Our Grand Opening is June 7th!

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We are very excited to be hosting our biggest celebration yet – and it’s just around the corner! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 7th 2014. The Mustard Seed has been open for four months and we’ve worked hard to get everything up and running – and now it’s time to party!

The timing for our Grand Opening couldn’t be better, as that week is also the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario. Come celebrate Local Food Week with Hamilton’s only co-op prioritizing local, wholesome food! Meet our producers, listen to great Hamilton-area bands, sample delicious local food, get dug in with kids’ activities, and participate in producer and partner demonstrations.

This event is free for everyone.  Whether you have been to the Co-op a dozen times, or this is your first visit,  join us in celebrating – and bring a friend!

What: Mustard Seed Grand Opening!

When: Saturday, June 7th, from noon – 6pm (note: the store will be open the entire day and during the event, 8am-8pm)

Where: 460 York Blvd., Hamilton

Details: Please walk, take public transit, or cycle to the event if you are able. We are also working with local businesses to share their parking for the day – stay tuned for details.

 The official event will start right at noon, with a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. We have some special guests that will also be joining us for the event, so be sure come at noon if you would like to take part in the official part of the celebration. Following that, we will have live music from: Terns (12:30pm), Lee Baby Sims (1:30pm), Peter Tigchelaar & Friends (2:30pm), Paul Hogeterp & Glenn MacDonald (3:30pm), and Basking Shark (4:30pm).

Our First Annual Seedling Sale

Last Saturday we had a fantastic turnout for our first-ever seedling sale. Local farmers included A New Leaf Farm, Clover Roads Organic Farm, Common Ground Farm, Glancaster Green Farm, Pear Blossom Farms, Rhizome Farms, Simpler Thyme Organic Farm, Talondale Farm (& Coreopsis Native Plants), and Scotscraig Farm. The farmers ranged from brand new (Pear Blossom, Rhizome, Talondale, & Common Ground) to farmers with many growing seasons under their belt (Clover Roads, Simpler Thyme) and everything in between. The sale was a huge success and we look forward to making this an annual springtime tradition at The Mustard Seed! See more photos here.

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Check out our new Biodiversity Gardens!

We had another great volunteer work bee on the holiday Monday where we built and planted our new planters along Inchbury. We used salvaged culverts and a technique called hugelkultur which will help retain moisture in the planters, build soil fertility, improve drainage, and use various materials that would otherwise be waste. The layers included: 3″ wood branches, upside-down sod, 1″ soaked corrugated cardboard (of which we always have a lot of at the store), and 12″ of triple mix soil. The planters include: Canada Wild Rye, Greens (kale, chard, kohlrabi, etc.), a Pizza garden (cherry tomatoes, basil, & peppers), a Butterfly garden, Perennials, & Strawberries.

Thanks to all our amazing members pulling this off! Now we all get to watch our “biodiversity gardens” grow! In the coming weeks we will be getting our rain barrel hooked up. Please let me know (emma@mustardseed.coop) if you would be interested in volunteering to help maintain and water these gardens this summer. See more photos here.

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 The Co-op Kitchen is nearly ready!

We are finally finishing our kitchen and it should be up and running just in time for the Grand Opening. Interested in leading a workshop in the coming months? Email Nrinder with your proposal or suggestions.

We’ll see you at the Co-op!

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