Farm to Table Freshness | A Guide to Farmer’s Markets in Your City

A restaurant that serves meals made with fresh produce purchased directly from a farmer or farmer’s market, is a restaurant that has a menu with benefits.

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Customers crave fresh and appreciate knowing they supported a local farmer. Fresh produce means less preservatives, less packaging, less travel time in a truck, and more nutrients for your body.

Farmer’s markets are a platform for local farmers, growers, florists, and artisans to showcase their work. Much love and commitment goes into growing, all the while minimizing chemicals and pesticides, and it shows. We hit up a Farmer’s market in every new town we touch down in.

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Here is a list of Farmer’s markets in some of our favourite major cities. Grab your reusable bags, a hat, a friend, and head down early for the best selection. You never know, some of the beautiful produce you see might be featured at the Restaurant you end up dining at.

Greater Vancouver | Kits, Downtown, Mt. Pleasant, East End, New Westminster, White Rock

Okanagan, BC | Kelowna, Westbank, Vernon, Kamloops, Summerland, Penticton

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Greater Toronto | St. Lawrence Market, Nathan Phillips Square, East York, Leslieville, Trinity Bellwoods, Dufferin Grove, Etobicoke, North York, Aurora, Peterborough, Parry Sound

Seattle | Capitol Hill, West Seattle, University District, Columbia City

Portland | King, Lents Intl, Kenton, Portland State University, Shemanski Park

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San Francisco | Heart of the City, Alemany, Noe Valley, North Beach, Fillmore, Inner Sunset, Fort Mason, Castro, Saucalito, Marin County, Tam Valley, Fairfax, San Geronimo, Napa Valley

Kind Cafe | Vancouver, BC

Kind Cafe | 3080 Main St., Vancouver | Kindcafe.ca

Kind Cafe + Eatery is a zero waste and plant-based restaurant in Vancouver, Canada, opened by father and daughter duo Samantha and Marvin Emerman. The cafe creates an environment that supports health and sustainability for both customers and the planet. Kind Cafe + Eatery was created in response to the growing demand for more plant-based foods and a decrease in animal product consumption. 

Kind Cafe’s Mission:

To create a kinder cafe experience within the Vancouver community through plant-based nutrition, eco-friendly
 resources, and supporting local suppliers:

  • To be KIND to our bodies through nutrition and healthy choices.
  • To be KIND to animals by eliminating meat, dairy, and by-products.
  • To be KIND to the planet through a sustainable and eco-friendly approach. 
  • To be KIND to the community by sourcing and supporting local.

View the menu here.

Planta | Toronto + Miami

Planta | 1221 Bay Street, Toronto, ON | Plantarestaurants.com

PLANTA was opened with the purpose of creating delicious food that promotes environmental sustainability. under chef david lee, PLANTA aimed at filling a void in the market of upscale, full service, plant-based dining options. the restaurant’s vision is to celebrate innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment without the use of any animal products.

There’s more to responsible plant-based eating than just taking animals off the plate and our commitment to using high-quality products from ethical suppliers provides the foundation for our chefs to be proud of the food they serve.

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We’re fans of the stuffed mushrooms with cultured tree nut butter, and the cauliflower and chickpea curry. The pizzas are fired up on gluten-free dough, perfect for NCGS, Celiac, and those who just want to feel great after a beautiful meal. Book in this weekend for Dim Sum and vegan sushi.

Locations:

Toronto | Queen St, Financial District, Yorkville

Florida | South Beach

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