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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And the Winner is…The Mustard Seed!

The Mustard Seed wins the National Co-op Challenge!

A huge thank you to all our members and supporters for helping us rise to the top in the National Co-op Challenge! We had the most votes of any co-op in our region. We already received our $25,000 cheque from The Co-operators Insurance, the co-op that organizes this annual contest to help emerging and expanding co-ops.  What are we going to do with all that money? Well, right now we have a whole lot of refrigeration, and lighting, and kitchen equipment to buy. This extra boost has allowed us to buy more energy-efficient equipment, which will save us money and the planet’s resources in the years ahead. It also helps us open our doors sooner and keep costs lower for our members.

An amazing team of Volunteers!

We could not have won the National Co-op Challenge without an amazing group of volunteers.  In particular, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this video – even if you didn’t make it into this 90-second version.  In particular, thanks to our production team of Board member Sarah Botham (producer/writer), Jonathon & Ashleigh Patterson (filming/editing), and Jenn Friesen (narrator) from our Membership Action Team for volunteering hundreds of hours to create a very professional video!

What is the National Co-op Challenge?

NatCoopChallengeThe National Co-op Challenge was created in 2012 to engage Canadians in supporting emerging and expanding co-ops across Canada.  Funded by The Co-operators, the format reflects co-ops’ commitment to democratic control of their organizations by their members.  The sixteen finalists chosen from amongst the national applicants each created a short video to share how their co-operative can impact their community. After a month-long online voting period, two co-ops in each region win $25,000, enabling them to expand their businesses.

+ A $25,000 Grant from the Hamilton Future Fund!

Not only were we recognized nationally, we were also recognized in our community from the Hamilton Future Fund with a $25,000 grant! The mission of the Hamilton Future Fund is:

To preserve and manage a permanent, self-sustaining fund (the Hamilton Future Fund) as a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Hamiltonians to enjoy economic prosperity, enhanced social fabric, and enhanced community life.

We are very thankful that the Board of Governors has recognized our vision for social change with this grant! As an engine for local food & agricultural development, we believe The Mustard Seed will pay back to the community with this innovative capital many times over.

We are very excited to have received these two grants, and look forward to all that this will bring in the months ahead!

Vote for us in the National Co-op Challenge!

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Screen shot of Jenn Friesen – The Mustard Seed video was filmed in a variety of locations all across Hamilton

The Mustard Seed has been named as a finalist in The National Co-op Challenge, a national social media contest created by The Co-operators, with $200,000 in prize money to be won. Anyone with a Facebook account or email address can vote between now and October 18, 2013.  Two finalists in each of four regions across Canada will take home $25,000. We hope our local community will help The Mustard Seed Co-op rise to the top!

The Mustard Seed is a community-owned grocery store that offers a bountiful selection of wholesome foods, prioritizes local producers, and creates an educational environment which nurtures the relationship between people and the food they eat. We can’t wait to open our doors before the end of 2013!

Watch & Vote!

Watch our 90-second video and vote for The Mustard Seed! Then please share with your friends, family, colleagues – anyone you think would be excited about The Mustard Seed opening in Hamilton! We have a strong chance of winning $25,000 so please VOTE today!NatCoopChallenge

Follow this link to the National Co-op Challenge / Co-operators Facebook app

If you don’t have a Facebook account, click here to go to the voting microsite. Note: you can vote for The Mustard Seed in the Ontario region. After that, please pick a co-op from the Atlantic & Pacific regions as well. You must select 3 videos (1 from each region) in order to validate your vote. This helps give more exposure to other co-ops.

Membership means Ownership

Once you vote, check out our website for details on the benefits of membership, how you can invest for impact through the Co-op, and our next steps towards opening.  Are you Interested in volunteering? There are many ways to get involved.

A Big Thanks to our Production Team!

We could not have become a finalist in the National Co-op Challenge without an amazing group of community volunteers supporting us.  In particular, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this video – even if you didn’t make it into this 90-second version.  In particular, thanks to our production team of Board member Sarah Botham (producer/writer), Jonathon & Ashleigh Patterson (filming/editing), and Jenn Friesen (narrator) from our Membership Action Team for volunteering hundreds of hours to create a very professional video!

About the National Co-op Challenge

The National Co-op Challenge was created in 2012 to engage Canadians in supporting emerging and expanding co-ops across Canada.  Funded by The Co-operators, the format reflects co-ops’ commitment to democratic control of their organizations by their members.  The sixteen finalists chosen from amongst the national applicants each created a short video to share how their co-operative can impact their community. Two co-ops in each region will each win $25,000, enabling them to expand their businesses.  Good luck to everyone involved in the National Co-op Challenge!

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