Restaurants and Food
Peterborough has a great selection of restaurants. You can choose from Canadian-style pubs and restaurants offering local cuisine to a wide variety of international cuisines including Italian, Indian, Chinese, South Asian, Mexican, Japanese and Belgian, to name just a few. Check out the restaurants at Zomato and the Peterborough Restaurant Guide.
If you prefer to eat at home, there are many grocery stores and supermarkets in Peterborough. You can find a listing of health food stores in Peterborough here. Many supermarkets also have a few sections dedicated to organic and natural foods, herbal supplements and natural personal items.
Peterborough offers an incredible variety of foods. Many international foods are available in restaurants, supermarkets, and specialty stores. For a list of international food locations in Peterborough, talk to the staff at the New Canadians Centre. Any foods not available in Peterborough may be found nearby in the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto.
At the Peterborough and District Farmers' Market and the Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market you can buy fresh food right from local farmers. Here you can also find dairy products, eggs, preserves, arts and crafts made by local artisans. You can find more markets in nearby communities at greenbeltfresh.ca.
Pick-your-own farms (also known as "U-pick" farms) let you pick your own produce, such as apples, strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, beans, or buy pre-picked fresh produce directly on the farm.
Many farms have recently also set up Community Supported Agriculture (also referred to as Community Shared Agriculture or CSA) programs. CSA members or subscribers pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. A share generally translates into a weekly box of vegetables and fruit during the growing season. Here you can search for a CSA farm near you.
By the Bushel is a co-operative committed to sustainable food production. They sell organic locally grown produce available for purchase in a weekly or bi-weekly basket that can be picked up or delivered to your door.
Peterborough is committed to making fresh and healthy food available to all. The Food in Peterborough initiative contains a wealth of information on all existing programs designed to help those in need of temporary assistance with access to food. The Nourish website contains a list of all regional food banks, free meals and other resources.
JustFood initiated by the YWCA of Peterborough and Community Gardens, are long term programs that help women and their families eat healthfully and create meaningful connections within their communities.