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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Oh, that is so Crafty

Here's a throw-back to craft season. . .a post that has been in my heart for a while. Even though it was a few months ago (Scattered Seeds Market held annually in MB), the delights I witnessed deserve some attention!

Not to mention that January is a month where we are lulled into "ennui"--the French term for doldrums, so it's ever so important to find some excitement!

Hope you get as excited about these incredible Canadian-finds as I do:

SOL Designs

These unique purses, made in Manitoba, are anything but ordinary. Sol Desharnais is an artist and craftsman who recently returned to his home town of St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba after a decade living in France. Sol is a contemporary artist and designer of fashion, interiors and sets. His latest collection, "Around the Clock" makes use of wood, wool felt and leather in stunning and improbable combinations.

I enjoyed talking to Sol about his products and his use of natural materials, and how he sourced them. Beauty and functionality wrapped up in one bag!



Solberry Sea buckthorn

Here's a couple that is passionate about health and what they do! Have you heard of Sea buckthorn? Sea buckthorn is a hardy, thorny shrub that bears small orange/yellow/red fruit that has an explosion of nutrients.  It has been referred to as the “most nutritionally complete food on the world.” Sea buckthorn is a powerful antioxidant, full of essential fatty acids and an unique array of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, flavonoids and plant sterols. This berry delivers a rare Omega 7 (palmetoleic acid) fatty acid in the highest concentration in the plant world.

Several years ago, I tried their puree. I love the tart taste of this puree, which also happens to have an incredible nurtrional profile. At the market, I tried their nutrition bar. It has probably got to be the best granola bar I have tried. . .and the ingredients are ever so pure. I also purchased their seabuckthorn herbal tea leaf that has been a wonderful tonic for me in pregnancy.


Pressed Wishes. . .The Art of Preserving Nature

My home is ever so simple, and the walls are wishing for "pressed wishes". . .

For some time I have admired the work of Melissa & James Puchinger of B.C. who combine a passion for nature, gardening and woodworking by creating unique pieces of affordable Canadian Handcrafted framed art.
Their botanicals are grown on their 2-acre woodland gardens and also harvested from the surrounding mountianous landscape.

Of particular interest are their pieces that boast Canada's great red maple leaf. . .oh, so simply patriotic.

 

 

Redd Line Jewellery

Based in Winnipeg, Redd Line creates traditional as well as contemporary designs with precious metals. Most of my earrings are from Redd Line.http://www.reddlinejewellery.com/gold%20jewellery/images/10kt%20%20gold%20tree%20pendant%203d.jpg

Redd Line Jewellery  is always a big hit at the market.  I appreciate their natural motif in their jewellery; they are well known for their tree of life jewellery.

I decided to recycle some sentimental gold jewellery I was no longer wearing into some beautiful gold oak leaf earrings. They melted the gold for me, and fashioned some beautiful earrings that will always remind me of my first home with my husband. . . old oak trees that annually create a bountiful harvest for our squirrely neighbours.  My earrings are similar to this but in gold. I picked up the finished product at the market, and have been thrilled wearing them.

I've also picked up silver oak leaf earrings as a gift for a friend. They make a fabulous gift!

 

Purely Gorgeous

Natural makeup made in Manitoba! Rebecca, from Purely Gorgeous created a line of makeup with ingredients that are good for the skin and the environment, and a line women would love. The phrase “beauty with a conscience” became the focus.

This was my first time meeting Rebecca. I was taken by her enthusiasm as well as the flattering hues of makeup she was wearing. I purchased her bronze mascara. If you've ever researched the ingredients in conventional makeup, you'll know why natural makeup is such a delightful find.  Check out her line!



Mama Pacha

I've been a fan of Mama Pacha ever since last summer when I purchased some mosquito repellant that is safe and works! I purchased their joint and muscle salve which is very effective in relieving pain from arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, and well as muscle and joint pain. After standing at this market sale for a few hours, and carrying bags, I was glad to have purchased it!  

I'm also a big fan of their deodorantMama Pacha is dedicated to making all-natural herbal products free of chemicals and petroleum.  Their "shoo fly" repellant is also one of our favourites. 

Mama Pacha is passionate about helping individuals and families make the switch from harmful conventional products to locally made herbal products that are safe for the whole family.


Raven Creek Farms. . .Candles

This market is where I anually purchase my beeswax candles. I wrote about them for the Some of our Raven Creek Farms candles, including the cutesy beehive ..."Top Ten" of January

It has been such a pleasure getting to know this genuinely friendly couple over the years; their products (candles, skincare, and honey) are simply splendid--and price-point most reasonable. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/top-ten/wholly-canadian-top-products.cfm?month=January&year=2015#Raven%20Creek%20Farm%20Candles

I love the smell of beeswax. Sometimes I just hold a candle up to my nose, and simply breathe in the aroma for pleasure and relaxation.  I'm very careful to only burn high quality candles in my home that don't contain toxins. It has been such a pleasure getting to know this genuinely friendly couple over the years; their products (candles, skincare, and honey) are simply splendid--and price-point most reasonable.


Michaud Toys

The games made my Michaud Toys combines two of my loves: wooden toys/games and Canadian-made.  What beatuiful work!  Seriously amazing. I have yet to own one of their games, but I'm dreaming. Rooted in the tradition of fine woodworking, the Michaud Family (mom, dad and their three sons) continue the legacy of four generations of fine craftsmanship, Since their humble beginnings in rural Saskatchewan (1984), they have dedicated their lives towards a process of continuous creativity.   

Using only the best available hardwoods, they hope these heirloom pieces will bring much joy and laughter to all.

 

Sly Scarf

Dark Coral Pink Circle Scarf with pattern, Infinity Scarf, Circle Scarf, Eternity Scarf, Loop Scarf, Tube Scarf, Halo Scarf

I love the smell of beeswax. Sometimes I just hold a candle up to my nose, and simply breathe in the aroma for pleasure and relaxation.  I'm very careful to only burn high quality candles in my home that don't contain toxins.  - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/top-ten/wholly-canadian-top-products.cfm?month=January&year=2015#Raven%20Creek%20Farm%20CandlesIf you could pick one item from this list, what Canadian-made item would suit your fancy?

I have a thing for scarves. But ever since I've tried to limit my purchases to fair-trade or Canadian-made, my choices are certainly limited. That is why Sly Scarf is such find! I purchased a cream coloured lace scarf that I can wear four different ways. . .I love the vintage flair of my scarf.

Sly Scarf's objective is to find the most wearable fabrics at a reasonable cost. They try to buy local when possible. All of the crocheted items are made with a special family stitch that they have created to make their scarves distinctly 'Sly'. All the scarves are made in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Barbara & Cecile handbags

Canadian-made bags are hard to find.  That why I had to stop at this booth to ascertain if they were authentically made in Canada. Yup, they are! Barbara & Cecile Handbags strive to create classic styles for the modern woman.  An alternative to mass production, only high quality leathers and hardware are used to create lasting and timeless pieces.  Thoughtful to the last detail, the printed textiles that line most of the handbags are designed by Monica Jones using her own watercolour paintings.  By handcrafting the Barbara & Cecile line in small batches in her Winnipeg MB Canada studio, Monica ensures that each handbag is made with utmost care and attention to detail.

I don't own one, but I've got eye on one: The Gold Rush-Petal to the Metal Clutch. It's simple elegance makes me swoon.


Carber Maple Syrup

I'm taken by maple syrup. . . real Canadian maple syrup. That is what more than four generations of the Carbonneau family make. They have lived and worked in Coaticook, a lovely area of the Eastern Townships. Year after year, faithful to their cherished local traditions, they have refined their exquisite maple syrup, endowing it with a truly matchless flavour.

I had such a wonderful chat with Rachel, the daughter, about maple syrup and how they extract it. I love stories behind products. It's beyond wonderful to see Canadian family business passed down generations.


TinHouse Designs: I love art with stories. . .and I love vintage. So Tinhouse Designs is a natural love. TinHouse refurbishes and frames each piece of tin as a representation of 1800's interior design, depicting the simplicity of the art and metalwork of the era. Tyler, the man behind TinHouse, has always had a passion for finding art in the ordinary. 1 Panel Small Square with Classic Black Frame  Born and raised in Russell, MB, he grew up seeing the old farm houses and businesses in the area grow empty and fall apart.

Tyler realized that there are many people that would love to hold on to a piece of their rural history. He tried several ideas before settling on framed pieces of tin with the history researched and posted on the back.

“It’s a great way to have some art with a story that is relevant to the owner,” says Tyler. “We all have a stake in the stories of the men and women that settled this country. This is a small way to salute those that have made Canada what it is today.”



Why support local artisans? Why is this "the Canadian thing" to do? Click here.

It matters! It mattters where you put your money. These small local markets and craft sales encourgage Canadians to put their money where their mouth is. . .


These are only a few vendors of many that I visited that day at the Scattered Seeds market. . .there was so much more!


If you could have any of these Canadian-crafted items, what would you pick? What suits your fancy?

Leave a comment for your fellow readers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

January, oh, January

January is rapidly coming to a close. I love the thought of February. . .

Wholly Canadian has a few delights coming up in February, but in the meantime let us share what is going on now.


1. We've got a brand new blog post called "I love Ewe, Baby" with some of our favourite wool Canadian-made baby products. The cuteness factor, oh, the cuteness factor! I leave with you that thought so you can you ooh and ahh when reading it.

  • got a baby? need a baby gift?
  • don't miss this post!

 

2. Did you read our product reviews that we posted a few days ago?

  • Naosap Wild Rice (check out this post for some tasty recipes that will warm your soul this winter!) Yum, yum, yum! 

 

  • Splat & Co: wool dryer balls (you won't want to miss reading about these dryer balls and why they can make a huge difference in your home!)

 

3. January's Top Ten--great products to lift your spirits!

 

4. Giveaways on our home page: baby gear, and vintage wear {it will make you swoon!}

 

5. Traditional Food Courses to boost your health:

 

 

 

  • Sick of being sick and tired?
  • Fatigued? Searching for a boost?
  • Interested in a cleaner diet to boost your immune system?  
  • Interested in weight management?
  • Check out our courses!

 

What did you do this January that incorporated local living?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

I Love Ewe, Baby

Babies and Wool. . .some of my favourite things! I hope "ewe" love them, too!

Since my recent announcement, my mind is in Baby gear and I thought I might post some of my favourite baby Canadian-made wool products.

Shepherd's Dream: Baby Bedding

My baby has the complete baby ensemble  (wool mattress, mattress protector, duvet, duvet cover, and puddle pad). There's sbaby beddinguch a peace knowing my baby is sleeping on a mattress without toxins. I worked so hard on extra jobs and saved for many months to make this baby ensemble possible, and now my baby sleeps like a little lamb.

I really recommend their puddle pad for every baby--it’s great to travel with to protect against leaks, especially. you’re laying your baby in someone else’s bed. And the great thing is that baby always smells his home when you lay down that puddle pad under him.  It’s a great baby gift!

This company has been one of my favourites for a while, and I wrote about them in September's "Top Ten" products, sharing one of my favourite memories. . ."When my husband was getting acquainted with this company after hearing me talk about it so much, he once accidentally referred to it as “Sheep Dreams” instead of “Shepherd’s Dreams.” It made me laugh! So cute.  Now we often refer to it as “Sheep-sy” Dreams” referring back to the joke.  Every night when my baby goes to bed I toss his Shepherd’s Dream wool duvet over him, pull it down with sudden a tug, so it snuggled under his arm just right, and say, “Sheep-sy Dream, Woosh!”  He giggles, turns over to his side, then closes his eyes and sucks his fingers. Love it!"

 

Purely Bev Creations--Cardigan & Hat

I asked Purely Bev Creations to crotchet a baby blue merino wool hat & cardigan. My little munchkin wore this for over 12 months.  It was one of our favourites.

It was a pleasure supporting a local artisan, as well as dressing my baby in something unique. He got so many compliments on his outfit.

Papa with his helper

 

 

Padraigs

As written about in October's "Top Ten": As I type this, baby is marching around the house in his padraig slippers.  We received his first pair as a baby gift, and ever since then we've purchased subsequent sizes. They are so comfortable, warm for our Canadian winters, and simply adorable. Now I'm dreaming about an adult pair for this mama. . .did you know they make adult sizes?
Cream StripeAbout: Helen, the founder, made her first pair of slippers for her young son in the winter of 1977; they had a hand cut sheepskin sole and a crocheted upper made with hand spun raw wool. .  the slipper line and the company have grown and evolved.

Favourite Memory: At my baby's first baby shower. I had him wrapped up in a shawl, and he was wearing this tiny cream "baby sack" that had a bit of a draw-string at the bottom. . .and when people unraveled his blanket, to behold the little bundle, out peeked these newborn cream padraig slippers. It melted hearts.  I will never forget that memory

 

Hand-woven Wool Blanket

I received a small hand-woven baby blanket as a baby-gift from our neighbour made by artisan Susan Styrchak. I've never received anything woven on a loom before; so it's quite a unique gift. We put this blanket in baby's crib as an extra cuddle blanket. We call it "Biscuit" blanket, because our neighbour has a cat named "Biscuit."

 

Sleep Sacks:

1. gurumama.

The first sleepsack we owned was an organic one from gurumama. Gurumama made January's "Top Ten" list: Keeping baby warm during Manitoba winter nights is one of this mama's top priorities. This is why I rely on Manitoba-made organic wool sleep sacks. I appreciate the inverted zipper, natural fibre of wool that wicks away moisture, and organic quality of this sleep sack. And love that it is made locally! We have used the larger size for two winters now.

I wrote about my favourite memory: "When Gramps saw Wholly Canadian baby wearing his sleep sack, he immediately called him "SweePea"--after the baby in Popeye cartoon.  It stuck, because now that our baby walks/waddles in his sleep sack to choose his bedtime story from the nursery bookcase, we laugh because he is literally "sweeping" the floor."

2. I also had my seamstress make another one from a vintage wool blanket. This incorporates one of Wholly Canadian's tenets: buying used/re-purposing.

 

Wool diaper inserts

I  find that we (i.e. my baby) need a ton of absorbancy for those long nights; hence wool diaper inserts. I've had my seamstress cut some wool inserts (from an old wool blanket). We layer these under a cotton or hemp insert.  I've also cut some inserts out from old wool/cashmere sweaters (without any hem). Wool is extremely absorbant and thus makes for a great addition for a night-time diaper combo.

 

 

Wool Diaper Covers

I'm a big believer in using natural fibre for diapering. . .plastic on a baby's bottom doesn't sound like a healthy recipe to me.  (I wrote about about why we cloth diaper here.) This is why I purchased wool diaper covers made by Jill Zurzolo. She uses thrifted or recycled wool to make some rather fetch diaper covers!  I've purchased mine in a gender-netural fashionable plaid.  I love these covers, because they are have the same style of snaps (that allow for growth) and fit like other snap diaper covers that allow versatility in one's choice of diapers: insert or fitted diaper.

My Diaper Model showcasing his wool diaper cover from different angles

 

I've got seven of them, and after each use I aerate them outside (cold or hot weather) to let Mother Nature kiss them with her fresh touch.  After rotating through the stash, I handwash them once a month, following basic wool wash directions--using lanolin to naturally "waterproof." 

For some reason I actually really enjoy washing them; this simple yet deliberate activity always makes me pause (more so than a great deal of other baby-related tasks), and give thanks for both my baby and the privilege of using such simple and basic skills and materials. It's part of the simple life for me.

Jill doesn't have anything in her Etsy shop at this point, but you can contact her through Etsy for custom orders.


The Wonderful World of Sheepskin

Mittens--Yeah they come on a string! I cannot tell you how much this means to a parent who is in a rush. One less thing for which to look!

Made right here in Winnipeg, MB--it's a thrill to wear local products!

 

Egli:

I wrote about Egli's Sheep Farm (my polar mitts) in October when they made the "Top Ten."  Elgi sheep farm is tucked away in western Ontario and manufacture most of their products directly on their farm.  Here is a baby product that we have enjoyed:

Egli sheep farm is tucked away in western Ontario, and manufactures their products directly on their farm. They also have an animal park. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/top-ten/wholly-canadian-top-products.cfm?month=October&year=2014#Egli%27s%20Sheep%20Farm%20-%20Polar%20Mitts

 

  • Lambskin--We received this as a baby gift from my sister, and it has become part of our living room. Wholly Canadian baby loves cuddling with it, and I enjoyed sitting him up against this sheepskin for his monthly (1-12 month) photos that I would take in the same spot each month; it created a wonderful backdrop. I also used this for baby's tummy-time when he was younger.

 

No longer available:

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On my dream list. . .

1. Egli wool bodysuit

2. Egli pom pom icetrooper hat

 

 

 

3. Hand-knit merion grizzly bear cardigan by Vancouver based, Mountain Masche

4. Wool-knit cowichan style sweater by saintpierre in Alberta

As you can tell I've got a thing for "bear" clothing. Ever since we were pregnant, we called our baby "Baby Bear". Now as he is growing he has been promoted to "Little Bear."

Mountain Masche saintpierre



So how's that for a lot of baby-loving wool items?

Which one resonates with "ewe?"

Favourite Memory:  When my husband was getting acquainted with this company after hearing me talk about it so much, he once accidentally referred to it as “Sheep Dreams” instead of “Shepherd’s Dreams.” It made me laugh! So cute.  Now we often refer to it as “Sheep-sy” Dreams” referring back to the joke.  Every night when my baby goes to bed I toss his Shepherd’s Dream wool duvet over him, pull it down with sudden a tug, so it snuggled under his arm just right, and say, “Sheep-sy Dream, Woosh!”  He giggles, turns over to his side, then closes his eyes and sucks his fingers. Love it! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Shepherd%27s%5FDream#sthash.1s7nam5j.dpuf
my baby has the complete baby ensemble  (wool mattress, mattress protector, duvet, duvet cover, and puddle pad). I really recommend their puddle pad for every baby--it’s great to travel with to protect against leaks when you’re laying your baby in someone else’s bed. And the great thing is that baby always smells his home when you lay down that puddle pad under him.  It’s a great baby gift! I worked so hard on extra jobs and saved for many months to make this baby ensemble possible, and now my baby sleeps like a little lamb. Quality usually is an investment. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Shepherd%27s%5FDream#sthash.fI1VVKp5.dpuf
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ewe will love these Dryer Balls: Splat & Co

I had the privilege of doing a product review for Splat & Co.'s dryer balls. I've owned plastic dryer balls (the ones that bounce like a loud drum in your dryer) for many years. . . well that has now changed.

But before I write my review, let me tell you why this Canadian-company (Kewlowna B.C. ), Splat & Co is so special.

I asked them a series of questions:


What products do you provide?
We are hand crafters of various wearable items and lifestyle accessories in primarily natural wool fibers.. warm, appealing but slightly edgy items that go with many different styles and have longevity built in.




What's your mission?
Our mission is to promote natural fibers and their benefits to a wider audience. As well as promote sustainability and local production.




Why should Canadians buy from your company? What makes you unique compared to your competitors?

  • We support Canadian-business ourselves! Being proud Canadians, we feel it only fitting to support other Canadian industries for our supplies. In such we source our wool for both our dryer balls and knitwear from an Alberta family run mill who in turn get their wool from western Canadian farmers. So when you buy our products you not only get a 100% Canadian product you are supporting the farmer,the mill, and the maker all within your country and local economy.
  • Quality: Our products strive to meet many key qualities such as performance, longevity, sustainability, and environmental standings.
  • Unique: As for our uniqueness, that is in part due to our funky style that blends a little bit of "punk" attitude with a natural sustainable product thus we are cute but edgy, with a long life span- all to make our wearables more than just awesome to own and use.


 

Where can Canadians purchase your product?

  • - www.splatandco.com
  • -www.etsy.com/shop/SplatAndCo
  • -Scallywags, Kelowna B.C
  • -Mission Trading Company,Kelowna B.C
  • -Funktional,Kelowna B.C
  • - The Blue Frog, Penticton B.C
  • -Anna's Vitamins Plus, Vernon B.C
  • -Grassroots Health Hut, Armstrong B.C
  • -The Coral Barn, Round Hill Ab
  • - Wild Things Baby, Calgary Ab

 


Why did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your product?

We love what Wholly Canadian stands for. We would love to see more people shopping and producing locally.



What does local living mean to you?
Living local, to us, is being tuned in to the various aspects of your community and lifestyle that more closely approximates the dream held within your head and/ or heart.


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Product Review

Why I recommend Splat & Co.'s dryer balls:

  • They're quiet. I cannot tell you how crazy it is that we co-existed (for years!) with our plastic dryer balls that were extremely noisy. We live in a small old house, and the thumping would sometimes wake sleeping members--or else we timed our dryer schedule around naps and sleep times. Sometimes I would tell myself to think of that loud thumping as as a lullabye. . . .and trick myself. Ha! No more.
  • The dryer balls are made of all natural fibres. I'm not a fan of plastic, so it's kind of ironic that I was putting plastic in a heat source . It feels wonderful to have something naturally sourced in my dryer.
  • They save $$$. By lifting the wet clothes, it reduces the dyer time. Love it!
  • It reduces cling. The wool dryer balls naturally separate clothing.
  • Sustainable choice; no dryer sheets and toxins.
  • Pairs well with essential oils!  Splat & Co sent me natural lavendar; what a luxury to have lavender-scented laundry:)
  • They've got the cutest motifs. I'm in love with wool and all things "sheep-sy". . .so I loved the sheep motif on my dryer balls.  But did you know they've got different animals, colours for special occassions, or undyed natural balls.
  • They have a dual function. . .they double up as toys!  My one year old baby loves these! He thinks they're his toys. . .and says "Baaa" when he sees them.. . And what a wonderful natural toy. Right now I can only find two of my dryer balls. . .I dare say the underbelly of my couch needs a tidy {grin}
  • I also appreciate that this company does custom orders. I first got to know them when I asked them to make a custom wool ball with a jingle bell in the ball for baby's first Christmas. . .You can read about it here; they created an identical ball to the one in vintage Golden Book "Baby's Christmas."
  • Finally, this company impresses me because of their varied products. I'm drooling over their chunky merino baby leg warmers and wool cowls. Dreaming. . .

Chunky knit wool leg warmers, 100% Canadian Merino wool baby/toddler leg warmers.Chunky Knit Ombré wool cowl, 100% Canadian merino wool cowl!Adult size chunky knit cowl

 

Have you used wool dryer balls? 

 

If you have tried them, what do you like about them?

If you have not tried wool dryer balls, what feature would make you try Splat & Co. dryer balls?

 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 1 Comments

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Naosap Wild Rice: More than Gourmet

Naosap Organic Wild Rice sent us some wild rice & wild rice flour to review. . .and what a treat!

I decided to try out one of her recipes with the product we received. But before I share a wild rice burger recipe, I thought it would be helpful for Wholly Canadian followers to get to know Naosap a bit better.

I asked Tracy, the owner, some questions. . .

What products do you provide?

Our main product is our certified organic, non-gmo verified Canadian, lake-grown wild rice. We do also offer wild rice flour, wild rice linguine and gift baskets.

What's your mission?

Our mission is to get wild rice into as many homes as possible.  While many view wild rice as a gourmet food, we believe it should be more of a staple based on its nutritional content.  It is also more economical than most people realize as wild rice triples itself when cooked, compared to "regular" rice which doubles itself.


Why should Canadians buy from your company? What makes you unique compared to your competitors?


We are unique because our family-based business is rooted in sustainability and quality. Harvesting wild rice is indeed an art that is not easily learned. My husband and his brothers have over 30 years experience harvesting; they know how to get the highest quality of wild rice. Because Naosap Harvest ONLY uses Anderson Brother's green wild rice for processing, we have the optimal control over the quality of our product. Our long summer days of sunshine produces a long, dark kernel that is sought after. Our customer service is second to none and we pride ourselves on that.


What does local living mean to you?

Local living is eating, working and "playing" using as many local resources as possible.

Where can Canadians purchase Naosap organic wild rice?


Wholly Canadian chose the above dish, Naosap organic wild rice, as baby's first rice dish at 18 months. See this post on why.

I decided to make Naosap's wild rice burgers that are both vegan and gluten-free.  But I did it with a twist incorporating:


See our adapted recipe here:


You have got to try this recipe with Naosap's wild organic rice!

It's power-packed! What amazed me most is the amount of protein wild rice has. . .boasting 7g of protein in a 1/4 cup. That's what makes these burgers so great. . .they're vegan with a healthy does of protein! You can feel good giving your family these wild rice burgers.

I'm also looking forward to trying the wild rice pizza crust recipe.


Naosap wild rice is simply one of Canada's great products.

My encouragement for Canadians is to re-think rice as Canadian. . .and choose local.


Have you tried Canadian wild rice?


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Exotic yet refreshingly local Ideas

How's your January going?

We've got a few goodies lined up for you:

 

1. A passionate exotic drink to overcome any January blues! Best of it's all local & fair-trade ingredients! See recipe here.


 

2. January's Top Ten--great products to lift your spirits!

 

 

3 .New Giveaways on our home page: baby gear, and vintage wear {it will make you swoon!}

 

 


4. Traditional Food Courses to boost your health:

 

 

  • Searching for ways to live healthier? 
  • Interested in a cleaner diet to boost your immune system?  
  • Interested in weight management?
  • Check out our courses!

 

What's your favourite thing about January so far? What excites you?

  1. January's Top Ten--great products to lift the winter blues
  2. New Giveaways on our home page: baby gear, and vintage wear
  3. Traditional Food Courses to boost your health: bubbly drinks & creams, and sourdough--grains made friendly again.
      • Searching for ways to live healthier?  Interested in a cleaner diet that boost your immune system?  Check out our courses!
- See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=It%27s%5Fthe%5FNew%5FYear%2C%5Fand%5FWe%27re%5FBack#sthash.q91U5VRL.dpuf
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Monday, January 12, 2015

It's the New Year, and We're Back

We're Back! Happy New Year!


Aloe Vera growing in Canadian-made pots this January. . .a sight for hungry eyes in need of greenery.


After a few month break, due to this annoucement, we're back!

 

 


We're excited about the New Year. To kick it off check out our:

 

  1. January's Top Ten--great products to lift the winter blues
  2. New Giveaways on our home page: baby gear, and vintage wear
  3. Traditional Food Courses to boost your health: bubbly drinks & creams, and sourdough--grains made friendly again.
      • Searching for ways to live healthier?  Interested in a cleaner diet that boost your immune system?  Check out our courses!

 

January is a great time to recommit a sense of purpose for the year.  How can your purchases & lifestyle this year be enveloped with goodwill? 

Here are a few suggestions for the year:

 

While most of us are on a journey, and have not yet arrived in fullness in any of these areas, my encouragement is pick one facet and grow in that for 2015.

What New Year's resolution are you making this year?

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