New farmers markets are springing up all over town. No surprise, given how popular they've been at established sites.
Long in the planning, the Brick Works eco-project in the Don Valley just off Bayview at the foot of Pottery Road launches a regular weekly farmers meet this spring. After a two-day event May 26 and 27, more than 20 local vendors - among them familiar names like Sosnicki Organics, Greenfield Farms and St. John's Bakery - will gather every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm through October 27.
May 26 also marks the inauguration of the much-anticipated Withrow Park farmers market. Running through October, the east-side meet happens Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the north end of the park, just south of the Danforth between Logan and Carlaw.
Following in the footsteps of nearby Dufferin Grove, Trinity Bellwoods Park holds its first farmers market June 5 from 3 to 7 pm, and continues Tuesdays till the end of October. Look for it at the north end of the park, on the south side of Dundas between Crawford and Shaw.
And beginning August 18, the new Wychwood Barns farmers market sets up every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm through the end of September on the lawn of the Anglican Church of St. Michael and All Angels (611 St. Clair West, at Wychwood, 416-653-8546). The meet will move into its permanent home in the former streetcar barns once their renovation is completed.
DUFFERIN GROVE ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET, 875 Dufferin, south of Bloor, 416-392-0913 Toronto's largest organic market meets Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm.
ST. LAWRENCE FARMERS MARKET, 92 Jarvis, at Front East, 416-392-7120 Saturdays in the North Market, 5 am to 5 pm.
FARMERS ORGANIC MARKET, St. George the Martyr Church, John and Stephanie, 647-226-2418 Toronto's oldest - and possibly smallest - organic gathering, Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm in south Grange Park.
THE VILLAGE MARKET, 9100 Bathurst, at Rutherford, 905-707-5771 Suburban organics at the Toronto Waldorf School, Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
BIRCHCLIFF VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET, 1512 Kingston Road, at Manderlay, 416-686-6528 Fridays from 2 to 7 pm starting June 8, through October 5, next to St. Nicholas Church.
DISTILLERY DISTRICT FARMERS MARKET, 55 Mill, at Trinity, 905-604-0718 Sundays 10 am to 6 pm starting June 3 through Thanksgiving.
HIGH PARK FARMERS MARKET, beside the Grenadier Restaurant, south of Bloor, 416-882-5140 Fridays from noon to 7 pm, through October.
RIVERDALE FARM FARMERS MARKET, Riverdale Park West, Winchester at Sumach, 416-961-8787 Tuesdays 3 to 7 pm starting May 8 through late October.
SUNSHINE GARDEN ORGANIC MARKET, CAMH Grounds, 1001 Queen West, at Ossington, 416-363-6441 Mondays and Thursdays 10 to 11:30 am, early July to mid-October.
STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET, 276 Parklawn, at Doddlington, 416-231-7070 Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm in the Parklawn Baptist Church parking lot.
TORONTO CITY HALL FARMERS MARKET, Nathan Phillips Square, Bay at Queen, 416-338-0338 Wednesdays 10 am to 2:30 pm from June 6 to October 17.
Other organic specialists
MERCHANTS OF GREEN COFFEE, 2 Matilda, at Carroll, 416-778-6600 Wholesale and retail fair-trade, sustainable and environmentally conscious organic green coffee beans.
UNCLE GEORGE'S PLACE, St. Lawrence Market South, 93 Front East, at Jarvis, 416-601-2112 Organic sprouts, cress and cat grass.
YIN YANG SOY, St. Lawrence Market South, 905-847-5592 Organic soy products including firm tofu in miso, tofu veggie burgers and faux Sunday roasts made with bean curd, honey and garlic.
BIG CARROT, 348 Danforth, at Jackman, 416-466-2129 Toronto's largest one-stop organic hypermarket, with extensive veggie selection, baked goods from several local bakeries including Ace, Fred's and Alchemy, as well as terrific take-away prepared food and a juice bar.
KARMA CO-OP, 739 Palmerston (rear), at Barton, 416-534-1470 Huge choice of organics, including locally grown veggies, free-range eggs, organically raised meat and household products. First visit for non-members free, refundable membership.
NATIVE ORGANICs, 909 Queen East, at Logan New Leslieville spot managed by former Pulp Kitchen owner Marie Crawford features a small organic take-away in back.
NOAH'S, 322 Bloor West, at Spadina, 416-968-7930, and others Long-running eco-conscious grocer, Bloor location features Sunny Café (see review, page 45), one of Toronto's few all-organic eateries.
WHOLE FOODS, 87 Avenue Road, at Lowther, 416-944-0500 Known to regulars as Whole Paycheque, this expansive upscale grocery store may be pricey, but it has one of the widest selections around.
AMBROSIA NATURAL FOODS 55 Doncaster, at Yonge, 905-881-7811.
APPLETREE NATURAL FOODS 845 Queen West, at Niagara, 416-504-9677.
ESSENCE OF LIFE 50 Kensington, at St. Andrew, 416-204-1030, and others.
FLYING MONKEY 314 College, at Borden, 416-968-1515.
LENNIE'S 489 Parliament, at Carlton, 416-920-3777.
LIVING SEED HEALTH CENTRE 179 Avenue Road, at Davenport, 416-921-7486.
OLIVE TREE ORGANICS,366 Bloor East, at Sherbourne, 416-920-5003
SUGAR & SPICE 265 Augusta, at Nassau, 416-593-1664.
TASTE OF NATURE 380 Bloor West, at Spadina, 416-925-8102.
TUTTI FRUITI 64 Kensington, at St. Andrew, 416-593-9281.
WHOLESOME MARKET 2234 Queen East, at Beech, 416-690-9500.
4 LIFE, 257 Augusta, at Nassau, 416-591-6800 The true crossroads of Kensington: quality produce, friendly island vibe and the best in-store music - soul, funk, Afro-jazz - in the city.
BALDWIN NATURALS 16 Baldwin, at McCaul, 416-979-1777.
EVERGREEN NATURAL FOODS 161 Roncesvalles, at Garden, 416-534-2684, and others.
ORGANIC ABUNDANCE 3066 Bloor West, at Royal York, 416-234-5258.
ORGANIC BOUTIQUE 970 Queen West, at Shaw, 416-536-3851.
ORGANICS ON BLOOR 468 Bloor West, at Brunswick, 416-538-1333.
PEACHES & GREEN 1561 Bayview, at Belsize, 416-488-6321.
ACE BAKERY, 1 Hafis, at Sheffield, 416-241-3600 Factory outlet of the Toronto-based enterprise that promotes economic self-reliance by using a percentage of profits from its preservative-free loaves to make small loans to home-based businesses across Canada and in emerging countries.
KENSINGTON NATURAL BAKERY, 460 Bloor West, at Brunswick, 416-534-1294 All-natural vegan baked goods - no dairy, eggs, refined sugar, artificial colouring or preservatives - including more than 40 types of bread as well as 20 diet-conscious casseroles and prepared salads sold by weight.
ST. JOHN's BAKERY, 153 Broadview, at Queen, 416-850-7413 Inexpensive organic loaves prepared by socially marginalized apprentices learning the craft of artisanal baking. New storefront location now open Tuesday to Saturday.
ALCHEMY BAKING COMPANY 287 Augusta, at Oxford, 416-531-2471.
FRED'S BREADS 45 Brisbane, at Alness, 416-736-3733.
STONEMILL BAKEHOUSE St. Lawrence Market South, 93 Front East, at Jarvis, 416-601-1853.
Naturally raised meats
CUMBRAE, 481 Church, at Maitland, 416-923-5600, and other Although not certified organic, this favourite supplier of local resto chefs only stocks product that is naturally raised and free of hormones and preservatives.
FRESH FROM THE FARM, 350 Donlands, at O'Connor, 416-422-3276 Only open Thursdays through Saturdays, this friendly old-fashioned operation acts as a go-between for southern Ontario's Amish and Mennonite farmers and those looking for locally sourced and preservative-free meat and dairy.
HEALTHY BUTCHER, 565 Queen West, at Denison, 416-703-2642 For the ecological who are not bothered by paying seven bucks for a sausage (one that's certified organic, humane and free of chemicals, mind), this Victorian storefront can't be beat.
THE BUTCHERS 2636 Yonge, at Eglinton, 416-483-5777.
MEAT ON THE BEACH 1860 Queen East, at Woodbine, 416-690-1228.
SPRING CREEK FARM PRODUCE 291 Roncesvalles, at Westminster, 416-534-9703.