Bay and Gerrard Condos

Fresh City Farms moving into the Bay Street condos neighbourhood

March 16, 2019 | Neighbourhood

There’s going to be a new grocery and prepared foods gig in town with the fall 2019 opening of Fresh City Farms at the south east corner of Bay & Gerrard in the Bay Street Condo Corridor! Its home will be at the base of the newly finished “The Livmore”, a purpose-built apartment building, where there is currently a large vacant corner commercial space on the ground floor level.

It may seem like the neighbourhood already has enough grocery options, however, when you think about the current and future growth of the neighbourhood, the more grocery options the better, just to keep up with demand. After all, Aura Condos at 386 Yonge & 388 Yonge is the size of a vertical village with roughly 3,500 people living in 985 units. Once the Eaton Chelsea is completed with thousands more people, as well as YSL Condos with its 85 stories, the neighbourhood will be bursting along the Bay Street Condos Corridor, as well as the Yonge Street Condo Corridor. And that’s on top of all of the thousands of units already within a 10 minute walk of Bay & Gerrard.

At present, if you live in the neighbourhood, your most robust grocery store options are:

-The Kitchen Table at The Atrium on Bay
-Sobeys at 777 Bay
-Metro (open 24 hours) at College Park
-Metro at Gould & Dalhousie (beside Ryerson University)
-Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens
-H Mart Dundas, on Yonge north of Dundas (Asian grocery store)

All of these are fantastic options that provide plenty of selection and choice, but what’s interesting about Fresh City Farms is that they are focusing specifically on organic food with pick-up, delivery, and prepared meal choices. Placing the store right in the midst of rushed UofT and Ryerson University students and professionals, as well as plenty of health-conscious medical workers is a smart play by the company. This will have them easily growing along with the neighbourhood. It will no doubt become a go-to spot for locals to grab some food for home, as well as local office and hospital workers to stop into for lunch.

This is the third location to open for the company, with the others being located on the Ossington strip and in Roncesvalles. The very cool thing that makes them different is that they grow much of their food in local area in off-grid greenhouses in the north part of the city near Downsview! Talk about local and sustainable! For more information, check out their website here.

Wishing them much success in the fast-paced downtown Toronto Bay Street Condo Corridor!