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.




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!

Cabbage Roll Stew

With Vitamin D rich mushroom and iron rich lentils, this hearty stew packs a nutritional punch that will stick to your ribs. Make a large pot for dinner and have left overs to get you through the week.

14 g dried porcini mushrooms hydrated with 3 cups boiling water – save stock and mushrooms

2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil, avocado oil or oil of your choice

3/4 lb (340 g) mixed mushrooms, trimmed and cut in halves or quarters

1 small yellow onion, finely diced

2 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbsp tomato paste

28 oz can (796 mL) diced tomatoes (I like salt free)

4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth

1/2 cup (125 mL) green or brown lentils

1/4 cup (60 mL) wild rice

1 medium green cabbage, cut into bite-sized pieces, about 6 cups

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dried thyme

2 Tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar

1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt

3/4 cup (180 mL) fresh parsley leaves, chopped (optional)

In large 4 L stock pot or Dutch oven, warm oil over high heat. Add mixed mushrooms (except chopped porcini mushrooms) and allow to sear, stirring only very occasionally, until well browned, about 6 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and stir in onion. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes before adding reserved chopped porcini mushrooms, minced garlic, and tomato paste. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. All vegetables should be well covered in tomato paste and some should be sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Deglaze bottom of pot with 1 cup (250 mL) reserved mushroom broth. Stir in diced tomatoes along with their juices, vegetable broth, remaining mushroom broth, lentils, and wild rice. Bring to a simmer before stirring in cabbage, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover pot with lid and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until lentils and rice are tender, about 40 to 45 minutes. Stir in vinegar and salt and let soup continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in about 1/2 cup (125 mL) parsley, if using.

When ready to serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with some more parsley, if desired. Eat while warm.Cabbage-Roll-Stewp_web-690x518

Recipe from Alive Magazine, pick up your magazine in store or visit for more recipes and articles.

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



Why Chocolate?

Its that time of year again when I start planning The Granary’s Annual Chocolate Party. This local event has become anticipated by our customers and community. It is a fun event with lots of tasty treats. The topic of Chocolate may seem like an easy one – everyone loves chocolate right? The truth is, we celebrate chocolate for more than its velvety smooth texture and oh so good taste. We celebrate good chocolate because good chocolate, (along with a few other wonderful things like good coffee and good tea) embody all of the core values The Granary holds so dear. As a lifelong self proclaimed environmentalist, there are some values that I hold in high regard and I try hard to incorporate those values not only into my personal life but my business too. Good Chocolate, like those we celebrate on Saturday Dec 1 at the annual Chocolate Party, follow the majority of my core ideals including.

Organic Agriculture – an ecological method of agricultural production that respects the natural environment. Organics focuses on enhancing the health and vitality of the soil, preserving biodiversity, promoting animal welfare and preserving the ecological integrity of our environment. The majority of the chocolate we sell, and all the chocolate we celebrate, is produced using organic agriculture practices.

Non-GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. While there are some good arguments in favour of genetic modification, I believe strongly that the consumer has the right to know. When purchasing chocolate I look for companies that clearly state they do not contain GMOs

Fair Trade – Fairly traded products support social justice and fair labour. This is especially important when it comes to chocolate (and coffee) as these industries have traditionally turned a blind eye to social justice and instead have supported child labour, un fair work wages and other social injustices. Sourcing Fair Trade Certified Chocolate is very important for small scale farmers in third world countries whose livelihoods and happiness depend on receiving a fair wage.

Local – At The Granary, we know that organic and local go better together. While cacao is not a local product, there are some pretty amazing local companies making chocolate and hiring Canadian workers. Many of our celebrated chocolate companies like Camino from Ottawa, Giddy Yoyo from Orangeville Ontario, Hummingbird in Almonte and more support the buy local mandate.

Join us Saturday Dec 1 for a fun filled day of good Chocolate and the important values that go along with good Chocolate! Choc SM1

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

Healthy Kids Package


As a mother of three, I am always worried about the health of my kids. Are they getting the right amount of required nutrients with their sometimes picky diet? Is their immune system strong enough to handle the onslaught of germs and viruses that the winter month inevitably brings?  Sick kids are no fun, and they put a major halt to the smooth flow of daily life. In order to boost their immunity and ensure their nutritional needs are met, I sat down with one of The Granary’s Nutritionists to develop a package that would help supplement any child’s diet, support brain development and improve immune function. 

The result of that meeting was the Healthy Kids Package designed for children 3+. We have taken much consideration to put together a package that is both highly effective and cost considerate. One package will give you optimal nutritional and immune support for 60 days (for 1 child or 30 days for 2 children) for a cost of $90.00 That is more than a 15% savings.


Multivitamin with Whole Food Concentrates – 1 with breakfast,  1 with dinner

 A multi vitamin is like an insurance policy, making sure basic nutritional needs are met even when the diet may not be optimal. However, not all multivitamins are created equal. Many children formulas are full of sugar, colours and artificial flavours and or sweeteners. The Healthy Kids Package contains the Big Friends Chewable Multi Vitamin & Minerals with whole food concentrates. It is sweetened with naturally occurring xylitol and contains fruit flavours. Formulated to support the development and maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, gums, eyesight, night vision, healthy skin, membranes, and immune function. It is recommend that children chew 1 tablet 2 times a day.

Multi Strain Probiotic – Chew 1 at bedtime 

Probiotics provide the body with beneficial bacteria which are essential for healthy gut flora.   Beneficial bacteria colonize the digestive tract and provide balance against “bad” bacteria or yeasts.   A lack of beneficial bacteria from a poor diet, illness or use of antibiotics can lead to poor absorption of nutrients, intestinal irritation, diarrhea or constipation.  Healthy gut flora regulates immune function, can reduce allergies and also plays an important role mood regulation and the reduction or prevention of autoimmune conditions. The NOW brand Extra Strength BerryDophilus provides 10 Billion CFU from a combination of 10 clinically validated probiotic bacterial strains designed to support gastrointestinal health and healthy immune system function. It is recommend that children chew 1 tasty tablet daily at least 5-6 days a week. Probiotics can be taken at any time and with other supplements but the best time to take a probiotic is at bedtime which allows the bacteria uninterrupted opportunity to colonize the gut.  Probiotics should be taken at least 2 hours away from antibiotic medication. 

Fish Oil with Vitamin D-  0.5-1 tsp (5ml) daily with a meal

Both fish oil and Vitamin D have been highly studied with results showing many health benefits associated with both. Many of these studies have linked the active compounds (DHA & EPA) found in fish oil with healthy brain development, improved immunity, mood and more. It is an essential nutrient (meaning the body does not produce it) that many children lack in their diet. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin,  has long been recognized for its important role in bone health and immunity.   Additionally, Vitamin D has been found to play a role in mental health. Our Healthy Kids package includes the great tasting Sea-licious Kids Omega 3 with vitamin D. The flavour of Cotton Candy is made using a steam-distillation process that captures the essence of burnt sugar. This chemical-free process draws out the fragrant, sweet molecules without any sugar residue. A daily yummy spoonful has your kids saying more please! It is recommend that children take 0.5 – 1tsp daily. Fish oil can be taken with other supplements and can be added to juice, smoothies and more or taken right off the spoon. 

Anti-Cold Echinacea Tincture – 1 ml in a little water, once daily

Echinacea is an immune boosting anti-viral herb that helps fight off infections.  When taken at the first sign of symptoms, Natural Factors ECHINAMIDE Anti-Cold Alcohol Free Herb Tincture can help stop a cold from developing, ease symptoms, and accelerate healing. It works great as a preventative to keep kids healthy during the school year.  Take daily throughout cold and flu season, but be sure to take 1 week off every 8.  At first signs of infection, or when infection is present in the house, children can take 1 ml 1-3 times a day in water or juice. (can also be taken straight).

Tips for healthy kids!

  • Encourage drinking water rather than juice. Include frozen fruits, drops of stevia or use special water cups to help picky drinkers stay hydrated. 
  • Offer a variety of food at meal and snack times to ensure a balanced diet
  • Stay away from sodas, fried or processed foods, sugar and white flour
  • Make time for active play daily and limit screen time – kids need to move and explore their world
  • Be consistent with bedtime and plan for extra quiet time when needed

As with all natural health products, you should talk to your health practitioner to ensure the products are right for you. Brands and products can not be substituted for the quoted price, however, we are always happy to help you find the products that are right for you.

Caesar Salad – Vegan Style

Who doesn’t love a fresh, creamy caesar salad? This is comfort food for all and a vegan version is easier and creamier than you may have imagined.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soft silken tofu (non-GMO)
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Lettuce Gem lettuce or romaine hearts,
  • Add in what you love! croutons, tomatoes or grated toasted almonds


Purée oil, tofu, lemon zest and juice, mustard, capers, and nutritional yeast in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.


Just before serving, toss dressing with lettuce and add ins.

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