Canada Farmers and Farms

Canada Farmers and Farms

As a Canadian company, Gathering Place takes pride in supporting local Canadian farmers by sourcing products from our own country. It’s one of our company pillars: If a product is grown and available in Canada, we will buy it - even if it costs more! This just makes sense: from a carbon footprint perspective, as well as providing support for the local economy and curating the freshest products for our customers.

We partner with certified organic family farms, who put care for the Earth first, while treating their employees with respect. These Canadian farmers supply us with the tastiest and most ethically-produced green culinary herbs, organic mustards, and our wildcrafted, pure ocean-sourced kelp.

About Our Cortes Island Farm

All of the bay and rosemary in our line of Canadian culinary herbs comes from our home property or other small homesteads on Cortes. We love that we can offer you products grown right on our own land, in pure rich soil, surrounded by large cedars and firs, caressed by the salty brine air, and watered by west coast rains and pure well water.

Each leaf of bay and rosemary that you find in your Gathering Place Trading package has been gently plucked by someone in our family and then later, carefully washed, graded, and dehydrated by one of our teammates. This tender “hands-on” process explains the bright colour and freshness of our herbs, which so many of our customers comment on and are delighted by!

Canadian Bay Leaf
Canadian Bay Leaf

Canadian Bay Leaf

$6.00

Canadian Rosemary
Canadian Rosemary

Canadian Rosemary

$6.00

Direct Sourcing

We gather authentic and trustworthy ingredients from hand-selected family farms and community sourcing partners. No one in the middle, just farmers to families.

Environmental Care

We are proudly Green Business Certified, always purchase Canadian Grown products when available, offer our employees CO2 credits for car pooling or biking, and use 100% recyclable packaging. 

Organic & Non-GMO

We only partner with certified organic and non-GMO farms and suppliers who meet global food safety standards.

Integrity and Fairness

We love leading with our heart and hope to inspire change by humanizing the global food industry.

Giving Back

We take great joy in re-investing 1% of our total sales back into grassroots projects in the communities where our products are grown. 

About Our British Columbia Kelp Harvesters

Our company’s kelp is sustainably harvested from British Columbia’s crisp, clean ocean water by two family businesses who exclusively wildcraft. One of these small businesses is located on Cortes Island, where we live, and the other on Vancouver Island! In small batches, this nutrient rich superfood is selectively hand-harvested, naturally ocean rinsed, and slowly dried indoors to preserve its many vitamins, antioxidants, and essential minerals. We are honoured to provide you with this farmer-direct and sustainably sourced ocean goodness!

About Our Organic Mustard Seed Farmers

Gathering Place all-Canadian, high-quality mustard comes to you from Alberta in Canada’s vast and beautiful Prairies. The owner of this 100-year-old multi-generational family farm, Bernie, learned organic farming methods from his grandfather and father and employs only veganic farming techniques. This dedicated organic and non-GMO advocate has played a lead role in the renaissance of Red Fife wheat in the Canadian Prairies.

We source these ethically-produced mustard seeds direct from Bernie and pass on their fresh goodness to you. We also grind them in small batches in-house to create a fresh, potent mustard powder.

Organic Mustard Yellow Powder
Organic Mustard Yellow Powder

Organic Mustard Yellow Powder

$5.00

Organic Mustard Brown Seed
Organic Mustard Brown Seed

Organic Mustard Brown Seed

$5.00

Organic Mustard Yellow Seed
Organic Mustard Yellow Seed

Organic Mustard Yellow Seed

$5.00