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frequently asked questions

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We operate out of two sprouting facilities, both of which are BRC certified with an AA rating. One facility is dedicated to the production of gluten containing seeds (i.e. wheat, barley, rye & spelt). The other facility is for processing grains that are naturally gluten-free. Neither of our facilities process mustard, peanut, tree nut, sesame, coconut or dairy. We source ingredients that do not contain these allergens, but because we’re not certified, we cannot 100% guarantee that the raw grain or seed did not come in contact with these allergens before entering our facility.

Sprouting does not remove gluten but for some people who have discomfort digesting wheat, sprouting may aid in their ability to digest and enjoy. Our sprouted rice, quinoa, flax, oats, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, beans, chickpeas and lentils are all naturally gluten-free. All production involving gluten takes place in a separate facility to avoid cross contamination.

The germination process is so complex that scientists don’t yet understand all of the biochemical reactions that take place, however, here is what we do know:

  • starch, protein and lipid degrading enzymes are all activated which act as a symphony of metabolic processes that pre-digest the grain, seed or pulse
  • Complex starches are converted to simple sugars, but interestingly, the glycemic index of sprouted cereal grains is very low
  • Germination causes an increase in total phenolics and flavonoids which leads to an increase in antioxidant activity. This antioxidant activity is also possibly responsible for binding up unstable oils within seeds such as flax, chia, and wheat, and extending the shelf life of these milled flours from a few months to a year or more.
  • Whole grains contain phytic acid, which can inhibit our digestive systems from fully absorbing the grain’s nutrients. Sprouting has been shown to reduce the levels of phytic acid, dependant on the seed and sprouting time. For example, after a germination time of 48 hours, phytic acid levels of chickpeas show a 67% decrease. This increases the bioavailability of the seed’s nutrients in human digestion.

The size of the sprout will vary depending on the seed. You may not necessarily see a large visible sprout for the grain to be consistent with the properties of sprouted grains. Some sprouts fall off during the drying process and some seeds are physically too small to see a large visible sprout. The sprouted seed, not the physical sprout, holds the nutrients.

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Sprouted Products

LOT CODE: This is an internal code used to help us track the seed throughout our sprouting, milling and packaging process.

BEST BEFORE: This date indicates the shelf life of the produce. Sprouted grains, seeds and beans shelf life is the same as their unsprouted counterparts when stored in a dry place at room temperature.

ORGANIC: Our facility is certified organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. and we source only organic ingredients for all of our products.

WHOLE GRAIN STAMP: The Canadian Whole Grain Stamp indicates grams per serving of whole grains. Products that are made entirely of whole grains and no other ingredients carry the 100% banner (this is in contrast to the US stamp where the 100% banner can be used if 100% of the grain is whole grain).

For more information, visit Whole Grains Council.

Kosher certified logoKOSHER: Our facility is certified Kosher.

Shelf life on sprouted whole dried seeds are the same as their unsprouted forms.

Shelf life:
Sprouted Grains: 2 years
Sprouted Beans: 2 years
Sprouted Gluten Flours: 2 years
Sprouted Gluten Free Flours & Flax Powder: 1 year

You can store sprouted dried grains, seeds, beans and flours as you would store their unsprouted counterparts – in a dry place at room temperature.

Once you cook your sprouted grains, they should be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Note on Sprouted Flours: All of our sprouted flours are completely whole grain which means all of the naturally present oils in the grain remain in the flour once milled. This helps to give our sprouted flours their full flavor and keeps the nutrients in the flour. Although it is not necessary, feel free to store your sprouted flour in the fridge or freezer to keep the fresh taste intact.

Our sprouted baking mixes do not contain any preservatives. Once baked, you should store them as you would any freshly home baked good. Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature. If you can stop yourself from eating them all straight from the baking tray, we recommend eating them within 3-4 days for peak freshness.

ordering & shipping

We accept both American (USD) and Canadian (CAD) credit cards on our online store. All orders are processed through the payment platform Stripe. We do not handle or store any of your payment information. For more information regarding payment policies visit our privacy policy page.

​We sprout, mill and ship every single day of the week to ensure you receive fresh goods. We will process your order one business day after your order is placed.  Orders that are placed on the weekend will be processed the first business day of the week.

Once it ships, it will take 4-7 business days (Canada) or 7-10 business days (USA) to arrive.  You will receive a shipment confirmation with your Canada Post or UPS tracking information. Follow the link in your confirmation email to track your shipments progress.​

We use Canada Post or UPS to ship all orders. The most cost effective rate for the destination will determine which courier is used.

Free Shipping on all orders over $65 throughout Canada & the Continental United States.

$12 shipping for all orders under $65.

Shipping is available across Canada and the Continental United States. We ship from our sprouting facility in Seaforth, Ontario.  Some very remote locations are excluded from our destination roster because it is not feasible to ship with our flat rate shipping offers. If your area is included in the remote areas where we do not ship please e-mail and if possible, we will try and figure out the best way to provide you with sprouted products! 

If you receive product that has been damaged during shipping and is unusable, a refund will be issued. Second Spring will not fulfill refunds of cosmetically defected product which include minor dents or scratches on packaging. We will request that you provide photos of the defected product. Please contact with any concerns.

If you are not satisfied with your order, a refund will be issued upon its return to our facility. Please e-mail to discuss concerns and provide photos if applicable. We will provide a return shipping label and you will be responsible for dropping the package at your nearest post office/courier drop off location. Processing time is dependent on return shipping, when we receive the product the refund will be processed within one business day. However, once you taste and feel the sprouted difference we truly believe you will be satisfied!

Please note: Sprouted grains, seeds and beans will taste, look and perform differently than their unsprouted counterparts. It is normal for hulls to detach, cook times to differ, flours to be more absorbent and earthy flavors to be more pronounced.  We suggest visiting the product’s page to view photos and details before purchase.

If the product was purchased outside of the Second Spring website, refund and returns are to be discussed with the specific online entity or retail store location where the product was purchased.
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