Janna Bishop, Product Lead
Shira McDermott, Sales & Communications
GRAIN is a Vancouver-based wholesaler and retailer of Canadian, farmer-direct grains, pulses and seeds.
GRAIN founders Janna Bishop and Shira McDermott source Canadian products exclusively, choosing high quality grains with total traceability, offering a complete story to customers looking for a stronger connection to the farmers growing their food. Realizing that Canada’s best dry goods are either exported or canned, GRAIN has set out to disrupt the traditional food supply chain by giving local consumers a taste of the prairies by supplying top-quality, nutrient-rich, Canadian dry goods with a story behind them. They offer classic Canadian grains like hard red spring wheat and durum, ancient grains like farro and spelt, pulses like kabuli chickpeas and french green lentils and seeds like Canadian golden quinoa.
Janna and Shira are constantly building new relationships with farmers across Western Canada, looking for new products — and the stories behind them — to bring to market. They are now packing retail boxes and wholesale bags in their South Vancouver warehouse. GRAIN also has plans to mill fresh flour with their hand-crafted stone grist mill from the Tyrolean mountains of Austria. GRAIN plans to begin milling whole grain flours, offering healthy, fragrant and flavourful flour, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, protein and healthy oils.
GRAIN was named Supplier of the Year for 2016 by Vancouver Magazine at the annual restaurant awards. This award is a testament to their commitment to sourcing the highest quality products Canadian farmers have to offer. GRAIN products can be found on the most esteemed menus in the city as well as on select grocery store shelves. Visit their website, www.eatgrain.ca, for a full list of stockists and be sure to check out their journal for recipe ideas.