Building Community During Quarantine

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Josée Couture is a local Realtor and a long time customer at the store. She recently found a new way to connect with the community during quarantine. She shared her thoughts over email. Read our Q&A to see how she’s coping, and giving back, during a crazy time.

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Why Temporary Foreign Workers Are So Important Right Now

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Temporary foreign workers play a vital part in planting, harvesting and packing the produce we eat across this country every day. Until the Covid-19 crisis, their role was a quiet one, unseen but nevertheless hugely important. In a recent story for the Globe and Mail, Tavia Grant and Kathryn Blaze-Baum reported on the current state of Canadian farms waiting for their crews to arrive. Here’s why those temporary foreign workers are so important to our food supply and how it will affect you at home. Continue »

Toronto Restaurants: How You Can Help


There are currently over 1000 restaurants signed up at SaveHospitality, a coalition of independent restaurateurs and suppliers representing more than 65,000 workers. A number of people have been working behind the scenes to ensure the government hears the voices of this city’s independents. Spearheaded by John Sinopoli, a chef with three shuttered restaurants, he told the Star recently, “The hospitality industry contributes a massive amount to the labour force and GDP. If half of the restaurants close, that’s money not going back into the economy. This is a team effort with landlords, banks and governments, because no one wants to see us fail.”

If you’re here on a grocery store website right now, instead of reading the Economist or scrolling through cat memes, then it probably means you love food as much as we do. We’re all in this together and we’re proud of the incredible food scene in Toronto. We want to keep that scene alive and support our city’s restaurants at this harrowing time. So we’ve rounded up the best ways to do so:

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COVID-19 Customer Notice

Dear Fiesta Farms community, 

As a public gathering place stocking materials people need, we feel a responsibility to both stay open and the need to take precautions to help reduce the rate at which COVID-19 spreads. 

  • We have created a team to consider ways to make us better in this effort daily. We plan to maintain, adjust and evolve the protocols we’ve been adding since the beginning. 
  • Our standard cleaning schedule has been augmented and new protocols for disinfecting buggy and basket handles, debit/credit machines between orders, and replacing and sanitizing self-serve items have been adopted. 
  • We’ll continue to look for opportunities to sterilize surfaces throughout the store. 

But we can’t do this alone.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please follow the hygiene protocol–sneeze into a tissue you discard if you can, and into your sleeve if you can’t. Do be aware that the COVID-19 can live on your sleeve for a few days. 
  • Sanitize and/or wash your hands frequently. Let’s work together to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our premises. 
  • We understand that these times are unsettling and may make many people anxious, so please be patient and understanding if you encounter long lines or out of stock items. 

We’re in this together. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to a head cashier or a manager. 

In the meantime, we’ll update this notice with significant changes to our practices as needed. 

Thank you for your co-operation. 

Tracey & Dino Virgona 


It’s Time for Toonies4Tummies!

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Did you know that every day in Canada one out of every  five kids heads off to school hungry? And in some parts of this country, that number is even higher; that’s over twenty-percent of our kids entering the schoolroom underfed. It’s hard to concentrate on anything when you’re hungry, let alone learning. Fortunately, “Toonies for Tummies” is addressing this serious problem, one toonie at a time. Continue »