Sometimes it can be a challenge to find healthy and organic food on the go. We're tempted to give in to our cravings for fast food. However, it's always a good idea to incorporate healthy food options into our daily lives for our own well-being. By cooking more with locally grown and organic ingredients, we can create fresh and satisfying meals.
Thankfully, there are several places around to find natural products and fresh produce that will give us the energy to power through the day. It's easy to find organic, healthy, and local food in Greater Sudbury by visiting these top area grocery stores and markets.
Greater Sudbury Market (CP/VIA Rail Station on Elgin St & York Street)
The Market is the ultimate stop for fresh, seasonal produce from local farmers. That's not all – you'll also find baked goods, gifts, accessories, and so much more. It's a great place to discover meal ideas, pick up dessert and bring home some unique handmade goods that the whole family will enjoy. The Market is a destination for visitors of all ages, with opportunities to enjoy the fresh air, live entertainment and this one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
Rain or shine, the Market operates every Saturday from June to Thanksgiving at the CP/Via Rail Station on Elgin Street from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. New this year, the Market will also be open Thursdays in July, August and September on York Street from 3 pm to 7 pm. So whether you’re a weekend or weeknight shopper, the Market is yours to explore.
Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative (176 Larch St., Sudbury)
Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative is a non-profit local food grocery store in the heart of downtown Sudbury. They aim to sell food grown within a 150 mile radius of the region. The company works with local farmers and unites their products with members of the community to improve the sustainability of the local food system.
Eat Local Sudbury has a CSA program, too. What's a CSA program, you might ask? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You're essentially purchasing a “share” of locally grown produce from a farmer. In this case, the CSA is filled with goodies from several local farmers. Every week, you'll pick up a box of farm fresh vegetables. You'll get whatever is in season for the week. It's an adventure in food and cooking, and a great opportunity to sample new veggies and get creative with your healthy cooking. With Eat Local Sudbury, you'll get 17 weeks of CSA shares from June 29th to October 19th, 2017.
Eat Local Sudbury partners with local schools and daycares to get fresh, locally grown ingredients on the menu. They also offer cooking workshops so you can learn how to prepare meals using local food, perhaps featured items from your CSA box. From time to time, there are even farm tours to see how farmers grow what ends up on your plate!
Be Greater Organics (1556 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury)
Be Greater Organics is a small grocery store focusing on healthy grab-and-go meals and assisting those with dietary restrictions. You'll find products free of common allergens, such as wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, and peanuts. Mostly everything in the shop is organic, and Be Greater works with local growers and makers whenever possible.
You'll find green smoothies made before your eyes, and you can also buy cups of freshly brewed tea. There are allergy-free treats like vegan birthday cakes and cheesecakes. There are lots of unique goodies that you won't find anywhere else in Sudbury.
Be Greater Organics is currently preparing an organic fruit and vegetable box, and there are also plans to bring a small farmer's market featuring local growers to the New Sudbury area. Stay tuned!
One Stop Naturals (3140 Hwy 69 North, Val Caron)
One Stop Naturals, located in Val Caron, is the largest health food store in Northern Ontario. All of your natural food and health needs can be found in this one stop. From vitamins and supplements to gluten-free and organic foods, One Stop Naturals has everything you need under one roof. Furthermore, it’s home to Canada's first all natural, healthy drive-thru featuring protein shakes, smoothies, kombucha, organic coffee and frozen yogurt.
Also unique to One Stop Naturals, there are three practitioner's offices on site offering various natural health services from highly qualified practitioners.
Durham Natural Foods (1191 Montrose Ave., Sudbury)
Durham Natural Foods opened in Sudbury back in 1978. This business provides natural health food supplements, organic foods, and natural health books to the community. They aim to serve the latest and greatest health products while providing updated health education to those living in Sudbury and the surrounding area.
Be sure to check out their twice a month newsletter, complete with informative health related news, tips, and advice!
Paris Natural Foods (1500 Paris St., Sudbury)
A longtime business in Sudbury, Paris Natural Foods has served the community for over 30 years. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of natural food products. Paris Natural Foods has expanded over the years to include herbs, supplements, beauty products, natural toiletries, and body building and protein products.
They pride themselves on bringing you the best quality products at an affordable price. Paris Natural Foods now serves Sudbury and beyond, shipping most of their stock across Canada through their website.
By: Lauren Yakiwchuk