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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Get your Hands Dirty this Spring: Heritage Harvest


Are your fingers itching to get into the dirt? Are you craving that earthy smell? Do you find yourself yearning to rub your fingers against young seedlings and breathe in the smell of spring?



If so, you're not alone. Canada, despite our northern growing season, is home to some of the world's most avid gardeners. Perhaps it's because we understand the growing season is short, and we maximize each day of sunshine.



Despite living in Manitoba, February through April, my fingernails begin to look earthy. . .because it's planting time (well, indoors anyway).  I'm a farmer's daughter, and so signs of spring mean so much more to me than pulling out my shorts.  The longer days, the shifting of the sunset to the northern skyline, the return of the geese, the melting of the snow, the spring rains. . .means that another seasonal cycle is about begin. And I want to be a part of it!

And spring means planting time! Moreover, I want to teach my little one why spring is significant . . . and it's connection to life. #whatIwantmykidtoknowbefore18

For numerous years I have turned to Heritage Harvest Seeds (located in Carman, Manitoba) for my seeds. But not just any seeds, heirloom seeds.



I wrote about why heirloom seeds matter here. If you're new to this, or need a refesher, check out our post for seed terminology that many find confusing (e.g. the difference between heirloom/heritage, hybrid, GMO).

 

Let me tell you what makes Heritage Harvest Seeds so outstanding. . .

I asked them a few questions to give Canadian gardeners a chance to appreciate what they provide.


What products do you provide?

Heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed: no GMO's, untreated, non hybrid seed


What's your mission?

To preserve rare and endangered heirloom seed and provide high quality seed to our customers



Why should Canadians buy from Heritage Harvest Seed?

Heritage Harvest Seed has one of the best selections of rare heirloom seed in North America. All of our seed is non GMO, untreated and non hybrid. We are a mail order business and ship seed across Canada



Where can Canadians purchase your product

Mail order business. Check us out online, or request a paper catalogue.

 

Why did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your products?

Because Wholly Canadian promotes Canadian local businesses like ours.

 


What does local living mean to you?

Local living is very important to us, we love knowing that what we are eating is free of chemicals and grown locally.


 

Heritage Harvest Seeds sent me some seeds. Here's some of what I'm growing this year:


Tomatoes: Manitoba Tomato & Farthest North Tomoto

Vegetable: Doe Hill Pepper, Beit Alpha Cucumber, & Golden Zucchini

Herbs: Old Ukranian Dill, Lettuce Leaf Basil, Parsley, Sorrel

Beans: Mennonite K Triple A, Mennonite Purple Stripe, & Early Riser Bean

Fruit: Gnadenfeld melon

Flowers: Forget Me Not, Larkspur: Giant Imperial, & Morning Glory: Grandpa Ott’s

 


Many of these seeds would make great Mother's Day Gifts {hint, hint}.  Heritage Harvest was also featured in our Best of Canada's Valentine's Day gift guide.

 


What are you growing this year?

Make sure to check out Heritage Harvest Seed for your quality heirloom seed purchases.

Get your fingers dirty & support local business. . .support Canadian business!

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 2 Comments

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Headbands: Style yourself Canadian-Made

So excited to share about the Canadian-made headbands that I received from Stylish Mode.

Solid Headbands

 

Ever felt that your hair needs some flair (rhyming, I know), and want your outfit to be a hit? {grin}  I do! This is how I discovered Stylish Mode.

I was looking for three things in my headband:


  1. Canadian-made. Most headbands purchased on the market are imports, but not these!
  2. Headbands with a flair; something unique
  3. Custom-made. My head size needs a headband with a bit of alteration.


Well, I found all three "must-haves" in Stylish Mode, and they sent me a few different styles:

 

Mustard Yellow Headband

 

 

Wide Navy Polka Dot Headband

 

Scarf  Headband for Women - Blue

I have immensely enjoyed wearing my headbands. The reason for my initial interest was that I wanted a pretty headband for my upcoming baby #2's arrival . . . to both keep my hair out of my eyes, and for pictures. I love associating memories with something specially chosen; I'm sure I will treasure this headband for many years to come.

My husband also commented on my headband, and told me he would love to see me get a navy polka dot dress. I was surprisingly amused. I had no idea the fabric would strike him like that! {grin}

 

Stylish Mode also makes the following:

Turban Hats for Women

 

 

Beaded Headband

 

 

Winter Headband

 

Rebecca, owner of Stylish Mode, has a passion for creativity. She started Stylish Mode back in 2007 when she was on the hunt for the perfect headband, and ended up sewing her own.

Rebecca believes that headbands don't just hold your hair back, they add that pretty feminine compliment to our outfits that make us unique. It's about wearing the best quality headbands around, standing out like a well made suit. It's about creating your own personal sense of style, that make those around you smile and say "hi".


Headbands for Women

Back in 2009 Rebecca was honored to have had her handmade keychains featured in Woman's World magazine.

She has a love for all things colorful, fabrics with retro prints and flowers, and is a self-proclaimed animal print addict. Have a look through the shop, you'll see these themes carry on over into the handmade headbands available on the site.



Colorful Headbands


Looking for some Canadian-made inspiration for your attire?

Check out Stylish Mode!


Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:08 AM 1 Comments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pure Hazelwood: Styl'n Relief

Such a joy to promote a natural Canadian-made product that is effectively relieving pain around the world. . .


World Leader of the Hazelwood Market


Have you heard of Pure Hazelwood? You may remember that they were listed on our Canada's Best Baby Registry List . . . in the "Health" section.


Before we share why we enjoy this product, join a conversation we had with them. . .

My family has been using the syrup for a number of years, but before we share why we love them, join us in a conversation we had with them. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Suro%5FElderberry%5FSyrup%3A%5FGet%5FNaturally%5FWell#sthash.52sQq5Nx.dpuf
My family has been using the syrup for a number of years, but before we share why we love them, join us in a conversation we had with them. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Suro%5FElderberry%5FSyrup%3A%5FGet%5FNaturally%5FWell#sthash.52sQq5Nx.dpuf


What products do you provide?

My family has been using the syrup for a number of years, but before we share why we love them, join us in a conversation we had with them. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Suro%5FElderberry%5FSyrup%3A%5FGet%5FNaturally%5FWell#sthash.0ndIeS3f.dpuf

We have been a world leader for more than 17 years and a pioneer of scientific research on hazelwood; Pure Hazelwood has developed a wide range of 100% natural products, made of hazel from the Canadian boreal forest, for the whole family.

Hazelwood is now known to have antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, and we offer high quality products and a guaranty of satisfaction for our customers.


Thousands of testimonials from satisfied customers demonstrate the effects of hazelwood, as a natural solution, to help release symptoms related to inflammation such as: skin problems, joint pain, heart burn, baby teething pain, and more.

 


What's your mission?

Becoming the best company for customers, employees, investors, business partners and for the communities in which we live and work.


At Pure Hazelwood, we work to offer innovative products and services of superior quality. Our mission is to improve the daily lives of our customers and to provide them with quality, safety and efficiency for their wellness.


Why should Canadians buy from your company?

We go the extra mile to exceed the expectations of our customers and to establish long-term business relationships. We provide a high performance, rewarding and encouraging work environment where people want to develop, and we also display ethical and socially responsible behaviors.


Our values embody our desired attitudes and how we interact with our clients and colleagues. These values are the foundation of our identity.

  • Respect: We respect our customers, our employees, the nature and our primary resource (hazelwood), our business partners and our community.
  • Honesty and Integrity: Integrity guides our choices and actions. At Pure Hazelwood, honesty and integrity are the fundamental values that must dictate our professional and personal lives.
  • Quality: Quality is deeply rooted into our activities, our practices and our methods. Our confidence is a credit to the quality of our products.
  • Passion: The strength of commitment. Passion provides us the will to create innovative solutions to summon up the enthusiasm to achieve our goals and our customers’ expectations.

 


Where can Canadians purchase your product?

Canadians can visit our website to find the closest store near them or they can call our customer service to have more information if they need it.

  • Toll Free: 1.866.535.0148



Why did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your product?

We choose Wholly Canadian to feature our products because we believe in local buying and we believe the most important is to support the local industry before thinking about developing new market out of the borders. We also believe in the strength that people can have together and not alone only.


Baby hazelwood necklaces


What does local living mean to you?

This means to do daily efforts to buy as much as possible from local companies and to choose local when the choice can be available.

Product Review:

Pure Hazelwood sent us two products to review:

1. Child: Baltic amber & hazelwood teething necklace


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2. Adult: Freshwater pearls & hazelwood necklace

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My two-year old has been wearing his "shiny" as he calls it . . . and is currently pushing through his two-year old molars.  So far he has coasted through teething, that is until his two-year old molars . . . he's been a bit more tempermental and clingy than usual. I've heard from other mamas that while the molars are some of the last teeth, they are by no means the least in terms of trouble. So what perfect timing when we were sent this hazelwood necklace.


Read our testimonials


Made with 100 % natural hazel wood from the Canadian boreal forest and genuine Baltic amber beads, this necklace is a must for all little ones. The hazelwood has anti-inflammatory effects because it is rich in polyphenols--meaning many antioxidants.  This gives a teething little one relief, and of course, the mama relief!

The necklace for the little guys also have a safe screw clasp.

While it is easy to purchase off-the-counter medications for teething, why not reach something that no side-effects? Why not turn to a natural remedy that has helped people for centuries

Does your little one need some anti-inflammatory relief?


Do you know of a little one teething?



Do you need some relief?  Don't just stop with getting a hazelwood necklace for your little one, make sure you're sporting your own.

If you're not into wearing a necklace, Pure Hazelwood suggests the hazelwood double bracelet or anklet, with an amount of wood pieces similar to our necklace. Treaded onto sturdy elastic wire, it is a favorite of clients that have difficulty manipulating a fastening or that want to be able to put on and take off their jewelry quickly.


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At the time of writing this I am pregnant, and I have been going to the chiropractor every week during the last month . . . until I started wearing this necklace.  I now just completed a 2.5 week stretch without back pain & chiropractic treatment.  That's huge!  The impact is not only financial, but relieves a busy mama's schedule.  While I'm sure there are a number of factors, I have no doubt that the anti-inflammatory effect of this necklace has been a contributing factor. I am so very grateful!


Another thing that I really appreciate as local-loving mama is that the ”hazel tree” is indigenous to Quebec--the province where these necklaces originate. This shrub is also widely spread throughout Canada, especially in the Eastern regions where it is plentiful such as the Saguenay, Gaspésie and New Brunswick areas.


So not only is this product Canadian-made, it is also Canadian-grown!



Wisely harvesting our own resources is something Canadians can proudly celebrate in this product.



De la forêt jusqu'à vous


Are you ready for some local goodness & relief? Contact Pure Hazelwood today!

 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:17 AM 1 Comments

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Suro Elderberry Syrup: Get Naturally Well

Today we're so thrilled to share one of favourite products: Suro Elderberry Syrup. You may remember us sharing about this product in our monthly top picks of January 2015.


Health and Wellness

My family has been using the syrup for a number of years, but before we share why we love them, join us in a conversation we had with them.


What products do you provide?

We specialize in Canadian elderberries and elderflowers. We have an elderberry orchard in southern Quebec where we grow our own elder bushes from which we make our products. SURO products are certified organic and contain no preservatives or additives.

Elderberries are known for their anti-viral properties while elderflowers are known for their
diaphoretic and expectorant properties. So, elderberries are a great ally to ward off colds and flu while the flower helps with symptom relief.


SURO Orchard


Syrups:We have 2 syrups: an adult formula and an alcohol free
formula for children. Unlike many other elderberry products on the market,
our syrups have a very short list of wholesome ingredients that are easy
to read and are free of glucose, water or preservatives. They combine the
benefits of elderberries, elderflowers, raw unpasteurized honey, propolis
and in the adult formula, echinacea. They are ideal at the onset of
colds, cough, sore throats and the flu.


Our slogan for our syrup is so tasty, so potent so SURO!


Respitory Tea: We also offer a respiratory tea called SURO-BREATHE. It's
a blend of 17 organic herbs that are expectorant (including lots of elder
flowers), emollient (including plantain and marshmallow root) and are good
for your immune system. This product is great for anyone suffering from
chest and sinus congestion such as seasonal allergies, chronic bronchitis,
the end of a cold or from asthma. The combination of plants aims at
opening the air passages and helps get rid of congestion.


Herb Extracts: We also offer single herb extracts from elderberries or from
elderflowers. This is great for herbalists who prefer making their own
formulas. They can use our brand to get the benefits of Canadian
elderberries. The elderberry extract is great for preventing cold and flu.
The elderflower extract can be used in case of fever or mild congestion.


Chaga: We offer Canadian Chaga which is harvested wild in
Quebec. The chaga chunks can then be made into a tea. Chaga is great to
help the body's own immunity.

 


What's your mission?
Our mission is to help people stay healthy and regain good health with high quality products. The products we offer are products we would feel comfortable giving to our own families. We want to promote a healthy lifestyle with top quality ingredients.


 


Why should Canadians buy from your company?

  • Canadian-owned: SURO is owned and operated by Canadians. Sylvain Mercier,the company's president, started SURO using Dr Jacinthe Desmarais' formulas (Jacinthe is Sylvain's wife). The products are therefore very pure and close to nature because they were made for family and friends. Although they are now manufactured in large quantities and sold across Canada, Sylvain has taken care to keep Dr Jacinthe's family formula intact without any fillers or additives. Sylvain is now joined by Lawrence Tomlinson, long time employee and now partner in the company. Lawrence started working for SURO as a student at age 14. Although his studies led him to a different career, he loved the passion and values of SURO.


  • Certified Organic: Our products are certified organic which is a plus and is rare in this category. Our syrups and tinctures are 100% Canadian, which is why we find it important to meet with the producers of our primary ingredients such as the apple cider vinegar and honey.  In the case of SURO BREATHE, we search for Canadian ingredients as well.


  • Premium Product: When customers use our products they are encouraging many Canadian families AND buying a very high quality product. In the case of our syrups, we use the whole berry and do not add water. Because of this, our products have a very long shelf life, 3 to 4 years from the day they were made. Most people use them up before that time but it's a good thing that you don't have to throw away your bottle when you are feeling back to normal. No waste:).

 

 


Where can Canadians purchase your product?
Our products are available in most large chain natural health food stores, local natural markets,  and select pharmacies. We have a store locator on our website where Canadians can look up the different stores closest to them.

You can search by postal code.


 

Why did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your product?

  • Wholly Canadian's website is very appealing for various reasons. We like the way the website is presented. It is very educative while also encouraging Canadians to buy Canadian. This is exactly what we are all about.
  • We learned about many products that we didn't know about by reading Wholly Canadian. Not only were they great products, but they were also Canadian. That is very important to us. Quality and Canadian. 

      



What does local living mean to you?
It means encouraging businesses around us first. We like to find suppliers that are as close to us as possible. We are always proud to say that we help provide jobs for Canadians by hiring them and also by buying equipment and ingredients from Canada. When Canadians use our products, they are contributing and supporting many families that live from their land.

Local living is living from resources around us; whether they are human resources or natural resources. We also believe that in naturopathy, you will have greater results using plants that grow around you.




Product Review:

Suro sent us three products:

1. Adult: Organic Elderberry Syrup

2. Kid's Forumula: Organic Elderberry Syrup

 

Adult FormulaKids Formula


3. Suro Breathe

Colds and flues are an inevitability in our Canadian climate. I try to refrain from drug medications, and whenever possible look to God-given natural remedies. . .one of them being elderberries. We have successfully fought several colds with Suro Syrup. I just purchased the kid's syrup for baby's cold this last winter, and never once needed any other medication. I appreciate the simple ingredients (elderberries, elderflower, honey, and apple cider vinegar). Nothing fancy, but it works.


SURO BreatheI had never tried the Suro Breathe until recently. Being pregnant at the time with a spring cold, I didn't take this herb-based syrup internally, but used it externally and received some relief that way. I have to say that a plugged nose at night, and the subsequent parched mouth, can make one go batty. A few sleepless nights like that in a row inhibit the much-needed rest for healing.

Are you suffering with spring allergies? 

Are you exhausted because you can't breathe well at night?

Try, this natural remedy of Suro Breathe. It works by quickly relaxing bronchial passages, clearing mucous and opening up airways. It soothes and heals inflammation and irritation.


What continues to amaze me is the quality Candian products on the market that work! 

Suro syrup is a product that Canadians can be proud of, and more importantly feel naturally good about consuming.

Get well naturally and support local!  Each spoonful of Suro Syrup is 100% Canadian--supporting Canadian producers.

In my journey of local living, that "mouthful" says a lot!


Colds and flues are an inevitablity of winter. I try to refrain from drug medications, and whenever possible look to God-given natural remedies. . .one of them being elderberries. We have successfully fought several colds with Suro Syrup. I just purchased the kid's syrup for baby's cold & cough last week, and never once needed any other medication. I appreciate the simple ingredients (elderberries, elderflower, honey, and applecider vinegar). Nothing fancy, but it works.SURO Kid's Syrup

Dark purple with a rich blackberry-raspberry flavour, American elderberries are also superior in their health properties. They have been scientifically proven to have 2 to 3 X the concentration of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C than cranberries and blueberries. Academic research consistently links elderberry consumption to numerous health benefits, including strengthening the immune system because they demonstrate their ability to inhibit viruses.

- See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Suro%5FElderberry%5FSyrup#sthash.RK0MLubc.dpuf

 

Colds and flues are an inevitablity of winter. I try to refrain from drug medications, and whenever possible look to God-given natural remedies. . .one of them being elderberries. We have successfully fought several colds with Suro Syrup. I just purchased the kid's syrup for baby's cold & cough last week, and never once needed any other medication. I appreciate the simple ingredients (elderberries, elderflower, honey, and applecider vinegar). Nothing fancy, but it works.SURO Kid's Syrup

Dark purple with a rich blackberry-raspberry flavour, American elderberries are also superior in their health properties. They have been scientifically proven to have 2 to 3 X the concentration of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C than cranberries and blueberries. Academic research consistently links elderberry consumption to numerous health benefits, including strengthening the immune system because they demonstrate their ability to inhibit viruses.

- See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Suro%5FElderberry%5FSyrup#sthash.RK0MLubc.dpuf
Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:00 AM 4 Comments

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?


Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 46 Comments

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sweet Pea

Peapod Creations sent me some products to review. But before I share about my experience, let me tell you a bit about this Peapod Creations.

I asked them some questions so you could see what makes them a Canadian company to take note of:

What products do you provide?
Our products include the CuddlyWrap™, wrap-style baby carrier in 100% certified organic cotton and The Baby Essentials set (1 double-sided blanket and 2 double-sided burp cloths) also manufactured in 100% certified organic cotton.


Baby Essentials Photo
 
What's your mission?
Our Company’s mission is to provide top quality products that support close nurturing family ties starting with fulfilling the basic need of a newborn to be held in close contact with a parent which in turn facilitates parental/newborn bonding.


CuddlyWrap Photo
 

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

Canadians should buy from our company for a number of reasons:

  • Winnipeg-made: With the exception of growing and spinning the organic cotton, all the production and manufacturing of the CuddlyWrap and Baby Essentials set and all packaging is done in Canada and mostly, within Winnipeg.
  • Design & Fabric: Our fabric sets us apart from other wrap-style carriers as does the design of the CuddlyWrap: it’s length, width, the weight and one way stretch of the fabric and the tapered ends. Also, the 100% certified organic cotton is consistently of top quality, making our fabric incredibly soft and durable. 
  • Quality Control: Because our products are manufactured locally and the packaging and shipping is done by us, we have excellent quality control too. 
  • Boost to our Economy: Peapod Creations has been supporting the Canadian and local economy since 2004.
  • Instructions: From the very beginning, Peapod Creations has invested in providing instructions and packaging based on the recognition of learning styles and respect for the importance of language. We were the first North American baby carrier manufacturer to have all our instruction materials – printed and available on the internet – in all three of the major languages of North America: English, French and Spanish.

 



Where can Canadians purchase your product?
We have both in-person and online retailers across Canada and the list can be accessed on our webpage. Because we believe in the importance of supporting our retailers and their local economy, we do not sell direct to consumers.

 


 

What did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your product?
We chose Wholly Canadian to feature our products in order to support connections among people who share our commitment to Canadian made products, fair trade, reducing the carbon footprint, protecting the environment and contributing to local economies and charities.



 

What does local living mean to you?
As a business, local living to us means working with small independent retailers rather than getting into the big box stores with our products; shopping local independent retailers as much as possible rather than going online to find less expensive options; buying business supplies/services (for example, trade show materials; website development; graphic design; office furniture) locally or Canadian wherever possible.

 
CuddlyWrap Photo

 

When I visit a shop, I usually ask for Canadian-made products. Inevitably, many a sales associate tells me, everything is made in _____. Not true, I say!

Peapod Creations is an example of quality Canadian-made products.  Lead by a group of four Winnipeg women, these ladies do Canada proud!



Jennifer, Andrea, Shirley and Deb Phillips
(daughter, daughter, Mom and daughter-in-law)

Product Review:

1. CuddlyWrap:

I hadn't worn my baby in a wrap since he was 6 months old. So when Peapod Creations asked me to try out their CuddlyWrap for my 19 month old I was surprised.  For some reason I thought I needed a structured carrier when he was heavier. . .or at least that is what my original wrap indicated--that a heavier baby is not suitable.  Well, Mom & owner, Shirley Phillips, set me straight! When I asked why I could wear a toddler in this wrap, and not my original wrap, she said it's because of their type of fabric: it's a one-way stretch fabric and has no elastic in it. That made sense to me. And it felt right. The first time we went for a walk with our CuddlyWrap, my husband commented how well our son seemed placed.

When Shirley arrived to deliver the products, baby woke up from his nap right on cue, and we did an immediate wrap.  She said something that has resonated with me ever since. While wearing baby, I was intuitively rocking back and forth and rubbing his back while chatting, and she noted that. She said, do you see what you're doing?  There's something about wearing our babies that gives us such an organic connection with them. That thought made me smile then, and still makes me smile. There is indeed something very special about wearing a baby in a cloth wrap.

I also appreciate the tapered ends. My original wrap had blunt ends, making for a bulky waist.

I still need a mirror when placing a bigger baby in the wrap. . . I guess I need more practice. I wrapped baby when shopping last week, and I think I amused a few folk.  This is why I keep the cloth wrap with me at home.  I like it for home use, or for short walks in the neighbourhood. I have found that there's a different connection when wearing a baby in a wrap versus pushing him for a stroller ride.


2. Baby Essential Set:

This organic blanket and burp cloth set is buttery soft. I love the little pocket in the blanket to hold a tissue, soother, or teething ring. Very pragmatic! The burb cloths are beautifully designed in their shape to stay in place on the shoulder.

Baby Essentials Photo

 

Are you expecting a baby? Know someone who is? Ensure this little one has a Canadian-made CuddlyWrap & Baby Essentials set.

Your baby deserves the best! Choose Canadian!


What's your favourite aspect about this Canadian Company?

Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
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