There’s regular oatmeal and oatmeal, but also chili-dried mangoes, local honey, and squeezed kombucha.
Sep 3, 2021
For a neighborhood rich in soccer moms, health freaks, and millennial hippies looking to shed the guilt of climate change (hi!), It’s surprising that Kitsilano doesn’t already have a store for bulk food only, bring your own container. Before, I had to go to the soap dispensary or to Nada to buy zero waste products. All my love for these stores, but carrying a tote bag full of mason jars on the bus isn’t exactly ideal, and driving a car through town in order to be eco-friendly goes a long way. against the goal.
But just over a week ago, The Source Bulk Foods moved to Broadway and Stephens. The bulk food chain hails from Australia, where there are more than 50 stores, and the Kits store is the second largest in North America (a store in Toronto opened in June). And while the store has international roots, there’s plenty of local produce to pick up: think dried fruit from Chilliwack, honey from Langley, and Hoochy Booch on tap from here in Vancouver. The store isn’t sprawling, but the selection is – when I arrived this morning I was almost crippled by choice.
There are hundreds of food, spice, and staple food bins. There is a wide selection of local honey, a bar for the aforementioned tap kombucha, a shelf for loose tea and a wall of shampoos, soaps, laundry detergents, etc. The charming girl at the counter also described a section as “chocolate covered everything.” Nuts, fruits, coffee beans, you name it, they’ve got it covered. There is also a machine that grinds the nuts into nut butter right in front of your eyes.
The store has paper bags you can use, but I brought my own jar – a millennial hippie, remember – I weighed it and filled it with freeze-dried blueberries. I almost died when I saw the price (the ledger said $ 48 before the weight of the jar was subtracted (hint of giant relief and eye rolling at my idiocy) They were $ 7.
Here’s a look inside the store:
If you don’t bring your own container, there are paper bags to use. But come on, bring your own container.
I have never seen dried goji berries before.
A dried pasta extravaganza.
All the rice.
Olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, hemp oil and sesame oil.
Those energy balls were almost completely depleted – they had 5 types offered and there were only two left.
Two of the four kombucha taps serving Hoochy Booch.
No more bins!
The “chocolate has it all” section.
The weigh station, so your dried blueberries don’t cost $ 48.
Reusable bags, water bottles and lunch boxes are also on sale.
These mango slices with chili and lemon are intriguing.
All shampoo, conditioner, soap and detergent.
The Source Bulk Foods
2699 West Broadway