Before we stepped foot into the People's Food Co-op, I had a preconceived notion of what it would
look like. I pictured a barn, and inside the barn rows and rows of produce, noting
else just produce. I pictured men and women in their early 20’s, flannel shirts,
glasses, beanies, “hippies” if you will. "We don’t take credit, only cash," they would
say. I pictured a big open grassy field right next to it with grazing horses and
cattle, muddy. Those notions were all kicked to the curb when GPS told us to head
Downtown? I thought…
this won't be anything like I
We arrive at a building on Harris
Street, new looking. We walk
in, me with my video camera,
relived at the fact that I would
not be getting my new shoes dirty
with mud. A grocery store? A
grocery store was not what I was
expecting at all, but it was welcomed.
I am from Ann Arbor and I’m also a HUGE health nut and work out fanatic. I miss
my Whole Foods, Plum Markets, Trader Joe's and did I mention Whole Foods was just 10 minutes from my house. Walking into this co-op, I was like a little girl
on Christmas morning. I died and went to heaven. I had to control myself when it
came to shopping because I could have easily spent over $200. It was just
like a store I would have shopped at in Ann Arbor, just hidden on Harrison Street
on the outskirts of Kalamazoo.
There produce section was AMAZING! Ask any of my friends, I am a blender queen.
I will take any fruit or vegetable, put in a blender with some protein powder, and
it will taste so good you won’t even know that it more than likely has at least spinach
or kale and fish oil in it! I instantly thought of so many shake ideas!
All of the produce was calling my name. They had samples of pears that were some
of the best I ever tasted.
My two favorite things about the Co-op were the
bulk foods section and the bins of peanut butter! I’m a huge fan of bulk. Raw nuts in bulk
are my favorite (especially almonds) because nuts make the best snack. They are
high in protein and fiber, and pair them with an apple and you have the perfect on
the go snack. I also like to make my own trail mix from bulk items. Nuts, different
seeds, dried fruits and new items you may have never heard of (I LOVE to try new
things, especially when it comes to food), so their bulk section really got me excited.
I ended up buying an item they had on sample that day in the bulk section. They were
called Vanilla Almond Honey Chunks. They were squares made of different seeds,
nuts and berries... SO GOOD! They ran me $7.99 per pound but are the perfect snack
for class, small yet filling with a serving size of two chunks for 140 calories (less
cals than a medium apple and 4 ounces of almonds).
The peanut butter station as I’m calling it was my second favorite. I don’t eat
peanut butter just because it’s a fat first before a protein and is high in sugar,
BUT I do eat almond butter. I usually buy it at Whole Foods for $7.99 a jar. The Co-op
had almond butter in a big tub and you can scoop as much or as little as you want
for the same price at $7.99 a pound. The almond butter at the co-op also didn’t look
like it separated as much as my jar at home does. I would rather support the local
almond butter especially if they’re going to run me the same price.