From Toronto’s top tables to home cooks

by Renee Suen

Many food purveyors offer the basics however La Ferme Black River Game Farm is making their high-quality meats, cheeses and other gourmet products, which are typically employed by Toronto’s top tables, available to discerning home cooks looking to create delicious experiences from their own kitchens.

 

A known premium game meat and artisanal cheese supplier to gourmet grocers and restaurants such as Alo, Canoe, Le Banane and those within the Fairmont Royal York, La Ferme was founded over 30 years ago by Jean Marc and Nadien Ridel. In 2008, Elaine and Mark Atlin took over the wholesale distribution company and continues to work with small scale farmers and producers in Quebec and Ontario.

 

While you’ll still find La Ferme’s products on George, Biffs and Patria’s menus during COVID-19, the Toronto-based business has also introduced a new initiative that offers some of their products direct to consumers. Home cooks now have access to the inventory online which can be delivered within the GTA for a nominal fee or via curbside pickup from their St. Clair and Old Weston Road warehouse.

 

Choose from quality meats including farm-raised game, cheeses and charcuterie, in addition to pantry items like Puy lentils, San Marzano tomatoes and Cookstown Greens organic fresh produce. New seasonally-driven additions include prepared or frozen meals from partner restaurants such as the frozen, ready-to-heat and serve pizzas from Piano Piano, O&B’s classic truffle mac & cheese (in 2kg tray), Leña Restaurante’s empanadas, Parallel’s tahini and pita bread, and even Parcheggio’s lasagna Bolognese.

 

 

A recent delivery included a whole Gigueres Farm’s fresh Rock Cornish hen, bison striploin, package of a dozen frozen Merguez sausages, French Sarment salami, Rougie’s foie gras parfait with ice cider and Chagnon cultured butter.

 

Fresh, and ready for the grill, the Cornish hen was delightful with springy and plump flesh.

 

The Alberta’s Bouvry Exports’ A grade bison striploin was lean and tender.

 

The star of the fresh meats was the lamb Merguez sausages from Quebec’s Maison du Gibier.  Bursting with juice and warm spices under a thin and snappy casing, these thin and marvelous meat bundles didn’t only leave its mouth-watering flavour on the palate but also a lingering taste memory days later.

 

 

La Ferme Black River Game Farm

39 Townsley St, Toronto, (647) 352-8077

 

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