Easter Brunch: Local Country-Style Ham or Free Range Turkey


Are you planning an Easter celebration with family, friends, or neighbours? We are offering pre-orders of locally-raised free range turkeys or country-style hams for your holiday feast.

About VG Meats Country-Style Hams: The Van Groningen family started serving Norfolk County families from their VG Meats store in 1970. On their farm, they are shifting production methods towards following Joel Salatin’s approach of sustainable farming. While not grown on their farm, VG hams come from pig farmers in southern Ontario. Here’s a recipe (and video) for how to prepare your Easter ham right from Grandma VG herself. Country Style bone-in hams are $2.99/lb. Boneless are $3.79/lb – your choice.

About the Ross Family Farm’s free-range turkeys (frozen): Located in Wellington County (north of Waterloo), Buck Ross and his family have been farming for four generations. They’re the only commercial producers in Ontario allowed to grow fully free-range turkeys. Their turkeys enjoy fresh air, direct sunlight, large outdoor yards, fresh water, and all-natural locally-grown feed. We recently visited the Buck Ross at his farm – read about it and check out our photos here. These turkeys are frozen, will range from 14-18 lb, and are at a special price of $50 each.

How to Pre-Order:

If you’d like to pre-order, please pay your $20 deposit online by following this link.

If you’d prefer to do this in-store, drop by any time between now and the deadline to place your order and pay your deposit.

Thank you for supporting our local producers!

Food & Nutrition Blogs To Follow

Deciphering through great food recipes online could be daunting and time consuming. Here are some blogs with mouthwatering and easy to follow food recipes that we’ve put together for you:


  1. The Roasted Root: Recipes that are focused on dietary restrictions – vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free. http://www.theroastedroot.net
  2. Sprouted Kitchen: Making food taste good through using natural ingredients: whole grains, healthy fats, natural sugar alternatives and the like. http://www.sproutedkitchen.com
  3. The Almond Eater: Here you will find healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, and drink recipes that require just 30 minutes or less. http://thealmondeater.com
  4. Fit Foodie Finds: From snacks to one-pot meals, this blog has your food cravings covered. http://fitfoodiefinds.com
  5. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen: From gluten-free to vegetarian, you’ll find all the great recipes you need for a simple, clean meal. http://lexiscleankitchen.com


  1. Sweet Potato Soul: Delicious and easy-to-make vegan recipes. http://www.sweetpotatosoul.com
  2. Oh She Glows: Plant based recipe inspired blog. http://ohsheglows.com/
  3. The First Mess: A healthy blog with delicious, plant based recipes. http://thefirstmess.com


  1. Green Kitchen Stories: Healthy vegetarian recipes by David, Luise & Elsa. http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/
  2. Minimalist Baker: Minimalist Baker is a website devoted to simple cooking. All recipes require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. http://minimalistbaker.com/
  3. My New Roots: Simple Plant Based recipes. https://www.mynewroots.org
  4. Naturally Ella: Pantry inspired seasonal vegetarian recipes. https://naturallyella.com/


  1. PaleOMG: Real food, made simple. http://paleomg.com/
  2. Nom Nom Paleo: http://nomnompaleo.com/


  1. Sassy Kitchen: Gluten-Free recipes inspired by whole foods. http://www.sassy-kitchen.com/
  2. My Darling Lemon Thyme: Food, life, and a little garden. http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com


2016 Annual Report & AGM Reminder

AnnualReport2016.jpgOur 2016 Annual Report has been emailed out to all members. If you are a Mustard Seed member and did not receive a copy for some reason, please email board@mustardseed.coop with your name & member number and we will email you a copy.

The Mustard Seed Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday the 23rd of February at 7pm at Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl Street, Hamilton. Please plan to come! We want your insights into how The Mustard Seed can meet your needs and have the positive impacts we all want for our health, economy, environment, and community.