Weekly Bag Contents
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Learn more about how we source:
What's in a bag?
What's fresh and in season! The contents of each bag will vary from week to week, depending on what is fresh and in season at any given time. Generally each bag will contain 8-14 different produce items, and will be composed of approximately 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 fruits, with the exception of our fruit only or vegetable only bags. Click here to see previous bags' contents.
Is all your produce local?
We source locally first and foremost. During the growing season, much of the veggies in your bag will be grown right here in Toronto. We do not grow our own fruit (yet). During the colder months, we grow herbs, sprouts and salad greens in our greenhouse at Downsview Park. The remaining produce comes from Southern Ontario farms and from abroad. We do not include produce that was flown in, and our goal is to keep the bag around 70% local on average over the year.
We don't think importing produce is evil -- some items like bananas or oranges just doesn't grow in Ontario and its also great to support farms in other countries by buying certified organic and fair trade produce. However, we do believe that we should be eating much more local than most of us currently do. Local tastes better and is gentler on the planet.
Is all your produce certified organic?
All of our produce is grown organically. Our produce is grown using organic methods without using chemical or synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified seed. While any imported produce is certified organic, not all of our local produce is organically certified. Why? We make three main exceptions to certified organic.
1) Small Growers: Organic certification is often not feasible for small growers and other smaller rural farmers. We believe it's important to support local small-scale farmers who are growing organically where there is a trusted relationship even if their operation is not certified.
2) Pesticide-free Hydroponic: When there is no local soil-grown alternative, we occasionally opt for pesticide-free hydroponically grown produce, which, because not grown in soil, cannot be certified organic in Canada (it can be certified in some other jurisdictions).
3) Pesticide-free Aquaponic: We began growing produce aquaponically in our year-round greenhouse in 2014. This system uses fish poop to fertilize the plants in a closed-loop system. The fish eat organic feed, no pesticides are used and only certified organic seed is used. Aquaponic systems cannot be certif
How does Fresh City select makers we source from?
We consider lots of factors, but quality and taste always come first.We take sourcing very seriously. What you put in your mouth and who puts it in your hands can change your life and the world. We consider the following factors when looking for makers:
1. Quality and taste: it has to taste good, consistently.
2. Local First: the closer, the better.
3. Small-Scale Makers: smaller makers have been shut out of the mainstream market because three empires control 70% of your grocery dollar; that has not been good for farmers or our health.
4. Sustainable Growing Practices: this means not only organic growing methods but ideally also farming in a way that's energy efficient and promotes biodiversity.
5. Affordable and Accessible: we believe healthy food should not be the purview of the privileged few; we choose our makers with that in mind.
6. Nutrition and Diet Conscious: we look for products that have no processing, refined additives, preservatives or sweeteners.
7. Social Responsibility: foods that come from co-operative models, social enterprises, non-profits and fair or direct trade certified makers.
8. Transportation: no flown in products and better by ship than by truck.
9. Packaging: as little packaging as possible.
10. Logistics: the boring part, but very necessary. We look for makers that can consistently make, store and deliver their product.