A local food partnership started this month which we guarantee you vegan and all natural types have been waiting for.
Vita Health, Winnipeg's beacon for locally sourced ethical eats, started carrying Boon Burger's patties so you can now get one of Winnipeg's best burgers at home.
"I don't think there is a better veggie burger in our freezer," said Mathew Holtmann, president of Vita Health. "So for us it's a no-brainer. I can't believe how quick they've been selling."
A Boon burger (Mike Green)
As most vegetarians will tell you, veggie burgers are often either tasteless, dry, or have a texture that leaves much to be desired. Boon's moist, flavour-saturated numbers have a taste and texture that have garnered quite the following; so popular that owners Tomas Sohlberg and Anneen du Plessis, have had to open a second location, this time in the Exchange District.
"A lot of people have wanted to try us out, but if you live in other areas of the city we are sometimes hard to get to," said Sohlberg. "Winnipeg is odd that way, people kind of stick to their neighbourhood, they want that stuff to come to them.
"So when we had the opportunity to put these patties all around the city, people responded to that really positively," he said.
Boon joins other Manitoba ready-made foods like sandwiches, salads and entrees from Diversity Foods, breads from Tall Grass Prairie and Integrity Foods, and numerous other local brands on Vita Health's ever expanding shelves.
The company, which includes Vita Health, Vita Health Fresh Market, and Eat it.ca, currently gets about six requests per week from local producers looking to find a home for their products on rather coveted shelf space.
"As long as they're not competing on the same products, it's good for us," said Holtmann.
"With more competition we can deal with the best operators to bring in the best products to our customers."
And as for the ever popular Boon Burger, Sohlberg's only worry that is they may become too big to keep up with demand, especially with a busy summer ahead including patio season and a commitment to serve five days at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
"I think we made our patties too delicious," joked Sohlberg. "So we think we will have to cut back on the deliciousness to see if we can normalize our sales a bit."