Looking for organic butcher in Toronto and organic produce
There's a fairly new butcher on Queen E., near Jones. It's not in your neck of the woods but if you're up for a trek or in the area it's worth a look. I think it's called Mother and Son butcher. They have a lot of cool stuff there, and my understanding is that all their products come from an organic farm in Virginia where they use the latest in organic and holistic farming practices - everything is free range, the chickens are in one of those big open-concept cages that plops them down on the grass and picks them up and moves them to other areas around so they walk around and the grass doesn't die. Cows are also free range. She also sells organic products like crackers and other things. She's also taking orders for turkeys if I'm not mistaken. I think she even has pet food.
This is all 2nd hand info because my mother shops there - I'm not the head-honcho for shopping in our household I do not mess with her cullinary wisdom. She speaks highly of the place though.
Also in the East end in case anyone's reading, there's an Amish farmers market on Donlands near O'Connor my mother also likes to go to, she speaks highly of that location as well.
mariebear sorry i should revise my statement it's called "Lady and Son's" not mother and sons.
Let us know what you think!
I should also clarify, I might have mixed up Lady and Son's farm sources with a book, or rather my dear old mum might have confused the two.
regardless, it's a good butcher and they do source their products very carefully even if I got that part wrong!
The place on Donlands that 50firstdatesguy is referring to is Fresh From the Farm. It's a small storefront, run by a very nice Mennonite (not Amish) couple. They source their meat and produce from local Mennonite farmers. While most of it is not certified organic (which is a rather lengthy and expensive process, from what I understand), but it is raised or grown with traditional Mennonite techniques, which preclude the methods that most factory farms use.
They also stock a lot of fair trade goods. I particularly like the Cocoa Camino fair trade chocolate products -- the hot chocolate mix in particular!
Thanks so much for all the information. This helps so much.
I'm going to check out Butcher by Nature first because it is pretty close to me.
I want to check out Whole foods too. The healthy Butcher sounds good, I will see what it is like too.
I also want to figure out what restaurants in the area have organic choices or even vegetarian or vegan.
Thanks for all the information.
Where is the Healthy Butcher, is at Queen street as well? Do you have the address?
Where is whole foods located?
I have been going to Four Seasons on Dundas West, east of Keele street. Their quality is good but a small selection.
I thought there was an organic butcher near Annette and Runneymede but wasn't sure. Is their quality good?
I can't wait for The Organic Beet to open. Perfect location for me. They were at the Junction Arts Festival and I was pretty impressed.
There's a small organic grocery store opening up in Junction soon (if not already). Where the old TD Bank used to be. In fact, I think the TD sign may still be up.
I don't know about organic restaurants in the area, but Delight Chocolates is out that way, and they're amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to have chocolate and ice cream for dinner, after all, it's organic.
3040 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA