Brothers are groovin’ on grandma’s granola

Granny’s delightful home-made granola recipe is assisting 2 Saanich brothers pay post-secondary school expenses and likewise get an education in how to run an organisation.

You can discover business owners Ryan and Trevor Lainchbury at capital area markets, such as Moss Street on Saturdays and Sidney on Thursday evenings, offering bags of their newly made Peace Lovin’ Granola.

Their original recipe and maple-pecan granolas are also sold in retail locations and online through their website at Their site lists stores, restaurants and the marketplaces where the granola is offered.

Peace Lovin’ Granola is yummy and crispy, but not jaw-breaking, or too soft. That’s because it is fresh, stated Trevor, which “is substantial for us.”

Once a week, or regularly if there is demand, Ryan, 22, and Trevor, 19, head to a rented industrial kitchen to bake 90-kilogram batches of granola, seeing thoroughly throughout the 45-minute process to make sure it is perfect.

“I understand when it is done when there is a crunch and a chew at the same time,” Trevor stated.

Each production session takes 4 hours. The pair do it all themselves– taking orders, baking, packaging, providing.

Considering that launching the business a year ago, the Mount Douglas Secondary School graduates have more than doubled production while they stay up to date with orders throughout the school year. They added a maple flavour after their very first month.

They offer a 600-gram bag for $10, and a one-kilogram bag for $15.

Ryan is heading into 4th year at the University of Victoria, where he is studying psychology, but likewise has an eager interest in company and organizational behaviour. Trevor is going into second-year courses at Camosun College this fall, planning to transfer to UVic to earn a commerce degree.

Regardless of work needs, which can see them sending out each other text messages about deliveries throughout the day, “we are everything about school,” Ryan said.

They already sound like knowledgeable entrepreneurs as they plan on the most efficient method to run their company, when to perform different jobs. They listen to consumers and think carefully about each move. “We determined ways to work clever,” Trevor stated.

Grandfather Terry Erskine is their mentor, meeting with them when a month “to continue track with our goals.” They divided jobs that have to be done, even dropping off 2 bags to a Nanaimo customer on their method to snowboarding at Mount Washington.

“Clients precede– constantly,” Ryan said.

They fill orders as they are available in, in some cases providing granola made just an hour earlier. These personalized and joyful boys enjoy meeting their clients.

Peace Lovin’ Granola has roots in Ryan’s 2010 journey to New Zealand, where he couch-surfed around the nation. After being offered granola at one house, he became a fan, eating it frequently. As soon as house, Ryan bought some granola, however didn’t like it. It was too sweet and did not have much flavour. He relied on his grandmother, Lynn Erskine, a citizen of North Saanich, for a dish. He took it to school for an useful snack and shared it with the friends and family, who liked it.

Trevor laughs when admitting, “we would gradually clear his jar, hoping he wouldn’t observe.” Its popularity prompted the brothers to enter into organisation.

Peace Lovin’ is made with gluten-free oats prepared in a Saskatchewan center, pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, coconut, cranberries, cinnamon, vanilla, regional Babe’s Honey and sunflower oil.

Their granola is shipped throughout Canada, including Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

Ryan and Trevor are now figuring out expansion strategies. For their next stage in development, they are hoping that larger grocery shops on Vancouver Island will stock their granola.