Zoltan's Wild Garden

Zoltan’s Wild Garden : artistry in food

I find her stand calling to me, with those odd-shaped and brightly coloured fungi lounging in a basket, along with an Ali Baba assortment of goodies: fresh homemade soups (vegan and organic versions often available), pickled garlic scapes, hot apple chutney, orange rhubarb salad dressing, and even some wild chaga face cream. Apparently some find […]

Jardins Glenorra at market

Les Jardins Glenorra – a rebirth of the family farm

Ian knew the house from his childhood. Sitting just above the Chateauguay River, his grandmother’s home, with its red brick facade and Victorian-style porch was an idyllic place for his family to come for weekends and vacations. It had been a place of celebration, of family, of community. It had been a place to connect […]

Co-op du Grand Orme

La Co-op du Grand Orme: home, history and community

It was my first time stepping foot into the co-op (yes, I am embarrassed it has taken me so long, yeesh!), and right away I recognized a few “friends” on the shelves: Bread Trade’s Cheap Date (a healthy version of Nutella), McCaig beeswax candles, and Ouistitine stuffed animals. James Maynard, the manager of the Co-op […]

Maniadakis Organic Apple Orchard

Verger Biologique Maniadakis

It was like driving along “U-pick” row, sign after sign for picking blueberries, apples, plums and pears. But the only organic one I saw was Maniadakis Organic Apple Orchard (Verger Biologique Maniadakis), with its imposing castle sitting upon the horizon as you turn onto the property. I had done a bit of research before coming […]

McCaig Honey

Miel McCaig Honey: a family’s passion for bees

It was almost by chance that Miel McCaig Honey came into being. Penny and Jim McCaig used to buy their honey from a beekeeper down the road from their home in Saint-Lazare. They were curious about how it was made. Life conspired with their curiosity and brought whispers of a beekeeping course being offered at […]

Organic Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout from Le Castor Microbrewery

Le Castor Microbrewery: It all started with wood

The first thing I noticed when walking into the Le Castor Microbrewery was the slightly bitter aroma of beer being made. I followed Daniel Addey Jibb, co-founder of the brewery, right through another door to Hamlet, his and his partner’s heavy timberwork company. It was like a portal going from one world to the next, […]


Gill & Kate Bakers: Bringing heart into your home

It was pouring rain at Finnegan’s market, and there they were, smiling and laughing, selling their treasures to passers-by and devout fans. Their laughter was infectious, and soon they had me giggling in the pelting rain, as I listened to stories of homemade ginger beer experiments, Gill’s half-hearted attempt at retirement, and of a friendship […]

cbv frontage

Co-op des Bons Voisins

While traveling and living in Europe, one of the things I loved most was finding a spot, a center to my world, where I would meet with friends, catch up on local goings-on and simply feel connected and part of my community. Whether it was traveling to a new town, living in a big city […]

La Ferme du Zephyr

La Ferme du Zephyr

En route to the farm, as I drive along the sun-speckled tree-lined road dense with late summer foliage, passing the calligraphed street signs, I feel as if I am going through a portal to another world. I had never been to this part of the island. It’s like a hidden jewel. Stephen Homer, owner of […]


Madame Taco

I arrived at le marché de Sainte-Anne just before lunch time and one of the first stalls I came to was “Madame Taco.” Which was a good thing because I was hungry, and even better, I had been craving corn tortillas for weeks. This may seem like an odd thing, but I grew up in […]

Allons Vert

Allons Vert

1740 Notre Dame West, Montréal, H3J 1M3 (514) 507-4445 Fax: (438) 381 4878 In-store naturopathic services. Become a member and save 10% on all store items. Monday to Friday: 10am – 8pm Saturday: 11am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm www.allonsvert.ca

Branche D'Olivier

Marché Branche d’Olivier

2 locations: 4342 Wellington Verdun, QC, H4G 1W4 (514) 768-5930 3437 Notre-Dame Ouest Montreal, QC, H4C 1N9 (514) 938-1818 mahifa.com Mon – Wed : 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM Thurs – Fri : 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM Saturday : 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Vert Essentiel

Vert Essentiel

1001 rue Émile Bouchard, #106 Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 0W3 (450) 732-1827 www.vertessentiel.ca Mon: closed Tues – Wed: 9:30am – 6pm Thurs – Fri: 9:30am – 9pm Sat – Sun: 10am – 5pm

Bio Terre

Bio Terre

201, rue Saint-Viateur O Montreal, QC H2T 2L6 514-278-3377 www.bio-terre.com Mon – Wed: 9am – 8pm Thurs – Fri: 9am – 9pm Sat – Sun: 9am – 7pm

Le Panier

Le Panier

274 Lakeshore Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4K9 (514) 695-7038 www.thepanier.com Mon – Wed: 10am – 6pm Thurs – Fri: 10am – 9pm Sat: 10am – 5pm Sun: 11am – 5pm

C'est la Vie Marché Bio

C’est la Vie Naturellement

3 locations: 1584 Laurier Avenue Montreal, QC H2J 1H9 (514) 528-9559 5329 Parc Avenue Montreal, QC H2L 3M8 (514) 312-1345 4050 av du Parc Lafontaine Montreal, QC (514) 528-8989 www.facebook.com/cestlaviemarchebio/ Ave Laurier and Parc Lafontaine store hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 8pm Sat – Sun: 9am – 6pm Ave Parc store hours: Mon – […]