Tired of handing your cash over to grocery empires and the pesticide- happy agro industry? Rest assured there are more ecologically enlightened ways of getting food on the table. Join a non-profit organic food co-op or buy a box of seasonally grown greens from a local charity and make grocery shopping a community-building experience.
GOOD FOOD BOX (FOODSHARE) For a decade now, Foodshare has been delivering Good Food Boxes full of affordable seasonal fruits and veggies to church basements, social housing centres and 200 neighbourhood drop-offs around the city. Choose between small or large boxes filled with organic or non-organic, largely locally grown produce and feel good about supporting a charity that helps people get back on their feet and fosters holistic community living. Weekly, biweekly or monthly delivery. In case you don't know what to do with that turnip, come January you can join their Cooking Out Of The Box club and learn two dozen tasty, easy and healthy recipes. 416-363-6441 ext 221, www.foodshare.net.
KARMA CO-OP Roll up your sleeves two hours a month at this Annex grocer and get deep discounts on largely locally grown organic produce along with other natural goodies. Non-working members pay a small surcharge. $70 to join (refundable) and $18 in annual fees. 739 Palmerston. 416-534-1470, www.karmacoop.org.
ONTARIO NATURAL FOOD CO-OP Pool your purchasing power and gather up five or more adults (friends, family or a community group) to start your own buying club. This not-for-profit distributor will let you in on the great discounts they offer to health food stores and co-ops across the province on natural and organic dry goods as well as dairy, fridge and freezer foods. Some of the surplus funds the ONFC makes go back into educational work and community development projects. 416-503-3663, www.onfc.ca.
Want to eat healthy but just too busy to get it together? Try one of the growing crop of companies that bring locally grown, seasonal and often organic goodies to pretty much any location. Most deliver weekly or biweekly and include recipes and tips on how to cook up your supplies. GOOD FOOD BOX See above.
GREEN EARTH ORGANICS Choose between regular or family-size boxes; up to four substitutions allowed. Ten per cent of profits goes to charities like Oxfam and the Breast Cancer Foundation. 416-285-5300, www.greenearthorganics. com.
FRONT DOOR ORGANICS Boxes include 10 to 15 organic fruits and veggies; up to two substitutions allowed. Organic groceries like milk, bread and coffee can be added. 416-201-3000, www.frontdoororganics.com.
WEEKLY ORGANIC WONDER Create your own box by choosing from a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, meats and grocery items, but prepackaged boxes of seasonal produce are cheaper. No time to cook? No problem. WOW can drop off organic frozen entrees. 1-877-926-4426, www.torontoorganics. com.
ORGANICS DELIVERED Get a bushel of 100 per cent organic assorted fruits and veggies delivered anywhere in the GTA (and Peterborough). Every customer can give the company a list of favourites. Don't like cauliflower? Just tell 'em. 416-465-9051, www.organicsdelivered.com.