Market Musings Blog

Recipient of Sustainable Saint Paul Award

Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op is pleased to receive the 2016 Sustainable Saint Paul “Local, Healthy Food – Business Award” by the City of Saint Paul. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Real Impact

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers. This is post three of four; click the links to read parts one, two and three. A version of the second half of this post also appeared in our February-March newsletter. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: From Tree to Oil

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers. This is post three of four; click the links to read parts one and two.

Coconut oil is what sets Alter Eco’s truffles apart from anything else you’ll find in the American market. Our focus on this trip was to visit coconut farmers and to learn the process of turning this recognizable ‘nut’ into food-grade oil. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Biodiversity Abounds

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers and learn about the impact of fair trade. This is post two of four; click here to read part one.

One of the things I find really awesome about shopping at (and working for) Mississippi Market is the effort we put into getting to know our producers. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Destination Kerala

Last year, Mississippi Market took part in a contest to sell fair trade Alter Eco’s chocolate truffle variety packs; maybe you, dear reader, were even one of the awesome customers who purchased a box. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: AlterEco in S. India

Until early December, I thought I knew what Fair Trade was: it was a symbol on a box that meant the farmers got paid a better price for their product. I recently learned first hand it means so much more. Read more …

Recipes from Upper Mississippi Academy’s Culinary Classroom

These recipes were created by 8th grade students at Upper Mississippi Academy. This is the students’ third year in the culinary classroom where they experience culture, history, math, and chemistry through the preparation of food. Read more …

Contacting Congress about GMO Labeling

Right now, Congress is debating a bill (proposed law) called The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It is time to let our senators know how we feel about GMO labeling. This bill has a very high likelihood of being enacted in 2015, and it threatens to undo the momentum co-ops and our partners have built behind the GMO labeling movement. Read more …

A trip to the U of M Bee Lab

In April, the University of Minnesota Bee Lab was the recipient for our Positive Change program. Run by MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor Dr. Marla Spivak, the Bee Lab’s goal is to research and promote the health of bee pollinators. Read more …

6 Tips for Success with Whole30

It is true – the elusive tiger blood is real! I have to admit, I thought it was a myth and that I could never feel the way the Hartwigs describe. Mind you, it took me until about the last 5 days of my Whole30 to really start to feel the effects and find success with Whole30. Read more …