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Favorites for the Holidays

We spend a lot of time with our food and we hand-pick the gifts on our shelves, so we are bound to have our favorites. Here’s a list of some of our favorite things – we think they’ll make your holidays extra special!

Citrus! Especially navels & Satsumas this time of year. Boxes and bags of citrus always make great hostess gifts. Their orange color also adds a lovely touch for table decorations. Plus, they make great stocking stuffers.


Ames Honey Ames Farm Limited has 5 orchards and 18 bee locations spread out over a large area of central and southern Minnesota. Their signature raw honey meticulously produced by segregating each 33 pound “super” or box of honey. Each jar is packaged by the hive number, location and flower source or season, all of which is printed on the label – a beautiful gift for any locavore!

Homestead Honey is a a 2nd generation farm that has has been producing honey in southeastern Minnesota for over 35 years. Thanks to the honey bee, their honey is a natural example of the beauty in Southeastern Minnesota. Packaged in canning jars, Homestead Honey makes a sweet gift for the season.

Alemar Bent River Camembert Named for the sharp turn of the Minnesota River a few hundred yards from where it is made, this cheese has a creamy interior and loads of flavor. A must-have for any holiday cheese plate.


Pasture Pride Juustos This Finnish baked cheese is made in the heart of the Coulee Region near LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It is crafted with milk from local Amish dairies – delivered to the factory in chilled milk cans – the old fashioned way, all Farmer Certified and rBST-free of course. Try warming your Juusto up in the oven or a fry pan and welcome a new winter tradition to your table.

Cooqi gluten free baking mixes Looking to do some gluten free holiday baking? Try these locally-made gluten free baking mixes. They get rave reviews! Cooqi makes a multi-purpose flour, cake & pastry flour, pancake flour, and pizza & pita mix – all gluten free and made with quality ingredients!

Locally roasted coffees – We are fortunate to have so many fabulous coffee roasters around us. And even better, that they all committed to fair trade. Brew up a pot of Peace Coffee, Just Coffee or Kickapoo Coffee when the guests arrive and show just how nice Minnesota-Nice can be.

Mississippi Market Gift Membership Do you know someone who shops at Mississippi Market but isn’t a member-owner yet? Someone who’s new to St. Paul or is passionate about good food? Give them the gift that gives back – a membership to the co-op! Stop by our Customer Service desks to purchase a gift membership, no paperwork or personal information needed. It’s easy!

SunLeaf Naturals diffusers, soaps & candles These naturally pure, locally-made products fill any space with fresh, uplifting scents. Using pure plant derived ingredients, beeswax, 100% essential oil scents and minimal, compostable packaging, SunLeaf Naturals diffusers, soaps and candles make perfect gifts for anyone wanting to bring a touch of nature into their home.

Scent from Nature beeswax candles – Calm, clean & green – These beeswax candles shine long lasting golden glow and a natural mild honey scent to calm your senses. Non-toxic, non-allergenic, dripless, virtually soot free, beeswax candles are natural air purifiers. Their light lends a festive glow to the season.

Wyndmere Essential Oil Roll-ons – Wyndmere, a local essential oil company, makes these helpful blends: Lavender Garden, Aches and Pains, Anxiety Release, Head Aide and Stress Relief. They are the perfect size for the purse or desk and can be applied  as needed.

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