Grocery

THE EXCHANGE DISTRICT HAS ITS OWN GROCERY STORE THANKS TO THE FOLKS

Winnipeggers who live in the Exchange District are getting an early Christmas present this year – a neighbourhood grocery store and deli.

Sacco & Vanzetti’s is the latest venture of the workers’ collective which runs Bookstore and Coffeehouse, a business that, in its 13 years of operation, has come to be known as much for its radical politics as its all-vegan menu.

Existing location (91 Albert St.) has been remodeled to accommodate the new store, which offers canned and packaged goods, bulk foods and a year-round selection of fresh produce.

In keeping with the collective’s commitment to providing sustainable, socially responsible alternatives, the products sold at Sacco & Vanzetti’s are organic, fairly traded and sourced locally as much as possible. In the summer, for example, purchases fresh vegetables from the Landless Farmers Collective, a small group that grows organic produce on under-used urban land (this past summer, it farmed a plot in front of the Pan Am Pool on Grant Avenue) and delivers it via bicycle.

And yes, everything at Sacco & Vanzetti’s is vegan, too – including the assortment of sauces and take-away options available from the in-store deli.

The store’s name is homage to anarchism,” says collective member Esan Azore. Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian-born, working-class Americans who were executed in Massachusetts in 1927 for armed robbery and murder. Both men belonged to a radical anarchist group and claimed throughout their trial that they were being unfairly persecuted because of their political beliefs; their execution sparked protests and worker walkouts throughout the U.S. and Europe.