Links and Resources

Homeopathy And Nutrition Resources
A comprehensive website featuring links to an online community of practitioners and teachers, full access to online books, articles, and publications, and links to other great homeopathy websites.  A useful learning resource.
The world’s largest website resource on homeopathy, featuring access to online books, articles, and a monthly publication journal called Homeopathy 4 Everyone.  There are also links to publishers and book sellers, homeopathy repertorization software, and remedy manufacturers.
Another fantastic resource with publications translated into French and English (and other publications on homeopathy in other languages.  Lots of links for books and articles on line, free of charge; plus more access with an annual membership fee.
An easily accessible resource that offers information on this rare type of cancer, offering an overview of the disease plus information on how homeopathy can provide treatment advantages for Mesothelioma patients. and
Michelle T. Bernard’s excellent site with tips on raising healthy cats and dogs (she breeds both Domestic American Shorthairs and Border Collies). Michelle’s excellent book, Raising Cats Naturally: How to Care for Your Cat the Way Nature Intended can be ordered from her site, where you’ll find plenty of useful tips and articles about care and nutrition as well.
A blog with great tips on sourcing, growing, and preparing local whole foods, as well as thought-provoking articles on the politics of food in Ontario and the rest of the world.
Fully searchable website with comprehensive information on whole food nutrition, recipes, health conditions and diet, recipes for food preparation and sources for commercial whole food
Jenn Sutherland’s wonderful collection of easy-to-source-and-make foods, suitable for those with food sensitivities to gluten and dairy.  It’s full of great photographs, meal planning advice, and recipes that would make any food lover very happy.
Kim Knoch’s blog, in which she cooks all of the 700 plus recipes in Sally Fallon and Mary Enig’s great cookbook, Nourishing Traditions.  A great source of information on nutrition and food, with some extra tricks and tips that make cooking from scratch every day very easy.  All the recipes used are the ones in the cookbook and they’re conveniently listed so you can decide which to use with the ingredients you have on hand.  This is also an excellent resource for those who need to add bone broths to their diets to address severe nutrient deficiencies, as the author corrected the anemia she suffered from as a result of an extreme weight loss.
David Lebovitz’ knowledgeable,colourful, educational, inspirational blog on not just healthy whole foods, but a whole food culture that values fresh, locally produced, traditionally prepared foods as part of every meal. One of the best articles on living well and eating well is his entry titled “How I Eat”.
This very popular blog is written by Heidi Swanson, celebrated chef and cookbook author and expert on all kinds of delicious whole foods. The blog is primarily vegetarian but Heidi includes recipes and suggestions to suit any palate, sensitivity, or taste. Beautifully illustrated, with thousands of creative recipes and tips for stocking and working with whole foods.
An inspiring blog written by Jack Monroe, a 25 year old single mother who’s learned (the hard way) how to feed yourself well on as little money as possible. Much of what she writes about is using real foods economically, when budgetary restraints make things difficult. She has excellent recipes on how to prepare meals from whole ingredients, from scratch on a budget, instead of relying on processed foods that deprive us of real nutrients while making nutrition unaffordable.

Whole Food Resources

Local Food Producers

Aceto Niagara
Wolfgang Woerthle and Martin Gemmrich produce vinegars from wine grapes they grow themselves, and fruit vinegars using sour cherries, tomatoes, peaches, and apricots they source from other local farmers. They specialize in Icewine vinegar, and use no additives or preservatives, no flavourings and no short cuts in their production.

Bluemin’ Acres
Famous dark, large blueberries you can purchase by weight from the farm’s barn. Farm owners Diana and Edward DiMarco have been producing these berries since 1997, along with tayberries, red currents, Saskatoons, gooseberries, black currants, and blackberries. Frozen berries are available during the off-seasons. They have no website or email but they can be contacted for directions and times at 905-468-8162.

Charlie Bee Honey
3591 Mountain Road, Beamsville, ON 905-563-7285
One of the largest local honey producers, with over 5900 bee hives, Charlie Bee offers a variety of raw honey, including fruit honey (blueberry, for example) to clover and buckwheat.

Cherry Lane
4230 Victoria Avenue, Vineland Station, ON 905-562-4337
A 450 acre estate in Vineland farmed by John Smith and his daughter Jennifer Smith. If you bake, they’re the best source for frozen sour pitted cherries; they also feature dried fruit (including cherries) and cherry concentrate juice, an effective food in the treatment of gout and arthritis, heart health, pain control, and cancer prevention.

Edelweiss Orchard
4366 Maple Grove Road, Beamsville, ON 905-563-3859
George and Silvia Schurig, owners
More than 130 cherry, peach, apple, walnut, and fig trees grow here along with some raspberry bushes and rhubarb. Very few vegetables are grown here–some tomatoes, and plenty of juicy, pungent garlic.

Grimo Nut Nursery
979 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON 905-934-6887
Everything from trees (fig, persimmon, mulberry, quince, and pine nut trees) to fresh chestnuts, hazel nuts, heart nuts, walnuts, hickory nuts, and northern pecans are grown on the farm and sold in the retail store.

Inn the Pines
1320 Seventh Street Louth, St. Catharines, ON
The traditional farm gate stand selling produce raised without harmful chemicals and pesticides. Plus 60 laying hens who produce fresh eggs.

NEOB Lavender
758 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario L0S 1J0
Producer of provençal lavender for culinary, fragrance, and kindling uses.

LauRay Farms
1 Haldimand Road 17, Dunnville, ON
Owners Laurie and Ray Korten grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, leeks, peas, brussels sprouts, garlic, peppers, and broccoli. They sell their produce at the farm gate and at the Dunnville and Grimsby Farmers Markets.

Morningstar Mill
2710 DeCew Road St. Catharines, ON 905-688-6050
The only water powered gristmill in Niagara, Morningstar Mill produces stone ground, whole-wheat, bran, corn, and rye flours in the traditional way (they also produce corn meal).

Niagara Herb Farm
1177 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON 289-296-7107
Fresh organic garden herbs and seasoning blends, high quality lavender production, pickled chive blossoms and other creative foods. Call Arleen Mills for times (she sells at many Farmers’ markets) or visit her retail shop on-site on when it’s open on weekends.

Ridge Meadow Farm
514 Ridge Road East, Beamsville, ON 905-563-3107.
Beth Smith’s 9 acre farm, she specializes in peas, Eclipse sweet peas in particular because they’re heat tolerant and hold their sweetness longer after being harvested. Beth sells at the Fonthill and Niagara-on-the-Lake Farmers’ markets.

St. Davids Hydroponics
822 Concession 7 RR #4 Niagara-on-the-Lake ON 905-988-5636
1-800-483-1111 and 4860 Martin Road, Beamsville, ON 905-562-5636
Hydroponically produced bell peppers and eggplants, grown in Niagara-on-the-Lake and in Beamsville in 42 acres of eco-technology greenhouses. Vegetables are produced without pesticides or fertilizers, and natural plant food and management techniques result in beautiful, nutrient rich vegetables.

Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm
84039 Regional Road 45, Wellandport, ON 905-386-7388
This is Linda Crago’s Heirloom vegetable farm, where she grows heirloom vegetables of every variety, including unique heirloom variety tomatoes. Linda grows everything without herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides and she farms sustainably, though she has opted out of Organic certification. You can buy directly from the farm in Wellandport (call first to place your order) or buy indirectly from many of the best local restaurants.

Niagara Local Food Cooperative
A new, local CSA in the Niagara region, sourcing fruits, vegetables, dairy, honey, and meats from local farms and producers. Join, order online, and pick up your fresh produce in Thorold.

Trembling Aspens Herb Farm
9689 Concession 3, Caistor Centre, ON 905-957-3812
A family run farm owned and operated by Edward and Susan Dolan, they have grown herbs and some organic vegetables for 20 years. They specialize in herbal wine jellies, pepper jellies, mixed spices, hot sauces, steak sauce, preserves, relishes, pickles and handmade soaps.

Victory Herb and Farm
2100 Seventh Street Louth, St. Catharines, ON
Vivek Rajakumar’s 13-acre farm specializing in non-traditionally grown, vertically farmed hydroponic strawberries, salad greens, peppers, eggplants, and other garden vegetables. Vivek grows many specialty products and offers classes on starting and managing your own backyard garden. You can pick your own produce here.

Warner Orchards
4817 Lincoln Avenue, R. R. #3, Beamsville ON
Owned by many Warners, this 100 acre farm produces strawberries, sweet cherries, apricots, nectarines, raspberries, pumpkins, and a huge selection of vegetables (eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, fresh corn). Purchase on-site or at the Grimsby Farmers’ market.

Meats and Dairy

Earth Haven Farm
R. R. 1, 1619 Vanderwater Road, Thomasburg, Ontario 613-478-3876
Owned and operated by Kathryn Aunger and Aric and Mary Anne Aguonie, who raise Scottish highland cattle, free range chickens (and free range eggs), plus fresh herbs and vegetables on this Demetre-certified Biodynamic farm.

Goshen Farm
33433 Sider Road, Wainfleet ON
Owned and operated by Liz Black, Goshen Farm produces naturally raised lamb. They lambs are fed by their mothers for 2 months before being fed a diet of crushed grains, hay, and pasture grasses. They roam free, grow at their own pace, eat natural foods their whole lives and are raised drug free.
Liz sells directly from her farm in Wainfleet as well as in the Port Colborne, Ridgeway, and Grimsby Farmers Markets.

Gryphon Ridge Highlands
1324 Larkin Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON 905-468-5603
A small 10-acre cattle farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, owed by Kim McQuhae. She raises Highland cattle, stocky looking cows with long hair and curled horns. They’re leaner (because of the long hair, they don’t need to store a top layer of body fat) and their flesh is finely marbled
throughout. Kim raises them with no hormones or steroids, and ages the meat anywhere from 21 to 28 days.

Hommer’s Meats
2909 Point Abino Road North, Stevensville, ON 905-382-2629
Hommer’s Meats is an artisanal abattoir selling premium fresh lamb, beef, pork and chicken. All the meat is drug free, and air chilled. The cattle come from a wide area of Southern Ontario.

Kent Heritage Farms
1139 Queenston Rd, St. David’s, ON 905-262-6021
Owned by Paul Kent, Kent Heritage Farms specializes in free-range, corn-fed capons. You must be on the mailing list to buy from this farm, but you can get on that by calling Nancy Broerse at 905-262-6021 or email her at

Lake Land Game Meats
1226 St. Paul Street West, St. Catharines, ON 905-688-4570 1-800-665-3547
Bill and Arden Vaughn have raised red deer, wild boar, and beef cattle (a cross between Hereford and Angus) at Lake Land since 1995. Game meats such as duck breast, fresh quail eggs, elk sausage, venison for burgers and pepperettes, bison for jerky, and wild boar sausage are all sourced locally from free range producers.

Paron Cheese Company
400 Highway 20 East, RR#1, Hannon, ON 905-692-4560
Incredibly good, natural and almost traditional (pasteurized milk is used) Parmesan and Montasio cheeses. They do have a retail cheese store on the Highway 20 site. There are two buildings on the property: the cheese shop is in the building at the back of the entrance road, not the building in front.

Pilgrim’s Drug Free Meats
24 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines, ON 905-688-4447
Mennonite farmers’ drug free beef, chicken, pork; sausages, frozen meats, preserves, and a source of ground organ and bone meat blends for those who feed their pets whole and raw food diets.

Pingue Prosciutti/Niagara Specialties
6893 Oakwood Drive, Niagara Falls Ontario
Prosciutto, bresaola, salami, dried and fresh sausages, and pancetta are all made using traditional Italian artisanal methods and only organic meats. The meats are aged 24 months and cured with sea salt: nitrates are never used in any of the products. Pingue Prosciutti are not open to the public (except by appointment) but their products are for sale through the Niagara Local Food cooperative, Cumbrae Meats in Dundas and Toronto, and through chef Marc Picone.

The Poultry Barn
3133 Mountain Road, Grassie, ON 905-945-4329
Albert Witteveen’s chicken farm, well-known for exceptional frozen and smoked chicken.

Silmaril Farm
144 Russ Road, Grimsby, ON 905-945-7963
Michelle Seaborn and Richard Stopps run this farm and raise several breeds of sheep (for meat and for wool) as well as angora goats, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. They also produce pears and apples and apple cider in the fall.
Their animals are fed natural diets, with no hormones or growth promotants: poultry is free range and naturally fed. They sell their products at the Grimsby Farmers’ Market.

Our Gate To Your Plate
234 Elm Tree Road East, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4E7.

Heirloom breed cattle, pigs, chicken and poultry, plus farm fresh eggs, preserves, and game meats.

Elizabeth’s Greenhouses
4539 Victoria Avenue, Vineland Ontario, L0R 3E0. 905-562-0556
Farm fresh, truly free range eggs; fresh hothouse grown tomatoes and sweet peppers; onions, squash, eggplants, and cucumbers.

Markets and Shops

De La Terre Bakery
3451 King Street, Vineland, ON 905-562-1513
Stone ground, whole grain, organic flour sourdough breads, plus biscotti, cookies, croissants, tarts, cereals, and fair trade coffee. Inspired by Slow Food and local food movements, the bakery is open Tuesdays to Sunday, but it’s best to call for hours.  De La Terre has also opened a take out location in Grimsby, Ontario.

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm
2878 Holland Road, Fonthill, ON
From July through to the end of August, take part in the sweet corn and strawberry harvests; in October, this farm produces everything from pumpkin baked goods and sausages to barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers and ice creams.

Niagara Presents
4516 Mountainview Road, Beamsville, ON
905-563-1777 or 1-888-584-2387
A cooperative community kitchen, organized to help local fruit and vegetable producers become culinary entrepreneurs. Products are formulated, prepared, bottled, and labeled on this government inspected site before they become the stock lining the shelves in the retail store.
Many unique locally made, locally sourced foods can be found at Niagara Presents.

Peach Country Farm Market
4490 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON 905-562-5602
Owned and operated by Chester Kowalik and his family, this market was created to sell produce from the 32 acre mixed orchards which make up the family’s farm. Different varieties of peaches are sold, including the ultra-sweet white peach, which features the most intense flavour and aroma. Other fruits like cherries, plums, nectarines, and berries are sold too–as well as the pies and ice creams they make. The market is seasonal, from June to October, and open seven days a week.

Upper Canada Cheese Company
4159 Jordon Road, Jordan Station, ON 905-562-9730
Niagara Gold, Comfort Cream, and Ricotta cheese all produced from (pasteurized) Guernsey milk from the Comfort family’s dairy farm in St. Anne’s.

Grand Oak Culinary Market
4600 Victoria Avenue Vineland, Ontario L0R 2E0 289-567-0487
Local products (maple syrup, verjus, local produce, duck and quail eggs), imported fine cheeses, deli, and bakery.

Farmers’ Markets

Brock University Farmers’ Market
500 Glenridge Avenue, Brock University, Jubilee Courtyard
St. Catharines, ON
June to September
Fridays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dunnville Farmers’ Market
On Market Street beside the Arena, Dunnville ON
March until the end of December
Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Grimsby Farmers’ Market
St. Georges’ Ukrainian Church, 19 Ontario Street at Adelaide
Grimsby, ON
May 6 to October 28, 2010
Thursday 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
with extended hours during July and August.

Niagara Falls Sylvia Place Farmers’ Market
Sylvia St., Niagara Falls, ON

Saturdays, 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
All year

Niagara-on-the-Lake Farmers’ Market
Niagara Stone Road at Niven Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
June to October, and now including a night market
Wednesdays 3:30 to 7:30pm and Saturdays 8:00 am to 12 :00 pm

Pelham Farmer’s Market in Fonthill
Municipal Parking Lot, Pelham Town Square, Fonthill, Ontario
May to October
Thursdays 4:30 pm to dusk

Port Colborne Farmers’ Market
Corner of Charlotte & Catharine Streets, Port Colborne
Friday 6:00 am to 1:00 p.m.
All year

St. Catharines Farmers’ Market
Behind municipal building, bordered by James & King Streets. Market Square, City Hall downtown, St. Catharines. ON
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
5:30 am to 4:00 pm.
All year

Smithville Farmers’ Market
Convenience Street Parking Lot, Downtown
Smithville, Ontario
2nd Saturday in May until Thanksgiving weekend

Thorold Farmers’ Market
The Towpath Street municipal parking lot, Thorold, ON
May to October
Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

Welland Farmers’ Market
50 Market Square at Young Street and Division Street, Welland, ON
Saturdays, 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
All year


5204 King St, Beamsville, ON 905-563-0200
“Ontario inspired cuisine” sourced from local growers and from their own 3 acre vegetable and herb garden.

Mark Picone Culinary Studio
4075 Moyer Road, Vineland, ON 905.562.9648
Chef Marc Picone does not run a cooking school, or a restaurant, or a winery. His culinary studio is a place where he shares his artistry with patrons via private dining engagements for lunch and dinner–a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of hands-on instruction, a great deal of good food and great wine. Chef Picone’s property includes a Riesling and Cabernet Franc vineyard, from which some excellent wines are made via Charles Baker and Stratus Winery. Food ingredients are locally sourced.

The Good Earth Food and Wine Company
Lincoln Avenue, Beamsville, ON 905-563-6333
The Good Earth started off as a cooking school situated on a local farm, where organic farming techniques were put into use to cultivate the produce for the classes. The philosophy has always been “farm to table” food, but now the school offers seasonal group classes, wine pairing and tasting events, food and wine events, catering, and more. If you’d like an introduction or motivation to get you started on preparing whole foods for yourself, this is a good, fun way to start.

Wineries and Breweries

Comprehensive and (almost) up to date link to all the wineries in Ontario

Coyote’s Run Winery
This Niagara-on-the-Lake winery is one of the best illustrations of the idea of “terroir” in the region. With two distinct soils in their vineyards, refered to Red Paw and Black Paw respectively, Coyote’s Run produces very different wines from the same varietals, depending on the where they’re planted in the vineyard. The Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir vintages produced on these soils provide a fascinating lesson on the unique character of each region.

Flat Rock Cellars
Another gravity flow design winery, with progressive viticultural practices. Dedicated to producing wines with Niagara grapes which best showcase the perfect growing and soil conditions of the Twenty Mile Bench.

Featherstone Estate Winery
Another winery focused on using only their own biodynamically farmed grapes, including the use of farm animals in the vineyard to replace conventional fertilizers and to enhance viticultural practices.

Frog Pond Farm
Ontario’s certified Organic winery, committed to the production of 100% organic wine made from 100% organic Niagara grapes.

Lailey Vineyards
Terroir driven, herbicide free, manual labour intense vineyard practices including hand harvesting and handsorting result in high quality, small batch production wines that taste of the place they’re from.

Malivoire Wine Company
A gravity flow facility in a recycled material Quonset Hut, Malivoire is one of the first wineries in Ontario to farm using sustainable organic practices in the Moira vineyard. Malivoire is dedicated to using Niagara grapes to express the terroir of the Beamsville Bench and Twenty Mile Bench in all their wines.

Megalomaniac Winery
John Howard Cellars of Distinction uses 100% Ontario grown grapes. Always. Well priced, above average Ontario wines from this Beamsville Bench winery.

Organized Crime Winery
Jan and Krystyna Tarasewicz are the winegrowers on this small winery on the Beamsville Bench, where they produce exceptional wines from their own grapes. Very little automation is used in the process of winemaking from the vineyard to the finished beverage, the wines are genuinely handcrafted.
Specialties include Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

Stratus Vineyards
Gravity flow wine production facility is the first LEEDS certified winery in Niagara; Stratus also uses sustainable biodynamic farming methods and is committed to premium quality, small batch winemaking that highlights the terroir of Niagara. Specialties include premium Red and White wine “blends” (as opposed to single varietals) and Charles Bakers’ premium Riesling wines.

Tawse Winery
Gravity flow winery, LEEDS certified building, certified biodynamic and organic wines from a winery producing some of Canada’s best premium terroir-driven wines. Specialties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rieslings, Cabernet Franc, Gewurtztraminer, Icewines.

Award winning journalist and local cookbook author Lynn Orgryzlo’s blog on who’s producing what in Niagara.
An organization formed by local farmers, chefs, and winemakers committed to promoting and providing consumer access to Niagara-grown foods.