Changes, Precautions and COVID-19 Update

Covid-19 is here and we all must do our part to prevent the spread of this fast moving and potentially dangerous virus. At The Granary that means a few changes and added precautions to ensure your shopping experience remains safe and enjoyable. 
First and foremost we ask that anyone will symptoms of illness stay at home. This includes fever, cough, sore throat, headache and more. Please do not come to the store if you are feeling unwell, we have asked the same of all of the staff. 
  • If you have recently travelled from out of country, we ask that you self quarantine and stay away for at least 14 days following your return to ensure you are not sick.
  • We have taken steps to increase the frequency of our already stringent sanitizing procedures. All commonly touched surfaces including pin pads, door handles, lightswitches, taps and more will be cleaned regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer as well as a hand washing sink are now available to customers along with gloves.
  • It saddens me to do so, but all customer provided refillable food containers are banned until further notice. Please use the bags provided.
  • Bulk scoop bins are only to be accessed by staff who will be washing their hands and wearing gloves prior to accessing bulk bins. Many items currently available in scoop bins will soon be pre-packed. No scoops or utensils will be available to the public. Gravity dispensing bins remain operational and are sanitized frequently.
  • Bulk cleaning products including dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and more are still available. Customer provided containers will be wiped down with a sanitizing wash before being filled by staff. Please ask for assistance.
  • There will be no in store sampling at this time. All open store testers will be removed and only available upon request. This includes all essential oil testers.
  • All scheduled seminars, workshops and promotional days have been postponed. Refunds will be made available and every effort is being made to reschedule these events. Stay tuned for details.
  • The store tricycle and other communal toys will be put away and unavailable for the time being
  • Staff will be practicing social distancing and attempting to maintain a minimum 1.5 metre distance from customers and each other, we ask that you do the same.

How Can We Help? 

We understand that these are new and trying times that may be causing added stress and anxiety to your already busy life. Ask us how we may be able to help. Two of the areas that the natural health industry really shine in is coping with stress and immune boosters, both of which are very useful right now. Ask our educated staff about what stress coping products may be useful for your family. We can also help keep your immunity in tip top shape in the unfortunate event that you do have to fight off this virus.

Are you elderly or immune compromised? We do have limited availability for at home delivery in the Carleton Place area. If this service would be of benefit to you or your family please contact the store to arrange.

Many of the items we sell in our bulk bins are available to you in bulk sizes and pricing. If you would like to stock up on pantry staples such as oats, rice, flour or more ask us about bulk buying.

If there is any other way we are able to help you get though this time please ask. It is in times of crisis that community will make us stronger.
We are your community health food store.

Stay safe and take care of each other – from a distance!

Making Connections with Connections

The Granary is teaming up with Connections to help support this important Lanark County Program that helps at-risk families raise healthy children. On July 6, 2019 come out to celebrate Dena’s 10 year Granary Anniversary. 10% of all sales made that day will be donated to Connections.

Connections is a community-based project whose goal is to support families in the healthy growth and development of young children through cooperative efforts involving families, services, and communities. This is accomplished by:

  • Operating several community programs: Birth Companion, Good Food for a Healthy Baby, Home Visiting and Parent & Children’s Groups.
  • Helping parents improve their capacity to raise healthy children.
  • Increasing the participation of vulnerable families in the community.
  • Promoting partnerships and collaboration among service providers to improve access and quality of service to vulnerable families.

We at The Granary, like at Connections, believe in the right of all people to have conditions and resources for good health, including peace, shelter, education, food, income, access to health care, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice, equity and social inclusion. We would like to help them achieve their goals and missions.

Dena 10th Anniversary

For more information on Connections or to access their programs please visit



Join the Granary Team!

The Granary is looking for an energetic person to work on the front lines of the exciting Natural Health Industry. This person will be a natural multi-tasker who loves working with the public. They will be passionate and excited about their own health and helping others obtain great health. A pleasing manner and clean appearance is required, plus the ability to occasionally lift 20-30Kg.

The day to day tasks will include (but are not limited to)
– Serving customers with a smile and providing relevant information to help them make informed choices- Processing inventory orders (receiving, pricing etc)
– Ordering of product and development of supplier relationships
– Maintaining a clean store
– Merchandising, signage, displays, etc.

The successful candidate will be efficient in the following

Retail Math – including calculating basic taxes and margins. Comfortable with cash and providing change. Able to convert units (g-Kg) and calculate prices per unit.

Communication – Ability to communicate comfortably and effectively in multiple ways including person to person, email/written, phone etc. even under stressful situations

Customer Service – Strong understanding of the importance of customer service including creating a positive experience. Ability to calm and serve difficult customers.

While not required, additional skills that will increase the hiring potential and the starting wage amount include:

• Experience in Retail Management including POS systems, inventory management and staff management.• Social Media Proficiency and the ability to produce relevant content
• A valid First Aid Certificate
• Able to demonstrate strong organizational skills

• Formal Natural Health Education (RHN, etc.) or experience in the industry
• Desire to learn, grow and participate in the fast paced, ever changing natural health world.

The successful candidate must be able to work evenings and some weekends. A minimum of 4 shifts and 25 hours can be provided with the potential for more. A regular shift would be 12-7:15. With 1-2 weekend shifts per month.

Benefits to becoming part of The Granary Family include

  • –  Fun work environment with a focus on life work balance and enjoyment
  • –  Scheduling flexibility with the ability to provide input and create a workable schedule for all
  • –  Competitive wage starting at 17-22$/hr depending on skill set
  • –  Health and Dental Benefits that include massage, Chiro and more.
  • –  Opportunity to be part of a local family business and work in Carleton Place
  • –  Ample opportunity for continued education through seminars, conferences, trade shows webinars, on line

    training portals and more. Specific course may also be available

  • –  Opportunity to partake in the exciting and growing world of natural health and stay up to date on industry

    trends, new research, new products and more.

    Please apply before Oct 12, 2018 in person at the store or by email to Dena Comley at

Plant based, for the Planet

Earth Day recently happened and I must admit I pay little attention to the event. Making lifestyle decisions for the planet can’t happen on just one day a year but must be incorporated into our daily decision making. Curbing green house gases, conserving water and  reducing our impact on the planet should be considered in all aspects of our life, including the food we eat. A vegan diet can help.

A vegan or plant based diet is nothing new, but it is gaining in popularity, and that is not without reason.

A plant based diet appeals to my inner environmentalist. I believe we all need to step up and make some personal changes for the betterment and survival of the planet. From the worrying predictions about global warming to the destruction of animal and plant habitats by deforestation and the impact of plastic waste in the oceans, the problems facing our one and only earth are vast and varied. Switching to plant based foods more often can be a small way to make a positive difference. Some of the environmental benefits of a plant based diet include:

  1. Lower Carbon Emissions – Livestock contribute to the amount of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide – all gases that contribute heavily to climate change, emitted in to the atmosphere. Add in transportation and the fuel used to grow feed for livestock, and the carbon emissions increase more.
  2. Habitat Protection – Livestock require space. Almost a third of the earth’s arable land is used for animal agriculture, contributing to deforestation and desertification. Both phenomena contribute to the extinction of whole species of animals.
  3. Water Preservation – Animal agriculture requires huge amounts of water and contributes to water pollution and erosion.  It takes 100 to 200 times more water to raise a pound of beef than it does to raise a pound of plant foods. Water pollution from agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, areas polluted to such a degree that marine life can not survive.

There is also a strong health based reason for eating a plant based diet. When done properly, all of your required vitamins and nutritants can be obtained.  A vegan diet has been known to reduce inflammation and pain, improve digestion and help obtain a level of health that improves appearance and performance.

A complete vegan diet can be and is achieved and enjoyed my many. For others ,making plant based options more often is enough. Personally I have been a vegetarian most of my life but have never sustained a vegan diet but I do not prescribe to any strict diet or dietary group.  I do, instead, try to incorporate the best of many healthy dietary lifestyles into my own food practices whether it be paleo, gluten free or vegan. I try to eat good fats and whole foods. I reduce simple sugars and carbohydrates. I include complete, plant based protein sources more often and most of all I strive for life balance.

The options for vegans, or those wishing to include more plant based products in their life, has increased and improved dramatically in recent years. I encourage you to stop by during our Vegan Days Event May 10-12 to try some delicious plant based fare!

Vegan Days

Annual Natural Health Practitioner Party

We are once agin hosting our Annual Practitioner Party. This is our way to stay connected with the growing local natural health community. Want to come but didn’t get an invite? Contact me for more info.



Spring Sesame Noodle

There still may be snow on the ground but I’m dreaming of spring. Dreaming of fresh green food and warmer days. This is a fresh vegan dish that can easily be adapted to gluten free, raw, and carb free. This recipe is from “Ripe from Around Here” by Jae Steele. A great vegan cookbook with seasonal recipes and local food ideas.

To make Spring Sesame Noodles

1 lb  trimmed & chopped  asparagus (could also use snow peas, green beans, fiddleheads or any other green crisp veggie)

8 oz (225 g) soba or udon noodles or brown rice fettuccine or spiralized zucchini or…

1 cup tahini

1/4 cup  packed cilantro (leaves and stems) or flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup white (shiro) miso paste

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp  ground cumin

1/4 tsp  cayenne pepper, or to taste

1 cup water

1/4 cup sesame seeds (white and/or black), toasted

Bring salted water to a boil, add asparagus. Cook 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon or small mesh sieve, transfer asparagus to colander. Rinse with cold water.

Using same water in pot, return to boil. Add noodles. Cook as per package instructions. Drain; rinse under cold running water to stop cooking.

In large mixing bowl, combine asparagus and noodles.

In blender or food processor, combine tahini, cilantro or parsley, lemon juice, miso, garlic, cumin, cayenne and water. Process until smooth. (Makes about 2-1/2 cups) Pour  sauce as you’d like over asparagus mixture. Refrigerate remaining sauce for another use for up to 1 week.

Sprinkle noodles with sesame seeds. Enjoy hot or cold

Makes 4 servings.

Facebook Contest – Who Gets Your Heart Pumping?

February is all about the heart. It is officially Heart Health month and St. Valentines Day and we want to know who gets your heart pumping. Go to our Facebook page to enter. Find the “Who Gets Your Heart Pumping” Post and tag a friend in the comments. Your friend may be anyone – your confidant, partner, neighbour, relative or other. All entrants will be entered into a draw to win a Heart Healthy Gift including at 17oz Insulated S’well water bottle and a basket of quality supplements to support heart health. ( Magnesium, Vitamin D, Omega 3’s and more). If you are the winner, your tagged friend will also win a $20 Granary Gift Certificate.

Contest is open to all age of majority residents in Ontario. Entires must be received by 12:00 noon on February 10, 2018. Winner will be announced on Facebook February 11, 2018. Prize must be picked up in-store at 107 Bridge St. Carleton Place Ontario.

3rd Annual Chocolate Party – Dec 3

Its that time of year again.  Time for our annual Chocolate Party on Saturday Dec 3.  This yearly event is quickly becoming a favourite for staff and customers alike – and how could it not!  A fun filled day of chocolate.  Stop by to sample some of our best  – ranging from a 45% milk chocolate all the way to a 100% heirloom cacao.  Learn what makes good chocolate oh so good, ranging from the living conditions of the third world cacao farmer to the health benefits of the consumer. Sip liquid chocolate while you browse our ever growing selection – this year we are excited to announce the award winning Hummingbird chocolate will be available!

This is a great event to stock up on all your chocolate needs for the holidays.  Gifts, stocking stuffers and baking chocolate – Great deals to be had on everything chocolate.

This year we will even be sampling chocolate fish oil and protein!

See you there.

Fairly Traded Chocolate – The right choice.

First discovered by the Mayans in 250 A.D., Europeans developed a taste for cocoa after the Spanish conquistadors brought it to Spain in the 16th century. Cocoa crops were introduced to West Africa at the end of the 19th century. Today, 67% of cocoa production comes from West Africa, with 43% from the country of Côte d’Ivoire alone.

Close to 14 million people, in over 30 countries, depend on cocoa production. The crop is grown mainly in the tropical regions of the global South.

Around 90% of the world’s cocoa supply is grown and harvested on family-owned farms with plot sizes of 12 acres or less. Smaller family farms produce an average of 350 pounds of cocoa per acre in a year’s harvest, generating an average annual income of US$30-100 per household member.

Bitter Chocolate

Unfortunately, cocoa has a dark side. The production and trading conditions in the cocoa market make it very difficult for producers to earn a living.

Cocoa farmers are often forced to negotiate with intermediaries who pay only a fraction of the actual value of their crop. As a result, farmers are often paid prices which don’t begin to cover the costs of production.

Producers also have limited access to information about what is going on in the market or how much their crops are worth, and many cannot get affordable credit.

The difficulty in making a living from cocoa farming has led to an increase in child labour, and even slave labour, in the cocoa trade. In 2001, the International Labour Organization and others reported child slavery on many cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast.

Under the umbrella of Fairtrade International (FLO), farmers who produce Fairtrade certified cocoa are organized democratically and receive a minimum price which covers the costs of sustainable production. They also receive a Fairtrade Premium to invest in social and economic initiatives in their communities. And there’s more…

The international standards for Fairtrade certified cocoa are:

Producers are small family farms organized in co-operatives (or associations), which they own and govern.
The minimum guaranteed price is paid directly to the producer co-op. The minimum floor price is currently set at US$2000/metric ton (MT) for conventional cocoa beans and US$2300/MT for organic cocoa beans. When the world market price is higher than Fair Trade, the market price, plus the premium, is paid to producers.
A Fairtrade Premium of US$200/MT is included in the purchase price. This premium is used by cooperatives for social and economic investments such as education, health services, processing equipment, and loans to members.
Environmental standards restrict the use of agrochemicals and encourage sustainability.
Pre-harvest lines of credit, of up to 60% of the purchase price, are given to cooperatives if requested.
No forced labour of any kind, including child labour, is permitted.


Cocoa trees develop slowly, taking up to 10 years to achieve maximum yield. Cocoa pods are about the size of footballs and contain pulp and moist white cocoa beans which are fermented, dried, and roasted.

The beans often go through alkalization to improve colouring and flavour, and are then reduced to a cocoa liquor. This liquor can can be pressed to make cocoa butter, cocoa powder, or mixed with other ingredients to become chocolate. Fairtrade certified cocoa today is used in a wide variety of products including chocolate milk, frozen desserts, hot chocolate, baked goods and, of course, chocolate bars!


Canadians consume an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per person each year.
Fairtrade certified cocoa was first sold in Canada in 2002.

Fairtrade certified cocoa sold in the Canadian market is mainly grown by 16 certified cocoa producer organizations, which represents over 70,000 cocoa growers in 11 countries.

For the complete article and more information of fair trade chocolate go to