About our products

About our Products

Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley where we are blessed to have a myriad of producers creating many tasty treats and local delicacies. We are pleased to promote some of these local specialty food products for your tasting pleasure and have provided a brief listing of the main products/suppliers that we carry in our gift baskets below. Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is certain that you will find these product selections superior in quality and taste – in fact, we guarantee it! Please click on the active website links/images below.

Balderson Cheese is Canada’s best tasting and most recognized name in premium-aged cheddar cheese. The reputation of Balderson Cheese is built on a century-long tradition that began in 1881 when a small group of dairy farmers from Eastern Ontario pooled their resources and established the Balderson Corners Cheese Factory. Since then, Balderson Cheese has won numerous awards, including Grand Champion status at several major cheese competitions. Present-day production facilities are now located in Winchester, Ontario. Balderson Cheese is sold in leading Canadian supermarket deli departments, fine food stores, specialty cheese shops, health food stores, selected wineries across Canada and by Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets!

Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is proud to offer MISSISSIPPI MEADOWS HONEY.  Locally produced in Pakenham by Ritchie and Margie Argue.  100% Ontario honey.  MISSISSIPPI MEADOWS HONEY is available online and in select gift baskets.

Mrs. McGarrigle’s came to life in 1988, born of the spirit and determination of its founder, Janet Campbell.

Though humble in its beginnings – manufacturing condiments in the basement of one of Ottawa’s hostels after-hours – Mrs. McGarrigle’s has morphed into a stylish gourmet food, fine kitchenware and home décor retailer – a unique epicurean destination in the National Capital area and an undeniable lure for those who enjoy fine cooking, fine dining and fine living.

Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Foods is situated in picturesque Merrickville. We are proud to offer chutneys, mustards and vinaigrettes in many of our baskets.  All products are made with all natural products with no additives or preservatives.

With an assortment of taste notes, these products  pair well with a variety of meats and cheeses.

michalsdolce Gourmet Confectionery Jams – Michael Sunderland is the founder, proprietor, and confectioner at michaelsdolce, based in Ottawa, Ontario. A graduate in Culinary Arts from Algonquin College, Michael has worked in many kitchens – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, fine restaurants, and catering businesses. In 2009, Michael began making gourmet jams and in January 2010, he established his own brand, michaelsdolce. michaelsdolce Gourmet Confectionery Jams are made with high quality ingredients to satisfy taste senses; savouring authentic flavours = not overbearing them in sugary sweetness. michaelsdolce gourmet jams are available for sale/savour in specialty food stores and fine restaurants in the Ottawa area. Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is pleased to also carry michaelsdolce Gourmet Confectionery Jams in our on-line store as well as in some selected gift baskets – perfect on breakfast scones or as a dessert topping!

The Nicastro Family in Ottawa – it all started in 1972 when the Nicastro Brothers opened their first store in Ottawa on Gladstone Avenue in Little Italy. This store first catered to the Italian immigrant families but soon grew in popularity and became Ottawa’s favourite Italian grocer. Nicastro Brand products are carefully selected to offer up only the best quality and most authenic Italian food tastes. You are guaranteed best quality and value when you purchase a Nicastro Brand product. Nicastro Brand products are available at Nicastro’s on Merivale Road and La Bottega in the Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario. All Nicastro Brand sauces are made with the highest quality ingredients, from premium Italian tomatoes to real Parmigianno-Reggiano cheese. Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is delighted to carry Nicastro Fine Foods products in our pasta and gourmet baskets and in our on-line store – BUON APPETITO!

Temple Sugar Bush is a family-owned and operated business with roots in the maple syrup industry dating back to the 1940s. Temple Sugar Bush has been providing maple syrup and maple treats to visitors to their sugarbush for years! Temple’s Sugar Bush supplies Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets with the maple syrup that we stock in our select gift baskets. Temple Sugar Bush is located at 1700 Ferguson’s Falls Road(County Road #15) Lanark ON K0G 1K0 in the scenic Highlands of Lanark County – “The Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario.”

We (Cate and Randy) were raised on family farms in Renfrew County, in the midst of the historic Ottawa Valley. Surrounded by family and neighbours who carried centuries of knowledge, much of that knowledge was passed down to those of us who had an affinity for the ‘old ways’ and for great food.\After living in western Canada, our hearts brought us back to the Ottawa Valley to raise our sons, and to create The Mix Company many years ago.

Our Gourmet Mixes began as a fun gift for friends when our children were young. In 1999 we began packaging our first Gluten-free mixes, and almost 2 decades later our Gourmet Mix line has grown into something for everyone! We’ve got it all…tortillas & spice blends, soups & biscuits, muffins & cookies, breads & bagels, pancakes & waffles, dips, dressings…even Doggy Treats for that special pet!

Each Allergen-friendly and Gluten-free mix is carefully blended and packaged for freshness and wholesome flavour. We shop for the freshest organic, local & kosher ingredients so you don’t have to. You simply add liquid ingredients and your job is done!

We make Gluten-free Easy — and Fun!

Practices & Standards

All our mixes are made without Gluten, Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Soy, Corn, MSG, Preservatives, Egg or Yeast, in a dedicated gluten-free facility. All mixes are low-sodium.

We proudly support Ontario and Canadian family farms, and we buy their premium ingredients for fair prices. We source Organic and Kosher where available.

We are registered with FDA and CFIA and use ELISSA testing to ensure GF standards. Our products test below 5ppm gluten consistently.


We established Shamrock Gardens in early 2018 from our passion for cooking and growing our own produce. We use our own personally grown or locally sourced products for our preserves as much as possible. We make new and original products specific to us as well as old-time favourites like our grandmothers made. So far, we have partnered with Almonte’s Crooked Mile Brewery and Perth’s TopShelf Distillers to create delicious bbq sauces, relishes, caramel and fruit butters. We carry items for individual and wholesale and have made gift baskets and wedding favours for special occasions. This summer and fall we will be travelling the Ottawa Valley at festivals and fairs to showcase our products and hope to continue to meet new friends and connections along the way.

We fill our cups by roasting a coffee so noteworthy it stops you in your tracks, creating a moment of pause. Just for you.

It’s a moment in which you inhale. You savour. You warm your hands and bury your nose into your cup of joy. You have a sense something magical is about to happen. You take your first sip. You taste the body, the sweetness, the complexity. And the world stops, just for a moment, just for you. For you to use as best suits you.

You expect your coffee to be organic, freshly roasted, ethically sourced, sustainably packaged. Snark is. And more. Snark is a moment of time held still. Your time.

I’m Kim Berry, owner and roaster of Snark, a small-batch, Arnprior based roastery with over a decade of caffeine-fueled passion in bringing out the very best of each coffee region’s flavours.

If you’re ready to wake up, buttercup, if you’re ready to fuel your attitude, you’re ready for Snark.

Village Treats is an Ottawa Valley icon – a.k.a. the Creator of Delicious Chocolates. Village Treats products contain only the finest ingredients that bring out all the richness and flavour expected from a fine Chocolatier. Established as a fudge shop (1979) in an old Victorian-style house in Lanark Village – Village Treats quickly grew into a chocolate-making business. Using original recipes and classic confectionery machinery, all chocolates are made from scratch and cooked in large copper pots over open flame. Village Treats is owned and operated by Nick Levac and Galen Neilson and their company is famous for hand-crafted chocolates and truffles. Village Treats manufacturing/retail facility is located on George Street in the heart of Lanark Village – all products are available for sale at their store-front location and through several local Ottawa area gift shops and fine food stores. Ottawa Valley Gift Baskets is honoured to offer Village Treats chocolates, truffles, and candy products in our on-line store and in our gift baskets – why not let the “chocolate lover” in you out for a treat!