The Sweet Potato
The Sweet Potato in the Junction is all about "natural foods... sweet prices." I am often sceptical of reasonably priced organic food but this time the claim rings true. Everything from organic grape tomatoes to pure organic agave sweetener is no more expensive - and often cheaper - than you'll find at the big box grocers.
The prices are a result of bulk buying (there's a large storage area in the basement) by owner Digs Dorfman. He's also reduced overhead with used and recycled refrigerators and shelves, and buys as much as possible from small, local vendors who do not supply the big grocery stores.
I find competitive prices on the usual suspects, such as Amy's Organics soups, organic PEI pre-washed potatoes and organic baby carrots.
There's a full range of product here: produce, canned and dry foods, perishables like milk, eggs and cheese, baby food, diapers, as well as cleaning, beauty and paper kitchen and bath products.
I spot several organic tofu options and a mix of faux "meats." Non-vegetarians will be pleased, though, that they will not feel out of place with packaged deli meats from the local Beretta Organic Farms.
The Sweet Potato sees itself as one part of a thriving community. They complement efforts by other local businesses, such as The Beet, but also offer what nobody else does: An organic grocery store that could replace your regular grocery store.