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Oct 30, 2012 07:37 AM

Organic anything in Scarb

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. 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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      1. re: Googs

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

        1. re: Spelunk

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

          1. re: Googs

            Sorry; no idea. Never wandered in to them

            1. re: Spelunk

              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

          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...

          1. re: NonStickSteel

            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.

            1. re: Googs

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


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          1. 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.

            1. 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. 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).