Annual Guide to Organics 2019

Lifespring “Beyond Organic” Farm

A directory of Ontario organic and/or pesticide-free farms with pick-your-own and farmgate sales, plus markets, stores, suppliers, restaurants, and events around the province  

Key to Listings
  • CSA: Community Shared Agriculture
  • FM: Farmers’ Market
  • FG: Farmgate Sales
  • PYO: Pick Your Own


Pick-your-own apples at Avalon Orchard

AVALON ORCHARDS • INNISFIL  PYO: This orchard offers pick-your-own certified organic apples; also fresh-pressed cider, honey, vinegar, and other organic produce. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily during harvest season. Located 45 minutes north of Toronto.

The orchard is located at 3150 5th Line, just 45 minutes north of Toronto. Go north on Highway 400 to Highway 89; go east to Side Road 10. Then travel north on Side Road 10 for five miles to 5th Line; turn west on 5th line. Call (705) 458-9902. For more information, visit them online at:

ORGANICS FAMILY FARM • MARKHAM PYO; FG: Certified organic strawberries and apples. This is a family-owned and operated farm producing primarily pick-your-own fruit, but they also operate a market where they sell fruits, vegetables, and other products. From Wednesday to Sunday they operate a wood-fired oven and bake organic pies, tarts, and artisan bread. Open seasonally with their crops, from 9 am to 5 pm weekends, and 9 am to 6 pm weekdays.

Call ahead for a crop update: (905) 640-5206. For more information, visit

Black Creek offers programs for kids

BLACK CREEK COMMUNITY FARM • TORONTO   FG, CSA: This unique eight-acre “farm park” is Toronto’s largest urban farm. It houses certified organic vegetable fields, a forest trail and food forest, four-season greenhouses, an outdoor classroom, pavilion and wood-fired bake oven, as well as a mushroom garden, chickens and beehives. They offer 30+ varieties of certified organic vegetables including Western, Asian and Caribbean varieties, honey, and fair-trade chocolate at affordable prices. Join them for volunteer opportunities, educational programs for kids and youth, workshops, and public events.

Located at 4929 Jane St., at the southeast corner of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue, a 10 to 15 minute walk from Pioneer Village Subway Station. Learn more at, email or call (416) 393-6381. Find them on Facebook: /BlackCreekCommunityFarm  Twitter: @BCCFarm. Instagram: @BlackCreekCommunityFarm

Strawberry harvest at Ignatius Farm


IGNATIUS FARM • GUELPH CSA, FM: Ignatius Farm is a community organic training farm. It is an integral part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, and ‘the’ farm for many individuals and community endeavours. The farm grows certified organic strawberries and vegetables for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, the Milton Farmers’ Market, local businesses, and service agencies. Pick-your-own berries are available in late June.

The farm’s three-acre Community Garden, working shares, volunteer, and training programs are popular with those who appreciate working in healthy soil and surroundings. Ignatius Farm rents land to small organic businesses and non-profits. CSA share options are: early, mid- and late summer shares; and winter shares. Pick up produce at the farm or a Guelph neighbourhood site.

Visit us on Open Farm Days: Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 23, from 3:30 to 6 pm. Visit, email

JOYFULLY ORGANIC FARM • MARKHAM, STOUFFVILLE  CSA; FM: Imagine a CSA share of fresh, local vegetables, which you can’t wait to open each week! The most delicious part? Big, beautiful flavours! Joyfully Organic Farm is run by two first-generation farmers – the heart and hands behind the vegetables they grow. Joyfully Organic Farm grows over 40 types of vegetables, which makes their CSA an inspiring experience! They are passionate about soil health, which is passed along in their nutrient-packed, delicious vegetables. To top it off, each season you’ll be invited to member-only farm tours and events! Don’t miss their annual gigantic potluck dinner – held in the middle of their vegetable field!

Pick up your share in Markham or Stouffville. For more information, visit Email or Facebook: @joyfullyorganicfarm

Pfenning’s offers a food box service

PFENNING’S ORGANIC FARM • NEW HAMBURG FM: Pfenning’s has been growing organically on their farm in New Hamburg since 1981. With biodiversity in mind they grow a variety of crops – from carrots to cruciferous vegetables to leafy greens, and much more! Pfenning’s is a hub for local and organic produce. They farm more than 800 acres of certified organic land of their own, and pack and distribute for a large community of local organic growers.

When you purchase Pfenning’s, you are supporting growing practices that: work with and enhance the ecosystem; offer safe and fair work for seasonal workers; contribute toward building a healthier, stronger food system in Ontario. Look for Pfenning’s at your neighbourhood grocer or food box service.

For a list of stores that carry Pfenning’s visit To inquire about a wholesale account call (519) 662-3468, or email:

Apples, cider and more at Bousfield’s store

BOUSFIELD’S APPLES AND CIDER • MILTON FG: This is a small, third-generation family farm, which has been growing organically since 2000 and are certified organic. Bousfield’s produces a wide variety of apples, pears, fresh-pressed cider, grapes, and raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. They also grow garlic, onions, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, potatoes, and tomatoes. Other products for sale include local honey, maple syrup, and organic flour products. There is a retail store located on the farm open to the public. Produce is picked and ready for sale (not a pick-your-own facility).

Located at 5408 Derry Road, Milton, Ont., the farm store is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm, based on season and availability. Call the farm for availability: 1-905-878-6355. Or drop by their booth, from May 18 to Oct. 12 (excl. June 1), at the Milton Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 7 am to 12 noon.

SHARED HARVEST COMMUNITY FARM • City of Dunnville  FM; CSA: This certified organic community farm hosts workshops and events throughout the year including a ‘Weekend Harmonica Retreat’ in June, and a ‘Turnip the Beets’ music festival in July. They also grow more than 40 kinds of vegetables and herbs. They employ compost teas, and use different weeds and local botanicals to fertilize plants, feed the soil, and make sure their veggies have all the minerals needed to flourish. They have a CSA in Hamilton, Dunnville, Cayuga, Port Colborne and St. Catharines.

Shared Harvest is at Durand Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, and Dufferin Grove Organic Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, both from 3 pm to 7 pm. They are also at the Dunnville Farmer’s Market every Saturday.

For more information, call (905) 701-7255, or email:, visit their website at:

Everdale Farm now celebrating 20 years

EVERDALE ORGANIC FARM • HILLSBURGH CSA; FG: Founded in 1998, Everdale is a not-for-profit food and farming project with a charitable mission to build healthy communities through food. This year, Everdale celebrates 20 years of growing organic vegetables with a Harvest Share program. It has hosted thousands of visitors for educational programming such as Farm School programs, Summer Farm Camp, Team Building days, Farm Planner courses, Farmer Training courses, Carrot Fest! and more.

This season, Everdale is launching a Food Security project where 50% of produce grown will be distributed through our partners for hunger relief. Sign up for a volunteer day to have a positive social impact by helping to grow and harvest fresh food that directly supports community members in need. Year-round Harvest Share; Registered Charity.

Located at 5812 6th Line, in Erin, Ont. For more information, contact David Alexander, Farm Programs Co-coordinator at (519) 855-4859.

Enjoying family time at Lifespring Farm

LIFESPRING ‘BEYOND ORGANIC’ FARM • City of Kawartha Lakes FG: Proprietors Ken and Anastasia raise Scottish Highland cows for the healthiest and tastiest beef around, as well as pasture and garden-raised chicken, and free-range brown eggs. They grow many varieties of veggies in mineral and Ormus rich soil, with their own organic manure and bio-dynamic preps.

Shoppers can visit and purchase from this farm by appointment, or visit the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmers’ Market in Toronto year-round between 9 am and 1 pm. Come by and see them, have a chat, and learn that if it’s not in your soil, it’s not in your food!

For more information call: (705) 878-3363, email: or visit their website at:

Mapleton’s ice cream is always a hit

MAPLETON’S ORGANIC FARMS • MOOREFIELD CSA; FG; FM: This working organic dairy farm, founded in 1999 by Ineke Booy and Martin de Groot, consists of 450 acres of certified organic land, 70 milking cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, donkeys, alpacas, and a pony. They process milk into organic ice cream, frozen and fresh yogurt, served in a cosy ice cream café. Today, Mapleton’s serves organic lunches and packaged organic products including dairy, meats, dry goods, and seasonal produce.

The farm offers a demonstration barnyard that is open to the public year-round, a two-acre cedar hedge maze with a pirate ship in the middle, a picnic area, and a destination to host birthday parties. Mapleton’s Farm products are available at grocery stores and health food stores across Ontario. Open May 1 to October 31: Sunday to Thursday, 11 am to 6 pm; Friday 11 am to 8 pm; November 1 to April 30: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Located at 8548 Wellington Rd. #7, Moorefield, Ont. Call 1-877-779-9795 or (519) 638-1115, email: or visit:


The Big Carrot Danforth location

THE BIG CARROT • TWO LOCATIONS IN TORONTO The Big Carrot is a natural food market that has been committed to local, organic, non-GMO, and sustainable food systems since 1983. They are a one-stop shop offering produce, grocery, bulk, body care and a holistic dispensary. Their juice bar and kitchen serve up hundreds of healthy dishes and drinks, daily. Building community is at the core of their vision, which they deliver through education, outreach and giving. They want everyone to share in the goodness they offer.

Visit their Danforth Community Market at 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway) and their new Beach Community Market at 125 Southwood Dr. (Kingston Road and Main Street). For more information, call (416) 466-2129. Visit, email Join them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS • SIX LOCATIONS IN TORONTO One of Toronto’s original health food stores., Noah’s offers an extensive variety of organic bulk and packaged vegetarian foods, plus a range of organic produce, dairy products, meats, and gluten-free breads and pastas.

Their professional staff is ready to assist you at any of their six locations: 322 Bloor St. West, (416) 968-7930; 2395 Yonge St., (416) 488-0904; 667 Yonge St., (416) 969-0220; 9121 Weston Rd., (905) 850-2873; 430 King St. West, (416) 260-8900; 21 Carlton St., 416-972-1012. Details are available at:

ORGANIC GARAGE • TORONTO, OAKVILLE, THORNHILL Organic Garage is a Canadian organic and all-natural grocery store. They are committed to offering a full selection of top-quality organic, all-natural, vegan and allergy-friendly products at the best prices possible so customers can enjoy healthier food for less! Organic Garage carries 100% Certified Organic produce, quality artisan meats, zero-waste bulk offerings, grab-and-go options, and so much more.

Now with four locations. In Toronto: 42 Hanna Ave., and 43 Junction Rd., (Leaside and other locations opening soon!); In Oakville: 579 Kerr St.; In Thornhill: 8020 Bathurst St. For more information, and to sign up for their Unflyer, visit Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Stock up at the Apple Market

THE APPLE MARKET • MISSISSAUGA The Apple Market has been a family-owned and operated business for more than 45 years in Mississauga. They have always focused on providing the community with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and quality meats. In the past few years the selection has grown to include organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and groceries. They offer natural meats, chicken, and wild Ocean Wise fish, along with organic selections when available.

The in-store bakery also provides a choice of organic and gluten-free products. The market specializes in custom-fruit baskets, and fresh meat and cheese trays. A unique feature of the Apple Market is the addition of a Health and Wellness Centre, which carries a complete line of popular and professional supplements.

The Apple Market is located at 2281 Camilla Rd., just off The Queensway, 2 lights east of Hurontario. For more information, visit or call (905) 848-4840.

NATURE’S EMPORIUM • BURLINGTON, NEWMARKET, MAPLE & WOODBRIDGE (Now Open) Established in 1993 with the goal of nourishing a healthy, natural lifestyle, Nature’s Emporium continues that tradition today at their locations in Newmarket, Vaughan, and Burlington! Their all-organic fresh produce department highlights local producers year-round. Explore a diverse selection of natural and organic gluten-free, grocery, and green living accessories.

Discover skin-nourishing whole bodycare, and a vitamin and supplement dispensary supported by on-staff nutritionists, naturopaths, and homeopaths. Don’t miss their juice bar, raw food bar, and bistro for inspired living foods prepared fresh daily. Join them on a store tour to see what makes them different!

Offering four great locations: 16655 Yonge St., Newmarket, call (905) 898-1844; 2535 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Vaughan, call (905) 553-5527; 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington, call (289) 427-5075; and 8401 Weston Rd., Woodbridge, call (365) 527-2466. Visit:

Find fresh eggs at the Village Market

THE VILLAGE MARKET • THORNHILL FM Open Saturdays year-round, 8 am to 1 pm. This is an organic farmers’ market with local organic and biodynamic farmers, featuring fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic beef, pork and chicken, organic eggs, organic dairy products, plus organic breads and treats. Offering a full range of gluten-free baking and frozen entrees as well.

Also featured are café vendors, with both vegan and carnivore options represented, live music, and health practitioners. One of the farmers also sells some imported organic fruits and vegetables to supplement what’s available locally.

Located at Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St., one light south of Rutherford Road. Email or visit

FIESTA FARMS & GARDEN CENTRE • TORONTO Nice, niche nourishment in an unpretentious shopping experience, Fiesta is a 30-year-old comprehensive grocery store with multicultural roots. They source local, sustainable, organic ingredients, produce, raw, real and prepared fare from a preponderance of hyper-local (GTA), local (Southern Ontario), and regional (some things only come from some places) entrepreneurs.

When organic first became a thing, they didn’t segregate it in a section for only those wearing Birkenstocks – it was integrated throughout the store. Today, organic is the new conventional, and honestly, so are Birkenstocks. Order ahead or stop in and browse the garden centre now that spring is actually springing.

Fiesta Farms is located at 200 Christie St., just north of Bloor Street. Call (416) 537-1235 or visit


Romania countryside

HALIKALI CANADA HaliKali Canada is the official representative, importer, and distributor of Ambrosia. Our newest import from Romania is 100% Raw Ambrosia Bee Bread. Ambrosia Bee Bread is an “alchemical” bee creation made by Romanian bees inside the hive and harvested by socially responsible beekeepers, and is the actual food that Queen Bees eat when they go for brunch. It’s a liver protector rich in phytohormones, flavonoids, free amino acids, mineral elements, and other active biological compounds, containing almost all of the 22 elements that make up the human body.

Ambrosia has been used as a superfood for thousands of years, being one of the oldest rejuvenators known to humans. Bee Bread has even been used by Olympic athletes as a performance enhancer and muscle replenisher because it helps increase oxygen uptake and accelerates recovery time in training. It also helps people maintain the high levels of energy required to keep up with hectic schedules or long hours. Ambrosia Bee Bread is fantastic for children and elderly people, and anyone who desires to boost their immunity.

Bee Bread is not bee pollen or a specialty honey, but a type of food in its own category. Available in health food stores across Canada. For more info, visit: or call (416) 823-2276.

YOUINFOCUS PRODUCTS YouInFocus Products imports the Dr. Jentschura Alkaline Program from Germany, which is an easy three-step program to alkalize and revitalize the body. All of the company’s products are gluten-free and organic. Their most popular organic food products are MorgenStund’, WurzelKraft, and TischleinDeckDich.

MorgenStund‘ is Dr. Jentschura’s delicious, wholesome porridge, made with buckwheat, millet, fruits, almonds, oil seeds, and amaranth. It is packed with valuable nutrients for superior physical and mental performance at work and in school. WurzelKraft is a life-supporting formulation made with 100 healing herbs and based on an exclusive German naturopathic recipe. It strengthens the immune system and boosts the body’s regenerative power and health. WurzelKraft offers more than 50,000 vital bio-available substances, like organic plant-derived minerals, vitamins, enzymes, essential amino acids, and secondary plant compounds. TischleinDeckDich is a savoury organic dish with quinoa, millet, and eight vegetables.

For more info, please visit or call 1-866-722-9812 toll free.

Yummy Beet Bars

ORGANIC TRADITIONS® SUPERFOODS Organic Traditions® Superfoods is a brand of certified organic, gluten-free, kosher, raw, and vegan superfoods with a vision to inspire people to fuel themselves to the highest level possible, providing nutrient-dense options for optimal wellness, vitality, and longevity.

With more than 100 superfoods, the brand offers a variety of products, ranging from dried fruits and seeds to healthy fats, sprouted seeds, low glycemic sweeteners and herbs, plus unique probiotic smoothie mixes, herbal smoothie boosters, antioxidant-rich fruit powders, detoxifying greens, drink mixes, and blends to provide every nutritional cornerstone for a superfood lifestyle.

To learn more, please visit:


VEGETARIAN HAVEN • TORONTO Vegetarian Haven is a vegan bistro that uses local, seasonal, and organic produce whenever possible. Popular dishes include: ‘Sizzling Eggplant’ made with organic tempeh and seasonal vegetables cooked in a coconut curry sauce and served on a hot iron plate. Another popular item is ‘Curry Pad Thai’ made with fresh rice noodles in curry sauce. Also featured is a ‘daily special’ main course.

In summer, healthy cooling beverages are hot sellers – including fresh organic juices; the ‘Slushy’ made with lime juice and fresh mint; and Macha green tea smoothie. Tea lovers will enjoy the selection of loose-leaf herbal teas. Sit a spell on their lively summer patio, and enjoy the best of Toronto’s vegan cuisine.

Located at 17 Baldwin St., Toronto. To reserve a table, call (416) 621-3636. For more info, visit their website at

FENNEL EATERY & JUICE BAR • TORONTO Tucked inside Noah’s Natural Foods at 322 Bloor St. West, Fennel Eatery offers a hot and cold vegan buffet for diners looking for fast take-out or a spot at the lunch counter. All items in the buffet are 100% vegan and homemade fresh daily using top-quality local and organic produce.

The food contains no added sugar, no preservatives, and only Himalayan salt, sunflower oil, or EVOO. Customers design their own plates by serving themselves, and payment is based on weight. Pricing is fixed at $2.70 per 100 grams.

Fennel menu items change daily and with the seasons. Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday 11 am to 6 pm. Visit:, call: (416) 922-8125.

LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR • TORONTO LIVE is proud to offer an array of gourmet, gluten- and sugar-free vegan dishes to invigorate and cleanse the body, mind, and soul! Each dish is prepared and served by experienced staff, all guided by the restaurant’s founders: Jennifer Italiano and her brother, restaurateur Chris Italiano.

LIVE’s cuisine is influenced by the flavours that they recall from their mother’s kitchen, and many different cultural foods and ingredients are combined in their handmade, organic dishes.

Located at 264 Dupont St. (NE corner of Dupont and Spadina), Toronto. Call (416) 515-2002, email For ‘Grab-and-Go’ offerings, visit LIVE at their Liberty Village location at 134 Atlantic Ave. For more information call (647) 748-5483. A showcase of LIVE products are also available at stores across the GTA.


Enjoy garden tours at Plant Paradise

PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS • CALEDON Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ is a 24-acre, award-winning organic perennial nursery and botanical gardens of continuous bloom. The gardens are a testament that you can have a beautiful garden without pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. Plant Paradise passionately promotes organic gardening methods by providing expert advice, organic gardening supplies, and organically grown perennials.

Located at 16258 Humber Station Rd., Caledon, Ont. For more information, visit their website:; call (905) 880-9090. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, April to September.

SEEDS OF DIVERSITY Seeds of Diversity Canada is a national grassroots network of more than 1,400 volunteer gardeners who grow heritage varieties and share seeds with one another. They offer an online resource list of seed companies that sell heritage seeds, a searchable inventory of all vegetable seeds sold in Canada, 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. This is a registered charity that takes tax-receiptable donations.

Located at 1-12 Dupont St W., Waterloo, Ont. Call (226) 600-7782, email:, see

CANADIAN ORGANIC GROWERS (COG) A non-profit charity for over 40 years, COG helps farmers, gardeners, and consumers transition to and learn about organic growing and eating. COG also does important work with the federal government and its agencies to ensure better support for – and awareness of – Canada’s organic industry. Donating to or volunteering for COG gives it the clout to support consumers and growers of organic food. COG chapters present speakers and panel discussions, promote organics at public events, and plan farm trips. Participants in the Toronto chapter of COG can help the area’s organic movement, learn about organic issues, find sources of organic food, improve people’s health, and care for the environment.

Visit: or, send an email to or call (647) 367-7706.


GARDENFEST AT PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS Get planting inspiration and fresh ideas at Plant Paradise Country Gardens’ 11th annual GardenFest. The open house celebration takes place July 7 and 8, from 9 am to 5 pm each day and features free botanical garden guided tours that promise to enhance everyone’s planting know-how.

Festival goers will be wowed by unique perennials that thrive in Ontario climates and will learn lots of tips and insights from author, owner and garden designer, Lorraine Roberts. In addition to being a botanical garden, all plants featured are organically grown on-site, and available at the on-site organic perennial nursery/garden centre. Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ was awarded The 2017 Canadian Destination Garden Centre of the Year from the Canadian Garden Council. “What better place is there to learn about planting than surrounded by summer’s stunning perennials in full bloom at GardenFest?”

For more information, call (905) 880-9090, or visit

Free samples at the annual GOC show (Photo by Ken Lamb)

GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW  The 39th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show is ‘Where Farmers and Consumers Meet.’ Held Jan. 25 to 26, 2020 at the Guelph University Centre this free, two-day Trade Show always promises consumers a great organic sampling experience. Free parking on campus, Saturday and Sunday. Buy directly from organic food suppliers – stock up on organic chocolate, jams, miso, coffee, kombucha, garlic, pickles, teas, vegetables, organic cereals, seeds, and small equipment. New this year is the dedicated book zone. Remember to bring cash and reusable carry bags.

Anyone who loves organic foods, farming and gardening can meet certified organic growers, Ontario organic product processors plus other unique vendors. Enjoy more than 35 organic sampling booths – the Sampling Fair/Trade Show boasts 155 tables. Meet organic retailers, market garden suppliers and urban garden experts. Planning to buy your own small acreage? At Guelph, find seed growers, crop experts and permaculture specialists who will guide you on how to get started.

The workshop program, from January 23 to 26, helps guests learn about urban bee-keeping, market garden crops, how chefs and farmers can co-operate, harvesting perennial vegetables, greenhouses, urban homesteading, orchards, vineyards, and more. The 40+ workshops include: The permaculture quiet revolution, Naturally sustainable buildings, Young farmer mentorship – and many others. There’s always new topics at this Conference with more than 50 speakers on the program. Workshop registration opens November 1st. Check the website for new information and updates. Other special events during the four-day conference include the Organic Food & Wine Dinner on Jan. 24 with multiple other side events and gatherings open to the public.

Contact Manager Tomás Nimmo at or call (705) 444-0923. For more information, please visit:


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