North Toronto Organic and Local Produce Delivery
I'm trying again this year to find a service that will deliver organic and local produce to the avenue/lawrence area. Does anyone have a service they recommend? Also I would prefer something that informs you of what is in your box or lets you choose, I don't think bunches of kale would go over well with the family. Thanks for any advice!
I used Plan B for one season. It was ok. I got a half-share (for 2 people). There was a bunch of carrots in the box every week throughout winter. I like carrots but that was just too much.
There are a few CSAs that uses the point or pseudo-dollar-value system where you can pick and choose every week. See this Toronto Star article.
I've been doing the good food box for the past few months and LOVE it. check the link for photos and recent contents: http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/good-food-box-4/
i go for the wellness box which gives a lot of variety and smaller portions of items (1/4 or 1/2 cabbage instead of a whole) and the price is $12. it's not organic though. they have an organic mixed box for about $22 and an organic fruit box. i like that you aren't committed to a certain number of boxes. You can go on a week-to-week basis and you can try different boxes.
Pick up is at Salvation Army on Eglinton just east of Yonge on Thursdays. Let me know if you need more info.
You can't customize your box but you have the option of getting an all fruit box.
I've been using Green Earth Organics for a couple years now. You can do up to 4 subs though if you ask nicely, they may let you do more. You can choose your subs on the site each week. I also get bottles of milk from them (and return my old bottles each week). If the quality of the produce isn't good, I complain and they give an extra for the week after.
Last year Culinarium on Mt. Pleasant sold shares and half-shares in a local organic box which was delivered to the store every week during the growing/harvest season. Also, there is a new Farmers' market beginning this week (Thursday, Apr. 23) at 200 Eglinton W., behind the North Toronto Community Centre.
The flyer says, "Over 30 vendors featuring an array of quality organic and local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and snack foods. Events and programs year round!"
I know you asked for delivery, ddelicious, but these are two interesting alternatives.
Yes, it's the Apple Tree Market. I find the choice there is rather limited and I did not find all the veggies that are in season now. The eggs ($5 a dozen) are very good but they do not keep for long, which means - I presume - that they are organic and without any preservative or chemicals. I would rather get deliveries from mamaearth or Frontdoor. I find it to be a better deal. This is my personal opinion.
I just picked up a flyer from Mama Earth Organics www.mamaearth.ca / 416-850-8662. I know nothing about this company, but they say they'll customize boxes for an additional $2.00. They claim to distribute organic produce, with a priority given to locally grown. They're LFP certified.