BC shopping guide
BC Food Shopping Guide
This Food Shopping Guide is compiled to help people living in the Nelson, British Columbia Area to obtain healthy nutrient-rich foods from both local farmers and Stores. It can be also be useful for anyone living in Canada because there are a few mail-order places listed. You can also order a food guide from The Weston A. Price Foundation.
I have a list of recommended products you can order from Amazon.
Before you buy, ask yourself “Could my Great Great Grandparents have eaten this?” The more times you answer “Yes” the better!
I encourage any supplier, farmer, or consumer to contact me if you would like to see a product added to this food shopping guide.
This Food Shopping Guide is arranged in the following order:
MILK, CREAM, BUTTER AND GHEE:
Clean whole raw milk from healthy cows that are grass-fed on organic fields. Jersey and Guernsey Breeds produce the best high-fat milk. Unfortunately, raw fresh dairy is illegal to purchase but legal to consume in Canada if you own the cow. So… get active and write to the Government!
Make your own butter or ghee.
Organic Ghee from Grass-fed cows – shipping from the U.S.:Pure Indian Foods
Full-fat, un-homogenized, pasteurized, dairy.
“D” Dutchman Dairy (milk, cream)- Ellison’s Market
L’Anceetre Bio Organic unsalted butter - Kootenay Co-0p
Organic Ghee – Kootenay Co-0p
YOGURT, KEFIR AND OTHER CULTURED DAIRY:
Make your own sour cream, kefir
Plain, naturally cultured, organic whole milk products that have not been homogenized.
Saugeen Country Dairy (plain, whole milk)- Kootenay Co-0p
Whole raw cheese made with milk from grass-fed animals. (Many imported artisan cheeses are of this type) Note: European cheeses are raw if the label says “milk” or “fresh milk”. Canadian law requires raw cheese to be aged at least 60 days.
Make your own kefir cheese
Gort’s Gouda in Salmon Arm, BC Gorts Gouda
Kootenay Alpine Cheese Co. Creston, BC Kootenay Alpine Cheese
La Formagerie L’Ancetre (not totally grass-fed)-cheddar, emmental, and parmesan – Kootenay Co-0p
If you are in the U.S., Costco has a large selection of European cheeses at great prices. Just remember that you are only allowed $20.00 worth of dairy products per person to bring back into Canada.
Fresh eggs (preferably fertile) from pastured poultry fed organic feed that contains flax seed ( specially in winter)but no soy. Your best bet is to purchase from a local farmer or ask around at the Saturday(Cottonwood Falls)or Wednesday Market(on Baker St).
The Old Mill Farm Cresent Valley 250-359-5939
Island Farms – Fisherman’s Market
Fresh ocean-going fish from clean waters. Herring, mackerel, salmon, shellfish, shrimp, roe or caviar – Fisherman’s Market
Dried Salmon sticks Salmon Candy – Kootenay Co-op
Extra virgin organic olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil; cold pressed flax oil, borage oil, primrose oil, lard, beef tallow, chicken, goose and turkey fat from animals allowed to graze.
Eurossa olive oil – Cottonwood market on Saturdays in the summer.
Tropical Traditions coconut oil (from U.S.A.)Tropical Traditions
Wilderness Family coconut oil- Azure Standard
Flora Flax oil - Kootenay Co-op
Omega Nutrition borage oil – Kootenay Co-op
Efamol Evening Primrose oil – Kootenay Co-op
Eat Kamloops carries Green Pasture’s Fermented cod liver oil.
Family Herbal Clinic in Alberta carries Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil
FCLO Canada – Fermented Cod Liver Oil Canada
Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil in the United States
Fresh or frozen beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey including organ meats from animals allowed to graze on organic pasture; venison and other wild game meat.
Legendary Meats in Slocan Valley
Grass-fed (grain finished) beef – Tarzwell Farms in Creston, BC 250-428-4316 available at Fisherman’s Market
White Crow Farm in Slocan Valley, BC -Grass fed/finished beef, pasture raised pork, and grass fed/finished lamb, pasture raised chicken
Aveley Ranch-Grass-fed lamb in Vavenby, BC
Fattoria – Creston, BC beef from grass-fed cows that and finished on grain for six weeks. – 25lb. residential beef packages.
Kootenay Natural Meats in Creston – chicken , turkey, pork, lamb and “Grass Finished” Angus Beef.
Buffalo meat 250-998-4830
Beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb - Fisherman’s Market
Sausage, bacon, ham, and luncheon meats from animals allowed to graze on organic fields. Processed with minimal additives and without MSG. Products containing hydrolyzed protein, citric acid, “spices”, or ”natural flavours” usually contain MSG.
Maluma Bison sausage and patties(freezer section)- Kootenay Co-op
Buffalo meat, Organic Chicken – Market down by the old CPR station
Higher quality meats process without MSG.
Fresh organic or biodynamic fruits and vegetables, preferably local and in season.
Mad Dog Farm CSA Mad Dog Farm
Lynx Farm CSA in Johnson’s Landing 1-250-366-4112
Many great local selections – Kootenay Co-op
Cottonwood Market (Saturday’s – 9AM to 2PM in warmer months) at Cottonwood Falls in Nelson
Wednesday Market (summer months – 9AM to 2PM )- Baker Street in Nelson
Endless Harvest Organic Food Delivery 1-866-825-4646
Gaia Tree Winlaw
Organic Strawberries and blackberries (U-pick) 250-226-7911
Spicer Farms, Nakusp 250-365-4474
Fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen organic fruits and veggies:canned organic tomato products (read labels!)
Unheated, organic lacto-fermented vegetables and fruits made with unrefined sea salt and a culture, not vinegar.See cooking classes for lacto-fermenting to make at home.
Karthein’s Kraut – Kootenay Co-op
Bottled Kombucha available in refrigerator section – Kootenay Co-op
If you want a Kombucha mushroom Contact Me
Bubbies pickles and sauerkraut – Kootenay Co-op
Organic dried beans, lentils, brown rice, whole grains, and whole grain breakfast cereals that must be cooked: organic popcorn (to pop at home). All grains should be soaked or sprouted to minimize enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. Purchase brown rice and ground or rolled grains from sealed packages and not in open bins.
Tinkyada brown rice pasta (rice has the least amount of phytic acid of all the grains and so it is the only pasta I recommend)
Grain CSA contact Nelson Eco Society Kootenay Grain CSA
Full Circle Farm Grain CSA Full Circle Farms
Lundberg’s Rice – Save-On Foods
Anita’s grains(wheat, oats, rice, millet, and more)- Kootenay Co-op
Grainworks (wheat, oats, millet, rice, and more)- Kootenay Co-op
Sourdough with at least 8 hours fermentation time or sprouted breads and crackers made from freshly ground organic whole grain flour, without additives like refined sweeteners, soy flour, gluten, yeast, processed oils.
Fresh raw organic pecans, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, and walnuts in sealed packages (not from open bins) Soak raw nuts in sea salt and water for 8 hours and dry out in a dehydrator or oven at 150 degrees. Walnuts should be stored in refrigerator.
A huge selection of nuts available at Kootenay Co-op
Bulk Nut Orders -Rancho Vignola
Bulk Nut Orders in the United States -Azure Standard
Dry roasted nuts, nut butters made from roasted or raw nuts. (Check labels for additives.)
Unrefined salt(which can be light grey, pink or beige in color.) and fresh organic herbs and spices.
My favorite is Celtic Sea Salt. You can also use Le Paludier Sea Salt and Himalayan crystal salt
Large spice selection – Kootenay Co-op
Homemade soup based on homemade stock using organic pastures animal bones (chicken, turkey, duck, beef, lamb, bison, and fish)
Frozen stocks (made on-site) – Fisherman’s Market
Canned broth without additives (see processed meats for description)
Home-made using the cook book “Nourishing Traditions” as your guide.
Snacks made with (honey, maple syrup, rapadura or sucanat, molasses and other natural sweeteners) and fats like (butter, coconut oil, palm oil)
Spelt Pizza crust Kootenay – Kootenay Co-op Bakery
Rupunzel Chocolate OR Dagoba Chocolate – Kootenay Co-op
Barbara’s traditional shortbread – Kootenay Co-op
Pamela’s shortbread – Kootenay Co-op
Presidents Choice wheat and oat biscuits – Canadian Wholesale Club
Plain potato chips fried in lard:
Organic natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, maple sugar, molasses, stevia powder, dehydrated cane sugar juice (rapadura or sucant), and raw honey.
Azure Standard is where I order rapadura.
Terry’s Honey Grand Forks 250 442-5204 email@example.com
West Arm Apiaries, 726 Ogilvie Rd, Harrop. 250-229-4765.
Organic lacto-fermented beverages, such as kvass or kombucha, herbal teas and coffee substitutes, plain and flavored mineral water in glass bottles, unpasturized beer and wine. For a Kombucha “baby”Contact Me.