The Best Fruit & Vegetable Stores in Toronto
The best fruit and vegetable stores in Toronto provide motivation to walk the extra few blocks in the frigid cold or blistering heat. Indeed, even when I think my laziness knows no bounds, the thought of swallowing down limp kale or tasteless strawberries--the kind you often get at big supermarket chains--will push me to seek quality over convenience, even if it means going a little further. And I'm always glad I do.
The best fruit and vegetable stores offer up freshness and taste above all else, while some toss in low prices and others opt for variety and unusual selection. All of them, though, render buying fruits and veggies from chain supermarkets an ultimate last resort.
Here is the list of the best fruit and vegetable stores in Toronto, as voted by readers of this site.
Carload has two locations in Toronto - both offering fresh produce at reasonable prices. First in Bloor West Village, Carload opened its second location on Queen and Windermere to what I assume must have been squeals of delight of Beaches residents. Its fruits and vegetables often look impressively pristine and are always fresh and delicious. Anyone else counting down the days until cherries are in season? More »
Maple Produce on Roncesvalles is always bustling with regulars, visitors, and restaurateurs looking for fresh herbs, and quality fruits and vegetables. It is by no means large, but it's run pretty efficiently and you can leave with a full bag of goodies without hurting your pocket too badly. More »
The place to go for some of the best fruits and veggies in the area. And that's saying something, especially since it's right beside Fruitland Market and across the street from Fruit King. Valley Farm on Danforth and Logan is lauded for its consistent quality, freshness, and of course, good prices. More »
On the lower level of the St. Lawrence Market, Harbourfront Organic Foods has a great selection of organic (and non-organic) fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and organic dried fruits. Their prices are pretty reasonable, plus you can get freshly made fruit salad, which, I at least, am always craving when shopping for produce. More »
In the heart of Kensington Market, Oxford Fruit is always overflowing with lots of fresh produce, usually geared toward what's in season. If not perusing the outdoor fruits and veggies at the corner of Nassau and Augusta, shoppers venture inside to pick grapes and plants from the ceiling, along with other leafy greens. More »
Bloor Fruit Market in Koreatown on Bloor at Manning offers a good selection of fruits and vegetables, many of which are locally grown, at fantastic prices. It's an area favourite for ripe berries, juicy tomatoes, and bundles of fresh herbs. The green awning alone is usually enough to spark salivation. More »
While you probably won't be able to use your couch change to buy produce here, Harvest Wagon in Rosedale (and Harvest Wagon Too at Eglinton and Avenue Road) is the place to find top quality and hard-to-find fruits and veggies. Here you can pick up produce such as mini veggies, edible flowers, rare mushrooms and truffles. But, of course, you won't want to disrupt the immaculate displays. More »
On Christie between Bloor and Dupont, Fiesta Farms sells lots of organic, local produce, conveniently alongside organic, local meats and other foods. But its fruit and veggie spread is quite impressive and offers lots of selection at reasonable prices. Plus, it's independent and family-owned. Sold. More »
This non for profit food store in the Annex has many fruits and vegetables that are not only organic and locally grown, but often listed alongside the name of the farm where they were produced. Karma usually sticks to what's in season, and lists how many locally grown items are currently in store. It has all the staples with little unnecessary packaging. More »