Market Musings Blog

Local Profile: Organic Valley


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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Help Our Local Farmers Raise Relief Funds

social-media-squareThis year’s heavy rains have significantly impacted many of the local farms that supply regional natural foods cooperatives. Damage to crops is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and several farmers are facing the prospect of losing their farms. Impacted farms include Featherstone Farm, Heartbeet Farm, Hoch Orchard & Gardens, Driftless Organics, and more.

Mississippi Market is partnering with other Twin Cities co-ops to raise funds to assist our farmers. Through the end of November, Mississippi Market will be accepting relief donations for impacted farms at our customer service desks. We’ve kicked it off with a $3,000 donation. 

Relief funds will be administered by local nonprofit Cooperative Development Services (CDS) through their Cooperative Development Fund. CDS is a 501(c)3 charitable family of funds that advances economic development through cooperative enterprise. Their mission is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises.

Please consider donating in-store to raise relief funds for our local farmers!

You may also send a local farmers relief fund donation check directly to CDS. Checks can be made out to:

Cooperative Development Fund of CDS
% Bob Olson
145 W. University Ave., Suite 450
St. Paul, MN 55103

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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The Unofficial Start of Summer

Fire up those coals! Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and your co-op has everything you need (at great prices) to have a grill fest in your back yard.
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Last minute game plan for the Big Game

I’ve spent the last weeks oblivious to football season and have had no plans to watch the Super Bowl. But, now that it’s here, it feels like a good excuse to have some friends over 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 …

Curried chicken wings & Raita Sauce

Spice up your Super Bowl with these curried chicken wings and then cool it down with a mild raita sauce.  Read more …

Hot Sauce Scrimmage

We have some serious hot sauce fans at the co-op and we were curious if there was a consensus on a clear favorite. Thus, the hot sauce scrimmage was born! Read more …

Favorite Foodie Gifts

Not sure what to get your favorite foodie? Finding the right foodie gifts comes down to good taste and presentation. These pairings will not only please any serious foodie, but they will suit anyone on your list who appreciates small luxuries! Read more …

Gifts for under $10, $20, $30

Shopping for the holidays and staying within a budget can be hard to swing. These gift ideas list examples of what we offer within certain ranges (under $10, $20 & $30) – you can’t go wrong with any of these high-quality items. Read more …