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Toronto, ON (Canada)
September 18, 2012
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Paleo-friendly restaurants

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Gluten-free house-made sausages featuring a wide variety of meats, including game such as venison, elk. Duck-fat fries and house-made dipping sauces. (King West)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Awesome, fresh oysters. (Queen West)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Meat-centric menu, nose-to-tail, odd-cuts. Cash only! (Little Italy)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Great BBQ for Toronto, Smoked In-House, I've successfully turned any sandwich there into a salad by asking them to ditch the bread and politely asking for more lettuce. 
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (King West)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Beretta Farms Organic Beef, ask for it bunless! (Yorkdale, King East, King West, etc.)
  • The Burger Bar, Organic and naturally raised beef. Free range chicken. (Kensington Market, 319 Augusta Ave.)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Beretta Farms Chicken. (Downtown Core)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Local and Organic (Queen Street)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Local meat and produce. (The Junction)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Beretta Farms meat. (York)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, fresh and sustainable seafood. (Corktown)

 

Other places to get food or groceries

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Butcher (Kensington Market) 
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Butchers, Organic Produce, "Number 1 Market in the World!" (Front Street)
  • Whole Foods Yorkville
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Tamworth Pork, Grassfed Beef, free-run Eggs and Chicken (Leslieville, The Beaches, Annex)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (North York and The Danforth)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Organic Produce, Coconut Products, Kombucha (Kensington Market)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Ontario's largest independent grocery store. 
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Bloor West, King & Spadina)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Organic Beef, Pork, Chicken. Butchery classes. (Downtown, Midtown)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Wild-caught fish (Various Locations)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, NEW online store, just launched. Grassfed beef and other products. 

Notable Products to Look for in Toronto 

  • New Zealand and Australian Lamb by The New Zealand & Australian Lamb Co. 100% Grassfed, Antibiotic and Hormone Free
  • Kerrygold Cheese. 
  • Bob's Red Mill Products
  • McClean's Meats. Antibiotic, Hormone and Nitrate Free
  • Aroy-D Coconut Milk and Curry Pastes 
  • Wild Planet and Raincoast Canned Fish. BPA Free

Organized Produce CSA Delivery or Pickup 

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Organic, locally grown produce. (Downsview)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Organic produce.
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Seeds, sustainable, heirloom varieties. 
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Seasonal and local 

 

Farmers Markets

  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Saturdays year 'round) 
  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Thursdays, year 'round)
  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Saturdays)
  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link **(Saturdays year 'round)
  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Tuesdays, seasonally)
  •  ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Daily, Caledon)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (North GTA, Daily)
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** (Saturdays, year 'round) 

 

Farms

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Grassfed Beef
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Tamworth Pork, Grassfed Beef, free-run Eggs and Chicken
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Grassfed Beef, Pastured Chicken
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Grassfed Beef, Berkshire Pork, Free-range Chickens
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Megalist of Canadian Grassfed Farms
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Naturally raised Grassfed beef

 

Paleo Practitioners

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Paleo Meetup Groups in Toronto

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **

 

Activities

  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, Get around the city by bike!
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, We have some great trails, riverside paths and beach routes
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **, One our loveliest parks. In the spring we have some fabulous cherry blossoms. 
  • ** you don't have permission to see this link **

 

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September 20, 2012
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If you are willing to travel about an hour north-west of the city, there is fab farm market called Heatherlea Farm Market, run by the farmer and his wife!!  The beef is raised on site, and sold in the store, and Pat (the owner) sources local meats that are hormone free, antibiotic free, and generally delicious!!

You can even order beef sides or quarters as well!

September 20, 2012
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Love WVRST, & Barque!

Other restaurants:

Beast – ** you don't have permission to see this link **

Big Smoke Burger has an organic burger with beef from Beretta Farms. You can do it bunless of course :)

The Burger Bar in Kensington Market also has organic and naturally raised beef and free range chicken

The Chickery on Spadina uses chicken from Beretta Farms

Cowbell on Queen uses local and organic food

Farmhouse Tavern on Dupont also uses meat from local farms. Not too sure if it's organic/grass fed etc

Emma's Country Kitchen uses meat from Beretta Farms

 

Groceries:

Love Sanagan's. Have you visited the new Sanagan's? The place is huge!

You can also check out Fiesta Farms, Fresh and Wild, & The Healthy Butcher

September 20, 2012
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Updated the first post. : )

Awesome! I've heard good things about Cowbell and Beast--I still need to check them out. 

I looove the new Sanagan's! It's such a nice space. I just want to go in and buy a ton of steak!! Are any of their prepared items that they're stocking now 'paleo'? Haven't really had a chance to check them out. 

September 22, 2012
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There is definitely a Toronto Paleo Meetup Group at ** you don't have permission to see this link ** .  She is definitely Paleo and her knowledge base on the subject of diabetes and celiac is awesome.  Coming up next week; Big Primal Wing Night (check out Big Primal on Youtube) where we're doing a taped edition of his show, cooking up massive amounts of wings together and chowing down, and then a trip to the Treetop Adventure Park for some high-up obstacle course fun and we're working on pulling together a MovNat Fundamentals Workshop in the near future.  We have a facebook page called T.O. Paleo Life and we'll be plugging it in an episode of Know It All that we'll be taping on Monday (watch for the archived link to show up on my facebook page My Primal Adventures).

Also in the Toronto area:

** you don't have permission to see this link **   Naturally raised grassfed beef farm (he needs to change his web address, clearly….)

** you don't have permission to see this link **  Very good farmer's market in north GTA (aka 19th Avenue Farmers Market)--all locally grown produce

** you don't have permission to see this link ** inside the Waldorf school; loads of organic produce, raw coconut sugar, raw cheese, a couple of grassfed meat vendors

September 24, 2012
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Updated with everyone's suggestions, and added a few more of my own, including another restaurant and some fun outdoor activities like cycling, with links to Toronto's trail maps. 

September 25, 2012
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This is great, I'm so happy to see this page started! I'd love to see a list of 'paleo friendly' brands easily available in Toronto added, for example New Zealand Lamb is grass fed and antibiotic/hormone free. I emailed the The New Zealand & Australian Lamb Co. to ask about the generic New Zealand lamb I saw at Metro, here is their reply:

 

 "I am pleased to advise you that our 100 % grass fed product - branded New Zealand Spring Lamb is both antibiotic and hormone growth
promotant free. You are correct noticing that our packaging also makes mention to this as we now have most of our supplying farms registered to
make these claims. The uses of these items is not permissible in New Zealand so the balance of farms also abide by the same stringent rules but still
need to be registered to make our package claims. Yes, the fresh and frozen product you see in Metro stores is ours and indeed is " ABF & HGP " ( antibiotic & hormone growth promotant ) free."

 

So, in my mind NZ raised lamb (or anything NZ) is good but I don't know about Ontario Lamb. Do we give lambs antibiotics or make them eat grains here? Anyone made any inquiries?

  • If you allow some dairy in your diet, Kerrygold cheese (grass fed from NZ) is sold in many major grocery stores but their butter is not allowed to be imported into Canada (I go down to Buffalo to do purchase it). You can find some raw milk cheeses if you look, organic L'ancetre (from Quebec, don't know if grass fed though). I read on another site that Harmony Organic Milk is grass fed but have not contacted the company to confirm. It is pasturized (as is the law unfortunately).
  • I order a lot of items from iherb.com that I can't find easily here, like Bob's Coconut Flakes and Natural Calm Magnesium (some items are so much less they save more than the cost of shipping but shipping usually takes 2 weeks so order well in advance of needing something).
  • At Loblaws, a woman promoting McClean's meats (deli counter chicken, beef, ham, turkey) told me it was grass fed and antibiotic/hormone/nitrate free, however their website says the cattle get a combined diet of grass and vegetarian grains. I buy it on occasion  when in a pinch. Read the ingredients on the label to see if it's OK for you, they do add raw sugar to some of them.
  • T & T down by Cherry Beach has Aroy-D coconut milk in the tetrapacks.
  • Wild Planet and Raincoast canned tuna/salmon are BPA free and widely available here now.
  • I've found Sobeys to be good for wild caught fish – both frozen house brand (Compliments) and at their fish counter. Loblaws has PC brand wild caught scallops in the freezer along with frozen wild caught shrimp.

Anyone got any other good leads on real food for TO? Are there any Canadian mail order companies (a Canadian version of USA Wellness Meats?)

I also try to shop organic at a minimum according to the EWG dirty dozen. Anyone done any research into Ontario fruits and veggies? Do our domestic peaches/apples/cucumbers/lettuces/etc contain less pesticides than those imported from the US or other countries? 

 

Anyone know where we can buy Red Boat Fish Sauce here? I'm on the hunt (have asked iherb to add it to their product offerings). 

September 26, 2012
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Thanks Tubba!! I just added your suggestions to the first post! I also love the Aroy-D curry pastes, so I added those in as well. 

 

This new site just launched: ** you don't have permission to see this link **

They seem to have a bunch of grassfed beef and other great products! I'm not sure how the service works yet, but it seems worth checking out. 

October 2, 2012
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Hi gang, it's great to see so many people contributing so many great ideas to this page! We are not directly in the city so we may not know as many downtown sweet spots as some of you. There is a restaurant downtown that we LOVE though!

** you don't have permission to see this link ** – Local, seasonal, traditional north american food. It is absolutely heavenly.

A little further north in the GTA in Newmarket, the BEST spot to get groceries, food, and other great products is:

** you don't have permission to see this link **

 

And lastly, for crossfit/primal fitness. We run a MovNat partner training company in York Region called Legendary Fitness Canada:

** you don't have permission to see this link ** – LFC is performance training company that synergistically combines current scientific research, primal movement and strength training to support individuals in the practice of natural athletisicm and skill. Our members are a growing community focused on mutual support, progress, and personal development.

Hope it helps, looking forward to all the great ideas people have to offer and to hopefully meeting some of you at some point. Be sure to join the Tor-Paleo meetup group that Cindi mentioned, we had a great time filming Big Primal last weekend!

October 2, 2012
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I noticed that Perla at 539 College Street (Portuguese food) has wild fish and baby beef liver on their menu (no website). I've eaten at Easy Restaurant and they have grass fed steak (hold the bread and home fries). They had a grass fed burger the day I ate there that was delic but it might have been a special. The smoothie my kids wanted had soy milk and they don't have anything to swap it out.  ** you don't have permission to see this link **

 

Real Food Toronto was a great tip and they sent me this information about raising animals in Ontario (versus a lot of we read online that is from the US) Gives me some good ideas on questions to ask about how the animals have been raised and fed. I'd love to see more information about farming in Ontario/Canada versus the US. 

 

Organic certification
Certified Organic is the only actual accreditation right not that is really policed and monitored by third party auditors.  To raise any type of live stock Certified organic you must prove your source of feed is certified organic (feed mills must be accredited and audited), your farm land must be certified organic, the living conditions must meet organic standards, the water source must be potable (suitable for human consumption), and there is no use of hormones or antibiotics (so a system of keeping the animals healthy must be in place as well as a plans if animals get sick).  This means that farmers attain substantially lower yields on their farm then if they were to be conventional.  Because the whole process is highly monitored there is a great deal of assurance that certain standards are met when it comes to animal and environment husbandry.  This means that animals may have access to the outside but are not forced to live out there, feeds must be certified organic in source but may not necessarily be what builds the healthiest meat but probably produces the best feed to meat conversion.    

“Naturally Raised”
Naturally raised is not a legally defined term in any way at all, and terms like Natural raised, Free range, Pasture raised do not carry any weight when it comes to labelling.  Further, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not regulate this and so if a farmer or a processor makes a claim like this you really have to take it at the value of the organization that is making the claim and how much you trust them.  The CFIA does regulate and accredited Hormone and Antibiotic free however most farms or processors that use this term do not get accredited and once again you are at the mercy of trust for whoever is selling it.  Please note that the Government of Canada feels that an animal that is off Antibiotics for at least 3 months before slaughter is free of antibiotics.  But we feel it important that that is not the same as never having been given antibiotics.  But this does not regulate feed, water source or living conditions

Pasture raised
Understand three things with this designation that we feel everyone should know.  There is no accreditation of pasture raised or grassfed livestock and you are completely at the mercy of your purveyor in what they feel grassfed or pasture raised is or is not.  Second, not all animals can live on just eating grass and so the idea that we can just raise all livestock grass is not possible.  Finally we are a very seasonal country which means that it simply isn’t possible to feed livestock fresh green grass on pasture all year round so the term pasture raised has different importance from animal to animal.  In the winter it may not be wise or possible to put all types of livestock outside or not allow them indoor access.  “ruminant” animals should be eating grasses all year round, but may be put on a hay or silage diet in the winter.  We do not buy or market these animals during the winter months because we do not feel that these animals are grassfed at this point in their lives, thus we consider this a seasonal item

Pork 
Pigs are cool climate omnivores and it is important to understand that they require carbohydrates and protein as part of their diet.  Grass in their diet has about the same value to them as it does for us, a great source of fibre and antioxidants.  In general North Americans have grown to love lean white pork , and because of this it has dictated to farmers how they generally raise them.  Pigs can do quite well in Canadian Winters outdoors as long as they have been winterized, and are given ways to stay dry.  Winterizing pork is the process of making sure they have a good layor of fat around them so they can stay well insulated however this is contrary to what many people like when it come to pork.  One of the first things you will notice about our “pasture raised pork” is that we use specific breeds of pork (namely Berkshire and Tamworth) that put a sizable fat cap on it and will not necessarily have the same size muscle sizes as breeds that are used on conventional pork farming.  This fat cap is what will keep the animals warm in the cold temperatures.  These pigs will also have access to open air barns with longs of straw as bedding so that if it is wet outside they can stay dry.  If all the pigs are standing in the open air barn they can heat up the barn to unbelievable temperatures even if it is very cold outside.  These pigs almost farm themselves all the farmer has to make sure of is that they have constant bedding, food, and water, otherwise they are free to roam around in their section of land that the farm has fenced in for them.  I love going to visit this farm in the winter as the pigs are usually the happiest then.  Please note that this pork is extremely different then most pork in the market, the meat is much darker, the fat is much more prevalent and it tastes are a lot stronger.   Our Certified organic pork is broken up in two categories.  We do work with some certified organic pork farmers who raise pork exactly the same way as described above just that everything is audited to be certified organic.  However the bulk of certified organic pork is raised to compete with the general pork market which is the leaner, white pork.   In order to do this farmers usually use a cross of genetics that achieve larger musculature when less fat and a white complexion that tastes a lot milder.  These pigs are generally raised indoors and the temperature is controlled so that their bodies do not feel the need to put on extra fat to keep it warm.  In both cases all the pigs that we buy are raised on farms that only feed them a vegetarian diet to ensure that absolutely no animal by-products end up in their feed.  In general our pigs are fed, grains (oats, barley and corn) and soy bean meal for protein.  

Chicken
Chickens are a warm climate animal and are also omnivores.  Because of this the vast majority of our chickens are not pasture raised and depending on the season, can get very limited exposure to the outdoors.  By the end of summer and early spring we do bring in about 10 – 20 birds every other week that are “Pasture Raised” on mobile coups.  But there would be no way I could bring in enough chicken on a weekly basis to meet demand for chicken.   The rest of our chicken all comes from 1 farm who in my opinion is one of the best chicken farms in North America for the scale of chicken they produce.  Both our “Natural” and Organic birds are raised exactly the same with the exception of feed coming from different sources (conventional feed for natural birds and organic feed for organic birds).  The birds are raised in barns all year round that is temperature controlled.  These barns were originally built for conventional chicken farming for approximately 50000 birds and they only put in their 3000 at a time so the amount of space per bird is amazing in comparison.  During the warmer months of the year the entire sides of the barns can fold up and the chickens have the option to roam around in their own section of pasture.  All of the chickens they use are male (which is important for hormones), and eat a completely vegetarian diet (grains, oats, barley and corn and soy bean meal for protein).   They are raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics and they are given a night time.  (Conventional chickens are often not given a night time so they continue to eat more and get big faster).  These chickens are processed at a local abattoir that only processes their chickens and they air chill their birds (which means when you buy our chicken you are buying chicken, not water).

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Hi Everyone!

 

We're a couple of Paleo practitioners in Bloor West Village practicing registered massage therapy and offering nutrition counselling and fitness counselling as well. All of our services are geared towards illness and injury prevention. We approach the fitness aspect not so much from a Cross-Fit perspective but from a global metabolic conditioning, minimum investment, maximum gains perspective, such as the strategy found in Body by Science.

 

Our Massage Therapy is membership based meaning we can offer really low prices per treatment. Currently the membership consists of a commitment of 10 treatments per year @ 50$ each, pay as you go. :)

We hope you'll check us out at ** you don't have permission to see this link ** for all the details.

 

Thanks and keep up the good work!

 

 

 

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