We support our local food economy by sourcing directly from farms within our Southern Ontario region. This could be an urban farm in Toronto or a farmer as far as 200 kms.
We purchase the majority of our produce from certified organic family farms in Southern Ontario. We also buy vegetables from smaller scale sustainable farms that practice organic methods. These smaller farms may choose not to be certified organic because they sell directly to their customers which provides confidence from farm to table.
Our products are traditionally fermented with unrefined sea salt, creating nutrient dense, living foods with complex flavours. This transformation also creates probiotics and bio-available nutrients. Our products are unpasteurized and no vinegar is added.
Our products are always vegan. Plant based, no dairy, no fish sauce.
Our products are gluten free.
However, we do share our kitchen with a company that uses flour, but our production is on different days.
Every small batch we make is packed into jars by hand in our kitchen. We are involved in the entire process to make sure your pickles are amazing!
Fermented food and drinks are not shelf stable. Traditionally, this was a way to preserve the harvest through the winter months. Refrigeration slows down the fermentation process allowing you to enjoy the pickles at optimum flavour. **Use a clean utensil to submerge pickles under brine and keep kraut/kimchi tightly packed.
Fermentation creates probiotics, complex flavours, and carbon dioxide. In our drinks, this means delicate bubbles of natural carbonation. In our pickles it means the lid may bulge or you may see some fizzing upon opening the jar. This is normal and safe.
Because of our direct relationships with local farmers, our products may be influenced by growing conditions, weather, seasonal availability, or kitchen temperatures. Cucumbers may come in varying sizes, and carrots may taste sweeter in the fall. Winter cabbage is more dense and crunchy than cabbage grown in summer. Our products taste best before the date on the jar. They do not expire, they will just change over time. Some people enjoy the stronger flavours of vintage pickles – taste for yourself and decide.