Visiting family in Ottawa - where to get organics and meat?
I'll be visiting family in Ottawa and thought it'd be nice to cook some meals for them, so I need Ottawa CHers to help me out, please, on where to get organic produce and meat. I know that I can go to Loblaws in a pinch, but wondering if there are any other options. We'll be in the south end (Gloucester) and east end (Orleans). TIA.
I am not sure about the suburbs of Ottawa, but down town you can get organic produce and meat at Loblaws. I know this is not the most exciting option, but Ottawa is not the most exciting place to eat. If you do want to venture down town (Ottawa is so small it will not take you more than 10 minutes to drive there) you should check out the market. In the winter you can't get local produce, but there is an amazing butcher called Aubrey's. They are really nice and helpful and their products are unbeatable. I am not sure if they are organic, but they are definitely better than Loblaw's organic stuff.
Ottawa grocery stores leave a lot to be desired as far as quality organic produce goes. I certainly wouldn't rely on Loblaws...most of the time, their stuff looks like it should be binned. I have found a couple smaller places that usually have decent quality organics - Nicastro's in the Glebe (792 Bank St) and Herb and Spice at 1310 Wellington Street. If you're at Herb and Spice, just across the street is Saslove's Meat Market. I'm a vegetarian, so I can't vouch for the quality of the meat, but I do know they carry a fair bit of organic and/or hormone/antiobiotic-free product.