Asparagus Season at The Mustard Seed!

It’s asparagus time at The Mustard Seed! The little green spears are the first local Ontario veggies to sprout in the springtime.

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At the Co-op, we’re lucky to have a steady supply from Cambridge grower, Barrie’s Asparagus. The Barrie family has perfected their asparagus crop over generations of farming. And according to Tim Barrie, this year’s harvest is shaping up to be a good one!

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Unfortunately, even an abundant asparagus season is pretty short lived – it leaves almost as quickly as it arrives. So while it’s here, take full advantage with these innovative ways to add it to your plate!

Asparagus Spear Flatbread

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Prepare a batch of pizza dough, either store bought or homemade. Generously oil a baking sheet and spread the dough across it. Brush olive oil on top and add a few toppings like cheese, chicken or olives. Trim the bottoms from your asparagus spears and lay them across your pizza, whole. Press them into the dough so they stick. If your spears are thicker, you may need to gently cook them first. Bake the flatbread according to the directions on your dough and enjoy!

Asparagus Ribbon Salad

This trick is great for thicker spears of asparagus, plus it will leave some tasty tops as leftovers that you can add to a simple pasta dish or soup. Trim the tops of your asparagus and set them aside for future use. Holding the woody end of a spear, take a sharp vegetable peeler and carefully peel down the length of your asparagus so you have a nice, thin curl. Repeat this with each spear until the stock becomes too flimsy to peel. You can use the remnants in soup.

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Depending on the size of your stalks, you’ll need to peel about two dozen to feed four as a side salad. Toss the ribbons together with a simple vinaigrette and top with some goat cheese, cranberries and seeds, or whatever you choose.

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Do you have any favourite asparagus recipes to share? We’d love to hear them – feel free to share on our Facebook page!

Proud Sponsors!

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We’re pleased to announce that we are proud sponsors of the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards!

This event was introduced 10 years ago as a music festival to showcase local talent, and has grown into an exciting three day event that includes a nationally broadcast music awards show, an industry awards show, festival, conference and Rising Star Search. We are excited to work with a Hamilton festival that loves LOCAL as much as we do!

The HMA Music Festival takes place over three nights (this Thursday – Saturday) and features over 60 musical acts in clubs and theatres throughout downtown Hamilton, with the main stage performances taking place at the Dofasco Centre For The Arts. Check out this link to see who’s playing! The HMA Award Ceremonies are this Sunday evening, also at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Click here to see who’s nominated!

We’ve got passes to give away to you, our Mustard Seed friends and fans!

There are two types of passes you can win. We’ll choose our winners randomly, and you can pick which pass you want!

1) SHOW TICKETS – we’ve got festival wristbands (valued at $400 each) and orchestra tickets to the main shows (ranging from a value of $50$120).

2) EVENT TICKETS – we’ve got passes to the HMA conference (this Thursday, valued at $200 each); passes to the Industry Awards (Saturday evening, valued at $250 each); and passes to the Music Awards (Sunday evening, valued at $400 each).

Two simple ways to win:

1) Simply share this photo on Facebook and tag/mention your favourite local band, for a chance to win! Or retweet on Twitter!

2) For a double chance at winning: share a local food story on social media by posting a photo using the #thisbecomesthis hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and be sure to tag The Mustard Seed. Your photo can show any part of your local food story – your seedlings growing in the garden, your cart of local groceries, the meal you made with the local food you purchased…we wanna see! If you’re using Facebook, tag The Mustard Seed: Hamilton’s Community Grocery (and the #thisbecomesthis hashtag). If you’re using Twitter or Instagram, tag @mustardseedcoop (and the #thisbecomesthis hashtag). Not on social media? Send it over by email, with the subject line #thisbecomesthis to info@mustardseed.coop.

There are only a few days to participate, with the conference kicking things off this Thursday, and the awards wrapping it all up on Sunday – so act quickly to get the tickets you want! Share, share, share, and join in to win some amazing passes to the Hamilton Music Awards!

Please note: Contest winners will be chosen throughout the next few days, and will gain their tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis. What this means: If you receive a message or email from The Mustard Seed indicating that you’ve won, please respond as soon as possible clarifying which tickets you’d like to receive, and confirming that you will pick them up from the Co-op (460 York Blvd in Hamilton). If we do not hear from you within two hours, the tickets may be passed along to the next winner.

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#thisbecomesthis

Good food starts small! Let’s celebrate Hamilton’s local food this season as we share stories from our gardens, kitchens, and backyards.

Join us by adding to the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use the #thisbecomesthis tag on your photos of seedlings, veggie gardening, local food prep, and dinner table celebrations.

For a growing collection of photos, you can also check out mustardseed.coop/thisbecomesthis
Looking for a simple way to start growing your own food? Join us for the Spring Seedling Sale!

Let’s get growing, #HamOnt!