Meet the Makers
Meet some of the amazing makers behind the local brands that we carry.
Deborah from Izere Coffee
At Izere, we believe that cultivating coffee is key to rebuilding our country and to empowering local farmers. This is why we focus on delivering high-quality Burundian coffee and ensure it’s accessible in different markets — on a global level. As a mother-daughter company, we also believe that opportunity shouldn’t be a luxury for any woman. Our facilities and operations are led by a group of women who support their families through Izere. When you purchase our coffee, you become more than just a customer, you become part of a global community.
Dodie from County Bounty Soda
The County Bounty began in 2016 as a woman-run organic veg farm. The soda came about serendipitously as the farm tried to manage the surplus of fruits & herbs found in the area. Though no longer farming, Dodie is sourcing her ingredients from Ontario producers as much as possible, and has given rise to the tastiest treat this side of the great lakes. Their mission is to support local farmers and the local economy as much as possible, and to preserve local food traditions. They value flavour, paying a fair price for produce and supporting farmers, and connecting people to the local farm community.
Geneviève & Sean from Ferme et Forêt
Jessica from Hippie Mylk
Hippie Mylk is an Ottawa based business that makes plant-based oat milk from local wholefood and superfood ingredients, packaged in sustainable glass bottles. Life is complicated but your milk ingredients don’t have to be. We believe that everyone should have access to simple plant-based milk that is free from HPP (high-pressure pasteurization), preservatives, additives, fillers and carrageenan.
Kayoki from Kayo-Tea
Kayoki Whiteduck is an Algonquin Anishinaabe from Kitigan Zibi. He has worked with gardens and plants since he was in high school. He has a certificate in horticulture (Camosun College, Victoria), has studied western herbalism (International Academy of Health Education, Ottawa), and has studied as a tea sommelier (Algonquin College, Ottawa). In 2016 he started his own business with his own brand of herbal tea called "Kayo-tea". Kayo-tea is organically grown and is produced with as little impact on the earth as possible. All teas are harvested and produced by hand. The gardens where these teas are produced are pollinator gardens and help improve the bio-diversitea!
Marie from JOGO Juice
Jogo Juice was created out of the idea that healthy, vegan products shouldn’t have to compromise on taste or ingredients. They are a Canadian company delivering top-quality drinks made up of superfoods like hibiscus freshly sourced from Senegal, West Africa. They prioritize their consumers’ health and well-being. Always.
Michael from Michael Dolce
Resa from Baccanalle
Taste the Caribbean Lifestyle with Baccanalle! Led by award-winning professional Chef Resa Solomon-St. Lewis, Baccanalle has established a footprint and network at local Farmer’s Markets and Artisan shows across our Region. Resa is also has a background in chemical engineering and environmental management and uses this unique combination to innovate products and recipes. Resa is also dedicated to providing opportunities for the African-Black-Caribbean community and received a Black History Ottawa Community Builder Award for 2021.
Sara from Top Shelf Preserves
Shuai & Bree from Chi Dumpling
Shuai and Bree are young professionals starting a side hustle during these crazy times. They met at a culinary school in P.E.I, one from China and one is an islander. They have been working together ever since they graduated from college. They travelled and moved to Ottawa and they are now working in the same kitchen and have a small business together.
Will & his team from The Artery Community Roasters
The Artery Community Roasters are proud to employ a diverse group of individuals who all self-identify as living with a disability. Their mission is to employ people living with disabilities, pay them a living wage and maintain a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion, and learning. They help inspire other businesses to hire more people living with disabilities, roast ethically sourced speciality coffee with care, and limit and reduce their environmental impact.
City Seltzer make delicious, refreshing, and flavourful non-alcoholic sparkling water. Their seltzers are naturally calorie and sugar-free; perfect for anytime.
City Seltzer's belief in true sustainability means doing things in a way that can go on forever. Accordingly, their facility is powered entirely with zero carbon renewable electricity through Bullfrog Power. They donate 1% of all revenues to Ottawa Riverkeeper in support of their mission to keep our watershed clean for all generations and all species.
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