.Ginger is from Peru, Bananas can be from Ecuador and Georgia is about the same distance from Olympia as the state Michoacán Mexico where most Mexican avocados come from.
Vidalias are my personal favorite onions. They’re the first new crop onions of the season and I could eat them off the grill all day long. If you prefer an onion from closer to home, we have yellow and red onions from California. Northwest onions are done until this year’s crop comes on. Soon enough we’ll have plenty of onions from Thurston county.
Thanks so much
Cauliflower Linguini made by Taste Republic (was sold for a limited time at Costco and is currently available at Whole Foods but would really like to see you carry it at the co-op)
Great suggestion, but our current distributers are not offering cauliflower pasta. Hopefully it will be available in the future.Less
Your alwadi so called pomegranate molasses is loaded with sugar and junk. There are better brands. Organic and more local.
It’s coming! Look for it on the Eastside shelf by Monday (6/7/21) at latest I hope.
Brand name: JUST DATE SYRUP – organic pomegranate molasses.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Would love to be able to buy nigella seeds for Indian dishes.
Thank you for your suggestion. The Bulk and Grocery Managers were not able to find a source for Nigella Seeds through our current distributers. Maybe one day in the future we will be able to get them, but not the case as of now.Less
What happened to the pints of Coconut Bliss ice cream? It was my favorite. Also is the watercress gone for season? Thank you!
Watercress is usually just a spring and fall thing and it’s usually only available for a few weeks. This year we saw watercress available for longer than we’ve ever seen it and I was surprised to see how much demand there was for it. Since it came from a couple mid sized Oregon farms I’m hoping they grow it in those volumes again. We’ll definitely bring it back whenever it’s available to us.
Thanks for your question about Coconut Bliss. The Co-op has been getting a lot of questions about this product.
Based on the conversation with Coconut Bliss and careful consideration of various points of feedback the Co-op has received from co-workers and customers, the Co-op will continue to carry Coconut Bliss ice cream bars and sandwiches for the time being and consider whether to carry their pints in the future. Some of the images on the new Coconut Bliss pints are racially and culturally unsettling and do not meet our interpretation of the Co-op’s packaging guidelines.
What happened to the Coconut Bliss pints?
Thanks for your question. The Co-op has been getting a lot of questions about this product.
Based on the conversation with Coconut Bliss and careful consideration of various points of feedback the Co-op has received from co-workers and customers, the Co-op will continue to carry Coconut Bliss ice cream bars and sandwiches for the time being and consider whether to carry their pints in the future. Some of the images on the new Coconut Bliss pints are racially and culturally unsettling and do not meet our interpretation of the Co-op’s packaging guidelines.
Hey, Olympia! Mark from Bizzy reached out to me and let me know that my favorite cold brew may be going away. It's hands down my favorite cold brew coffee. I haven't found one close that tastes this good that's also organic. I hope you guys consider keeping it on the shelves!
Thank you for your suggestion. The Co-op is currently satisfied with our current cold brew selection. We are carrying a local cold brew coffee. Sorry, we will not be carrying the one you suggested.We hope you give the local one a try!Less
Please resume carrying Garden of Eatin' Sesame Blue round tortilla chips. This is by far the best tasting and best texture tortilla chip.
They are out of stock by the distributor. We will bring them back when they become available. Thank you for your suggestion.Less
Macadamia and pine nuts really should be refrigerated since they go rancid quickly.
Thank you for your concern. Macadamia Nuts last for at least 5 months at room temperature. We have a turnover of Macadamia Nuts that mitigates the potential for rancidity of this product. Pine nuts are displayed in the scoop bins during the winter months. When the weather is warmer, the pine nuts are packaged or placed in a container in the grab and go display. During the very warm season, the macadamia nuts will
also be refrigerated.
A very inexpensive heated seed sprouting mat under the honey and molasses might just save members a lot of time filling containers. Thank you!
The reason the honey has been pouring slow is because it was crystalizing in the container. This is something we do not want to serve our members. We are now rotating our honey bins more frequently to prevent this and it has been going very well. We have discussed this idea in the past and intentionally decided against it. We do not want to put a heating mat under the dispensers because of dangers of electrical fires if it is left on for long periods of time. Long term exposure to heat, even at low temps, also degrades the quality of the honey (especially the raw honey).
Please give it a try now and let us know if you notice any improvements or if the same issues are occurring.
Thank you very much for shopping at the Coop.
The East Side Bulk DepartmentLess
Please order Camamu Conditioning Bar and Camamu Shampoo Argan Horsetail
Members can special order Camamu Soap that is not on our Camamu display at the Eastside store. There are allotted spaces for each Camamu soap that we carry–there are no additional spaces to include your preferred soap at this time. If a special order form is completed, the buyer will be able to place the soap on the next order. Please feel free to call the Eastside store to place a special order.Less
Please carry this product. Against the Grain Nut-free Pesto Gluten Free frozen pizza. Thank you!
This product is new to UNFI and not yet available from our distributor. When it becomes available, we will do our best to bring it in. Thanks so much.Less
Please stay open until 9pm again. I work long 12 hour shifts that end at 7:30pm. With the new hours I am unable to go food shopping on days that I work. I really miss this.
Thank you for the suggestion about our store hours, as we’ve not received much member feedback about our current practices since last year. We are now exploring the option of keeping the Westside open longer. Our Eastside store, impacted by our Order for Pickup Service, is less likely to be able to stay open longer until more COVID related restrictions are lifted. We are weighing many factors related to this decision, such as labor availability, cost and other needs for cleaning and stocking while the store is closed. We hope to have a decision made by April about hours for late Spring and Summer.
Thank you again for the feedback about what would work better for you, and for supporting the Co-op, and I will let you know when we are able to adjust hours to accommodate more customers like yourself.Less
Distributed by Crown Pacific? Okazu Pan We should carry this product. Local, based in Rainer Beach.
We would love to carry this product, but the distributor doesn’t deliver to Olympia Wa.Less
It seems you've quit carrying Amy's tofu gluten free organic pot pie. I used to buy one them almost every time I came here - at least 1x a week. Anyway, I miss it a lot and hope you might reconsider carrying it. p.s. anything that's gluten free is always better if it's organic.
Due to the pandemic, Amy’s has reduced their product line and really streamlined their selections.They had to cut down significantly what they offer to keep their top sellers in stock.Less
Move scale to remove bottleneck.
Hello. Thanks for your suggestion.In these times it is difficult to remove all bottlenecks, although we are doing our best. In the bulk department we don’t have a lot of space to do much rearranging, so that scale will remain in it’s present location. We will look into acquiring another scale and see if we can find a second location for it.Less
Please re-order more Straus European Butter 85% butterfood. This is an amazing product which no other store carries. Thank you!
Straus is now experiencing availability issues. The official word we’ve heard is that the butter shortage is related to the pandemic. We will probably not receive any more deliveries of Straus butter until late January.
In general, certified organic butter will likely be in short supply through the coming months. We’ll do our best to have multiple high-quality options available at the Co-op. Many of the highest quality butters that are likely to remain steadily available are grass fed European-style butters from Ireland or mainland Europe. They are not certified organic, but the EU has very high standards for quality.
This Bulgarian pepper spread is wonderful and healthy.... I have to go to Seattle to buy it...would become popular I am sure....
Unfortunately, we are not able to find this product through any of our grocery distributor catalogs. We will keep an eye out for it though.Less
I don't know why the West coop uses a different supplier for almonds than the East coop almonds. The West Co-op almonds are much better tasting and lower price. I do all my shopping at the Eastside store because it's a far superior store. But I have to go all the way to the Westside for their superior almonds. Please get better raw organic almonds! Maybe order them from the West co-op!! Thanks!
You might be speaking of the unpasteurized almonds from Sicily, Italy as their flavor spectrum has a
range to include bitter. The context is not “superior” almonds. I think it is a matter of preference and a cultured taste and expectation of how almonds should taste. We extend variety to our customers/vendors so they may have options. We appreciate your suggestion, it is important feedback. At this time we are not introducing additional almonds to our bulk display.
Jovial just came out with an organic cassava flour noodle. It'd be rad to have it on the shelf! Thanks!
We ordered the fusilli and they are here! Please look for the cassava noodles on the Co-op shelf at both Westside and Eastside locations now. Thank you for your suggestion!Less
Thank you so much for providing the order for pickup option, I have used it since its inception. I am thankful to the persons who have taken the time to choose my groceries for me, and to get it to my car. Hopefully, the situation will resolve so that seniors can come into the store and be safe.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience using our order for pickup curbside option. We hope the situation will resolve as well. We miss our seniors. Until then, we hope the curbside pickup continues to work for you.Less
More affordable organic wines please! FRA has others besides red.
The west side has been selling wine at a pace faster than we could keep stocked, so we got rid of the baskets and put in more shelving. We invite you to come in and see our expanded display and additions.
Some fun facts to know about the wines on the Westside.
Wines under $12.00 = 18
14 of which are Organic
We have a total of 34 Organic wines and carry a total of 47 wines
13 Vegan Wines and all Domaine Bousquet and Stellar Organic wines are Vegan.
As far as cheaper or lower priced wines. Some things to keep in mind: many of our wines are certified fair trade, organic and vegan friendly wines. We have wines that are dry farmed or Biodynamic. We have great quality wines from all over the united states and world. Also, we cannot buy huge quantities of wines which would help drive the price down for the consumer. Again, 14 of our wines are Organic and Under $12.00.
Please carry Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Shreds and Slices!
We do sell these. They are on special through August 4, 2020. Since they are new and on special they are sometimes out of stock at our distributor.
Can we still get Jackson's Honest Potato Chips?
Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips are not available, sorry.
I emailed the company to inquire why they are not available through our UNFI distributor anymore and I have not seen them available through our other distributors.
Bradley for Grocery Department
Please carry TVP (textured vegetable protein) again.
Our current supplier “Bob’s Red Mill” is undergoing a repackaging project. A lot of their products are temporarily out of stock until completion of the project. Stay tuned, we will restock when it becomes available.
Tamara in GroceryLess
I’m sorry to say that we can’t get South river tamari. South river miso
co.does not ship their products in the summer months. Besides the
shipping limitation, the tamari they produce is extremely limited. In
the past when we have requested it, they have shipped only one bottle.
We can look into it later this year in the cool weather months and see
if it is available.
OFC Grocery Manager
Please stock tigernut flour
Currently, our main distributor dropped all tigernut products and flours.
For a bit, we were ordering direct, however their minimum order was so big and we do not get other products from them that sell well, we were stuck having to order half a years supply. Also, we had a little confusion around ordering. It all adds up sadly not having a reasonable source presently. If you find one, let us know. Thanks, Bradley
My family and I regularly purchase the Roma tomatoes for multiple recipes. Today was the first time that I was unable to purchase the Romas, as they were shiny with food-grade wax. Please purchase the other Roma tomatoes which the Co-op has been stocking for years, from the same farm. We are not able to buy tomatoes with food grade wax all over it. Not all organic foods are created equal.
I saw those Romas and wasn’t very excited about them either. Those will never be my first choice and when it comes to Romas we usually don’t have many options.
Here’s how it works: We order from two distributors. With most things we switch between the two depending on price and quality. With most things we get to pick which farm/label we get, a few we don’t. Roma quality and availability is finicky day to day and we never get to choose between labels. There are almost always issues with ripeness at one distributor or the other. So, my point is that with Romas, on a lot of days I only have one good option or no good option.
We’ll always lean away from the waxed fruit if we have options but if that’s what we can get, I’d rather have waxed Romas than no Romas. Sorry we didn’t have what you were looking for when you came in. Especially in these times of limiting trips in public, that must have been super frustrating.
How about letting members know how much they rounded up each year?
We collected $4,363 for the Community Sustaining Fund, $2,516 for Cooperativa Tierra, $249 for the South Sound Community Farm Trust and $769 for Capitol Homecare.Less
Can you put different/better flavors of LaCroix in the cold section? Nomore grapefruit/lime! 🙂
I’ll swap out for 2 other flavors for a bit. thanks for the suggestion.
Lime and Grapefruit, being the top sellers by far, will rotate back in to the cooler.
Of course, we have 8 flavors on the shelf.
Pleeeeease carry this product. It is Amazing - Got it at Sacramento Food Co-op and Ashland Food Co-op has it, too. Durham Ranch New Zealand Elk. Frozen Ground Elk.
Hello and thank you for your suggestion!
Because venison is such a unique product and something that is hard to find, we have toyed with the idea of carrying this item specifically for a long time. Oh how we wish there was a domestic venison grower that met our product selection guidelines and was available to us, we would love to carry that product! Over and over again, the conversation within the Meat Dept comes back around to the fact this product- Durham Ranch Ground Elk- is sourced from over 7,000 miles away, and this alone has been enough for us to repeatedly decide not to carry it.
While we understand there may be desire for us to offer it on our shelves, we feel that because it is available elsewhere, because of the carbon footprint of air-freighting it to the U.S. market, and because putting it on our shelves means taking something else off to make space for it, we won’t be bringing it in at this time.
We have been on the lookout for any other options available that we might be able to offer, and will continue to keep our eyes open for that. We appreciate your suggestion and participating in your Co-op’s processes!
Eastside Meat Dept managers
Please stock Quorn patties (as well as the nuggets that are already stocked)
Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, due to its low sales volume, we are unable to carry this item on the shelf. However, we can attempt to special order it for you–please call the store and ask to place a special order if you would like that. Thanks!Less
I don't want to sanction people who are housing insecure, or who are busy and need to shop from among the packaged products for convenience. However, for environmental reasons I suggest making it cheaper to buy bulk (where there is a bulk option versus bottled or packaged). I mean this for all bulk items whether dry, liquid, refrigerated, or other. Also maybe add per-purchase discounts for those who buy bulk and bring their own container. Maybe money off per container? I try very hard to wash and reuse containers, and to reuse bags for produce. Since I'm stretched for cash, though, it REALLY disappoints me that often I could get the same or similar product cheaper by purchasing it pre-packaged. This might also help make more shelf space since theoretically it would reduce consumption of packaged products. Thanks.
Thank you for your interest and your feedback. We strive to keep all of our prices low while upholding our contracts and agreements with our suppliers, which seek to reward producers with fair prices as well as our members. While we share your concern for the environment, our bulk prices are as low as we can currently make them. We do offer discounts for reused containers in our salad bar, and will give thought to how we can expand this benefit. It is helpful to know what specific products you are referring to. Per pound, most of our bulk prices are very competitive and we offer a great deal.Less
Consider carrying Good Culture cottage cheese Regular (blue label)
The Regular cottage cheese got bumped out because the double cream sells nearly twice as well. Just how it works sometimes. I’m willing to look at numbers and see if I can move the set around to bring it back though.Less
I wish to buy King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Pancake mix again. There was none on the shelf today.
I brought it back, it is in the warehouse and I will set it on the shelf tomorrow,Friday. We probably cut it due to lack of sales but I will give it another go.
Please carry Rapunzel organic sugar in the stores, again! This brand is superior to the wholesome sugar brand, which is more common, and is available at most major chains, such as Safeway. Rapunzel is a small, organic brand which is harder to find. But it is available! It would be great if the Co-op could work with this company once again.
I agree, I love that sugar as well. Our distributor discontinued this product. It may be worth a try to ask them to bring it back as they carry some other Rapunzel products. As for working with this company directly, they are in Germany and it may not be worth our while for one product. So, it is not looking good and… I will keep trying to find a way to bring it back.
Please carry OMG organic cocoa powder in the store. This is a very good, a delicious brand of cocoa powder. Much better than Nvitas. omgsuperfoods.com OMG organic cocoa powder is made with less heat than Nvitas, which retains its flavor, and also makes it more healthy. This is a staple item for people who love to bake. Please consider working with this company, and offering their products at the Co-op.
I have sent in a question to this company about their fair trade practices. If I get confirmation and some good information about the partnerships they have with farmers than I will look furthering into bringing in this product.
Thank you for the suggestion, this Cocoa powder looks delicious and nutritious.Less
Please start stocking Siete brand "Burrito size" cassava flour tortillas. Thank you!
There is currently a manufacturer outage on this product 2/27. I’ll keep trying to order it and hopefully it’ll come in soon.Less
Is there a way to provide bulk coconut oil? Thanks
Hi, we appreciate your suggestion. Unfortunately, this would require a heated dispenser that would be too large to fit in our current set. Also, we aren’t sure how it would affect the quality of the oil to constantly keep it in its liquefied state. One suggestion would be to special order a bucket of coconut oil yourself; it is available in various quantities, and you would save an additional 10%. Thanks!Less
Please do not put the "heavy duty" plastic bags in produce dept. Too much plastic!! Just had a customer who used 10 bags - 1 for each produce item. Use them in bulk only!
We stock the “heavy duty” bags specifically for produce. The lighter duty bags blow out when they are filled with apple and oranges. We’ve started stocking a paper alternative with a handle that people seem to be using more and more. We’ve been offering more paper in the produce department and we will soon offer a smaller bag for when someone doesn’t need a big one.
That said, I hear your concern about folks using a lot of bags for produce. I’m surprised (frankly, shocked) by it a lot myself. I think there are folks working on signage to encourage people use reusable bags.
Thanks for thinking about stuff like this.Less
Several times I bought Coyo Yogurt in small plastic containers - mold although not reached expiration date. Check distribution chain?
Sorry you’ve gotten bad products. I hope you came in and got credit for them. I’ve been in contact directly with the company (Coyo) multiple times now, and honestly their answers to this point have been in my opinion kind of dismissive of the problem. I’ve been told that this is an rare yet ongoing issue with the probiotics sometimes going into “overdrive” and causing an explosion in growth, and that they have no way of telling which ones will or won’t do it. They also don’t have batch numbers so it’s next to impossible to see which ones may develop a problem. I’m sorry I don’t have more info, but I am keeping a close eye on it.Less
Does the Coop carry A2 cheeses?
I got your request for A2 cheese. Were you aware that all sheep and goat milk has A2 protein? We have many sheep and goat milk cheese options.
There are not a lot of cow milk cheesemakers who specifically breed for all A2 genetics in their herd. One reason is that as cheese ages, the protein breaks down into small peptide chains, which would probably make the A1 or A2 origin irrelevent.
That being said, we do proudly carry Cascadia Creamery cheeses. They are based in Troutdale, WA and they have an all A2 genetics herd. We usually always have Cascadia’s “Glacier Blue” and “Sleeping Beauty” cheeses. We occasionally have others that they make. http://www.cascadiacreamery.com/beyond_organic.html
Here is a great article on A2 milk and cheese.
Thanks for your inquiry. I hope this is helpful information.Less
Good Karma original unsweetened refrigerated +protein in 1/2 gallon size - instead of the one we have now which is original & unsweetened but no protein...! 🙂
With limited space and an abundance of alternative milk options, I’m apprehensive about bringing in another product, which is untested and I don’t have an idea of what sales would be. Or if it would sell better than the products we currently have on that shelf, which sell very well. The only option I could see would be to replace the unsweetened (no protein) flax milk and put the protein one in its space. But again, I’m weary of doing this, since the unsweetened is one of our biggest sellers. Long story short, I’ll contemplate options, and in the meantime if you’d like to special order a case yourself or with friends, I’d be happy to place that order for you.Less
Is it possible to stock organic goat cheese?
What a coincidence, we ordered a new organic chevre from Amaltheia Organic Dairy today! Also, we always stock Montchevre organic chevre in both plain and garlic herb flavored. We are not offered many Certified Organic goat cheeses outside of these fresh cheeses but are always on the lookout for what our distributors stock. Many of the small goat farms and creameries do use highly ethical and sustainable practices but can not afford the cost to be USDA Certified Organic. Most are very open about their practices, have websites describing them, and will answer any questions or concerns you have via email.
I would like to also direct you to cheese from our local Lost Peacock Creamery. They are not certified organic but are dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices. They are Certified Humane. Their goats graze on pasture and are supplementally fed local grain and certified organic alfalfa from Eastern Washington. There is no soy, wheat or corn in their feed. It is an all Non-GMO diet. They don’t use pesticides, hormones or anti-biotics.
They make two aged cheeses, an Asiago style and a Gouda style. When the goats are producing milk in the spring, summer and fall they also make fresh chevres and Halloumi, a cheese you can throw on the grill like a steak! Look for these at both stores. We sell whatever they have available, depending on the time of year.
Thanks for caring about these issues and for your question.Less
Can't find breath mints or breath spray in store?
Currently, we do not have breath mints at the west side Olympia Food Co-op. However, we do have sugar-free breath freshening gum on aisle 2 (a couple/few shelves below chocolate bars). Breath spray can be found in our oral care set, on the same shelf as mouth wash and above toothpaste.
Thanks for your inquiry!Less
Forager chips. Cheesy green and green green are so delicious. Better than wasabi green. Please consider this.
We have Forager organic leafy green chips “Super Greens’ . Look for them in the chip display!Less
I miss bulk Pamala's!!!!!!!!!! cup 4 cup- not the same or even close 🙁
Hi, we miss it too, sorry to say it was discontinued in bulk. I believe we do still carry it in packages. We are trying out other options, the Cup 4 Cup is indeed very different. The Eastside is trying out Bob’s 1 to 1; if you happen to try it, let us know if you like it any better. These are the only options available in bulk from any of our distributors at this time.
Thanks for letting us know.Less
I'm concerned about reaching bulk organic eggs. Might be challenging for folks with accessibility issues.
thank you for your comment, and for speaking on behalf of those who
may find shopping with accessibility issues hard.
we just recently re-set the chill coolers, with accessibility in mind
specifically around the bulk eggs. we had heard several concerns that they
were previously too low for some of our shoppers. the bending over was
strenuous. however, if and when we hear that this placement doesn’t work
for anyone living with ‘accessibility issues’ we will work with them to change our coolers again.
thank you for reaching outLess
Can we bring back the little bottle of ginger juice?
We still have it. It moved to a different shelf location. Please feel free to ask for help locating products in the future. We are glad to help customers/members spot things.Less
It's tamale season (holidays) Great dried Chili selection! (check) Platanos (check) Masa harina (check) but, no tomatillos! 2nd year in a row!
I remember talking last year, sorry we failed you this year too. They don’t seem to be available much this time of year but I wrote it on my calendar to bring them in mid-December 2020. Also, please don’t hesitate to call and request them a few days before you’ll be shopping. Tomatillos are never a big seller but we’re happy to bring them in when we know someone will be shopping for them.Less
Please stock more So Delicious unsweetened coconut yogurt (16 oz). You always run out and it's very popular! This is the only store that carries it. Thanks!
All So Delicious yogurts are listed as “potential out of stock” items through our distributor. We order this product consistently and hope that it will show up more regularly in the future.Less
Can you bring Mary's slow growth chicken? They are excellent! Thanks!
Hello- Thank you for your inquiry.
Upon researching Mary’s Chicken website, I believe this to be what they call their Heirloom variety. My supplier, Plymouth Inc. out of Seattle, can get this for us on an 8 day lead time order (so I would need to order on a Sunday for the next next Monday delivery). It looks like the pricing is in the ballpark of the Draper Valley Ranger and the Mary’s Organic lines that we carry. I might look at bringing in a few options of this Heirloom “slow growth” line sometime in the future, but in the meantime, I would also like to point you towards the locally grown pastured chicken we carry from Chehalis Valley Farm. It is available in the frozen meat section, is non-GMO certified, is very local, and quite delicious!
I am more than happy to order a case of the Mary’s Heirloom chicken just for you (and it’d qualify for 10% off as a special order!), it looks like I can get you any number of cuts (breasts, thighs, whole bird etc). Call the Eastside store if you would like to place an order for a case and we can get started on it for you.
Also- maryschicken.com has a lot of great info and contact information straight to the family farm itself!
Hope this is helpful, and thanks for the suggestion!Less
Please bring back Barbara's Cereal Brown Rice Crisps (we checked in UNFI website & product #68526 seems to be in stock) Thanks!
Okay, I will bring this back in, next delivery, Thursday January 9th.Less
Quinoa Flakes by Ancient Harvest. Can we get that back in?
I will bring this back in when it becomes available; right now it is a manufacturer outage. However, I believe it did not sell well, so it will be on a trial basis to see if it sells well now.Less
Make a "create shopping list" on website with the PLU's attached and an option to have it texted, printed, or emailed to yourself. This way, you don't have to write them down and/or rely on cash attendants to memorize or have you go get them. A more efficient, less time consuming, process is needed.
This is a great idea! I will look into it! Thank you!
– Website CoordinatorLess
Black Garlic - in Produce at Westside - huge hit - it will be great for the Eastside. Benefits off the charts! Black Garlic - by Fresh Perspective - TUMWATER!
We brought it in in December!Less
Black Sheep creamery. The creamy cheese in a cup was AMAZING.
Hello. We love this cheese too. Black Sheep fresh cheese is seasonal, only made when the ewes are providing fresh milk. Usually available approximately May to September. Meanwhile, try their hard aged cheeses.Less
Hail Merry makes a sweet potato version of their cups. They are the best of the various flavors. I will buy them regularly if you can carry them.
We brought these in a while ago, and they didn’t sell very well compared to the other flavors. With limited space in that section, I don’t think we’ll be bringing this item in.Less
Light Life regular tempeh (other than Fakin' Bacon)
Although this is listed as a “Chill” item, it is carried in our frozen section. I’ve talked to the managers of that department and they don’t have plans of bringing in this product. They have multiple varieties of locally made tempeh which they would prefer to give more space to.Less
Please get the gluten and dairy free pie crust back . I and my friends love it and we miss it. Thanks.
Our distributor for Silly Zaks Pie Crust stopped carrying them so we immediately found another distributor but they have been out of stock. They are ordered 3 times a week and soon as they are back in stock through the distributor, we will have them. Maybe ask a staff person to help locate them. Thank you for your support of the product.Less
Please restock those delicious paleo brownie frozen. It's my only treat option. 🙂
The frozen paleo brownies are still being carried and stocked at both locations. Sometimes they move locations but we do still carry them. Maybe ask a staff person to help locate them. ThanksLess
More small size carts please! Larger ones are harder to navigate in narrow isles. Thanks!
The crowded aisles at the westside can be challenging. We only have room to store one size of carts at the westside store, so we have to compromise and use the smallest available full-size carts. We only have 10 of them, so that helps limit how many can be blocking the aisles at any point in time.Less
Please carry coconut bliss coffee flavor. You have many chocolate flavors and zero coffee.
I will try out the Coconut Bliss Coffee flavor as soon as I am able to sell through some of our other flavors we are trying to discontinue. Thank you for the suggestion.Less
I love the Equal Exchange avocados! They riped perfectly. Thank you. (please keep them) 🙂
We love the Equal Exchange Avocados as well, but as with all produce their availability is affected in ways beyond our control. It can be related to supply and demand (not available at all, or the price is so high we don’t believe it reasonable to offer to our customers) or quality issues – mainly if the avocados are overripe/gone bad already. We do try to prioritize them over other brands as much as possible, and will keep the enthusiasm for them in mind in making our choices as produce buyers. Thanks for your comment!Less
Requesting that you continue to carry Parmela's Vegan / cashew cheddar and mozzarella "cheeses" please. They do not contain palm oil and are delicious. Thank you!
We do carry this brand. We usually only have one flavor of the shreds at a time due to space issues though.Less
We do not need strawberries from California and cucumbers from Mexico. Both are poor quality and expensive. Bring local. Please!
Thanks for your comment. Our produce managers subscribe to the idea that we should bring in produce from as close to home as possible.
As for those Mexican mini cucumbers you saw, we’ve been buying mini cukes mostly from Indigo Farm here in Olympia. Shoppers love the mini cucumbers and when Indigo couldn’t keep up with sales, we’ve subbed in from the distributor and the are from Mexico.
When it comes to strawberries, most of the year California is all that is available to us. For a short window in June we can get them from Thurston county and sometimes we can get them from Oregon. So, if we only brought in local strawberries we would have them for a month per year.
I appreciate your commitment to buying local and thanks for the input. We will continue to buy as much local as is available to us, but when it’s not, I appreciate being able to source produce from other regions.
The Bulk chili powder now has rice concentrate. Can we get Bulk chili powder without fillers of any kind? Love this store.
Thank you for pointing this out. We have emailed Frontier and are waiting to hear from them. We will update when we know!Less
Chocolov has three organic 73% chocolate bars - since you have a small space for chocolate one of those would be great! Thanks, Molly
Thank you for your suggestion. We look forward to bringing in one of these chocolate bars. Keep a look out!!!!!!!!Less
Diestel Turkey Ranch Deli Chunks, like Skagit Valley Co-op sells.
The product you have requested is only available in very large quantities – bulk amounts of more than 10 pounds. Skagit has a full-service deli which enable them to package items onsite. For now, the Olympia Food Co-op can only sell pre-packaged meat items. Someday perhaps we will have a butchery onsite too! Thank you for your suggestion.Less
I am a new member to the Oly Co-op & I want to advocate for a soap/shampoo product called Bright Earth Shampoo Nut-soap. It is the only coconut free shampoo that I have found. Please consider ordering it & having it as an option for people who are trying to determine why they have contact dermatitis. There are no products currently in your store that are coconut free - this is a company dedicated to healthy options. It is an Ashland, Oregon based company. Thanks for considering.
We carried Bright Earth in the past – it really is a fabulous one! Unfortunately, their minimum order requirements are difficult for us to meet. I will consider bringing them back, though! Thanks for your feedback! Wellness DepartmentLess
Can you carry A2 cheese?
Were you aware that all sheep and goat milk has A2 protein? We have many sheep and goat milk cheese options.
There are not a lot of cow milk cheesemakers who specifically breed for all A2 genetics in their herd. One reason is that as cheese ages, the protein breaks down into small peptide chains, which would probably make the A1 or A2 origin irrelevent.
That being said, we do proudly carry Cascadia Creamery cheeses. They are based in Troutdale, WA and they have an all A2 genetics herd. We usually always have Cascadia’s “Glacier Blue” and “Sleeping Beauty” cheeses. We occasionally have others that they make.
Thanks for your inquiry. I hope this is helpful information.Less
One reason I prefer to shop here is bulk products - less plastic & packaging. But I've noticed that bulk can cost more. Alaffia shampoo is about 2x the cost in bulk than in a bottle?? Thanks.
This was a mistake on our part! Alaffia has multiple lines of body care product and we used the wrong price tag to the bulk Every Day Shea products. Thank you!Less
I buy roasted, salted organic mixed nuts (almonds, cashews & pecans) at Safeway. I would prefer to buy them here! Thank you!
Thank you for your request. I will consider this product when the product is available from our distributors.Less
Tieton Creamery won best in show at northwest Artisian Cheese Festival in September (Peacock, from Olympia, in top three as well). Yes, I see the Olympia Co-op has Tieton and Peacock. Bring in Mona Lisa please - from Tieton. Samish Bay Creamery deserves consideration. Their Vache is superb - Gouda also excellent. Thank you.
Hello, thank you for your support of Washington artisan cheesemakers. We have proudly carried Tieton Farm & Creamery cheeses since 2015. They are one of our favorite United States artisans. We sell all of their cheese but we don’t have all of them all of the time. We did sell Samish Bay Vache and Ladysmith in the past. They were not popular enough to stock except on occasion. We attend the Washington Artisan Cheesemaker’s Festival every year and are thrilled that Olympia’s own Lost Peacock won 2nd place for their Halloumi! Tieton’s Ember was the 1st place winner, and is on special through November. Check the Local Tray in the cheese case! Thanks!Less
Would you please consider restocking the herbal chai you carried before and also sucanat. Both bulk. Thank you lovely Co-op people!
The herbal chai is discontinued from the manufacturer. We also cannot get bulk sucanat.Less
Italian licorice (like we used to carry) please and thank you.
We are selling the Italian Licorice when we can get it. I am now selling licorice in packages when I can purchase licorice, you will see them for sale, however, not consistently.Less
Can you please remove "Master Tonic" from supplements to another section so covered by food stamps please.
The Master Tonic is considered by the producer to be a medicinal product.Less
It appears that the Co-op is no longer stocking "Choice" brand of Bancha tea (tea bags). Would love to see it on our shelves again!
Had low sales. Will try again this winter.Less
Please bring back Oregon Chai Original if only just for winter. Please? P.S. they have it west.
This is not a high seller, so we made room for other products. You are welcome to place a Special Order for a case, and receive a 10% discount.Less
Bulk, Why are the pine nuts from Russia? Can't we get them closer?
I desire greatly that you enjoy the pine nuts from Russia. The quality of the pine nuts from Russia is excellent. Until I source a comparable product that is available closer to our geography, I will be selling pine nuts from Russia.Less
We have noticed Lilly's hummus has not been on the shelf. We have 8 kinds of bulk almonds and one kind of hummus. We question this.
We stopped carrying Lilly’s hummus due to exceptionally slow sales. We can special order a case anytime. They come 6 to a case, 12 oz. containers. Available in plain, roasted garlic, olive, roasted red pepper, tomato basil, and roasted jalapeno.Less
Could you stock Choice Darjeeling tea? I like 'em. I can't find 'em.
Due to low sales of this specific item, we are trying others. You can find it at the westside. Or, you could place a Special Order and get a 10% discount! They come in boxes of 6 count.Less
Organic Valley Neufchatel - can we bring it back?
I’m sorry, we won’t be bringing Neufchatel back. We discontinued it because we sold only about 2 packages a month. You may Special Order a full case of 12 and get 10% off it if you are a current Co-op member. Thanks.Less
Purple Sweet Potatoes???? Missing...
These sold very, very slowly for us, so we discontinued them. We may bring them back during colder weather, but until then, you can order them in a 40 pound case. Please check in with any staff if you’d like to place a special order.Less
Almost everything is organic fresh and local. Food is great. Staff are very kind. Has everything related to food. We go here very often. Rating * * * * *
So glad you've got Mary's Gone Crackers. My very favorite is the Black Sesame Seaweed - Divine - Would love to find it here!
I will try them and see how they do. Look for them on the self in the next month. Thanks for the suggestion.Less
requesting monk fruit sweetener. You already carry the brand that makes it. This is my second time requesting, good alternative.
I am bringing it it. Will be set soon.Less
Love you! Please, please, please get rainbow popcorn. Like at the westside Co-op. I go there only for that product. The while popcorn here is no good - yellow is great - mixing yellow & rainbow is the best!!
Hi, I called to find out if the co-op had heard of the Gimme 5 Program and the person I spoke to said that it might be something you might be interested in. It's a recycling option for number 5 plastic. I don't know a lot about it, but for example, plastic starbucks cups and other #5's can't be recycled in our street side bins... Here is a link: https://www.preserveproducts.com/recycle/programs/gimme-5-program-171 It should explain everything I hope. Maybe you could help bring the Preserve bin to Olympia? I don't want to add to the landfills! If I can somehow help out, let me know.
Thanks for the suggestion! I as the Recycling Coordinator will look into this. In the past the Co-op has refrained from specific recycling programs that collect things like light bulbs or clamshells or other hard to recycle items because successful participation requires accumulating a lot of a specific type of thing. With our stores as jam packed as they are, it is hard to figure out where we would put such a bin to recycle things, or where we would store them while we wait to have enough to constitute a “load”. So far, there are other things, like redirecting compost to local farms, that have seemed to be smarter uses of our time and space. However, I really appreciate hearing from you to know that you would like to see this kind of thing, because it helps move it up the priority list to know that shoppers want to have the Co-op be a place they can recycle difficult things.Less
I think it would b e great to have some real bowls and/or plates to have for the salad bar for those who want to eat at the Co-op. Would be less take away containers thrown away. Even just like 10.
We think that would be great too. Sadly our current size and facilities are not able to accommodate that. One day when we are bigger, we aim to provide nice reusable plate ware. Also, there are always free usable containers available on the shelf in the salad bar corner. You are welcome to use any container, such as your own from home. Make sure to weigh it before getting any salad (scale is also on that shelf in the salad bar corner). And! We will give you 5¢ whenever you use any container that is re-used!Less
No vegan sandwiches AGAIN. More sales missed. This is very disappointing. Animal flesh is going down hill because people are educating themselves that it's wrong & unnecessary to use others bodies.
We strive to support people who have a vegan diet. We try to always have a vegan sandwich available. There are also many delicious vegan options on our salad bar.Less
I live on the Eastside - I no longer have room to pull into the center turning lane during rush hour because of the close proximity of pedestrian island. Why was it placed so close to the Co-op? During rush hour, I have not enough time or room to get into the center lane to make a left. Not a good solution! And I have to get on I-5!
Hi! It’s true that the placement is no good for turning left. Unfortunately we weren’t consulted on design or placement. There’s not anything we can do, but we do encourage you to contact City of Olympia. It’s probably too late for this project, but maybe in the future, they’ll check with local businesses during planning.Less
I keep getting charged regular price for sale items. Since i get email receipts i don't notice till i'm home, and it seems petty to go back for a dollar or so. Also since i receive the low-income discount i don't want to complain. But many times they are things i'm only buying because of the sale price, or i buy several to stock up - to later see I was charged the full amount is frustrating. It happens at both stores. It seems like the price isn't entered into the computer system. I try to pay attention as the items are getting scanned, but it's hard to do while also (inevitably) chatting and bagging groceries. It's starting to add up though over the last several months that i have been noticing this. Thank you! I <3 OFC!
It is important at some point to come in with copies of your receipts and get refunds for those mis-rung items. It is our error, and we try to fix all issues prior to specials, but we don’t always catch everything.
We are good on our word. If we promised you a price, that’s the price you should pay and never should feel bad about making us correct this!Less
Does the Co-op have a shoes-required policy? If so, how can I most effectively contribute to a potential change in the policy? I would enter the Co-op more often if I knew that shoes weren't required.
Thank you for your question. The Co-op does not require that our shoppers wear shoes, however, glass is broken frequently on our tile floors, and although we do our best to sweep up the shards, some may remain.Less
Can we get these delicious items again sometime? I will buy them regularly. Organic Valley vanilla grass milk yogurt, Organic Valley low fat cottage cheese in the blue tub, and Petit Pot de Creme yummy 'lil pudding in glass.
All three of those products we’ve carried in the past, and they didn’t sell well enough to carry them anymore. We can special order a case, but unfortunately we can’t justify the cost, and potential loss, if sales trends stay as they were, and we lose a large amount of product which goes to pull dates. Sorry 🙁
Please bring back Virgil's Cola - or even better - China Cola back? (Fentman's to expensive).
Hi. Sorry to say Virgil’s and China Cola are discontinued from our distributor. We are researching alternatives. Blue Sky & Hansen’s are owned by Coca Cola.Less
Please carry Bob's Redmill organic TVP - the Co-op sells Bob's Redmill TVP that is non GMO, but Bob's Redmill does make organic TVP.
The organic TVP from Bob’s Redmill is not available from our distributor, UNFI. I can ask our Bob’s Redmill broker to see if our UNFI supplier can start to carry it, but no guarantees. Sorry.Less
More GT's Guayusa Turmeric booch! Please and thank you! 😉
We now carry it, and is often out of stock due to its popularity. You can try to order directly from our distributor through a placing a Special Order. Visit staff at our Customer Service desk and they will help you.Less
Please consider Bitchin' Sauce - so good & found it at Marlene's.
We decided not to carry this product due to the possibility of offending customers. We reached out to the company, but they were unwilling to change it. We are looking into another dip product called “this is nuts” from the same vendor.Less
Meat "reduced price" stickers are invariably placed over label stats like weight. Please do not obscure!!!
Thanks for the feedback – we’ll work on it. This is the first we’ve heard of this issue and will strive to do better still. Thanks!Less
Please carry 16 oz. or larger size of Bellwether Farms Plain Yogurt (and maybe blackberry too).
We can’t get the 16 oz. size from our main distributor currently. I will keep an eye out for it, because it is a good product.Less
Could you restock the new GT fermented cider drink? <3 Guayusa Turmeric. Thanks!
Since this product is new and popular, our distributor has had some issues keeping us stocked. We will continue to order it, and have it on the shelf as much as possible.Less
Where did Iggy's hot sauce go? Please bring it back! Was it discontinued?
Ordered on April 17th. Iggy’s had a distribution problem and was going through another distributor for a time. Then are now back to distributing themselves.Less
Please bring back the Applegate spinach & feta sausage. It's the best one we carry.
This was a very slow seller and we were marking it down as it came to pull date. We brought in other options such as Billinski’s brand. Check them out! Also you can special order a case of the Applegate and we’ll get it for you. There are 12 packages per case, and you receive a 10% discount. 🙂Less
Blossom Water Grapefruit Lilac
Hi. This product is currently going through a packaging change. You are welcome to try and order it by the case, 12 of 16oz., but I am not sure it will arrive.
I will not carry it on the shelf. We have limited space and I try to not carry products with erythritol in them and prefer customers to order it for themselves so that they are aware of the ingredients.Less
For the last month the wheat grass has been 8" tall - it's terrible! It used to always be about 3" tall. I buy it for my cat and now it only lasts 2 days before it gets brown. Please please get short wheat grass again!
Thanks for the feedback. We just had one of our local farmers start to grow it. It seems like everyone wants it shorter and they’ve already started to send it that way. Let us know if you like it better or it it’s still too tall.Less
Can you please go back to carrying the granular xyletol? I can't use the flake kind. Thanks. --- Please call ASAP ---
We are currently trying to contact this company to see if they changed something on their end – for us, it’s the same order number from our distributor that we’ve always used and they do not have another in bulk. Will let you know what happens!Less
Please order Britt's Pickles brand fermented foods! They are amazing!
For us to carry, we need to order a minimum of 300, which is a lot of pickles. Individual bottles are available on their website. brittsliveculturefoods.comLess
Can you get these? Gardein, The Ultimate Beefless Burger. They sell them at Whole Foods.
We carry these now, east and west, and right now they are on sale! Also of note, the westside will be carrying them on and off all summer depending on pricing, availability, and sales space needs. Likely this summer we will have them often, and I think we have 4 – 6 options of non meat burgers available. In winter, the sales of burger like products decreases, and we change it up.Less
Would love to see Birch water here - been reading all about amazing health and restorative qualities - good detox, targets liver and kidney
This product is not currently available to us.Less
Can we get organic avocado oil? We used to have it in Spectrum.
Spectrum dos not make an organic avocado oil, not sure if it was in the past. Primal Kitchen and La Tourangelle are high quality oil, though also not organic. If one is offered, I’ll try it.Less
Please carry Jasper Hills farm "Moses Sleeper" cheese. It is the best cheese of its kind that I've tasted in the USA. It reminds me of France. It's REALLY GOOD!
Yes, we love all the cheeses from Jasper Hills! They consistently win top awards and are revered leaders in the U. S. artisan cheese industry / movement. We will rotate Moses Sleeper in at some point. Thank you.Less
Mozzarella cheese that is wrapped by the Olympia Food Co-op appears to be cut with a dirty cheese knife because after a week or two, it begins to mold in different colors. This never used to happen. The problem started around December. Please make sure the knife is clean and the cheese cutters are properly trained.
Hello. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing this problem. I assure you that all cheese packagers have up to date food safety cards and have been trained in proper “Best Practices” which of course includes sanitizing the cheese cutting wire board between each cheese. The same people have been packaging long before this issue started for you. The newest person has been packaging at both stores for over a year, and the most senior packager has been working in cheese here for about 20 years. That being said, I will check in with each worker.
Our cooler temperatures are checked multiple times each day, and are in the proper temperature zone. It is possible that the moisture or salt content has changed slightly. I can email the company to find out. Per any reputable cheese text, I suggest that you buy only the amount of cheese you will use in a week or less. Also, you may want to check your refrigerator temperature to make sure it is between 33 degrees to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Thirdly, if you open a cheese that is purchased in plastic, rewrap any left over cheese TIGHTLY in a NEW CLEAN piece of plastic wrap or cheese paper.
We have not had any other customer comments or complaints of this nature. Please let us know if the problem continues and include the “PACKED ON” date from the Co-op cheese label, if possible. I hope these suggestions have been helpful.
More variety (flavors) in baby food - or rotating flavors - don't want to purchase from Amazon - understand not a lot of shelf space - but not the only mom with this issue. Thank you. If you get more variety - can you share it on social media - facebook?
I have a very small area to work with. Is there a specific brand and specific item that you would like to see?Less
Hi! Looking for sweet pickles for a family recipe. We only have sweet pickle relish. Not right, sadly. Could we consider sweet pickles for the shelves? Thank you!
According to chowhound.com Bread and Butter Pickles are a subset of sweet pickles. We carry the Woodstock and the Sweet Creek varieties of Bread and Butter. From the site, “feel free to swap them without fear.”Less
Please, please, please carry Justin's nut butter packets all the time - not just on sale. Thanks!
Hi. When they have organic packets, I will. You can always order a case of 10 packets. If they are not on sale, you can get a 10% discount.Less
I'm thrilled to see the Simple Mills pizza dough. Please carry the entire line of mixes, especially the artisan bread, chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate cupcake mixes!!
Okay. You will see it soon.Less
Please stock all Simple Mills mixes. The cupcakes and foccacia type bread mixes are wonderful. Love to see you have pizza dough.
Okay. You will see it soon. Thanks.Less
Could we get turkey legs regularly? We need more alternatives to red meats.
Thank you for your interest! We will research availability and pricing – also if it is available fresh or frozen only – we will look into where we may make room for new product in both our displays. We appreciate the suggestion and please keep checking back!Less
Have you ever heard of Sea Kale? I understand it is very healthful and a variety is eaten in the Ukraine. If it is not available, is there a similar kale that is? I look forward to hearing from you.
I haven’t heard of it before and just looked it up. It looks interesting. Unfortunately I’ve never seen it offered by our distributors or farmers. I’ll keep an eye out for it though.Less
What happened to the chocolate covered Goji berries? Could they be brought back in? Thank you.
The Co-op does not have the environment conductive to maintaining of the chocolate products from International Harvest.Less
Cheddar Rice Crackers (they are now non-GMO)
I have been trying to carry only the organic crackers from Back to Nature. Hoping to encourage them to increase their organic line. You can order them by the case, 12 packages per case. Visit the Customer Service desk, and staff can help to place the order.Less
We would like you to carry Simple Mills artisian bread, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cupcake mixes. We now buy them at the Farm Store, or PCC in Seattle. They are terrific.
Way Better Snacks Sweet Potato. So good! Can we get them back?
Hi. This company has changed ownership and significantly changed their chips – spicing no longer baked in but is on the outside like every other chip. We are not currently interested in carrying them. You can order them by the case, some are 9 bags, some 12 bags per case.Less
Could you please stock Daiya Cheese Sauce packets? They come 3 in a box now without the macaroni noodles.
Sure. I will bring in the vegan Cheese Style Sauce (cheddar flavor). Look for it soon.
P.S. It’s here now – June 21st.Less
Field Day Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are gross! Please bring Back to Nature back. Also, love the Bobo's Oatmeal bars!
Hi. Back to Nature Chocolate Sandwich Cookies sold very slowly. I have Field Day because of the everyday low price. Also, we carry Newman O’s. I can’t carry more brand of one type of cookie because of limited space.Less
Please stock Simple Mills baking mixes - the chocolate chips, chocolate cupcakes and artisan bread are all amazing. We have to buy them elsewhere. Much better than these product you do have.
Sunny Pine Farms certified organic Twisp Goat Cheese. It's so good! Spreadable and better than what we have. Lavender honey really good. They have at PPC and Whole Foods. Please. Please!
Yes, we know about this farm/cheese. It is good! We decided to go with our friends down the street at Lost PEACOCK which we love. The textures are different an we think both are excellent. If we ordered cheese from Twisp, the shipping cost through UPS or FedEx would make it pretty expensive.Less
Could you consider stocking gluten free black licorice (for example, the gluten free scotties are delish). Thanks!
The licorice scotties online are not organic, and not bulk. You might try the licorice we sell in grocery, that is gluten free.Less
Please carry a nasal spray that’s just a simple saline solution. Nothing else. Thanks.
We carry the Nature Aid Saline and Aloe nasal spray. It’s pretty simple or try the saline solution for your eyes. It’s just saline. Thanks!Less
I love the dark chocolate covered almonds so much! Please bring them back - please, please, please.
I do not have the environment here at the Co-op to maintain the quality of this item. You may order this item in 25 pounds.Less
The Co-op is great and thank you for having drip coffee available. My request… please get a honey dispenser like the Eastside. One that I don’t have to touch the lid to open. Thank you.
Hi there and thanks for your feedback! We took your suggestion and the Westside now has a honey dispenser like the Eastside! Enjoy!
What do you think about adding a bagel toaster to the coffee table? Sure would love a toasted cheese bagel with my drip some mornings. Yum!
Unfortunately there is not space for that on our counter.Less
The cranberry beans in bulk (Hummingbird) are maybe different ages? They soak at all different lengths, for your information.
When the beans come in, we do rotate them into an empty bin and stock the older beans on top. When this happens across harvests, this may result in the problem you’ve encountered. Thanks for letting us know about this.Less
I would like to request that you carry Earth Science Liken plant herbal deodorant. Thank you.
At the Westside, we have discontinued carrying all deodorants that contain propylene glycol as an ingredient (as Earth Science does). It is something we can special order for you and have in the store within a few days (it doesn’t have to be ordered by the case), or feel free to ask any wellness worker about other great options!Less
Could you please get some other feta? The French feta is just about tasteless… Greek! or Bulgarian! Please taste and you’ll see (it’s sorta like nice solid cottage cheese). Thanks.
We’ve got three kinds of Greek feta on our shelf. We’ve carried them for a long time. Check them out!Less
Please carry Organic Girl Arugula at the Eastside store.
Two things: We only really carry it when there is no bunched arugula (or the quality isn’t good) because more people seem interested in bunch. Right now, Organic Girl is having arugula shortage. As soon as that clears up I’ll bring it back.Less
Please continue to carry Sages chicken apple sausage.
We do carry it. It has been out of stock by the manufacturer, but is now back again. Sometimes long term out of stocks occur and may be out of our hands – but we continue to order the item, patiently hoping for it to return. Thanks for your input.Less
You guys should consider carrying fresh edible flowers, either in produce or as plants - marigold, nasturtium, borage, etc. Thanks!
I’ve never seen them offered through our distributor or local farmers, and I have concerns about shelf stability, but I’ll keep an eye out for them.Less
Good Day Chocolate. Please order!! Calm Sleep Natural Dietary Supplement.
We carry Natural Calm in a variety of flavors at the eastside, and the original flavor at the westside. Also, we can order a bottle of Calmful Sleep for you anytime. Just let any staff member know you’d like to place a special order! Thank you!Less
Can we get 8 Arms bakery cookies - the ones that surround the ice cream sandwiches. Super delicious.
Thank you for the suggestions! We will look into it and bring them in if possible.Less
Simple Mills products: cookies, crackers, etc. They are gluten free and refined sugar free. I go to the Farm Fresh Market for these, and would love to get from the Co-op.
We’ll probably carry more of these soon.Less
Can we please get kalamata olives in bulk with no pits?
We choose to sell olives with pits because they maintain best flavor integrity. The grocery department sells pitted olives in jars. Also, you can bulk order a 5lb bag of pitted olives and get 10% off provided you are a Co-op member. Leave an order in person, or by phone at our customer service desk.Less
Please carry drinking water in a box. You have coconut water like this - carry regular water too - so much better for our planet. Thanks.
Of the 2 brands available to us, one is bottled in Michigan and one in Colorado. The carbon foot print is still large. We are hoping that one of these companies will make their empty boxes available for sale so we could sell them. We have some brokers checking on that. Our hope is that customers will reuse the bottles if they buy them. Thanks for the suggestion.Less
B great! Requesting the bulk spice plantain chips. I've purchased them at the Westside. Thanks!
We are presently working on what products will fit after our “remodel”. We will consider but grocery deptment carries this product.Less
I'm missing the Golden Rose brown rice - I've been buying it for a long time. Discontinued?
The Golden Rose did not sell well – slow mover. We discontinued this item, however you can still order 25 lbs. with a 10% discount.Less
I would like to be able to purchase Uncle Henry’s Toenail & Fungal Cure. Can it be ordered for me please?
This can be special ordered and doesn’t have to be ordered by the case! We order from Uncle Harry’s roughly every 10 days.Less