May 31, 2015

Yelm Farmers Market opens with WOW factor

Yelm Farmers Market 2015 season opening
Photo credit: Steve Klein, Yelm Community Blog

The Yelm Farmers Market at Nisqually Springs Farm kicked-off their 2015 season this morning with a crowd right from the 10am opening through the afternoon.
Yelm Farmers Market Manager Karen Rae and Yelm Food Coo-op Board President Bill Wyman were on-hand welcoming today’s visitors and beaming from the outpouring of customers visiting over 30 vendors.

This year, the Farmers Market set-up was in a U shape on a grassy area and easy on the feet, as opposed to previous years with booths in a row on gravel adjacent the paved road. Spiffy signs throughout the community were strategically placed directing visitors to the Nisqually Springs Farm locale. Additionally, colorful, permanent roadway signs were noticeable standout this year along with country-setting wood railings along the entry.

The band Sunndown sponsored by Today’s Dental Center added a nice, festive touch and added the real feel of a true local Farmers Market. The locally sourced products from so many vendors showcased the talent that thrives in our area.

A listing of some and not all of the featured local vendors:
* High Point Family Farms
* Local Flavors Market
* Paradise Organics
* Bee4Ever Apiary products

The Yelm Farmers Market is open Sundays through October 25 and is not to be missed!

The Yelm Farmers Market @ Nisqually Springs Farm
17835 SR 507 SE (adjacent Stewart’s Meats)
Yelm, WA. 98597

Open: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays
Check them out on the web:

Yelm Farmers Market 2015 season opening featured the music of Sunndown
Photo credit: Steve Klein, Yelm Community Blog

BRAVO to Karen Rae and her Yelm Farmers Market team for this jewel in our community!

May 31, 2015

Karla’s Fermented Gourmet Food Class, Sat., June 6

Photo credit: Karla’s Wild Shop

From the very popular Karla’s Wild Shop:
“Join me for my Fermented Gourmet Food Wild-Shop next Saturday, June 6th, from 2pm to 5pm.
Here you will not only learn hands-on the secrets of fermenting food but also great recipes to use them in your daily meals…it’s far beyond Sauerkraut and Bratwurst…

On our Menu are:
– Different ways of preparing Sauerkraut
– Create “your” Kimchi (mild or hot)
– Salsa, the way you like it
– Kvass, a drink from fermented beet roots
– Horseradish
You will go home with your treasures which you created during this Wild-Shop and your gut as well as your immune system will love your for that…

This Wild-Shop will open up a new horizons to process your food from your garden or framer’s market.
Become an explorer – Try out something NEW !!!

Cost: $35 plus $3 for materials.

For more info visit my website:

Empowerment through Knowledge and Experience”

May 30, 2015

Yelm Business Assn. announces next Town Hall Forum –

Yelm Business Association Town Hall, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
“About 60 people showed up to share their input at the Yelm Middle School
during a town hall meeting put on by the Yelm Business Association.
Dan Crowe of Crowe Law, standing at the podium, mediated the meeting while his wife and YBA Secretary and
Treasurer Molly Carmody writes comments from the audience on white boards.”
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News

The Yelm Business Association announces a public Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-7pm at Yelm Middle School.
Yelm business owners, city officials and the public are all invited to share their views and listen to a report on what this organization envisions for the future and the accomplishments.
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– “Yelm Business Association Seeks Relationship With City”
From the Nisqually Valley News published May 28, 2015
[reprinted here with permission of the Yelm Business Assn.]
Editor’s Note: This guest editorial was originally a letter the Yelm Business Association sent to the city of Yelm, the Yelm City Council and Mayor Ron Harding. The letter was drafted by Executive Director Dan Crowe, and vetted and approved by board members Molly Carmody, Cynthia Schmier, Steve Craig and Steve Klein. Bill Hashim has volunteered to be a fifth board member and leader of the YBA’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

To the City of Yelm, Yelm City Council and Mayor Ron Harding:

The purpose of this letter is to make certain that you are aware of the concerns that have been expressed in the city of Yelm both by locally owned businesses and by citizens of the city.

Our organization was formed to bridge the gap between locally owned businesses and their city government through advocacy, as well as to create a positive and successful working relationship between the city and our members. The term “advocacy” does not necessarily mean “adversarial,” and when used in the context of our organization, it simply means to make our concerns, needs and ideas known to our city leaders so that the decisions they make in taking Yelm forward will be made with those issues in mind.

Since forming the organization, we have been very excited to see the positive response from the community. Local business owners have repeatedly told us that they are excited to have an organization to speak on their behalf. Business owners have conveyed to us that the local citizens are welcoming and friendly, and that it is a pleasure doing business in a small town environment.

They desperately want to keep that environment as is, and are almost unanimous in wanting to see the city promote local and small businesses, as well as attracting light industrial and manufacturing businesses to add to the job-base and the tax base, and to infill some of our vacant land that is not being used.

Local business owners understand that money spent locally stays local. Money spent in big box stores and national chain stores leaves the community forever. Local business hire local people and pay living wages, and that money stays in the local economy as well. Overall, the businesses we represent love Yelm. They love the community. They hire locally, spend their money locally, and buy homes in Yelm and the surrounding area.

However, all is not rosy in Yelm. There is at least a perception, if not a reality, that the city of Yelm is extremely unfriendly to businesses. Unfortunately, because the city has refused to meet with us, it is not possible for us to address these concerns with our members and give them advice on improving the way we interact with the city. We have approached several business owners who have refused to join us or speak up because they fear retaliation from the city.

Local businesses should not have to fear their government. If we could form a working relationship, we could open up the lines of communication and, perhaps, heal those wounds. To that end, I would like to invite you to sit down with us at a board meeting so we can discuss the common goals we have and how to approach our common challenges. If you would be more comfortable discussing these issues outside of a formal meeting setting, we would be happy to meet with you over a cup of coffee or lunch. Our only goal is to open the lines of communication between the Yelm Business Association and the city of Yelm.

Once we establish a dialog, I firmly believe that you will be excited at the vision our community members and business owners have for the future of Yelm. In the short time that we have been actively growing our association, we have co-hosted events with the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, had community meetings — including the first town hall meeting Yelm has seen in almost two decades — and have gathered input from literally hundreds of community leaders, citizens and business owners.

They all have expressed a desire to see Yelm grow into destination community. They all have stated that they love our diversity, and that they would like to see our military families honored and integrated into the community. We have repeatedly heard that there needs to be places for our youth and programs to get them involved in the community in a safe and appropriate manner.

Yelm is seen by many as a “drive-by” town. It’s one long road with derelict, dilapidated buildings and a dying core. It appears to people driving through to be a town that just doesn’t care, and as you and we know, that just isn’t the case.

We need, desperately, to give people from out of town a reason to come to Yelm, and to stop in Yelm and shop on their way to Mount Rainier. We need to develop a walkable and inviting downtown core and actively attract businesses to that downtown core that are unique, interesting and cause people to want to stop and enjoy what we have to offer. We need to enforce the laws that are already on the books to hold building owners accountable for maintaining nuisances.

We have also repeatedly heard concerns that our police department is not fully funded. Our police officers are dedicated, hard-working, and do a commendable job, but there simply are not enough of them to cover a city that has grown as rapidly as Yelm has. Building a strong business community and fostering an environment that is inviting to small and mid-sized businesses would give the city the added tax revenues it needs to hire and support more officers, as well as to accomplish its other goals.

The Vision Plan is a brilliant piece of work, but it has never been updated. Yelm has exploded in size. The economy both locally and statewide has changed. The needs of the community are not what they were when the plan was formed.

We are sponsoring an event in June involving the author of Yelm’s Vision Plan, John Owen. He has graciously agreed to come to Yelm to host a walking tour and talk about how his plan has been implemented through the years, what his expectations were, and where we should go from here. The Yelm Business Association will forward the dates and details to you as soon as they become available, and we would love to have you in attendance.

As a final matter, I want you to know that interacting with the community here in Yelm has been one of the most refreshing experiences I have ever had. People love this town. They want it to succeed, but they want it to do so without losing its character.

We had 65 people show up at our town hall meeting on fairly short notice, and they were all excited and happy to be heard. That meeting could have gone all night. We will have more meetings in the future. Please make time in your busy schedules to attend and really listen to what your constituents are saying. If their enthusiasm doesn’t inspire you, then I don’t know what will.

Daniel W. Crowe is the Yelm Business Association Executive Director.

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Yelm Blogger Steve Klein is a Yelm Business Assn. founding board member.

May 29, 2015

Ronelle Funk of Yelm featured in news story

Yelm Allstate Agent Ronelle Funk
Photo courtesy: Yelm Allstate Insurance Agency

– “Ronelle Funk: Education Advisor, Counselor and Insurance Agency Owner”
“When you go to Ronelle Funk about insurance to protect the things important to your family, you get a lot more than an experienced insurance agent. You get a highly intelligent woman, an enthusiastic education advocate and a people lover.

That is all in addition to the full resources of her agency with the mission to be “The World’s Most Caring Insurance Agency” and a staff with a core value to “treat every customer like family.”

Ronelle spoke to us at her office on College Street, a familiar sight on one of Lacey’s busiest streets marked by a digital reader board outside a lovely cottage-like house,” quoting Thurston Talk.
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The Yelm Community Blog congratulates Ronelle on her achievements and for her service as a Yelm Chamber of Commerce past-President.

May 28, 2015

Algae bloom advisory for Lake Lawrence near Yelm

– “Algae bloom prompts advisory at Lawrence Lake near Yelm”
“A blue-green algae bloom in Lawrence Lake near Yelm has produced enough toxin to prompt a no-swimming advisory.”

“For more information on water-borne illnesses, visit the county health department’s web page at”
From the Bellingham Herald.
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May 28, 2015

Enjoy SUNNDOWN at The Silver Mic this Saturday, May 30th

May 28, 2015

Yelm Farmers Market opens this Sunday, 30 vendors

– The 2015 Yelm Farmers Market season is here!”
Yelm Farmers Market Manager Karen Rae shared this for Yelm Community Blog readers:
“The Yelm Farmers Market returns on Sunday, May 31st at the beautiful Nisqually Springs Farm (next to Stewart’s Meats) and will continue, each Sunday, from 10am – 3pm, through the end of October. We are looking forward to a wonderful season with fabulous vendors and an exciting new children’s program.
The Yelm Farmers Market continues to flourish by providing fresh, healthy, locally grown produce and artisan delights in a most beautiful environment. Come & visit us!

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Click here for the Market’s Goals for the 2015 season.

Courtesy: Yelm Farmers Market

– “Farmers Markets are a growth industry in South Sound”
“In Thurston County, a number of market anniversaries are being celebrated. The grand dame of farmers markets in the South Sound, the Olympia Farmers Market, turns 40 years old. Tumwater’s is 10, and even West Olympia is marking five years.

Olympia’s markets might be having an impact on its food culture. Residents of the capitol city were the most likely to report having easy access to affordable fruits and vegetables in 2012-2013 among 189 U.S. metro areas, according to Gallup-Healthways.”
[Yelm’s Farmers Market was listed in this story.]
By Craig Sailor. Tacoma News Tribune.
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May 27, 2015

A new rock band LKMY to perform in Yelm June 6

LKMY – Let’s Rock n’ Roll into the Future!
A new rock band with soul and inspiring lyrics to perform at Yelm’s Triad theater.

May 27, 2015

Yelm Rotary has three important stories of local interest

Yelm Rotary Club’s Student of the Year Ben Clark
Photo courtesy: Yelm Rotary Club

– Wine Tasting Fundraiser Saturday
“The Rotary Club of Yelm will be hosting a Wine Tasting event to benefit Friendly Water for the World, (our first Clean Water Project) on May 30th 2015, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Yelm Prairie Hotel.
Tickets are $35 per person, $50 for a couple”
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– Yelm Rotary announces their Student of the Year
“Yelm Rotary is proud to announce our first Yelm Rotary Student of the Year recipient, Ben Clark. Along with a certificate Ben will receive a $500 scholarship from our club. Ben is an incredible young adult. He maintains a 3.8 grade point average with multiple honors and Advanced Placement courses. At school he is active in all bands, varsity soccer, and is vice president of National Honor Society. In the community Ben has worked with the City of Lacey, leads numerous activities within National Honor Society and was named Yelm Youth Citizen of the Year by the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be attending Western Washington University. Ben is one of many shining stars at Yelm High School. We are happy to have him represent our club in this honor!”
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– 4th annual Prairie Stampede 5k is Saturday, June 27th
:Come join Yelm Rotary for our 4th Prairie Stampede 5k. Saturday, June 27th — Cash prizes for top finishers!”
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May 26, 2015

Yelm teachers walk off job tomorrow

– From Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian:
“Teachers in the Olympia School District have scheduled a half-day walkout for Tuesday afternoon [today] ‘in response to the Legislature’s failure to adhere to the state’s Constitutional mandate to fully fund public education,’ according to a post on the district’s website.”

“Meantime, teachers in Tumwater will hold a one-day walkout Friday, and Yelm teachers say they will walk off the job Wednesday.

‘We’re protesting the Legislature’s refusal to fund smaller class sizes for all students, which is required by law,’ Mike Snodgrass, president of the Yelm Education Association, said in a news release. ‘The Legislature also is failing to fund the professional, competitive salaries and health benefits needed to continue attracting and keeping dedicated, qualified teachers in Yelm.'”
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– From Yelm Community Schools:
“The Yelm Education Association (YEA) has voted to approve a “Day of Action.” This is a one day [May 27] walk-out to protest the Legislature’s failure to adhere to the State’s Constitutional mandate to fully fund public education. The YEA has made it clear that this is not an action against the Yelm School District.”

We will still serve students 180 days by extending the calendar one day. Thursday, June 11th will now be a full day instead of a half day of school. The last day of school will be Friday, June 12th, which will be a half day of school.”
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– UPDATE: May 27, 2015
“Yelm teachers rally against lawmakers”
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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