Clever Crow Herbs & Spices
Clever Crow Sea Salt is owned and operated by two chefs who fell in love with the idea of farming in Black Creek, BC. They grow herbs, spices, and vegetables on their five-acre farm, and began harvesting sea salt from the nearby coastline a few years ago. The clean coastal waters of Vancouver Island make ideal conditions for the big, flaky sea salt, which is then flavoured naturally to provide variety. The line of herb and spice blends that Clever Crow creates are made in small batches to ensure absolute freshness! They start with whole spices and grind them onsite. Most of the herbs are grown organically on their farm, and all products are preservative and gluten free.
Dark Side Chocolates
Proudly handmade in small batches, the truffles and confections from Dark Side Chocolates are just as beautiful to behold with your eyes as they are to enjoy with your mouth. They aim to bring you the joy of authentic flavour and allow you a true chocolate experience by using only fresh creams in combination with the finest organic, fair trade chocolate. There are no chemicals, waxes, fillers, or preservatives to take away from this personal encounter with your chosen decadence. Their boutique shop is located in downtown Cumberland, in the beautiful Comox Valley, British Columbia. Come to the Dark Side, the Ethical Indulgence!
Royston Roasting Company
The Royston Roasting Company is located in Royston on Vancouver Island BC, located just South of Courtenay on the Old Island Highway. Their location offers Coffee Roasting Tours and Cafe Training as well as retail and wholesale beans for sale, gift baskets and a specialty coffee house above the roasting facility.
Raw beans are sourced from a variety of different coffee growing countries, and short listed to four outstanding roasts. All made with the finest 100% Arabica, Fair Trade and Organic coffee beans.
Hornby Island Tea
Hornby Island Tea harvests herbs from its own family farm of 30 years, and is actively adding small, organic, local farms to its growers lists. All their teas are blended with local herbs, which adds to the taste, smell and visual profile. Great ingredients are the key to creating a fabulous tea experience, and sourcing the finest ingredients allows Hornby Island Tea to bring you fresh, flavourful, aromatic, unique tea blends. This artisan hand blended loose leaf tea offers a social and environmentally responsible product. Everything they do is to support small-scale sustainable organic farms on a global and local level.
Inspired by a passion for fine foods, Artisan Edibles has been making the most of lovingly grown seasonal ingredients since 2005. Located in Parksville, they pride themselves on their high quality, beautifully packaged products, created in small batches using expertly sourced local ingredients picked at their peak of ripeness and flavour. Whether paired with artisanal cheeses and fine wine, rustic breads or crackers, seafood or meats, or simply enjoyed spooned right out of their stylish Italian glass jars, their versatility is limited only by your imagination.
The Mustard Lady
Nancy Farey, owner of The Mustard Lady, got her start making mustards in her Courtenay kitchen in 2011 as a hobby. First she shared her creations with family and friends, who gave her mustards rave reviews. Then, as with many entrepreneurs before her, she was encouraged by her fans to have her mustards available on the retail market. She used her spare time to perfect her recipes, and is now a much sought after vendor throughout the Comox Valley.
Ivan Loubier, formerly a chef in Toronto, is inspired by the high caliber of locally available products which he incorporates into his truffles. His truffles are all hand-made with natural, local, GMO-free ingredients, and only premium Valrhona chocolate. A rich flavoured ganache is hand-piped, individually enrobed in tempered dark chocolate, and dusted with premium cocoa powder.
As You Like It Products & Catering
‘As You Like It” is one of Comox Valley’s finest caterers of gourmet foods and food products. Laura Agnew, a red seal qualified chef of 30 years, aims to supply the local region with gourmet food and food products for people who enjoy the art of eating quality, locally grown food. Her products are made with primarily locally grown ingredients, many of which are grown on her four acre farm in Union Bay. Whether you cook at home and use her delicious products, or are interested in booking a private or business orientated event , it will be prepared “As You Like It”!
Salish Sea Foods
Estevan Tuna is a family-owned fishing business located in the Comox Valley, specializing in BC Wild Albacore Tuna. They catch their tuna in the pristine deep waters of the North Pacific Ocean, selling only premium quality, flash frozen-at-sea product. The smoked tuna is hand-filleted, hand-packed, and smoked with natural hardwood smoke.
Natural Pastures Cheese Company
In 2001, when the family’s Heritage Dairy Farm came to a crossroads, they invited Swiss Master Cheesemaker Paul Sutter to join them and founded Natural Pastures Cheese Company. Together they embraced, one-hundred-and ten-percent, the creative potential of fresh milk. At Natural Pastures, all of the traditional and inspired cheeses are handcrafted with the fresh, wholesome milk of Island cows and water buffalo. They now have almost 20 unique cheeses under their belts.
Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt
Tree Island was founded in 2012 by a microbiologist and whole food enthusiast, who returned from a trip to France after tasting artisan yogurt made with fresh, whole milk. They now make grass-fed, artisan yogurt at our production plant in the Comox Valley. They use 100% fresh whole BC milk, carefully select the best ingredients and handcraft our yogurt in small batches using a traditional, slow-kettle cooking method.
Sarah and Derek Walsh first met in Australia and then spent time in Ireland before settling for two and a half years in Venice and Tuscany learning the art of Italian pasta making. They returned to Sarah’s roots in Courtenay, wanting to introduce customers to fresh pasta made with local eggs, as well as their own line of homemade sauces, pestos, and soups. Their retail shop in Tin Town supplies fresh pasta to restaurants across Vancouver Island, as well as to local markets and specialty shops. With flavours such as squid ink pasta, walnut & roasted garlic pesto, and baked dishes using Natural Pastures’ Cheese and Estevan Tuna, their shop always smells amazing and should be on your “must visit” list.
Smokin’ Joe’s Smoked Salmon
Smokin’ Joe’s was originally established in 1999 in Victoria, British Columbia. A few retired Canadian Sailors decided that with the proper recipe and fish processing plant, Smoked Salmon in retort pouches should be enjoyed worldwide. They relocated in 2004 to Courtenay, BC to be centrally located on Vancouver Island. Smokin’ Joe’s selects only premium Wild Pacific Salmon caught in the cold pristine waters off the West Coast of British Columbia, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Jenny Marie’s Cracker Company
Jenny Marie’s cracker company was born from a love of baking instilled throughout life, beginning in Jenny’s grandmother’s kitchen in St. John’s Newfoundland. She was taught that a passion for fresh and wholesome food is integeral to a wholesome, healthy life. These teachings are what their little cracker company is based on. At Jenny Marie, they use simple ingredients, free of artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, GMO’s and hydrogenated oils. They take pride in producing small-batch artisan crackers in beautiful, Victoria, BC, Canada.
Vancouver Island Hot Sauce Company
Karita and Eben Sedun began developing hot sauce recipes long before moving to Qualicum Beach in 2014, but it was on the Island that they found the inspiration for what is now the Vancouver Island Hot Sauce Company. Using BC grown hot peppers, they currently have two very different flavours to choose from. Owl’s Screech is made with Scotch Bonnet peppers, which pack a punch of 100,000-350,000 scoville units, while Breath of Humbaba is made from Jalapeno peppers – 1,000-4,000 scoville units.
Catie’s Hot Dilled Beans
Catie’s Hot Dilled Beans is an artisan food company producing pickles, salsa, pepper jellies, and fruit jams – all handmade using locally sourced ingredients. Like many artisan producers, Catie started making perserves in her own kitchen, and expanded as her products were always in demand with friends and family. Now available at specialty markets across the Island, we are excited to be the only online supplier for her products.
Signature Oil & Vinegar
Signature Oil & Vinegar opened its Courtenay tasting bar in February 2014, and Campbell River in November 2014. They now carry over 50 varieties of award-winning cold-pressed EVOO & barrel-aged balsamic vinegars. While not really “created” locally, these products significantly enhance the flavours from our other local artisan vendors. Cheese, bread, seafood, produce – all can benefit from a drizzle of quality olive oil and tangy balsamic. They are a perfect fit for our online marketplace, and a welcome addition to any of our gift boxes!
West Coast Smokin’ Oysters
West Coast Smokin’ Oysters have SIX mouth-watering flavours of naturally smoked oysters. The oysters are all sourced from reputable Fanny Bay area oyster producers, and processed in a federally inspected and approved facility on Quadra Island, BC. All oysters are packaged in special flat Retort Pouches, a packaging option that seals in the freshness, aroma and flavour of the smoked oysters, and offers greener manufacturing benefits over and above traditional canning.
Vancouver Island Salt Co.
Vancouver Island Salt Co. takes pride in offering handcrafted artisan salts, harvested with care from the cold, clear waters between Canada’s Shellfish Coast and the Salmon Capital of the World on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Founded by former chef, Andrew Shepherd, these salts are hand-harvested in small batches – a happy harmony of mother nature and the tides, patience and artisanal craftsmanship.
Tasteful Essentials is an artisan food producer located in Parksville, BC, which specializes in sauces, chutneys, rubs, jams, and more. They use local ingredients from local farmers here on the island to ensure freshness and believe in contributing to the sustainability of their community. All products are made in small batches which also ensures quality and freshness.
Heavenly Libations is a small business nestled in the fertile Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island. All our products are hand crafted in small batches, using mostly local and in-season fruits. In the days before soda, “Shrubs” were quite popular as a way to preserve fruit using sugar and vinegar, and also to quench your thirst. Heavenly Libations does not cook or pasteurize their Shrubs, which gives a distinctive “fresh fruit” flavour. This does mean that they need to be refrigerated but we feel it’s worth it!
Ammo Box Hotsauce
Ammo Box Hotsuce is the creation of a Canadian Veteran and hot sauce enthusiast – creating small batches of quality sauces without preservatives! It’s not just about the heat, these sauces are full of flavor!
Based in the Comox Valley, B.C.