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Organic Garage - Kerr St. Oakville - great prices and selection

dinin and dishin Jul 28, 2006 02:45 PM

Just stopped in at the Organic Garage which has opened up in Alternatives old space on Kerr St. At first pass, I was pretty impressed with the selection and prices. I picked up some BC cherries and 1/4 watermelon, both organic and relatively inexpensive. They tasted amazing. I also picked up something I'd never seen before -- coconut water in tetrapaks that touts itself as a better alternative to sports drinks for a bunch of reasons. They have plain and lightly flavoured. Tried the plain, not bad and have yet to try the Mango flavoured one I purchased. I was also surprised at their selection of everything and promised myself to make it a regular stop when I am in Oakville.

I believe Alternatives lost the battle with the newly opened Whole Foods. I'm not a huge fan of Whole Foods, so hopefully this place will survive.

Anyone have any other experiences with this store?

  1. YYZSolly Jul 29, 2006 08:22 PM

    Absolutely - Organic Garage rocks! The coconut water to which you refer - Zico - is really nice. I particularly like the passion fruit essence one.

    OG is so much better than Whole Foods for the basics. Rao's pasta sauce, for example (truly one of the world's great jarred sauces) is $11.00 at Whole Foods, about $4 less at OG. Amy's frozen dinners and pizza are about 25% less at OG.

    Great store!

    3 Replies
    1. re: YYZSolly
      dinin and dishin Jul 31, 2006 01:07 AM

      That is great news on Amy's Pizzas. My Loblaws has stopped carrying them for some reason. I'll try the passion fruit Zico and the Rao's on my next visit.

      Thanks.

      1. re: dinin and dishin
        YYZSolly Jul 31, 2006 09:55 PM

        One more thing worth trying there: "baked samosas." They have Chicken (superb) and tofu (pretty decent). Cheap - like $5.00 for four really huge and well-stuffed samosas. Not grasy, not deep-fried. You can find them in the same section as the take-away casseroles, etc.

        1. re: YYZSolly
          dinin and dishin Aug 1, 2006 10:42 PM

          That is funny that you would mention samosas. The only reason I found OG is because I go to the Indian Restaurant on the corner of the same mall for their samosas. 3 for $2.00. Usually very good, but last time they weren't as crispy and brown as usual. I am thinking that they may not have had the oil at full temp and rushed it as I was waiting for take out. The Indian grocery store in the same mall if also a very good source for more exotic ingredients at great prices.

    2. f
      faijay Jul 30, 2006 02:59 PM

      Whole Foods is called Whole Salary (I think) on some boards. I can't stand the place, except I am quite taken with their ground turkey. It is just to PC for me. And I mean that in the stylish way.

      1. c
        cookbook Aug 1, 2006 09:55 PM

        I found out about the OG from the elk meat vendor at the Good Food Market and Festival this year- what a GREAT tip! I had a blast roaming through the aisles and trying some neat new stuff. Their organic meat section was impressive- the organic sausages with herbs and sundried tomatos were an instant hit! I'll definitely be back!

        1. cord Aug 1, 2006 11:23 PM

          Ya I also noticed on my last trip to Loblaws that the Amy's frozen stuff was missing, I thought maybe I went crazy or something. I wonder why? Does anyone know?

          1. m
            Markaroni Aug 2, 2006 02:46 PM

            So OG is cheaper than Whole Foods (who isn't). How much more expensive than, say, Loblaws?

            1. dinin and dishin Aug 2, 2006 11:09 PM

              I didn't get to do a close price comparison, but I thought it was as cheap or cheaper than Loblaws. They had organic watermelon, which I've never seen at Loblaws. I think I paid 2.50 for about a large 1/4 piece and it was the best I've ever had. They also had some amazing BC cherries for under $3 per pound. I believe I usually pay a lot more than that for non-organic. I'll take the time to look a little closer next time.

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