We source locally first and foremost. During the growing season, much of the veggies in your bag will be grown right here in Toronto. We do not grow our own fruit (yet). During the colder months, we grow herbs, sprouts and salad greens in our greenhouses at Downsview Park and at Baka Mobile. The remaining produce comes from Southern Ontario farms and from abroad. We only buy flown produce when a boat or truck option is not available, and our goal is to keep the bag around 70% local on average over the year.
We don't think importing produce is evil -- some items like bananas or oranges just don't grow in Ontario and it's also great to support farms in other countries by buying certified organic and fair trade produce from abroad. However, we do believe that we should be eating much more local than most of us currently do. Local tastes better and is gentler on the planet.
For members who want to eat strictly local, we offer the Local Only Bag that features Ontario-only produce every week of the year. Check out all of Our Bags here.