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.

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Field Trip: Mountainoak (Gouda) Cheese

mountainoak.jpgWe had the opportunity to visit one of our cheese suppliers last weekend in New Hamburg, ON – about a 50 minute drive northwest of Hamilton, just past Cambridge. Mountainoak Cheese was started five years ago by Hannie & Adam Van Bergeijk. They purchased the farm in 1996 after immigrating from Holland an now have 200 Holstein cows that are milked every day to make their delicious farmstead Gouda cheese. Since launching their cheese dairy five years ago they have won more than 35 cheese awards!

IMG_7830.JPGTheir creamery is located right on the farm where they make a 4000L batch 2-3 times per week. The most popular cheese is called GOLD (Good Old Local Dairy) but the different flavours are also a big hit. Flavours are added as the last step and include Friesen (cumin & cloves), nettle, truffle, and our favourite (for obvious reasons): mustard seed!

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A peek inside the Mountain Oak Cheese Creamery

Most of their cheeses are aged for 2 months to create a mild Gouda, but some are aged much longer – for up to 3 years.

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Mountainoak has a special guest

The farm had a very special visitor last year when Rick Mercer stopped by for a segment of his show….

What did Rick do when he visited the creamery…click the link above to see!

You can buy Mountainoak any day of the week at the Co-op, or go to the farm for a visit & tour

While just outside of Oxford County, Mountainoak is part of the Oxford County Cheese Trail. Check out these various local dairies the next time you are in the mood for a nice rural Ontario daytrip – the trail also includes some of our other producers such as Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese in Woodstock. Mountainoak also gives tours some Mondays & Fridays.  Please call ahead to find out which days are available so they can book you in!

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The Van Bergeijk were not in at the time of our visit, but new cheesemaker Rachel did a great job explaining all about the cheesemaking process at the farm.

Be sure to pick up a wedge the next time you are at the Co-op!

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Our favourite cheese!