A grocery store is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies guarded by employees who hope you don't knock down any stacks of bottles. Step right up to this Groupon.
$7 for $15 Worth of Artisan Groceries and Local Produce
Stroll the aisles for South African boerewors sausage ($18.95 for two), South African biltong beef jerky ($25 for 2 lb.), cheese blintzes ($9.99), Vij's 12 assorted frozen curries ($13.99), and house-roasted organic and fair-trade coffees ($7.99 for ½ lb.).
Aubergine Specialty Foods
Born into a farming family in South Africa, Aubergine Specialty Foods owner Leon Zetler has always recognized the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Over the years, his passion for food has led him from his family farm to a career as an organic-produce specialist.
Now, at Aubergine Specialty Foods, Mr. Zetler visits local farms daily, and hand-selects the freshest produce from Saanich. For example, tomatoes and cucumbers hail from Sun Wing Farm, while strawberries come from Oldfield Orchard. He also roasts organic and fair-trade African coffee beans to order, and gently grinds them in a 110-year-old Elgin coffee grinder. And he imports a vast variety of organic, kosher, and fair-trade pantry staples and favorites from around the world, specifically Africa, such as biltong, boerewors, and Mrs. Balls Chutney.
Mr. Zetler is happy to guide newcomers around the small, cheerful store. In the event that customers can’t find what they’re looking for, he even takes requests for products they would like to see on the shelves.l