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Jan 23, 2010 01:22 PM

Greens at Yonge & Eg?

Is there anywhere to buy greens in the Yonge & Eglinton area? A green grocer worthy of the name and where you are not required to hand over your first-born?

Sobeys on Mount Pleasant is overpriced and usually found wanting (sparse... devoid...). And don't get me started on the Metro in the Yonge Eg Centre: everything wilted, old, overpriced or any combination of the three.

A decent fruit market would be nice, too.

Anyone?... Please?...

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  1. There are a couple of small veggie stores on the east side of Yonge, between Davisville and Eglinton, you could check those out. It's hard to find good veggies in winter, as I'm sure you know.

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    1. re: picholine

      At this point, I would be happy with something edible.

      How come I can find decent veg on the Danforth, or in the burbs for that matter, but not at Yonge&Eg? Don't people eat in around there? (Judging by the number of cut-rate sushi joints, I suppose the answer is "no".)

      Thanks for the tip about the places N of Davisville, BTW. Been there, definitely better than at Eglinton neighbourhood, that's for sure.

      Anybody else know of any hidden gems?

      1. re: yaddayadda

        There used to be a very good little market on Yonge at the corner of Erskine. I'm pretty sure it's still there but maybe someone else can confirm. When I lived in that area I did all my fruit and veg shopping there.

        1. re: millygirl

          That's the little market where Bonnie Stern does some shopping for her cooking school, if it's still there.

          1. re: JamieK

            Makes sense, her school is right around the corner.

        2. re: yaddayadda

          I used to live a block from that fruit stand and the quality was mixed. Green peppers and the stuff put on the street is usually pretty poor, especially in the summer when they dry out or winter when they freeze.

          We found if you wanted enough fruit for a full pepper you had to buy two and toss the bad bits.

      2. Just past the North East corner of Yonge and Sherwood is a GREAT grocer called Summer;s Best (I think). Prices are good. Produce is fresh. They also carry a good variety of produce as well including things like lemongrass, bok choy etc. If you're lucky you can pick up a tub of Earthbound Organics lettuce for $1.99. Their clearance produce is often pretty good for "day of" cooking.

        The also have a good assortment of grocery items of all ethnicities and they carry ACE breads.

        I'm clearly a fan!


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        1. re: wontonfm

          wontonfm is right, I forgot about that place. I do think it's called Summer's Best. There's a Royal Bank on the corner of Yonge and Sherwood, and the veggie store almost next to it. They have good produce and owners are very nice as well.

          There's a veggie store close to the corner of Yonge and Erskine, but I find produce is old and there are always fruit flies around.

          I'm not a fan of Metro at all, but the veggies are not as bad as they used to be. The organic section improved greatly.

          1. re: picholine

            I would definitely avoid the fruit market at Yong and Erskine. It always seems grimey and you are guaranteed fruit flies and in the summer TONS of wasps.

            1. re: wontonfm

              I guess things have changed since I've been in the area. 15 years ago it was pretty good. Wasps are a problem at all fruit markets, aren't they? At least on the Danforth they are.

              I also know the place that wontonfm has mentioned. It's a great spot. I know a few caterers that shop there.

              1. re: millygirl

                True regarding the wasps but their situation can be out of control. In the summer you can barely touch the fruit because they are covered. Whereas the other store doesn't have the same problem.

                Either way I'm glad we have non-Metro options in the 'hood.