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Found: Tomatillo Salsa (in the Ottawa Citizen!)

With spring just around the corner I start craving vibrant, fresh flavours. I have been tapping into my stash of Top Shelf Preserves Tomatillo Salsa — taking egg burritos and black bean quesadillas up another level.

fresh, aromatic cilantro
fresh, aromatic cilantro

In fact, I just cracked open a jar to sauce up some steak tacos last night. Seared beef, corn tortillas, refried beans, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro sprouts, and Tomatillo Salsa combined to make a deeply satisfying feast! And, as my boyfriend pointed out, we were participating in #TacoTuesday! Now where is that taco emoji everyone is taco-ing about?

270mL glass jar of Tomatillo Salsa with a black label and lid

I was pretty stoked to see that we were in the Ottawa Citizen today! Food writer Laura Robin features local products and dishes in the “Found” section every week, doing a service to Ottawa foodies who are always hungry for something new and fresh! Check out the article by clicking the photo below!

ott citizen march 16 2016

Every fall we source locally grown tomatillos, serrano peppers, cilantro and garlic. We roast the tomatillos and peppers, combine them with onions and garlic and simmer on the stove, adding Ontario apple cider vinegar for acidity and a wonderful depth of flavour.

organic garlic from Britannia Backyard Edibles
organic garlic from Britannia Backyard Edibles

One of our neighbours, Greg, grows beautiful cilantro and we scored bunches and bunches from his Just Food Farm garden last season. Long simmering makes our salsa thick. You can see flecks of charred tomatillos and peppers throughout this blended sauce.

a handful of tomatillos in Jasmine's garden at Mariposa Farm

I haven taken a couple days off to help at the Jasmine’s garden in the last two seasons, helping prepare beds for planting and then coming back later to harvest tomatillos! These little hardy plants are prolific and are well suited to Ottawa’s short season. I just love them.

Our shop is open Sunday March 20, 2016 from 11-5 to celebrate the first day of Spring and the Persian New Year! Stop by to shop our wide selection of handmade pickles and preserves!

We also sell the Tomatillo Salsa (and other goodies!) online through and ship Canada-wide.

What’s your favourite way to use Top Shelf Preserves Tomatillo Salsa?

uOttawa market tomorrow

After an incredible season of craft and food fairs this winter (thank you Ottawa!) Top Shelf is going to stick around and make things happen in 2014! We’ve identified the crowd favourites (Sriracha garlic scapes & dill pickled beans, holla!) and we’re still going to be making lots of small batches throughout the year (it’s just what we do).

Our first market of the season is tomorrow, at the indoor farmer’s market at Ottawa U hosted by the Student Federation as part of Green Week 2014.

Maryanne at the SFUO Farmers' Market
Maryanne at the SFUO Farmers’ Market having a bowl of chili from Top Shelf Preserves.

The market is going down 9am to 4pm Thursday January 16th, and there are lots of awesome vendors with a real range of products and grab-and-go food for lots of different diets. I love snacking on Ethiopian spicy vegetable injera wraps and sipping on the natural grape soda from Kulture Foods. There’s also a dedicated fudge vendor for you sweets-loving people.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. if you have an event coming up and are looking for vendors, drop us a line.

A big weekend for Top Shelf

Ottawa has no shortage of expertly curated craft fairs this holiday season, and Top Shelf is thrilled to take part in three events this weekend!

Tomorrow, Saturday December 7 we will be showing off our wares, especially our locally sourced goods, at The Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair in New Edinburgh.

LAFF is an ultimate foodie destination, celebrating fine artisanal food producers/ethical merchants in Ottawa and 100 mile radius.
LAFF is an ultimate foodie destination, celebrating fine artisanal food producers/ethical merchants in Ottawa and 100 mile radius.

We will be having a silent auction in support of Ottawa School Breakfast Program, Ottawa Network for Education. You can bid on our pickled beets and spiced pears!

Free admission.

On Saturday we are also going to be at Craftalicious Crafts and Treats from your Local Crafters. A great event for busy parents, as the organizers have arranged free childcare on site with Betty Hyde Co-operative Nursery School.

Craftalicious 2013 POSTER 150dpi

And if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday, take a stroll down Somerset St. West at the annual Chinatown Craft Walk.

Visit Top Shelf at Shanghai Bistro, and make sure to check out the Daily Grind and Raw Sugar to get the full Craft Walk experience!
Visit Top Shelf at Shanghai Bistro, and make sure to check out the Daily Grind and Raw Sugar to get the full Craft Walk experience!

The door proceeds benefit Unicef in the emergency in the Philliphines.

It’s gonna be a great weekend! Hope to see you at our events!

Top Shelf Preserves featured in the Ottawa Citizen

Give the Gift of Delicious; Ottawa artisans craft tasty treats fit for foodies by Laura Robin

Top Shelf Preserves founder Sara Pishva with Pickled Garlic Scapes
Top Shelf Preserves founder Sara Pishva with Pickled Garlic Scapes

We’re so pleased to be mentioned in this round-up of local specialty food businesses in Ottawa offering unique products perfect for gift-giving.

Our events calendar has the skinny on our next appearances, and we have quite a few lined up for holiday shoppers. Whether it’s a hostess gift, something to kick up your holiday drinks or cheese and charcuterie platters, or just for you to snack on privately away from the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, we know you’re going to love our expertly prepared pickles and preserves.

We tried some salted caramels from Morsel at Idle Hands Craft Fair last week and they were to die for! You’ve gotta check them out. We’ll both be at Urban Craft, Dec 14.

Updated October 7, 2015 by Sara (fixed broken link)

Gourmet Local Food Baskets

We’re pleased to announce the 2013 Top Shelf Preserves Gourmet Local Food Basket.

A basket of locally made goodies from some of Ottawa’s newest fine food businesses.

The basket comes all wrapped up so the contents are hidden. It is tucked into a large stainless steel colander, and decorated with ribbons and a one-of-a-kind illustrated gift tag by local visual artist Charlotte Healey. This is a gift basket any food lover would blush at.

The idea behind the basket was to showcase some of the amazing goods we found on our first six months of the farmer’s market and craft fair circuit in Ottawa. Incidentally, Ottawa has no shortage of markets and they’re booming with lots of new, local, vibrant businesses and resourceful entrepreneurs.

The details

The price: $100

The contents:

Supplies are limited, but we can reserve your basket with a $20 deposit. Arrange pick up at one of our upcoming events or get delivery within Centretown and the west end for an additional fee.

Any questions? Want to place an order? Contact us.