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There are many places to buy food and household items in Northumberland County. They range from grocery stores to international food stores and farmers' markets. Community food banks help families who are in need of food.

Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

These are stores that sell food. They often have foods from different places and cultures. Large grocery stores that stock products other than food, such as clothing or household items, are called supermarkets.

Names of supermarkets that you may see here are: No Frills, The Real Canadian Superstore/Loblaw Superstore, Sobeys, IGA and Foodland. Find out more about these larger stores.

Convenience Stores

A "convenience store", "corner store" or "corner shop" is a small store that has everyday items like groceries, toiletries, soft drinks, tobacco products, and newspapers. Convenience stores you may have seen are Mac's Convenience Stores, Beckers Milk, 7-Eleven and Quickie Mart. 

Farmers' Markets

These are markets, usually held outside, in public spaces, where farmers can sell vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, honey and other items to the public. Since Northumberland is a very strong agricultural community, there are many farmers' markets.

Here is a listing:

  • Brighton, Saturdays, 8am - 1pm, May to October, Proctor Street near Memorial Park
  • Campbellford, Saturdays & Wednesdays, 8am - Noon, May - October
  • Corner of River Street & Front Street
  • Cobourg, Saturdays, 7am - 1pm, May - December, Victoria Square behind Victoria Town Hall
  • Hastings, Saturdays, 8am - 1pm, May - October, Four Corners, Downtown Hastings
  • Port Hope, Saturdays, 8am - Noon, May - October, Behind Port Hope Town Hall

Farmers' Gates

Many farmers also sell produce they grow or raise outside their own farm gates. See the Northumberland Farm Gate Guide.

Large Retail Stores

These are very big stores set up in departments offering many different kinds of items. Some of these large stores are: Walmart, Giant Tiger, Dollar Giant and Costco.

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Large Drug Stores

These are large stores that carry food, household items, personal items, as well as medicine and health care products. Some of these drugs stores are: IDA Pharmacy, Guardian Pharmacy, Pharmasave, Rexall, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Food Banks

If you are unemployed or do not have the money to buy groceries, there are 6 food banks in Northumberland County to help you. At any of these locations, canned or packaged foods are available free of charge to those in need.

Northumberland Fare Share, Cobourg
775 Division Street, Northumberland Industrial Park, Unit 17 South
Phone: (905) 372-5308
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Port Hope Fare Share
34 South Street
Phone: (905) 885-6674
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Brighton Fare Share
23 Prince Edward Street
In emergency: (613) 475-4190 (Brighton Community Care)
Open 3rd Monday each month: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Campbellford and Warkworth Fare Share
28 Doxsee Avenue South
In emergency: (705) 653-2623 or (705) 653-1930 or (705) 632-0035
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 11:30 am 

Colborne Food Bank
1 Church Street East
Phone: (905) 355-3331 or (905) 355-1338
Second and fourth Tuesday of the month: 9:00 am to 11:00 am 

Colborne - Blessing Cupboard
75 King Street East
Phone: Glenda Quinn (905) 355-1488
Second Tuesday and every Sunday: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm