BY RITA DEMONTIS, TORONTO SUN
BLOSSOMING SUCCESS: A while back, I had written about this wonderful little shop in the west end that focused on local foods.
BlossomPure Organic specializes in grass-fed organic Halal meat and dairy products, not to mention a fine line of organic-based fresh produce, fruits, cereals, honey, condiments, spices, herbs and so much more.
I loved that owner Fahim Alwan was so committed to his message, travelling all over southern Ontario to work with local farmers to bring in only the best — at great prices.
The focus was on animals that are ethically raised; not confined or injected with growth hormones, fed only organic feed and raised on local Ontario farms by certified organic farmers.
Alwan believes in living the 100 Mile diet!
Well, a recent visit revealed the company is not only thriving but growing.
The shop is still small but has taken over a bigger chunk of space, and there has been an expansion of offerings.
And the commitment and passion is as strong as ever, as I noticed Alwan speaking with customers about the products being purchased.
This guy knows where every single product comes from — from the eggs to the meat to preserves.
“It’s all about connecting,” says the affable Alwan, who stresses compassion in his messaging. “And we are committed to connecting our customers to the local farmers who grow their food.”
BlossomPure focuses “primarily on the ethical treatment of the animal, as well as supporting our local farmers. We deal mainly with certified organic farmers who raise their cattle on pasture (for beef, lamb and goat) while they keep other species unharmed.”
The company started in 2002 as a small distributor and became a supplier of meat and produce to many health-food stores.
A few years ago it shifted toward retail and home-delivery, as well as supplying restaurants.
Aside from fresh meat, you’ll find deli meat made with no nitrate, gluten or filler, and hotdogs and sausages made from lean ground meat.
And it purchases such products as eggs, honey, maple syrup, preserves from “conscientious Amish and Mennonite farmers,” along with other dairy products.
Alwan personally visits all the farms he does business with.
And he won’t sell anything he won’t eat.