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The Camano Island Mills Story

When her daughter, Christy, struggled through two years at a challenging east coast school and then learned that she had a problem with wheat in her diet, Barbara Swartz immediately set about finding a good-tasting breakfast that her daughter could eat. Unfortunately, her search proved fruitless because most cereals contain wheat, or they are not organic, or they are loaded with preservatives. When she did find something her daughter could eat without GI distress, it tasted little better than cardboard.

So, Barbara set to work to create a cereal that combined a healthy mix of wholesome ingredients that actually tasted good. What she found is that the ancient grains and seeds from South America and other parts of the world have largely been ignored by cereal makers, yet offer a taste that is out of this world. Not only that, but these grains and seeds are so packed with energy and nutrients that they are considered to be SUPERFOODS.

Using the best that the ancient world has to offer, Barbara created an amazing cereal. It not only tastes great, but is organic, gluten free, and vegan, with ingredients that have been shown in studies to offer significant health benefits. Best of all, Christy loves the cereal, her health has improved, and she has found herself better able to focus on her work.

Barbara next turned to her husband, whom she knew needed to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, but found most hot cereals – oatmeal in particular – to be unpalatable. However, once he tried Barbara’s cereal, he was sold. After six months of enjoying this tasty treat for breakfast and following a moderate exercise regimen, his blood panel showed that he no longer needed to take medication to control his cholesterol and his blood pressure returned to normal. Not only that, but he passed his flight physical with flying colors, lost 20 pounds and, as measured by a recent visit to his optometrist, his eyesight actually improved.

Barbara’s son, Scott, also benefited from eating this cereal and eliminating wheat from his diet. His acid reflux disappeared, and he was able to discontinue taking his medication.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to a healthy mind and body. Purple Zenrise can be an important part of your healthy morning regimen.

Our goal is to provide the freshest, highest-quality organic products available which satisfy and delight our customers. Our core values include caring about our community and the environment, creating ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers, and promoting health through education.

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  1. Marci on October 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Hi Barb, this looks fantastic! Marci

  2. Chris on December 6, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I look forward to my next order. My whole family loves your products. I especially enjoyed your video with your daughter. I am going to insist that my daughter Courtney watch the video because she is always telling me about all the stuff you talk about and is a huge proponent of organic lifestyle and had gently nudged her mom and I in that direction.
    Thanks again got bring this wonderful product into the world.

    • nelson on December 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Thank you very much.

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