What is a pasty? Pronounced “past-ee,” It is soul food for a Yooper! When copper mining was booming in the Upper Peninsula, the miners ate this portable pie made from seasoned meat and veggies to fuel their bodies while working in the mines. Today the pasty is still a staple for many people that live in the Copper Country. Many generations have passed along their covenant pasty recipes to family members, so the tradition continues. Scattered throughout the Keweenaw, you will find pasty shops to taste this tempting treat, each of which you will find an array of different recipes, each unique and filling. While visiting, make sure to eat at least one pasty; after all, it may turn you into a pasty connoisseur too.