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Apr 13, 2010 09:55 AM

Fiesta Farms

On Thursday, I plan to go out to visit an old friend who has recently moved into a retirement home on Christie Ave. I gather the home is not that far from Fiesta Farms which I hope to visit on my way home.

This will be my first visit so is there anything special I should be on the look our for? Or is it like any other supermarket which you just browse around and see if there's anything to your liking?


Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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  1. Ah, Fiesta Farms, one of my favourite topics. I love it because it's independent, earnest, and a wierdly wonderful blend of Italian specialty, ethnic, staples and health foods. My tips for first time. 1) Turn right when you come in and check out all the deals in cardboard boxes. 2) The produce section has an organics section with good prices. To the right on the shelves I always buy the Spartan Hills olives in a jar. They're $11 but superb and he's always there sampling and gets you hooked. 3) The deli section I'm not so into but they sell the Niagara Pingue Prosciutto which is fantastic. And I hear all the city's chefs stock up at their antipasto bar. 4) Great pasta aisle and sauces; I like the Fiesta Farms sauce to doctor up myself, local tomato sauce. Generally, it's like any other grocery store in terms of layout. Lots of interesting people watching there for some reason too. Enjoy.

    Fiesta Farms
    200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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    1. re: zoe3654

      I got morels there when even the 'premium' grocery stores didn't have them.
      Plus they have the best dairy selection of any 'supermarket'. Still the only place I can regularly find Lactantia salted cultured butter, plus multiple offerings of 'off-beat' items (goat's milk, creme fraiche, etc).
      They used to stock unusual soft drinks, but selection recently has been less interesting.
      And various premium bacons, prosciutto etc.

    2. I like their meat selection -- they have Rowe and some other labels that we consistently pick. The Rowe skirt steak is particularly yummy and tender.

      1. The sausages are highly varied and good, and in general the meat counter is above average. I predict you'll end up wanting to browse all the aisles.

        1. fiesta makes its own fish cakes and sausages which are pretty good.

          also, if you're into gardening the garden center seemed to be open last time i walked by.

          1. I concur with the above posts: a unique and friendly shopping experience.

            I buy my tinned Italian tomatoes, San Marzano or not, there, as well as Hewitt dairy products and whatever specials and/or produce catch my eye. The meat seems to be entirely sourced from regional farms rather than the major packers.

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            1. re: mrbozo

              The breads are also great. Good selection. Although I would disagree that it is a "friendly" shopping experience. I love FF but I don't go there for the staff. They tend to be very young and while I wouldn't call them disdainful or openly rude they are pretty disinterested in you and your experience as a customer.

              1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                Different experiences re service it seems. I've always found them to be helpful, but then I gravitate toward staff my age.

                The breads are OK but IMO nothing special, but Jesus the cheeses are good and growing.