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Sep 19, 2008 07:08 AM

Organic/Health Stores in Calgary (NE)

I was wondering where all the Organic stores or stores that carry health products are. I know that Safeway tends to have some gluten-free products on store shelves, and I know of Planet Organic that is here in Calgary. Are there any that carry products that are gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan and so forth?

I've been to Planet Organic and Community Natural Foods on the South side, but now I am living in the NE, so most of the stores that I know of are pretty far to commute to, including the Planet Organic in the North. I might just make a trip there when I have sufficient funds (I'm a student). But till there, are there any on my side or at least closer to the North rather than the South?

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  1. Unfortunately the NE sucks for decent health stores. The best bet is Superstore as the newer ones have entire isles dedicated to natural foods. Unfortunately the Sunridge superstore is probably the worst of the Superstores for the amount of their natural products. I haven't been at the Westwinds one but most likely it is pretty decent as it's a newer format.

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    1. re: slingshotz

      Yeah, I've been to the Sunridge Superstore as well. Horrible for produce as well too. It is the closest Superstore to me too.

      The Westwinds one is further away from me, but I might give it a try. Thanks though.

      1. re: slingshotz

        Yeah, the Sunridge Superstore is the closest one to me. And it is horrible for good produce too. I might just take a trip to the Westwinds one, but it is more than double the distance compared to the Sunridge one.

        Anyone know about Safeway and the one in Northgate or on 52nd?

      2. Bridgeland NE or Saddleridge NE? All of the quadrants in Calgary are big so please give us a more specific sense of where you are.

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        1. re: John Manzo

          I'm fairly new to Calgary. I live near Marlborough Mall. I hope that gives an idea of where I am residing right now.

          I was living near Mount Royal before in the SW, and it was so much easier to go to places that were full of organic and health goods. Even the Safeway nearby had a wide selection. Now in the NE, I am just plain confused if there is anything within my area.

        2. There's Amaranth in the northwest, and it has a good variety of gluten-free products.

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          1. re: sweeterpea

            Thanks for the suggestion. It is actually further from me than Planet Organic, but when I do make the commute in that area, I will be sure to check it out.

            Has anyone been to Bumper-crop Organic Garden Store or ordered through SPUD?

            1. re: shdiep

              There's a smaller organic market across from the Kensington Safeway - Sunnyside Market- I know it's not in your neighbourhood but it's a 30 second walk from the C-train at least.

              Google picked up Sunrise Natural Foods & Spices 521-999 36 Street NE
              (403) 273-3065‎ I haven't been there but it might be worth a look since they appear to be located in Northgate mall.

              Link to Calgary Celiac Assoc list of GF stores/bakeries:

              HTH :)

              1. re: maplesugar

                Thanks so much for the link to GF stores! That is perfect for me! Thank you!

                1. re: shdiep

                  Just a follow up on things.

                  I ended up not really finding any Organic products at the Safeway at the TransCanada Mall. I ended up going to Planet Organic in the South end instead. Totally worth the drive there!

          2. I was amazed to realize that Shoppers Drug Mart now has their own entire line of Organic foods. They have just about everything you can imagine. And everyone has one close by their house. I bought organic ketchup, honey, james, potato chips, salsa, torillia chips, crackers, dried fruits, nuts, hot chocolate, pastas, rice, coffee - like I said, you name it. And it saves a TON of driving around which is driving me absolutely NUTS just to get organic food. This city needs an organic store in the NE.

            Thank god for shoppers drug mart!

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            1. re: emailsludge

              While I agree, it's good that SDM has organics I think most people buying organic also buy organic milk, eggs, meat, soy products, bread, produce... I don't know where you are in the NE but both Superstore and Safeway carry organics although not to the same extent as say Community Natural Foods, or Planet Organic.

              1. re: maplesugar

                The new Superstore in the NE has a very good selection of organics, pretty much all new Superstores have an entire aisle dedicated to them.

                1. re: slingshotz

                  That's true, I keep forgetting about the new Superstore over there. The only issue with Superstore is they only carry some organic produce...whereas the boutique stores carry the harder to find produce (pea sprouts for instance) and it's organic... depends what you're looking for I guess.

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    Very true, gawd how I wish we had a Whole Foods here. A few weeks ago I was at the Manhattan Whole Foods (I visited a few while I was there) and I was like a kid in a gigantic candy store. I wanted to buy everything in there but then realized I still had to fly back :(

                    1. re: slingshotz

                      It wouldn't touch NE Calgary with a proverbial three-metre pole if it came to Calgary.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        Ouch, truth hurts! I doubt it would touch any of Calgary at all to be honest, we just don't have the customer base like Vancouver/Toronto. I'm hoping I'm wrong.....

                        1. re: slingshotz

                          Well, we have some reasonable facsimiles- Whole Foods would, I think, LOVE to get into this market, but I can't say things are that bad market-wise here, given our population (which is is only about 45% of Vancouver's and less than 20% of Toronto's, metro, remember) and relative geographical isolation.

              2. re: emailsludge

                Oh yes to Shoppers Drug Mart, completely forgot about that. They are having sales on their Nativa Organic products this week as well. And I've noticed they have other organic products here and there on their shelves, so thanks for reminding me on that.

                I've noticed that they are starting to introduce some more organic items into the Sunridge Superstore, which is good too.

                Anyways, I do wish that Whole Foods was available in Canada. I have heard great things about the 365 product line.

                1. re: shdiep

                  They're in Canada shdiep, but only in Vancouver and Toronto.

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    Correct... but I'd much rather see Trader Joe's here!

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      Oh right, completely forgot that they are situated in Vancouver and Toronto!

                      +1 for Trader Joes. I think their chalk board signs are awesome.