AGM Save the Date & Board nominations


The Mustard Seed Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday the 23rd of February at 7pm at Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl Street, Hamilton.

At the AGM, a Board election will be held to fill two positions of Board members whose terms conclude in February 2017:
– Mary Lou Tanner, Vice-President, is standing for re-election to the Board
– Karen McLaughlin is not standing for re-electionMembers interested in Board candidacy should send an email to and request a nomination package which contains details of Board responsibilities and an application form.

Member resolutions may also be proposed until January 31st to

Key dates for Board candidates are:

  • Sunday,  January 22nd, 2017 – 7:00-8:00 pm at The Mustard Seed – Potential candidates Meet & Greet with nomination committee.
  • Tuesday, January 31st,  2017 – deadline to submit completed Board nominations application & member resolutions.
  • Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 – Mustard Seed Annual General Meeting.

The Mustard Seed Annual Report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016 will be sent to members in advance of the AGM.

Yours in Co-operation,
The Mustard Seed Board Nominations Committee

The Mustard Seed Holiday Bag

………. Time. Money. Thoughtfulness. Those are the top three factors that go into purchasing and preparing gifts for loved ones during the holidays. With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought it was time to fill you in on the gift that covers all the basis: The Mustard Seed Holiday Bag.

The Mustard Seed Holiday Bag has been carefully curated to feature products from your favourite local producers. It’s the perfect gift for family members, friends, business associates, clients or colleagues – anyone who appreciates local food and the delicious bounty that we can source right here in our Hamilton region. The best of the best all packaged together during the most wonderful time of the year, how could you argue with that? Word on the street is people are stocking up on bags for themselves, not just for gifts for their loved ones.

Click here to take advantage of our early bird pricing– or read on for more information.

The Mustard Seed Holiday Bag

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

  • Spiffy Naturals  Holiday Breeze room spray (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Spirit Tree Sparkling Cider (Caledon, Ontario)
  • Barries Asparagus Farm Multigrain & Chia Crisps (Cambridge, Ontario)
  • Sweet N Simple Maple Cardamom Sponge Toffee & Cranberry Almond Brittle (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Perfect Chef Organic Marinara (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • Vincenzo’s Pasta (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • Coffeecology Café Fem Bold Peru (Roasted in Hamilton, Ontario) OR Monty Tea Blend (Packaged in Stratford, Ontario)
  • LaDeeDa Ice Wine Relish (Stoney Creek, Ontario)
  • Picard’s Crispy Potato Chip Peanuts (Simcoe, Ontario)artwork_print

The products inside the holiday bag aren’t the only local advantage. The aesthetically intriguing packaging in which the products are presented was designed and created by local artist Laura Konyndyk. The bag also includes a full colour version of the piece that inspired the artwork, which you can frame, hang on the fridge, or turn into a greeting card. Does it get more Hamiltonian than this? The reusable bag is ready to be placed under the Christmas tree upon pickup, saving you the time and money usually spent on wrapping and preparing gifts.

Have you found a reason to not purchase the holiday bag? Nope? Me neither. See you all at the Mustard Seed!

To place your order online, please click here.

Numbers are limited, so get your order in to ensure you don’t miss out. Holiday gift bags are $49.99 until November 30 and $54.99 starting December 1st. You can either order online (through this page – see tickets below; a small transaction fee applies) or purchase at The Mustard Seed (460 York Blvd in Hamilton).

Holiday Bags will be available for pick up at The Mustard Seed on the first three Saturdays in December (December 3, 10, and 17th), and we will be sure to send you a reminder beforehand.

If you’ve got questions, please email us at

The Perfect Time to Become an Owner!

Our Co-op thrives on community ownership! As a owner, 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.

If you are thinking about becoming an owner, now’s the perfect time! We are offering a special incentive: become an owner, and receive a FREE Local Bounty Box!

For the months of November only, if you become an owner, you will receive a voucher for a FREE Local Bounty Box. If you have never tried this wonderful offering before, the Local Bounty Box is a crate of local produce that we offer weekly. It is 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. This is where you can place your order and find out more about our Local Bounty box!

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  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 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 an owner 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 owner, but you’ve heard a few friends express interest – please share this with them!

By becoming an owner 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 have questions, please check out our FAQ page or feel free to email

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