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Hi, I've decided to try eating as locally and organically as I can. Can anyone point me to some of the best grocery stores/markets in terms of price and variety? I live smack between Commercial and Main, but I'll definitely venture further if there are worthwhile stores! I only really know of Kea Foods and Dollar Grocers.

Thanks!

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gardensatnight
Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
I don't know what's around Main St. but on Commercial there's also a decent organic section at Donald's (on Commerical at 8th? under the skytrain tracks), and then the East End Food Co-op has quite a bit, as does Drive Organics though it's more pricey (these are across the street from each other on Commercial at Napier). If you need something special you can't find at any of those, then Choices (in Yaletown) or Wholefoods (Cambie and 8th) have much larger selections but are also on the more expensive side. Hope that helps!
laurea_anarore
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
There is also a Choices at Cambie and 18th that may or may not be more convenient than the one in Yaletown. Choices is definitely not the place to go for cheap produce* but they have a lot of natural and organic food items that are more "prepared" that are reasonably priced. By "prepared" I mean anything from freshly baked bread from a variety of local bakeries to "all natural" frozen dinners. Even if you want something simple like tasty pasta sauce that doesn't have preservatives added or excessive amounts of salt, Choices usually has prices that are comparable to Save-On/IGA/Safeway and they are definitely cheaper than Whole Foods (when comparing identical items). If you look at a flier and only buy their sale items you can actually save quite a bit of money (their "red tag" sale items are often as much as 50% off).

The Save-On at Cambie and 7th has a pretty decent natural and organics selection. Each aisle usually has a designated set of shelves for natural foods.

No Frills on Broadway carries a few items from the President's Choice organic brand and their prices are pretty low.

Don't even bother with Safeway.

*I know you're a ways east of Cambie, but I find that A&L at Cambie and Broadway and Kin's at 12th and Broadway have very reasonably priced produce. Maybe if you're going to head to Cambie to go to Whole Foods for specialty items you could stop off at A&L for produce. That being said, I'm not sure how much of their stuff is organic. They usually source locally when possible.
twirly_red
Dec. 23rd, 2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, Choices at Cambie/18th would be much more convenient. Thanks for the tip on their flyers and comparison to Save-On/IGA/Safeway!

I've never heard of A&L, but I'll check it out. It's the one right next to the SkyTrain, I assume. Cambie's not too far for me; I actually walk there all the time (half-hour).
einsideout
Dec. 30th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I love Kin's! I haven't been there in a while.
twirly_red
Dec. 23rd, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Hi,

I've definitely passed EEFC and Drive Organics a million times. I'll drop in next time I'm on Comm'l. Thanks!
robbat2
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Famous Foods, just off Kingsway by Knight; worth at least one visit for the selection.
twirly_red
Dec. 23rd, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
Cool, always looking for new items. Thanks!
galaxychild
Dec. 23rd, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Famous foods is awesome! Also they have every herb and spice ever.
red_dragn
Dec. 22nd, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Donalds on Commercial has a great selection!
twirly_red
Dec. 23rd, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
I've been there before. I'll definitely take a closer look next time, thanks!
earthabbey
Dec. 28th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
You may not have considered this but there is a farmers market at the Bus depot by Main Street Station. Lots of people selling their own goods :) I don't have any info on hours, days, or seasons but I know that if it is seasonal it goes quite late as I know for certain I've seen the booths up when I took a bus in September.
einsideout
Dec. 30th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Santa Barbara has a fair amount of local produce (in season), but not so much for organic. The East End Food Co-op and Drive Organics both have lots of local, organic produce, but I find shopping there too pricey, personally. Sweet Cherubim might also be worth a try. I mainly shop at Donald's and Dollar Grocers. When I lived near Grandview Park, I used to shop mainly at Santa Barbara and Norman's. I'm not sure how much of the produce at Norman's is local or organic.
einsideout
Jan. 1st, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
Also: you might want to check out Eternal Abundance on Commercial Drive. It's maybe a block north of Drive Organics. I think they do primarily (perhaps only?) local, organic produce.
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