Blackstone Organic Meats
It has only been open for three weeks but already Blackstone Organic Meats has the Danforth buzzing about the arrival of Cumbrae's and Heathly Butcher quality meats to the neighbourhood. Locavores take note - Blackstore specializes in organically raised, local meat and produce and aims to source almost everything in the store from within a 100 mile radius.
On display during my recent visit are platters of amazing-looking pork back ribs ($8.99 LB), ribeye steak ($18.99 LB), T-Bone Steak ($13.99 LB) plus lamb, chicken, ostrich and other choice cuts. There's also a range of prepared foods, meat marinating in Blackstone's special sauces including tandoori chicken, coconut coriander, honey mustard beef and beef red thai kabobs ($3.00 each), pineapple curry chicken legs ($2.99 LB), Louisiana-style bone in chicken breast ($7.99 LB), chicken wings, ground beef and more.
Toward the back of the store, a freezer stocks some ready-made meals like chicken pie ($6.99), beef chili ($5.99) and shepherd's pie ($5.99). There are also fresh, organic carrots, apples and other produce, a range of specialty, canned/jarred goods, eggs, pasta, tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms and milk. They also sell some of my favourite ShaSha Co. Spelt Ginger Snaps which at $4.99 are the cheapest I've seen them selling for in Toronto.
In a rare exception, Blackstone breaks their 100 mile radius rule when it comes to Quebec pate and a small selection of imported goods from France and Italy. But other than that, local and organic is the name of the game here. And if whispers I'm hearing are correct, there just might be some more Blackstone locations popping up in other areas of Toronto in the next few years.