St. John's Bakery
St. John's Bakery is a social enterprise and business owned and operated by St. John's The Compassionate Mission in Toronto. They specialize in handmade organic sourdough breads made in the traditional French method, and sweets handmade from scratch. They use certified organic flours and all-natural ingredients, and are striving to ensure that most of ingredients come from local suppliers. St. John's Bakery is funded in part by the Toronto Enterprise Fund, a funding partnership between United Way of Greater Toronto and the three levels of government.
Pfenning's Organic Farm is a grower, packer, and shipper of certified organic produce. Their farm is nestled in a curve of the Nith River just outside Baden, Ontario. More than just a farm, theirs is a "Quality of Life" business that takes a holistic approach to sustainability. They develop market relationships where mutual respect is the foundation.
Lee is an entrepreneur, organic farmer and former international fashion model. After five years of high fashion modeling in every major fashion capital from Paris and Tokyo, Lee decided she needed a break to reconnect with nature and with herself.
She spent the next ten months working on organic farms in the US and Canada, which led to an internship at a seed bank and biodiversity farm called Navdanya, located in a small rural village in Northern India. While in India, Lee discovered the health benefits of ghee according to Ayurveda as well as her love of simple Indian cuisine.
Upon returning home, Lee began making organic ghee for friends and family while continuing her studies at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. Lee's Ghee is inspired by her journey.
Ten years ago, during a casual outing to a New York City bar, childhood friends Ira Liran and Mike Kirban met two young women from Brazil. When asked what they missed most about their country, the ladies said "agua de coco," which they called the most nutritious and delicious drink in the world. Shortly after that night, Ira hopped on a plane to Brazil to see one of the girls and learned that the coconut water hype was real. When Mike came to visit a few months later, they got down to business with a plan to bring coconut water to the US. Vita Coco was born.
Vita Coco is never made from concentrate. That means they pick, crack, and pack fresh young coconuts directly at the source. After the coconuts are cleaned, the delicate water inside is flash pasteurized (and occasionally mixed with all-natural fruit puree) then poured into a shelf-stable Tetra Pak®. The entire process from tree to Pak doesn't exceed 72 hours. They've been told that the end result is a lot like sticking a straw in a coconut.