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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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, and if you keep an eye on our Facebook page, we’ll aim to let you know what’s included each week. (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: Use this link to get to our Local Bounty Bag order form! Easy peasy!

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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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Sales Flyer: September 4 – 17

Did you know that we’ve always got sales going on at The Mustard Seed? Sale items throughout the store are labeled with green price tags, indicating where you can save more on great products. So that you don’t miss anything, we’ve gathered it all together in a handy store flyer!

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We’ll be releasing these every two weeks (normally on Thursdays), so keep your eye out on Facebook, Twitter, here on our website, or in-store to find out what’s on sale.

Happy shopping!