questions

What allergens could be present in Second Spring products?

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.

What countries do you ship to?

We currently ship to Canada and the United States, excluding Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

We accept all major Canadian and US credit cards, prices are shown and processed in Canadian currency (CAD).

How do I store my sprouted grains, seeds and pulses?

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.

What is the shelf life on sprouted grains, seeds, beans and flours?

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 Flours: 1 year

Interestingly enough, in many cases sprouted grains and seeds that have been milled to flours will not go rancid as quickly as unsprouted flours. This has to do with the stabilization of naturally occurring oils and antioxidant activity during the sprouting process. Our real time shelf life studies also indicate the sprouted wheat flour does not go rancid as quickly as unsprouted wheat flour and has a shelf life of over 1 year, and that bread baked with sprouted flour doesn't stale as quickly.

How do I store my sprouted baked goods?

Our sprouted baking mixes do not contain any preservatives, so once baked, you should store them as you would any freshly home baked good. Once completely cool, 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.

How big of a sprout should I expect to see?

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, like amaranth and kaniwa for example, to see a large visible sprout. The sprouted seed, not the physical sprout, holds the nutrients.

What biological changes occur during germination?

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.

Does sprouting remove gluten in wheat?

Sprouting wheat does not remove gluten but it does change its molecular structure. For some people who have discomfort digesting wheat products, the sprouting process may aid in their ability to digest and enjoy. Our rice, quinoa, flax, ancient grain blend, aztec blend, and 5 grain blend are all naturally gluten-free. All production involving gluten takes place in a separate facility to avoid any cross contamination.

Are your sprouted products available for wholesale?

Absolutely! Our sprouted retail products are available in cases. Please visit our wholesale page to fill out an application.

Can I source sprouted grains in bulk?

Yes. We provide bulk sprouted products in 10kg bags, please contact us directly for details.

If you are looking for bulk items greater than 10kg for further manufacturing, please visit our company's facility website: www.everspringfarms.ca

Can I find Second Spring products in stores?

Yes! Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you.

Can I collaborate with Second Spring?

We love working with like-minded companies and individuals, so if you're a blogger, chef, baker, recipe developer, nutritionist or have your own product, feel free to contact us for collaboration opportunities.

Shipping policies

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.

Shipping Method

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

Shipping Time

Canada: 4-7 business days

USA: 5-10 business days

Shipping rates

Free Shipping on all orders $65 throughout North America.

$12 shipping for all orders under $65.

Shipping Destinations

Shipping is available across North America which includes Canada & United States of America. 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 sales@secondspringfoods.com and if possible, we will try and figure out the best way to provide you with sprouted products! 

Return Policy

If you are not satisfied with your order a refund will be issued. However, once you taste and feel the sprouted difference we truly believe you will be satisfied! Please e-mail sales@secondspringfoods.com to discuss any concerns with your order.

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 secondspringfoods.com/blog to view our cooking guides for sprouted products.

 

Did your package arrived defected?

If you receive product that has been defected 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. 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. 

payments & Currency

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

All orders are sprouted, dried, milled and packaged in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada. We sprout, mill and ship every 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 your order is fulfilled you will receive a shipment confirmation with your Canada Post or UPS tracking information. Follow the link in your confirmation e-mail to track your shipments progress.​

Reading our Labels

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

BEST BEFORE: This date indicates when it is best to use the product before. Sprouted grains, seeds and beans shelf life is the same as their unsprouted counterparts when stored in a dry place at room temperature.

Our facility is certified organic and we source only organic ingredients for all of our products. 

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.

Our facility is certified Kosher. 

shelf life

Sprouted Flour & Powders: 1 year

Sprouted Grains: 2 years

Sprouted Beans: 2 years

Storage instructions

Shelf life on sprouted whole dried seeds are similar to their unsprouted forms, so you can store them as you would store unsprouted grains, seeds and pulses – 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.