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Organic anything in Scarb

NonStickSteel Oct 30, 2012 07:37 AM

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone knew of an organic (or locally sourced) butcher or produce market in Scarborough? We haven't found a single thing yet and I'm not really into the babysitting of a delivery process. I like the experience of actually going out to get my food. Call me Captain Caveman I guess. Right now, I rely on local grocers organic sections (which seem to be getting bigger and better) but I don't want to have to drive to Stoufville to get good meats etc.

Any help is appreciated!




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  1. Googs RE: NonStickSteel Nov 3, 2012 06:26 AM

    I feel your pain. It seems Health Store equates to Bodybuilding Powders shop in most cases out here.

    The only full line organic grocer I've found is The Natural Food Depot on the north side of Lawrence just a wee east of Warden. They do a pretty good job of it I'd say. Not exactly The Big Carrot, but so what? At least you can park.

    Being so close to Diana's Seafood Delight and Arz Fine Foods makes it an excellent intersection for grocery shopping. Now grab your club and go Captain Caveman.

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      Spelunk RE: Googs Nov 3, 2012 05:38 PM

      There is a store "Inca Gold Organics" on Guildcrest just off of Kingston Road, one block east of Scarborough Golf Club Road.


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        Googs RE: Spelunk Nov 3, 2012 07:01 PM

        What do they sell? The website doesn't make them look like a full line organic grocer.

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          Spelunk RE: Googs Nov 3, 2012 08:50 PM

          Sorry; no idea. Never wandered in to them

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            NonStickSteel RE: Spelunk Dec 27, 2012 09:46 AM

            I'm sorry to say that I have been in. Unfortunately, I have to report that the store is about as useful as a chocolate tea kettle. Almost zero stock and what they do have is ridiculously expensive ($1.50 for ONE potato). I give them a few months at best.

      2. re: Googs
        NonStickSteel RE: Googs Nov 5, 2012 08:18 PM

        The Big Carrot is good, if a little on the pricey side (even for organic) but I'm not 100% in love with the crowds there. In volume and attitude. Maybe it's the layout...


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          Googs RE: NonStickSteel Nov 7, 2012 06:43 AM

          Well give Natural Food Depot a try. It's about as big as a small town Co-op store. With aisles that wide, you'll never be left wondering just how much strength it takes to get that vegan out of your way.

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            NonStickSteel RE: Googs Nov 7, 2012 07:32 AM

            Oh I know exactly how much strength it takes - a good strong gust of wind is all. ;)


      3. NonStickSteel RE: NonStickSteel Dec 27, 2012 09:52 AM

        Even if it's in Pickering...This is pretty sad. I know for a fact that there's a demographic for it, especially in the Bluffs/Guild area. Hmmm...maybe I'll just open my own.

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          blizzardgirl33 RE: NonStickSteel Jan 9, 2013 06:16 PM

          When it's not Farmer's Market season, I often head to the Natural Food Depot as well.

          For a selection of smaller stores, you could try Kingston Road west of Victoria Park. There is a butcher that carries natural and organic meats (Close to the Bone), a health food store (Loving Nature), a market with local produce (Courage Foods) and even a video store (Movies 2 Go) that sells items from the family farm like apples, pumpkins and maple syrup!

          Not certified organic, and in East York, but if you can't find anything better closer to home, you could try "Fresh from the Farm" near Donlands and O'Connor. http://freshfromthefarm.ca/. All Kitchener-Waterloo area Mennonite products. Mennonite farmers produce food for their local community, and since they trust each other to use healthy practices, they don't feel the need to certify. Good stuff, available in store or by pre-order. Also baked goods, home canning, cheese, eggs and produce (in season).

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