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Back to School, Back to Routine

The days are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to change colour, marking the beginning of fall and another school year. Lazy summer days are over and it’s time to get back to school and back to routine. We’ve put together a list of essential supplements to include in your morning routine to keep your energy up while adjusting to the busy fall season.

1. Fish Oil

Fish oil contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, which is very important when it comes to brain health. Nerve-cell membranes in the brain, which are responsible for all of our cognitive functions, are made up of fat. By supplementing with healthy fats, specifically DHA, you can keep these membranes limber in order to maintain and even improve cognitive function.

Studies indicate that DHA can help improve attention, focus, memory and the efficiency of information processing, which are all important factors when returning to work or school.


2. Probiotics

It’s no secret that probiotics, or the “friendly bacteria”, are important when it comes to digestive health, but these microorganisms do more than just maintaining and replenishing intestinal flora, they are also a powerful immune booster.

Immunity starts in the small intestine, where up to 80% of the immune system is produced. Therefore the health of your small intestine is directly linked to the health of your immune system. This fall you can beat back to school bugs, while improving your digestive health, by supplementing with probiotics.


3. Multivitamin

No matter what age, it’s always important to ensure that we are receiving adequate levels of nutrients through our diet. This is especially important for children, who are at risk of developing negative effects on brain development if they lack the proper nutrition. If you’re a picky eater or you’ve encountered one, you know it’s not always possible to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need through your diet, which is where a multivitamin comes in.

By including a multivitamin in your back to school routine you can not only instil healthy habits in your kids, but you can ensure that they’re getting the right nutrients to support bone health and immunity, while improving cognitive function and increasing their energy. Don’t forget to take your own multivitamin as well!


4. Greens

Greens pack a whole lot of nutrition per serving and are an important part of a healthy diet. Not only are they full of minerals and vitamins, especially the dark leafy ones, they also contain powerful antioxidants.

Everyone knows it’s important to get enough greens in your diet, 4-6 servings for children and 7-10 for adults, but sometimes it’s difficult to meet these recommendations. If you’re not getting enough greens try adding a Greens supplement to your diet. Disguise it in a simple fruit smoothie, the perfect breakfast for providing the energy needed for a long day at school at work.


5. Protein

Protein, which is made up of amino acids, is essential for repairing, building and maintaining cells in the human body. Protein is essential for growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy.

Make sure you’re getting enough protein by adding it to your morning smoothie in the form of a powder. With a variety of flavours and a smooth texture you’ll hardly notice it while ensuring that you’re getting enough protein throughout the day.




Save on Anne Marie Borlind during October

Treat your skin this fall with Anne Marie Borlind skin care.  Save 10% on this all natural quality skin care line starting Oct 13.

AB_Dekoration_LL_Export_280610_finalI want to introduce you to a new line of skin care products now available at The Granary. After looking into numerous options, I am happy to say we have decided to become your local retailer of Anne Marie Borlind products. When shopping for skin care I wanted a company with extremely high standards, not just for results but for social responsibility as well.  Thats why the Anne Marie Borlind’s Promise of “innovation, social commitment and sustainability” resonated with me. This 60 year old company prides itself on state of the art research and innovation with ingredients whose ethical origins can be traced, often back to socio-ecological projects happening all over the world.

These beautiful skin care products are made with certified organic or wild harvested raw materials that are free of all raw ingredients sourced from animals. They also reject the use of ingredients that are not biodegradable or may be unsafe such as PEG, paraffins, petroleum derivative, silicon oils and polycyclic musk compounds. Basically we found a complete line of high quality proudest that have been developed against a backdrop of maximum ecological and social responsibility – but do they work?

With a wide range of products Anne Marie Borlind has something to offer everyone.  Come into the store today and get  a pocketful of samples. We know you will be back for more!! This month, spend $100 on Anne Marie Products after discount and get a free hand lotion.

Coffee Seminar & Tasting

October 22, 2017,  10:00 – 11:30 am
Calling all Coffee Lovers!

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee will be at The Granary talking coffee. Come learn about the entire coffee process from bean to cup while enjoying some of the best locally roasted coffee available.

The perfect cup starts with ethically sourcing beans, solar roasting in-house, grading and superior packaging. Fluid Coffee will take us through this process. Learn about the difference between large and small-scale production and why coffee prices can vary drastically between different brands.

Find out how you store, grind and brew your beans can alter the coffee experience. Finally, learn how the best coffee is brewed at home by you.

This will be a fun-filled morning of learning and discussion so grab a friend and join us.

Call today to save your spot as seating is limited. A $5.00 deposit will be required at registration and a 5$ in-store credit will be issued that day.

Call or visit the store to register.

The Essentials of Essential Oils

now_esstentialoils2Essential oils have recently received a lot of attention.  Their popularity has exploded in the past couple of years and with good reason. Essential oils do a lot more than smell good!  The healing properties of essential oils are not new, there is recorded history of their use dating back 5000 years in Egyptian culture.  They have historically been used around the world for their anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. (Thats a lot of antis!) The recipes and remedies created from essential oils are plentiful.  From pain management to stress relief these little bottles have been known to do it all, but what exactly are essential oils? How safe are they? How do you pick a good one? Read on for the Essentials of Essential Oils

Essential Oil Basics

Essential oils are the naturally occurring, volatile oils obtained from plants. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. These oils can be obtained by a number of processes, often by cold pressed or steam distillation however, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction and resin tapping are also used.

At The Granary we sell only high quality essential oils by Now Foods.  Many are pure, containing no added carrier oils or solvents.  Some are diluted with pure carrier oils and are clearly labeled as so. There is no grading system for essential oils, claims such as “therapeutic grade” or “food grade” are nothing more than sly marketing techniques used by some companies. These terms are not standardized and mean whatever the supplier using them wants them to mean. An essential oil is either pure or it is not.

These pure oils are “neat”, meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and physical specifications may be very similar.



Essential Oil Quality

With the many different essential oils to choose from and the many brands, both in our stores and over the internet, choosing a high-quality essential oil can seem a daunting task. As a consumer, what should you look for to help guide your choice?

The first thing to look for to determine essential oil authenticity is that each oil is identified with the plant’s scientific or botanical name, and in appropriate cases, the chemotype. A chemotype is when the same plant, e.g. rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), will have a different chemical profile based on where it is grown. Only some plants have chemotypes. Country of plant origin, extraction process used, and either a distillation or expiration date are also important.

Any essential oil business that cares about selling only pure essential oils will have their oils tested with at least two tests, usually run simultaneously, the gas chromatography and mass spectrometry tests, or GC/MS.  Responsible essential oil vendors will run these tests on every batch of oil they receive from a distiller. Every batch of essential oils from Now are tested with infrared spectroscopy,  gas chromatography, refractive index and specific gravity.  All test results and Material Safety Data Sheets for individual oils can be found on the Now Website .

It is important to remember where essential oils come from whenever you purchase a bottle. It takes 250 pounds of rose blossoms to produce 30ml of rose oil, which explains the very high cost of rose absolute. Other oils are easier to produce, but every oil requires a large amount of plant matter to produce a small amount of oil. This means that good quality essential oils will never be cheap. This does not mean that more expensive oils will always be better than less expensive ones, but the old adage, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” definitely applies here.

Do not be fooled by discount retailers, big box stores, state fair or bazaar vendors, and others who offer essential oils at very low prices or charge the same price for all of their oils. The comforting thought when investing in true, pure essential oils is that since the oils are so highly concentrated and so little is required for most applications, even an expensive oil like rose otto can end up being cost effective in the long run.

Essential Oil Safety

Good quality Essential Oils (EOs) are highly concentrated and should be handled with care. EOs are intended for aromatherapy use. Be sure to consult a trained professional or another reputable resource for recommended dilutions before using EOs for any purpose other than aromatherapy. Infants, children, and pets may be highly sensitive to EOs, even when used as directed in a diffuser. Always diffuse essential oils in well-ventilated areas, especially in the presence of children, pregnant/nursing women, pets, or individuals with respiratory or other medical conditions.

Some EOs can be highly irritating to the skin and direct skin contact with EOs should be avoided. Do not use any undiluted EO directly on the skin – especially the skin of infants, children or pets – unless directed by a healthcare practitioner. EO’s are processed through the body and can have harmful effects on the liver and kidneys. It is not recommended to ingest pure essential oils of any type.

Although our EOs are pure and produced without chemical additives, due to strict regulatory requirements, pure EOs sold for aromatherapy cannot be labeled as food grade or bear instructions for topical or internal use.




The Perfect Cup of Java

I have to admit I’m loving this new coffee trend.  Coffee shops are popping up all over the place and many are becoming much more aware of the quality of the coffee they serve. While I love my local coffee shops, the atmosphere and social gathering opportunities they provide, I still think a cup of home brew is better. As a long time self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur I have been home brewing organic, fair trade coffee by small craft roasters for years.

If that perfect home brew has been eluding you follow these simple steps and you can skip that daily trip to the coffee shop unless you’re meeting friends of course!

Start with Fresh Beans

Coffee beans stay fresh longer than ground coffee but are still best within a couple week of being roasted. Roasted beans contain oil, which can quickly go rancid, especially when exposed to light and oxygen.  Basically air and light are the enemies of coffee so store yours in an airtight, dark container.

Buy freshly roasted beans in small quantities and invest in a good coffee grinder to grind as your brew as ground coffee deteriorates at a much faster rate.

Quality Matters

With an abundance of coffee choices out there it has become much easier to purchase quality beans, not just fresh, but sustainable.  Coffee is one of the top traded commodities on the planet. Meeting that demand is no easy task. So over time, farming methods have been developed to maximize production – but often at the expense of human and environmental health.

This includes a heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides putting the local environment and people at risk. In addition, forests are cleared to make room for open fields in which to grow mass amounts of hybridized sun-loving coffee varieties.  Coffee naturally grows in the shade, providing support to the surrounding ecosystems, protecting rainforest cover and the coffee farmers.

When making your coffee purchase look for organic, fair trade varieties that protect the environment, the local farmers and support a sustainable future of coffee production.

Choose Your Favourite Method

There are many methods to brew coffee, all include the addition of hot water to ground beans. Here is a quick review of some of the most popular.

French Press – A quick and easy method that involves throwing some beans in a pitcher with hot water. Let it steep for 5 min, push the strainer and Voila – hot strong coffee. The longer and more thoroughly your grounds are steeped, the higher the caffeine content in your brew, making this method ideal for those in need of a serious early-morning wake-up call. But that extra caffeine comes at a cost. French pressed coffee contains higher amounts of Cafestol, the molecule in coffee that can cause cholesterol spikes.

Chemex –  this slow-and-steady approach to coffee brewing has made a comeback in the last few years. Just like a standard-drip machine, the Chemex method involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds. But the Chemex is special because it requires a filter that’s up to three times thicker. As a result, the finished coffee has smoother texture and purer flavor, with fewer fatty oils than what you’d get out of a standard-drip brew.

Cowboy Method – The art is in heating coffee beans and water over a small flame (but a stovetop burner works, too). Right before the water begins to boil, sprinkle a handful of cool water into the pot and then pour the brew straight into mugs. In addition to being cheap and perfect for the great outdoors, this brewing method packs a serious flavor punch, since nothing is strained or filtered.  However, some find the results a little too bitter; others don’t enjoy scraping up coffee grounds from the bottom of their cups.

Standard Drip – The granddaddy of all brewing methods, a standard-drip brew involves pouring water over ground coffee beans in an automatic machine. Many people prefer this method of brewing since it ’s fast, easy, and traditional. It ’s also one of the healthiest: The filter at the top of the machine absorbs most of the beans’ natural oils, which can do a number on your cholesterol over time. Unfortunately, these oils also trap flavonoids, the chemicals that give coffee the bold, earthy flavor we love.

Cold Brew – Cold brewing is similar to the French press technique. Unlike the French press, cold water is used in place of hot, and the grounds are steeped up to 12 hours. The finished product is a crisper, sweeter cup of coffee than the coffee-shop-special dark roast most of us are used to. That’s because cool water brings out the natural flavors in coffee’s oils that hot water chemically alters or takes away. Cold brewing also takes away some of the acid naturally found in coffee beans, which makes this method ideal for those who suffer from heartburn or acid reflux disease. Brew a small amount of strong coffee and add hot water if cold coffee isn’t your thing.

Don’t Forget the Water

Coffee is mainly water, so it’s no surprise that the quality of the water used has a big impact on the finished product. Tap water can add nasty chlorine flavours. Distilled, reverse osmosis or softened water makes horrible coffee because of the lack of minerals.  The best water is filtered water or bottled spring water.

So you’ve chosen your coffee beans, selected your brewing method and filtered your water. It’s now time to brew the perfect cup!

Put it All Together!

1. Grind the Coffee Beans

The grind size does matter and varies depending on your brewing method. Grind too coarse and you will have a weak pot of coffee. Grind too fine and you will overextract the coffee and it will taste bitter. Most drip coffee makers call for a medium to medium-fine grind. A burr grinder will give the most constant particle size but can be very costly. A manual hand mill is the most affordable way to achieve a nice, consistent grind, though they do require a small amount of manual labor. Blade grinders also work, but will produce inconsistent particle size, which can lead to overextraction.

2. Measure the Coffee

For a consistent cup of coffee every time your should measure your coffee by weight instead of volume. Obviously personal choice plays a part here – but a good strong cup of coffee can be produced with a ratio of 1:20. 1 part ground coffee for 20 parts water.  That works out to 12.5 g of coffee for every cup (250ml) of water. For those that don’t want to weigh that is approximately 1-1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup.

3.  Preinfuse the Grinds

Perfusing your grinds, otherwise known as letting them “bloom” helps make a slightly better and stronger brew. This preps the coffee by pouring hot water over the grounds to help release any remaining carbon dioxide gas left over from the roasting process. Skipping this step will allow the carbon dioxide to repel water during part of the brewing process, effectively making the brew weaker. To preinfuse your coffee, insert a filter into the hopper and add your coffee grounds. Then use a kettle to preheat roughly 50mL of water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly pour it over the grounds, making sure to thoroughly wet all the grounds. Let this sit for approximately 45 seconds before starting the coffee maker.

4. Brew at The Right Temperature

The desired brew temperature for coffee is between 90-96 degrees celsius, slightly below the boiling point. Below or above this range will result in either weak or burnt coffee. Many drip machine, especially cheaper ones do not properly heat the water. To make sure your coffee maker gets hot enough, run it without any coffee in the hopper and use a thermometer to measure the temperature. If you can, try to measure the temperature during the brewing process, as the water temperature will drop as it passes through the hopper and into the carafe beneath. If it never reaches at least 90 degrees Celsius, see if preboiling your water in a kettle helps.

5. Enjoy Immediately

Personally, I like my coffee hot so I drink it immediately after brewing. If you need to keep your brew hot for a period of time use an insulated carafe. Keeping coffee on a warming place cooks the coffee and creates a bitter taste.

Nuts for Soap Nuts

Making the shift to a greener cleaner lifestyle tends to come one step at at time. By this point your likely an old pro at recycling, you compost what you can and try to buy the greenest cleaners out there.  But how green are they? Let me introduce you to Soap Nuts the cleanest of the green! Soap nuts have been used for centuries to clean dirt out of fibres – Yep nature’s home grown laundry detergent.

What are Soap Nuts?

Soap nuts aren’t  actually a nut, they’re not even related to a nut, in fact they are a berry fruit closely related to the lychee. They are called nuts because they dry into hard shells, resembling a nut.  you may also hear them referred to as Soap Berries. These berries are produced by the Sapindus mukorossi tree indigenous to the Himalayas.  The berries (or nuts) contain a natural surfactant called Saponin.  The nuts are approximately 10% Saponins.

How Do Soap Nuts Work?

Saponin, like all surfactants, break the surface tension on water, allowing the water to entreat the fibres of your clothes.  The water is then able to lift stains and dirt from the fabric leaving it suspended in the water that is rinsed away.  Commercial detergents work on the same principle.

Unlike commercial detergents there is very little bubbles or foam produced.  We have been programmed by soap makers to believe the more bubbles produced the better the clean.  It simply is not true as foam is not an indicator of cleaning power but rather of artificial foaming agents usually diverted from petroleum chemicals.

Why Use Soap Nuts?

Soap Nuts have a number of benefits over traditional, commercially made laundry detergents.  Not only do they grow naturally, making them free of all petroleum based chemicals but they are gentile on both clothes and skin.  They are an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema.  They are also and ideal choice for baby clothes and cloth diapers.   Because Soap nuts are so natural and gentile, they are great for septic and grey water systems.

While producing clean clothes, soap nuts also have the ability to create softer clothes while prolong the life of your washed fabrics.  Chemical detergents can weaken fibres while soap nut gently loosen fibres to remove dirt and grime.  This results in softer, fluffier fibres that do not wear out as quickly.

How To Use Soap Nuts ?

While there are many possible uses for soap nuts, the most common is in the washing machine.  Put 4-5 nuts in the a small cloth bag (should be provided with your soap nut purchase).  Throw the bag in the wash with your clothes!  It’s that simple. Because soap nuts work best with more agitation, it is important not to overload your washing machine.  There is no need to add fabric softener and they work with any temperature of water in any machine (HE, front loading etc).  The bag containing 4-5 nuts can be used approximately 10 times or until they start to disappear or disintegrate.

For very dirty or heavy loads soak the bag of nuts in some hot water for a few minutes to make a “tea” this tea can be added to the wash with the nuts or used to presoak and treat stubborn stains.

For even more uses, make your own batch of liquid soap nut detergent by soaking the nuts in water.  This liquid can be used to wash pretty much everything.  Use it to wash dishes, countertops, floors and even the dog! It can used as a natural shampoo and body wash.  Also makes a great camp soap.  It is safe for almost any surface. It can even be sued to to clean jewellery.  The people of India have been using soap nuts to clean jewelry for ages.  Just soak the metal and/or gemstones for a few minutes in the liquid.  Use a mental brush (toothbrush) to remove visible dirt and rinse in clean water.

Keep in mind, like all detergents, they don’t work as well in very hard water.  If your water is hard a few more nuts make be needed.  If you use your dryer to dry clothes consider ditching the chemical laden dryer sheets for a more natural option and try Wool Dryer Balls for a static free softener!



Saltwest Comes East

Berrylicious Popsicles with Beets

Why add Salus Red Beet Crystals? Beets are nutritious, great tasting, sweet and delicious.  Plus their natural hue is a great way to add a bright pop of colour to your summer healthy eating.  Salus® Red Beet Crystals contain 100% natural, highly concentrated, active constituents pressed from fresh organic beets, without the addition of alcohol, sugar or other preservatives. Salus® Red Beet Crystals contain minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  949They are instantly soluble and blend well with fruit smoothies, shakes, juices, soup, and other dishes.  Can also be used to colour frosting, cookies and other treats while adding a little nutrition!

Flora’s Berrylicious Popsicles


  • 1 3/4 c. organic yogurt 
  • 1 1/4 c. berries
  • 6 tbsp. Salus Red Beet Crystals
  • 2-3 tbsp. Udo’s Oil


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly among your popsicle molds. Freeze, then enjoy!

Tuesday’s Ten – Reasons to Shop at www.shop.granary.ca

Confidence  – We are very selective with the products and the companies we stock both in-store and on-line. Choosing only those that ethically source, manufacture and test their products to ensure you are getting the ingredients and the results you are looking for.

Convenience – We have worked hard to make the products and the health solutions your are looking for easy to find.  Navigate our site with ease and shop by Category, Product, Brand Name, Keyword or Health Solution.

Security – Pay on line with Moneris through a secure third party site.  No credit card information is collected or stored by The Granary.

Loyalty Rewards- When you sign up for your own Granary account on line you are able to take advantage of our loyalty program. Collect points and save instantly.  Plus get access to our Health E-News so you can take advantage of savings, events and more happening in store.

Comfort – Shop from the comfort of your own home or office 24 hours a day.  No need to rearrange your schedule to meet ours. We will ship across North America.

No Conflicts – We are  small company that wants to help you, that means returns and exchanges are easily done with a real live person – no corporate phone line to navigate.  Return or exchange almost anything if you have had a reaction or found a defect in the product. We stand behind what we sell.

Value – We work hard to offer everyday reasonable prices on top quality products. Discounts and promotions are often available both on line and in store.

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