The Big Carrot

The Big Carrot Natural Food Market opened its doors in 1983 in the east end of Toronto.

How it all began

The Big Carrot Natural Food Market opened its doors in 1983 in the east end of Toronto. This worker owned store was Toronto’s first destination for organic, local and non-GMO groceries. In addition to the main store, we boast an organic juice bar, holistic dispensary and a body care department full of products that are free from over 50 different chemicals and unnecessary ingredients including parabens, phthalates and tricolsan.

In December 2009, The Big Carrot strengthened its commitment to good organic stewardship by certifying our processing and packaging activities to the new Canadian Organic Standard.  Ecocert Canada has certified The Big Carrot to process and package over 700 organic products in the juice bar, bulk, spice, cheese and produce departments. Just like Green Beaver, The Big Carrot wanted to go one step further in its product offering. Their store offers a range of great services to their customers, including cooking classes, free nutritional store tours and free weekly lectures on health and the environment. Please visit their website to find out more.

Rob Di Berardino, Body Care buyer remembers when Alain Menard first introduced the Green Beaver line to The Big Carrot in 2009. He said, “The brand was so perfectly aligned with the values of our store and Alain’s passion and enthusiasm made bringing in this certified organic product line a no-brainer.”

The Green Beaver Company’s products are proudly displayed in the Body Care department which is staffed by industry professionals including aromatherapists, make-up artists and natural beauty enthusiasts. Products like Green Beaver are perfect for customers transitioning away from conventional body care or for the fully converted. Green Beaver’s organic certification makes this brand an easy purchase and a top seller.

Community involvement

Since the store’s beginning, it has been involved in many environmental and community projects such as The Big Carrot’s Finest Fund -  This annual grant program expands the availability of locally produced food and supports and strengthens the working relationships between local family farms and The Big Carrot. There’s also The Carrot Cache Community Resource which is a non-profit corporation partnered with Carrot Common developer, David Walsh and The Big Carrot. A percentage of the Carrot Common Mall's profits are allocated to support organic agriculture and co-operative businesses.

Staff favourites

Rob loves the GB deodorant spray, it smells great and works!

Saskia is a big fan of the boreal face cream, especially in the winter. She loves the feel and the price!

In the fall of 2017, The Big Carrot will be opening its second location in Toronto’s Upper Beaches. We can’t wait to join this vibrant community and share our healthy, organic food and services with them. Stay connected to us by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter.

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