Our Artisans

Stasis Preserves

Stasis Preserves is a local Toronto based company who use only Ontario-grown ingredients to produce the best tasting, creative, safe and nutritious preserves possible. By not using artificial additives or preservatives, they have found a natural, healthy way of capturing our produce at the peak of ripeness so that we can enjoy the bounty of Ontario all year round! They source from local farmers to support those hard working family farmers that feed our cities. Visit Website 

Incredible Spice

Cooking real Indian dishes to dazzle your loved ones has never been this easy. Incredible Spice Brings a whole new way of cooking to Canada. Its all-natural spice blends create authentic and delicious meals. Visit Website

GRAINSTORM

GRAINSTORM is a Toronto-based company that uses Ontario-grown, organic, heritage and ancient grains in their baking mix products. No toxic modern wheat or industrial-processing, no weird ingredients and not too sweet. Just lovely fresh, rustic flours and a handful of simple ingredients, ready when you are. It's authentic fresh-milled heritage baking made 21st century easy. Visit Website 

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Augie’s Ice Pops

Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops are All-natural, Handmade, Fruit-bomb Popsicles! Augie squeezes, juices and purees all her own fruit and use only fresh herbs and zests for her fabulous HAND-MADE Ice Pops.  She uses honey, maple syrup and pure cane sugar to sweeten, but only a pinch cause the fruit has it’s own sweetness. That’s why they taste so spine-tinglingly good!! Augie can be found at various Toronto Farmers Markets. Visit Website

Say Tea

Say Tea is an independent specialty tea shop that has been owned and operated by tea lovers in Bloor West Villiage, Toronto. Their current semi-permanent tea collection numbers over 200 choices created with ingredients from around the world. Visit Website 

Pristine Gourmet

Pristine Gourmet, located in Waterford, ON produces cold pressed extra virgin oils, handcrafted infused wine vinegars, soya sauce and cooking wines, all of which are 100% pure Canadian, non- GMO, from field to table. Visit Website

A revolution has begun for Mexican food with Mad Mexican. The proud Mad Mexican team, lead by chef Jose Hadad, creates gourmet Mexican food from premium, fresh and local ingredients with the bold flavors of Mexico.  They specialize in producing the essence of Mexico making salsas and tortilla chips that are fresh, all natural, preservative-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and with no sugars added. Visit Website

Karmalicious

Karmalicious is a Toronto-based natural skin care and spa company founded by holistic nutritionist Jenna Street. With no regulations, companies have free reign to use any synthetic and toxic ingredients they desire, all for saving a buck and increasing profit margins. Karmalicious is dedicated to providing safe skin and hair care made with a holistic approach, designed to heal and rejuvenate. Visit Website

Marvellous Edibles Farm is a family run operation located 2.5 hours northwest of Toronto on the stunningly beautiful Niagara escarpment growing beautiful organic and often heritage and heirloom non-hybrid vegetables planted with the moon phases. The farm takes its fresh organic produce including hand-picked heritage vegetables and mouth-watering fruits and making them into award winning jams, preserves, pickles, salsa and hot peppers. Visit Website


Growing Spaces Preserves

Growing Spaces specializes in a number of organic canning products grown locally at their family farm in Ayton, Ontario.  These artisan preserves are made with all organic ingredients with many of the recipes being past down from generation to generation.  Always coming up with new and exciting combinations, Blythe and Adam’s preserves are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Visit Website 

Alchemy Pickle Company

Alchemy Pickle Company makes delicious, nutrient-dense, and raw-cultured vegetables with local and sustainable farm-fresh ingredients. Their products are not only handcrafted and locally produced, but boast additional benefits such as assisting digestion and contributing to a healthy internal flora. Visit Website

Patisserie 27

Azumi and Walter own this local, neighbourhood pâtisserie baking French standard breads and whimsical sweets. You can find the pâtisserie’s absurdly buttery croissants at Crème Fraiche Market on Sunday mornings. Visit Website

Posted on April 25, 2013 .

Our Cheese

Our Cheese


Monforte Dairy

Monforte Dairy has been producing delicious quality artisanal cheeses in Stratford, Ontario since 2004. This dairy is known as one of the premier cheese producers in Ontario. All of the milk comes from local Mennonite farmers’ herds of sheep, goats, water buffalo and cow. Monforte cheese is known far and wide for its extensive range of popular cheeses, like the signature Toscano aged sheep’s milk cheese, or buttery, unctuous Bliss. Crème Fraiche is offering a great selection of this cheese, which you will be familiar with if you are a frequenter of farmer’s markets in the GTA. Visit website

Glengarry Fine Cheese

Located in Lancaster, Ontario, Glengarry is known not only for producing world-class cheese, but also as a hub for cheese making supplies and education. The award-winning cheeses are made from cow and goat milk coming directly from the farm where the cheese facility is located. Crème Fraiche carries a selection of the best Glengarry has to offer, including blooming and delicate Figaro, Dutch-style Laankaster Aged, creamy Celtic Blue Reserve,  and sharp and tasty Big Brother. Visit website

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Back Forty Artisan Cheese

Founded in 2000, Back Forty Artisan Cheese is located in Lanark County, Ontario. Using 100% pure, unpasteurized ewe’s milk, their cheeses are unique and full of flavour. We carry the Bonnechere, a semi-firm, tangy cheese with a toasted rind, and also the award-winning Highland Blue. Visit website

Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

The cheese from this dairy is influenced by cheese maker Shep Ysselstein’s time learning his craft in the Swiss Alps. The dairy is located in Oxford County, Ontario, and milk comes from the neighbouring Friesvale Farms. We carry the nutty Handeck, and Five Brothers, which shares traits from Gouda and Appenzeller swiss. Visit website

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Thornloe Dairy

Representing Northern Ontario is Thornloe Dairy. Located in the beautiful Temiskaming region, this dairy has been making excellent cheese for over 70 years. We carry a good variety of Thornloe cheese when we can get it, including sharp Aged Cheddar, semi- soft and creamy Charlton goat aged in wine, and the extremely popular Devil’s Rock Blue. Visit website

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Crossroad Farms

We are carrying the Crossroad Farms Sheep Gouda, which is not easy to find in Toronto. The Oxford County farm had an excess of sheep’s milk, and enlisted the expertise of Gunn’s Hill sheep maker Shep Ysselstein to create this mellow and sweet gouda-style cheese.

Posted on February 7, 2013 and filed under Cheese.

Our Farmers

Our Farmers


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Highmark Farms

Highmark Farm is a family run mixed farm operation in Cookstown, ON.  We farm about one hundred and twenty acres, twenty of which  are in market garden vegetables.

Over the years our farming endeavors have included beef, sheep and goats, wild boars and domestic pigs, chickens and horses as well as vegetable garden and field crops. Visit Website>

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Niagara Food Specialties

Niagara Food Specialties began with the Pingue family in Niagara as early as 1975. Today, brothers Mario and Fernando are committed to sustainability in local food production and maintaining food traditions that may one day be lost to the mass industrialization of the food system. Their suppliers are either certified organic or on a naturally raised program. They are free range, fed only non-GMO feeds, given no animal by-products, antibiotic/hormone free and humanely harvested. Their products are then salt preserved - nitrate and phosphate free - and spiced with products grown on their own farm and are pesticide free. Visit Website >

Danbrie Farms

Danbrie Farms is a small-scale Canadian producer of pure maple syrup and related maple products located on a 43 acre lot on the edge of the Niagara escarpment in Milton, Ontario; where the maple tree roots penetrate the escarpment’s karst limestone providing a unique maple flavour . Farm owner and mastermind Jay Thoman toils hard to stock our shelves with local, sustainable and delicious syrup (light, medium & amber) and maple jalapeno jelly. Visit Website

Samsara Farms

Samsara Fields is an organic farm conceived in 2009 and located in Waterford, ON specializing in heirloom varieties of seasonal vegetables that are no longer commercially available. Their heirloom varieties are richer in vitamins, more colourful and attractive, and their amazing tastes make supermarket produce seem like plastic. Visit Website

Mapleton's Organic

Mapleton's Organic, born in 1999, crafts fresh organic ice cream, yogurt and frozen yogurt on a family farm in Northern Wellington County (Moorefield, ON). On 600 acres of certified organic land, they raise and care for their cows that supply the milk for their delicious products. They are committed to not using chemicals, GMOs, antibiotics, artificial ingredients or salt and guarantee their products as gluten free and nut free. Visit Website

Organic Meadow

Organic Meadow is one of the most successful organic farmers’ cooperatives in Canada whose members are family farmers working with nature to create healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy animal – the result of which is locally-farmed organic milk and other dairy products, eggs and grains of the highest quality. For over 20 years, Organic Meadow has remained true to its roots – committed to preserving the family farm and a healthy environment using sustainable organic practices, and dedicated to quality, honesty and giving back to the community. Visit Website

Bee’s Universe, an Ontario company founded and exclusively owned by Irina and Jon Alecu, offers a wide variety of natural bee products. Their beeyards (300+ hives) are located in the neighbourhood of wildflower fields between Toronto and Innisfil, ON. Their signature wildflower honey is unpasteurized (raw) allowing the honey’s natural properties and flavours to shine. Visit Website

Leitches

Randy Leitch currently manages 275 hives in 15 fields scattered throughout Dufferin and the northwest portion of Caledon. He provides local Ontario with comb honey, Unpasteurized Liquid Honey, creamed honey, bee pollen and much more! Visit Website

Loffredo Farms

Loffredo Fruit Farms is a family run fruit farm in St Catherines, ON. They practice traditional farming methods, and along with managing the orchards they also run an on-site commercial kitchen, and turn out a variety of jams, jellies & baked goods prepared from Loffredo Fruit Farms produce.

Poschaven Farms

Poschaven Farms located in New Liskeard, ON have always used natural methods when growing crops and raising livestock. For the past eight years all of their crops have grown using strict certified organic standards. They plant only certified organic, non G.M.O. and untreated seed. All products, including spelt, buckwheat, rye, flax and bran are processed on their farm. Visit Website

Warner’s Farm

Warner’s Farm is a local, sustainable fruit farm in Beamsville, ON. They grow cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, apples, grapes and nuts, and have won awards for the best apple cider in Niagara! Visit Website 

Posted on February 7, 2013 .

Our Coffee Roasters

Our Coffee Roasters


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Merchants of Green Coffee

specializes in the sourcing, importing and marketing of the highest quality certified green arabica coffees.

To deliver the best tasting coffee experience to discerning consumers through a supply chain with integrity and a unique commitment to quality, and through sharing these principles with select members of our industry.

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ChocoSol

Enjoy freshly roasted high altitude arabica coffee from the Oaxacan mountains. Sustainable grown, harvest and traded.

For the coffee aficionado, the flavour delivers. For the uninitiated, these intensely aromatic beans will turn noses -- trust us! Grind with the accompanying fresh vanilla and add a touch of organic cane sugar to enjoy a unique and flavourful brew.

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Posted on February 7, 2013 .

Our Bakers

Our Bakers


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St. John's Bakery

One of Toronto's finest and unique artisan bakeries. We bake organic breads and sweets, made with certified organic flour, and natural and certified organic ingredients. We strive to provide exceptional breads and sweets that use the finest ingredients and no preservatives. Read more >

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More Than Pies

More Than Pies is an independent retail bakeshop specializing in quality, home-style baking. They offer a wide variety of yummy baking including biscotti, cookies, squares, loaves, scones, and of course pies! Their baking is made with all-natural ingredients, prepared and baked by hand, and uses local produce where possible. Visit Website >

Cookie Martinez

Cookie Martinez is a local artisan bakery that sculpts, by hand, using mostly local, organic ingredients with Latin fare. Head baker Natalia draws inspiration from her Colombian roots and infuses her homemade treats with guava and coconut, ChocoSol’s bittersweet chocolate and Colombian coffee. Visit Website >

DeFloured

This cleverly named bakery has been making exclusively gluten-free and nut-free sweet and savoury fare at Toronto farmer’s markets for some time. The baking duo, Krista and Chris, aim to make tasty food without restricting customers who have food allergies or limitations. Everything they bake utilizes various gluten-free flours and local (70% organic) ingredients.

Earth & City

This small artisan producer makes all vegan and mainly-raw food inspired by local, fair-trade and seasonal flavours utilizing organic whenever possible. They value and embody the importance of sourcing ethically, supporting small food vendors and eating whole, local and live plant-based foods. In all they do they support sustainability, equity and nutrition.

Evelyn’s Crackers

Evelyn’s Crackers is a small artisan cracker company based in Toronto utilizing heritage grains grown organically in Madoc, Ontario. As a husband and wife team, chef and baker Dawn and Ed, believe that eating local and organic foods have huge health and farming benefits and have based their business, named after their young daughter, around this philosophy. Each of their creations is as distinct as its ancient and heritage grains favouring them; Slightly Seedy, Spicy Dal, La Semolina, Currant in the Rye, Cheddar Crispies. Visit Website >

Alli’s Breads:

Alli’s Bakery, named after the baker herself, began in 2004 and has made a reputation for making delicious treats - specialty breads (gluten-free options), savouries, cookies and her specialty cinnamon buns - with a smile! All her recipes are original and ingredients are as fresh, local and seasonal as she can get.

Posted on February 7, 2013 and filed under Bakers.