National Organic Week!

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This week is a celebration of all things organic!

As this word becomes more and more popular, let’s take a look at what it actually means.

“Organic” means that the entire process of food growth (from soil preparation to the manufacturing and packing process) occurs without pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, preservatives, or genetically modified seeds. Where animals are involved (meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products), it means the animals donot take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Why should we choose organic? Just a few reasons:
* Organic farmers work in harmony with nature! (Organic agriculture builds healthy ecosystems, and organic farms have higher biodiversity on them and around them too, promoting sustainability and ecological balance.)
* Organic food cuts back on chemicals! (Many herbicides and insecticides commonly used in agriculture have been found to be carcinogenic, hormone replicators, or negative for children’s development.)
* Organic farmers build healthy soil! (Soil is the foundation of the food chain. Organic farming is focused on using sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, leaving fertile land that will provide for future generations.)
*Organic producers strive to preserve genetic diversity! (The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing heirloom varieties and rare breeds of livestock for decades.)
*Not to mention – organic food tastes great!

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Generally, a consumer should look for “organic certification” (or the “Canada Organic” logo), which means that a third-party certification agency has given this product a seal of approval. In some cases, however, you might see that a product is “non-certified organic”. This often happens with small-scale farms who do not have the means to go through the certification process or pay the required annual fees. If you are in relationship with this farmer, as we are with the farmers represented at the Mustard Seed, they would be happy to show you the ins and outs of the organic practices at their farms.

This week we’ll be featuring additional sales at The Mustard Seed to shine some extra light on organic items. Stay tuned for our first sale, in about an hour! For more information about National Organic Week, or about why “organic” really makes a different, check out the official website here: organicweek.ca

Happy Organic Week!

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It’s Turkey Time!

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner…

…which means we’re dreaming of cozy dinners with friends and family, oven roasted turkey, delicious cranberry sauce, a classic pumpkin pie, and the inevitable food coma that follows immediately after!

We want to make it simple for you to get your hands on some amazing turkey this Thanksgiving. We are working with Beliak Heritage Farms in St. Ann’s, Ontario to bring in free-running, naturally raised turkey. These turkeys are raised with humane, old-fashioned farming practices. They are given no growth hormones or antibiotics, and are vegetarian fed with grains, wheat shorts, and crushed soy grain.

We will be selling turkeys in four size categories, and all are priced at $3.99/lb. We’ll be getting a limited quantity, and only accepting orders until October 1st, so be sure to get your turkey request submitted soon!

If you’d like to order, please fill out the form below AND submit your $20 deposit (via Paypal) to secure your turkey. If you’d prefer to do this in-store, drop by any time between now and October 1st to place your order and pay your deposit. Beyond October 1st, we cannot guarantee size or availability.

Let’s make Thanksgiving more wholesome and delicious this year with quality, ethically-raised turkey!

**Wait! Please be sure to click the BLUE submit button on the above form, before moving on to payment. We require both the form AND the deposit to secure your order!**

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Now Available: Local Bounty Bags!

Very exciting news – we are now selling Local Bounty Bags! These bags will be available each Wednesday, and will be filled to the brim with a colourful variety of fresh and local produce items! Let us make shopping local even easier for you, and perhaps you can expand your horizons with local food at the same time!

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There are two options: the first is for 3-4 people at $34.99 (over a $50 retail value), and the second is for 1-2 people at $19.99 (over a $25 retail value). The offerings will be different each week, but to give you an idea, the first large bag will included all of the following: cauliflower, celery, broccoli, squash, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes (regular, fingerling, and sweet), heirloom carrots, beets, kale, heirloom grape tomatoes, garlic, lettuce, peppers, peaches, apples, and pears – that’s a LOT of local food! (Also, if you have any allergies or dietary needs, we’re happy to make 1-2 substitutions per bag.)

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Place your order by Sunday, and pop in on Wednesday to pick up your Local Bounty Bag, packed neatly inside one of our signature tote bags! There is a $5 charge for the Mustard Seed tote bag (we’ve heard many people say these are the best grocery bags they’ve ever used!), but if you’d like to avoid that cost, you can bring your own Mustard Seed bag and do a swap, or we can provide a box, if that’s easiest. The Local Bounty Bags are available beyond Wednesday, but will be in their best shape that day, so it’s our preferred pick-up day.

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How to Order: We’ll aim to have a few extras available, but your best bet is to send your order request to evan@mustardseed.coop by Sunday each week to have your bag ready for pick-up (with the subject line: “Bounty Bag Request”).

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Lastly, if you’re on Instagram or Twitter, feel free to use the hashtag #localbountybag to show us how you’re using your produce items! With all the variety you’ll receive in these bags, the options are truly endless, and sharing what you create can inspire others with new and exciting ways to incorporate local food into their daily meals!

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