Frequently Asked Questions
“Shop local’ is a term growing in popularity, as health- and environment-conscious consumers take a more active role in their food choices. Shopping locally means supporting local producers and their products and provides many benefits. Strengthening the local economy, reducing the carbon footprint of long-distance transportation of goods and giving consumers a chance to get their food suppliers personally are just a few of those benefits.
No. Originally owned and operated by the Saskatchewan Food Processors’ Association, SaskMade Marketplace was offered for sale in the fall of 2010 and is now privately owned by three shareholders who are all directly involved in the business of agriculture.
We actively look for products that we think will enhance our inventory and producers often approach us with items they want to promote.
Our products are unique, high-quality, locally produced and processed goods. While you may find some of them in larger outlets, most are offered for sale only through select distribution networks like SaskMade Marketplace. The added value of these products often commands a slightly higher price.
Not every item in our store is grown or processed in this province, but in order to bear the Made in Saskatchewan seal, they must include 51% Saskatchewan-produced content. A few of our top-selling items are imported to this province, but through Saskatchewan-owned distribution networks.
Step one: ensure that all your food product(s) meets government regulation for retail sale. All food products need to meet the required Canadian Food inspection Agency (CFIA) standards. Typically, this means that food products have a UPC code and a nutritional label, produced by a registered agency. The Saskatchewan Food Centre is a great resource for you to learn more about these requirements.
Step two: provide a product that complements the SaskMade vision and business model. You must apply to become a producer/artisan partner. All products are reviewed by theSaskMade management team to ensure that the partnership and products are a good fit with the overall plan and have good sales potential in this venue.
Step three: when your product has been approved, you can bring it to our store. You will need to provide an invoice for inventory tracking and some information about you, your company and your product(s) that will help to generate sales for you.