You won’t find the staff at Crampton’s Market fretting about the high price of gas or traffic delays at the U.S. border.
That’s because the Headingley-based specialists in fresh meat and produce have a made-in-Manitoba solution for the rising cost of transportation.
Everything on their shelves has been raised, grown or produced in the province, says Nicki St. Goddard, market supervisor at their Roblin Boulevard location.
“Everything costs so much to import now and people are finding different ways to eat locally. The price difference between local and imported is significant,” she says.
Customers appreciate being able to follow a 100-mile diet without having to drive all over the place to do their grocery shopping. And because Crampton’s shelves aren’t full of name brands that you see on TV, customers will often come across items they’ve never seen before.
“They’ll say, ‘what’s this thing?’ We’ll tell them about it and they can learn different recipes for whatever it is. The best part is it’s all grown here in Manitoba,” she says.
With the holidays around the corner, Crampton’s has stocked up on turkeys and hams — all of which have been raised ethically by Manitoba farmers.
New for this Christmas is a joint venture with a local craftsman who makes wooden charcuterie boards, which Crampton’s staff fill up with fancy cheeses, pate, smoked trout and other delicacies.
Crampton’s makes gift giving easy, too, with baskets featuring mustards, syrups, jams, pasta, pasta sauces, pickles, salsas and chocolates.
Bakery items are very popular in the winter, St. Goddard says, with fresh cinnamon buns flying off the shelves faster than anything else. Bread and scones are also in high demand.
And budding chefs can take advantage of a meal kit program — similar to Hello Fresh — in which Crampton’s provides all of the ingredients for you to take home as well as a recipe to follow.
“If you like it, you can come back and do it again,” she says.