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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Marieke Cormier

Marieke Cormier, owner of Roots Natural Foods Market. Kitchen + Juice Bar
Marieke Cormier
  • Title: Owner
  • Company: Roots Natural Foods Market. Kitchen + Juice Bar
  • Location: Leominster
  • Residence: Leominster
  • College: Mount Wachusett Community College & University of Alaska Southeast

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Roots Natural Foods has been a fixture in Greater Leominster for nearly 20 years, and Cormier’s commitment to organic farm-to-table food always has included a healthy dose of local farms and vendors.

Cormier inherited the businesses from her mother, Ellen Jonkers, nine years ago, and she has made it her mission to run the independent business sustainably with a focus on employees, community and health. She and her partner Kevin Williams opened Roots kitchen and juice bar six years ago in order to expand the store’s offerings to prepared food like smoothies. Thanks to her continued stewardship, Roots built a community around its products and remains an organic food destination in North Worcester County.

What makes Central Mass. unique? We have access to so many local food sources, makers, and farms all within a few hours each direction. The area has seen a huge demand for local and independent businesses offering sustainable and healthy options. It's really creating a great quality of life.

Is anyone here a marine biologist? I lived in Juneau, Alaska, for six years studying biology, with an emphasis on marine mammals. If I wasn’t running Roots, I would be studying the migration of whales from Hawaii to Alaska.

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