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The Mercantile in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village is your go-to shop for everyday luxuries, with a thoughtfully curated selection of gourmet food items, kitchen accessories, gifts and gift baskets to help you live, give, and entertain in style.

Feeling Chirpy

Chirps Cricket Chips

Believe it or not, this snack-based post is actually a continuation of our Earth Day initiatives (speaking of which, we are continuing our 5¢ rebate for bringing your own bag through to the end of May!).

OK, bear with me here - you might not like this idea at first but I urge you to read on:

Human beings are outnumbered on this planet by a ratio of 200,000,000:1 by insects. They account for almost 30 times the biomass of all the people on earth. They are an excellent, abundant and eminently renewable source of high quality protein. While many cultures routinely eat a variety of insects, Western cultures mostly don't. Heck, for the longest time most people wouldn't eat lobster because it was too insect-like!

A few years ago, I sampled some roasted-salted crickets that were part of an installation at Nuit Blanche. Once I got over the idea of putting insects in my mouth deliberately I found them to be delicious - delicate, nutty and easy to eat. But you still had to kind of get over the appearance of those familiar lawn creatures lying all toasty in the palm of your hand.

Chirps is a new product recently seen on "Shark Tank". They are a familiar-looking tortilla-shaped snack chip made with a mix of corn, beans, chia seeds, and of course cricket flour. We were reluctant to carry them at first but they are so delicious and so good for the planet at the same time that we thought our customers deserved to be the ones to decide for themselves. You might try a bag as a bit of a novelty or experiment but they might just become your go to snack!

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Two Earth Day Projects

Earth Day - April 22, 2017

As usual, the Christmas season was a busy time at the Mercantile. And with a little effort we could probably quote you some impressive statistics about the number of felt ornaments or chocolate Santas or Christmas tea blends sold. But with Earth Day coming up this weekend, one statistic really stood out for us: in the month of December alone, we went through 3000 plastic bags! And that's just one store in one neighbourhood in one city here on our one and only planet.

Remember a few years ago there was a tax on plastic bags? To be honest, nobody seemed to mind paying it because it wasn't very much and we got very few complaints about it. Plus, people really started to change their behaviour around how they prepared to go shopping so fewer and fewer people even had to pay the tax. But then the tax was reversed and it was amazing how quickly people stopped remembering to bring their own bags. So in honour of Earth Day this year, for the rest of the month if you bring your own shopping bags for your purchases - and mention that you read this in our newsletter or on our website or social media feeds - we'll give you a nickel - 5¢ cold hard cash! We also have some beautiful new mesh bags that might entice you to make the switch. If the program is a success we may just continue it and challenge our fellow local businesses to follow suit!

That's one thing we're doing to celebrate Earth Day. Here's the other:

Starting June 1st, we're teaming up with Clearwater Farms as a neighbourhood hub for their weekly food basket program. Clearwater is a flagship initiative of the Ontario Water Centre, an educational organization with charitable status. Clearwater’s food production supports the centre's educational mission to further place-based experiential learning through school and camp-based youth-focused programs, and through partnerships with community groups. Their vegetables are just beautiful - delicious, nutritious and grown using organic and regenerative practices that showcase the creative potential of sustainable agriculture. Sign up by May 1st and take advantage of their Early Bird 10% discount. You'll deal directly with them on the order and then come on in to the Mercantile to pick it up each week. For more info or to sign up for the program, visit ClearWaterFarms.ca

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Easter is Upon Us

Happy Easter from The Mercantile!

Well, it was inevitable.
Sean Rooney's remarkable balloon bunnies in our display windows have been shrinking before our eyes. Come to think of it, they seemed to diminish at almost the same pace as our stock of Easter goodies inside the shop!

But don't worry, there's still lots left - from super cute salt and pepper shakers, egg cups, platters and table charms to the usual suspects of chocolate bunnies and eggs, brightly coloured gummies, jellybeans, malted eggs and much more. Our very real Murray Farms eggs are collected from a variety of heritage hens on the farm near Stratford so they're already a variety of colours - no painting necessary! You'll find them in the fridge at the back of the store.

And, of course, it wouldn't be Easter without Egbert - Laura Slack's utterly extraordinary  handpainted (but entirely edible) sculpted chocolate chick (among her wider collection of Easter specialties).

Just don't wait too long.
We're open Thursday and Friday 10:30am-8:00pm and Saturday 10:30-7:00. But we're CLOSED Sunday and Monday. So let your hunt for the best in Easter treats start at the Mercantile today!

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