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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Local Bounty Bags!

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Have you tried one of our Local Bounty Bags? These bags will be available each Wednesday, and will be filled to the brim with a colourful variety of fresh and local produce items! Let us make shopping local even easier for you, and perhaps you can expand your horizons with local food at the same time!

Next Bounty Bag Order Deadline: Monday, Mar 30th (12:00 noon)

Pickup Date: Wednesday, Apr 1st

Order Form Link: http://bit.ly/1Mymq0C
(next order form will be available on Friday, Apr 3rd)

Also, please note:

We’ve changed things around in the Bundle Bag according to the feedback we’ve received from customers. Check out the list below, and add it on to your Bounty Bag order for only $28.99!

As the days get colder, it becomes harder to find variety within local produce. While these bags will continue to have a local focus, we will be incorporating a few imported items (so you don’t end up going home with bag full of root vegetables!). Our desire is that the bags remain interesting and exciting, while still focusing on local. You will see things like avocado and grapefruit on the list this week, so please know that when we bring in items like these (that can’t be local), the next priority is that they are organic. Let us know if you have any questions about this – we’re happy to dig into it more as a community that supports local!

Lastly, due to a few variables, we cannot guarantee every item listed below. While we will do our absolute best to make sure the items promoted are included, there may occasionally be substitutions. When necessary, we’ll include a different item of equal value, or additional amounts of something already listed. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Included this week:

Small Bag ($19.99; feeds 1-2 people): Green Kale, Red Chard, 1 Beefsteak Tomato (Ontario), 2 LB Red Fingerling Potatoes(Ontario), 3 lb Yellow Potatoes (Ontario), English Cucumber (Ontario), 2 LB Carrots(Ontario), 2 LB Red Beets (Ontario), Hydroponic Boston Lettuce (Ontario), 2 LB Yellow Onion (Ontario), 4 Apples (Ontario), 1 LB Clementines, Avocado

Large Bag ($34.99, feeds 3-4 people) Kind Organics Salad Mix(Ontario), 3 Beefsteak Tomatoes (Ontario), Green Kale, Red Chard, Red Pepper(Ontario),  2 lb Red Fingerling Potatoes (Ontario), 8 oz White Mushrooms (Ontario), 1 LB Parsnips(Ontario), 3 LB Yellow Potatoes (Ontario), 2 LB Carrots(Ontario), 2 LB Red Beets, 2 LB Yellow Onion (Ontario) English Cucumber (Ontario), 6 Apples (Ontario), Mango, 3 Grapefruit, 1 LB Clementines, 2 Avocado

(If you have any allergies or dietary needs, we’re happy to make 1-2 substitutions per bag.)

Included in this week’s Bundle Bag: 1 Loaf Stone Milling Bakery Whole Wheat Organic Rye, Bag of Oak Run English Muffins, 1L Eby Milk (or 1.89 L Almond Milk), 1/2 dozen local eggs, 200 g local coffee or 60G Loose Leaf Tea, 1L Mustard Seed soup, 1L Mustard Seed stew – a total value of $40.00! Add it to your Small or Large Bounty Bag for $28.99.

(No substitutions in the Bundle Bag)

The offerings for each bag will be different each week, so check out this page or follow us on Facebook, and we’ll aim to let you know what’s included each week.

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Place your order by Monday at noon, and pop in the following Wednesday to pick up your Local Bounty Bag, packed neatly inside one of our signature tote bags! There is a $5 charge for the Mustard Seed tote bag (we’ve heard many people say these are the best grocery bags they’ve ever used!), but if you’d like to avoid that cost, you can bring your own Mustard Seed bag and do a swap, or we can provide a box, if that’s easiest. (You’ll be asked to choose between box and bag on the order form.)

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How to Order: At the top of this post, you’ll find a link to the most recent Local Bounty Bag order form! Easy peasy!

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Lastly, if you’re on Instagram or Twitter, feel free to use the hashtag #localbountybag to show us how you’re using your produce items! With all the variety you’ll receive in these bags, the options are truly endless, and sharing what you create can inspire others with new and exciting ways to incorporate local food into their daily meals!

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$117,603 from the Local Food Fund! Hooray!

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Everybody was smiling after the big announcement! From L to R: Emma Cubitt (Board), Damian Wills (Local Food Manager), Graham Cubitt (Board), Ted McMeekin (MPP), Richard Adshead (General Manager), Nrinder Nann (Board), & Sarah Botham (Board).

March 14, 2014  –  A huge thanks to the government of Ontario for establishing the Local Food Act last year, along with the Local Food Fund!  The Local Food Fund is designed to support innovative local food projects that celebrate local food, and help create jobs and economic growth in Ontario.

The Mustard Seed has been chosen to develop our Local Food Networks Strategy through a two-year pilot project. The $117,603 grant covers 50% of the expenses for the two year development phase, with the other 50% coming from The Mustard Seed Co-op budget.

Key components of the strategy include:

  • Two full-time positions : Local Food Manager and Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Proactive relationship development with local farmers and producers with a goal to work with 200 by the end of the pilot phase
  • Develop clear and effective communication methods on availability and benefits of local food
  • Help producers gauge and understand consumer demand for broad spectrum of local foods
  • Create and host education sessions, cooking classes, farm tours, and other food culture events
  • Develop, implement, and track strategies for effectively promoting local food with knowledge to be shared with partners and funders
  • Empower members and community to align their purchasing priorities for local by finding and stocking a full spectrum of local grocery products

We expect the Strategy to result in 4 new full-time-equivalent (FTE) positions + the two direct jobs in addition to the Co-op’s base operational staffing. This will help grow FTE employment at The Mustard Seed to 18 after five years.

The big announcement of our successful grant proposal happened at the co-op on Friday, March 14th. Our local MPP Ted McMeekin was kind enough to come out to the store to share the good news with a crowd of about 50 members and staff. We are so excited to see how these added resources will help our local food networks flourish!

Media coverage of our announcement:

Hamilton Spectator – Local grocery co-op nabs tasty grant

CBC Hamilton – Mustard Seed Co-op receives $100K in provincial funding

AM900 CHML radio – Interview between Graham Cubitt & Rick Zamperin