Organic food and art co-op is Ishpeming’s Best Kept Secret

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Rare Earth Goods Local Co-op Ishpeming Michigan

Holistic health foods in my backyard!

Ishpeming, MI  -  May 9, 2014  -

Located at 200 E. Division St., Rare Earth Goods is Ishpeming’s best kept secret. The best part for me is that it’s right in my backyard! The natural food store and art co-op is owned and operated by Pam Perkins. Rare Earth Goods spotlights an incredible selection of organic foods and a collection of art, which features the work of local artists. But that is really only the beginning…

When I walked in on Wednesday, I was greeted by Pam right away. She was friendly and personable, but not overbearing- which I can completely appreciate. A friendly “If you need anything at all, or have any questions, just holler!”, and I was on my way to discovering all the things that this little gem of a store had to offer.

I was impressed by the wide variety of local brews housed in the store’s cooler… everything from Stout, IPAs, and rich Ambers- the best thing is you can build your own six pack! I will surely remember that when I am planning my next family BBQ. No one ever wants the same kind of beer… Dad likes a good pale ale and my brother prefers a hearty stout. My brother-in-law never knows what he wants… but now I can keep all of them happy- and that is priceless!

About twenty minutes after I entered the store, I realized that I could not possibly take everything in on just one visit. My attention was harnessed by all of the amazing artwork and crafts that are displayed in almost every nook and cranny. Pam passionately believes in supporting local artists. She described her mission in her own words, “I’m here to help the artists and help people eat healthier, better foods– without having to drive all over to find them.”

Rare Earth Goods offers a extremely affordable bulk food section. I picked up some chia seeds for my smoothies and steel cut groats for breakfast;  restocked my spice cupboard with fresh bay leaves. I wandered over to the cooler and I couldn’t bear to leave without some Maple Harvest Cheddar Cheese. It is amazing to serve with breakfast, and the sweet flavor always ensures my little girls finish their eggs.  After throwing some Blue Chips and Sweet Onion Peach Salsa in the cart, I had to make a run for it. I wanted to bring the whole store home with me!

 

 

 

 

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