What is the shelf life of Silver Hills Bakery products?

We recommend you eat or share your Silver Hills sprouted products within:

– 9 days fresh or from thaw for both Silver Hills breads, tortillas, bagels and English muffins

– and 7 days fresh or from thaw for Silver Hills buns 

(the expiry date can be found on the closure tag or on a sticker on the front of the bag). But to maximize shelf life, it’s best to store our products out of direct light on the counter, or in the freezer if the bread isn’t going to be consumed right away. Products will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months from the date in the Production Code.

What is the best way to defrost frozen sprouted bread?

What does the Production Code mean and how do I read it?

At Silver Hills Bakery, we use an eight digit production code for product tracking. The number helps determine when the bread was made and all the ingredients used.

How to read the code:
11112223 – 1111 is the time on a 24 hour clock (ex. 11:11am), 222 is the production date on a 365 day calendar (ex. 222 is Aug 10) and 3 is the last digit of the year (ex. 2013).

We guarantee our product for six months from this date, if kept frozen. Want to know more? Contact us at 1.888.863.4481 or info@silverhillsbakery.ca

Does Silver Hills use genetically modified ingredients (GMO's)?

Not on your life, or anybody else’s for that matter. Silver Hills is passionate about keeping genetically modified organisms out of our products, demonstrated by our association with the Non-GMO Project. Our grains, like the rest of the ingredients we use, are certified non-GMO and can be easily traced back to the Canadian farms they came from. We are also a certified organic production facility by QAI (Quality Assurance International), which means we can’t (and wouldn’t) even think about bringing any genetically modified organisms into our bakery.

Are all of Silver Hills products verified non GMO by the Non GMO Project?

Absolutely! To be Non-GMO Project Verified our products undergo mandatory testing according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance. In addition, after the test rigorous traceability and segregation practices are followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product. Our verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with inspections for high-risk products.

Do your sprouted grain breads contain peanuts or other nuts?

Breads: While some of our breads may have a nutty flavor, thanks to seeds, none of our breads contain any nuts. All of our breads are peanut-, tree nut– and coconut-free.

Tortillas: Our tortillas are crafted in a peanut- and tree nut–free facility that processes coconuts.

Buns & Bagels: Our buns and bagels are made in a peanut-free facility but tree nuts are processed there.

Do you sell sprouted grain flour?

We sell Silver Hills sprouted grain flour at our retail store, the Sprouted Oven located in just off the McCallum exit in Abbotsford, B.C.

If you live in the area, we’d love to see you! Come by and try our fresh baked treats, grab our entire selection of breads, bagels, buns and gluten-free options!

Does Silver Hills have low-salt or no-salt breads?

We don’t offer any sodium-free breads, however, we do offer a low-sodium varieties (with 140 mg or less per serving), including The Big 16 and Steady Eddie.

Is Silver Hills vegan?

Creating only vegan-friendly products is one of our core values. Therefore all of our sprouted grain breads and bagels are vegan-friendly, meaning they do not contain any dairy or other animal products. As for our employees, while we can’t speak for everyone, Stan, Kathy and Brad, the founders and owners of Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery are vegan. They’ve made this choice based on the belief that it’s a better lifestyle choice for their health as well as the health of the environment.

What does Silver Hills do to ensure high product quality?

We take quality seriously and do everything we can to make sure our breads and bagels are always as fresh, wholesome and delicious as possible. Our grains undergo a thorough sifting, sorting and cleaning treatment, first by the farmer, and then again at our bakery to ensure only the best organic whole grains enter the baking process. But we’re always looking for ways improve and boost the quality of our breads, bagels and buns, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

Where can I buy Silver Hills bread and bagels?

Our products can be found in stores in accross Canada as well as in the United States.
For a complete list of locations, check our Store Locator tool.

Do you have an outlet store?

Yes, yes we do. Our outlet store is located at the Sprouted Oven in Abbotsford, B.C. and carries the full line of Silver Hills breads and bagels (including some that aren’t available in stores), wheat-free and gluten-free products, cereals, cookbooks, health books, a large selection of grains, nuts and seeds and other baking goods. Come swing by and say hi!

Summer Hours: March 2 – October 31
Mon – Thurs: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Winter Hours: November 1 – March 1
Mon – Thurs: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Come visit us at:

#115 – 1828 McCallum Rd.

Abbotsford, BC (map here)


What is cultured wheat and why does Silver Hills use it in their products?

Rather than using unhealthy preservatives in our breads and bagels, we use cultured wheat as a natural and healthy way to maintain freshness and prolong the shelf life of our products. Cultured wheat is made using a completely natural fermentation process similar to how natural yogurt is made. This produces a concentration of food grade organic acids that lower the PH of bread and delays the formation of mold. As a completely dairy free process that does not involve any form of animal products, you can rest assured that the use of cultured wheat aligns perfectly with our pledge to being kosher and vegan-friendly.

We’ve spent over 25 years focused on inspiring healthier living, through healthier choices because we believe that lifestyle and nutrition are significant to people’s happiness. The way we contribute to the health and well-being of our community is by baking sprouted whole grain, non GMO breads that not only taste great but are also some of the healthiest breads available.

We receive a lot of questions about timely and relevant issues regarding healthy living, food transparency, our company values and other issues that are facing our society, our industry and the world as a whole. Being the first verified non GMO bread in Canada that was verified by The Non GMO Project means that we get a lot of questions about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and genetic engineering in our nation’s food supply. We’ve tried to answer these the best we can but if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us to continue the discussion.

Also, because we’re Canada’s leading sprouted organic bread and one of the only Canadian breads made from sprouted organic whole grains, we’re happy to educate anyone who’s interested in a healthier bread about the benefits of using sprouted grains and wholesome recipes that do not include any oil, artificial preservatives, additives, stabilizers, eggs, dairy or genetically modified (GMO) anything.

If there are any questions that we haven’t answered here or perhaps you’d like to send us a comment or share your story with us – we’d love to hear from you!