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A Local Champion: Featherstone Farm

Featherstone Farm has been growing organic fruits and vegetables for over 20 years with a focus on personal, financial, and environmental sustainability. At their 250-acre certified organic farm in Rushford, Minn, Featherstone produces over 70 different crops annually for delivery to local food co-ops, natural food stores, farm-to-table restaurants, and wholesalers. They also operate a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which delivers fresh produce throughout the summer, fall and winter seasons directly to CSA customers in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Winona.

The farm’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that the freshest, best-tasting, most nutritious fruits and vegetables come from holistic, sustainable production systems. As organic farmers, Featherstone possess a strong ethic of environmental stewardship. A 2,200 square foot, 38 kilowatt solar panel array that sits atop their machine shop serves as one example of their practical, long-term commitment to a clean, sustainable future. We particularly respect their dedication to building healthy soil, protecting natural resources, creating renewable energy, and serving as a regional food hub that connects our urban and rural communities. Their delicious organic carrots and butternut squash are amazing!

3rd Annual Holiday Sampler

Holiday Sampler: Tasting & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00am-2:00pm | West 7th store

Brighten your season at our third annual family-friendly Holiday Sampler! This is a great chance to:

  • Meet local vendors
  • Taste festive flavors
  • Peruse local gifts
  • Sip on tasty mocktails and eggnog
  • Enjoy live piano music
  • Take part in a string-cheese-snowman kids’ craft
  • Splurge on limited-time-only holiday sales on favorites such as local cookies, cheeses, candles, and more
  • Receive a seasonal gift with purchase when you spend over $50, while supplies last

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Seconds Count – Using Ugly Produce

Post presented by Kirstin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner.

Scabbed, bruised, punctured, gnarled, undersized, crooked. Here’s to imperfections, and unrecognized beauty. Ask your farmer or produce manager for any “seconds”, the ugly and discounted produce that often gets thrown away.

Food waste statistics in our country (and around the world) are distressing. Food gets tossed for many reasons, and we each play a role, whether it’s scrapping leftovers forgotten in the fridge, or easily overlooking bruised or dented fruit. But really, there are simple acts we can do each day to combat this ill, such as using fresh eyes at the market and in our own kitchens, using and respecting what’s there already, however imperfect or seemingly unflattering.

Here’s a perfect, simple, seasonal recipe that captures this idea, and credits resourcefulness.

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

Serves 4-6

Get the kids involved in making this recipe; depending on their age, they can peel, chop, stir, or even simply choose which spice to add at the end.

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Introducing: Goosefoot Kitchen

We’re proud to introduce you to Goosefoot Kitchen, a weekly meal planning service run by local chef, cooking instructor, healthy food advocate, and gardener Kristin Hamaker. Goosefoot has recently begun serving as Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner. 

Trained in 2005 at Ballymaloe House, a unique culinary school in County Cork, Ireland, Kristin absorbed a truly comprehensive education. While studying there, she had the opportunity to learn French culinary techniques, vegetable and herb gardening, how to milk a cow, and fishing skills in the frigid Celtic Sea. Afterwards, she returned home to St. Paul and started a real foods personal chef service named Farm to Fork, which she cared for and grew over the course of 10 years, eventually selling it on good terms in 2015. Somewhere along the line she married her best friend, started a family, and has been exploring meaning as imperfectly and deliciously as the next person.

In the near future, Kristin will be featuring nutritious, home cooked meal ideas on our Market Musings blog and in our Market Medley member newsletter, as well as conducting in-store healthy eating demos and providing you with delicious recipes while you shop. Goosefoot recipes focus on simple ingredients and healthful food for you and your family.

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Local Profile: Larry Schultz

Schultz chickens are cage-free, they are free to eat and exercise anywhere comfortably within an airy sunlit barn, or to roam outdoors in grassy fields when weather conditions are favorable. Schultz chickens are free-range, certified organic and have no hormones or antibiotics administered during their lifespan. This is all part of providing Schultz chickens with a stress free environment that allows the flock to develop into healthy, happy birds that make delicious and nutritious eggs.

Larry Schultz’s family has been using organic farming methods since his great-grandfather first moved onto the land. Larry Schultz has been supplying free-range, cage-free, certified organic eggs (as well as chickens and turkeys) to Mississippi Market for many years. He prides himself in selling the freshest eggs possible– they are candled and graded the same day they are laid!  This means the oldest Schultz egg you’ll find is one week old.

Schultz chickens are fed organic flax seeds, small grains, pasture grasses and bugs– that makes for happy birds! Schultz eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the flaxmeal mixed into their organic feed.

Local Profile: Ferndale Market

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Dale Peterson arrived in Cannon Falls, MN in 1939 ready to do what he loved – grow turkeys. He found his farm in the Little Cannon River Valley with his wife Fern. Now their grandson, John, and his wife, Erica, carry the farm into the third generation. They grow turkeys free-range during the warmer months and move the birds to fresh pasture weekly all summer so they have access to clean air and fresh grass.

Ferndale turkeys grow naturally, without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth promotants, and they enjoy constant access to a diet of grains, vitamins, and minerals from a local feed mill. All Ferndale turkeys are processed-naturally, without additives. Ferndale ground turkey is available year-round in our co-op, and we carry whole turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can’t beat the flavor!

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Local Thanksgiving Turkeys

Pre-order your local Thanksgiving turkey

Pre-orders may be placed Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 17.

We’re excited to offer two kinds of local free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving pre-orders from Ferndale Market and Schultz Organic Farm. Ferndale turkeys enjoy a diet of grasses and grains that are rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals and Schultz turkeys are raised organically. Both Ferndale and Schultz turkeys are raised without antibiotics or artificial growth hormones and given plenty of space to roam, eat, and live. Not only are these animal husbandry practices humane, they result in happier, healthier poultry and a more flavorful-tasting turkey for your holiday table.

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Local Craft Beer & Artisanal Cheese Pairings

Prepare for fall gatherings with these expertly curated local craft beer and artisanal cheese pairings courtesy of our amazing staff! The following local cheeses can be found at our co-op, while the beers may be picked up at your local liquor store or obtained directly from the source. In true cooperative spirit, be sure to take advantage of Fair State’s Co-op Member Mondays – receive your first pint for half price in their taproom when you show your Mississippi Market membership card.

Special thanks to Selby Store Deli Manager Leif Moser and West 7th Store Cheese Buyer Martin Devaney for their input and suggested pairings.

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Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration

At our 2017 Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration on October 18th at the Midpointe Event Center, we’ll gather together to hear updates from our board of directors and General Manager Gail Graham, welcome newly elected board members, and hear from guest speaker Faye Brown from the Tanka Fund. This is also the last opportunity for member-owners to vote in our board of directors election. We’ll have fabulous prize giveaways, including a free bicycle. Enter the raffle at our Annual Meeting for your chance to win.

Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting! Tickets must be reserved by Monday, October 16th.

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Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

In light of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Mississippi Market is temporarily allocating Positive Change donations to support disaster relief efforts being led by Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). CDF is a nonprofit organization that supports economic development through cooperative enterprise.

100% of donations raised over the weekend – from the morning of Friday, October 13th through the evening of Sunday, October 15th – will go directly to the CDF Cooperative Disaster Recovery Fund. All donations raised will support those affected in Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and the Caribbean.

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