I've been following a kinder life for just over a year now.
I'm living in Manitoba, with beef cattle farms all around me, which is very depressing. I'm hoping to find some other kind lifers near me, to know that I'm not alone.
Being surrounded by cattle farms, as I said is depressing, so my father and I (another kind-ish lifer - he cheats with sugar) are looking to head out to the east coast in the next year or two. Maybe there are some kind lifers out there that can give me some hints about living kind in NB and PEI.
Also feeling a little lonely out in the middle of nowhere, looking for some friends with common interests, finding people my own age who don't act like they're twelve is proving itself to be a difficult task.
Can I ask where in Manitoba you live, I live in North Dakota. Last Late winter I read alicia's book, as I love to read all kinds, and have gone dairy free and everything meat except fish free. If you are near Winnipeg, I'm so jealous, you could probably find nearly everything there!
I live just outside of MacGregor, about two hours from Winnipeg. I do shop in Winnipeg though, every other week. I simply buy two weeks worth of food each time I go.
Being in North Dakota, you're not too far to travel up here every now and then. If you do decide to come up to Winnipeg for a treat, check out Organza. The link is below. It's amazing, even if it is a little pricier.
If you're looking for organic herbs and spices, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. They're based in the States, and also have a large selection of ingredients to make your own lotions and such, if you want to give that a try. Link also below.
I would love to go to Canada again but since they put a stop to it, unless you have a passport, which I don't yet, I've threatened to many times and have all the paper work sitting here, but my husband and I run three businesses and so its finding the time. I need to buy out that time, I'm only about 2 hrs myself to the perimeter of Winnipeg. I grow herbs and spices, at least the ones I use the most, but thanks for the links, I'll check them out and maybe it will give me more incentive to get paperwork together. In the past, I've shopped in Winkler and Winnipeg and Canada's produce stays fresher longer and the quality is so much better, I grow a garden every Spring/Summer but in the winter, most produce like lettuce doesn't keep as you know. So I'm usually travelling to Grand Forks or Fargo even to get good food, isn't that sad!
What are some good health food stores in Canada that you know, I have a health food supplier that comes and delivers to my friend and than I can pick it up from her so like quinoa and grains that are harder to come by in small towns like I live in, I'm getting organic and the price is better because I'm buying in bulk, but the problem is they only ship once a month, so thats kinda inconvenient. So I've talked your ear off, but I'm sure I'll hear from you soon!
You should definitely get your passport sorted out. You certainly sound busy, three businesses, wow! I knew that ND wasn't too far from Winnipeg, but I thought for sure it was a bit farther than that.
Definitely check out those links. I try to grow my own as much as I can, but the Manitoba weather certainly doesn't agree with the idea, so I order from MRH during the winter. I have to say, I never thought that the quality would better up here, and really, I thought that there would be a bit more selection shop-wise down in the States. That's quite a trip to go shopping, it seems Winnipeg would be a better option for you.
Health shops in Canada, hmm. Well, there's Organza, which is wonderful. Also, you wouldn't guess, but Bulk Barn has a few bits too, not much, but enough to get by on. Then there's Common Sense, which online has lots, though I've never actually been there so far as they're only open during the week. Those are the only ones that I have much experience with. If you're looking for teas, Shanti Tea is good. They're based out of Ottawa, I order from there a lot. Restaurant wise, if you're looking for lunch, Boon Burger is fantastic. It's the first and as far as I know still only all Vegan restaurant in Canada. The food is amazing and they even have Vegan Soft-Serve!
There are a few more health shops in Manitoba, but as I said, I've not been to them yet. The links below are for Shanti Tea, and HappyCow. I'm not sure if you've heard of HappyCow, but it surely is a Godsend. You choose you location, and it lists for you all of the health shops and restaurants in that are. Links to the shops are listed as well, with addresses.