Meet the Makers
Meet the amazing makers behind the local brands that we carry at the Beverage Market
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
Ferme et forêt blurs the line between the cultivated and the wild as it partners with nature to reap the best tasting and highest nutritional foods possible. The herbal tea production is a personal favorite for Geneviève, who harvests most of the wild growing herbs from their forest and fields. All of the herbs are dried whole, with no heat or light, to preserve the essential oils that give the herbal teas their unique aromas and flavours.
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
The summer of 2009 is when Michael began making gourmet jams. With numerous praises from patrons together with his passion and dedication for culinary delights, Michael established Michael's Dolce in January 2010. Since then, business has expanded producing distinctive drink syrups and sauces including Sriracha!
Sara from Top Shelf Preserves
From pickles to jams and marmalades, Sara has been making some of our favourite handmade preserves since 2013 in Ottawa. After spending years working in kitchens Sara left to start her new venture that would better reflect her own values. Top Shelf Preserves’ commitment to using the best ingredients and techniques quickly gained fans across the city, set on always making sure their fridge is well stocked with Top Shelf Preserves (including our own staff who always have a jar of Maraschino Cherries on hand for their home bar).
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.
Janet from Apothecary Kitchen
An Apothecary is “a person who makes medicine and cures people”, it just seemed right. What better way to do so but with nutritious healing broths and tonics. Feeding people has always been my thing, it’s how I show my love. These products are made with tons of love..I hope you can taste it!
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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