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The Big Carrot

Posted by Staff / Posted on October 21, 2007

The Big Carrot is an institution on the Danforth. They have a great selection of organic vegetables, cereal, breads and other healthy food as well as a quick-service area serving salads, soup and hot meals.



Jay / February 26, 2009 at 12:31 am
nice store but pricey compared to some of the others and last time I went there my car was towed from off the Danforth -no free parking like other stores. Also food that is supposed to be served hot frequently is luke warm because yes they microwave their food to zap it. Even the soup is often just warm instead of piping hot!

Someone / June 10, 2009 at 07:46 pm
I love Carrot Common (the Big Carrot) and their vegetarian cafe! Unfortunatly, it's located just beside the rows of meat. Due to the space, they can't change this so be sure to get the popular seats facing away from this animal disaster!
Dawn / July 7, 2009 at 12:08 am
I went to big carrot and bought some great groceries, I find their staff to be snobby.
jt / July 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm
Iam a vegetarian and find the hot food barely luke warm at the Big Carrot, not tasty and overly expensive - dont like the meat so near the cafe. What does all that have to do with a health store called the Big Carrot? Very limited parking and got towed from outside the store too. There is free and more parking at Ambrosia just off Yonge St, Organic Planet in Richmond Hill and Health Depot in Scarborough. Prices are are better in these stores too.
When I spend 100 at the big Carrot, the same items cost between 70 and 82 at these other stores.
employee replying to a comment from Jay / September 13, 2009 at 02:28 pm
if your food not warm, then ask them to put it in the oven
LuLu / December 4, 2009 at 07:59 pm
Its all about Ambrosia its just outside of the city off of younge street. Located at 55 Doncaster rd. Best prices I have ever seen, its deffinatly worth the trip. Compared to big carrot, noahs, etc this place has most everything you need for low prices, i was amazed
Paula / January 24, 2010 at 09:13 am
Extremely over priced, the people who work there are snooty, (especially those that work in the supplements department!), no free parking, or you can't find any when you go and are forced to park on the street or park far away...I can't think of anything good to say about this store...and that's a shame.
Rosemarie / January 28, 2010 at 08:03 pm
Paula's soooooo right. Everyone there has an attitude; a bad one that is. There is a real "elitist" mentality and a "holier than thou" aura. This is supposed to be a place filled with evolved vegetarians, yogis and meditators, yet even most of the customers are snobs. (I am a vegan, btw) No one ever smiles; the cashiers are miserable and the prices are outrageous!! I much prefer Ambrosia or the Natural Food Depot at Lawrence and Warden; but my most favourite store of all is Beaches Natural Foods at Elmer and Queen St East. It's really small, but packed and they have the best prices in the city!
Dawn Dawson / July 18, 2010 at 01:06 pm
The Big Carrot had a Mike and Mike's Organics truck idling in front of the store for almost half an hour. I live beside the Big Carrot and this was extremely annoying - particularly as there is a sign posted that says "No idling. $450.00 Fine" I'm betting they didn't charge the driver as they let him continue to idle for at least 20 more minutes after I spoke with them. This is so hypocritical I don't even know where to begin. Obviously they want to make the world a better place ... but not for their neighbours.
littlehands / August 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm
I find the carrot overpriced and overrated.
The staff (with exception to the checkout) seem to have an attitude..
It is worth the trip to Essence of Life in Kensington Market or Fiesta Farms at Christie and Dupont to buy organic produce and products
katey mcnicol / February 16, 2011 at 07:11 pm
I bought some mung beans from big carrot the other week , I tried to sprout them , but they would not sprout , I tried it twice just to be sure , I asked the person that orders the seeds if they were GMO , he told me that they were organic , but maybe they were old seeds , he did not even offer to replace them ,he just said that he may think on changing the company that he orders the grains from ,
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Wallace / July 5, 2011 at 07:31 pm
The products at this store are overpriced. Even standard items that you can find at Loblaws carry a premium here. I understand that they are in a "prime" location, but still, they take it too far. Overcharging is part of their philosophy. Those "co-op" owners are making a pretty penny.
In addition, some of staff seem odd.
Aundrea / October 5, 2011 at 10:51 am
This is a very good store that gets recommended and visited by a lot of aboriginal people for the ingredients and medicines they carry. Some of these herbs are difficult to find otu of season and these people carry them.
Esther / April 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm
One if the best stores in North America. High standards, GMO free, no refined sugar, no refined flour, 90 % organic ,free consultation and great staff.
Nowakowski / May 25, 2012 at 05:55 am
I am a Polish producer and a distributor of birch sap - it's natural,healthy , tasty and purifying for your organism . It comes in 16 different tastes has been positively varified by doctors and sanitary control and enjoys tremendous success locally , I also export it to England . Would anybody be interested in bringing it over to Canada ? You can call me for details at + 48 257 175. Lech Nowakowski .
Kassity / February 8, 2013 at 01:46 am
staff are rude. Very very rude. Makes me wonder if they are witches...
joey / April 3, 2013 at 11:33 am
the reason the prices may be a overpriced is they are in a good area,but are the prices lower that whole foods?
masha replying to a comment from Jay / August 22, 2013 at 04:17 pm
yes I agree with jay
BIG CARROT health food store has always been pricey and is not much competition in the east end in toronto, so I go back to etobicoke all the time where ther is free parking and cheaper prices. I wish more stores with cheap availability would be present in toronto east end like the west end for everyday products. .
Matt / December 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm
Every time I shop at The Big Carrot I am treated with warm, friendly smiles and so much love.

As for the free parking, there are several side streets with free parking available for those who *GASP* are willing to walk for 2-3 minutes from their cars.

The prices there are better than Whole Foods by far; I can't comment on other stores that I have never been to. If Loblaw's is selling products cheaper, it's because they're trying to bring you in with a loss leader, an item they make no money on but get you in the door buying the rest of their products at a higher margin. I guarantee you will not get the service there that you do at the Carrot.
joe / March 17, 2014 at 08:04 pm
The prices are so high,so the members/owners can split a bigger chunk of the pie between them
Jon Doe / August 29, 2014 at 02:24 pm
I've had mixed experiences at the BC. Sometimes people there greet you with a big warm smile, others, you are the redhead bastard step child. It's very true that there's a weird feeling about the place, coming from employees and patrons. Yep, rich hippies are a pain you know where. / October 11, 2014 at 03:59 am
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your
further post thanks once again.
jill / October 15, 2014 at 08:19 am
Check your receipts. I have been overcharged during my last 3 visits.
Love the big carrot though.
Anon / January 29, 2015 at 12:15 am
You guys are kidding if you think all the prices at the Big Carrot are more expensive than places like Loblaws. That may have been the case a long time ago when they were one of the few specialty stores that sold only organics and natural foods. But now that Loblaws and co. all sell similar products including organics produce, meats, vitamins, gluten free etc. The Big Carrot has to compete. If you actually do some price comparisons, you will see many items at the Big Carrot are actually the same or cheaper than the same items sold at Loblaws. For example the other day I noticed a bottle of Avalon Organics shampoo at Loblaws on sale was 3 dollars more expensive than the same one sold at the Big Carrot (also on sale). I was kind of surprised at that, because I expected the opposite. But I do agree some items particularly produce can be more expensive. I guess it can be hit and miss with the prices depending what's on sale and what's not.
Barbara / March 29, 2015 at 11:07 am
I have decided to stop shopping at Big Carrot. Prices are rediculous. Just yesterday I bought Blue Diamond Almond Breeze at Strictly Bulk for $2.39. Big Carrot price is $3.39. Eden Organic canned beans are at least 30 cents a tin cheaper at Strictly Bulk. And, Strictly Bulk is just a few blocks east at 638 Danforth. Same brand of Coconut Water sells at The Bulk Barn for 30 cents less.
NICOLE / June 9, 2015 at 06:10 pm

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