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Holiday Starters: Crudités

By Mississippi Market Chef Partner Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen

I always appreciate when there’s a fancy word—crudités—for something familiar and simple. In this case, crudités means a platter of raw vegetables served with a sauce or vinaigrette. In the Goosefoot Kitchen we’re always trying to keep things simple, delicious, healthy, and affordable, using what we may already have on hand. And this platter, whether it’s for seasonal entertaining, or just because, falls right in line.

Since so many vegetables work as crudités, focus on a happy variety of flavors, colors, and textures, and consider what’s on sale in the produce department. Chop or slice the vegetables so that they are manageable sizes, especially if children will be eating. Then, choose your sauce (see below), and place it in your loveliest little bowl. Arrange the crudités around it, on a platter, plate, or in a napkin-lined basket, and replenish as needed. Simple, delicious, straightforward!

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Express your Values this Gift-giving Season

Gifts Under $20

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? You’re sure to find one at the co-op that’s beautiful and reflective of your personal values. This holiday season, give the gift of honesty — fairly-produced food and goods made with reverence for the people and places where they’re crafted.

Local Raw Honey Tasting Pack

This single-source honey tasting pack offers a diverse combination of flavor profiles for the discerning palate. Gift receivers will experience the joy of five best-selling varieties from Ames Farm. Packages vary and contain honey made from the pollen of local basswood, sweet clover, prairie flowers, alfalfa, and more.

Local, Organic Maple Syrups

Gift receivers are sure to enjoy the earthy flavors of organic maple syrups from Maple Valley Cooperative and Wild Country. Harvested from woodlands in the Great Lakes region and Sawtooth Mountains near Lake Superior, these 100-percent-pure maple syrups are produced with the greatest care given to sustainable harvesting methods and social responsibility.

Organic Fair-trade Coffee

An array of organic fair-trade coffee blends is available at the co-op from Just Coffee Co-op, Kickapoo Coffee, Peace Coffee, and Equal Exchange Co-op. These locally-roasted blends are full of robust flavors and ethically sourced from farmers who are paid fair wages for their work and goods.

Cooperatively-Produced Winter Scarves

Terra Natural Designs’ winter scarves are cooperatively produced and artisan crafted. Handmade with sustainable, renewable fibers and naturally-sourced dyes, your purchase supports a social justice movement that empowers Indigenous female entrepreneurs to continually preserve, practice, and get paid for their South American crafts.

Essential Oil Holiday Blends

Veriditas essential oil blends offer an organic model for self-care and relaxation. During the hectic end-of-year season, provide your loved ones with the grounding, healing power of herbs and flowers. These comforting blends work well when added to a diffuser or homemade potpourri.­­­

Goodness Giveaway: Win Groceries, Give Groceries

Win a cart full of groceries!

Entries must be received by December 12th. Winners will be announced in mid-December.

Swing by the co-op for your chance to win one of three carts full of Co+op Basics groceries. One lucky winner per store will receive an assortment of groceries valued at approximately $75. Simply enter our Goodness Giveaway next time you shop at any of our three stores; no purchase necessary.

Three matching $75 donations in the winners’ names will be given to our December Positive Change recipient Keystone Community Services. Keystone is a local organization that provides nutritious food to over 26,000 community members on an annual basis who are experiencing barriers to healthy eating.

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LIME Member Renewal

A friendly reminder to all LIME member-owners — please renew your eligibility in the program by year’s end to ensure uninterrupted discounts. To renew your LIME eligibility, please bring a photo ID, along with your income-based financial assistance program card or letter, next time you shop at the co-op. For questions, please see below or ask your cashier what documentation is needed to complete the renewal process.

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Local Profile: Pastures A Plenty


Pastures A Plenty is third generation family-owned-and-operated by the VanDerPols.

Pasture-to-Plate Pork

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minn., is decidedly different. This mutigenerational family-owned-and-operated farmstead takes a hands-on approach, focusing on attention to detail. For over three decades, the VanDerPol family has shown strong commitment to the environment, their community, and long-term farm sustainability. They raise Berkshire, Duroc, and Chester White heritage hog breeds that are primarily pasture-fed and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth. These rugged, hardy breeds love to forage and roam outside and, as a result, produce premium, high-quality pork.

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A Family Recipe for the Holidays

Thanks to board member Hlee Vang for sharing her family’s traditional holiday recipe!

“I love the holidays and the ability to share good, healthy, delicious food with my family and friends. I would love to share a traditional family recipe with you. Bon appétit!” – Hlee Vang

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup with Vermicelli Rice Noodles

Serves 6-8

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Wild Rice – A Native Minnesotan Grain

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

True wild rice is a native Minnesotan food, and we should celebrate the fact. Earthy and comforting, wild rice is highly nutritious, packed with B vitamins, fiber, and protein. There are two types of wild rice, native (manoomin), which is lighter in color and flavor and quicker to cook, and cultivated, which is darker and richer. Yes, it is pricier than its white or brown cousins, but wild rice swells up to 4 times its size, making it a good value; 1 cup of dried rice=6 servings. You can freeze any leftovers, and please save the “broth” it’s cooked in, since it is so delicious and can be added to soup as a base.

 

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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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