This month’s sustainable highlight focuses on some restaurants providing local, organic and sustainable food near Humber North and Lakeshore campus.
We are lucky to live in a province that produces fresh seasonal food year round. Ontario’s Greenbelt, a protected land stretching from Guelph to Southwestern Ontario, encourages environmental and social responsibility through sustainable farmland. Investment in local food is important in order to preserve the Greenbelt’s farmland and contribute to our local economy. Many consumers also consider local food better tasting, and of higher quality than imported products. Last Fall, we developed a comprehensive local food calendar and fact-sheet in collaboration with Mohawk College, the Greenbelt Fund and the Government of Ontario, to educate us all on eating locally and sustainably.
With the growing popularity of the local food movement, we hand-picked some local food hubs within the Humber North and Lakeshore areas. Support our farmers, suppliers and environment, and get eating local at these places only a few steps away from campus:
By Lakeshore Campus:
“Our vision is to revolutionize the way people eat and drink. We believe health is our most precious asset and that we deserve the very best life has to offer.” - Thrive Organic Kitchen
Located a short walk from Lakeshore Residence at 3473 Lake Shore Boulevard, with a white-walled ambiance and booths sitting under stained glass, Thrive is your spot for a vegan and vegetarian-certified fresh organic kitchen.
Thrive’s menu meets many nutrition and dietary needs from vegan to omnivore and gluten-free while sourcing Fairtrade and local ingredients. Not only does the menu please the taste buds, but it is a learning space, too. Their in-house Holistic Health Coach, Otilia Kiss, oversees all menu items and offers complimentary workshops and consultations to anyone interested.
“At our flagship cafe by the lake, we invite you to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures. At Birds and Beans, we believe sustainability includes sustaining ourselves… right here in our Etobicoke-Lakeshore community.” – Birds and Beans Coffee
Heading east into Mimico at 2413 Lakeshore Blvd W, you will find the well-known, buzzing community hub that is Birds and Beans Coffee. Visit the café for Fairtrade certified, bird-friendly, shade-grown, and organic coffee. The local establishment borders Lake Ontario and is a community hotspot well-known for its brew. They have been palm-oil free for the past 5 years and have partnered with the Smithsonian Institute, adding further credibility to their business. No single-use plastic is offered at the location, and even their straws are biodegradable.
“THE FIX + CO make it their mission to provide delicious, fresh, plant-based products such as cold-pressed juices, shakes, elixirs, salads, and soups using organic, local, and seasonal produce.” -The Fix + Co
This nook-in-the-wall style restaurant offers two stools and a small bar table. The Instagram-worthy quaint aesthetic is one of the many reasons this local hotspot gained popularity in the up-and-coming Long Branch neighbourhood.
The Fix + Co, at 1 Thirtieth Street, has plenty of variety for ‘grab and go’ pre-prepared meals: from freshly pressed juices to vegetarian, vegan and organic dishes prepared from local and seasonal produce. Stop by to talk to the two owners who are registered nutritionists as they recommend their favourites and toss up a fresh batch of veggie-friendly options in their open style kitchen.
By North Campus:
Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers Market
When it’s a pleasant Saturday, a fun idea for the weekend is to visit your local farmer’s market. Visit Etobicoke Civic Centre every Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, open from early June to late October to get your hands on a variety of local fresh fruits and vegetables. All produce is grown organically and sold locally to Etobicoke residents and local vendors. Plump peaches and fresh eggs await! Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bags.
North Campus: Zawadi Farm
Image from: http://zawadi.farm/about/
“At Zawadi Farm, our aim is to create physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food and to engage community members in educational opportunities and conversations centered on active and healthy living.” – Jesse Njau
Stationed at Anga's Farm at 118 Tandridge Crescent, Zawadi Farm is a family-run business. Jesse and his family grow a smattering of native fruits, vegetables, and herbs. He harvests his produce on a daily basis during the summer season and attends local farmer’s markets, also delivering to restaurants and residents in Etobicoke.
Image from: http://www.thehumberroom.ca/
“The 120 seat restaurant offers world-class cuisine for a fraction of the cost of eating in a fine dining restaurant. This new state-of-the-art teaching restaurant is the most modern environment for student learning anywhere in North America.” - Humber College
No need to veer off campus! Culinary students here at Humber College stir up garden greens from the Humber Arboretum to serve students an upscale lunch or dinner at The Humber Room. The College is also now part of a Greenbelt-funded pilot project aiming to put more fresh goods from Ontario farms in College menus. The Humber Room’s seafood is Ocean-Wise certified, which helps reduce the negative environmental impacts of commercial fishing. With a range of vegan, vegetarian and meat options, as well as Fairtrade coffee, The Humber Room is a must-visit for students looking for a casual fine dining experience right here on campus!
When supporting local businesses and purchasing sustainably, you are not only empowering our economy, you’re also rediscovering your neighborhood!. Read more about sustainable food options and initiatives at Humber College!