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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?

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)