Market Musings Blog

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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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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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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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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Film Screening – In the Spirit of Cooperation

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Join us from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, January 25 at our East 7th store for a free film screening. We’ll be showing a recently released PBS Visionaries documentary titled In the Spirit of Cooperation that explores the power of cooperatives across the U.S. and around the world.

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Exclusive, Limited Time Grass-fed Beef and Meat Gift Packs

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This December, we’re proud to be partnering with Mustard Seed Farm, a local family farm located in Marine on St. Croix, to sell delicious cuts of their 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised Red Angus beef. Red Angus beef is unique and has an excellent flavor similar in taste and texture to Black Angus beef. The purchase of these Red Angus steers from Mustard Seed is a onetime offer with the hopes of it growing into more frequent availability at the co-op in the future. Since the availability is limited, we’ve decided to offer the purchase of Mustard Seed Red Angus beef in gift packs for the holidays.

Three options are available for purchase beginning Friday, December 9th in our Meat and Seafood department:

  • Grill Pack (only $60, a $75 value) – contains 5lbs of Mustard Seed Red Angus ground beef (five 1lb packages) and 5lbs of Mississippi Market Made pork sausages
  • Steak Pack (only $55, a $72 value) – contains a variety of Mustard Seed Red Angus ribeye and New York strips for a total of five steaks per pack
  • Roasting Pack (only $48, a $56 value) – contains 4lbs of Mustard Seed Red Angus roast (two 2lb roasts) and 2lbs of their stew meat

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Reminder: LIME Program Renewal

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A friendly reminder to all current LIME member-owners — please renew your eligibility in the program by January 12th, 2017 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.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Youth Food Empowerment

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.

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