TOP 10 GREENGROCERS
4 LIFE, 257 Augusta, at Nassau, 416-591-6800 The crossroads of Kensington: quality produce, friendly island vibe and the best in-store music (soul, funk, Afro-jazz) in the city.
BIG CARROT, 348 Danforth, at Jackman, 416-466-2129 Toronto's largest one-stop organic hypermarket offers extensive veggie selection, baked goods from several local bakeries including Ace, Fred's and Alchemy, as well as terrific take-away prepared food.
KENSINGTON NATURAL BAKERY, 460 Bloor West, at Brunswick, 416-534-1294 All-natural vegan baked goods (no dairy, egg, 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.
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 fee.
MERCHANTS OF GREEN COFFEE, 2 Matilda, at Carroll, 416-778-6600 Wholesale and retail fair-trade, sustainable and organic green coffee beans.
NOAH'S, 322 Bloor West, at Spadina, 416-968-7930, and others. Long-running eco-conscious grocer. Bloor location features Sunny's Café, one of Toronto's few all-organic eateries.
ST. JOHN BAKERY, 155 Broadview, at Queen East, 416-850-7413 Inexpensive organic loaves prepared by socially marginalized apprentices learning the craft of artisanal bread-making. Fridays only.
UNCLE GEORGE'S PLACE, St. Lawrence Market South, 93 Front East, at Jarvis, 416-601-2112 Organic sprouts, cress and cat grass.
WHOLE FOODS, 87 Avenue Rd, at Lowther, 416-944-0500 Yes, it's pricey, but this Yorkville supermarket is also downtown's hottest meet market. If you can afford to shop here, you're one helluva catch!
YING YING, St. Lawrence Market South, 93 Front East, at Jarvis, 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.
Other planet-friendly purveyors
AMBROSIA NATURAL FOODS 55 Doncaster, at Yonge, 905-881-7811
APPLETREE NATURAL FOODS APPLETREE NATURAL FOODS
845 Queen West, at Niagara, 416-504-9677
BALDWIN NATURALS 16 Baldwin, at McCaul, 416-979-1777
BULK BARN 17 Leslie, at Eastern, 416-466-4512
BULK MINE 655 Yonge, at Charles, 416-513-0783
THE BUTCHERS 2636 Yonge, at Eglinton, 416-483-5777
CUMBRAE BUTCHERS 481 Church, at Maitland, 416-923-5600
ESSENCE OF LIFE 50 Kensington, at St. Andrew, 416-506-0345, and others
ETHEREA NATURAL FOODS 1151 Davenport, at Ossington, 416-916-1894
EVERGREEN NATURAL FOODS 161 Roncesvalles, at Garden, 416-534-2684, and others
FLYING MONKEY 314 College, at Borden, 416-968-1515
FRESH FROM THE FARM 350 Donlands, at O'Connor, 416-422-3276
HEALTHY BUTCHER 565 Queen West, at Denison, 416-703-2164
HEALTH SHOPPE 41A Charles West, at St. Nicholas, 416-923-5071
KENSINGTON MARKET ORGANIC ICE CREAM 66 Kensington, at Baldwin, 416-835-7781
LENNY'S 489 Parliament, at Carlton, 416-920-3777
LIVING SEED HEALTH CENTRE 179 Avenue Rd, 416-921-7486
MEAT ON THE BEACH 1860 Queen East, at Woodbine, 416-690-1228
OLIVE TREE ORGANICS 366 Bloor East, at Sherbourne, 416-920-5003
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
STONEMILL BAKEHOUSE FACTORY OUTLET 426 Nugget, at Markham Rd, 416-757-5767
STRICTLY BULK 638 Danforth, at Pape, 416-466-6849, and others
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