Welcome to the Co-op!

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You do not need to be a member to shop at the Co-op, but there are benefits to membership if you choose to join in the ownership of our community-owned business. We buy from nearly 300 local producers to offer the best our community has to offer. Our mission is to be good for the environment, our health, our community, and our local economy. You can read more about The Mustard Seed on this site  this great article on the blog The Good Local – but be sure to come in and check us out! We are open 7 days a week, making it simple to buy local.

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Local Doesn’t Need to Cost More: Comparing Grocery Carts with the Supermarket

Some people tell us that the Co-op has a price perception problem, that The Mustard Seed seems expensive. The fact is, when you compare shopping carts 🛒 we really are competitive in price. And local! In the coming weeks we are going to try to #mythbust this misconception with a series of cost comparisons with the local supermarket.

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This grocery cart comparison of vegetarian & vegan products was 5% LESS expensive at The Mustard Seed compared to the local supermarket, and 10 of the 14 products were the same price or less.

In this first image, you can see a comparison of a typical grocery cart of vegetarian (or vegan) products at The Mustard Seed (top image) vs. the same or similar products from a nearby supermarket (lower image). While we did not know what the results would be before doing the comparison, we are happy to share that the Co-op shopping cart costs 5% LESS, and 10 out of the 14 products were the same price OR LESS at The Mustard Seed. In addition, many of the products were more local, or had another value i.e. Fairtrade Canada certified organic bananas vs. just organic.

Items in the comparison included: artisan multiseed bread loaf, corn tortillas, fair trade coffee, vegan cheese (Gusta vs. Earth Island), organic tofu, hummus, hemp seeds (Richardo’s are from Ontario and no spray), vegetarian sausage (Gusta vs. Tofurky), Veggemo plant-based milk, organic bananas, local apples, sweet potatoes, organic kale, & local peppers.


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Produce in the Local Bounty Box for the sample week of March 15th was 30% LESS than the same selection from the local supermarket.

The image above is a comparison of a small #localbountybox with the same produce from the supermarket. The supermarket was 30.2% MORE than the Local Bounty Box at The Mustard Seed —and that was with conventional celery and broccoflower (instead of Romanesco cauliflower) as they didn’t stock #organic

The small Local Bounty Box for the week of March 15 ($24.99) included the following:
Organic Celery, 3lb bag of Local Bosc Pears, 2 Avocados, Organic Golden Bunch of Beets, Local Green Cabbage, Organic Black Kale, Organic Romanesco Cauliflower, 2 Sweet Mangoes, Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, & Organic Green Onions.

There was actually a bonus pineapple , melon & mango that were added later and not part if the comparison, so in fact the savings would be even GREATER.

The #localbountybox was also much fuller, fresher, with more #local produce. Remember, you don’t need to be a member to shop at The Mustard Seed – so come check us out and support local.


Please share this post to help us continue to spread that word that local does not mean more expensive. Our local food options are often more delicious and certainly unique. Come check us out if you have not been the the Co-op in a while – you don’t need to be a member to shop at The Mustard Seed! Stay tuned for our next cost comparison of pantry basics.

Members: Plan to attend our AGM on March 1st!

 

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Come to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday March 1st from 7:00-8:30pm (registration opens at 6:00pm) and have your voice be heard!
As a member-owner of The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery, it is your responsibility to keep up to date on how our community-owned business is doing. You will get the chance to hear about what’s been happening, and what you can expect in the upcoming year. Members in good standing will also be able to vote on any resolutions and for new Board members to join our Board of Directors (if applicable). Each member household gets 1 vote, and every vote counts!

We will be registering members and serving food as you come in, allowing for time to mix and mingle with fellow members.  During the meeting, we’ll be presenting our annual financial report, hearing from various co-op staff and committees, and electing new directors to the Board. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what The Mustard Seed does and how we operate, as well as a chance to be involved and to meet other members.

All members had an AGM package (include the agenda, board candidate bios, resolutions, and last year’s meeting minutes) as well at the 2017 Annual Report sent via email on  Feb 19th, as per our bylaws. Please check your inboxes and let us know if you did not receive a copy by emailing board@mustardseed.coop. If you have a question and will not be able to attend the AGM, please be in touch and we will get back to you.

Please note our meeting location: the 2018 AGM will be held at Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl St. North, a few blocks from the Co-op. Main accessible entrance is through this door offset from Pearl Street. Parking is available at the Co-op, or on neighbourhood streets but please try to walk, bike, or take transit if you are able.

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Additional information

Board candidate nominations were due on February 5th and are now closed. We are seeking 7 candidates for the Board this year. A call for member resolutions was also emailed to all members on February 1 and the deadline of Feb 10th has now past.

Still have questions? Email us at board@mustardseed.coop and we will get back to you.