I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 30 years, and British Columbia has always had a stronger vegetarian focus than other parts of Canada.
The Kootenay Co-op in Nelson, BC, is a prime example. The store is a member-owned co-operative that opened in 1975. They offer a full range of natural, organic foods and products.
My favorite section is the deli, which has everything from salads to burgers, to burritos, to lasagna and wraps – and that’s before you even reach the dessert section!
There is a large produce section as well as a dairy section.
The emphasis is on local products as much as possible, so you can buy locally-grown vegetables, baked goods and deli items from local producers, and coffee beans from Nelson’s Oso Negro and Warfield’s Seven Summits.
The Co-op continues to expand, and they have recently purchased the Extra Foods building at the end of Baker Street. For once, a downtown supermarket closure is a good news story! I’m looking forward to seeing how they utilize the additional space.