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Forbes Wild Foods

Forbes Wild Foods Purveyors of Canada's largest selection of high quality wild foods, foraged in remote regions across the country. Try The Natural Tastes of Canada.

We invite you to check out our page our twitter and our website, where you will find fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms, as well as seasonal fresh treats and even some exotic dry goods that span our great country.

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We are extremely excited to have opened a public facing storefront located at 1385 Danforth Ave. Here is a brief look at...
04/21/2022
We have moved into a beautiful new store!

We are extremely excited to have opened a public facing storefront located at 1385 Danforth Ave. Here is a brief look at how we got here and the history of Forbes Wild Foods.

Forbes Wild Foods recently opened up to the public, here is a brief look at how we got here, the history of Forbes Wild Foods and what the future holds.

We just received the first of our #pawpaw saplings. Roughly 1.5 years old, grown in an Eastern Ontario greenhouse from s...
04/19/2022

We just received the first of our #pawpaw saplings. Roughly 1.5 years old, grown in an Eastern Ontario greenhouse from seed planted in 12 inch tree pots to maintain a healthy tap root.

It's still early in the year so they are not yet in leaf.

Pawpaw is a remarkable and rare native fruit of Ontario. With a flavour similar to custard and banana with tropical notes, this late autumn fruiting tree is home to the zebra swallowtail butterfly.

Two or more trees are needed to make fruit on trees roughly 6 years old +

Check out our latest blog post on Sea Truffles (Polysiphonia lanosa), an amazing red algae that tastes like white alba t...
04/08/2022
Learn about Sea Truffles

Check out our latest blog post on Sea Truffles (Polysiphonia lanosa), an amazing red algae that tastes like white alba truffle and comes from the crashing waters of the Atlantic ocean.

https://www.wildfoods.ca/blogs/main/learn-about-sea-truffles

Sea truffles or Polysiphonia lanosa is an Atlantic sea vegetable often found growing in dense tufts alongside kelp in rough water conditions. It has a strong and bold flavour that is strikingly similar to white alba truffle (Tuber magnatum), with a distinctive minerality and slight bitter sweet iodi...

Spring is here and soon there will be wild foods sprouting up all around us. Check out some of the first things you can ...
03/29/2022
The first foods of the year

Spring is here and soon there will be wild foods sprouting up all around us. Check out some of the first things you can find each year and let us know what you like to do with your bounties of spring delights!

When spring finally arrives, there are loads of delicious things ready to start searching for. Here are some of our favorite early spring foods.

Have you recently been craving something and can't put your finger on it? I'm going to bet that it's Red Hairy Skunk Cur...
03/11/2022

Have you recently been craving something and can't put your finger on it? I'm going to bet that it's Red Hairy Skunk Currants! No I didn't make up that name. They are one of the coolest members of the Ribes family, with a berry covered in little spines and a leaf that when crushed has a distinctive odor, and don't let the name fool you, they have a fantastic red currant flavour you can use on toast, with icecream or in dishes that call for berries or currants. Check them out and the rest of the truly wild Canadian goods we have at www.wildfoods.ca

Brilliant spring days are a reminder of what's soon to be around the corner.  While instagram and Facebook become floode...
03/07/2022
Brilliant spring days are a reminder of what's soon to be around the corner. While instagram and Facebook become flooded with wonderful wild leeks dishes being cooked up in New York and Chicago, up here in Canada we wait with baited breath for these lovely alliums to make their way to kitchens nearby. With Ontario always a few weeks behind everyone on social media, it can be frustrating seeing the floodgates open up with pictures you can taste. Well this year we are prepared! We still have pickled and frozen wild leeks available. Picked using sustainable methods far from urban areas where over picking can threaten their abundance and pickled by our Cree partners in central Ontario. There is no better way to get a jump on the season then with some new wild leeks recipes this year.

Fwi did you know.. Chicago comes from the Algonquin language shikaakwa, meaning striped onion or.. wild leek.

Brilliant spring days are a reminder of what's soon to be around the corner. While instagram and Facebook become flooded with wonderful wild leeks dishes being cooked up in New York and Chicago, up here in Canada we wait with baited breath for these lovely alliums to make their way to kitchens nearby. With Ontario always a few weeks behind everyone on social media, it can be frustrating seeing the floodgates open up with pictures you can taste. Well this year we are prepared! We still have pickled and frozen wild leeks available. Picked using sustainable methods far from urban areas where over picking can threaten their abundance and pickled by our Cree partners in central Ontario. There is no better way to get a jump on the season then with some new wild leeks recipes this year.

Fwi did you know.. Chicago comes from the Algonquin language shikaakwa, meaning striped onion or.. wild leek.

Super excited by this. We now have Canadian made foraging baskets available in our shop on the Danforth. Made by Two Sis...
02/18/2022

Super excited by this. We now have Canadian made foraging baskets available in our shop on the Danforth. Made by Two Sisters in One Basket in Quebec. These are just lovely well crafted and ... Canadian made! Perfect for foraging, shopping at the farmers market or heading to the beach.
www.wildfoods.ca

Looking for something special for your someone special? We have some wild options available such as our delectable wild ...
02/08/2022

Looking for something special for your someone special? We have some wild options available such as our delectable wild strawberry preserves, our heavenly wild Rose syrup, adorable Heartnuts and umami rich mushrooms such as Morels.

Come visit us to see our wide selection of delicious treats at 1385 Danforth Ave. Or visit us online at www.wildfoods.ca

02/08/2022

Breaking hearts for Valentine's

Packing up wild frozen berries for our brand spanking new store freezer.!!! We will have...Wild BlueberriesWild Saskatoo...
02/04/2022

Packing up wild frozen berries for our brand spanking new store freezer.!!!
We will have...
Wild Blueberries
Wild Saskatoon berries
Sea Buckthorn
Wild Grape
Haskap Berries
Canada Plum
High Bush Cranberry
Wild Leeks
Spruce Tips

As well as more frozen treats on their way.

New products coming this week. Powdered Lion's manePowdered ReishiPowdered Turkey tail While we have always focused on w...
02/03/2022

New products coming this week.
Powdered Lion's mane
Powdered Reishi
Powdered Turkey tail

While we have always focused on wild foods, we get loads of requests for therapeutic mushrooms. Turkey tail, Chaga, Reishi and Lion's mane are all safe to consume and there is a load of super interesting research into their uses that is easy to access online.

Packed pure with no fillers, dried and powdered for easy use.

Check out the Star today and learn about some easy to forage mushrooms.
02/02/2022
From foraging to faux meats, mushrooms are having a moment

Check out the Star today and learn about some easy to forage mushrooms.

We have much to learn about this complex and hugely diverse set of organisms that are in some ways more akin to animal than vegetable — and may prove to be our salvation.

01/17/2022

Snow day folks, we will be back open tomorrow.

We are delighted to announce that we have had our retail licence approved and we will be open to the public next week. J...
12/16/2021

We are delighted to announce that we have had our retail licence approved and we will be open to the public next week. Just in time for last minute Christmas shopping!

Come check out our extensive selection of Canadian wild mushrooms, local honey, maple syrup, wild rice, teas, fruits, preserved vegetables and more.

1385 Danforth Ave. (1 block away from Greenwood station)

We are delighted to announce that we have had our retail license approved and we will be open to the public next week. J...
12/16/2021
We are delighted to announce that we have had our retail licence approved and we will be open to the public next week. Just in time for last minute Christmas shopping!

Come check out our extensive selection of Canadian wild mushrooms, local honey, maple syrup, wild rice, teas, fruits, preserved vegetables and more.

We are delighted to announce that we have had our retail license approved and we will be open to the public next week. Just in time for last minute Christmas shopping!

Come check out our extensive selection of Canadian wild mushrooms, local honey, maple syrup, wild rice, teas, fruits, preserved vegetables and more.

Check out my latest post, 6 winter wild foods you must try at least once. Peer into the culinary delights of winter in C...
11/30/2021
Six winter wild food flavours you must try at least once.

Check out my latest post, 6 winter wild foods you must try at least once.

Peer into the culinary delights of winter in Canada and find something new to warm up with.

Let us know your favorite winter flavours in the comments

https://www.wildfoods.ca/blogs/main/winter-wild-food-flavours-you-must-try-at-least-once

Looking for some new flavours to light up the holiday season with? These six wild foods are fantastic additions the wonderland of winter flavours.

For those who were unaware, we had to move in September and have been setting up a retail area in our new location (1385...
11/24/2021

For those who were unaware, we had to move in September and have been setting up a retail area in our new location (1385 Danforth ) with work left to go to officially open.
Today we got our window decals installed and we are super chuffed with how they turned out.
Still a little bit of work to get everything finished off but we are super excited with having a public facing shop on the Danforth.

I should note that while we are waiting on the city, please call ahead if you want to pop by 416-927-9106, still servicing wholesale and food service customers and pick-up orders.

For those who were unaware, we had to move in September and have been setting up a retail area in our new location (1385...
11/24/2021

For those who were unaware, we had to move in September and have been setting up a retail area in our new location (1385 Danforth )
Today we got our window decals installed and we are super chuffed with how they turned out.
Still a little bit of work to get everything finished off but we are super excited with having a public facing shop on the Danforth.

Can you name all the mushroom varieties that we will have at the markets this weekend?
10/15/2021

Can you name all the mushroom varieties that we will have at the markets this weekend?

Looking for some vegetarian and vegan options for Thanksgiving? Why not a feast of chicken of the woods or hen of the wo...
10/06/2021

Looking for some vegetarian and vegan options for Thanksgiving? Why not a feast of chicken of the woods or hen of the woods?

This week we have an abundance of Ontario wild mushrooms just in time for Thanksgiving.
#maitake #laetiporus

This week we have #matsutake #maitake #chanterelle #hedgehogmushroom #bluechanterelle #hericium and #saffronmilkcap Come...
10/05/2021

This week we have #matsutake #maitake #chanterelle #hedgehogmushroom #bluechanterelle #hericium and #saffronmilkcap

Come check out some of these beauties at our markets or if you are dropping by for pawpaw this week ask about our mushrooms.

This week we have #pawpaw, #matsutake, #henofthewoods , #turtlemushroom #hedgehogmushroom #chanterelle#tricholoma #sarca...
09/29/2021

This week we have #pawpaw, #matsutake, #henofthewoods , #turtlemushroom #hedgehogmushroom #chanterelle

#tricholoma #sarcadon_imbricatus #cantherellus #hydnum #maitake

We are not open to the public so if you want to visit us please call and get a customer number.

Introducing the amazing Paw paw, Asimina triloba.Available Wednesday September 29th Ontario Pawpaw season is in full for...
09/27/2021

Introducing the amazing Paw paw, Asimina triloba.
Available Wednesday September 29th

Ontario Pawpaw season is in full force, and we have sourced enough to fill orders large and small. Pawpaw is North America's largest berry: a unique tropical-tasting fruit that is similar to mango, pineapple and banana. As the fruits starts to ripen, its flesh softens and becomes fragrant. The flesh is creamy, with a distinct tropical and banana-like flavour with a hint of potassium. As ripening continues, the skin darkens and the flavour develops notes of caramel custard and burnt sugar.Different people will appreciate the fruit at different stages of ripeness. Do not to eat the seeds and be sure to peel the skin!

Please note that because we are not yet open to the public, anyone coming to buy Pawpaw from us directly ( 1385 Danforth ave ) will require a customer number. Call for yours now!
416-927-9106
1-877-354-9453

The pawpaw tree grows throughout North America's Carolinian forest, and typically on fertile land along waterways.
It is a small shrub like tree and yields fruit of a number of slightly different varieties and cultivars. We sell wild varieties that do not have uniform flavour or sizes.

While southern Ontario is the northern tip of its natural range, pawpaw can grow as far north as Ottawa. We have a few small trees up near Creemore Ontario that have survived several winters.
Pawpaw are a unique plant in that they do not rely on typical pollinators to breed. Instead, the flowers attract carrion insects in search for some rotting meat. People who grow pawpaw have been known to hang chunks of meat in the shrubs to help attract insects and increase pollination. Pawpaw is also home to both the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly larvae and the pawpaw sphinx moth larvae.
Pawpaw, while related to Custard Apple and Soursop, it is the only member of its species not confined to the tropics. While the delicious fruit is relatively low maintenance and resistant to many pests, it does not travel well and can be less than aesthetically pleasing when ripe. These factors have kept pawpaw in relative obscurity until recently.

When using pawpaw in recipes, you can substitute it for banana in your favourite bread. Some flavour is lost in cooking, so we suggest raw preparations such as mousse, pudding, parfait or cheesecake topping.

To learn more about Pawpaw check out https://wildfoods.ca/blog/common-paw-paw/
Please note that because we are not yet open to the public, anyone coming to buy pawpaw from us directly (1385 danforth ave) will require a customer number. Call yours now!
416-927-9106
1-877-354-9453
[email protected]

This week we have way too many hen of the woods with more inbound. Known as the dancing lady, maitake is one of the best...
09/27/2021

This week we have way too many hen of the woods with more inbound. Known as the dancing lady, maitake is one of the best tasting mushrooms the forest provides. If you are interested in these or a mixture of other fall mushrooms such as matsutake, chanterelles, hedgehogs puffballs and more stay tuned.

09/08/2021

Forbes Wild Foods is moving!

Starting September 8th we will temporarily close down to the public while we move in and set up a new street-facing storefront. We will continue to serve our wholesale, online, farmer's market and food service customers throughout this disruption. We anticipate reopening to the public late September, please stay tuned for our grand reopening announcement.

Our new address will be near Monarch Park,
1385 Danforth Ave.
M4J 1N2,
just 1 block away from Greenwood Subway Station.

While we have loved being in the Jam Factory building over the last few years, the building was sold recently and so we are using this opportunity to grow and expand our capacity!

We are excited about the move and look forward to seeing many of our long term customers again soon.

Our email and phone numbers will remain the same.

Oh wow, today's shipment of east coast chanterelles are just beautiful! Small, bright and super fresh. And we have loads...
08/19/2021

Oh wow, today's shipment of east coast chanterelles are just beautiful! Small, bright and super fresh.

And we have loads of them! Come and visit us to get some this week.

Address

1385 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4J 1N2

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4am
Tuesday 10am - 4am
Wednesday 10am - 4am
Thursday 10am - 4am
Friday 10am - 4am

Telephone

+14169279106

Products

Fresh, preserved and dried wild foods including wild mushrooms, berries, maple syrup, vegetables, nuts, rice, honey, flower syrups, mustard, and much more. Products such as
Ox Eye Daisy Capers, Birch Syrup, Pickled Milkweed Pods, Salicornia and other sea vegetables, Cloudberry, Saskatoons, Wild Leeks, Fiddleheads, Wild Strawberry, Chokecherry, Chanterelle, Black Walnut, Cedar Jelly, Lingonberry, Black Trumpets, High Bush Cranberry, King Boletus, PawPaw, Heartnut and more. We have over 100 different things that we sell any given year so come check out our website or follow us to see what is fresh and new.

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DECA is proud to spotlight a few local grocers who nourish us: Forbes Wild Foods (1385 Danforth Ave) offers wild, Canadian produce. Hooked on the Danforth (1246 Danforth Ave) offers sustainable and ethically sourced fish. They also have fantastic fish sandwiches every Friday at lunch time! Moberly Natural Foods (2044 Danforth Ave) offers a delectable range of fresh produce and organic foods. Plank Road Market (1716 Danforth Ave) offers a plethora of foods, including fresh pizza dough and fresh ricotta. Royal Beef(1968 Danforth Ave) offers meat and more meat, all from locally sourced farms. Stock in Trade (1324 A Gerrard St. E) offers a carnivores delight with a wide range of meats and to-order prepared foods. Vincenzo Supermarket (2406 Danforth Ave) offers a comprehensive range of goods.
I'm Dreaming of a Spring Garden! During the coming months, we will feature occasional guest writers sharing their market-related experiences. This week, with a new year stretched out before us, it seems fitting to focus on growing. Market Board member Ellen Manney writes: Happy New Year everyone! I am hoping that we all have a peaceful and healthy new year during this difficult time. Today, I am dreaming of doing more collaborative work with Christine Halbot from Canadian Organic Seed Company. We were talking last spring and I was asking about shriveling leaves on our heritage tomatoes. Christine said, "Let's work together on this!" And so began a very interesting test in our garden with her hybrid plants, amendments, organic manure tea and tons of advice. She was interested to see how her plants would grow in an urban garden compared to on her farm near Kirkfield. The results of our collaboration were really interesting. Very little shrivelling of leaves and a couple of varieties that produced tomatoes that weighed over one pound and oh, so delicious! You know the kind I mean: slice the tomato, take out the fattest middle piece and make a glorious tomato sandwich! In late August one morning the fruit developed soft grey spots and the plants all died basically overnight, just like that......late blight. I can only imagine how awful it must be for a farmer to wake up, check the field and the plants are all dead. I remember Ben and Jesse Sosnicki telling me how that happened to them a couple of years ago with their plum tomatoes. I think often about the daily unknowns when farmers go to work. Yesterday, I got an email from Christine, who is ready to work with me again to see how her late blight resistant tomatoes will grow in our city garden. I am ready to take the challenge, Christine, and thank you! Below is a picture of Colette's Urban Harvest lettuce that we planted in September. Just for fun, if you have any lettuce seeds and you want to have lettuce right away when the weather warms a bit, sprinkle seeds right on top of your soil now and the lettuce will know when to germinate. Happy dreaming! P.S. Greenhouse Eatery is away from the market until spring. Luckily we have Nith Valley Organics, so please give them a warm welcome and pick up some garlic, chicken burgers, potatoes, or any of their other farm fresh delights! Marvellous Edibles is here this week and next but will be taking a break after that until March. It's a great time to grab an extra Tomato Ketchup, Beef Tallow, or Mixed Heritage Eggs! And lastly, warm congratulations to Seth Goering (who brings Forbes Wild Foods to the market) and his partner Ely on the birth of Baby Asha! #dufferingrove #toronto #farmersmarket #toronto #farmers
The Last Market of the Year ‘Home for the holidays’ is taking on a different meaning as I write this. Many of us have seen our plans to visit or host family and friends fall apart over the last few days. We are happy that our online market can help you stay out of shopping malls and supermarkets, and we’re glad to have such a solid online system in place. We will be taking extra precautions to ensure that pickups and deliveries are very safe while we get through this wave. Plan to buy extra market food this week, because it’s our last market of 2021. We will be closed on December 30th, and the shop will open again on New Year’s Day to kick off the start of the year with orders for Thursday January 6th, 2022! Our farmers in particular are more than ready for a rest. The hours they put in, no matter what the weather or the season, could not be tallied. Our gratitude goes out to the people who feed us! YOU ARE OUR ROCK STARS! We are also tremendously thankful for the many transformations of ingredients which our vendors make, turning grain into bread, cabbage into sauerkraut, pulses into tasty curries, fruit into jam, and so much more. Carole from MotherDough is a fine example of this talent for transformation! She is back this week with lots of fresh-milled fours and delicious baking. We’ll have plenty of cider from Reyes Farms, Jun from Windswept Cider, Kombucha from Alchemy Pickle Company and other delightful beverages to go with holiday meals. Check out what Earth & City and Magic Oven have this week. It’s Audrey’s last week until spring bringing us the many products of The Greenhouse Eatery. I have to say that she deserves a prize for adapting to change with amazing results! Her first plan was to cook on the spot using her farm’s ingredients. When that didn’t suit the situation, she shifted her focus to high quality fresh vegetables and many specialties including salad dressings and all things garlic, and had a great season by reinventing herself with lovely decorative items, too. We are looking forward to the ideas she will hatch in 2022! Of course we will have the wonderful produce from Plan B Organic Farms for all of your imported and local organic needs like avocados and lemons. Andreas Buschbeck will be bringing down a load of Marvellous Edibles’ food and Windswept Cider’s drink this week, to give his neighbour Jens a break from driving. The Buschbecks will take a break after this week to get ready for lambing, and return when the time is right. We will have the veggies of Ayse and Jens of Marvellous Edibles for the first two markets of the new year, and then they will also pause for a well-deserved catchup. I don’t say ‘rest’ because I am sure they will do more in their time off than most of us do when we are ‘on’. Have no fear that we will be short of produce, though! We have plans in place for Nith Valley Organics, the farm of Nathan and Aleta Klassen, to alternate weeks with Aldergrove Farm for a while. If you are feeling a desire to stock up your deep freezer or pantry our vendors would love to help! Try adding some lasagna or steaks from Harley Farms - Natural Farming, MoMo's from TC Tibetan MoMo, syrups or dried mushrooms from Forbes Wild Foods, and amaranth or dark chocolate granola from Hola Alegrias, Organic Amaranth There are still a hundred and one other excellent choices for hearty winter eating and generous holiday giving on the site! Have a good look! (add whatever you like!) From all of us at the market to all of you, warm wishes for a healthy, restful holiday and a Very Happy New Year! Anne & the Crew #staysafe #farmers #toronto #FarmersMarket #dufferingrove
Hello Market Friends: I had some special chats with people who stopped by for birthday cake last week, and I found out that another member of our depot staff, Maya Larrondo, was a ‘market baby’, one of many children who grew up making the trek to Dufferin Grove Park every week with their parents. My kids grew up in the park too. Did we know how lucky we were to have that green space for them to run wild in, to be able to choose from Pizza Tuesdays, Friday night suppers with market ingredients, skating followed by park cookies and hot chocolate, and to be part of the warm community of the market? Growing up knowing the people who grow and make our food and learning something of what goes into producing it in a way that sustains the earth is a life-shaping experience. Let’s keep sight of that as we move forward in these uncertain times. We have a wonderful contingent of elders, too. One who was very dear to our hearts, Stan Babad, passed away last week at the age of 94. Leslie Lindsay writes: “Stan discovered the market late in life and rarely missed attending until the pandemic. He was a big hearted market supporter who believed in the power of community for change. The market was a gathering place for him, a place to connect socially with friends and make new ones.” When the pandemic forced us to go online, Leslie took on the task of ordering market fare for Stan and cycling to his home to drop it off. His weekly market delivery was one of the highlights of Stan’s week for the past year and a half. A note from Nicole: “Missing you already Stan, along with your unique and quirky combination of wisdom and humour, that I truly cherished. Thanks for all that you shared with me.” xxn The market will be ‘parkless’ for a while yet, but ordering delicious food from our site supports our farmers and vendors and keeps the spirit of the market going strong until the time comes when we can celebrate together in Dufferin Grove. Because some people don’t know that we are still around, you can also help out the market by reviewing us on Google or Facebook. Your comments will help others discover Dufferin Grove Market and Web Store and let us know how we're doing. Thanks! Great news! Next week, Plan B returns to the market! They will make sure we have a healthy selection of organic options throughout the winter months. Our Anniversary Celebrations continue throughout November, with lots of specials from the vendors, including new ones added this week. Especially items from Buschbeck Farm, Forbes Wild Foods, and Marvellous Edibles Farm Enjoy the best of the season; order from the market! Warmly, Anne and the Market Crew P. S. The winners of last week’s ‘photo ID’ contest and lucky recipients of $10 in market credit are faithful market fans Mel and Ira. Here is the full list of market stars (left to right, top to bottom: PIa Perez, park staffer and market assistant in her Hallowe’en best, now a filmmaker; George the Banjo Man giving his hat to Stan on the occasion of Stan’s 90th birthday; Nicole Jacobs, depot Pickup Captain, aka ‘The Parsley Princess’; Rodrigo Venturelli of Plan B Organic Farms and Damon Dewsbury jamming in the garage; Kevin Hamilton, formerly of Shared Harvest, now managing the McQuesten Urban Farm; Wolf Chrapko, former market rep for Everdale FarM, now a mechanic in Penetanguishene,; Herschel Stroyman, photographer, philosopher, activist; Ted Thorpe's longtime helper, Ron, and much-loved and sorely missed vendor Ali Harris; Jutta Mason, who started it all in Dufferin Grove and is still conducting research in the park.