FoodShare aims to centre food justice in their work by collaborating with and taking cue from those most affected by poverty and food insecurity — Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, People with Disabilities. Their goal is to inspire long-term solutions for a food system where everyone has access to affordable, fresh, nutritious food. FoodShare reaches 260,000 people each year. Our friends at FoodShare supply us at Scarborough Co-op Market with fresh and local fruits and vegetables.
Black farmers & growers collective toronto
The Black Farmers & Growers Collective is one of the wonderful vendors we've been working with to bring fresh foods to your table! The Black Farmers & Growers Collective work for community empowerment and emphasize that "environmental issues are directly related to inequality and social justice concerns". They work to foster sustainable community development by supporting local farmers & products and by improving community lead initiatives. They emphasize that socioeconomic factors are an important part of environmental sustainability.
"Clean Food is essential to good health"
Sundance Harvest is a food justice centered, year-round, urban farm located in Toronto, Ontario. Sundance Harvest strives to provide resources, knowledge and guidance to start your own food and land sovereignty movements, create your own urban farming practice and to eradicate institutionalized racism within the food system. Our friend, Cheyenne, Founder and Farmer of Sundance Harvest is one of our vendors and supplies us with fresh basil, rosemary and thyme.
ontario honey creations
Ontario Honey Creations is a family owned and operated business that is dedicated to providing seasonal terroir honey and artisan honey vinegars. The honey bee yards are located within the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario's Green Belt. Ontario Honey Creations honey is harvested by season and location, highlighting the unique taste of each location. All of the honey is raw and unpasteurized. Raw unpasteurized honey has naturally occurring beneficial enzymes and local pollen. Ontario Honey Creations currently has three locations throughout the city; Headwaters, Rouge Valley, and Toronto (Toronto Bee Rescue).
handmade vegan & cruelty-free skincare
Untainted Cosmetics are proud creators of Fresh, Vegan Skin and Hair Care Products. All of the products are Handmade from Pure, Natural and High-Quality Plant Butters and Oils. Untainted Cosmetics never uses any synthetic fragrances, colours, dyes or preservatives in their products.
Lode clothing co.
Lode Clothing Co. mainly carries items that other kids have gently used, but are ready to pass on to a new home. Occasionally, they also stock "rescues"- overstock, defective or out of season items that are new with tags. Lode Clothing Co. also carries upcycled clothing - by mending or reusing pieces to make something new. They hope to give old clothing a new life, in order to divert fashion waste. The entire collection is gender inclusive. Lode Clothing Co. does not stock any items with gendered or sexualized language. The company avoids overly gendered imagery, such as superheroes and princesses as they believe all genders can wear any item of clothing that they choose - be it dresses, skirts or tuxedos. It is purposely organized by size and season - never gender.
burlap & barrel co.
Burlap & Barrel is a Public Benefit Corporation building new international food supply chains that are equitable, transparent and traceable. Burlap & Barrel are working towards ending inequality and exploitation in food systems that disenfranchise skilled farmers by connecting smallholder farmers to high-value markets, educating consumers about the impact of product traceability on human rights, and sourcing unique foods with terroir that are grown biodynamically and organically using traditional techniques.
Monster Breads is a womxn led collective in Toronto, Ontario. They focus on nutritious whole grains baked in accessible and interesting ways, with the goal of sharing diverse cultural knowledge and traditional methods in baking and milling as part of a growing movement toward food sovereignty and climate justice.
They use a diversity of grains and heritage wheat grown organically by Against the Grain Farm, Howick Community Farms, Ironwood Organics and Merrylynd Organics, freshly milled in Toronto by Motherdough Mill & Bakery and Evelyn's Crackers.
The Spent Goods Company works with organizations to re-imagine food by-products, reducing their expenses and carbon footprint while generating new revenue sources.
They've developed Beer Bread, a delicious artisan sourdough bread made in Toronto by Drake Commissary with spent grains from Henderson's Brewery. (Spent Goods has been featured on CBC, BlogTO and voted Top 5 breads in Toronto!)
It's great food for thought around the topic of smart reuse and local food supply.
So Eat your beer while reducing your climate change footprint!