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Nov 19, 2008 02:50 PM

ISO fresh and flavourful fruit and veg

I don't know if it's just me but I have recently had a really hard time finding a place that has a decent selection of fruit and veg that are fresh and tasty. Any suggestions? I am willing to go anywhere in the GTA but hoping to avoid the thieves on Yonge Street...

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  1. I've always found Harvest Wagon's produce to be especially flavourful.

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    1. re: Bueno

      that's one of the "five thieves" she's trying to avoid.

      1. re: JamieK


        Harvest Wagon too
        546 Eglinton Ave West
        Tel: 416.487.0388
        Fax: 416.487.4755
        Mon-Wed 8 am -7 pm
        Sat - Sun 8 am - 6 pm

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      1. I like various stalls at the St. Lawrence Market, Lady York on Dufferin, Sun Valley Fine Foods and the Big Carrot on the Danforth, and Whole Foods (depending on whether their prices are reasonable- which they sometimes are).

        For a large grocery store, I really like Highland Farms. They seem to have a great selection and better prices than Loblaws, Sobey's or Dominion/Metro.

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        1. re: phoenikia

          Thanks all! I have been to Sobey's and Dominion/Metro and Loblaws as well...they have all disappointed. I will head up north to Highland Farms. I forgot all about Lady York as well...will have to head there and give it a try as I haven't been for a while.

          1. re: zengirl18

            I found Lady York to be completely underwhelming.....Harvest Wagon on Eglinton is very good... a bit pricey for everyday shopping but the quality of the produce is wonderful.

            1. re: pearlD

              SLM on Saturday mornings (North Market). This probably rings true more so in the warmer seasons (when there is more variety), but all in all the best quality/freshness I've seen anywhere in the city.

              1. re: pearlD

                I would also add Whole Foods to this. The one in Oakville has a great selection of produce that is nicely displayed. I imagine this is similar to the store on Avenue.

                1. re: pancake

                  Whole Foods prices tend to be higher than Harvest Wagon and they aren't always clear on labeling the organic stuff, so you can end up spending FAR more than you intend to. I've had far better luck with produce at Harvest and Summerhill Market and I find that their selection is better (they don't duplicate as much since they do stock less organic produce, and they're focused on an epicurean clientele rather than the more granola customers at WF).

                  Some of the small fruit places can be good, but are hit and miss. You really get what you pay for, bargains come from unpleasant shopping experiences and having to rummage to find diamonds in the rough. Harsh if you're feeding a large group/family, not too bad for one or two people. Farmers markets in the summer are great, but not typically bargains.

                  1. re: preppycuisine

                    preppycuisine, I find it amusing that you refer to Whole Foods' clientele as "granola customers." This couldn't be farther from the truth; and their locations -- in Oakville and Yorkville -- don't exactly attract the Birkenstock crowd (well, Yorkville, maybe, in the '60s).

                    Oh, by the way, if organic/conventional signage is a difficulty for you (which I've never found it to be), a quick glance at the produce sticker immediately tells you whether it's organic or not: all organic produce codes being with "9."

          2. Zengirl...I like Fiesta Farms on Christie North of Bloor South of Dupont...Miranda

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            1. re: miranda

              I have found the Harvest Wagon on Eglinton to be the very best around. they also have very friendly staff. Pusateri's is a second.

              For a more inexpensive option, Concord Food centre on Centre Street just west of Dufferin in Thornhill has wonderful, very reasonably priced produce.