Annual Guide to Organics 2020

Photo courtesy The Big Carrot / Tansy Apple 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

ORGANIC FARMS & ORCHARDS

Pick-your-own apples at Avalon Orchard

AVALON ORCHARDS • INNISFIL

PYO: Celebrating 30 years of organic apple growing. 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.

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. The orchard is at 3150 5th Line. Call (705) 458-9902.

For more information visit them online at: www.avalonorchards.net


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 ready-picked 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 www.organicsfarm.ca


JOYFULLY ORGANIC FARM • MARKHAM, STOUFFVILLE

CSA; FM: Imagine a CSA share of fresh, local vegetables, that 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! Each year they throw a gigantic potluck dinner in the middle of their vegetable field!

Pick up your share in Markham or Stouffville. For more info visit www.joyfullyorganicfarm.ca/csa Email info@joyfullyorganicfarm.ca, Facebook: @joyfullyorganicfarm.


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.


SPRING VIEW FARMS • UXBRIDGE, ON:

PYO: Chemical-free. Pick your own strawberries and raspberries (not certified organic). Our goal towards chemical-free berries is to avoid any chemical residue in our produce by producing strawberries and raspberries without insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Strawberry season is in June; raspberry/black currant season in July.

Located 10 km north of Uxbridge in the hamlet of Leaskdale at 11680 Durham Rd. 1 (Main St. N.). Open from mid-June, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. No Sunday sales. Please call ahead: (905) 852-2795.

Visit www.harvestontario.com/springviewfarms.html


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 ~800 acres of certified organic land, 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 vegetables please visit www.pfenningsfarms.ca To inquire about a wholesale account call (519) 662-3468, or email: veggies@pfenningsfarms.ca


SHARED HARVEST COMMUNITY FARM • CITY OF DUNNVILLE, ON:

This certified organic community farm in Dunnville, Ontario hosts workshops and events throughout the year including Healthy Living Cooking classes; ‘Meals That Heal’ vegan meal plans; and a weekly day retreat for people with life-limiting illness ‘By The Willow Day Hospice’. They grow more than 40 kinds of vegetables and herbs using compost teas and a variety of local botanicals to fertilize plants, feed the soil.

Shared Harvest’s CSA provides certified organic vegetables to residents in the Dunnville and area. With the vision of ‘a world where all people have access to nutritious, sustainably farmed food, Shared Harvest aims to keep prices low and also offers a subsidized box for those experiencing challenges related to food security. Visit Shared Harvest at the Dunnville Farmers Market every Saturday.

For more information please call 1-905-701-7255, or email: sharedharvestdunnville@gmail.com, www.sharedharvestfarm.ca


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. The farm’s 3-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: early, mid- and late summer shares; winter shares; pick up at the farm or a Guelph neighbourhood site.

For more information visit www.ignatiusfarm.ca, or send email to: farmregistration@ignatiusguelph.ca


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 22 years of growing fruits and vegetables organically that serves their version of Community Support Agriculture (CSA) with the Harvest Share program and supporting partner agencies. It has hosted thousands of visitors over the years with educational programming such as Farm School programs, Summer Farm Camp, Team Building days, Farm Planner courses, Farmer Training courses, and CarrotFest/CarrotStock.

This season, Everdale continues with its Good Food Project where 2+ acres of produce grown will be distributed through community 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. For more information contact: David Alexander; Farm Programs Co-ordinator, 5812 6th Line, Erin, ON. Tel: (519) 855-4859


TANSY ORCHARD ORGANIC APPLES • BEAVER VALLEY, ON:

Tansy Orchard was started by Richard Frisby in 1989. He was the first organic apple producer in the Beaver Valley (near Collingwood) in the Nottawasaga Bay region. He has planted over 2,000 trees on his property.

He started with 500 in 1989 and then planted 500 for each of his three children. Tansy is renowned for producing organic MacIntosh, Empires, Cortland, Spartans, Spies and Ida Red apples. Richard Frisby has been supplying apples to The Big Carrot Natural Food Market for 20 years.

For more information, contact the Big Carrot at: (416) 466-2129.


Enjoying family time at Lifespring Farm

LIFESPRING ‘BEYOND ORGANIC’ FARM • City of Kawartha Lakes

FG: Proprietors Ken and Anastasia raise Scottish Highland cows that are grass-fed and finished for the healthiest and tastiest beef around! They also raise free ranging chickens for their brown eggs, and grow a variety of veggies in mineral- and Ormus-rich soil, with organic manure, bio-dynamic preps, and cutting edge Radionic technology. They also carry alternative products such as Colloidal Silver/Gold, 5G bracelets, hemp products.

Shop directly from the farm by appointment, or visit the Evergreen BrickWorks Farmers’ Market in Toronto. Request by email their product list for GTA meetups and deliveries. Come by, have a chat, and learn that if it’s not in your soil, it’s not in your food! For more information email: lifespringorganics@gmail.com or call 705-878-3363 and visit: www.lifespringfarm.com

FARMERS MARKETS

DUFFERIN GROVE FARMERS MARKET • TORONTO, ON: The Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market is open online!

A full range of products, including fresh organic vegetables, local honey and maple syrup, organic tofu, prepared and specialty foods, free range eggs and much more is available, with new products added each week.

Every Saturday at noon, https://shop.dufferingrovemarket.ca/ opens for the next Thursday’s orders. Orders are assembled for pickup at 270 Gladstone Avenue, between College and Dundas streets. Delivery is also available within the area.


THE VILLAGE MARKET • THORNHILL, ON: Open Saturdays year-round, outdoors 8 am to 12 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.

Note: Village Market Safety Protocols for the time of Covid-19

  • physical distancing in line and within the market space
  • open for shopping with all vendors accepting preorders, contactless pickup available
  • vendors and customers wearing face coverings

Located at Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St., one light south of Rutherford Road. Email mgrvillagemarket@gmail.com or visit www.villagemarket.ca (To read about the safety protocols that Village Market has put in place to protect customers during this time of Covid-19, see extended version at: https://vitalitymagazine.com/annual-guide-organics/)

ORGANIC STORES

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 wholistic 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. This is a true community hub for healthy living.

Visit their Danforth Community Market at 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway), and their new Beach Community Market at 125 Southwood Drive (Kingston Road and Main Street).

For more information call (416) 466-2129, or visit www.thebigcarrot.ca, email info@thebigcarrot.ca Join them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


ORGANIC GARAGE • TORONTO, OAKVILLE, THORNHILL: Organic Garage is a Canadian organic and all natural grocery store 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, 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 open soon!); In Oakville: 579 Kerr St.; In Thornhill: 8020 Bathurst St. For more information and to sign up for their Unflyer, visit www.organicgarage.com Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Check them out for online delivery here: cornershopapp.com


NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS • 4 LOCATIONS IN TORONTO: Offering 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. One of Toronto’s original health food stores.

Their professional staff is ready to assist you at any of their locations: 322 Bloor St. West, 416-968-7930; 2395 Yonge St., 416-488-0904; 667 Yonge St., 416-969-0220; 430 King St. West, 416-260-8900. Details at: www.noahsnaturalfoods.ca


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. We source local, sustainable, organic ingredients, produce, raw, real and prepared fare from a preponderance of hyper-local (GTA), local (Southern Ontario), and regional entrepreneurs.

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

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


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 whole body care and a vitamin and supplement dispensary supported by on-staff nutritionists, naturopaths. Don’t miss their juice bar, raw food bar, and bistro for inspired living foods prepared fresh daily.

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


Stock up at the Apple Market

THE APPLE MARKET • MISSISSAUGA: The Apple Market has been a family-owned and operated business for over 45 years in Mississauga. They offer fresh local organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and groceries. They also offer natural meats, chicken, and wild Ocean Wise fish, along with organic selections when available. The in-store bakery provides organic and gluten-free products, and a Health and Wellness Centre, which carries a complete line of popular and professional supplements.

Located at 2281 Camilla Road, just off The Queensway, 2 lights E. of Hurontario. www.theapplemarket.ca or call (905) 848-4840.

ORGANIC PRODUCTS

LOUIANNA OLIVE OIL, OREGANO OIL, BALSAMIC VINEGAR, AND MORE: Louianna Estates is a producer of organic health products and grocery products. Our natural health products are all Health Canada registered with NPN numbers. The natural health products include certified organic Oil of Wild Oregano and certified organic Olive Oil for topical and internal use. Our grocery line includes certified organic and PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a range of organic balsamic vinegars, as well as cherry tomatoes, and tomato puree.

At Louianna, we take the extra step, wherever possible, to obtain additional certifications, such as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from the European Union, to give the public added assurances. Louianna will only provide the highest quality organic products to our customers. That is our promise.

Louianna products are available at grocery stores, natural health stores and pharmacies throughout the Greater Toronto Area. We welcome distributors across Canada and the USA. For more information visit www.louianna.com and feel free to reach out to us at shop@louianna.com or (416) 671-6546


YOUINFOCUS PRODUCTS: YouInFocus Products imports the Dr. Jentschura Alkaline Program from Germany; it 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 Morgen-Stund’, and TischleinDeckDich. MorgenStund‘ is Dr. Jentschura’s delicious, wholesome porridge, made with buckwheat, millet, fruits, almonds, oilseeds, and amaranth. It is packed with valuable nutrients for superior physical and mental performance at work and in school.

TischleinDeckDich is a savory organic dish with quinoa, millet, and eight vegetables.

MyImmuneWarrior and MyGreenSupreme by the AlkalineDietGuy are two products which offer more than 50,000 vital bio-available substances, like organic plant-derived minerals, vitamins, enzymes, essential amino acids, and secondary plant compounds to increase our immune system, boost your vitality and wellness.

For more info, please visit our website: www.YouInFocusProducts.com or call 1 (866) 722-9812 toll free.

ORGANIC TAKE-OUT/DELIVERY/DINING

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: www.fenneleatery.com, call: (416) 922-8125.


LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR • TORONTO LIVE: We’re all about plants and have been committed to sustainable organic farmers since opening our restaurant in 2002. In 2010 we launched our Live brand that is certified organic, gluten- and wheat-free with no refined sugars. Due to Covid-19 and in order to protect our staff and patrons, we have temporarily closed our retail/restaurant location at 264 Dupont St.

Instead, we’re currently working from our Live brand factory location, offering FREE zero-contact delivery throughout the GTA and beyond. Ten products of your choice for $50. We offer add-ons of our restaurant’s meal kits, dressings, desserts, and more. With our customers’ safety in mind, we implemented an SQF2 certification in our facility that implements the highest, internationally recognized, food safety regimes. Find our product line at top retailers across Canada! To order see our Plant Box page at www.liveorganicfood.ca or email orders@liveorganicfood.ca

ORGANIC GARDENING

Enjoy garden tours at Plant Paradise

PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS • CALEDON: Plant Paradise Country Gardens has established “The Gardener’s Club” in Caledon, Ontario for gardeners who enjoy saving money and see the value of well rooted, unique, organically grown perennials and essential gardening supplies that cannot be found in regular retail stores.

Plant sales and gardening supplies are available to members of The Gardener’s Club and to non-members. Discounted pricing applies only to members of The Gardener’s Club. We ‘grow organically – on demand’ based on what customers pre-order. Plant sales and organic gardening supplies are picked up by appointment only.

For more information, visit their website: www.plantparadise.ca; call (905) 880-9090


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: mail@seeds.ca, see www.seeds.ca


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: www.cog.ca or www.cogtoronto.org, send an email to torontochapter@cog.ca or call (647) 367-7706.

ORGANIC ORGANIZATIONS

The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is the Voice for Organics in Ontario. We represent over 1,300 certified organic operators across the value chain, as well as the businesses, organizations, and individuals that help bring food from farm to plate.

We work to catalyze sector growth, support research, improve training, increase data collection, encourage market development, protect the integrity of organic claims, and inform the public of the benefits and requirements of organic agriculture. Never has the importance of local, organic food been more evident than during this pandemic.

Support the development of Ontario’s organic sector by becoming an OCO member, and check out our Organic Directory to connect with organic businesses in your area. www.organiccouncil.ca

ORGANIC EVENTS

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

GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW – January 28 – 31, 2021: The 40th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show in the University Centre is ‘Where Farmers & Consumers Meet’! We are hopeful that the ‘all-clear’ to stage large events will come sometime this September. The Guelph Conference is always a whirlwind of components – a Trade Show, a robust workshop program, and multiple related trade gatherings and tastings.

The 2-day FREE Trade Show (Jan. 30-31) promises a great consumer organic sampling experience where food-lovers can meet organic farmers and processors. If organic farming and gardening is your calling, the networking with these vendors is incredible. If organic seeds is your prime interest, you can stock up for the spring from multiple seed growers. The Conference always features up to 50 leading speakers on the affordable program.

Contact Manager Susan Ratz at manager@guelphorganicconf.ca or call (226) 486-1538. Visit: www.guelphorganicconf.ca

 

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