We’re baaaaaack!

Our online store is back up and running! Hey, it only took us a year. Ha! 2013 was so super busy with the arrival of our #2 son, a move to the Ottawa Valley, and more.

We’re clearing out our leftover stock at great discounts, so head on over to our ONLINE STORE and grab some deals!

We’re moving…

Hi Everyone!

As you may have noticed, there’s a “winding down” vibe happening at our brick store this month, and that’s because… we’re moving! Where to? Well for now, we’ll be located ONLINE. mixedgreens.ca will continue to grow and offer great deals to all of our wonderful Kawartha customers (and beyond!).

We’ve loved running Mixed Greens in downtown Fenelon Falls, but family and other work commitments leave us with little time to nurture our great business properly in the current format. That’s why we’re takin’ it to the interwebs for the added flexibility and possibility this will bring. And who knows, we might just pop up again as a brick location when the time is right.

Be sure to follow us on facebook and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay posted on the ch-ch-changes, and also for lots of great online deals, new products, and good living tips!

Happy 2013!

Heidi & Damian


A tree with leaves that are money bills.

Paying bills, managing debt, buying groceries, and everything else – sometimes it feels hard to keep afloat financially. Money management has always given me anxiety, even in times of abundance, and obviously more so in other times. But what calms me is this: it will all work out. And the reason it will all work out is because I trust in the success of goodness, hard work, problem-solving, and endurance.

We are lucky to have a business that is on the up and up, especially in this wonderful time of growing awareness. Consumers want safer, cleaner, better options and we see many people embrace this shift every day. But there are others who pause: things seem more expensive here (more on that another time) – can I really afford to live a “good life”? We know that feeling, we’ve been there.

Even armed with the knowledge that non-toxic, natural products are better for one’s health and the health of our environment, it’s still hard sometimes to dole out that extra up-front cost for certain products. The value of improved health, unfortunately, doesn’t always automatically allow for the extra money expense.

But wait! There are LOTS of things you can do to live a greener life, on the cheap! In times of financial rockiness, start by simplifying your daily routines by becoming less dependent on chemical-infused, or unnecessarily new products. It’s easy to do:

  • Clean your house with baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil.
  • Wash your hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
  • Moisturize your skin with olive oil.
  • Repair and repurpose old furniture.
  • Shop at second-hand shops for great recycled clothing.
  • Barter, swap, share with your neighbours.
  • Hit the local farmer’s market for affordable organic produce.
  • Better yet, grow a garden!

You get the idea.

Now back to shopping for all the other stuff – because part of enjoying your day might include having useful, even luxurious, things around.

When we choose to simplify and strip down some of the things in our life, and save a little money (and our health!) in doing so, we can hopefully put a little extra aside for some really nice things that support a life of wellness. Buying high-quality also means you might even have that product for life! Remember, your health is worth it, and it’ll make ya smile too.

What is good living?

Illustration of a smiling sun

How will you make today a feel-good, good-living day? What does that mean exactly? I often reflect about this kind of thing, and recently did some internet searching for insight into what others think about the subject. I found there are plenty of thoughtful, philosophical, academic articles that attempt to define what “good living” means to most people. Here’s a good one – “What is The Good Life?“. Definitely insightful, but let’s keep it simple.

And practical! We’d like to start sharing some of the little things we do in our own life to make life feel good, green, and happy. We are not perfect, but we do what we can, and believe even the smallest change or action can produce wonderful, positive ripples outward into the world. Our store, Mixed Greens, is meant to support this kind of lifestyle – the lifestyle of living well (being healthy, thinking positive, and adding good to the world), even in small ways. We use the products we sell in our store in our own daily lives and feel better for it.

But living well goes beyond the products we choose to support and use, right? It can include what we eat, how we treat people, the way we spend our time, and so on. But in actuality I believe all of these things are connected – living is a holistic practice. What we buy influences how we live, but also how others live, how the environment is affected, and how our consumeristic economy may or may not change for the better.

So in doing the little things we do in order to obtain “good living”, we not only improve our own lives, the but the lives of others, and the planet we share. Doesn’t that feel good?

Bambu Kitchen Products

bambu cutting boards and coasters

Just arrived: beautifully crafted, contemporary kitchen products made from renewable resources – organic bamboo, coconut, and cork. These bambu products are so nice and will fast become staples in your healthy kitchen. Come check out our great selection of cutting boards, spoons, tongs, spatulas, coasters, bowls, bibs, and more!

Buy Bambu products at our online store.

Wildcrafted incense

Natural incense

We have some gorgeous, natural incense from Juniper Ridge, made from 100% wild herbs, wood, and sap, wildcrafted from the mountains and deserts of the west. Made with no charcoal or perfumes, this incense is completely safe and clean burning.

It comes in six wonderful, woodsy scents:

white sage – incredibly strong, aromatic resins from the most highly prized Western Sage, burned ceremonially in purification rituals
sweetgrass – has a lovely, soft, vanilla-like scent and a centering energy that evokes the ephemeral, shimmering green mountain meadows where it grows
piñon – evokes winter nights in the Southwest, where Piñon is burned as firewood and its sweet, resiny scent drifts through the air
cedar – the only incense anywhere made with real Cedar from the Pacific Northwest, let your mind drift away to the forests of the rugged Northwest
douglas fir – has a wonderfully cozy, wood-smoke scent that might remind you of campfires
juniper – captures the subtly sweet, cinnamon-like scent of Juniper

Buy incense at our online store.

SKOY Cloths

SKOY Cloths

These fabulous cloths are best-sellers at our store! Completely biodegradable and natural, amazingly absorbent, highly durable, and quick drying… they make for easy clean ups in your kitchen, bathroom, etc! One customer uses his to wipe off his boat after the rain. Use it instead of a sponge, wash cloth, or paper towel (One SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels!). They’re also dishwaser and washer/dryer safe.

Buy Skoy cloths at our online store.

Learn more about these great eco-friendly cloths at the SKOY cloth website.

Tea tree oil

desert essence products

One of my most loved and well used essential oils is tea tree oil. We use it often in many different ways: on cuts and scrapes, in hair rinses, as a facial toner, in baby wipe solution, in homemade cleaning products, to ward off pests… and more! It has many beneficial medical properties when applied topically as it’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. That’s why we’re happy to be caring these great products from Desert Essence that make use of this amazing natural and powerful oil.

Buy tea tree Deodorant, Facial Cleansing Pads, Skin Ointment, Essential Oil, and more at our online store.

Piggy Paint


Piggy Paint is a natural, non-toxic nail polish for both kids and adults! Customers love this stuff and we’re always getting in new colours. It’s an odorless, hypoallergenic, water-based formula with a hard, durable finish that can easily be removed with eco-friendly, low odor Piggy Paint nail polish remover. It’s also cruelty-free which is a good thing to support in the sometimes nasty make-up industry.

Research indicates that chemicals in traditional nail polish and nail polish removers are dangerous and can cause numerous health problems including skin irritation, contact dermatitis, rashes, poisoning, and even death. Ahh! In Piggy Paint there are no toxic chemicals – it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate, and acetone. This makes it safe to use during pregnancy and definitely safe for kids.

Buy Piggy Paint nail polish at our online store.

Milk paint

milk paint

A popular item in our store is the milk paint we carry from Homestead House Paint Co. Milk paint is an eco-friendly alternative to your typical paint – it’s made from milk protein, limestone, clay, and natural pigments. It comes in powder form and all you have to do is add water and mix (either by hand or with a blender). A little goes a long way! And it cleans up just with water.

Our customers are using milk paint to restore antiques (it’s the kind of paint used in the olden days!), paint their kitchen cupboards, or finish small wood projects at home, but the options are endless! To seal and protect your product after the paint has dried, rub a natural finish over top like hemp oil, tung oil, or beeswax.

finishing productsFor more information, check out the Homestead House website. Also watch Damian explain and demonstrate using milk paint on CHEX TV’s 5′oclock show.

Buy Milk Paint and Beeswax at our online store.