“Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people.” Many scientists believe it is one part of the climate change solution. Every organic farmer will tell you “it is all about the soil”, that the solution is right beneath our feet. At The Big Carrot we are convinced that Organic is better for people and the planet and that is why it is the foundation of our food values. 

Values of the Canadian Organic Standard

Organic Promotes
Organic Prohibits
Soil HealthSynthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
Animal WelfareFossil fuel fertilizer
Water QualityGenetically Modified Organisms
BiodiversityIonizing Radiation
Transparent Food SystemSewage sludge
Synthetic growth hormones and the routine use of antibiotics

This federally regulated, third party verified system provides 'farm to fork' traceability that ensure organic integrity along the entire supply chain.

We take our role in that supply chain very seriously. We consider ourselves organic stewards - protecting the hard work of all the farmers before us. That is why all organic processing at The Big Carrot is certified to the Canada Organic Standard.

Why would a retailer bother with Organic Certification?

The Big Carrot was Ontario’s first retailer to certify all of it's organic handling to the Canada Organic Standard- but what does that really mean?

Your organic frozen pizza doesn't need much protection to maintain its organic integrity but what about your bulk grains, fresh produce or deli sandwich? We work extra hard to preserve the organic integrity of your organic products while they are in our care at every step of the way.

Here’s how: 


  • We guarantee our fresh organic products come from certified organic growers.
  • We maintain current producer records to ensure traceability and integrity.
  • We protect organic products from contamination by using only allowable cleaners, sanitizers and pest control products.
  • Storage and packaging protocols reduce the potential for commingling, contamination and confusion.
  • A third-party certifying body, Ecocert Canada, inspects us annually. During this review our records, store and warehouse are audited. 

At the heart of all of our efforts is employee education. The Big Carrot is committed to empowering all of its employees to feel confident in how to uphold the organic standards within our store as well as communicate the many benefits of organics to our customers.

Preserving the hard work of farmers- that is what we do.

Digging deep into our Organic commitment

The Definition

"Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."


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Our hours of operation Juice Bar Winter Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00-9:00
Saturday 9:00-8:00
Sunday 10:00-6:00
Monday-Friday 8:30-8:00
Saturday 9:00-7:00
Sunday 10:00-6:00

We are closed on Victoria Day Monday, May 21st.

Give us a call 416-466-2129

The Big Carrot is located in the Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave. 3 Blocks east of Broadview Ave. or 1 block west of the Chester subway.

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Metered Parking is available on Danforth Ave. and in the Carrot Common parking lot.