Programs for Residents

Local Food

Good for our health and the environment - local food is gaining in popularity. You could even say that it's a rapidly growing movement in Toronto (pun intended)! 

In this section, you'll find a variety of resources designed to help you enjoy more local food - including recipes, growing guides, a list of farmers' markets, food co-ops and more.

The Local Dish - help build Toronto's largest collection of local food recipes


The Local Dish

The Local Dish is a campaign with a big dream - to encourage people to enjoy more of the fresh and delicious food that's grown right here in Ontario. With your help, we're looking to create Toronto's largest collection of local food recipes, and make it easy to choose local more often at home, on the go, and when dining out. 

Eat Local all Year Round


Lovin' Local - All Year Round!

Looking for ways to love local all year around? Check out these tips for growing, preserving, buying and cooking locally grown foods, every day of the year, including a list of farmers' markets that continue throughout the winter.

Eating locally grown food

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Kid-approved! Make it Local Recipes

These 14 family-friendly local food recipes include mac & cheese with chicken and cauliflower, sweet potato fries, salads, dips, soups and more. Yum! Download the recipes in 9 languages.

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Farmers' Markets in Toronto

The Toronto Farmers’ Markets Network brings together community-based farmers’ market organizers in our city. Their site includes a map, tips on seasonal eating and a list of producers.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Pay a farmer in advance and pick up your produce when it's harvested. CSA farms offer fresh, high quality vegetables with some farmers offering eggs, poultry, meat, herbs and honey. Each farm is different, but all offer fresher, healthier alternatives to produce picked too early and shipped for hundreds of miles before making it to your plate. Taste the difference! Find a CSA farm near you.

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Preventing Food Waste

Eating local food is a great way to help the planet but it's important to be mindful of food waste.  The Suzuki Foundation has some terrific information and tips on preventing food waste


Try Meatless Mondays!

In addition to eating local food, another great way to reduce our carbon footprint is to go meat-free one day (or more!) per week.  The Toronto Vegetarian Association has some great advice on how to introduce Meatless Mondays into your weekly schedule. 

Grow your own food

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Growing & Selling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Toronto

We are pleased to announce a new publication that explores the issues related to growing and selling fruit and vegetables, provides answers to common questions, presents key information about rules, regulations, health and safety, and offers inspirational stories of successes achieved and opportunities seized! 


Create a community garden

The Community Gardens Program is cultivating a dynamic community gardening movement across the City. Community gardens benefit everyone by creating safe and healthy recreational activity within our parks system, and on other City-owned lands. Program details.

Allotment Garden

Allotment Gardens

Allotment gardens are available to individuals to plant vegetables or flowers. Plots are available at various locations across the City. To request a garden plot, be placed on a waiting list, or get further information on rates and availability, call (416) 392-8188.