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You Can Now Get Local, Organic Groceries at a Drive-Thru in Toronto

Everyone knows that it’s better to eat local and organic.

And, sure, in theory we’d do it every day.

But doing so isn’t necessarily convenient – that’s the problem for busy, pavement-pounding professionals.

Now, there’s a fresh idea that’s about to hit the GTA: drive-thru access to local food.


Award-winning farm and online farmers’ market Fresh City has partnered with Penguin Pick-Up to improve access to fresh, local, and organic food in the GTA.

Partner Pick-Up’s network of convenient pick-up locations for online purchases will make local, organic food more accessible for the millions of GTA residents who live within a few minutes’ drive of a Penguin Pick-Up.

Fresh City, a certified B Corp, farms in Downsview Park and sources directly from over 80 farmers and makers across Ontario.

Founded in 2011, they are the largest organic meal delivery company in Canada and deliver produce, groceries, recipe kits, salad jars, and smoothies directly to homes and offices.


“We deliver to thousands of homes, offices and apartments weekly,” said Fresh City CEO, Ran Goel. “But many customers live outside our current delivery area or prefer to pick up their order, especially given Penguin Pick-Up’s super convenient drive-thru service. Partnering with Penguin Pick-Up lets us reach more people.”

Customers will place their order online with Fresh City and have the option of picking up their grocery bag Monday through Friday at one of several Penguin Pick-Up locations across the GTA. Penguin Pick-Up located at SmartCentres and Fresh City waives the delivery fee for customers who pick up their bags.

The drive-thru experience allows online shoppers to come and pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less.


Unlike rushing to make the hours at your local farmers’ market, thanks to extended operating hours you can collect your online purchases at a time that is convenient for you.

If you’re still not convinced the drive is worth it to score yourself some local goodness, you may want to check out these five reasons why we’re loving local food right now.

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