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In writing this column one phrase keeps coming to mind, “You can’t keep a good person down.” In the face of adversity, our community continues to show resilience. We’ve discovered the most delicious locally made vegan chocolate and pancake mixes, new products to spice up our cooking, resources to prevent food waste and quality Italian tomatoes that really make a difference in taste.

Our early Spring issue has some amazing local finds! We’re excited about vegan chocolate from Dwarf Stars, Knockout hot sauces from Knockout Heat Co., pancakes and waffles made easy from Lannie Rae Gourmet and Hemp-Fresco Organic Food Pads.


For more than 60 years Scarpone’s has been packing and distributing authentic tomato products in Italy and locally. They are pioneers in bringing Italian products to Calgary and continue to focus on quality, ethical ingredients from vetted producers. A 30-year partnership with Rega, a 100-year-old company in Naples, Italy known for San Marzano tomatoes grown at the base of Mt. Vesuvio, ensures their commitment to quality products. The Rega line includes regular, organic, and D.O.P-certified tomatoes, all picked fresh in Italy. The Scarpone’s tomato products are also picked fresh during harvest then packed for shipping. These products include fire-roasted tomatoes from California, Italian tomatoes for the fresh passata sauce and Canadian tomatoes available in whole, crushed, diced, and paste. Scarpone’s offers an assortment of Italian products in The Italian Store and grocery stores across western Canada.

Scarpone’s and Rega jarred & canned tomatoes | The Italian Store, Calgary Co-op Grocery Store | $1.99 – $4.99 |