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100km Foods has been a vital supplier/friend of Richmond Station since our opening in 2012. Their thoughtful approach to sourcing, farmer first mentality and hospitable customer service directly parallel our own beliefs. Delivery four days a week and easy online ordering make buying local a breeze.

- Hayden Johnston, Richmond Station

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ABOUT 100KM FOODS

Established 2007

100km Foods Inc. is a wholesale local food distributor in Toronto that connects local farmers with urban markets. With our help, farmers gain access to large, urban markets and customers gain access to delicious, farm-fresh food at local restaurants, hotels, and retailers. It's a win for all involved.


We deal fairly with farmers, allowing them to set their own prices, and we seek to treat all our employees, suppliers, clients, and community with a high standard of fairness and cooperation. Together with our chef- and farmer-partners, we are helping to create a strong and viable local food economy in Ontario!


Products are harvested to order and picked up direct from farmers by our team daily, and it is often less than 24 hours since the food was picked til it's at your door! We source identify every item by farm and are committed to building a robust, transparent, and sustainable local food system. Join us today!



OUR STORY

100km Foods was founded in 2007, after Grace Mandarano and Paul Sawtell left their corporate jobs and backpacked around Asia. Upon their return to Canada, they knew that they wanted to use their business savvy and sales experience as a force for social good.

They wanted to start a business that specifically focused on the environment and sustainability. After speaking with farmers and chefs, it became clear: both Ontario farmers and Toronto-based chefs wanted to connect, but cultivating that relationship directly presented major logistical challenges for both. Most farmers, and most chefs, simply don't have the time to drive around ferrying smaller amounts of produce back and forth. Farmers need to be in the fields farming, and Chefs need to be in the kitchen cooking. Someone else would have to step in to bridge these two worlds: a distributor whose goal was developing a local, regional wholesale restaurant food supply network for Ontario.

Paul and Grace both had an 'aha!' moment when they realized this fundamental barrier in local food. One of them scribbled down "100km Foods?" hurriedly on a napkin, and 100km Foods was born!

That was over twelve years ago. Since then, 100km Foods has grown to include a network of over 100 small and medium sized Ontario farms, and distributes to over 650 food businesses in Toronto and the GTA, with over 1000 local products available year-round.

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OUR VALUES


know your farmer, know your food

We help you cultivate meaningful and real relationships with the farmers who grow your food. Each and every product we distribute is source identified by farm, providing customers with transparency about where their food comes from

approachable and efficient customer service

We are a crucial link between a growing network of farmers and chefs across Ontario. We prioritize offering unparalleled customer service to bridge everyone's needs.

fairness

We deal fairly with farmers, allowing them to set their own prices. We seek to treat all our employees, suppliers, customers and community with a high standard of fairness and cooperation.

high quality and freshness

We operate a unique hybrid model, combining just-in-time delivery during peak season and strategic inventory. This means products are harvested fresh-to-order and travel fewer kilometers - guaranteeing you fresh, high qualiy local ingredients.

community focus

We care deeply about equitable access to food for our communities, and support food justice organizations like The Stop Food Community Centre and Farms for Change.

business as a force for good

We are a certfied B Corporation, which means we meet verified standards for social and environmental responsibility.


SUSTAINABILITY


regenerative agriculture is the way of the future

At 100km Foods, we are lucky enough to partner with some amazingly innovative and proactive farmers, who recognize the climate crisis and the role agriculture has in it. Indeed, farmers and agricultural workers are already on the front lines of climate change. They are intimately aware of the markers we already measure: worsening rates of soil erosion, droughts, high temperatures and crop failures. These farmers are already working to transform their practices and their lands in order to mitigate (or even, reverse) some of the effects of climate change. The term for these agricultural practices is regenerative agriculture.

Regenerative agriculture takes sustainable practices one step beyond reducing CO2 emissions to examining net carbon output. Farmers who integrate a series of organic farming principals that embody a holistic systems approach on their land can not only reduce their emissions, but sequester carbon within their soil, and allow their lands to act as a carbon sink. Carbon sinks (the Earth's oceans and old growth forests) are crucial in regulating global temperatures and maintaining the health of our atmosphere, but right now, they are disappearing at an alarming rate.

The potential regenerative agriculture holds to mitigate the effects of climate change is profound: “Simply put, recent data from farming systems and pasture trials around the globe show that we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term 'regenerative organic agriculture.' These practices work to maximize carbon fixation while minimizing the loss of that carbon once returned to the soil, reversing the greenhouse effect.

Some of the positive outcomes of regenerative agriculture thus far include increased soil carbon stocks, decreased GHG emissions, improved water retention and plant uptake and revitalized farming communities.

The New Farm is leading the charge on transforming the way agriculture is done in Ontario. This year marks the first year they have transitioned their farm management and methods to being 100% regenerative. They have already observed enormous successes, and are looking to help educate and support other farmers to begin the process of farming regeneratively.

This is the kind of food system 100km Foods is proud to take part in building, together, with farmers and chefs across Ontario.

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