Our friends, partners, and pickup locations! We're thrilled to be part of the good food community trying to grow change in Toronto. These are just some of the organizations we're proud to work with.
100km Foods Inc.
Owners Paul Sawtell and Grace Mandarano started 100km Foods Inc. when they recognized the growing demand for locally and sustainably grown food. Through their distribution, 100km Foods provides a much-needed connection between farmers and customers. Fresh City and 100km Foods share a warehouse space at 19 Colville Road near Keele and Lawrence, and are working together to create a local food hub - a place where all good food lovers can come together.
A restored, heritage-designated, industrial building near Richmond and Spadina, and one of Fresh City's oldest pickup locations. 401 Richmond is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals and shops.
Artisans at Work
A local art gallery and store that acts a community hub for good food, music, art, film, and more! Artisans at Work is our first pickup location on the Danforth.
B Corp Community
B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from 33 countries and over 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Fresh City is proud to be a Certified B Corporation!
Black Creek Community Farm
A seven-acre site located on conservation land near Jane and Finch. Fresh City was a founding member of the BCCF project, led by Everdale in partnership with FoodShare and Afri-Can Food Basket. The goal of the farm is tobe an intergenerational place of learning and training where youth will reconnect to the story of their food, a new generation of urban farmers will be trained and the community will gather to celebrate.
Bolt Fresh Bar
Situated near bustling Queen and Dufferin, Bolt serves up fresh juices, smoothies, salads and grain bowls. They also happen to be one of Fresh City's awesome pickup locations!
Our favourite slow food chocolate makers. ChocoSol is a learning community/social enterprise that turns cacao into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate on an artisanal scale! Their site, situated on St. Clair West near Dufferin, is one of Fresh City's pickup locations.
I Deal Coffee
Not your run-of-the-mill coffee shop! I Deal coffee deals exclusively in premium, fair trade, organic beans and specialize in home roasting. In addition to being one of our makers, three of I Deal's cafes are also Fresh City pickup locations: 162 Ossington, 3336 Yonge, and 221 Sorauren Ave.
Live Green Toronto
Live Green Toronto promotes and supports the greening of Toronto. They are a component of the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan which included more than 100 actions to green Toronto. The action plan targets an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (based on 1990 levels) and was unanimously endorsed by City Council in 2007. Fresh City was voted Toronto's greenest small business in 2014!
Merchants of Green Coffee
Green roaster and coffee trader, Merchants of Green deals exclusively in 100% premium arabica beans; grown organically, at high elevations, in mixed canopy forests. They stand firm on fair trade, and purchase directly from farmers’ co-ops and small farms, whenever possible. Their Leslieville cafe is one of our pickup locations.
Patagonia's mission statement perfectly shows why we're happy to have them as one of our original pickup locations: "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis." Patagonia is also helping to educate the community about food by letting us use their space to host our canning workshops.
The largest food rescue program in Canada. Since 1985, Second Harvest has been picking up donated, surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto. From time to time, Fresh City provides Second Harvest with excess produce that would otherwise go to waste.
So Into Cupcakes
A Scarborough shop serving up delectable cupcakes. One of Fresh City's pickup locations for all you east-enders!
Stasis preserves what's in season, at its peak ripeness so you can enjoy the taste later when it's no longer growing. A local company we're proud to support, we've been carrying Stasis products from day one. They're store in Roncesvalles is also a pickup location!
Local flower shop near Trinity Bellwoods that provides beautiful flower arrangements for Fresh City members, in addition to being a pickup location!
We partnered with TAS in the spring of 2013 to bring Toronto The Farm Lot, an urban garden in the heart of the city. The idea first arose when Fresh City founder Ran Goel met TAS president and CEO Mayzar Mortazavi at The Green Living Show. TAS had some property on King Street West with future plans for development, but in the meantime both men thought that an urban garden would be a great use of the space. The Farm Lot has transformed an otherwise empty piece of land into a welcoming green space downtown - a reminder about the myriad possibilities that exist to grow food in the city.
A place where interesting food things happen! The Dep hosts different kinds of food-related events, including drop-in dinners, workshops, supper clubs, and a lively weekend brunch. It's fun, informal place for people to explore and share their passion for food, and also happens to be a Fresh City pickup location. What's more, our resident gluten-free maker Sara Lapell of Nice Buns Bakery, uses their faciities to make her breads.
The Detox Market
More than just a green beauty store, The Detox Market carries a wide variety of local products from cookbooks to cleaners, and soups to soaps. Not far from King and Spadina, The Detox Market is a Fresh City pickup location and one of the founding partners of The Farm Lot, which is just next door.
An eco-friendly, all-natural organic bakery that offers dairy-free, egg-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free treats. With a conscious eye as to where they get their ingredients, packaging, and how much waste they produce as a business, Tori's Bakeshop is a no-brainer for a Fresh City pickup location in the Beaches!
Toronto Vegetarian Association
Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg for more than 60 years. Their spot on Baldwin Street has been a Fresh City pickup location from the beginning, and we take honour in being a part of their Toronto Vegetarian Directory year after year.
WaterFarmers is passionate about designing the purest food production technology in the world. We partnered with WaterFarmers to install the GTA's biggest aquaponics system in our greenhouse at Downsview Park. We will be using fish fuel to grow veggies and greens year-round!