Partnership to Benefit APS

Veggie U and Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
Posted on 04/16/2019
Image of Mustard Seed LogoWith a goal to educate Akron Public Schools’ (APS) students about the importance of healthy eating and how real food reaches their plate, APS partnered with Mustard Seed Market to provide 1,500 third-graders (78 classrooms) with a sample box of fresh vegetables to enhance their classroom gardens.

Despite the Veggie U organization closing this past year, we at APS are still using Veggie U materials to introduce students to an indoor garden program and curriculum covering plant science and nutrition. The Veggie U five-week science program kicks off with a vegetable tasting activity designed to pique the students’ interest and excitement about growing their own veggies to eat at the end of the program.

For four years in row, Mustard Seed Market & Cafe has supplied each Akron third-grade classroom teacher with an assortment of vegetables for students to taste. This year, students will taste rainbow baby carrots, mini sweet peppers, fennel, cilantro, purple cauliflower and jicama. All were pre-washed in reverse osmosis water and provided for students to taste as they begin the Veggie U program. Students will be tasting these veggies the week of April 15.

“At Mustard Seed Market & Café we believe that any opportunity to introduce children to a healthy lifestyle and teach them how real food reaches their plate is priceless,” said Gabe Nabors, second-generation owner of Mustard Seed Market & Café. “We value partnerships and opportunities to work with the youth in Northeast Ohio and are appreciative to the Veggie U program for including us.”

About Mustard Seed Market & Café
Mustard Seed Market & Café is the largest locally-owned retailer of natural, organic and healthy lifestyle products in Ohio. We’ve been part of the community since 1981, with two locations in Akron and one in the Cleveland suburb of Solon. A locally-owned family business, our specialty is providing high-quality natural and organic foods, natural health and beauty products, with education and information regarding food issues and good practices. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Gabe Nabors
Second-Generation Owner
[email protected]
330.666.7333, ext. 218
Mustard Seed Market
3885 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44333

Katrina B. Halasa, Ph.D.
Akron Public Schools
Health and Science Learning Specialist K-12
65 Steiner Ave., Akron, Ohio 44301
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