We’re turning one!

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This Saturday, The Mustard Seed will celebrate ONE YEAR in business! We’ll be hosting a party at the store from 10am – 4pm, but we are also offering special deals all week in celebration of this very exciting milestone. Check out this week’s savings:

FOR EMAIL Maria's Noodles Monday

FOR EMAIL Tree to Table Tuesday

FOR EMAIL Woolwich Dairy Wednesday

FOR EMAIL Thornloe Cheese Thursday

FOR EMAIL From These Roots Friday FOR EMAIL Sabores Latinos Saturday

 

Looking to Expand The Mustard Seed Board!

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Dear Members-Owners,

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since the The Mustard Seed Co-op opened on a snowy Friday in January. So many of you were there to support the Mustard Seed vision as our store became a reality!

A Look Back at 2014

Right from the beginning The Mustard Seed has been made possible by you, our member-owners. You helped search for a location and renovate our store, built our membership, set our sourcing policies, packed Local Bounty or Holiday Gift Bags, counted inventory, or shopped at the co-op regularly. In whatever way you’ve been involved, you’ve helped The Mustard Seed start becoming the best place to shop for local, wholesome food.

The past 11 months have brought tremendous milestones: our membership has grow to over 1750, we were voted “Best New Business in Hamilton” in the Spec’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and we’ve passed the $1,000,000 mark in total sales! There are many things to celebrate.

Board of Directors

Your Board of Directors has worked tirelessly through this start-up phase to bring our members’ shared vision into reality. Now, as the co-op has really started to find its feet both operationally and financially, the Board is transitioning towards more of a governance role with the focus on strategic development, policy, and oversight.

We are also looking to grow the Board to ten members this year, in order to create a robust and resilient team that is diverse in its expertise and is representative of our membership.

Elections and Annual General Meeting

Mustard Seed members are responsible for electing the Board of Directors at the AGM on February 24th. This is your opportunity to shape The Mustard Seed in 2015 and beyond.

Our goal is to forge a strong and balanced leadership, and we are asking you to consider who would be a great candidate. We are looking for members who are committed to the co-op’s mission and vision, have some board experience, and ideally have expertise in at least one of these areas:

  • Policy Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Member Engagement
  • Education
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Producers
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

For a full description of the Director position, please see here on our website. In early January we’ll have more details available for interested candidates. If you have any questions about the election process or the Board of Directors opportunity, you may reach out to me directly at graham@mustardseed.coop.

May you enjoy a wonderful holiday season and enter 2015 refreshed by family, friends, and local food!

Sincerely,

Graham

Making It Simple To Give Local

Are you looking for a unique and thoughtful gift this holiday season? If you’re passionate about shopping local, or you’re interested in delicious food – The Mustard Seed Holiday Gift Bag is just the thing! This is our second year presenting these bags, and last year they were a huge hit! A perfect gift for a family member, friend, neighbour, or perhaps someone you don’t know as well: a teacher, a caregiver, or a local business owner – this bag will bring holiday joy to anyone!

Follow this link to place an online order - or read on for more information.

The items listed below come packaged in our reusable burlap shopping bags, and are ready-to-give, with vibrant tissue paper already included. This year, we’ve incorporated an extra special element, as the bags will feature artwork by local artist Julia Veenstra.

We have chosen a delightful selection of local products that will make your mouth water! All bags contain the following items:

  • Karma Candy All-Natural Candy Cane (Hamilton, Ontario
  • Barrie’s Asparagus Chia Seed Crisps (Cambridge, Ontario)
  • Dawson’s Garlic Jalapeno Hot Sauce (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Hotti Biscotti Large Holiday Biscotti (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Savvy Chef Mustard (Original Grainy or Creole) (London, Ontario)
  • Chocolate Tales Elaborate Truffle Pop (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Stasis Preserves Jam (Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry Blackberry, Pear & Roasted Garlic, or Sweet Pepper) (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Maria’s Vegetable Pappardelle Pasta (Kitchener, Ontario)
  • Martin’s Apple Chips (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • Coffeecology Seasonal Blend Coffee (roasted in Hamilton, Ontario)

Inside the bag, you’ll find a full colour version of the piece that inspired the artwork on the bags, which you can frame, hang on the fridge, or turn into a greeting card!

Mary Lou

How to order:

Holiday gift bags are $55.99 each for members, and $59.99 for non-members. You can either order online, or come by the co-op and purchase your bags on the spot. Ordering online is helpful if you’d like to pay with credit card, or if you won’t be by the co-op for a few days and want to reserve some bags.

To place your order online, please follow this link.

There will be a small transaction fee added to your total if you order online, so again, feel free to come by the store to purchase.

If you’ve got questions, feel free to email us (info@mustardseed.coop), or head over to our Facebook page to ask away!