About Top Shelf Preserves

I have always loved sour, tart, and tangy flavours. Candy, fruit, and deeply vinegary pickles were among my favourite things as a kid. Once I got into home canning in my 20s I realised I had a knack for coaxing bold flavours out of fruits and vegetables.I cooked my way through pubs and fine dining restaurants to support myself, looking for my place in the culinary scene. Eventually it dawned on me that I would have to carve my own path.With the encouragement and help of my friends and family I got deep into pickling and preserving and founded Top Shelf Preserves in 2013. I quickly developed a line of bold pickles, jams, marmalades and preserves that customers would seek out at markets and local retailers.I discovered I had capacities beyond cooking and learned that I enjoyed the challenges and fast pace of running a small business.Fast forward to 2021 and I'm still pursing that perfectly balanced sweet/tart target. I still get to flex my culinary skills and apply my experience to my growing business.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2013.

About Top Shelf Preserves

Top Shelf Preserves is a small business located in Ottawa, Ontario producing handmade pickles and preserves of the highest quality. Sara Pishva started the business in May 2013. She has worked hard to establish Top Shelf Preserves as the go-to purveyor of gourmet pickles and preserves in her hometown.

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