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:

DAIRY

EGGS

SEAFOOD

FATS AND OILS

MEAT

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

LACTO-FERMENTED OR CULTURED VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND DRINKS

GRAINS AND LEGUMES

BREAD AND CRACKERS

NUTS

SALT AND SPICES

SOUPS AND STOCKS

SNACK FOODS

SWEETENERS

BEVERAGES

OTHER FOOD SOURCES OR GROUPS

 

DAIRY

MILK, CREAM, BUTTER AND GHEE:

Raw butter from grass-fed cows

Raw butter from grass-fed cows

BEST:

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

Raw milk in Washington State is legal and you can bring it back into Canada ($20.00 worth per person)sold at Fresh Abundance in Spokane, WA or Meyer’s Market in Kettle Falls, WA.

NEXT BEST:

Full-fat, un-homogenized, pasteurized, dairy.

“D” Dutchman Dairy (milk, cream)-  Ellison’s Market

Jerseyland (sour cream, butter)- Kootenay Co-0p, Save-on Foods

Avalon Unsalted butter – Kootenay Co-0p, Ellison’s Market

Valley Pride (cream)- Kootenay Co-0p, Save-on Foods

L’Anceetre Bio Organic unsalted butter - Kootenay Co-0p

Organic Ghee – Kootenay Co-0p

 

YOGURT, KEFIR AND OTHER CULTURED DAIRY:

BEST:

Make your own sour cream, kefir

NEXT BEST:

Plain, naturally cultured, organic whole milk products that have not been homogenized.

Jerseyland Organics (plain, whole milk)- Kootenay Co-0pEllison’s Market

Saugeen Country Dairy (plain, whole milk)- Kootenay Co-0p

For Kefir grains Contact me. You could also check out Toronto Advisors

CHEESE:

BEST:

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

Carmelis Goat Cheese

Tuijtel Family gouda cheese

NEXT BEST:

La Formagerie L’Ancetre (not totally grass-fed)-cheddar, emmental, and parmesan – Kootenay Co-0p

Jerseyland (un-pasteurized but not raw)-Kootenay Co-0p, Save-on Foods

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.

EGGS

Eggs from happy and healthy hens

Eggs from happy and healthy hens

BEST:

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

NEXT BEST:

Island Farms – Fisherman’s Market

 SEAFOOD

Wild Salmon

Wild Salmon

BEST:

Fresh ocean-going fish from clean waters. Herring, mackerel, salmon, shellfish, shrimp, roe or caviar – Fisherman’s Market

NEXT BEST:

Frozen wild seafood – Safeway, Save-On Foods, Kootenay Co-op

Canned wild seafood ( in water or olive oil)- Safeway, Save-On Foods,Ellison’s Market , Kootenay Co-op

Dried Salmon sticks Salmon Candy – Kootenay Co-op

FATS AND OILS

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

BEST:

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

MEAT

Local Meat from Pastured Animals

Local Meat from Pastured Animals

BEST:

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

NEXT BEST:

Beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb - Fisherman’s Market

Organic meat – Save-On Foods, Kootenay Co-op, and Ellison’s Market

 PROCESSED MEATS:

 BEST:

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.

Nitrate-free bacon – Kootenay Co-op and Fisherman’s Market Local Sausages (made on site )- Fisherman’s Market

Mclean’s sliced turkey, ham, bacon and roast beef (freezer section) -Kootenay Co-op and Save-On Foods

Maluma Bison sausage and patties(freezer section)- Kootenay Co-op

Buffalo meat, Organic Chicken – Market down by the old CPR station

NEXT BEST:

Higher quality meats process without MSG.

 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Vegetables

Vegetables

BEST:

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

NEXT BEST:

Fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen organic fruits and veggies:canned organic tomato products (read labels!)

 

LACTO-FERMENTED OR CULTURED VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND DRINKS

Locto-fermented Vegetables

Locto-fermented Vegetables

BEST:

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

I can give you some water kefir grains if you live near Nelson, BC Canada Contact Me. For other locations around the world, check out these websites: Toronto Advisors

NEXT BEST:

Non-organic cultured

Bubbies pickles and sauerkraut – Kootenay Co-op

 

GRAINS AND LEGUMES

Plate of dried legumes

Plate of dried legumes

BEST:

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

Bob’s Red Mill - Ellison’s Market and Save-on

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

BREAD AND CRACKERS

Sourdough Focaccia Bread

Sourdough Focaccia Bread

BEST:

If you live in Canada, you can get sourdough starter by contacting me or try contacting the Weston a. Price Chapter Leader in your area.

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.

NUTS

Pre-soaked and dried Nuts

Pre-soaked and dried Nuts

BEST:

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

NEXT BEST:

Dry roasted nuts, nut butters made from roasted or raw nuts. (Check labels for additives.)

SALT AND SPICES

 

Celtic Sea Salt

Celtic Sea Salt

BEST:

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

 

SOUPS AND STOCKS

Chicken Bone Broth

Chicken Bone Broth

BEST:

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

NEXT BEST:

Canned broth without additives (see processed meats for description)

 

SNACK FOODS

Organic popcorn with butter and sea salt

Organic popcorn with butter and sea salt

BEST:

Home-made using the cook book “Nourishing Traditions” as your guide.

NEXT BEST:

Snacks made with (honey, maple syrup, rapadura or sucanat, molasses and other natural sweeteners) and fats like (butter, coconut oil, palm oil)

Oskri Sesame bars – Kootenay Co-op and Save-On Foods

Think Organic raw fruit and nut bars – Kootenay Co-op and Save-On Foods

Organic Banana Chips Marcblue Naturals Trail Mix Crunch – Kootenay Co-op and Save-On Foods

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

Larabars – Kootenay Co-op and Save-On Foods

Presidents Choice wheat and oat biscuits – Canadian Wholesale Club

Plain potato chips fried in lard:

 

SWEETENERS

Healthy Sweeteners

Healthy Sweeteners

BEST:

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.

Most of these are available at: Kootenay Co-op, Ellison’s Market 

Terry’s Honey Grand Forks 250 442-5204 lizandterry@gmail.com

West Arm Apiaries, 726 Ogilvie Rd, Harrop. 250-229-4765.

BEVERAGES

Fresh Raspberry Kombucha

Fresh Raspberry Kombucha

BEST:

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.

 

OTHER FOOD SOURCES OR GROUPS

Kootenay Organic Growers

Nelson Urban Acres

Kootenay Local Agricultural Society

Kootenay Food