Our annual board of directors election has begun. Member-owners, including co-op staff member-owners, are highly encouraged to exercise your democratic member right to vote. Voting for new board members makes a direct impact in our community and expresses the values you wish to see in the world. Not yet a member? Become one today!
There are currently 3 seats open – we bid grateful farewells to Board Chair Mia Taney, Vice Chair Sara Kujawski, and Governance Committee Member Megan McGuire. This year, as you vote for new board members, we also invite you to vote for how $9,183.67 in abandoned equity will be used among three community partners, including Food Co-op Initiative, Frogtown Farm, and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Funds will be dispersed based on the proportion of votes received. Every vote counts! Election results will be posted on Thursday, October 19th, the day after our Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration.
Our annual Member-Owner Drive runs this year from September 20th – October 11th. If you’ve been thinking about joining the co-op, there’s no better time than now!
To become a member-owner of Mississippi Market means choosing to follow a strong tradition – maintaining access to high quality food and other natural products, joining with neighbors to build a stronger community, and supporting a sustainable regional economy.
When you sign up to become a co-op member-owner during this time, you’ll receive:
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Please join us on Tuesday, October 3rd for our Member-Owner Appreciation Day Bulk Sale – member-owners receive 10% off all bulk items*, including bulk spices, tea, coffee, cleaners, soaps and lotions, at all three of our store locations.
We’d like to thank you for being a part of our cooperative community. Mississippi Market continues to thrive thanks to the support of our dedicated member-owners. Because of you, we’ve been able to offer local and organic foods to our St. Paul neighbors for nearly 40 years! Thank you for your continued commitment to values-based community building and sustaining a robust regional food economy. We wouldn’t be here without you!
Not yet a co-op member? There’s no better time to join than now, during our annual Member-Owner Drive!
*Discount does not apply to non-discountable items (such as eggs, cut flowers, bulk produce items, cut your own soaps, and special orders)
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September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period that honors generations of U.S. Latinos who have positively influenced and enriched our country. During this month-long annual tribute, we celebrate the rich cultural traditions, histories, and contributions of those who can trace their ethnic roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The chosen dates reflect September independence anniversaries of multiple Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are pleased to share a number of traditional Salvadoran recipes with you from our beloved staff member America Jimenez. Originally from El Salvador, America has a passion for cooking and sharing her delicious food with others. Check out her delicious recipes for a homemade meal you’re sure to enjoy.
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Special thanks to guest bloggers and farmers Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPole from Pastures A Plenty for contributing! We carry a variety of their locally and humanely-raised pork products.
Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minnesota is a grazing-based farm that uses holistic management for all of our farm decisions. We are committed to environmental, community and long term farm sustainability. We raise Berkshire, Duroc and Chester White breeds of hogs for our pork products because they love to be outside! The hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.
Most of the hog industry feeds gestating sows by computer, either in the context of groups, or tight individual confinement. Here at Pastures A Plenty, our approach to the sows follows our mission statement – “….careful and humane”. Oh, we use computers. We just don’t allow them to come between us and our animals. When that human-animal connection is broken, and its elements handed over to electronics, the conditions ripen for abuse of both animals and humans. Animal husbandry is critical to us.
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Kim Werst (pictured center) with cooking class participants at our West 7th store.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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