The history of Pinehedge Farms goes back to a small town in Austria in 1972. This was the year in which Anton Heinzle Sr. decided to start bio-dynamic farming. After successfully farming this way for 10 years, he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of emigrating to Canada with his family. Upon settling in St.Eugene, Ontario in 1982, he continued using bio-dynamic methods and became Demeter certified (a biodynamic farming certification) in 1987. Anton's son, Josef, graduated from agricultural College in 1988 and gradually took over the business. The idea for Pinehedge Farms grew from a desire to deliever a quality product directly to the consumer. After thorough research and with lots of help from his family, Josef started production on Ontario's first on-farm processing plant in August 1994. Pinehedge Farms cows are free to roam and graze contentedly in the fields. Josef milks them twice a day, every day.
Shockingly Healthy Brownies and Blondies were developed by local Toronto holistic nutritionist and personal trainer Lauren Breuer. Lauren has a major sweet tooth and an equal passion for health. After years of enjoying her own sinfully delicious, good for-you creations, Lauren is passionate about making healthy choices convenient, accessible, and most importantly, delicious for all.
The company was founded in 2010 by David Zivot, a Toronto marketer and avid foodie who had spent over 20 years hunched at his computer getting increasingly fat and unhealthy. A few years back, David got fed up. He forged himself a path to healthy eating that didn't require giving up good food. He lost almost 60 pounds and became fit for the first time since he got his driver's license. An important part of this new healthy path was nutritious baked goods made with stone-ground heritage grains, milled fresh in the family kitchen. When David and his family first started grinding their own flour, they were AMAZED by the difference in quality. Not just how delicious it was, but how they FELT after eating it — satisfied and energized rather than tired and sluggish. It felt like a healthy baking miracle. Yet all it was was using common sense to get back to basics with fresh, whole food. David started wondering: “Why don’t more people know about this?” So he created GRAINSTORM to make authentic heritage baking easy and fun for everyone. We'd be thrilled to help you make healthy baking a great part of your family life as well.
Since 1995, we have pioneered the introduction of exotic rice handcrafted on small family farms in remote areas of the world such as Bhutan, Bangladesh, and China, into the US market. Each rice varietal is distinguished by its terroir* and treasured for its distinctive cooking quality, taste, texture, aroma, color, and nutritional value.
We founded Lotus Foods with the intent and vision to support sustainable global agriculture by promoting production of traditional heirloom rice varieties, many of which may otherwise have become extinct, while enabling the small family rice farmer to earn an honorable living. We are the only US-based company with the unique vision and commitment to seek out small family rice farmers in developing countries and provide them a means of economic support through access to a global and sustainable marketplace economy.
A small company with a big mission, we have become a leader in the specialty rice category, and perhaps what is most important to us is that we have made a big difference in the quality of life of our family farm suppliers. We offer you a rare collection of rice that is the high value alternative to commodity and other standard rice currently available from domestic growers and other importers.