We made a wish and it’s coming true, Oakville (you’re welcome!).
There’s a new supermarket coming to town and Whole Foods faithful will want to take note.
We knew it would eventually make its way into Halton — this little eastern Ontario grocer has been stealthily circling the outskirts of the GTA, finally opening in Etobicoke and Hamilton last month.
“We received many requests from residents in the Oakville area asking us to open a Farm Boy in their neighbourhood,” said Farm Boy co-CEO Jeff York, adding the company will “work hard to earn their business.”
The new Oakwoods Centre plaza at 1907 Ironoak Way, at Upper Middle Rd. E. and Joshuas Creek.
It’s slated to open this fall, creating 150 jobs at its 27th location.
“I’m pleased Farm Boy will be joining Oakville’s esteemed business community,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
“Its fresh market store — and the jobs it will create — will be a welcomed addition to our town and livability.”
Often dubbed ‘Canada’s answer to Trader Joe’s’, I fell in love with this store while living in Ottawa, where they’re scattered across the city, naturally making it an obvious lunch-on-the-go spot.
The store – which began in 1981 as a Cornwall fruit stand – offers a superb selection of meat and produce, and has its own private label featuring items such as (delicious!) tortilla chips (get lime!), salad dressing and salsa. (Plus bakery offerings which are wonderful — I love bringing home their mini chocolate chip cookies for my niece and nephew).
But my favourite area, aside from the salad bar, is the hot foods counter. Items are made from scratch, and the menu is created by a chef and dietitian, who’ll work together to come up with delicious offerings which are healthy and don’t compromise flavour for healthy components.
This is certainly no ordinary grocery store food.
I love, love, love the *amazing* Mac and Cheese, Carrot Ginger Soup, Premium Steak Caesar Wrap, and Artisan Meatza Pizza, to name a few.
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s also chocolate, and lots of it. The gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Crisps are a new item worth boasting about. So’s the Fauxmagerie Zengarry vegan cheese (all flavours are fabulous).
But my favourite item of all time is the savoury little daal wraps (they’re lentils) which come with a little container of tamarind sauce made by Rinag (it’s an Ottawa-based company and Farm Boy also sells it by the bottle), which is the BEST tamarind sauce outside of India (it’s made with shredded carrots and diced onions. So, so good!).
At any rate, we’re very happy to hear we’ll no longer have to leave town to get a Farm Boy fix.
We’ll keep you posted with more details as the opening date approaches.