If you’ve shopped for natural products on 4th Street, you’ve probably already discovered the personal service and great selection of organic and health products at Amaranth Foods. Family owned since 1995, they are committed to creating a space where Calgarians can shop locally and make a positive impact on their environment and health.

From organic produce and vitamins to ethical body care and natural cleaning products, they are a great choice for the health-conscious consumer. Meeting the demand in Calgary for organic foods, they also provide great choices for gluten or dairy free diets and other common food sensitivities.

They’ve shared some great tips for shopping locally in Calgary!

Go to the Source

Start with the farmers’ markets; get to know the people growing your food and baking your bread. For hand-crafted items, check out local events like Market Collective. Shopping at local markets takes the guess-work out of where and how things are grown or created, and give you the chance to connect with the growers and makers directly.

Ask the Experts

While you’re at the local markets, talk to the producers and ask them which shops stock their products. This will give you a good idea of which stores in Calgary are providing local goods. You could even ask them where they shop. You may just discover locally-minded stores in your own neighbourhood through recommendations.

Put in a Request

One of the perks to shopping at locally owned businesses is the ability to interact with the owners or managers, and supply feedback on products. At Amaranth Foods, for example, customer feedback is always welcome, and new products are often brought in by request. So, if you can’t find a product you’re looking for, just ask!

Look for the signs

Even large chain stores are recognizing the demand for local, and are responding with obvious signage highlighting local products. Keep an eye out for these signs as you shop, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Read the labels

Wondering where something is made? Look for the address on the package, as well as “made in Canada” or “produced in Canada” on the label.

Stock up during sales

When you’re committed to shopping locally, but are also on a budget, find out when your favourite products go on sale and stock up. For example, Amaranth Foods holds a customer appreciation day every first Wednesday of the month, offering 20% off supplements and natural body care.

Buy in season and preserve

Another great tip for shopping locally on a budget is to buy produce when it is in season, and preserve extra for later. You’ll get the best prices as well as the best taste when you buy in season.

Shopping locally has been shown to be both better for the local economy and the environment, so take these tips and discover what Calgary has to offer!