Cheenius recently found herself in Missoula, MT and was curious to learn the ways of the Northwestern Locavore. This rare species, while quite common in cities like Portland, is seldom glimpsed in the wilds of Montana. Luckily, Cheenius got a tip that they might congregate at The Good Food Store; so, armed with a camera and a shopping cart, she went hunting.
Lots of bulk foods! Cheenius was happy that Montanans are trying to reduce their packaging use.
Local eggs, eggcellent. Well, 78 miles away isn’t exactly local, but it’s better than Iowa.
The prices are pretty high, but c’mon! It’s BUFFALO, how unique is that?? And, you gotta love the “Buffalo Gals” label. The song connection is probably lost on some of the younger locavores, but still, points for cleverness.
Speaking of buffalo: Silent Creations Buffalo Jerky, a local company which works with ranchers to ensure the “majestic animals are treated properly throughout their lives, with plenty of room to roam and never subjected to hormones, steroids or antibiotics.”
Cheenius gets a little scared of new things, so it was nice to see lots of Lara Bar choices (which she first learned about from HP, thanks!). They’re made in Colorado, so while not exactly local, buying them in Montana felt slightly better than buying them in Virginia.
So, if you find yourself in Missoula, just saddle up and head on over to the good people at The Good Food Store for first-rate locavoring.