Shopping for groceries isn’t my favourite thing to do, but I do love to cook and bake, which makes it a necessity. Navigating the aisles of your typical big-box, grocery store location doesn’t do it for me. I much prefer to peruse the stalls of a local farmers market. But when necessity calls I have no choice. This is when I have to call upon my trusted grocery navigation tools.
- Make a list. Check out your cupboards and fridge before heading to the store so you know what you need. I keep a list on my fridge and on my phone.
- Start in produce. Fill your cart with the freshest local and in-season produce available at your grocery. Here you can learn about Ontario’s local options. Stick to the Clean 15, Dirty Dozen list to help you avoid harmful pesticides while also minding your costs. Sticking to the remainder of the perimeter of the grocery is a good rule of thumb, given that the freshest, least-processed foods are located here.
- Venture in if you must. Should you need to gather oats, grains, oils, vinegars and seasonings do so quickly. Just don’t get tempted by the cereal, cracker, or junk aisle where the really evil ingredients reside.
And last but not least, always remember to pick up a few cans to drop off in the food-donation bins at the exit of the store.