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A Local Connection to Condiments

From pickles to preserves, Ontario has a lot of great condiments to complement mealtime! Whether you’re topping your burgers or garnishing a charcuterie board these Ontario companies have you covered. Check out some of our favourites!

French’s Ketchup – Leamington, ON
Tomato Ketchup

Stepping up to the plate when Heinz pulled their growing contract, it’s only fitting to begin our local list with French’s Ketchup! Perhaps best known for their mustard, French’s is producing ketchup made from Leamington, Ontario’s tomatoes. With strong belief that local is better – their mustard uses Saskatchewan mustard seed – it made sense for French’s to partner with the self-proclaimed Tomato Capital of Canada.

Lakeside Packing – Harrow, ON
Pickles + Preserves

Specializing in pickles, pepper products, sauerkraut, pasta sauces, salsa, relishes, pickled beets, canned tomatoes, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, olives, pickled beans and asparagus and specialty condiments, Lakeside Packing in Harrow, Ontario does it all! As 4th generation “pickle people” Lakeside Packing still uses traditional methods to provide quality products to customers in Canada and to 14 countries globally!

Hot Mamas – Orillia, ON
Jellies + Mustards

Based in Orillia, Ontario, Hot Mama’s lives up to their name! Their flagship product, Red Pepper Jelly, brings the heat to mealtime, entertaining and snacking. Each of their products is made with the Scotch Bonnet Pepper, a combination of homegrown peppers and peppers imported directly from Jamaica, where GranMama first developed the recipe. After years of success, Hot Mamas has now expanded their product line to include spice rubs, BBQ sauces, spicy ketchups and mustards, hot sauces, spicy dessert drizzlers and a whole lot more!

Front Road Market – St.Williams, ON

Blueberry Hill Estates is a high bush blueberry farm estate that operates a fruit winery and farm market on location. Their estate-made jams, jellies, salsas and pickled goods are a true taste of Norfolk Country! Open seasonally from May until September, the farm market carries fresh blueberries, vegetables and baked goods, while the preserves are available year-round. Among the most popular preserves are their blueberry honey, maple syrup, pickled asparagus, garden relish and blueberry jam.

Wild Oak Homestead – Almonte, ON

First generation farmers Sarah and Michael have a goal of feeding their community in the Ottawa Valley through sustainable organic farming. Wild Oak produces naturally fermented veggies, made without preservatives or vinegars, for healthful and delicious sauerkrauts and ferments. Some of our favourites? Try their spicy kraut-chi, carrot kraut-chi, and crimson kraut, along with their brown mustard and pickled garlic.

Greaves – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Jams + Marmalades

Greaves began making pure old-fashioned jams, jellies, marmalades and condiments in 1927, using only the finest fruits, vegetables, sugar and spices. Today, Greaves remains a family-owned business and makes over 35 jam and jelly preserves! And while a larger facility was needed for their growing production needs, they continue to sell from their original retail storefront location in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Busters Barbecue – Vermilion Bay, ON
Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Handmade in the northern Ontario community of Vermilion Bay, Busters Barbecue still makes it’s sauces the same way it has been made for the last 20 years. Naturally sweet, using the blueberries foraged in the previous summer, these award-winning gluten-free sauces offer distinctly Canadian barbecue flavours with a blueberry twist. Ranging from sweet to spicy, there’s certainly a sauce for everyone!

Dennis’ Horseradish – Delhi, ON
Horseradish, Relish, Mustard + Seafood Sauce

Owned and operated by two neighbouring farm families, Dennis’ Horseradish is the product of five generations of hard work, high-quality Norfolk County soil and dedication to self-improvement. Offering 8 different products that are as fresh, simple and natural as possible, each jar is as unique as the horseradish root itself and is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

The Best Dressed – Toronto, ON
Salad Dressings

Developed after tasting her first Caesar salad, owner and founder of The Best Dressed, Diane Gladstone knew she had a winning salad-flavour on her hands. Since expanding her market of eager family and friends to Toronto’s upscale food markets, The Best Dressed has taken her product line from the flagship Caesar to 5 salad dressing flavour offerings. With no added preservatives, additives, MSG, cholesterol, and a gluten-free stamp of approval, these salad dressings are truly for everyone.

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