A plant-based grocery guide for Karma Co-op Food Store

While we carry animal products, Karma Co-op has lots of options if you’re a Toronto-based vegan, vegetarian or someone looking to reduce meat and dairy in favour of a more plant-based diet.

Want to know what it’s like to shop vegan at Karma? We’ve put together the below grocery guide.

Essentials for a vegan or plant-based grocery list

Karma carries all the basics for a plant-based and vegan shopping list:

  • Seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on local producers and organic options
  • Many whole grains, beans, nuts and nut butters
  • Plant-based proteins like tofu and tempeh
  • Plant-based milks
  • Flavourful vegan ingredients like nutritional yeast and miso paste
  • Clearly labelled plant-based or vegan versions of common grocery store products like hot sauce, ketchup, cookies, dips and ice cream
  • Not just food – Karma carries vegan options for personal cosmetics and toiletries

Vegan and plant-based bulk grocery shopping

Bulk buying can make vegan shopping affordable and budget-friendly. Karma carries hundreds of bulk products and many are vegan/plant-based.

Shoppers are welcome to bring their own containers for all of our bulk items!

In the dry goods section you’ll find:

  • Vegan baking ingredients such as grains, flours/flour alternatives, rice, beans, dairy-free chocolate, sugars/sugar alternatives, dozens of whole and ground spices, and nutritional yeast
  • Nuts, nut butters, lentils, dried fruits, trail mix, granola, coffee beans, teas, dried fruits and vegan potato chips
  • Bulk cooking oils

Karma also carries refrigerated and frozen bulk goods:

  • Bulk maple syrup
  • Organic miso paste in bulk
  • Bulk tofu
  • Frozen fruit in bulk

Prepared and packaged meat-free and dairy-free foods

You can find plant-based and vegan-friendly products that are clearly labelled on Karma’s shelves, including:

  • Vegan marshmallows, cookies, crackers, chocolate bars, sauces and other packaged goods
  • Frozen prepared food, meals and dairy-free ice cream
  • Ready-to-eat prepared plant-based food from local producers – from samosas to sandwich wraps
  • Vegan vitamins and supplements

Vegan meat and dairy alternatives

Besides carrying tofu in bulk, Karma also carries a variety of organic, flavoured, and alternatives to soy-based tofu, as well as:

  • Tempeh, sandwich “meat”, and veggie burger/patties/sausages
  • Non-dairy cheese, yogurt, sour cream and ice cream
  • Oat, almond, soy, and cashew milks

Pre-order organic wine, turkeys and tourtières

Make sure your pantry is stocked well ahead of time this holiday season by pre-ordering!

Southbrook organic wine
Pre-order your certified organic and biodynamic wine and cider from Southbrook Vineyards at Karma! Southbrook generously gives 10% from every order back to Karma. Stock up in time for holiday entertaining! Order your wine by December 10 for delivery on December 14. Order in store or by email.


Ontario turkey
Pre-order your organic holiday turkeys! Order by December 10 for delivery on December 21. Cost is $13.30/kg ($5.97/lbs). Order by email to bulk@karmacoop.org or in store. Though sizes cannot be guaranteed, we will do our best to match size requests.

West End Food Co-op Tourtières
We’re partnering once again with our friends at the West End Food Co-op to bring Karma members delicious tourtière meat pies!

Handmade in the WEF Co-op Kitchen, these traditional Quèbecois meat pies are made with grass-fed/organic ground beef and pork from Hoffnung Mennonite Farmers and Berretta Family Farms. Mixed with a blend of fine spices and herbs, and baked into a buttery, flaky pie crust, these tourtières are perfect for your holiday feasts with family and friends.

Each 8″ tourtière serves 4-6 people. Pies are $16.49 each. Place your orders in store or by emailing manager@karmacoop.org by Sunday December 17th.

Holiday Raffle

Starting December 1 and up to December 21, you will receive one raffle ticket for every $50 before tax spent at Karma, to be entered into a draw to win one of 2 holiday gift baskets (total retail value of over $100!). The draw will be held on Friday December 22, 2017.

Increase your chances of winning by doing all your holiday shopping at Karma!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors Anarres Natural Health, Bee Queen Honey, ChocoSol, El Tounsi Foods, Northern Delights, Oneka, Sigrid, Southbrook Vineyards, and Toronto Honeys.

Wine & Cheese Pairing, Dec 3, 2017

Join us for a wine and cheese tasting of Southbrook wines and a sampling of a variety of Karma’s cheeses. Sunday, December 3, 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the Members’ Room.