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Foodstuffs in South Etobicoke

We're considering a move from East York to South Etobicoke (Royal York and Queensway), and we'd like to know if equivalents to the Brickworks Farmers Market, Fresh From the Farm and The Big Carrot exist in that area... It doesn't have to be exactly the same, but a place where it's fun to congregate on weekend mornings would be great, as well as a store that carries great eggs and natural/organic food. Nice cafés and good restaurants would be a great bonus. I know that Birds and Beans is in the area, since it's where I purchase my green beans of coffee.

Thanks for your input! It's greatly appreciated :)

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  1. Markets in the area (not sure what days):Sherway Gardens, Parklawn&Queensway, Dufferin and Ronceisville area.

    Bloor West (Coffee Tree) and Royal York (Creme de la Creme for breakfast) are great areas to congregate.

    Other noteables: Cheese Boutique (for specialty foods), Vibo, Yellow Griffin (for Burgers) .. do a search for more on Chowhound

    1. Though it certainly doesn't fit all your criteria, my new favorite is the store opened by the Shasha Bread Co (on Plastic Ave; Queensway east of Islington. turn south at the Baskin Robbins).

      They have their amazing organic whole grain breads fresh from where it's baked (3 doors north), as well as spelt pizza crusts and 5 flavours of their little heart shaped snap cookies (ginger snaps, cocoa snaps, lemon poppy seed snaps...). They also sell bags of the specialty flours they use in the baking of their breads. They also have an expanding selection of organic/natural grocery products, and a cold case with some really good dips and pestos. No fresh produce, but lots of good stuff.

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      1. re: savannah

        Hi Savannah,
        I LOVE Shasha and want to go there this Sunday (we're renting a car which is why the specific day). Any chance you know whether it's open on Sunday? (these are the important questions, right?!) :) Their website doesn't even mention the store.... so I'd really appreciate your help. :)
        Jay9F

        1. re: Jay9F

          Hi Jay9F,

          Sadly it's not open Sundays...

      2. According to a recent thread on here, there is a Whole Foods opening up around Sherway Gardens shortly. I'm not sure of the exact location, but a quick search should find it. Also Dimplemeirs bakery outlet is on Advance Road between Islington and Kipling and they do make some Organic products.

        1. Pasquale Bros supplies a lot of restaurants and they're open to the public

          http://www.pasqualebros.com

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          1. re: plavka

            Pasquale Brothers is only open on weekdays and close at 4:30 pm. They used to be open on Saturdays. It's too bad they changed their hours since getting there on a weekday could be a challenge for many.

          2. There is a store selling organic produce, dairy etc, just west of Royal York, close to Brentwood Ave. I think it's called Abundance or Natural Abundance. Another nice place to check out is Artisano Bakery / Cafe. It's on Islington, just south of Norseman Ave.

            1. I know it's not that close but if you have a car and can drive to port credit there is "planet organic" there, kind of like the big carrot you could say.

              The cheese boutique! You'll love it.

              There is a farmer's market and sherway gardens, and off brown's line an asian supermarket, as well as a japanese across the street. "Honey world" too that they got at the st. lawrence market has another location there as well.

              Someone mentioned Dimplemeirs, there is also a future bakery outlet there (also from the st.lawrence market)

              1. There's a raft of food places in the old industrial area east of Kipling, south of the Dundas TTC overpass and north of the Queensway. Dimp's main bakery on Advance is legendary, along with some decent butchers/wholesalers. Future Bakery's main plant is on N. Queensway and Mike's Fish(retail arm of All Seas wholesalers)is also in the area. For me, this food zone is one of the best in the western GTA for quality/value/variety

                1. Forgot San Remo Bakery on Royal York. Nice breads, deli, hot table, and ice cream in season. Family-run, old school Italian.

                  1. I live in Central Etobicoke and although there is the farmer's market at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, my husband and I go to the St. Lawrence Market every Saturday. Occasionally, we'll head up to The Big Carrot since it's only about 10 mins from the market. Also, we may do double duty and check out the Brickworks as well. Another place we'll go to on occasion is Organic Garage in Oakville. Another market to keep in mind is the Liberty Village one on Sundays. It's a really short drive from South Etobicoke and it's nice little market.

                    1. I don't know if you're exactly interested this, but South Etobicoke is also home to the Ontario Food Terminal at 165 The Queensway. It's where farmers sell wholesale produce to grocery stores and is not technically open to the public, but you can park across the street and buy stuff personally from the farmers, mostly in large batches though.