The Granary – May Edition – Hometown News

The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods is an independent natural health retailer located at 107 Bridge St, in the heart of downtown Carleton Place. Owner, Dena Comley purchased the business in 2009 and since then has been on a mission to offer ethical, local and sustainable products. The Granary offers grocery items, body care and beauty supplies, supplements, bulk food, homeopathic treatments, eco-friendly wares and more! When stocking products, every effort is made to prioritize purchasing local food that is in line with their quality, standards and values. Customers can learn about nutrition and natural health from the friendly and informed staff Monday thru Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If their extended hours do not fit into your schedule, they are introducing a web store (Spring 2016) to make shopping locally even more accessible to customers.

The Granary supports local professional services, neighbouring businesses and is actively involved in the Carleton Place Business Improvement Area and Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce. It also supports local groups like the Mississippi Mudds, Carleton Place Jr A Canadians and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Comley believes that every individual and business has a role to play in contributing to a better world and to a vibrant and thriving community. To support this sense of community, the Granary offers frequent networking evenings, seminars, webinars, open houses and sample days. Coming up on June 14th is a Live Webinar with Lorna Vandergaeghe author, nutritional medicine expert and one of PROFIT magazine’s Top 100 female Entrepreneurs. Join, Vendergaeghe as she discusses common health issues facing women and natural, effective solutions. Space is limited. $10 deposit required. 10$ store credit issued the night of the event.

Last year the Granary launched the “Lil’ Sprout” Program designed to encourage local children to become more connected and involved with the food they eat, from seed to plate. They are offering a $500 grant to a Carleton Place School or community group to develop or expand a program that helps children become more connected with the growth, preparation and decision making involved in eating healthy foods. The grant will help these groups to teach students food skills and inspire healthy eating. The first grant recipient, Caldwell Street Public School (UCDSB) started a school gardening program including resources like a master gardener, farmer, nutritionist and a beekeeper. For full eligibility or to apply for the Lil’ Sprouts program, visit their website at

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