Market Musings Blog

From member-owner to board member

Alekseywritten by Aleksey Kulichenko, co-op member-owner & board member

Mississippi Market exists for and because of our member-owners. You are what makes us different from a conventional, run-of-the-mill grocery store. Everyone knows that we rely on our member-owners for sales, but what most people don’t know is that we also rely on their talent. The board of directors is made up of member-owners.

My journey to the board of directors started like most. I came to shop at a place that values food as much as I do. I wanted to belong to a community that believes in the idea that changing the world starts with food, so I joined Mississippi Market as a member-owner. I wanted to have an impact greater than my dollars spent, so I became a board member. Contributing to my community is a value that I hold fast to and joining the co-op’s board of directors satisfies this notion.

Every member-owner has the ability to become a board member. Why not you? It is a matter of sharing your ideas, those that you already support in the form of dollars spent.  Our board is made up of member-owners like you! All too often people say, “But I don’t have what it takes to be a board member.” Don’t worry – there exists a myriad of educational opportunities that compose the “technical” side of a board member. What we need from you, we can’t teach. What we need from you are your innate ideas and opinions to carry the co-op forward.

The board is an exciting opportunity that ties together business, community and co-op values. You contribute from the outside, now you can contribute from the inside.

We invite you to take a look at our Board Candidate Application Packet (PDF). If you are considering applying to be a candidate, we ask that you also attend a board meeting to talk to a current director for more insights into the role. Contact the board at to let them know you’d like to attend a board meeting.

Summer Sun & Bug Protection

Our Wellness team gets asked for their recommendations on sunscreen and natural bug sprays all summer long. Here is a list of their favorites.


sunshineThere are 2 kinds of sunscreen available these days:

  • The kind with chemicals that absorb the sun’s rays
  • The kind with minerals that reflect the sun’s rays

Mississippi Market recommends the ones that reflect the rays, all of which contain zinc-oxide

#1 – Badger natural & organic sunscreens 

  • 90+% of ingredients are certified organic
  • Really quality line, including a couple water sports sunscreen, a baby sunscreen & a sun & bug sunscreen

#2 Purple Prairie SunStuff

  • A customer favorite that performs nicely
  • Made locally in Clearwater MN

#3 Devita – A favorite!

  • High performing
  • Face sunscreen & body sunscreen available
  • Rubs in really nicely – demo

Bug repellent

mosquitoes_300All essential oil based – great for kids & people with sensitive skin, no harsh chemicals

#1 Badger

  • Shake & spray makes for easy application
  • 100% organic

#2 Purple Prairie Bug Stuff

  • Our gardener loves this one
  • It’s a local product – made right here in MN
  • Purple Prairie also says that you can use this to sooth bug bites & poison ivy

#3  Veriditas – a concentrated mix of essential oils blended locally by local formulator – Melissa Faris

  • Put a couple drops into water or
  • Add it to a lotion that you already use
  • Since you’re mixing it yourself you can make lighter blend for evening walks & a stronger one for those Boundry Waters camping trips.




reFRESHing spritzers

We all know sodas aren’t good for us, but sometimes a fizzy, fun beverage really hits the spot.  To make a fruity spritzer with much less sugar than soda (and no caffeine), pair together fruit juices with sparkling waterRead more …

Why organics are worth it

The Pioneer Press posted an editorial on June 9 by James Greiff of the Bloomberg View entitled Organic food might not have the effects you expect. It’s yet another article about how organic food isn’t really “worth it.” Read more …

Cheesy Cauliflower

Sure, this would be even healthier if you left off the cheese sauce.  But sometimes it’s grey outside and you just need something cheesy. Read more …

Contemplating bananas on World Fair Trade Day

On March 15th-17 Joe, produce manager at the West 7th store, and I attended Equal Exchange’s Banana Summit in Boston. Since then bananas have been on my mind; their sordid history; their dubious present; their uncertain future. We are living in a world of complexity and uncertainty when it comes to the wide world of bananas. Contemplating them in conjunction with World Fair Trade Day (May 10, 2014) only makes sense.  Read more …

Mexico’s Great Plains Food

It’s grilling season again, time to consider the beauties of skirt steak. It’s best cooked very quickly, then cut against the grain, and served norteño style: wrapped in wheat floor tortillas, accompanied by only grilled onions and perhaps a simple, fresh salsa.

Does this sound something like fajitas to you? Read more …

Big on bulk

Buying in bulk doesn’t mean dealing with large quantities. At the co-op, we’re big on bulk because buying in bulk means buying products with minimal or no packaging.

The best part is that it’s easier on the earth and your pocketbook.  Read more …

Make a mango lassi

Ataulfo mangos may be hard to pronounce, but this buttery smooth yellow fruit is easy to enjoy. Enjoying this mango straight up is always a win- Carefully cutting around the pit. But for a special treat, try a mango lassi. Read more …

Which CSAs drop at the co-op?

With spring in the air and this article about Community Supported Agriculture in the Star Tribune recently, we figured it was time to list the farms that drop shares at our West 7th store and near our Selby store. Read more …