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Nature’s Pantry in State College

Posted by Erin Donahue on 01/27 at 04:21 PM

Spices at Nature's Pantry. Photo Credit Erin Donahue.

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2011? If so, Nature’s Pantry can help keep you on track.

Located in State College, Nature’s Pantry is a full-service health food store that sells items ranging from herbal supplements to local produce. They also carry beauty aids, essential oils, teas, and pet products.

Owner Michele Briggs strives to be an educational resource for residents of central Pennsylvania.  During a recent shopping trip to Michele’s pantry, I was astonished by the organic selection inside the store.

Herbs and spices fill the shelves from top to bottom, and although I was unfamiliar with many of the products, the staff at Nature’s Pantry was welcoming and answered all of my questions. Before I could even mutter the question, “Do you have ...?” They responded, “Aisle six.”

All of Nature’s Pantry’s staff endures extensive training on the products they carry. “My staff is very knowledgeable,” says Michele. “Many are previous cooks or caterers.”

Nature’s Pantry recently moved to a new location and now has more room to provide educational seminars and classes, such as raw food instruction.

Michele says that many diseases of our modern culture are connected to what we eat. Nature’s Pantry hopes to provide customers with information about natural foods, vitamins, and herbs. They also have a desire to support the local economy by identifying and selling quality regional products.

“We work with as many local producers as we can. I try to send my staff to farmers markets as much as possible,” ensures Michele.

Nature’s Pantry’s current popular items are quinoa, a grain grown primarily for its edible seeds, and other high protein, gluten-free products. Michele also sells a lot of detox products. “These products definitely peek after the first of the year,” she says.

Grains at Nature’s Pantry. Photo Credit Erin Donahue.

In addition to food seminars and cooking workshops, Michele hopes to reach out to more of the Penn State student population in the future.

Nature’s Pantry has monthly in-store events posted on their website, as well as recipes, nutritional information, and store specials.

Nature’s Pantry
2331 Commercial Boulevard
State College, PA 16801
(814) 861-5200

Store Hours:
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 8pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: closed

{name} Author: Erin Donahue
Bio: Erin is a senior at Penn State majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in sociology. She's excited to share her passion for food, writing, and multimedia.

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