Edmonton Butchers & Greengrocers (moved from Canada board)
- Anne T
It looks like HB and I will be moving to Edmonton in July, and we were wondering about the availability of butchers and greengrocers in the area. Currently we buy almost no meat, fruit and veg in supermarkets and hope to continue this in Edmonton. Does anyone have any recommendations? We will be living in the southwest but are willing to travel.
Welcome to the neighborhood.
I will be interested in what you find because quite frankly I am at a loss to recommend a green grocer.
Now that the most recent effort by Debaji's appears to be stalled...several others went bankrupt..I cannot think of another apart from supermarkets.
Many years ago I shopped at Acme Butcher, Queen City and Colonial [before it was bought out by Sunterra] but now I tend to make do with Sobeys or smaller grocery stores like Andy's IGA in Valleyview or the Batemans on 99th Street.
I will be interested in reading any suggestions you get.
re: Bob Mac
The other placee that folks should know about is Smokin Iron Farms on 50th street. They are THE palce to get fresh, free range turkey or goose for Thanksgiving or Christmas and locally raised lamb,
Also about 10 blocks away is Victoria Sausage which does all its own smoking. Their smoked pork chops are great and so it the triple smoked bacon.
Well, there is H&W Produce at 9261 34th Ave for fruits and veg, at very excellent prices. It is busy, esp on weekends. I like going there but have ended up spending more money than I had planned at the Indian movie store next door.
There is a sign that the Italian Centre is opening up close to Southgate.
What about grocery stores do you wish to avoid - is the question more about finding the best fresh meat and produce, or maybe knowing where it is coming from?
Yes, it is more an issue of quality, especially with the meat - we tend to avoid the pre-cut, prepackaged meat in grocery stores that comes from God knows where. For fruit and veg, we try to buy local produce whenever possible (though we obviously don't stick by this in the winter!), and our experience in Toronto has been that supermarkets sell tasteless trucked-in stuff all year round, even when local produce is available. The fact that food from sources other than supermarkets also tends to be cheaper is an added bonus!
Thanks for the ideas so far, any others are appreciated!
re: Anne T
Try Sunterra. http://www.sunterramarket.com/ I've never had a problem with special requests at their meat counter. The closest one to you would be the Lendrum location, 58 Ave and 111 St. (There is a pretty good wine store in the same strip mall called Cristalls). Grocery stores such as Save On and IGA/Sobey's are getting smarter about buying more local products as well, but if there is a place that consistently has really good produce, I have yet to find it. Even the old Debaji's had less than prime stuff at times. The Strathcona market is fun to visit but extremely expensive.
I'd also recommend the Strathcona farmers' market, and there's also one downtown at 104 STR during the weekends during the summer.
Also, you might want to drop by Planet Organic - pricier, but good selection for more organic fruit and veggies.
For a butcher you might want to try Ital Canadian meats downtown, or there's another one in Whitemud Crossing that I've heard good things about.
Don, I am not certain but I think the owner of Ital Canadian has closed up shop. I just drove by it after picking up supplies at "Spinelli's" but could tell if it is opened or not.
I have been to Cobs bakery which relatively recently opened in some of the space formerly occupied by Urban Fare and it was quite good. They are immediately beside DeLuxe the upper scale [?] burger spot operated by the LaChance folks who own Century Grill and Luxe Steak House downtown [used to be called Chance].
A sign indicated that Cameron Meats is to open a shop at the other end of the complex across from Doug Hicks' wine store.