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Best Natural Food Stores in Edmonton???

CookieGal Feb 4, 2010 08:23 PM

From Calgary.. heading to Edmonton for a stay.. just wondering what the best Natural Food Stores are in the City (and where)

I used to go to Big Fresh when I was staying there.. but I understand its no longer, are there any independent gems like it still?


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  1. anonymoose RE: CookieGal Feb 5, 2010 07:31 AM

    I think just Planet Organic? I could be wrong.
    (2 locations) http://www.planetorganic.ca/

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    1. re: anonymoose
      Saz RE: anonymoose Feb 5, 2010 01:22 PM

      It is Planet Organic. It is smaller than the Edmonton South location.

    2. CookieGal RE: CookieGal Feb 5, 2010 09:28 PM

      There aren't ANY others???

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      1. re: CookieGal
        raidar RE: CookieGal Feb 5, 2010 09:57 PM

        Are you looking for something in particular (with regards to products) or just another natural store? Maybe if we know more about what you're looking for we can direct you. Although, Planet's expansion in the city has taken a lot of the market.

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          CookieGal RE: raidar Feb 6, 2010 06:29 AM

          Just looking for a go to grocery store for everything.... fresh produce and lots of gluten free selection, most importantly organic foods. Calgary has quite a few great choices 7 or more.. I was thinking that Edmonton should have the same.

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          Bryn RE: CookieGal Feb 5, 2010 11:01 PM



          1. re: Bryn
            cleopatra999 RE: Bryn Feb 6, 2010 11:11 AM

            Organic Roots no longer sells groceries. they are a vitamin store (and some bulk items/cosmetics) with a cafe. Vitality health and Optimum have some other products such as flours and spices & vitamins/supplements/cosmetics. Your best and only one stop shop is Planet Organic. There are 2 locations and no competition for them here. The university Planet ORganic is bigger and busier than the downtown one. you can certainly get a decent selection of organic products at all the major grocery stores now. I miss the Community stores from Calgary. The farmers markets in the summer are a great option too.

            1. re: cleopatra999
              Bryn RE: cleopatra999 Feb 6, 2010 11:42 AM

              I thought that the downtown planet organic was roots sorry!

        3. maplesugar RE: CookieGal Feb 6, 2010 02:07 PM

          We were in E'ton on monday and stopped by the Planet Organic in the south end (just off 104th iirc) and it's bigger than Calgary's Varsity store, excellent selection and a bigger deli.

          Last night was the first time I was at a Save On Foods(I know... not an indy but worth mentioning I think), I was quite surprised and happy to find that they have a rather large selection of gf & organics. Finally found a place in RD that carries Liberte. I expect that Save On in E'ton would have similar/better selection than the Red Deer store. :)

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          1. re: maplesugar
            CookieGal RE: maplesugar Feb 7, 2010 08:07 AM


            have you tried highway to health in RD for liberty?

            1. re: maplesugar
              anonymoose RE: maplesugar Feb 9, 2010 10:02 AM

              Save On Foods in Red Deer doesn't have Liberte?

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                maplesugar RE: anonymoose Feb 9, 2010 10:19 AM

                Sorry I was unclear... I've been shopping in Sylvan and RD at Sobeys, Safeway, No Frills and Superstore and hadn't come across Liberty yogurt at all.(in YYC Superstore carries a small selection of Liberty yogurts). Finally went to Save On this past weekend in a quest to find jalapenos and ended up finding that they had Liberty in their surprisingly good organic/natural food section.

                CG no I haven't been to Highway to Health yet but it's on my list :)

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                  Bryn RE: maplesugar Feb 9, 2010 04:29 PM

                  Really? My safeway in edmonton carries it. If yours doesn't ask the manager to carry it. They are pretty good about it.

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                    maplesugar RE: Bryn Feb 9, 2010 08:32 PM

                    I live closer to the Save On and I'm not a regular Safeway shopper really but good to know & Thanks for the suggestion :)

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              foodkarma RE: CookieGal Feb 7, 2010 08:53 AM

              I usually like to go to Planet Organic on 104 St or Strathcona Farmer's Market when I'm in Edmonton which is fairly often. The Planet Organic is quite large though and I like it a lot more than Calgary's.

              I live in Calgary and haven't found that Edmonton has the organic market varieties that Calgary does. I prefer Community and Calgary's Farmer's Market just because the farmers' markets in Edmonton have such limited hours and you have to go super early or you're left with little selection.

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