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Looking for organic butcher in Toronto and organic produce

mairebear Dec 4, 2007 11:52 AM

I live in the Junction, BWV area of Toronto. Does anyone know where there is an organic butcher maybe on Dundas West area. Also any good produce (organic).
Any other organic restaurants in the area?
Thanks for any help.

  1. 50firstdatesguy Dec 10, 2007 06:14 AM

    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.

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    1. re: 50firstdatesguy
      mairebear Dec 10, 2007 07:00 AM

      Thanks 50firstdatesguy.
      That's awesome.
      I will definitely check it out. Sounds very interesting.

      1. re: mairebear
        50firstdatesguy Dec 10, 2007 10:53 AM

        mariebear sorry i should revise my statement it's called "Lady and Son's" not mother and sons.
        Let us know what you think!

        2nd edit:

        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.

        Explanation here:

        regardless, it's a good butcher and they do source their products very carefully even if I got that part wrong!

      2. re: 50firstdatesguy
        TorontoJo Dec 10, 2007 11:27 AM

        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!


        1. re: TorontoJo
          zed1984 Dec 15, 2007 04:31 PM

          cocoa camino does make some excellent products! whole foods is hard to beat for sheer variety of produce...organics on bloor does quite well though...healthy butcher is a good meat place though i prefer cumbraes.

          1. re: TorontoJo
            phoenikia Dec 15, 2007 09:14 PM

            Especially the Cocoa Camino dark hot chocolate mix. Finally an instant hot choc available at Dominion that isn't way too sweet!

        2. s
          Snarf Dec 7, 2007 10:58 AM

          Butcher on Annette and Runnymede is Butcher by Nature. Quality is definitely good, meat includes great beef, good burgers, interesting selection of frozen sausages made on site, as well as game meats and poultry.

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          1. re: Snarf
            mairebear Dec 8, 2007 09:25 AM

            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.

          2. c
            cecilia Dec 4, 2007 06:33 PM

            There is an organic butcher on Annette, right at Runnymede. The meat there is not bad. It beats having to go to the Healthy Butcher. For produce, I always end up at Whole Foods because of the selection.

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            1. re: cecilia
              mairebear Dec 5, 2007 08:38 AM

              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.

              1. re: mairebear
                Minnow Dec 5, 2007 08:53 AM

                Google says: Healthy Butcher : 565 Queen St. West Toronto, Ontario

                Whole Foods: 87 Avenue Road

                1. re: mairebear
                  chocabot Dec 6, 2007 08:53 AM

                  eventually an organic gourmet food store called Per Se is to open next door the Healthy Butcher on Queen

              2. spankyhorowitz Dec 4, 2007 06:23 PM

                You'll love the Happy Butcher on Queen.
                Tell'em The Ethicurean sent ya!

                1. xtal Dec 4, 2007 05:09 PM

                  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.

                  Delight Chocolates
                  3040 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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                  1. re: xtal
                    detritus Dec 5, 2007 04:00 AM

                    It's not open yet.

                    It's called The Beet Organic Market. Last I heard It was going to be open sometime before the end of the year, but who knows - they've already missed their planned Labour Day opening by quite a while now.



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