The other day, I drove up to Alpena’s local grocery store, Neiman’s Family Market, to scope out the place and see what good things I could find to eat. I didn’t buy a whole lot, but enough to have some more options around the house for a few days. I got some strange looks from folks in the store because I kept snapping photos (granted it was on my iPhone, but still, weird looks) and they were probably wondering what the heck I was up to. I definitely had an interesting time while wandering the aisles and outskirts though, but found myself shaking my head a lot in disbelief, disappointment or disgust. Yes, lots of triple d’s going on. Seriously, if you were to see me on the store camera, you’d probably laugh your buns off at all my head shakes, and I would too.
Here’s some things I found (note — all photos taken on iPhone):
So, all in all, I left the store with a couple bunches of green kale, a couple broccoli crowns, a pint of Michigan blueberries, two peaches, some local honey, organic butter, chicken stock, organic spicy brown mustard, a few pickling cucumbers (I loves eating these guys!), a pack of Amish chicken breasts, organic omega-3 eggs, canned pure pumpkin puree, a lemon and a couple other things for my mom (bananas and paprika). Something else I enjoy from this grocery store that’s not pictured in my cart is fresh-ground almond or cashew butter that they carry in the bulk section. It’s thick, gritty and delicious! I didn’t have to get any this time around because my mom already had some for me at the house.
Sadly, there is not one speck of grass-fed beef to be found in this grocery store and aside from the Amish-farmed poultry, there’s not much quality meat to choose from. Luckily, my mom has a few different cuts of grass-fed beef from the farmer’s market in our freezer. It’s just crazy how different things are back here. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve gone back in time when I come home, but I understand that Alpena — and Michigan for that matter — is not as progressive as Portland. Regardless, my little hometown has come a long way and will hopefully continue to move in that direction.