Market Musings Blog

Local Craft Beer & Artisanal Cheese Pairings

Prepare for fall gatherings with these expertly curated local craft beer and artisanal cheese pairings courtesy of our amazing staff! The following local cheeses can be found at our co-op, while the beers may be picked up at your local liquor store or obtained directly from the source. In true cooperative spirit, be sure to take advantage of Fair State’s Co-op Member Mondays – receive your first pint for half price in their taproom when you show your Mississippi Market membership card.

Special thanks to Selby Store Deli Manager Leif Moser and West 7th Store Cheese Buyer Martin Devaney for their input and suggested pairings.

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A Tour through America’s Dairy Land

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.

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Local Profile: Organic Valley

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Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative whose central mission is “to support rural communities by protecting the health of the family farm – working toward both economic and environmental sustainability.” Founded 27 years ago just across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin’s Coulee Region at a time when small farmers were given the message to get big or get out, seven farmers came together on a mission to change the way people thought about food. Today, their co-op has grown to include over 1,800 family farms that produce some of the highest-quality local dairy products available.

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Touchdown treats

Once the nacho plate is gone and the chili bowls are empty, these sweet treats will taste like a touchdown after a long drive down the field. Read more …

Passing Play: Potluck dishes for game day

Invited to a potluck for the Big Game? These recipes are easy to make, use seasonal ingredients, and pair well with almost anything.  Read more …

Super Bowl Game Plan

From drinks to snacks to entree ideas, we’ve got a Super Bowl Game Plan ready for you.  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 …

Top 5 Holiday Must-Haves

We took a poll, and here are the top 5 holiday must-haves from our staff: Read more …

Holiday Brunch Guide

Pick and choose from the recipes we’ve included in our holiday brunch guide, or make them all. Add a sparking juice or champagne to your spread and you are ready to host a a festive get-together for all your favorite people.  Read more …

Partnering with Roots for the Home Team

We’re excited to partner with Roots for the Home Team to bring you their fresh and healthy salads in our deli. Read more …