Care of Andrea De Vries

Urban Acorn Market is a fine foods market that sets itself apart from other food markets. First of all, it’s in an unexpected neighbourhood. Located in the Junction Triangle on Dupont Street just west of Symington, Urban Acorn aims to serve the community by supporting local farmers, vendors, and food artisans, and by providing vibrant, healthy options to an otherwise under-served neighbourhood.

I also noticed some other pleasant differences as soon as I walked into Urban Acorn Market. The first thing was it’s cozy size. It’s a small, yet beautifully decorated shop, and the owner (and mastermind behind Urban Acorn Catering), Marie Fitrion is there at the counter to greet you with a friendly smile.

While the space may be small, the shelves and cases are stocked with specialty items that are often hard to find elsewhere. For example, you can find just about any kind of vegan cheese you could ever want all in one place. The selection goes way beyond Daiya (which they also carry, including new Daiya cheesecakes!) to offer Wood & Water, Field Roast Chao, Pleasantville Creamery fresh Mozzarella, and more.

They also carry a selection of fresh, local produce. One of my favourite things that Marie told me about the shop, is that nothing goes to waste. If the produce is looking a bit past its prime, they make it into soups, sauces, or whatever other delicious ideas they come up with!  In the shop, you’ll also find fresh breads, handmade sweets, pantry items, gluten-free items, and unique preserves, toppings, and sauces, including many made by Urban Acorn themselves.

I tried the smokey tomato sauce (also great as a pizza sauce or even a bisque), and it was nothing short of amazing. While shopping in the store, Marie also let me try a sample of a Pear Caramel sauce they had created- a delicious sweet topping for cake, ice cream, or I could just eat it out of the jar, it was that good.

Discount: 10% off

Veg Status: Vegan-friendly

Where: 1565 Dupont St. (west of Symington, a few blocks east of Dundas West)