Our
Story


Owners Nazim Bardai and Terry Tai, both coming from health backgrounds, started paying closer attention to what they were eating. Noticing the lack of variety and availability of local produce in grocery stores, they decided to start something new and different -- a store dedicated to carrying as much variety of local produce as possible. A kind of year-round Farmer's Market. And with that, Farmer Jack's was born.
With the creation of a new store, they decided to take a lesson from the past. Grocers have traditionally been a community store -- where your grocer would know your name, and where your produce comes from and the people who grew it. They would tell you what's in season, and offer suggestions you could trust and rely on. Food has always been integral to any community -- and that's something we don't want to see lost in this fast-paced world of instant gratification.
That's why we're there every morning, bringing in fresh produce daily from the farmers who grow our food in Ontario. There's a relationship from the growers, to us, to you and your family.
We source as much as we possibly can from the local farms and businesses in our vicinity. The Niagara Green-Belt, Holland Marsh, Waterford, Leamington, Bala, and Simcoe are homes to a few of the farms we regularly get our produce from.
We believe in our duty to be more socially responsible -- both to ourselves and to each other. Supporting Local is a philosophy we live by, and that extends to the food we eat as well.
 
 

WHY EAT LOCAL ?


 

Taste and Nutrition

Local produce is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. Less travel time means that produce is picked when it is fully ripe – and not before. Many foods lose their nutritional value with storage and transport.

Food Safety

Ontario is proud to be home to some of the highest food safety standards in the world. Eating local Ontario grown produce ensures that you and your family are eating the safest and most nutritious foods available.
 

Local Economy and Farmland Preservation

By supporting the local farms, we circulate the money spent within our own economy, strengthening the local community. We also help to preserve the beautiful farmlands that have been around us for so many years.

Sustainability

Environmental stewardship and responsibility are not just trendy words to throw around. Ontario farmers are proud to adopt modern sustainable growing methods such as hydroponics. We can do our part to help by buying local. Less transportation time of produce means less fuel consumption and emissions.

 

It’s Our World.
We’re all in this together.

 

SUPERFOODS OF ONTARIO

 

 

Good things grow in Ontario! Here are some seasonal superfoods to watch out for.

 

Strawberries

Sweet and bursting with flavour, these delicious seasonal treats are packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C. They help fight cancer, inflammation, and diseases related to aging. The fibre in strawberries help to reduce 'bad' cholesterol, while the folate keeps your heart healthy and reduces the risk of anemia.

Peaches

A low-calorie fruit, these make an excellent snack or dessert, and are a great source of Vitamin C and potassium. Potassium is a key electrolyte that keeps your body functioning properly and helps to balance water levels throughout your body.

Cherries

An excellent source of beta carotene, these seasonal sweets are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and melatonin. Their distinctive red colour is a product of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins which work to reduce inflammation, prevent cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, reduce the risk of diabetes, and aid in the prevention of memory loss.

Plums

These little beauties increase your iron absorption, and are a natural laxative. High in Vitamins A and C, they help with your eyesight, and are a high source of dietary fibre.



AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

FRUITS

Apples January-June, August-December
Apricots July-August
Blueberries July-September
Cherries June-July
Crabapples September-November
Cranberries October
Currants July-August
Gooseberries July-August
Grapes August-September
Muskmelon August-September
Nectarines August-September
Peaches July-September
Pears August-December
Plums July-October
Raspberries July-September
Rhubarb January-June
Strawberries June-July
Strawberries (day neutral) May-October
Watermelon July-September

VEGETABLES

Artichoke August-October
Asian Vegetables June-November
Asparagus May-June
Beans June-October
Beets January-April, July-December
Bok choy June-November
Broccoli June-October
Brussels Sprouts September-November
Cabbage January-April, June-December
Carrots January-May, July-December
Cauliflower June-November
Celery July-October
Corn July-October
Cucumber (field) June-October
Cucumber (greenhouse) January-December
Eggplant August-October
Garlic January-February, July-December
Leeks January-February, August-December
Lettuce (assorted) June-October
Lettuce (greenhouse) January-December
Mushrooms January-December
Onions (cooking) January-December
Onions (green) June-November
Onions (red) January-March, September-December
Parsnips January-April, August-December
Peas (green) June-July
Peas (snow) June-September
Peppers (field) July-October
Peppers (greenhouse) March-November
Potatoes January-December
Pumpkin September-October
Radicchio June-August
Radishes May-November
Rapini July-October
Rutabaga January-December
Spinach May-October
Sprouts January-December
Squash January-March, August-December
Summer squash June-October
Sweet potatoes January-December
Tomatoes (field) July-October
Tomatoes (greenhouse) March-November
Zucchini July-October

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