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In December of 2010 my husband, I and our two dogs, Hazel and Lester, left New York City and traveled by car across country. We made several stops, but the  primary place that was on our list,  before reaching Los Angles, was Patagonia, Arizona. Our main reason for visiting Patagonia was the Tree of Life Center founded by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD.  I was interested in meeting one member of his staff concerning an injury. Our weekend experience had us return for a longer stay a couple of weeks later. We rented a place in nearby Elgin, Az. and a month late Patagonia. Patagonia is a very intimate town and finding an available rental is not so easy.

Anyway, I could get into a whole lot of details that might give more texture and color to this story, but I won’t. I just want to get to the inspiration for writing this post, and that is Red Mountain Foods of Patagonia. Red Mountain has two dedicated and caring owners, and a great staff. In there original location, when we discovered it, they had an amazing array of organic and high quality non-organic foods, produce and much more in a very, very, very  cramped space. They have since moved close by and have more space and products. Everything they carry is a reflection of the owners and their customers. It is a refreshing bit of inspired “small”  business success. I have to say that their is nothing small about Red Mountain Foods except square footage. That has all changed.

The Tree of Life was a bit of a disappointment for us. It lacked what Red Mountain Foods radiated. We lived in Patagonia for approximately five months. I can say that when I think of Patagonia I remember Red Mountain Foods. It is the heartbeat of this beautiful high desert town in the south eastern part of Arizona. Hats off to Annie, Barry and the entire staff of Red Mountain Foods for their beautiful new store and all the hard work they put into building their business.

For some basic information about Red Mountain Foods click here.

Total population of Patagonia, as of 7/2011, on record at 918. Yes, you read it right, nine hundred and eighteen people. Coming from NYC, or almost anywhere, that is one intimate town. There is nothing small about Patagonia.



Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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