FarmStart Incubator Farm Tour

farm Join us for a tour of the Earth to Table Farm – a 40-hectare farm, located just 10 minutes from the Mustard Seed Co-op. It is an agricultural resource centre and farm incubator, leased to eight new organic farms, including Honest Field Farms, Dunbar Organic Farm, Close to Home Farm, and Weathervane Farm, all of which are in their first five years of operation. The farm provides a unique opportunity to dive into the local food scene and tour a startlingly different type of farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the orchard, barn and farms, and talk with new farmers about the joys and challenges of farming in the greater Hamilton area. A picnic lunch option is available – be sure to select what you’d like when you’re purchasing your ticket. Lunch will include a wrap made with ingredients from the FarmStart farms, local fruit, iced tea, and a dessert. Please indicate whether you’d prefer a vegetarian or non-vegetarian wrap. Here’s the link to register online: bit.ly/farmstarttour Note: pre-registration is required!!

Hosted by Honest Field Farms, in partnership with the Mustard Seed Co-op Education Committee.

Cost: $10.00 (plus optional lunch of $12). You can pay this online (bit.ly/farmstarttour) or pre-pay at the store! Transportation Options:

  1. Drive/bike yourself (250 Concession 4 West, Hamilton, ON, L0R 1V0)
  2. Carpool from The Mustard Seed, meeting at 10:30am (please email info@mustardseed.coop if you’d like to arrange this)

Canadian farms are getting bigger and decreasing in number and the average age of a farmer is now in their mid-fifties.  These new FarmStart farmers are part of a new age in agriculture of growers that are going against the grain and making a living at it. For more info on the current trends in Ontario Agriculture: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/96-325-x/2014001/article/11905-eng.htm

The perfect time to become a member!

Help us reach 2000

Our Co-op thrives on community ownership! As a member, you own the store, and are entitled to an equitable vote in this democratically-run business. We aim to listen to and act on your feedback; source the local items you’re looking for; and offer benefits that encourage you to shop here, like our 2% co-op credit program.

We just passed the 1900 member mark (amazing!), and we’d love to get that number up to 2000 by the end of the summer. For July and August only, we’re offering special incentive: become a member, and receive a FREE Local Bounty Box!

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We often hear people mention that they’ve been meaning to become a member, or that they know someone who is interested. With the Co-op being so close to 2000 members, we figure this is the perfect time to give you an extra reason to join!

What's a LBB

If you become a member during July or August, you’ll receive a voucher for a FREE Local Bounty Box. If you’ve never tried this wonderful offering before, the Local Bounty Box is a crate of local produce that we offer weekly. It’s always filled with a colourful variety of fresh and local produce items, and is a fun and convenient way to experience the amazing produce the Hamilton region has to offer. Local Bounty Boxes are pre-ordered with a Monday deadline and picked up from the Co-op the following Wednesday or Friday.

Check out our Local Bounty Box page to learn more. This is where you’d place your order and find out what will be included in the next box! New lists and order form go up on Friday mornings.

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How it works

  1. Print out a membership form, fill it in, and then head over to the Co-op at 460 York Blvd in Hamilton (near Dundurn Castle). You can also pick up a membership form and fill it out at the store.
  2. Return the completed form to one of our cashiers, and pay your one-time membership fee of $100.
  3. Receive a voucher for a free small Local Bounty Box, to be redeemed before the end of August.
  4. When you’re ready to redeem it, order your bounty box online, and be sure to indicate that you’re planning to redeem your voucher.
  5. When you pick up the Bounty Box, go through the checkout, and instead of paying $19.99, simply hand in your voucher, and get it for free!

Whether you’ve been considering becoming a member for a while now, or this concept is totally new to you, now is the perfect time to jump in! Maybe you’re already a member, but you’ve heard a few friends express interest in the Co-op – please share this with them!

By becoming a member of the Mustard Seed, you can effect change in our food system, own your own grocery store, and build your community all at once! If you’ve got questions about membership, please check out our Membership FAQ page or feel free to email info@mustardseed.coop.

Let’s work together to continue building Hamilton’s only community-owned grocery store!

Canada Day BBQ Sale!

Hamburger2 WEBHosting a Canada Day BBQ? We’ve got an amazing sale on local meat – 40% OFF a great selection including ground beef, pork chops, pork tenderloin, chicken breast, whole chicken, chicken wings, ribs, sausages, and much more!

Come by and take advantage of this great sale – host an amazing BBQ, or simply stock up your freezer with quality, local meat! Sale is on now, and will continue until end of day (8pm) on Tuesday, June 30th.Ribs WEB