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sepandee Jul 4, 2010 04:26 PM

So I'm trying to buy less stuff from the big grocery stores and instead spend some time in the local "markets" around Yonge and Eglinton. There are at least three such stores between Eglinton and Davisville on Yonge St, all on the east side of the street. Has anyone bought any fruits and veggies from these stores? Is there product any good? Are prices teh same as, say, Metro?

Thanks.

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    bogie RE: sepandee Jul 5, 2010 10:05 AM

    We used to live in your neighborhood and we found that the best produce store is the one right beside La Salumeria on Yonge Street (that should be one of your regular visits too BTW, as well as the fresh pasta store 1 block south). The prices are a touch higher than the other two stores, but def comparable to Metro or less, and good support of local produce too.

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    2021 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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      pancake RE: bogie Jul 5, 2010 10:40 AM

      I really like the one a few stores in on the north/east side at yonge and davisville. It is family-run, and the produce seems to have a good quick turn around. Haven't done a price comparison but the prices are reasonable.

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        Amac RE: bogie Jul 7, 2010 06:48 AM

        I live in the area and visit all three regularly. I agree that the the one beside La Salumeria is generally the best quality and also the most expensive (but still comparable to supermarkets.) I would also recommend that one for flowers.

        I do, however, get certain items from the other ones. I often get pre-peeled trays of garlic, chilies and pre-cut cauliflower from the one near Millwood. They will on occasion have good deals on cut flowers too, but they only have them sporadically.

        It feels great to walk the neighbourhood and support the local merchants. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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        2021 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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          lamaranthe RE: bogie Jul 8, 2010 06:09 AM

          I agree re the quality of food but I wish there would be a more smily staff.. May be I am asking for too much ?

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            lamaranthe RE: bogie Jul 8, 2010 06:13 AM

            Yes. I agree. And do not forget to step in La salumeria :)))

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            josamania RE: sepandee Jul 7, 2010 05:29 PM

            There's also a Farmers Market at Eglinton Park every Thursday from 3 - 7pm:

            Location:
            Eglinton Park
            200 Eglinton Avenue West
            2 blocks west of Yonge, right behind the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre and the North Toronto Arena.

            Details:
            AppleTree Markets will open it's Outdoor Season on Thursday April 22nd, 2010 between the hours of 3-7pm. Farm fresh produce, artisianal breads and cheese, grain fed meats, eco-jewlry, music, outdoor fitness and much more! Market open on Thursdays until Oct 28!

            http://wx.toronto.ca/festevents.nsf/R...

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              lamaranthe RE: josamania Jul 8, 2010 06:11 AM

              I was there last Thursday. Really disappointing : the 'field' strawberries I bought did not last more than 1 day in my fridge; The rye bread turned into cement after 2 days. No green beans. And the prices are steep.

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              wontonfm RE: sepandee Jul 9, 2010 05:12 AM

              If you're willing to go north of Eglinton there's a market at Yonge and Sherwood (diagonal from Lululemon). The produce is fantastic and the prices are really reasonable. They also have a lot of local produce starting in the spring. What's really handy is that they also have a large selection of items usually used in asian cuisine so if you have a last minute lemongrass or bok choy emergency this is a great place to go. They also have a good selection of grocery items.

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              http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                carissima RE: wontonfm Jul 9, 2010 07:44 AM

                Me too, I prefer this one to the store next to Salumeria.

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                  lamaranthe RE: wontonfm Jul 9, 2010 09:18 AM

                  What's its name? Anyway, thanks. Very good to know.

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                    carissima RE: lamaranthe Jul 9, 2010 10:33 AM

                    Something like "Fruits & Flowers", it's next to RBC branch at Yonge/Sherwood.

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                      millygirl RE: carissima Jul 9, 2010 01:33 PM

                      Agreed, both of these are the two best that I know of. Wish we had one half as good on the Danforth.

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                        Ediblethoughts RE: carissima Jul 10, 2010 06:47 PM

                        I think it's called Fanfair--we used to go there a lot. I would go there more often now but for the lack of organics.

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                          sherry f RE: Ediblethoughts Sep 6, 2010 10:31 PM

                          I was just in Fanfare today (two blocks north of Davisville on the east side of Yonge) . There produce is spectacular and the prices very fair. The service was great and they even help carry my bags to the car.

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                          biffy RE: carissima Sep 8, 2010 11:53 AM

                          We used to live right around the corner and went to Fruits & Flowers a lot - they have a good selection of fruits and vegetables and their prices are reasonable. A bit further down on Yonge on the same side (east side) is a green grocer that used to be called "Bing's". They're still there but under a new name....just south of the Starbucks on the corner of Yonge and Erskine (I think). They are super cheap but CASH ONLY so be prepared.

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