Notes from the Field – MOSES organic farming conference

Celebrate Community: America

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

America has worked in the housekeeping department at Mississippi Market for over five years and with her contagious smile and friendly presence is beloved by staff and shoppers alike. Originally from El Salvador, America’s passion has always been cooking and sharing her delicious food with others. The secret ingredient that makes her recipes taste so good is “el amor,” a little love! America’s Salvadoran pupusas with curtido recipe is sure to be a favorite as it is one of the most popular dishes in El Salvador. America explains that nearly everywhere you go in El Salvador you can find a pupuseria selling a wide variety of pupusas from simply cheese-filled to “la revuelta,” the most popular pupusa, filled with cheese, beans, and shredded pork.

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Celebrate Community: Ebele

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

Ebele has worked in the human resources department at Mississippi Market for three years now. Originally from Nigeria, Ebele has lived in Minnesota with her family for the last five years. She has a strong love of food and cooking, especially spicy food! Ebele shared with us a recipe for Jollof Rice. It is a dish that is eaten in many West African countries but is very popular in Nigeria – so popular that you will find it at virtually every occasion!

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Apply Now for Positive Change!


Our Positive Change Program is a nod to our mission statement: to create positive change in the community by influencing the production, distribution, and enjoyment of food. Each month, we feature one local nonprofit organization at all three of our stores and raise funds through register round ups and reusable bag credits for donation to their cause. It’s our way of saying thanks and giving back directly to our community.

St. Paul-based nonprofits are encouraged to apply! We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Recipients are chosen quarterly throughout the year. On average, our customers raise over $8,000 per month for Positive Change recipients.

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Commemorating Credjafawn Co-op

Most Twin Cities food co-op members associate the growth of local grocery co-ops with the 1960–1975 period, during which many of our region’s existing stores began. A notable exception to the 1960s food co-op movement was the Credjafawn Co-op Store, which briefly served the Rondo community in the years immediately following World War II. Its freestanding building at 678 Rondo Avenue, at what was then the corner of Rondo and St. Albans, lay only four blocks northwest of today’s Mississippi Market location on the corner of Selby and Dale.

Lively photographs of the Credjafawn Co-op from 1948 document a tidy, well-equipped corner store with white-painted porcelain cases, a two-tiered air-conditioned produce display backed by tall mirrors, and grocery carts small enough to thread their way through narrow aisles packed with fresh food for sale. The Co-op’s two large street-facing windows were partly papered with posters featuring the familiar twin-pines logo of the National Cooperative Business Association, which also served as Mississippi Market ‘s logo for a short period of time.

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Local Profile: Brake Bread

Brake Bread is a local bakery that began in 2014 using a community supported subscription model that continues to deliver fresh baked goods via bicycle within the West End area of St. Paul. After a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, the bakery opened a retail location on West 7th street in early 2016 for direct sales of their delicious naturally leavened breads and baked goods to an expanding customer base. Shortly afterwards, we partnered with Brake Bread to sell their delicious, freshly baked breads at our nearby West 7th street location. As of February 2017, we’re pleased to announce that we now carry Brake Bread products at our Selby store too!

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Serious Citrus

Fresh fruit salad in glass bowl.

We get seriously excited about citrus this time of year – there are so many bright and flavorful varieties! We love to share our excitement; if you have questions or want to taste a particular variety, don’t hesitate to ask our produce staff. Read more …

At the Co-op, Everyone is Welcome

A message from Mississippi Market’s General Manager, Gail Graham.

Over the last seven days, we ran a Celebrate Community blog series highlighting a cultural recipe and culinary tradition from each of the seven countries that was recently affected by the (now temporarily suspended) federal travel ban, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.

At the co-op, everyone is welcome. Our staff, shoppers, and producers are from countries all over the world, including some of those affected by this ban. We work to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our community. After all, Minnesota, with an increasingly diverse population, is a state of immigrants.

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Celebrate Community: Libya

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Libya. Food is one of the most important activities of any Libyan family, so emphasized that there is a Libyan saying: one must eat well. 

Today’s feature recipe is a popular, easy to make dish – curried turkey legs. Following this recipe, you can achieve the taste of a curried leg of lamb for about a quarter of the price.

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Celebrate Community: Yemen

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today, we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Yemen.

Traditional Yemeni food staples include lamb, chicken, rice, potatoes, eggs, freshly baked flatbreads, and ground spices such as cumin, cardamom, and turmeric. Though typically thought of as originating from Israel and northern Africa, shakshouka is a dish enjoyed by many Middle Eastern countries. Try our take on this scrumptious dish with zhoug, a Yemeni green sauce made with herbs and chili peppers, for a refreshing twist on a classic one-skillet meal.

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Celebrate Community: Iran

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Iran.

Iranian food is delicious, fresh and focused on local ingredients. Iranian cuisine is full of grains, fruits, and vegetables and often highlights meals with contrasting flavors. Rice, or berenj, is a staple in many dishes made in Iran. This recipe uses both rice and cabbage as a side dish or filling meal.

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