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Local Cheese Madness: Marieke VS Roth Kase

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our third match-up is an aged hard cheese face off between Marieke’s Gouda and Roth Kase’s Grand Cru.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 30th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Marieke Gouda

Marieke was born and raised in the Netherlands where she grew up on her parents’ 60 cow dairy farm. When she and her husband emigrated to Thorp, Wisconsin they started a 350 cow dairy farm, bringing authentic Dutch Gouda cheese to the region. In 2015, Marieke was the first woman to win the Wisconsin outstanding young farmer award. Her Gouda cheese is packed into 18lb forms before going under the press, then brined for 60 hours, before being aged on Dutch pine planks for a minimum of 14 days.

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Roth Kase Grand Cru

Roth Kase’s roots go back to 1803 when Roth, a cheese maker from Switzerland, started exporting cheese equipment. The company has changed over the years but is still in the cheese making business. In 1991, Roth Kase refocused its efforts on producing award winning cheeses. The Grand Cru is an original, alpine style cheese aged in Roth’s cellars for a minimum of four months. Made in Monroe, Wisconsin the Grand Cru was named World Cheese Champion in 2016.

Local Cheese Madness: Sartori VS Milton Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our second match-up is a creamy hard cheese face off between Sartori’s Montamoré and Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze Cheddar.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 29th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Sartori – Montamoré

Sartori is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated company that has been around since 1939. Their Montamoré cheese is sweet, creamy, fruity and ends with a tangy bite. Its name comes from the Dolomite mountains that tower over Sartori Founder Paolo’s hometown of Valdastico, Italy.

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Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar

Milton Creamery is located in Southeast Iowa in the town of Milton. All of their milk is sourced from cows on small Amish dairy farms and herds are not given artificial growth hormones. Prairie Breeze is a twist on a well-aged white cheddar and is a four time blue ribbon winner. Aged for a minimum of nine months, it is sweeter than your typical cheddar, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from calcium crystals developed during the aging process.

Local Cheese Madness: Alemar Cheese VS Redhead Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our first match-up is a soft cheese face off between Alemar Cheese’s Bent River Camembert and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 28th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert

Alemar Cheese was founded on the premise that great ingredients coupled with patience, knowledge, and passion can produce extraordinary results. In 2008, they began to make small batches of soft-ripened artisan cheese. Alemar’s first cheese, Bent River, is a Camembert-style soft cheese named after a sharp turn in the Minnesota River located a few hundred yards from their production site.

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Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie

Alise, the president and CEO of Red Head Creamery, grew up on a Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle farm and fell in love with farmstead cheese at the age of 16. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to become an artisan cheese maker. The Little Lucy Brie is named after Alise’s daughter Lucy because it is small, cute, and irresistible.

Local Cheese Madness

March 28 – April 3 | 11:00am-1:00pm daily | All three stores

Get to know eight local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Join us daily from Tuesday, March 28th through Monday, April 3rd to sample an amazing array of delicious soft, hard, and aged cheeses.

Two local cheeses will face off daily from 11:00am-1:00pm in our deli. Taste these cheese pairings in-store and vote for your favorites by placing one dry bulk bean in each cheese’s designated tally jar. Each day, a winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the next round. The three round, single elimination bracket will conclude with one local cheese superstar. Who will reign supreme and take home the local cheese glory?

The winning cheese will be placed on sale Tuesday, April 4th and will remain on sale while supplies last.

Keep up with the madness on our Market Musings blog or follow along on our social media pages @msmarketcoop with hashtag #localcheesemadness where we’ll be sharing daily match-ups featuring competing cheeses.

Local Cheese Madness – Round 1 Face Offs

  • Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert VERSUS Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie
  • Sartori – Montamore VERSUS Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar
  • Marieke – Gouda VERSUS Roth Kase – Grand Cru
  • Deer Creek – The Blue Jay VERSUS Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue

Celebrate Pi Day!

Celebrate Pi Day (3.14.17) at Mississippi Market with $1.00 off Market Made pie slices, while supplies last. Save on some of our favorites this Tuesday, March 14, including French Silk, Key Lime, cherry, blueberry, and apple. These delicious, made-from-scratch pies are baked in-house and can’t be beat!

Local Profile: Milton Creamery

Milton Creamery was started in 2005 as a joint venture between local Amish dairy farmers and the Musser family. All of their milk comes from cows on small Amish dairy farms where herds are managed and milked by the immediate family.  The farmers graze their cows throughout much of the year and don’t give their cows artificial growth hormones, like rBGH and rBST. Simple dairy farming creates simply delicious milk used at Milton Creamery.

Prairie Breeze, one of our favorites from Milton Creamery, is a twist on a well-aged white Cheddar style cheese, aged for a minimum of 9 month, made with Vegetarian Rennet and no added color. Sweeter than your typical cheddar with lots of flavor, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from the calcium crystals developed during the aging process.

Try it grated on a salad, in soup, with apple pie, your favorite chocolate chip cookie or on a multi grain cracker!

Local Profile: Prairie Road Organic Seed

Prairie Road Organic Seed, located in Fullerton, North Dakota, is an organic seed grower and supplier committed to the development of regional vegetable and grain seeds. Each year, their 480 acre farm dedicates 6-8 acres to growing regional vegetable seeds. Second generation owners Theresa and Dan Podoll believe that the seed business is an extension of regional food systems and that “just as we need local food, we need local seeds”. The family is working to create an alternative system that speaks directly to the needs of farmers and gardeners that they believe the commercial seed industry does not address.

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Celebrate Community: Kimiko

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Kimiko has worked in the front end department at our West 7th store for four years, and has been teaching Japanese cooking classes at Mississippi Market for the last several years.

Kimiko grew up on the semitropical islands in Okinawa prefecture. It is located at the southern end of Japan and is known for longevity and its healthy diet. The base of her cooking is Okinawan, which has heavy influences from both Chinese and Japanese cooking. However, Kimiko lived in Tokyo for more than 12 years from her college years where she fell in love with a variety of Japanese food and started cooking and learning about Japanese food extensively. Now, she primarily cooks Japanese food at home and occasionally Okinawan.

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Celebrate Community: Victor

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Victor has worked for Mississippi Market for 9 years now, most recently as the Produce Manager at our East 7th store. Having just returned from a visit home to the Philippines, Victor shared a recipe for pinakbet – a popular dish to serve at any Filipino gathering. Victor recommends substituting tofu for the pork belly as an easy way to make this dish vegetarian.

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Local Profile: Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

    

Founded in 2005, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is a local coffee company based in Viroqua, WI. For over a decade, they’ve been working closely with coffee farmers dedicated to growing high quality beans and paying their workers fair compensation. To ensure fair wages and market prices, Kickapoo Coffee provides farmers a minimum price for their harvests, guaranteeing labor and production costs are fully covered while creating a more equitable and sustainable coffee supply chain. This farmer focused sourcing model has forged trusted, longstanding partnerships between Kickapoo Coffee and the small scale farmers who supply their beans.

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