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Putting Manitoba on the shelf

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For all the great Manitoba products that are around, it can be pretty tough to find them in winter without farmers’ markets. It may be another few months until outdoor markets start back up, but did you know that many of your favourite Manitoba foods can be found at local retailers?

Chain stores, like Safeway and Red River Co-op, carry a wide range of Manitoba products. From meat to produce to packaged goods, many of these larger retailers will source local products in each market. However, smaller retail stores have more flexibility to carry products from Manitoba processors and producers that may not have the scale for these larger stores.

Independent shops, such as Local Meats & Frozen Treats, are dedicated to offering Manitoba products and carry many farmers’ market favourites! Many Winnipeg neighbourhoods and rural towns host these shops that are convenient places to pick up great foods from small processors.

Vita Health, one of Buy Manitoba’s retail partners, is a Winnipeg family-owned and operated retailer, with many locations throughout Winnipeg. Although known for their health supplements, they carry dozens of local products in each of their grocery stores.

There are even online retailers that make it easy to get Manitoba products delivered to your door year-round! My Farmers’ Market, also Winnipeg-owned and operated, offers a wide range of Manitoba products. Free delivery is available to all of Winnipeg on orders over $50, or you can pick-up from their facility on Sargent Ave.

Since independent stores have that flexibility in inventory, they are also quite receptive to product requests. So if there’s a certain product you just can’t go without, make sure to ask if they could get it in stock!