From market garden to culinary laboratory, from father to daughter over nearly four decades, in a magical place called Plateau des Éboulements, Le Jardin des Chefs has been creating “made-to-order” produce for Quebec’s leading chefs, adding new colours and flavours to their dishes.
In the heart of Montreal, Ôplant Urban Farms has designed a unique indoor vertical farm that enables urban agriculture 12 months a year. More than 20 varieties of microgreens are produced here, healthy foods that are delightful, delicious and inspire many a chef!
Each year, La Sublime Asperge produces about 40 tons of fresh asparagus, to the delight of our taste buds. Many of Quebec’s leading chefs are quick to say that this family farm, located in Saint-Aimé, a tiny village between Sorel and Saint-Hyacinthe, produces “Quebec’s best asparagus.”
A SLICE OF SWITZERLAND AND NORMANDY… IN SAINT-ROCH-OUEST!
La Suisse Normande is both a dairy farm in the heart of the beautiful Lanaudière region, with over 300 Alpine and Saanen goats, and a cheese maker that processes the milk from the farm’s goats, to our great satisfaction.
Brome Lake Ducks is Canada’s oldest company specialized in raising Pekin ducks. As a responsible farmer, this jewel of Quebec agriculture produces ducks fed a diet of grains and soy, enriched with vitamins and minerals, without antibiotics or hormones. Offering more meat and less fat, this poultry is more than welcome on our plates!
Bastien Poulain and Mélanie Mamet are co-owners of “1642” a Montreal-based company founded in 2015, which offers beverages of premium quality, preservative-free and made from natural ingredients, to give sparkling beverages the noble flavours they deserve.
Having grown up on the family farm producing quality pork, Alexandre and Nicolas Aubin, co-owners of the Gaspor farm with Bernard Giguère, are now devoted exclusively to raising milk-fed suckling pigs, without antibiotics or growth hormones, to the delight of connoisseurs and chefs in Quebec and around the world.
The Épicurien Bakery offers artisanal breads containing no improvers or preservatives and made with premium quality local flours. Intended for Montreal’s restaurant market, their products are delivered daily to chefs and restaurateurs, to the delight of their customers.
Jean Morin is from the fourth generation of dairy farmers at Louis d’Or farm, in the village of Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick. In 2009, he fulfilled a dream by founding the Fromagerie du Presbytère, just opposite his farm. When he was a kid, his mother would send him with cakes to the priest who lived where he and his four children now make their delicious cheeses, which wins awards every year in Quebec and across Canada.
Chocolat Montréal offers a classic range of artisanal chocolates, distributed online and through certain retail outlets. Thanks to innovative technologies in the service of artisanal know-how, Florence Paquin-Mallette and Ludovic Fresse, master chocolatier, are making the aficionados and the local gastronomy scene very happy.
For Les Marchands DuFrais, only that which is exquisite deserves to be picked, and by the best pickers! As distributors of fresh mushrooms in season, and dehydrated or frozen throughout the year, they also offer products derived from truffles and berries, to the delight of chefs and our taste buds!
Fairmount Bagel will celebrate, in the next year, its 100th anniversary! Founder Isadore Shlafman had to flee Kiev in 1919, and as fate would have it, he arrived in Montreal and founded North America’s first bagel bakery. After initially operating in the alley behind Schwartz’s, on the Main, he moved his bakery to Fairmount Street, where it still stands. The bagel recipe and method have remained unchanged to this day.
FROM THE GRAIN TO THE BOTTLE, EVERY DETAIL COUNTS!
Cirka Distilleries has a unique approach. They produce their spirits on their premises, from grain to bottle: cooking the grains (GMO-free, locally produced), fermenting, distilling and bottling. They opened their doors in 2015, and the distribution network for their vodka and gins has already grown considerably to include Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario.
AT THE HEART OF JEAN-TALON MARKET FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS!
Over the years, Lino and Bruno Birri, market gardeners and nursery owners, have become leading figures at the Jean-Talon Market. Birri et Frères offers its diverse clientele – including around a hundred restaurants – local products harvested daily, along with greenhouse products in the winter. They also sell plants and seeds for gardening.
1769 Distillery has produced spirits in small batches since 2014. Madison Park gin and MVodka are available in various versions, and they will launch the first three-year-old Canadian whisky made in Montreal in mid-June 2018 (for Father’s Day).
This microdistillery is also at the origin of our famous Oak Barrel-Aged Maple Old-Fashioned, a unique elixir that sprang from a collaboration between their master distiller Andrew Mikus and Maximilliano Vallée Valletta, head bartender and general manager at Les Enfants Terribles.
FOUR GENERATIONS OF FRESH AND LOCAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!
Hector Larivée, a family business founded in 1940, is a leading distributor of fresh produce, and the first choice for many Quebec chefs, thanks to its unique know-how, unparalleled customer service and focus on sustainable development.
Antoine Nicolas dives under pack ice in temperatures equivalent to -50 °C to gather about 15 varieties of Gaspé seaweed, these "superfoods" that are worth getting to know for their nutritional value and superb flavours. His sea vegetables and seafood are harvested year-round on demand and delivered throughout Quebec.
Maison Sivo is a micro-distillery to which we owe Quebec’s first whiskey! It is also an eco-friendly farm that grows blackcurrants, blueberries and raspberries to make fine brandies and liqueurs. Meet Janos Sivo, Master Distiller!
The Vaillancourt family’s fruit and vegetable farm was founded way back in 1823! As a child of the seventh generation of one of Quebec’s oldest farming families, Vyckie Vaillancourt has added a new branch to the family business by creating O’Citrus, which is dedicated to exotic citrus fruits. Yuzu, kumquat, and Buddha’s hands are now produced just north of Montreal, on the island of Laval!
La Canardière is a family farm located in Carignan, Montérégie. Their free-range ducks are grain fed with 100% natural whole corn, which gives the foie gras a unique color and delicate taste. Their traditional artisan work is a delight to chefs, and their patrons!
A gang of young and unconventional Montreal entrepreneurs from the worlds of spirits, marketing, advertising and music – to name a few – decided to join forces and create a unique vodka made from high-quality local products. White Keys Vodka: an immediate success!
The family farm “La Rose des Vents” was founded in 1945 in Mont-Laurier. Today, Diane Aubin and her entire family produce high quality poultry, including guinea fowl, duck and turkey, fed with grains grown on the farm.