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Where to buy potted herbs and vegetables (save Richters)

I'd like to avoid a 50 minute trip (and back) to Richters this year. And seeing that it's already the end of May it's too late to start from seed. So I'm looking for a place to buy good quality herbs and vegetables, mostly basil varieties, sweet tomatoes, chives, and oregano.

Any good stores in Toronto? I have a car so i can drive but I live at yonge and eglinton.


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  1. Sheridan Nurseries Limited - www.sheridannurseries.com
    2827 Yonge Street, Toronto - (416) 481-6429
    Not cheap but good quality herbs, plants and trees.
    Otherwise, you can try the many small grocery stores along Yonge, from Davisville to Sherwood. They are usually cheaper.

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    1. re: lamaranthe

      this may not be exactly what you are seeking, but i think i'll throw it out there for anyone who is reading....
      i used to work across from the Hospital for Sick Children (University and Elm) and they have a farmer's market weekly. a couple of the vendors come each week with these mid-sized terra cotta pots with about 6-9 different herbs (one of the farmer's included purple basil!! yay!). and they are about $20-$30 each.
      i am going to snag one up this year - unfortunately, i missed out last summer because i didn't notice them.

      Sick Kids Hospital Farmers’ Market
      555 University Avenue
      Tuesdays, 9 am – 2 pm, June 2 to October 27, 2009

    2. I bought six herb pots, mix and match, for $10 at Costco. Tomatoes, 9 per tray were $6. The plants were well grown and vigorous.

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      1. re: jayt90

        I didn't want to make the trip to Richters last spring, so I inquired on this board and someone kindly recommended Urban Harvest.
        They had about a dozen types of Basil, including Thai and the plants were very healthy.
        They moved and I couldn't find them this year, so over the weekend I went to Sheridan, and was very disappointed with the selection.
        Accidentally I found them yesterday, and purchased all of my Herbs.
        They are on 59 Elm Grove, (in a lane)
        2 Blocks W of dufferin, between King and Queen.
        I need never make the trek again, as they had everything I wanted with the exception of Saw.
        Most plants are organic, and they also sell seeds.
        They have a website that you could google.

      2. You may want to check out the new farmers' market (http://appletreemarkets.wordpress.com/) behind the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre at 200 Eglinton West. I think it's Thursday 3-7. Matchbox Garden and Seed Co. sell there (http://matchboxgarden.ca/) and at other markets.

        I've also seen a variety of plants (herbs and tomatoes for sure) outside Grassroots store (408 Bloor Street West)

        1. Yes, Matchbox is a good choice, too. Hanna sells her seeds and plants at a couple of other farmers' markets in the city, as well: www.matchboxgarden.ca

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          1. re: Tatai

            this is probably a bit far for you, but perhaps useful for others reading this who live north of TO, there's a place I stopped by today on the North West corner of Keele and Steeles in Vaughan...it's a small garden center but right now they have an excellent variety of plants (different varieties of tomatoes, herbs, peppers, eggplants, onions, etc...). When Ontario produce is in season, they have that too and its open every day.

          2. If you don't want to do the drive, Richters will send seedlings through couriers at competitive prices that probably rival what you can find locally. There was a place in Kensington that made an effort last year that sold out by the time I got there.

            1. Fiesta Farms is good -- they have 3-4 types of basil and a ton of tomato types. I went there especially for those this year. Our basil from there last year was the best I've ever had. I always find good stuff at Loblaws too -- their herb pots are great and definitely cheap!

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              1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                Loblaws has a square planter with chives, sage, rosemary and oregano for 19.99.

                I had one last year and just picked up another one last night.

                They also have another one with several types of basil.

                1. re: paper_bag_princess

                  Just north of Davenport on Caledonia is a terrific place (next to Macedo Grape Co.)..very fresh and well cared for plants of all sorts...great variety of Herbs and amazing Tomato plants...this is a very inner-city market .....serves a large ethnic community hence, everything they have is kept in good condition (otherwise it doesn't get sold..the customers are very fussy/demanding). I think it's called The Caledonia Market'...but I am really not certain...it's on the west side just north of Macedo...weekends are HECTIC!!!

                  1. re: paper_bag_princess

                    Chives are perennial : that's a good thing!

                2. May 23, 09 - An article in the Toronto Star mentions http://www.soniaday.com/Pages/NEWS.html
                  You will find there a list of outlets (Richters included !). Hope this helps.

                  1. My favourite place to buy herbs and vegetable plants is Lady York's garden centre, on Dufferin behind the grocery store in the back parking lot. Lots of variety, great prices and very healthy plants.

                    1. Loblaws on yonge between lawrence & york mills has a great garden center, lots of veggie plants.