Market Musings Blog

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


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


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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Mississippi Market Fall Cooking Demo on Fox 9 News

On the morning of Thursday, October 19th, Mississippi Market appeared on local television news station Fox 9. Our Education & Events Specialist Katie Marty and new East 7th Store Manager James Lewis spoke about healthy fall soup using local, seasonal ingredients.

View the Autumn Kale Soup recipe we made on-the-air, a hearty main dish full of delicious vegetables including onions, carrots, celery, butternut squash, kale, bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and more.


Interested in learning more? Join us in October and November at one of our upcoming fall soup cooking classes:

Seasonal Soups

Tuesday, October 25 | 5:00-8:00 pm | West 7th St. store
Non-Member: $40.00 | Member-Owner: $35.00

Come and learn how to use up your extra fall vegetables by making a few delicious soups with Chef Greg Knothe. The soups on this fall-themed class menu are Tomato Basil, Chicken Vegetable, and Squash. Registered Dietitian Nicole Carlson will also be available to share nutrition tips and advantages to cooking at home.

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Thrifty Bean Dishes from Around the World

Sunday, October 30 | 1:00–4:00 pm | West 7th St. store
Non-Member: $32.00 | Member-Owner: $30.00

Beans are a staple of most food cultures. Besides their thriftiness and healthfulness, beans can be highly seasoned for flavorful dishes. Join seasoned instructor Jan Grover for an afternoon of turning beans into memorable soups and stews just in time for late autumn and winter. Bring a small covered container in case we have leftovers. Extensive handouts will be provided.

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Cooking with Co-op Basics: Soup From Scratch

Tuesday, November 15 | 6:00–7:30 pm | West 7th St. store
$5 registration fee

Cooking with Co-op Basics classes feature budget friendly, from-scratch cooking techniques and recipes that feed a family of four for under $10. Learn how to make your own stock and a hearty beans and greens soup with Kim Werst from Urban Oasis while learning a few budgeting tips with Katie Marty from Mississippi Market. This class requires a $5 registration fee but you will receive a $5 voucher for Mississippi Market upon arrival at the class.

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Local Grower: Sin Fronteras Farm

Eduardo Rivera from Sin Fronteras Farm & Food is one of the many local farmers we support because we know the work he does has a positive impact on the community. He’s passionate about building better access to fresh produce. True to the farm’s name (Sin Fronteras means “without borders”), Eduardo seamlessly bridges the cultures of Mexico and the United States. Read more …

East 7th Store & car2go

We’re excited to provide a new transportation partner at our East 7th Street store– car2go! You’ll find the car2go spot in the back of our parking lot at 740 East 7th Street. This one-way carshare program charges by the minute with gas, insurance, and parking fees included. Getting to Mississippi Market has never been easier!  Read more …

Plant Sale: 2016 Tomato Line-up

The West 7th Street store Plant Sale is bringing in an early selection of tomatoes and basil this year.  Plus, look for the full line of perennials, annuals, tomatoes, peppers, tender veggies, and herbs will arrive by May 11. Read more …

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 …