Jan 142015

IMG_1816It may come as a surprise to some that Costco is an amazing resource for vegans (who don’t live alone, or if they do, have an intense love for large quantities of Field Roast and Vegenaise). They carry so many products vegans needs and love: organic veggies, prepared foods, soymilk, tofu, fair trade chocolate bark, almond milk, and often vegan products like Daiya cheese. Sometimes their stock changes and you won’t find your favorite product there for a month, only to have it appear again the following month. Their prices are much more reasonable than other grocery stores, mainly because you are buying “in bulk.” An annual membership is $100 but if you shop there as much as we do, you earn that back as a cash rebate at the end of the year.


[Costco Salem website ||  directions]

Dec 112014

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LifeSource Natural Foods grocery store is a great resource for vegans in Salem. Not only do they carry just about any product a vegan could want or need–stuff like bulk soy curls, vegan milks, Tofurky, Field Roast, Gardein, Treeline vegan cheeses, Daiya products, and more–but they also have a buffet and salad bar which often feature vegan foods. They even carry pre-made deli items like vegan sandwiches, too. This is a great alternative to take-out when your family is tired of the limited vegan choices to-go in town.

[LifeSource website || directions ]

Jan 282015

Natural Grocers is the newest “natural”/organic food store in Salem. They are located on S. Commercial. Although their sign loudly proclaims them as the best place to get “natural” meat, they carry a lot of vegan stuff you can’t get anywhere else (like Beyond Meat, etc) in town. They have done vegan cooking demo events in the past. Lots of items in bulk for those looking to shop on the cheap, on up to the more expensive processed vegan foods and everything in between. Bring bags! They don’t provide free grocery bags.

[Natural Grocers website || Events || directions ]

Mar 182015

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Rafns’ specializes in local and seasonal goods (it’s a mini grocery store and a restaurant) and also has several vegan menu items on their dinner menu in addition to their store carrying vegan items you can’t find anywhere else like Willametta’s vegan donuts, etc. Their menu changes with the seasons but you can expect to find a couple of things labeled vegan.

[Rafns’ website || menu || directions]

Mar 312015

Even though it’s called the Saturday Market, this outdoor market actually runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (although in 3 different locations) from April through October. Several unique vendors here offer vegan goodies, most notably Two Sisters which is an all vegan bakery offering cinnamon rolls, jam rolls, and more, that are all-vegan. Oregon Crepe also has a booth here with vegan crepes and vegan sausage. Of course there’s plenty of local, organic produce as well as other vendors each week. Definitely worth checking out!

[Salem Saturday Market website || menu || directions]

Dec 122014

While there are not a huge number of options for vegan dessert in Salem, there are a few worth noting…

  • Pure Decadence — Located in South Salem on Liberty St. in the Mail Depot building, they offer vegan baked goods in the case every day and can bake vegan cakes and cupcakes to order!
  • Frozation Nation — A frozen yogurt place downtown that always has at least one dairy-free option on tap (usually a fruit or sorbet) and vegan toppings.
  • Sweet Papaya Frozen Yogurt on NE Lancaster generally has 2 vegan (usually fruit sorbet) options for when you’re craving a ‘soft serve’ type dessert. They are attached to a Starbucks where you can now get coconut milk in addition to soy milk in your drink.
  • Ike Box — Many coffee shops in Salem offer soy/hemp/almond milk alternatives, but this downtown cafe takes it a step further. If you have a sweet tooth, they also carry vegan and gluten free cookies. The house made scones are all-vegan all the time! Currently, other snack options include vegan and gluten free oatmeal, veggies with hummus, or chips and salsa. They can also make your smoothie vegan with any non-dairy milk you’d like.
  • LifeSource Natural Foods — Located in South Salem on Commercial St., it often has vegan cookies, brownies, and other fresh baked goods in addition to the usual vegan ice cream, chocolates, and other things you would expect to find at an alternative grocery/health food store.
  • Ricky’s Bubbles and Sweets — Downtown Salem there is a cute little candy shop that has vegan items you can’t get anywhere else in Salem including Goldberg’s Peanut Chews and Missionary Chocolate Vegan Truffles. They also have other vegan stuff you can find most places (Swedish Fish, licorice, hard candies, etc.) and a huge selection of craft sodas.
  • Salem Wednesday and Saturday Markets — Unfortunately seasonal only (April – October), these local open air farmer’s markets have vendors like Two Sisters and others that make vegan food. Two Sisters, in particular, has vegan jelly and cinnamon rolls!
Jan 082015

Ok, if you’re vegan and live near any kind of major city, you know that Trader Joe’s has everything you need to keep you alive. Thankfully we also now have one here in Salem out on South Commercial St.

Recommended items include prepared chicken-less salad (soo yummy!!), vegan soy and coconut coffee creamer, vegan soy and coconut ice creams, the best/cheapest tofu and tempeh, soyrizo, and much, much more. If you’re vegan and you just shop at one store for the rest of your life, make it Trader Joe’s and you’ll do alright.

[Trader Joe’s website || directions]