In honor of August being Eat Local Month at the co-op, we’re pleased to highlight local eating tips, tricks, and suggestions from our friend Kim Werst, a local food educator, entrepreneur, and food justice activist. You may recognize Kim as one of our class instructors – she co-teaches an on-going series titled Cooking with Co+op Basics that we offer on a monthly basis. These free classes feature budget-friendly, from-scratch cooking techniques; recipes that feed a family of four for under $10; and tips for shopping the co-op on a budget. Additional information about Kim’s efforts to eat closer to home can be seen on her website.
August is Eat Local Month at the co-op! Join us as we show our appreciation for local food and local farmers. This time of year is especially exciting for local food fans as farmers work to harvest fresh crops at their peak and deliver them to the co-op for your enjoyment.
We define “local” as food and products grown, produced, or processed within a five-state area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are multiple ways to celebrate throughout the month, including taking part in our Eat Local Challenge and #EatLocalSTP social media giveaway for your chance to win local foods, and writing Thank a Farmer postcards to show your appreciation for some of our favorite local growers. A number of locally-grown, locally-raised, and locally-produced foods are also on sale throughout the month.
We’re proud to announce that Mississippi Market employee Daniel O’Kane is setting off on a three and a half week journey around the Apostle Islands. Over the course of 23 days, he plans to swim 48 miles across the southwest tip of Lake Superior.
Daniel credits Mississippi Market with his love for nutritious food and his passion for living an active, healthy lifestyle. During his aquatic voyage, Daniel will be led by a sea kayak loaded with delicious, nourishing foods from our co-op. He states, “The best fuel for the trip comes from bags and boxes of food that I’ve been stocking up on at Mississippi Market.” This includes one of his favorites – trail mix from our bulk department.
Beginning July 16th, he’ll start at Sand Bay, then head northeast toward Devil’s Island, and, if all goes according to plan, end August 7th at Red Cliff Dock. Once each island is reached, he plans to hike and paddle his stand up paddle board through to the next leg of the swimming trek.
Out of respect for their status as bird sanctuaries, Daniel doesn’t plan to visit Eagle or Gull Island. According to the National Park Service, these two islands account for 88% of the lakeshore’s breeding herring gull populations and 80% of the herring gull breeding population on the entire Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.
We wish Daniel good luck on his adventure and fully support this awesome endeavor! If you’d like to follow along, he’ll be posting updates on Instagram at Ap.Is.Ex.
Let Mississippi Market help you host a National Night Out gathering!
Once again, we are sponsoring National Night Out (NNO) events in St. Paul by giving away free $30 gift cards. Interested co-op members and shoppers may use them to purchase food and drinks for their NNO event or as event prizes. This year, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 1st. We will be accepting applications for the gift cards beginning Monday, July 10th.
Help improve access to healthful, local foods and create a more just, equitable food system.
Once again, we are seeking candidates to run for Mississippi Market’s board of directors. This is an exciting opportunity for member-owners to serve the community while shaping our collective future. The board of directors set policy and governance parameters, monitor co-op performance, and act as the decision-making body for important issues such as our overall strategic direction.
Board applications may be picked up in-store and are also available digitally. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10th.
Show your support for our diverse LGBTQ community this Sunday, June 25th at the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival. We’ll be marching as sponsors in the Pride Parade from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with other local Twin Cities food co-ops including Seward, the Wedge, Lakewinds, and Eastside. Our collective Twin Cities Co-ops theme is a rainbow of shopping carts. 15 staff members from Mississippi Market will be wearing Co-op Pride t-shirts and marching with festive green shopping carts that we created. Join us and the greater LGBTQ community as we celebrate diversity, foster inclusion, and raise awareness of equity and equality issues. Share your Pride photos on social media with hashtag #cooppride!
Local Food | Live Music | Exclusive Sales | Raffle Prizes | And More!
All store locations
Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate all things local! At this fun, family-friendly event, you will meet local growers and producers, sample their delicious fresh foods, shop exclusive sales on local products, and enjoy live jazz, blues, and acoustic music. Come taste some of our favorite local meats, cheeses, fresh produce, ice cream, and more. Local vendors will include favorites such as Ferndale Market, Salad Girl, Gerhard’s Brats, and many others. Additionally, youth interns from Urban Roots, our June Positive Change recipient, will be leading cooking, gardening, and environmental conservation activities at each store.
Featuring Live Music & Activities with Urban Roots Youth
- Acoustic ukulele music with Alicia Renée.
- Test your sense of smell with Urban Roots’ Market Garden fresh herb identification game.
- Jazz music with saxophonist Jack Breen.
- Meet Urban Roots’ Cook Fresh Crew and sample youth-made treats featuring seasonal produce. Recipe included!
- Old-timey blues music with Old-Time and Clawhammer Mike.
- Speak with Urban Roots’ Conservation Crew about native Minnesota plants. Learn all about the activity taking place below ground and guess how deep native roots can reach!
by Matt Olson, Fresh Purchasing Manager
Recently, I had the opportunity to tour cheese country in Southern Wisconsin with a group of people from other local food co-ops. During the trip we visited a dairy farm, toured half a dozen different creameries, tasted a wide selection of delicious cheeses, and learned about the cheese making process from a variety of Master Cheese Makers. I came away with a more robust understanding of what makes our neighboring state one of the premier cheese making regions in the world.
Throughout the month of March, 15 food co-ops from around Minnesota joined together to raise funds for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Each year, Mississippi Market participates in the campaign, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that provides food, funds, and educational materials to over 300 food shelves across the state. The March Campaign is the largest food and fund drive in the state and has been operating annually since 1983.
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.