Feelgood mustard

Sometimes it helps to work backwards. Natasha LeBlanc, a professional chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of Canada in P.E.I before working in some of Ottawa's top restaurants, says "preserving has been our gateway into farming." LeBlanc and her husband, Brian Faraday, are first-time farmers who set their sights and their dream of a market garden on a 65-acre property in Lanark County.

The Original Herb & Spice Shop Wellington

In 1973 two long-haired hippies, Mike Steinberg and Jeff Sugarman, opened a bulk natural food store on Somerset — the first of its kind for Ottawa. Now celebrating its 45th year of business in its familiar location in the heart of Wellington West and run by Steinberg and his family, Herb & Spice has developed into the go-to spot for all things local. 

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