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I will never have to worry about food again. I am in LOVE with a bag.

Fabi, Toronto

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our farms

My mom is a tough sell and 'this is the best spinach/blueberries/ apples I've ever had in my life' was said.

Paula, Toronto

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  • The Farm Lot

  • The Farm Lot 

    The Farm Lot is a 500 square foot vegetable and herb garden located at 369 King St. West. We partnered with TAS and The Detox Market to create this unique green space on what would have otherwise been unused land. The Farm Lot helps illustrate that many potential locations for city farming exist across Toronto. 

  • Aquaponics

    Our aquaponics system takes up about 2,000 square feet, Ontario's largest. Aquaponics is a way of growing food that combines aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic relationship.  We began cycling our system in mid-2014 so we can use our greenhouse space more intensively to provide more year-round greens.

  • Aquaponics

  • Member Farmers

    Member Farmers
  • The member farmer program at Fresh City was established to connect urban farmers to land, facilities, and a supportive learning community. Today the program supports over 20 farmers as they pursue self-sufficiency and farming business dreams. Our farmers grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers for themselves to sell.

    Click here to learn more and meet our 2015 Member Farmers. 

Our People

I love the quality and diversity of the produce.

Stella, Toronto

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Ran Goel
Founder

Ran is the founder of Fresh City.  He believes city farming can change the world by re-introducing all of us to how real food is made. Some of his formative childhood experiences include his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awaken in his childhood home of South Africa and his mom’s stuffed peppers. Ran has spoken on food issues before hundreds of audiences. Before founding Fresh City, Ran practiced investment law in New York City for several years. Ran is a board member of FoodShare.

Ran is the adoring father of a baby girl who, so far at least, loves her veggies.

Abra Snider
General Manager

Abra curates each week's bag and works with our network of farmers and makers to source the best produce and products. Abra has extensive experience within city farming, having worked on such projects as Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture, and the Metcalf Food Solutions paper “Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure.” She holds a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University, with a focus on urban agriculture, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto in architectural design and fine art history. Abra is a Producer Board Member of the West End Food Coop, where she represents Fresh City farmers and contributes to procurement and HR policies. Her personal mission is to reconnect people to food, field, and farmers.

Hannah Hunter
Farm Manager

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Hannah spent most of her childhood in rubber boots. After finishing her undergrad in International Development Studies, her focus turned to agriculture and since then, she has worked on farms in Italy, Croatia, New Brunswick and British Columbia. Her desire to take a break from rural life and to farm within the energy and community of an urban setting brought her to Fresh City. She is excited to be growing food for so many Toronto tables and to share her excitement with everyone who comes to the farm! 

Kim Keitner
Marketing Manager

Kim is Fresh City’s marketing manager. Over several summers spent up in Temagami, Ontario she developed a deep connection with nature and has always had a great love for good food! Before joining Fresh City, Kim studied Journalism in Halifax and worked in the fast-paced world of PR/Social Media in Toronto. She jumped at the chance to merge her passions for Communications, the outdoors and food while helping Fresh City grow and thrive. On any given day you can find Kim up at the packing station, visiting Fresh City member farmers and friends, cooking up a delicious local, organic meal or riding her bike, looking for adventure.

Danielle Cinanni
Warehouse Manager

Danielle joins Fresh City with a variety of experience working for the local food movement. In Campo Ramón, deep within the Argentinean jungle, they call her the “cookie monster.” But at Fresh City, as the warehouse manager, Danielle is responsible for the daily operations of the packing station ensuring that our members’ produce arrives to their homes fresh and delicious.  Her passions lie in all things food – food sovereignty, social justice and anything her zias can teach her in the kitchen. As a farmer, she split her time between working the land and bringing food to market where she was a favourite with customers. It’s here that she learned that re-organizing the food chain means building strong bonds between people and what they eat. Danielle holds a PGC in International Development and a BA in International Studies. She also wants to know: “What did you have for lunch today?”

Chen Goel
Member Support & Operations Manager

Chen is our Member Support specialist and coordinates delivery operations. He makes sure your order arrives on time. It's his voice you’ll hear answering the Fresh City phone.  Chen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the International Disciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel and has also studied at York University.  He really likes carrots. 

Kerri Mozessohn
Assistant Warehouse Manager

Kerri supports the daily operations of the packing station both in the warehouse and on the road, ensuring the quality of the produce from the receiving end to front door delivery, one bag at a time.  Kerri began her work with Fresh City as a volunteer at the packing station and immediately felt at home. Her interest in food began as an active youth soccer player where she worked with the team nutritionist to develop a diet that would sustain and support her intense training. Growing up in the urban sprawl of Toronto, she jumped at the opportunity to live in small town New Brunswick where she thrived in nature, played soccer, and studied English Literature. Backpacking from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, Kerri gained an appreciation for supporting local markets and realized how much Canadian soil has to offer. Her love of the outdoors led her to enrich the lives of others by bringing them closer to nature through camping trips and backpacking extravaganzas. 

Paula Reynolds
Assistant Farm Manager

Paula grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and though she had little exposure to farming she always had an affinity for nature and a strong interest in science. Her love for the natural world lead her to the completion of both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biology where her studies focused on ecology and entomology. After learning about the shortcomings of modern, industrial agriculture she felt a strong need to become involved in environmentally responsible food production. Her favourite part of being Fresh City’s Assistant Farm Manager is getting to work with urban farmers and volunteers who share her passion for organic agriculture… that, and the cool bugs she sees on the farm every day.        

Jessica Gale
Member Farmer Coordinator

Jessica grew up in the upstate New York countryside. After finishing her Bachelors in Environmental Studies and English Literature, in addition to her Masters of Landscape Architecture, she moved to Toronto. In the past, she worked at Shamrock Hill Farms, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, and various university greenhouses. Her love of all things green and growing brought her to volunteer at Fresh City. This growing season she is taking the plunge and has started Sweet Gale Gardens: a small landscape design company focusing on native plant gardens and a small fresh cut flower farm at Fresh City’s Downsview location. When Jessica is not at the farm, she can be found teaching yoga, hiking, cooking or traveling.

Mélisanne
Assistant Farm Manager & Instructor

Mélisanne has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She specializes in environmental education and urban gardening. She is now putting her research into action through U FEED, a collaborative learning program for newcomers to urban farming. Mélisanne’s involvement in urban agriculture started during her studies in biology in Montreal. She volunteered with The Rooftop Garden project and learnt how to grow organic food in gardening containers. She moved to Toronto to take part in the city’s vibrant urban agriculture movement.

She works at Fresh City as a Senior Member Farmer, Assistant Farm Manager, and as an Instructor for workshops. Gardening and farming are for Mélisanne a social endeavour. She believes in creative, community-driven solutions for improving the environment and living green.

Karin Koo
Packing Staff

Having always worked for major companies, I joined the Fresh City team in need of a (good) change. I worked as a sales manager for 7 years, working long hours, not taking care of myself. I closed that chapter of my life and entered the fitness industry. I learned that eating well plays a key role in an overall healthy mind-body-spirit. I discovered that my true passion lies with great food... and so I found Fresh City! I like the idea, concept and values of Fresh City and the closeness of the team. I believe food is our medicine and our fuel. Treat it well.

Sophie Foofat
Packing Staff

Sophie.

Larry Armstrong
Driver

Larry

Scott Loubser
Driver

A long-time foodie and believer in the power of food as a healing path, Scott has been sprouting since the 80's. He worked for Supersprouts for several years, growing all things green such as wheatgrass, sunflower greens, etc. The setting there was of an urban sprout farm, in downtown Toronto, where the live food lifestyle was promoted, and teachers came from all over the continent to speak. After that, wanting some independence and a creative outlet, Scott made and sold live vegan food to local health-food stores for a number of years. When it was time for a change, he meandered a course to Fresh City, where passionate foodies and urban farmers thrive!

Joel Fridman
Financial Coordinator

Joel Fridman is Fresh City's financial coordinator. 

Michelle Mastinsek
Intern & Driver

Michelle.

Seanna Cohen
Fresh City Member

Seanna Cohen is a holistic beauty advocate trained in skin care therapies and the founder of Elodie Beauty. She is also a Fresh City member and loves her weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and veggies!

  • Seanna Cohen
    Seanna Cohen
    Fresh City Member

Our Makers

Fresh, delicious, and
ethical produce
delivered on time,
every time

David, Toronto

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Freeman Herbs
Alchemy Pickle Company

Alchemy Pickle Company makes delicious, nutrient dense, raw cultured vegetables and naturally carbonated sodas. They build direct relationships with sustainable farmers in Southern Ontario, and provide education around healthy whole foods. They are regional and seasonal!

Fermented pickles, condiments, and beverages that are hand crafted and produced locally have additional benefits besides assisting digestion and contributing to a healthy internal flora; they also support local farmers and contain higher nutrients because the produce is processed fresh from the fields. Alchemy Pickle Company also offers educational opportunities that are in high demand such as food preservation workshops and other urban homesteading skills.

Rebekka Hutton is the pickle maker and owner of Alchemy Pickle Company. Her experience as a cook, program facilitator, fundraiser, tour guide and urban farmer brings unsurpassed skill and passion for sharing knowledge and delicious food to help grow the good food movement in Canada.

Glutino

In the 30 years that Glutino’s been cooking gluten free, we’ve learned a thing or two. We’ve learned the value of your trust. Your trust is the driving force behind our single-minded determination to keep every one of our almost 100 products pristinely gluten free. We’ve learned to cook with our ears open, always listening to your ideas and suggestions. And we’ve learned that the real reason that Glutino is the top selling gluten free brand in North America is because you. And it’s because of you that we continue to grow our family of products. Glutino teamed with Gluten Free Pantry back in 2004 and created a comprehensive line of gluten free products that is unparalleled.

Harmony Organic

Harmony Organic started as two farm families with a dream to provide delicious, organic milk to the public, without compromising their beliefs and principles.

The name Harmony aptly describes their philosophies and management styles - each producer farm is committed to working in harmony with nature. All Harmony Organic farms are “certified organic.” To attain organic certification, no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are used on the farm for at least three years. After this time period, the cattle must be fed solely organic feed for another twelve months before their milk is eligible for processing under this label.

The taste of Harmony Organic products may change slightly throughout the year according to the "menu" offered to the cows. The most noticeable change is likely to occur when the cows are first out on grass in the spring. Cattle have access to fresh air, clean water and sunshine on a daily basis year round. Cold winter days are spent resting in the barn on a luxurious bed of fresh straw. The cows are treated as though they are members of the family.

In fact, the emphasis on animals’ wellbeing is the main objective of Harmony Organic. They go above and beyond to provide comfort and joy to their animals, by allowing them to live out their natural behaviour. As a result, Harmony Organic cows are happy and healthy, and are able to produce the best quality milk for you to serve to your family.

Pinehedge Farms

The history of Pinehedge Farms goes back to a small town in Austria in 1972. This was the year in which Anton Heinzle Sr. decided to start bio-dynamic farming. After successfully farming this way for 10 years, he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of emigrating to Canada with his family. Upon settling in St.Eugene, Ontario in 1982, he continued using bio-dynamic methods and became Demeter certified (a biodynamic farming certification) in 1987. Anton's son, Josef, graduated from agricultural College in 1988 and gradually took over the business. The idea for Pinehedge Farms grew from a desire to deliever a quality product directly to the consumer. After thorough research and with lots of help from his family, Josef started production on Ontario's first on-farm processing plant in August 1994. Pinehedge Farms cows are free to roam and graze contentedly in the fields. Josef milks them twice a day, every day.

Shockingly Healthy

Shockingly Healthy Brownies and Blondies were developed by local Toronto holistic nutritionist and personal trainer Lauren Breuer. Lauren has a major sweet tooth and an equal passion for health. After years of enjoying her own sinfully delicious, good for-you creations, Lauren is passionate about making healthy choices convenient, accessible, and most importantly, delicious for all.

Grainstorm

The company was founded in 2010 by David Zivot, a Toronto marketer and avid foodie who had spent over 20 years hunched at his computer getting increasingly fat and unhealthy. A few years back, David got fed up. He forged himself a path to healthy eating that didn't require giving up good food. He lost almost 60 pounds and became fit for the first time since he got his driver's license. An important part of this new healthy path was nutritious baked goods made with stone-ground heritage grains, milled fresh in the family kitchen. When David and his family first started grinding their own flour, they were AMAZED by the difference in quality. Not just how delicious it was, but how they FELT after eating it — satisfied and energized rather than tired and sluggish. It felt like a healthy baking miracle. Yet all it was was using common sense to get back to basics with fresh, whole food. David started wondering: “Why don’t more people know about this?” So he created GRAINSTORM to make authentic heritage baking easy and fun for everyone. We'd be thrilled to help you make healthy baking a great part of your family life as well.

Lotus Foods

Since 1995, we have pioneered the introduction of exotic rice handcrafted on small family farms in remote areas of the world such as Bhutan, Bangladesh, and China, into the US market. Each rice varietal is distinguished by its terroir* and treasured for its distinctive cooking quality, taste, texture, aroma, color, and nutritional value.

We founded Lotus Foods with the intent and vision to support sustainable global agriculture by promoting production of traditional heirloom rice varieties, many of which may otherwise have become extinct, while enabling the small family rice farmer to earn an honorable living. We are the only US-based company with the unique vision and commitment to seek out small family rice farmers in developing countries and provide them a means of economic support through access to a global and sustainable marketplace economy.

A small company with a big mission, we have become a leader in the specialty rice category, and perhaps what is most important to us is that we have made a big difference in the quality of life of our family farm suppliers. We offer you a rare collection of rice that is the high value alternative to commodity and other standard rice currently available from domestic growers and other importers.

Learn how to grow and make quality food

We offer a bounty of workshops, farm tours and events year-round.

Whether you want to join us at an event or sprout a green thumb; we have an array of learning opportunities for the general...

We offer a bounty of workshops, farm tours and events year-round.

Whether you want to join us at an event or sprout a green thumb; we have an array of learning opportunities for the general public, schools, companies, and other organizations. From farm tours, to organic balcony gardening, to canning 101, we've got so much 'growing on'. Get in touch if we don't offer something you're interested in!

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