Mustard Seed Farm is a prime example of what sets Mississippi Market apart from conventional grocers. This local, family run farm located just over 30 miles from Saint Paul in Marine on St. Croix raises grass-fed, pasture-raised lambs and cattle that are processed at a USDA inspected facility in nearby Wisconsin. In 2015, we developed a strong relationship with the farm and started purchasing their lamb for sale in our stores, enabling them to offer it year-round, available exclusively at our co-op. Their lambs and cattle are not given hormones or antibiotics and are never confined to tight spaces, resulting in more humane living conditions, as well as greater marbling and richer taste in the finished product.
A friendly reminder to all current LIME member-owners — please renew your eligibility in the program by year’s end to ensure uninterrupted discounts. Your cashier will remind you what verification documents are needed to complete the renewal process. Proof of enrollment in an income-based financial assistance program is required for LIME member renewal. Your LIME membership payment plan will not change – we’ll continue making payments on your membership from the earned “cash” portion of your patronage dividends until you reach the full $90 in equity.
Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative whose central mission is “to support rural communities by protecting the health of the family farm – working toward both economic and environmental sustainability.” Founded 27 years ago just across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin’s Coulee Region at a time when small farmers were given the message to get big or get out, seven farmers came together on a mission to change the way people thought about food. Today, their co-op has grown to include over 1,800 family farms that produce some of the highest-quality local dairy products available.
The turkeys we sell at Mississippi Market come from different growers that have impeccable records in raising their animals humanely. This year our turkeys come from three local producers: Kadejan Farms in Kerkhoven, MN, Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, MN, and Ferndale Farm in Cannon Falls, MN.
This year’s heavy rains have significantly impacted many of the local farms that supply regional natural foods cooperatives. Damage to crops is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and several farmers are facing the prospect of losing their farms. Impacted farms include Featherstone Farm, Heartbeet Farm, Hoch Orchard & Gardens, Driftless Organics, and more.
Mississippi Market is partnering with other Twin Cities co-ops to raise funds to assist our farmers. Through the end of November, Mississippi Market will be accepting relief donations for impacted farms at our customer service desks. We’ve kicked it off with a $3,000 donation.
Relief funds will be administered by local nonprofit Cooperative Development Services (CDS) through their Cooperative Development Fund. CDS is a 501(c)3 charitable family of funds that advances economic development through cooperative enterprise. Their mission is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises.
Please consider donating in-store to raise relief funds for our local farmers!
You may also send a local farmers relief fund donation check directly to CDS. Checks can be made out to:
Cooperative Development Fund of CDS
% Bob Olson
145 W. University Ave., Suite 450
St. Paul, MN 55103
Saturday, December 3 | 11:00am-2:00pm | East 7th store
Join us for our festive Holiday Sampler – a chance to taste some indulgent flavors, including delicious locally-produced cheeses, meats, and chocolates; an opportunity to peruse Mississippi Market’s local and fair trade gift selection; and a fun way to enjoy some family-friendly holiday activities. Vendors will include B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Bare Honey, Veriditas Botanicals, Thousand Hills Cattle Co., Deer Creek Cheese, and more.
Back to Nature has recalled their 9.5oz Chocolate Chunk Cookies because they contain chocolate purchased from a third party supplier which was found to contain undeclared milk that is not listed as an ingredient on the label.
The following UPC code has been recalled:
8-19898-01100-1, best by date 5/8/17-5/12/17
Best by date codes can be found on the top of the Chocolate Chunk 9.5oz carton.
Affected product has been pulled from the shelves at our East 7th store. No affected product has been found or was sold at our West 7th and Selby stores. Any recalled product purchased at Mississippi Market should be returned to us for a full refund.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Midwest Food Connection (MFC) becoming incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. MFC was founded in 1993 by Mississippi Market Co-op and The Wedge Co-op as a community outreach initiative dedicated to educating youth about natural foods, local sustainable farming practices, and the cultural origins of our foods. Since 1996, the initiative has grown and flourished as a nonprofit that empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. In addition to Mississippi Market and The Wedge, the following natural foods stores currently provide significant financial support to support MFC – Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, Valley Natural Foods, and Linden Hills Co-op.