One-Stop-Shop

We are your one-stop shop for healthy living! We are committed to providing you local, organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade, and sustainable options. Check out our produce, grocery, bulk, body care and supplement departments as well as our Carrot Kitchen and Juice, Smoothie & Coffee bars.

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Living Better Together

Building community is at the core of our vision, which we deliver through education, outreach and giving. We are proud to donate a percentage of our annual profits back to the community. We support groups and organizations that promote: Co-operative Development, Organic Agriculture, Community Projects, Environmental Preservation, Healthy Food Programs.

Worker Owned

Growing from 9 founding partners to a thriving worker-owned business, The Big Carrot is run in the same democratic manner as when we first opened. We are Canada’s largest worker owned natural food market and continue to set standards for quality and selection of natural foods while observing a worker-owner model. The first Big Carrot location opened on the Danforth in 1983. By 1987 we had moved across the street into the community hub now known as the Carrot Common. We opened our second location in the Beaches in 2018.

Sustainable Food Systems

We are committed not only to providing healthy options, but supporting and building healthier food systems. Through collaboration, funding, and education we support systems that are better for people and the planet. Find out more about our partnerships here and our grant funding here.

Organic

We consider ourselves organic stewards - protecting the hard work of all the farmers before us. Our produce department is all organic (with a handful of wild, seasonal items). We prioritize organic in all of our purchasing decisions. We've donated over a million dollars to organic farms, organizations and education events over the last 15 years.

Non-GMO

The Big Carrot has been advocating against GMOs in our food system since 1999. During our three-decade commitment to this movement, one of our proudest accomplishments is being a founding member of the Non-GMO Project. The Project's non-profit mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products and provide verified non-GMO choices. In 2007, we re-affirmed this commitment by creating a store policy to prioritize the purchasing of Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products. Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified is always the best way to avoid GMOs - that is why we offer over 7,000 products that are verified to one of both of these programs.

Fairly Traded

As a worker-owned system, we value products that are produced in a system that fairly compensates the growers. The Big Carrot is committed to carrying Fairly Traded products that support social justice and fair labour. We only sell Fair Trade organic coffee (bag, bulk or freshly brewed) and cane sugar. In addition to these categories we offer hundreds of products throughout the store that carry one of the third party verifications for fair trade including: teas, chocolate, shea butter, soaps, tropical fruit, quinoa, nut seed oils and spices.

Local

The Big Carrot has been a champion of local producers from the beginning. Many of our current farm relationships date back to the early 80's. We remain deeply committed to the development and success of Ontario's food economy and always prioritize the purchasing of local food and goods that are in line with our standards and values.

Part of our commitment to local food is helping shoppers make informed decisions about where their food comes from.

Sustainable

All of our fresh and frozen seafood at The Big Carrot is Ocean Wise approved. Ocean Wise approved seafood ensures research has been conducted to show that this fish/seafood is abundant, well managed and caught by fishing methods that minimize impacts on non-target species as well as the surrounding habitat. We partner with Ocean Wise, Canada’s leading ocean conservation organization, to make it easier than ever for our shoppers to enjoy sustainably-caught seafood, while making the best choice for the health of our lakes rivers and oceans.

Animal Welfare

At The Big Carrot, we promote livestock production that is sustainable and healthy for all involved: from farmers to their animals, communities and our consumers. We prioritize small Ontario family farms as well as organic and pastured meat. Meat from intensive factory farms or feedlots, the use of synthetic hormones and antibiotics in the feed is prohibited. In all areas of the store we strive to offer choices that are both in line with our values and respect the fact that many shoppers are seeking an economical way to stretch their food dollars. When it comes to animal products we offer three categories: Organic, Pastured or Grass Fed and Raised without hormones or antibiotics. Visit our Buying Guides for more details.

Buying Guides

Organic Produce

We are proud to offer a wide selection of Certified Organic produce. Our extensive experience in the natural food industry allows us to draw from a variety of growers and distributors as we strive to bring you the best quality of produce, year round. We feature organic seasonal highlights, and local specialties from spring to fall, and stock as many local crops as are available during the winter months (primarily root crops and apples). We buy directly from local producers whenever possible and work wih a number of certified organic, local distributors striving for an organic chain of supply, all the way from the organic farm to our produce. The terms "organic" refers to agricultural and processing/handling practices that exclude the use of synthetic fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, amongst other non-sustainable agents. Central to the philosophy or organic farming is the preservation of soil structure and environmental vitality, through the use of substances and methods that are conducive to its sustainability.

Supplements

The Big Carrot’s Wholistic Dispensary is home to hundreds of natural health products including: Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs from various regions around the world, Plant and gem essences, Bee products, Tinctures, Food based products, Flower remedies, Homeopathic, and Super Foods. We also carry many products that are vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO.

Our staff of industry professionals are available daily to help with product selection. Our consultants can answer questions about the products we carry, but we can't diagnose or treat any condition in the store. We love to help our customers but legally, we can't always fulfill certain requests. Information received from our staff or consultants should never be considered a substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.

Special Orders: Can’t find a product on our shelves? Our staff will first research your product request to see if it is available in Canada. Some orders, mostly products we don’t normally carry on a regular basis require prepayment. Visit, call or email us if you would like to request a product search.

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