GUIDE TO ORGANICS 2006 Vitality Magazine July 2006 http://www.vitalitymagazine.com/index.php
A directory of some of the organic farms with pick-your-own and farmgate sales, markets, stores, delivery services, suppliers, restaurants, and events in and around Toronto.
Compiled by Rebecca Granovsky-Larsen
KEY TO LISTINGS
CSA: Community Shared Agriculture
FG: Farmgate sales
FM: Farmer’s Market
PYO: Pick your own
Mapleton's Organic Dairy • MOOREFIELD (Ineke Booy, Martin de Groot)
Organic ice cream and frozen yogurt made right on the farm. Meet the cows that provide the ice cream!R R #1 Moorefield ON, (519) 638-1115, fax (519) 638-1116, Visit the website at www.mapletonsorganic.ca.
Sosnicki Organic Produce • WATERFORD (Ben & Jessie Sosnicki)
FG, FM: Organic produce including; lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, beets, carrots, and more available at Dufferin Grove, Riverdale Farm. Farmgate sales Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. During winter their organic cabbage rolls and perogies for sale. 1164 Thomspon Road East, RR#5 Waterford, ON Phone (519) 443-5903, e-mail email@example.com, and visit www.sosnickiorganics.com.
Bousfield's Apples & Cider (& much more) • MILTON (Roy, Eleanor, and Paul Bousfield)
FG: At The Country Store, you can obtain organic cider, apples, pears, garlic & other vegetables and Oak Manor grains. Open Fri-Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sept. From Sept. to Dec., open daily.5408 Derry Rd, call (905) 878-6355
Lieberthal Farm • CAMPBELLVILLE (Gaille & Mark Lieberthal)
FG: Organic chicken, beef, lamb, salami, eggs, honey, maple syrup, organic milk, cheeses, butter, fair trade organic coffee, and more. Available at Greenfield’s Organic Farm Wednesdays 2:30 - 7 p.m. and also available at The Village Market — Toronto Waldorf School, Thornhill, ON. Call for appointment. (905) 854-2697.
Greenfield's Organic Farm • CAMPBELLVILLE, ON (Lorenz Eppinger)
FM, OCPP certified: Farm fresh vegetables and strawberries grown organically. At Guelph Farmers’ Market Sat. 7 a.m. to noon; Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto on Thursdays 3:30 to 7 p.m., both year round. Roadside by chance in season, Red Barn Market year round; Wednesdays 2:30 to 7 p.m. (produce, eggs, maple syrup, baking, etc.) Tuesdays at Stonegate Farmers market in Toronto (June-October). 10715 Guelph Line, Campbellville, call (905) 854-5458, Fax (905) 854-4383, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenfieldsfarm.ca
Pfenning's Organic Vegetables Inc. • BADEN
FM, FG Grower, wholesaler and distributor of certified organic seasonal fresh vegetables and imported off-season and tropical produce. Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables is a family-run farm emphasizing local first. Farm-grown produce includes carrots, potatoes, onions, broccoli, kale, chard, red leaf, green leaf and romaine lettuces, dandelion, parsley, spinach, parsnip and beets on a 300-acre farm. Pfenning’s also produce and pack raw sauerkraut according to a traditional German recipe. Other local products distributed for fellow farmers are leeks, rutabaga, jerusalem artichoke, shiitake and button mushrooms, strawberries, zucchini, herbs, shallots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cold-pressed sunflower oil, and the list continues to grow.For more information visit our website at www.pfenningsorganic.com or Buy Local, Buy Fresh Foodlink at www.foodlink.ca
Fenwood Farm • ANCASTER, ON
FG: Organic and free range grain-fed chicken, gluten- and nitrate-free sausages., venison, wild caught seafood, emu oil and soap, organic pork and beef, Mapleton's organic ice cream and frozen yogurt, and organic pet food.Located at 774 Sawmill Road, RR#2, Ancaster, ON. Call (905) 765-1479 or toll free 1-800-373-7686. Website: www.fenwoodfarm.com.
Moondance Organic Gardens • ANGUS
CSA, Farmgate Sales, Natural Skin Care Products. Two acre market garden providing veggies to 50 CSA subscribers and onsite market stand, volunteering opportunities, herbs, cut flowers, perennials and natural skin care products. Open Thurs. to Sat. 10am to 5 pm Other times by chance or by appointmentLocated at 8285 5th line one hour north of GTA, 15 min W of Hwy 400 (Molson Park Drive exit), at the corner of 5th Line and 25th Side road in Essa Township. Check out www.moondanceorganicgardens.ca Call (705) 424-2606. E-mail email@example.com.
Maranatha Farms • ORANGEVILLE, ON (Lynne and Mike Hubbard)
OCPP Certified, FG: Many varieties of potatoes, asparagus, squash, pumpkins, onions and grains. Call to place an order or call to arrange a visit from Monday to-Saturday. Closed Sundays. Produce is available from August to June.Located at 285441 Dufferin Road 10, Amaranth Township, Orangeville ON. Call (519) 941-8298, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre. HILLSBURGH
CSA/ Farmgate: Forty different vegetables. Eggs and meat. Everdale has a local CSA and a farm store (open on Saturdays only). Their produce can also be purchased in Toronto through Front Door Organics, Field to Table, WOW foods. Everdale also offers workshops on straw bale construction, biodiesel, greywater, medicinal herbs and hosts numberous all ages events. The 50-acre property encompasses a working organic farm, forests, meadows, nature trail, cut flower garden, and demonstration models of sustainable technologies including Home Alive! The House that Thinks, Drinks, and Breathes. Six-month apprenticeship program for people to learn about organic farming. Everdale is open for tours every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from June to end September. Wellington County, one hour NW of Toronto, 1/2 E of Guelph. Visit www.everdale.org, email email@example.com or call (519) 855-4859.
Plan B Organic Farm • HAMILTON (Melanie, Alvaro & Rodrigo Venturelli)
CSA, FM: 450-acre organic vegetable and herb farm established in 1997, with a 350-family CSA serving Hamilton, Halton, Toronto. Weekly farmers' markets — Thursday at Dufferin Grove Market (Toronto), Saturday at Hamilton Farmer’s Market and Milton Market.For more information, contact us at (905) 659-2572 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 1377 5th Concession West, Hamilton. Take Hwy 6 north from QEW, turn left onto 5th Concession W., travel approx 10 km to farm.
Avalon Apple Orchard • INNISFIL (Gaye Trombley)
PYO: Apples; also fresh pressed cider, honey and other organic produce. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during harvest season. For more information visit: www.avalonorchards.net.
Located 45 mins north of Toronto. North on Highway 400 to Highway 89. Go east to side road 10. Travel north on side road 10 for five miles to 5th Line. Turn west. Second lane on north, (705) 458-9902.
The Big Carrot • TORONTO
This Canadian worker-owned natural food market specializes in a wide selection of organically grown, GMO-free, cruelty-free and environmentally safe products. Visit the Big Carrot Vegetarian Deli located inside the store, and the Big Carrot Organic Juice Bar at the foot of Carrot Common.348 Danforth Ave. For information call (416) 466-2129 or visit www.thebigcarrot.ca.
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmer's Market • TORONTO
Farmer’s market with fresh organic produce from local farms, a wide selection of meats and poultry, wood-fired oven sourdough breads, honey, fair trade coffee and teas, olives, cheeses, specialty baking and more. Located at Dufferin Grove Park, south of Bloor on East side of Dufferin. www.dufferinpark.caLocated in Dufferin Grove park, 875 Dufferin St. Thursdays 3:30 to 7 p.m., year-round.
Karma Co-operative • TORONTO
Karma is a non-profit food store, owned cooperatively by the people who shop there. Founded in 1972, Karma carries a comprehensive inventory of organic health food and natural products plus a broad range of standard grocery items. Membership is open to anyone and new members pay a one-time loan based on the number of adults in the household. New members may opt to commit hours working at Karma or pay a small surcharge on purchases.739 Palmerston Ave. Call (416) 534-1470 or visit www.karmacoop.org
Olive Tree Organics • TORONTO
Organic and natural food market in the Bloor Street East neighbourhood. Olive Tree has fresh organic sandwiches, meals to go, and over 50 different juices and beverages. Organic food for less money, come and get it.Located at 366 Bloor Street East, northwest side of Bloor near Sherbourne. Call (416) 920-5003.
The Village Market • THORNHILL
Open Saturdays year round 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An organic farmer’s market featuring fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic milk, butter, cream and yogurt, organic beef and chicken, eggs, plus some organic breads, pies and pastries. Also featured is a whole foods café, live music and health practitioners.Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St. Located 1 mile north of Hwy 7/407. Call (905) 707-5771 or visit www.villagemarket.ca.
Noah’s Natural Foods • TORONTO
Extensive range of bulk and packaged vegetarian foods, organic produce, and a vegan, mostly-organic cafe, Sunny’s, located inside Bloor Street location.Locations at 322 Bloor St. W. (at Spadina), 667 Yonge St. (s. of Bloor), 2395 Yonge St. (n. of Eglinton), 7117 Bathurst St. (n. of Steeles).
Birchcliff Village Farmer's Market • SCARBOROUH
June 23 and continues every Friday until Sept. 22, 2:30-7:30 p.m. Vendors with natural, organic, homemade and handmade products are welcome.1512 Kingston Road new Warden Ave. Begins Table inquiries: Joan 416-698-9854
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmer's Market • TORONTO
Farmer’s market with organic produce and specialty foods, located at Dufferin Grove Park, south of Bloor on East side of Dufferin. Located in Dufferin Grove park, 875 Dufferin St. Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m., year-round www.dufferinpark.ca.
Riverdale Farm Farmer’s Market • TORONTO
Riverdale Farm Farmer’s Market is a mainly organic farmer’s market with fresh produce, preserves and fresh baked goods. www.friendsofriverdalefarm.com.Located at Riverdale Farm, 327 Carlton St.Tuesdays 3 to 7 p.m. Until October.
4 Life Natural Foods • TORONTO
New organic fruit and vegetable market located in the heart of Kensington Market.257 Augusta Avenue.
Baldwin Naturals • TORONTO, ON
Healthy shopping made simple. Featuring fresh certified organic produce, a large selection of natural groceries, supplements, herbal remedies, and natural body care.16 Baldwin St., just northwest of University and Dundas. (416) 979-1777.
Organic Abundance • TORONTO
Organic Abundance is an organic and natural food store located one block west of Royal York on the Bloor subway line. With a wide range of organic produce, meat, dairy, and grocery products, Organic Abundance offers a relaxed shopping atmosphere with knowledgeable and friendly staff. 3066 Bloor Street West (416) 234-5258
ORGANIC DELIVERY SERVICES
WOW Foods • TORONTO AND GTA
WOW Foods offers a great selection of 300 organic and natural foods for delivery to your home or office. Their mission is to help build a healthy food system by making organic and natural food more accessible and by building a larger regional market for local organic farmers. Try their popular pre-selected WOW Box of seasonal fruits and vegetables and enjoy the free weekly newsletter full of recipes and other useful information about organic eating. WOW Foods also delivers Earthdance. Order by telephone toll free at 1-877-926-4426 or through our website at www.mywowbox.com. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Front Door Organics TORONTO
Home delivery of high quality fresh organic produce and grocery products. Call (416) 201-3000, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.frontdoororganics.comORGANIC SUPPLIERS
Florabunda Seeds • INDIAN RIVER, ON (Dirk Berghout)
Florabunda Seeds is a company dedicated to preserving old species of flowers, many of which are the parents of today’s modern hybrids, to help maintain a strong genetic plant base. All seeds are untreated and organically grown varieties are available. For more information or to receive a free catalogue, call (705) 295-6440, visit www.florabundaseeds.com email firstname.lastname@example.org or write Box 3, Indian River, ON K0L 2B0
Wine Tradition • TORONTO
Wine Tradition offers a variety of fresh grapes and juices, including several Certified Organic grapes from Chile year-round, and seasonally from Ontario. The use of sulfites is minimized and can even be entirely eliminated. Drop by or visit their website for more information.Located in High Park/Bloor West Village at 548 Annette Street(at Runnymede), www.winetradition.com, email@example.com, (416) 769-0006.
Urban Harvest • TORONTO
Provides seeds, seedlings, and garden supplies promoting ecological diversity at all the local farmer’s markets and many retail outlets including The Big Carrot, Fiesta Gardens, 4 Life Organic Foods and Grassroots.Visit www.uharvest.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (416) 504-1653.
Seeds of Diversity Canada • TORONTO
Seeds of Diversity Canada is a national grassroots network of over 1,700 volunteer gardeners who grow heritage varieties and share seeds with one another. They offer a resource list of seed companies which sell heritage seeds, a booklet to help you learn the simple techniques of saving your own seeds, and members receive Seeds of Diversity magazine as well as the Annual Seed Exchange Directory. Contact Seeds of Diversity Canada, P.O. Box 36, Station Q, Toronto M4T 2L7, call 1-866-509-7333, email email@example.com or visit www.seeds.ca.
Organic Events & Organizations
SEPTEMBER 17 MARKS THE 17TH ANNUAL FEAST OF FIELDS - ORGANIC FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - Albion Hills Conservation Area, Caledon, ON
Sample the freshest, most succulent organic creations prepared by some of Toronto’s top chef’s and Restaurants while sipping on organic and local wines and beers at the 17th Annual Feast of Fields, September 17, 2006.
For 17 years Feast of Fields has been tantalizing tastebuds while bringing together those who grow and prepare our foods with those who simply consume and savour them! The dishes are ingeniously created and prepared to be enjoyed without the use of paper plates and other disposable items.
Organic growers are invited to present their selections of organic products and answer questions about their operations and philosophies. As well, non-profit groups provide additional information about organic agriculture, the environment, fair trade and other related issues. www.feastoffields.org
The 26th Annual Guelph Organic Conference, Expo & Sampling Fair
• Title: "Next Generation Organics" - with a focus on youth, local organics and a tribute to the organic pioneers. Canada's longest running organic marketing event will be held at the Guelph
University Centre, January 26-28, 2007. The Jan. 27-28 Expo/Tasting Fair is free to consumers, gardeners, retailers, students and to all buyers and enthusiasts who want to meet organic food suppliers face-to-face. There will be approximately 135 booths, including almost 35 organic food samplers and dozens of other vendors who sell organic books, seeds and garden supplies. Do you want to find work or develop your own network in the organic business? Then, attend some of the 30 paid workshops on topics such as: youth/employment in organics, professional organic market
gardening, urban organics, GENEAction films, large-scale organic crop farming and even 'Organics On The Internet.' A special Eco-Scholar Program runs again. For info, sponsorships, exhibitor terms, etc., contact Tomás Nimmo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (705) 444-0923. Current sponsors and workshops are updated regularly at: - www.guelphorganicconf.ca - Vitality is an Organic Media Partner.
Canadian Organic Growers (COG)
A non-profit organization that is helping farmers and gardeners grow organically, and consumers find good sources of organic food.
By becoming a member of COG, you can help give it the clout it needs to support the consumers and growers of organic food. Membership includes four issues of The Canadian Organic Grower, a magazine full of tips for organic gardeners and farmers as well as information on organics across the country. As well, you receive monthly electronic updates to keep you on top of what’s going on in the organic sector. You also have access to the COG library, an extensive collection of gardening and farming books that can be borrowed by mail at no cost. By choosing to participate in the GTA Chapter of COG, you can actively contribute to the organic movement in your area. The GTA Chapter undertakes activities such as presenting speakers and panel discussions on organic food and food production, promoting organic food and food production by participation in public events and through the media, updating a directory for the GTA area that lists where to get organic products, and producing a regular newsletter for members.www.cog.ca Info: email@example.com Tanmayo 416-466-9584
SeldomSeen/Seldom Heard Farm SCHOMBERG
Organic Lamb, whole or a half, butchered as you like it, AND delivered to your door. Call Jane at 905-939-7421, Check out our website at www.organiclamb.ca www.seldomseen.ca www.ourstories.ca
Beretta Organic Farms • TORONTO
Delivery service of 100% certified organic meats. Beretta Organic Farms offers a full selection of custom cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area is free for a minimum order of $150. All meats are raised locally. Beretta Farms is a vendor at Dufferin Grove Park. Visit www.berettaorganics.com, or call the shop at (416) 674-5609.
Hearth to Home • Toronto
Prepares flavourful, organic and nutritionally balanced vegan meals each week and delivers them to Toronto homes on Mondays. Meals are carefully packed in high quality reusable containers. Menus use local organic produce and change with each week and season. Visit www.hearthtohome.ca
Sunny Cafe • 322 Bloor Street, TORONTO, ON
Located inside Noah’s Natural Foods at Bloor and Spadina, this deli café dishes up meals both vegan and organic, a rare find for those with food sensitivities. Offerings range from rice noodle salad, to pickled beets, to potato perogies (made with spelt flour). About 90% of ingredients are organic. Patrons fill up plates or take-out containers, and pay by weight. Twenty dishes every day — including homemade desserts, fresh organic vegetable juices, sandwiches, tofu burgers, spring rolls, pitas, fresh soup daily. Sugar, egg, and dairy free.Open Mon-Fri 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organic Horizons Inc. Guelph
OCPP Certified, organic import and export company specializing in organic Food products, mainly imported from Europe with some manufactured in Canada. Organic Horizons features a wide range of products including popular brands such as Vivani Chocolate, Halva licorice, Harvest Sun Bouillons, Broths & Soups, Wild Country Honey Bars & Loose Teas and Tartex Vegetarian Patés. For more information or to receive a catalogue call (519) 824-6161, email firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Organic Horizons Inc., #9 – 685 Speedvale Avenue West, Guelph ON, N1K 1E6, or visit our website at www.organichorizons.ca.
Frogpond Farm • Certified Organic Winery • NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
OCPP certified: Owners Heike Koch and Jens Gemmrich grow and produce a dry
Riesling and a full bodied Cabernet Merlot on their unique family farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1385 Larkin Road. Come for a visit and a free tasting on Tuesday to Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday closed. Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons or by appointment (905 468-1079) For a delivery fee of $10 per order we can ship our wines to most places in Ontario.Visit www.frogpondfarm.ca or e-mail email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Hours are 11pm-6pm and you can call our new toll free number 1.877.989.0165.