Coming soon: Mustard Seed Cafe!


Help us raise the funds to open a cafe in our community-owned grocery store so that we can better serve our neighbourhood~




Many people have told us they’d like to meet up with friends to enjoy a coffee or end their run with a smoothie, but there aren’t any opportunities in our neighbourhood. So we’re launching a café in our store! True to our Co-op’s values, we will focus on local fare, but we will also have indoor and outdoor seating, free WiFi, and we’ll be opening early at 7am to make your morning commute a little easier!

Help us open The Mustard Seed Cafe.

We are inviting you to help us open our community café. We have volunteers lined up to help create the space, but we need funding for new equipment and supplies. This investment will create a beautiful space where the good things growing in our neighbourhood and region can be shared, in a space where are all welcome. A few highlights:

  • We are aiming to open in August, but first need to raise $10,000.
  • The cafe counter will be located right where you walk in the store, with both indoor and outdoor seating facing York Blvd.
  • We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help meet our target.
  • We have three weeks to meet our goal (deadline is July 25) and need to meet it all or nothing.

Check out our Kickstarter page to watch our little video and read about the different rewards we have created for each of our backers. They range from free coffees & lattes to kale shirts & tin mugs to a workshop on how to make an outdoor bake oven or brie cheese – and creating *and* naming your own smoothie or dessert!

Go to our Kickstarter page to read more!

What will we be serving?

We are still developing our menu, but here are a few images from local drinks and foods that we already sell at the Co-op, which we hope to have on the menu at our new cafe:





We will keep you updated of our progress in the coming days, so stay tuned and please help spread the word!


Looking for an Interim Board member

Hello Co-op Members –
Our Board is recruiting for one new director due to a recent resignation from the Board.  This position is an interim appointment until the next Annual General Meeting (March 2019).  Interested in being part of the Co-op’s Board?  You need to be a member and have a passion for our co-op.  Directors represent the members so the skills you need are a commitment to the co-op and its members.  Please email and we will get you more information by email.
Deadline for Interest – July 12, 2018
In Co-operation,
The Mustard Seed Board of Directors
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Call for Artists for our 2018 Holiday Bag

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Deadline: May 20, 2018 @ midnight

Eligibility: Open to all artists in the Hamilton area, including Mustard Seed members, staff, and board members


The Mustard Seed is turning 5 next year – a big accomplishment that we want our co-op to be able to celebrate. One of our primary outreach tools over the past 5 years has been our annual Holiday Bag, each one designed by a different local artist. We are looking for an artist to donate an illustration for this year’s holiday bag.

Sketches or images, along with the application form, must be submitted by May 20, 2018. The artist(s) will receive significant recognition via communications to our members, social media, and CHCH news along with a 10 empty jute bags with their artwork and a $100 gift card as an honourarium.


  • Submissions should reflect or speak to the values of The Mustard Seed Co-op (health, community, environment, local economy). Recent examples are in the above image. Local food-related themes are preferred.
  • Submissions from artists working with any medium are acceptable, but the final artwork will need to be reproduced as an illustration (silk screen print) with no more than 2 colours.
  • Final illustration to be in vectorized format with 2 Pantone colours chosen for printer to work with
  • Image area to be max 14″w x 12″h (size of Mustard Seed jute bag)

How to Apply

Please submit the following via email to

  • An email with your name, whether you are a Co-op member (not required!) or are affiliated with The Mustard Seed in any way (i.e. farmer, staff)
  • Artist(s)’ statement, which should include:
    • Description of your work/style as an artist
    • what your proposed design for the illustration on this year’s holiday bag might look like
  • Maximum of 5 relevant digital images/sketches from artist’s portfolio

For more information, questions or concerns regarding your application, please contact Emma Cubitt for The Mustard Seed,

Anticipated Timeline of Project

May 20th, 2018: Deadline for Submission

May 25, 2018: Commissioning of Artists/Decision Communicated

June 15, 2018: Submission of Draft Artwork

June 30, 2018: Final draft of artwork to be sent to bag supplier/printer with 1000 bags printed (note: we need this much lead time to avoid the disappointment of not having our holiday bags until after December, as was the case 2 years ago)