If you are looking to get into sustainable living and organic alternatives like many Montrealers are, you know it can be hard to find wallet-friendly retailers. With GMO foods being sold everywhere (and at low costs), organic or environmentally conscientious products can seem hard to come by. That is why we've have tracked down the ten best places to get organic food in Montreal this summer, so you can start making the change to healthier, organic living.
1. Concordia's Farmers’ Market
Reggie's Terrace (rue Mackay)
Concordia’s newest sustainable program has been providing students and teachers with fresh, locally grown organic food. Now closed for the summer, it is otherwise held every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This student run initiative provides everything from fresh veggies to homemade breads. If you're itching to check it out this fall semester, head on over to the second floor of the Hall building (right beside the Hive) and enjoy!
2. BioTerre Épicerie Santé
201 Saint-Viateur West, Montreal
Located in Montreal’s Mile End, BioTerre is the place to go if you’re looking for more than just organic food. This store, although known for their wide selection of foods, also carries environmentally friendly goods. You can find everything from cleaning products to cosmetics, and you'll know that what they’re selling will be great for both you and good for the planet. Plus, they offer a selection of (actually delicious) gluten-free products.
3. Le Frigo Vert
2130 Mackay street, Montreal
Le Frigo Vert is more than just a store, it’s a co-op open to everyone in the city. They sell food, health products, 50-cent coffee (that doesn’t taste like warm dirt), and pre-made sandwiches that are great for a quick lunch. In addition, the space offers gender neutral washrooms and is a great place to hangout and get work done. They also take volunteers, so if you’re looking to learn more about sustainable living in your spare time this summer, this might just be the place for you.
3827 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
The Healthtree is the place for West Islanders, who are looking to add organic foods to their diet. In addition to fresh baked goods and produce, they also sell organic meat (both fresh and frozen). They also offer organic fast food, for those contentious people on-the-go.
5. Terrabella Montreal
Similar to Lufa Farms, Terrabella Montreal isn't a store you can visit, but a basket delivery service! Terrabella offers home delivery of fresh organic produce, customized for each client. They offer a selection of produce, meats, eggs, and cheeses. Unlike other places, Terrabella also works closely with dieticians, doctors, and naturopaths. Although it's one of the higher priced retailers on this list, they’re definitely worth ordering from if you got some extra cash to spend!
6. Atwater Market
138 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
If you’re looking to get your groceries done, but you hate those big-name stores, then you might want to give Atwater Market a chance. With an array of different vendors, you can find just about anything here, if you don’t mind being a bit cooped up. Although not everything is organic (so buyers beware), you can still find organic produce, meats, and even cheeses.
7. Pousse L’ananas
6346 Saint-Hubert Street
If you’re looking for people who take local and ethical food production to heart, then Pousse L’ananas is the place for you. Specializing in local, organic, and ethical produce, this store offers globally conscious food products at a fair price. They’re open seven days a week and they know everything there is to know about making the transition from GMO foods to an organic lifestyle. So if you’re looking to make the change be sure to chat up their knowledgeable staff.
8. Papillons Aliments En Vrac
303 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Pointe-Claire
When you think of organic food suppliers, Papillons’ name may not be the first that comes to mind. Although the store was made famous by offering baking supplies in bulk, it’s since grown to include an array of organic and vegetarian alternatives for people looking to lead healthier lifestyles. Make sure you find the right entrance when you get there; one door leads to a baker's heaven, the other to a vegetarian oasis.
Photo cred - Luis mario Hernandez Aldana
9. Club Organic
If you tend to go through food fast or you’re buying for a lot of people, then Club Organic is your new best friend. An organic retailer which sells food in bulk, they have a large selection of grains, seeds, and even dried organic goods. What’s even cooler about Club Organic is they sell germination kits, and high quality seeds for anyone looking to try their hand at sprouting their own plants in the comfort of their home.