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Local Thanksgiving Turkeys

Pre-order your local Thanksgiving turkey

Pre-orders may be placed Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 17.

We’re excited to offer two kinds of local free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving pre-orders from Ferndale Market and Schultz Organic Farm. Ferndale turkeys enjoy a diet of grasses and grains that are rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals and Schultz turkeys are raised organically. Both Ferndale and Schultz turkeys are raised without antibiotics or artificial growth hormones and given plenty of space to roam, eat, and live. Not only are these animal husbandry practices humane, they result in happier, healthier poultry and a more flavorful-tasting turkey for your holiday table.

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West 7th Store Deli Remodel

9/13 Update: As of 7:30 a.m., our West 7th deli remodel is complete and the deli is fully functioning again! Stop in and check out our newly remodeled space.

9/12 Update: As of 11:00 a.m., our salad bar, hot bar, hot soups and grab and go sandwiches are all available. We are awaiting final inspection for our made-to-order operations – made-to-order sandwiches, juices, espresso drinks and smoothies will be returning soon.


We’re proud to announce a remodel of our West 7th store deli! Please pardon the mess as we work to improve our offerings. Construction has begun and, if all goes well, should wrap up by Tuesday, September 12th.

Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, coffee and desserts; bottled juices; baked goods; and whole roasted chickens will remain available throughout the remodel process. We will not have made-to-order sandwiches and juices, hot pizza, hot soup, smoothies, and espresso drinks at West 7th during this time. Full service delis will remain available at our East 7th and Selby stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience throughout the process. We’re excited to bring you improved deli service and additional prepared food options at West 7th!

Local Cheese Madness: Final Round

Round 3 Match-Up

Redhead Creamery Little Lucy Brie and Sartoti Montamoré made it through the first two Local Cheese Madness rounds and now face off in our final head to head match-up.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, April 3rd and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will become our Local Cheese Madness Champion! Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which local cheese will take home the glory and be on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4th.

            

Local Cheese Madness: Round 2

Round 2 Match-Ups

Round 1 of Local Cheese Madness has ended resulting in our final four local cheese champions. This Saturday, April 1 Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie will face off in our fifth match-up. Then, on Sunday, April 2 Marieke’s Gouda and Sartori’s Montamoré will face off in game six.

Sample these local cheeses in our deli each day and vote for your favorites from 11:00am-1:00pm. Two winners will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the Final Round on Monday, April 3. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which local cheese will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Game 5: Deer Creek The Blue Jay VS Redhead Creamery Little Lucy Brie

              

Game 6: Marieke Gouda VS Sartori Montamoré

              

Local Cheese Madness: Shepherd’s Way Farms VS Deer Creek

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our fourth match-up is a blue cheese face off between Shepherd’s Way Farms’ Big Woods Blue and Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 31st and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue

Shepherd’s Way Farms is located in Nerstrand, Minnesota where Jodi Read handcrafts small batch cheeses on the Read family farm. Shepherd’s Way is among the first local farmstead sheep’s milk cheese makers in Minnesota and has been crafting them since 1998. Their Big Woods Blue balances the sharpness of a typical blue cheese with the creamy flavor of sheep’s milk to create a complex flavor and finish. It has been named one of the best blue cheeses in the country.

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Deer Creek – The Blue Jay

All of Deer Creek’s artisan and specialty aged cheeses are handmade in Wisconsin. Founder Chris Gentine named all of them after characters in a beloved childhood storybook called “The Golden Storybook.” The Blue Jay cheese is a quintuple crème blue infused with juniper berries, making for a bold creamy cheese with a delicately piney bouquet finish.

Local Cheese Madness: Marieke VS Roth Kase

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our third match-up is an aged hard cheese face off between Marieke’s Gouda and Roth Kase’s Grand Cru.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 30th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Marieke Gouda

Marieke was born and raised in the Netherlands where she grew up on her parents’ 60 cow dairy farm. When she and her husband emigrated to Thorp, Wisconsin they started a 350 cow dairy farm, bringing authentic Dutch Gouda cheese to the region. In 2015, Marieke was the first woman to win the Wisconsin outstanding young farmer award. Her Gouda cheese is packed into 18lb forms before going under the press, then brined for 60 hours, before being aged on Dutch pine planks for a minimum of 14 days.

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Roth Kase Grand Cru

Roth Kase’s roots go back to 1803 when Roth, a cheese maker from Switzerland, started exporting cheese equipment. The company has changed over the years but is still in the cheese making business. In 1991, Roth Kase refocused its efforts on producing award winning cheeses. The Grand Cru is an original, alpine style cheese aged in Roth’s cellars for a minimum of four months. Made in Monroe, Wisconsin the Grand Cru was named World Cheese Champion in 2016.

Local Cheese Madness: Sartori VS Milton Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our second match-up is a creamy hard cheese face off between Sartori’s Montamoré and Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze Cheddar.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 29th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Sartori – Montamoré

Sartori is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated company that has been around since 1939. Their Montamoré cheese is sweet, creamy, fruity and ends with a tangy bite. Its name comes from the Dolomite mountains that tower over Sartori Founder Paolo’s hometown of Valdastico, Italy.

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Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar

Milton Creamery is located in Southeast Iowa in the town of Milton. All of their milk is sourced from cows on small Amish dairy farms and herds are not given artificial growth hormones. Prairie Breeze is a twist on a well-aged white cheddar and is a four time blue ribbon winner. Aged for a minimum of nine months, it is sweeter than your typical cheddar, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from calcium crystals developed during the aging process.

Local Cheese Madness: Alemar Cheese VS Redhead Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up

Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our first match-up is a soft cheese face off between Alemar Cheese’s Bent River Camembert and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie.

Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 28th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.

Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert

Alemar Cheese was founded on the premise that great ingredients coupled with patience, knowledge, and passion can produce extraordinary results. In 2008, they began to make small batches of soft-ripened artisan cheese. Alemar’s first cheese, Bent River, is a Camembert-style soft cheese named after a sharp turn in the Minnesota River located a few hundred yards from their production site.

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Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie

Alise, the president and CEO of Red Head Creamery, grew up on a Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle farm and fell in love with farmstead cheese at the age of 16. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to become an artisan cheese maker. The Little Lucy Brie is named after Alise’s daughter Lucy because it is small, cute, and irresistible.

Local Cheese Madness

March 28 – April 3 | 11:00am-1:00pm daily | All three stores

Get to know eight local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Join us daily from Tuesday, March 28th through Monday, April 3rd to sample an amazing array of delicious soft, hard, and aged cheeses.

Two local cheeses will face off daily from 11:00am-1:00pm in our deli. Taste these cheese pairings in-store and vote for your favorites by placing one dry bulk bean in each cheese’s designated tally jar. Each day, a winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the next round. The three round, single elimination bracket will conclude with one local cheese superstar. Who will reign supreme and take home the local cheese glory?

The winning cheese will be placed on sale Tuesday, April 4th and will remain on sale while supplies last.

Keep up with the madness on our Market Musings blog or follow along on our social media pages @msmarketcoop with hashtag #localcheesemadness where we’ll be sharing daily match-ups featuring competing cheeses.

Local Cheese Madness – Round 1 Face Offs

  • Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert VERSUS Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie
  • Sartori – Montamore VERSUS Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar
  • Marieke – Gouda VERSUS Roth Kase – Grand Cru
  • Deer Creek – The Blue Jay VERSUS Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue

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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