Every day, we have a choice between grabbing groceries at one of the large supermarket chains or instead, supporting one of Mississauga’s diverse independent grocery stores. Experience an overwhelming array of grocery products you often won’t find at brand name stores and peruse fresh, just-picked fruits and veggies. Explore different dishes and have fun discovering delicious new flavours from around the world!
You’ll also be supporting local business—and championing our local farmers. Locally grown food is good for the environment and for sustainability because good farmers ensure that the land is well kept with minimal, if any, usage of chemicals and fertilizers. These practices can sequester carbon, and they can also help ensure proper natural habitats for wildlife.
Adonis2651 Stanfield Road | 1240 Eglinton Avenue East | groupeadonis.ca
In 2013, Elie Cheaib, Jamil Cheaib and Georges Ghrayeb opened the first Adonis franchise in Mississauga. Originally from Damour, a coastal town in Lebanon, the team has since expanded to include 11 stores. Experiencing Adonis is like discovering a Middle Eastern “zouk”—a grocery store with a thousand treasures. Inspired by Middle Eastern, Lebanese, and Mediterranean influences, you’ll explore a mouth-watering, exotic variety of foods filled with flavour.
Features: buffet-style counter of freshly-cooked hot and grilled foods, nut-and-olive counter, fresh meat, deli and marinated products, bakery, pita factory
Must-try: an exquisite Shish-taouk
The Apple Market | 2281 Camilla Road | theapplemarket.ca
A ‘little market in a big city’, this family-owned and run business has a rich history. In 1950, Joseph Tiveron bought a 15-acre farm at the corner of the Queensway and Camilla Road and began growing apples, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and rhubarb. In 1973, Dave and Paula Tiveron opened The Apple Market/Tiveron Farms as a seasonal fruit stand and garden centre, which operated seasonally until 1989, when the Market began operating all year, adding a fresh-baked goods section, a small deli, and a unique grocery section. In 2000, the Tiverons opened their health and wellness department and founded The Apple Market’s Annual Health & Wellness Fair, usually held each September. Stay tuned for news about this year’s Fair.
Features: garden centre, full-service meat counter, prepared foods, gift baskets, party trays, bakery, health and wellness department, organic produce, home delivery, curbside pickup
Must-try: mincemeat tarts and butter tarts
Battagliaís Lorne Park Marketplace | 1150 Lorne Park Road | battaglias.ca
On February 23, 2001, Battaglia’s Marketplace opened in the heart of Lorne Park. Frank Battaglia Sr. worked right up until he passed away in 2003 at 79, handing over the reins to the business to his family. Legend has it that Frank’s last words were: “Another case of lettuce is needed on the stand!” Battaglia’s (fondly referred to as ‘B-Tags’) team members visit the Food Terminal early in the morning to select the best fruits and vegetables available, so that your produce is always fresh and at its peak of flavour. Local growers are sourced whenever possible.
Features: catering, outdoor garden centre open April to October, in-store butcher, prepared foods, deli, fresh produce and salad bar, hot table, bakery
Must-try: Customized antipasto platter
Cousinís Market | 1215 Hurontario Street | cousinsmarket.com
In 1978, Pasquale Battaglia and his two cousins opened Cousin’s in Port Credit. Today, the store is thriving in the capable hands of Pasquale’s three sons, Gus, Mark and Anthony. From as early as they can remember, the brothers were learning the ropes of running a premium market—gathering grocery buggies and stocking shelves, learning to select the freshest produce at local food terminals, and providing impeccable service to their father’s customers.
Features: catering, outdoor garden centre and in-store floral department, in-store butcher, deli and cheese, fresh produce and salad bar, prepared food, hot table, bakery, Cousin’s own Market Brand Products, home delivery, curbside pickup
Must-try: Sicilian Eggplant Parmigiana
Herridges, a third-generation family business, has been a landmark in the Clarkson community for almost 50 years.
Herridgeís Farm Fresh Market | 780 Southdown Road | herridgesfarmersmarket.ca
It’s a sure sign of spring when Herridge’s reopens for the season! A third-generation family business, this incredible little gem has been a landmark in the Clarkson community for almost 50 years. With its own farm located around the corner and an apple orchard right on store property, Herridge’s takes great pride in harvesting a number of fruits and vegetables (including strawberries, field tomatoes, white new potatoes, peaches and cream corn, garlic, squash, apples, green cabbage and pumpkins) in season and then offering them, freshly picked, to customers. What Herridge’s doesn’t grow, they select and purchase from local farmers.
Features: just-picked fruit and vegetables, extensive outdoor garden centre open from April to December, local honey and maple syrup, gourmet grocery items, frozen meats
Must-try: the sweetest peaches and cream corn, fresh tomatoes
Iqbal Halal Foods | 4099 Erin Mills Parkway | iqbalfoods.ca
After emigrating to Canada in 1971 with only $7 in his pocket, Iqbal Malek opened his first business, a tuck shop and Pakistani/Indian restaurant in Toronto, in 1984. Soon, he noticed that consumers from his Muslim community were looking for Halal-certified groceries, poultry and meat. He tapped into this market of selling wholesale halal products store to store, thus establishing Iqbal Halal Foods. Decades later, Iqbal Halal Foods has emerged as a renowned South Asian and Middle Eastern establishment with two supermarkets: one in Toronto and the other right here in Mississauga.
Features: home delivery, health and beauty, deli, frozen foods, ready to eat, fruit and vegetables, 100% HMA Certified Halal meats (beef, chicken, goat/lamb, veal), dairy, dates
Must-try: one of many Mother’s pickles, pastes and sauces
Starsky Fine Foods | 2040 Dundas Street East | 3115 Dundas Street West | starskycanada.com
Voted Mississauga’s 2021 Top Choice for Grocery Retailer, Starsky, founded in 2004, carries a huge assortment of Eastern European food products, most of them Polish. Check out the walls of perogies, trays of sausages for tasting, an aisle of loose candy and just about pickled anything. A vast deli counter serves hot, handmade cabbage rolls and perogies all day.
Features: catering, party trays, dairy, deli (with more than 600 cheese varieties!), frozen meals, hot table. in-store cosmetics departments with European health and beauty products, home delivery
Note: 3115 Dundas Street West location also features a coffee shop, bookstore, flower shop and optical store
Must-try: Red Borscht
T & T Supermarket | 715 Central Parkway West | tntsupermarket.com
In 1993, Cindy Lee, an immigrant from Taiwan and a working mother of three, had a simple dream: to help families by bringing thousands of the finest Asian fresh food and groceries under one roof. After opening several successful stores out west, Lee expanded east and opened T & T in Mississauga in 1998. T & T just celebrated its 28th anniversary
on March 13.
Features: home delivery, online ordering, in-house bakery, dim sum, Asian deli, sushi department, Chinese barbecue department, T & T private label items, hot prepared food, restaurant-quality sushi and dim sum, health and beauty section offering trendy Asian skin care and beauty brands
Must-try: Layers of Good Wishes, a celebratory dish consisting of an assortment of seafood, meat and vegetables in endless layers
Why shop local?
It supports our communities
Choosing fresh and delicious local food helps to create jobs and supports our economic growth in Ontario. It also builds a strong sense of community by supporting Ontario’s farmers and businesses. Every time you buy local, you make a positive impact.
It helps the environment
Ontario farmers take pride in being good stewards of the land, helping to preserve it for future generations. Buying local also means your food comes from closer to home, and the closer, the fresher!
It’s nutritious and tastes great
Adding nutritious Ontario foods, fruits, and vegetables to your diet can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
By Kristy Elik