Belmonte Raw

If you are going to drink green juices (and you should!), it’s very important to ensure they are made from organic produce. There is no sense in overloading your body with pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in super concentrated doses, which is essentially what you’re doing when you drink juices made with conventional fruits and veggies. In addition to using organics, Belmonte Raw earns big bonus points for their reusable/returnable glass bottles. Although they deliver across Toronto, their striking Leslieville Boutique is worth the visit alone, if not just to try their rich and creamy Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Thimbles (organic, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and gorgeous). Choose from a full fridge of ready-to-go salads and, if you’re lucky enough, try their not-so-cheezy chili fries. belmonteraw.com

Baby on the Hip

Whether you or someone you know is expecting, this small store on Queen Street has all the eco-ideas you’ll need from pregnancy through to the toddler stage. We don’t need as much as we think we do when we are going to have children – buy less, but buy safe, high-quality items. Favourite must-haves include a Naturepedic Organic Mattress (who wants their baby sleeping on toxic flame retardants?), the Keekaroo highchair (one of the most sustainable on the market), and Wean Green glasses, which are leak-proof storage containers (great for breastmilk, baby food and school/work lunches). They also offer free cloth diapering workshops. babyonthehip.ca


This is a different caliber of fish store. Husband and wife owners, Kristin and Dan Donovan, deal personally with our local fish farmers and fishers to know exactly where, how and when the fish they buy and sell were caught. They commit to having control of the fish from the moment the boat arrives at the dock, both on Western and Eastern shores, until it comes into their store. Hooked only carries fish and shellfish from clean waters and healthy stocks that have been caught using methods that don’t harm other species or the surrounding environment. As Kristin and Dan are both chefs, it’s naturally brilliant that they offer private events and instruction in their Leslieville space. If that doesn’t hook you, what will? hookedinc.ca

Glas Wine Bar

This new and fun spot on Queen East serves what can simply be termed as smart food. Chef Dan Pantano creates small plates with the best seasonal and local ingredients. Eating many small plates (or sharing them) is a great way to spend an evening with a group of friends, or your favourite person – along with making a toast with one of their fine local wines. It’s also important to note that they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes on their menu, and will make efforts to accommodate your lifestyle and diet as needed. This flexibility and ability stems from a fine-tuned combination of intelligent business and dedicated service, along with a chef who knows where all of his ingredients come from. Delicious, local, seasonal and already known for their great service — sounds like Glas will be a part of Leslieville for a long time. Twitter: @glaswinebar

Leslieville Market

Building a strong community around great health, people, environmental stewardship and food, Leslieville is in their second full season of hosting a farmers’ market in Jonathan Ashbridge Park. The market runs every Sunday from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. from June through the end of October. Shopping at a farmers’ market is the fastest way to eco-up your spending – buying your food directly from those who grow and make it will change the way you shop and eat forever (promise). Venture out to savour and buy fresh, local and organic microgreens from Kind Organics, the most incredible breads from De La Terre, vegan and gluten-free coconut cookies from LPK’s Culinary Groove, maple syrup from Forbes’ Wild Foods, sheep’s milk cheese from Monforte Dairy and much more to fill your reusable bags and baskets. Visit their website to find out what’s in season and on for entertainment. leslievillemarket.com

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ECO in the CITY, with Lisa Borden

Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications, takes a unique approach to holistically marketing eco-intelligent living and working. Some of her favourite titles (from a long list) include: Strategist + Catalyst, Enthusiastic Philanthropist, Inspiration Agent, Mother of 3 and Wannabe Organic Farmer. 


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