John Boy Farms – Sampling

There’s another new label on the shelves at Generation Green, John Boy Farms/Apple Junction.

These 5th generation farmers south of St. Agathe, Manitoba are bringing us delicious Apple Syrup & Apple Jelly! Using a unique apple press, and several different types of apples from Manitoba, some of which come from utilizing the Fruit Share program in Manitoba (fruit that would otherwise go to waste), they create a cider that they then use to produce their products.

apple syrupThe apple syrup is made in small batches  and is excellent on pancakes, french toast and waffles.  But it can also be used as a glaze on ham/meats or added to your favourite meat sauce, salad dressings, oatmeal or coffee and tea.

Their traditional apple jelly is also made using their Manitoba sweet apple cider, and is excellent on toast,  bagels, croissants, etc and makes a great jelly sandwich. It can also be used to glaze meats or as a side  jelly with turkey/chicken. apple jelly

Stop by Generation Green at The Forks on Friday, December 13th from Noon-3PM to sample for yourself! Miniature bottles are also available & make great stocking stuffers!

There’s a New Shyrup in Town

Birch Syrup is quickly making a name for itself and when you try it, you’ll know why.  This syrup is warm, rich and full of flavour, but let us get one thing out of the way… This is NOT like Maple Syrup.  Much like the younger sibling following in the footsteps of an older, no one and nothing likes to be compared.  So, for the purpose of this article, and while you’re savouring your first spoonful of syrup, pretend you’ve never had maple syrup.  Trust me; your life will be enriched by this experiment.

Like most great “Canadian” things, Birch syrup was first used by aboriginals.  From what I have read, the process of collecting birch syrup is still relatively the same, modern tools aside.  This is such a beautiful aspect of any syrup collecting.  The technique really can’t differ from the original method.  It also has a few “healing properties” from what I’ve read.   Birch syrup can be beneficial for your skin, as well as aiding in treating arthritis, rheumatism, and gout, cramps, inflammation and muscle pain.

Birch syrup, however, is a finicky syrup to collect.  Because Birch trees thrive in a Northern Climate, the “tapping” season is shorter and there is a required tree size for tapping.  It also takes 100-120 liters of sap to produce one liter of Birch Syrup (more than double the amount for Maple Syrup)!  This is what makes Birch Syrup worth so much more!

We have tried a couple of different Birch Syrups at the store, and to be honest, we weren’t crazy about them.  And then we tried the Canadian Birch Company’s Birch Syrup.  It doesn’t even taste like the same product!  Other syrups were almost burnt tasting and heavy, but this syrup is light and rich and an explosion of taste all at once.

The methods that The Canadian Birch Company uses are different than most other Birch Syrup companies and it’s their methods that make them stand out.  Without getting too technical, they cook their syrup for less time, which means the integrity and flavour is retained.

There are 3 different types of Syrup, each collected at different times of the season.

The Amber Gold is collected right at the start of the season and it is the sweetest.  This goes beautifully on Ice Cream, Cheesecake or any other desert.  You could also use this one on Pancakes, Waffles or French Toast if you so wished.  Keep in mind though that a little goes a long way.  The flavour of Birch Syrup is much richer than Maple Syrup!

The Amber Birch Syrup is collected in the middle of the season.  It is not as sweet as the Amber Gold, and is great to mix with the Amber Gold if you wanted to cut the sweetness and stretch your syrup.

Finally, the Dark Birch Syrup is collected at the end of the season and it is much less sweet.  This is great syrup for meats, savoury dishes and even Toffee Sauce.  I’ve been told that making pulled pork with this syrup is out of this world.

Don’t just take my word for it, stop by our store today, November 16th,  for a sampling, as well as December 16th!

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It’s Movember!

We’re having our very own “Movember Movement” at Generation Green!

For the month of November a portion of proceeds on our men’s line of products, will be donated to Cancer Care Manitoba.

We are also donating a gift basket, valued at over $300.00 and filled with enough goodies, that you will be able to cut that Christmas shopping list substantially! Tickets are $10.00 for a sheet of 25, and all money raised will be donated too.  You can get a tax receipt for any donation of $15.00 or more.  You also get a little treat donated from Made for Boys when you buy tickets.

You will find resource information on Cancer prevention, as well as Prostate Cancer and Skin Cancer.

A great time to get some early Christmas shopping done!

In, On & Around!

Today I had the amazing opportunity to attend the 22nd annual, Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer.

The centrepieces
The centrepieces

The theme this year was Manitoba’s largest Tea Party! Such a lovely, classy setting was created for a crowd of 1400, that were mostly women. We sipped our tea, from authentic tea cups (that were donated with stories attached of their history) and in true high tea fashion, nibbled on tiny sandwiches and scones with jams.  To have this time with some of my closest friends, was really special, especially when you hear the statistics that 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the most common amongst women.  I unfortunately already have known friends to have had this diagnosis, but thankfully they are survivors.

20131027_161920The guest speaker this year was Fran Drescher, who created and starred in “The Nanny”.  Fran was so inspiring with her personal story of  diagnosis and survival.  She spoke so honestly and openly, and I seriously could have listened to her all day. Fran has created a movement called “Cancer Schmancer” and wrote a best-selling book likewise titled.

Fran’s focus is not on a cure but rather on prevention, as prevention starts the cure! Early detection is what is needed, and in order to do that we need to start by questioning what is going in, on, and around our bodies!  Just start with one area, and it will create a domino affect in your life.

Becoming aware of what exactly I was putting on & in my body, as well as using to clean my home, was exactly where I started almost 6 years ago.   I didn’t have Fran’s thinking of cancer prevention, but more out of fear and grasping for some control. Due to my own health scare with first being diagnosed with a rare type of uterine cancer, having to have a complete hysterectomy, then finding out what presented as cancer initially, was rare type of tumour, but thankfully not cancer. It is though what got my ball rolling, I didn’t know what was the cause, so I wanted to make sure I was doing all I could to protect myself, and my family.

Cancer Survivors were the models in the fashion show. They all looked amazing!
Cancer Survivors were the models in the fashion show. They all looked amazing!

Fast forward to a year ago when I decided to open Generation Green.  My intention was to try to let others know there were safer alternatives to some conventional products.   Creating awareness though is the first step. I personally believed for the longest of time, that someone had to have my best interest at heart, and there is no way that a potential carcinogen could be in my shampoo! We should not have to live fearfully, we should demand products that are safe, and we can only do this by the choices we make.  Every purchase is a vote basically for what will stay on the shelf, so think about it and read the ingredients before you purchase. My health is nothing I take for granted, and neither should you.  Take control, and become aware of the “In/On & Around”.

 “From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.”  ~Catalan Proverb

Silent Auction donations were over the top!
Silent Auction donations were over the top!

Did you know…According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the highest levels of airborne source site see essay writing agencies thesis statement multicultural education go to site what success in nursing school looks like to you essay quel est le mieux cialis ou viagra buy pink viagra for women does propecia really work buy female viagra online uk pro gun control essay click here do over essay viagra alternatives natural ibm case studies female viagra fda plant tissue culture research papers imitrex online no prescription prednisone 10 mg online prednisone for constipation essay spm online shopping go to link go site Formaldehyde have been detected in indoor air where it is released from various consumer products. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, causing various types of cancer.

Fran’s website has some great tips on cancer prevention, check them out here.

My Week With A Diva

… A Diva Cup that is.  A heads up, if you don’t want to read about a menstrual cycle, this isn’t the article for you.

diva cup                 A Diva Cup is a silicone “cup” that you use instead of a tampon or a pad.  It is closer to a tampon, since you insert it, but all similarities stop there.  Tampons are bleached and full of chemicals and have scary Toxic Shock Syndrome warnings all over the box.  Diva Cups are clear, bleaching and gross leaching chemical free, and have no scary warnings plastered all over the box.  You also only have to change it 2-3 times every 24 hours!

I have to admit, I was slightly intimidated by using one of these, but after the first use, all fears went away.  I bought my Diva Cup a few days before my expected period and just carried it in the little bag that comes with it in my purse.  I also had some unscented castile soap in my purse to wash it out before and after uses.  Important to note, Soap has to be UNSCENTED to wash your cup and for the health of your lady bits.  Fortunately I was at home when my little “friend” came so I was comfortable, relaxed and not rushed; all important qualities for your first time.    I thoroughly read the instructions and then just relaxed my muscles.  It’s important not to feel tense, otherwise it makes it more difficult to insert.  

  But on to the important things, how did it hold up?!

Well, on my first day, the heaviest, Diva and I went to Hot Yoga.  She stayed put through Downward Dog, Eagle and my Vinyasas!  I also rode to and from yoga on my bike, as well as a bike ride later that evening.  I had no spotting/leaking, a sign that indicates a properly inserted Diva Cup, and I didn’t feel it at all. 

The second day I went for a 50 km bike ride, and usually I will start to feel some discomfort if I do that kind of ride with a tampon in, however it didn’t even cross my mind until later that evening that I felt nothing with the Diva Cup.  It doesn’t slip or move around whilst in position and doesn’t put pressure on any part. bike amy

Throughout the rest of the week, Diva and I stayed pretty active.  Lots of bike rides, some attempts at Cart Wheels in the park, Frisbee, long walks accompanied by some ice cream…  And there were no major issues! 

Emptying the Diva Cup is probably the second most daunting task.  It is best to do at home, where you can empty it, clean it and re-insert it without fear of someone walking in.  Once again, relax, and use your muscles to help push it out.  There’s a small “tail” on the end of the cup that you can grab to help pull it out.  Ladies, time and time again we hear the benefits of doing Kegel exercises, well here’s another area where they will help!   If you can push it out with your muscles then great!  If not, you can pull it from the bottom, (make sure you have clean hands) and carefully pull it out, keeping in mind not to tilt it so it spills.  You simply then wash it out with warm water and your soap, and you’re back in business!

I will say that occasionally there was a slight bit of spotting.  However it was incredibly minimal, and probably due to the fact that I hadn’t inserted my cup properly that time. 

All in all, my week with the Diva was fantastic, comfortable, clean, and stress free!  I can’t recommend it enough!



Oil of Oregano – Boost your health!

We now stock Joy of the Mountains A+ Oil of Oregano.

Oil of Oregano + Vitamin A is beneficial for preventing infection,  and offers added protection for those with a compromised immune system.

Safe for children ages 4+ and elderly.

A+ Oil of Oregano helps to:

  • Maintain immune function and good health
  • Fights off infection by maintaining cell wall strength against viruses
  • Make white blood cells which destroys harmful bacteria and viruses
  • Protect against free radical damage, with powerful antioxidant action
  • Maintain external tissues and membranes as physical barrier to infection

Who should take Oil of Oregano?

  • Elderly
  • Those that are chronically ill
  • Those who wish to decrease their risk of infection

Joy of the Mountains Oil of Oregano is wildcrafted, and certified organic by Ecocert, which ensures the highest level of quality assurance possible.







Joy of the Mountains also provides us with OregaPet line of products.  Great for natural first aid and oral hygiene.

Recognized as one of the most powerful & useful natural remedies, oregano oil is an effective treatment against a variety of disease-causing organisms.

A powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory, both inside & out!

Viral, fungal, parasitic and bacterial infections pose a real threat to your pet’s well-being, help them boost their immunity and fight off infection with Oil of Oregano OregaPet line.