Stepping into Fairweather Natural Foods (1270 Iron Horse Dr, 435-649-4561, fairweathernaturalfoods.com) is a feast for the senses: the welcoming aroma of homemade vegan soups mingles with friendly kitchen chatter and the warmth of the oven baking gluten-free muffins. For the past three decades, this community market and café has served health-conscious Parkites who favor fresh over fancy.
Fairweather owner Jen Rattray began her wellness journey back in the ’80s. She had witnessed firsthand the healing powers of natural foods and supplements—first as a waitress at a vegan café on the East Coast, and then during college in the health-food mecca of Boulder, Colorado—and she wanted to share them with as many people as she could.
“You feel so good when you eat healthy,” says Rattray, who started working at Fairweather in 1992 and took ownership four years later. “It sounds cliché, but that higher vibration you get is undeniable.”
Fairweather’s shelves are lined with healthy groceries, holistic skin-care products, and vitamins, herbs, and supplements; a small produce section features local fruits and vegetables. The café offers a rotating menu of made-to-order organic juices, smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods for dine-in or takeout.
“This place has been a beacon for me and my family for nearly 30 years,” says longtime local Karen Snizik. “Jen is a supplement guru and steadfast proprietress who has created a delicious and healthy café and keeps the quaint market stocked with all the necessities of a true natural food store.”
Celebrating 30 years in business is a big deal for a small store, especially in a town like Park City that has seen stunning amounts of change and growth. Rattray may not be able to predict the future of Fairweather, but she’s committed to educating her customers, serving the healthiest products available, and adapting with the times. Just think: you can order an organic smoothie via Uber Eats from a place that opened before the dawn of smartphones.