In an era gone by, independent grocers could be found on just about every corner in our communities. How the times have changed as small, family owned grocers have slowly disappeared, morphed by the super stores built to create a one stop shopping convenience.
In Bolton stands one of the last vestiges of a four-decade old, third generation family grocery store, with its green and yellow signage, that we call Garden Foods.
I’m not going to pull any punches here. Hands down, Garden Foods is the best grocery store in Caledon in this foodie’s humble opinion.
I remember years ago, when we first moved to Bolton, shopping at the store and the senior Mr. Carbone, in his trademark green blazer would chat up the customers, helping us pick out our produce, always with a smile and a wink. Having that kind of relationship with the owner only served to endear Garden Foods to me even more. I quickly became a regular shopper, week after week, always keeping an eye out for that green blazer.
Fast forward three decades and the service at the store is still like visiting with family. Piero Carbone and his wife Rose and their children, watch over the store with the same love and respect that the business was founded upon.
They continue to foster a true sense of community values evidenced by their ongoing commitment in hosting events such as their annual golf tournament with proceeds going to community based not-for-profits such as Caledon Community Services. Their generosity knows few boundaries and Garden Foods has become a mainstay for many charitable organizations reaching out for support.
While we are touching upon the benevolence behind Garden Foods we would be remiss not to acknowledge their commitment to their young staff. Annual bursaries and scholarships are handed out to employees graduating from high school and moving on to college or university.
The store itself is a community inside a community and yes, there have even been some love connections made along the way. If you follow Garden Foods social media streams then you’ll have seen the occasional wedding picture celebrating the union of couples who met on the job. How can you not love a store like this?
Garden Foods itself is on par with Bruno’s Fine Foods and could even give Pusateri’s a run for its money. The aisles are stocked with local meat purveyors and produce, a vast array of olive oils and condiments, and they host what I think is the best deli counter in Caledon.
The store continues to morph and grow with the addition of a well-stocked, fresh and delicious hot table and prepared foods for the busy working mom. The freezers offer a wide selection of gluten free or dairy free products for those challenged by allergies.
Organic produce greets you as you walk in the front door and the best chocolate milk on the planet, made by local dairy Sheldon Creek, practically whispers at you when you walk by it. When you shop at Garden Foods you aren’t just supporting a local business you are supporting your community.
Garden Foods Market – 501 Queen St S, Bolton (905) 857-1227
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.