Jonathan Forbes grew up gathering wild foods with his mother in and around Toronto, and over time he developed an astonishingly rich knowledge of wild edibles from all across the country. In 1998, he founded Forbes Wild Foods “with the hope that it would engage people and their imaginations to value the natural world and to take whatever steps they can to cherish it and protect it.” 

Forbes Wild Foods works with an extensive network of foragers from coast to coast, and the company’s insistence on sustainable harvesting, fair trade relationships, and clean sources sets the bar for Canadian wild foods.

At the market, long-time associate Seth Goering offers dried wild mushrooms, wild rice, maple sugar, preserved wild foods, jams, mustards, chestnut flour, and more year-round. Depending on the season, you’ll find wild leeks, fresh mushrooms, nuts, and even Ontario pawpaws on the table. Feel free to ask questions; Seth will be happy to introduce you to the remarkable flavours and culinary possibilities offered by wild foods.