Mustard Seed Holiday Bag 2017

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The 2017 Mustard Seed Holiday bag is filled with local goodness. Order now for the early bird price of $49.99 through November 30; Regular price $54.99.

Introducing this year’s Mustard Seed Holiday Bag, filled to the brim with local goodness. Want to give a gift of food and support our local Hamilton-area economy? The Holiday Bag is here for you…buy one for your best friend, sibling, relatives abroad, or for your entire office.

This year’s lineup of local products include:

  • Spirit Tree sparkling apple cider (Caledon, ON)
  • Humble Bee raw honey, holiday size (Hamilton, ON: from the Co-op’s own rooftop beehives!)
  • Quinte Quinoa – Ontario-grown white quinoa – 400g (Rockwood, ON)
  • Johnston Cranberry Marsh dried cranberries (Bala, ON)
  • Mennomex all natural salsa (Aylmer, ON)
  • Neal Brothers Foods organic blue tortillas with flax, (Richmond Hill, ON – product of USA)
  • Blossom Bakery rainbow vegan meringues – 6 pack (Jordan, ON)
  • Donut Monster single small-batch donut (Hamilton, ON)  *gift coupon, redeemable through March 1/18 only at Mustard Seed Co-op )
  • And your choice of:
    • Coffeecology Café Fem Bold Peru Fair Trade Coffee (Roasted in Hamilton, ON) OR
    • The Algonquin Tea Co. Homestead organic blend herbal tea, 8ct (Hand-picked and ethically Wildcrafted in Canada)

The Holiday Bag comes ready to give as a gift, complete with crinkle paper, coloured tissue paper and a gift tag.

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To place your order online via Paypal, please click here.

Early Bird price of $49.99 until November 30th. Regular price $54.99. (HST is extra) Order now and save $5.00 per bag. While supplies last. You can either order online (a small transaction fee applies) or purchase at The Mustard Seed (460 York Blvd in Hamilton).

Numbers are limited, so get your order in to ensure you don’t miss out.

This Year’s Featured Local Artist: Kira Lodder

Each year we celebrate a local Hamilton artist with a design on the Holiday Bag. This year’s featured artist is Kira Lodder. Kira is a Hamilton-based graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist. She works with her hands to create design and illustration in all kinds of mediums. Art is her first love, and she learned to push the boundaries both creatively and conceptually while doing her Bachelors of Fine Arts at OCAD University with a postgrad in Graphic Design at Humber College. Kira lives with her husband Ben in downtown Hamilton where she can be found drinking coffee and drawing in her ever-present sketchbook.

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Holiday Bags will be available for pick up at The Mustard Seed starting November 13, 2017. it is appreciated if you can pick up in early December; however, they will be available through December 24 or until we sell out. We will send you a reminder about pick up.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@mustardseed.coop.

Note: We rely on a group of volunteers to help pack the bags – please email volunteer@mustardseed.coop if you would be interested in helping for a couple hours on an evening or weekend.

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We’re looking for YOUR feedback!

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Fall is just around the corner, and it is a great time for new projects and continued learning. We are always working to improve The Mustard Seed, and make it the place to go for local groceries in Hamilton. To do this, we require yearly feedback from you, our members, customers, and friends! We would LOVE it if you would fill out this survey, and provide us with some tangible feedback as we aim to make improvements to your community grocery store.

There are 22 questions in total and the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Also, it is anonymous, so feel free to be candid in your responses! Please share this link with anyone who has an interest in The Mustard Seed, as we are curious about all of your experiences, perceptions, and suggestions! We received over 1000 responses last year as we were preparing to open the store, so we’d love to match that response this year!

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Thanks so much for your time!

Win a Pair of Tickets to Harvest Picnic!

In case you haven’t seen the posters around town – big news! We are official sponsors of this year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake in Dundas! It’s going to be a spectacular event, with a huge focus on sustainability and local agriculture.
1531919_687182098001874_630517280870072546_oWe were pleased to be the caterers for the official press conference, where we heard guest performances from Laura Cole, Sarah Harmer, and Daniel Lanois. Graham Cubitt (President of the Mustard Seed Board of Directors) also made an address, as did Chris Krucker, operator of Manorun Organic Farm (one of our dear suppliers).10549260_687182091335208_2148018368181101982_o

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Take a look at the Harvest Picnic website, as there are so many amazing elements to the festival this year. The day will include performances by Ray LaMontagne, Bruce Cockburn,The Sadies, and so many more great musicians, as well as eight farming seminars held throughout the day (led by Chris from Manorun, Graham Cubitt, Alvaro Venturelli from Plan B Organic Farms, Russ Ohrt of Backyard Harvest, and some other really interesting folks!), AND if that doesn’t convince you…there going to be alpacas. Yes, that’s right – alpacas! Check it all out here: www.harvestpicnic.ca
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We’ll be set up there for the day as well, and are looking forward to chatting with lots of new and old friends about The Mustard Seed, local food, Hamilton pride, and great music! We’ll have a really exciting interactive activity, so be sure to seek out our booth and join in! Tickets are on sale now, available online, or at Picks and Sticks and Dr. Disc Hamilton.

Other exciting news? We’ve got three pairs of tickets to give away! Each set (includes two tickets) has a $200 value, and there are three simple ways to win:

10455013_687470987972985_5865671656003827404_oCONTEST #1! Every purchase is a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! When you check out, just fill out a ballot, and we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday at 8pm. If you shop here every day, fill one out every day! Easy peasy!

10548216_687486217971462_1517509720427229721_oCONTEST #2! Become a member for a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member, now’s the time. Sign up (with a one-time membership fee of $100), and you’ll have a chance to win a set of tickets (valued at $200). Find out more about what it means to be a member here. Sign up online or in-store between now and Wednesday evening, and we’ll announce a winner on Wednesday at 8pm.

10620572_687547434632007_989549486341028040_n CONTEST #3! Hashtag your Mustard Seed grocery haul or your Mustard Seed dinner creations, and tag us for a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! We would love to see what you’ve picked out, or what you’ve made with your purchases. First, use the hashtag #harvestpicnictix. Then, if you’re posting to Instagram or Twitter, tag us at @mustardseedcoop. If you’re posting to Facebook, just put the photo right on our wallYou’ve got until Wednesday at 8pm to share your photos, and then we’ll randomly choose a winner!

(Photos by Emma Cubitt and Alek Bromke)