June 17: Fair Trade Pop Up at the Co-op

 

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June 17, 11am – 3pm @ The Mustard Seed

Come join us in this fun, free event! A “fair trade pop up” is a group of Fair Trade certified brands coming together to share demos and talk about their products for one special day. In addition, we will bring together fair trade artisan handicrafts which will be sold outside the co-op. Fair trade businesses that we sell in our store like Camino Amigos, Cha’s Organics, Equifruit, Peter Piper Pepper, and Coffeecology will all be represented. We will also have a FairTrade Canada representative to talk about ‘why fair trade’?

One of our goals with the Fair Trade Pop Up concept is for the grocery side of Fair Trade to work together with the handicraft side of fair trade. The handicraft side of Fair Trade generally support women’s groups in developing countries, whereas the grocery side supports farmers coops in those same countries. Come join us and learn more abou the importance of fair trade, and where you can make a difference in your purchasing choices from gifts to coffee, chocolate, coconut, sugar, bananas, and more.

Click here to read more via our Facebook event page.

 

Spring Seedling Sale our Biggest Yet

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May 13 & 14th, 2017 was our biggest Spring Seedling Sale yet. A big thank you to everyone that came out, especially to our farmers! This year’s growers included:

Backyard Harvest (Hamilton)
Clover Roads Organic Farm (Hagersville)
Fresh Start Farm (Waterford)
Hearts Content Organic Farm (Brantford)
Glancaster Green Farm (Hamilton)
Locke Street Native Plants (Hamilton)
Matchbox Garden & Seed Co. (Caledonia)
Mohawk College – City School Sprouts Program
Rhizome Farms (St. Catharines)
Samsara Fields Organics (Waterford)
Shared Harvest Community Farm Dunnville
Simpler Thyme Organic Farm (Freelton)
Talondale Farm (Hamilton)
Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm (Wainfleet)
Urban Garden Solutions (Tim’s Permaculture) (Burlington)

Below is a video that captures the excitement of the day~

Mustard Seed Co-op featured in Canadian food blog ‘The Good Local’

We were recently featured in a great article in the food blog, The Good Local. Below is an excerpt, or you can go here to read the entire article + some other great producers and businesses changing the face of local food across Canada. https://thegoodlocal.ca/2017/03/28/the-mustard-seed/

Story by Brianna Bell, Photography by Daniel Bell

It’s a bitter cold March day in Hamilton, Ontario as I watch shoppers rush through the doors of the local grocery co-op. I heave my heavily pregnant body out of my van, and quickly shuffle through the doors. I take a moment to savour the warm air inside of the small supermarket with a big vision, excited to learn more.

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The Mustard Seed Co-operative is a little slice of heaven for local food lovers. Upon entering the front doors I’m greeted by the smell of fresh brewed local coffee. As a first time, out of town visitor to the grocery co-op, I feel instantly at home and eager to shop for unique and local food.

I notice many shoppers making a beeline to the coffee bar to grab a cup of java before perusing the fresh produce and aisles of specially sourced foods. The co-op serves coffee made by Vintage Coffee Roasters and Coffeecology, both local and ethical Hamilton roasteries, and Guelph’s mega popular Planet Bean.

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I’m more interested in the donuts displayed beside the coffee, which I soon learn are one of their top selling items in the store, made from scratch and in small batches by Hamilton’s Donut Monster. I eventually find George Qua-Enoo, the Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator at The Mustard Seed Co-op. I’m eager to ask questions and learn more about this fascinating grocery store.

I’m curious to know the story behind the store, and how it grew as a dream into a tangible business.  George shares that five years ago a group of like-minded individuals gathered and began brainstorming ways to provide easy access to fresh and local ingredients and support local farmers. They wanted to create wholesome meals using ethical foods that used sustainable agriculture, and soon the idea (once as small as a mustard seed), was born.

An online fundraiser was started, and successfully raised enough funds to turn the idea into much more. It took two years to raise funds and find a location for the store, but three years ago The Mustard Seed Co-op opened its doors.

“It wasn’t a difficult concept to get people excited about. The community rallied together to get the store ready,” shared George…. to read more, go to the full article at the Good Local https://thegoodlocal.ca/2017/03/28/the-mustard-seed/.