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Local Profile: Taking Stock Foods


Taking Stock Co-founders Maddy Kaudy and Molly Clark

Support your Health with Whole-food Broths

As the New Year begins and resolutions are made, take stock of your personal health with delicious, locally-sourced broths. Co-founded in January 2015 by Mississippi Market member-owner Molly Clark and her good friend Maddy Kaudy, Taking Stock Foods produces three kinds of nourishing bone broths made with organic chicken and a hearty vegan broth full of robust flavors imparted by oyster mushrooms and ginger. Molly and Maddy’s culinary backgrounds in cooking at local restaurants, as well as their partnership with a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor, helped inform Taking Stock’s slow-cooked recipes. An extended 12-hour-long cooking time allows for the extraction of tasty flavors, beneficial minerals, collagen, and amino acids into the broths from bones and vegetables.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Foodie Favorites

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Searching for the perfect gifts for the foodie on your holiday list? We’ve got a great selection for lovers of unique, quality-crafted foods. Try our Foodie Faves below – they’re sure to please!

DEER CREEK CHEESES

We love these amazing, locally-made, handcrafted artisan cheeses from Wisconsin! We recommend The Fawn, a sweet and nutty mellow cheddar.

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EXCLUSIVE RIOJANA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Exclusive to co-op shoppers, this cold-pressed, fair trade olive oil is made from a blend of certified organic Arauco and Manzanilla olives​ and cooperatively produced by family farms in Argentina.

VELVET BEES GOURMET HONEY BUTTER

A luscious blend of honey, butter, cream, sugar, and vanilla results in a velvety smooth spread that serves as the perfect complement to toast, pancakes, and desserts.

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EQUAL EXCHANGE HOT COCOA

Nothing says winter quite like a warm, steeping mug of hot cocoa. We steer towards Equal Exchange’s fair trade organic hot cocoa mix since its ingredients contain cocoa and sugar grown by small co-operative farmers and milk produced by Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based dairy cooperative.

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THE BEEZ KNEEZ MUSTARD AND HONEY

Based in Minneapolis, The Beez Kneez promotes sustainable urban beekeeping and utilizes their bees to make incredibly flavorful small batch raw honey and mustard. The honey imparts these unique flavors as a result of the bees foraging for these types of natural pollen. Did you know? Mississippi Market is an urban apiary partner of Beez Kneez, hosting honey bee hives on the rooftop of our West 7th store!

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BARE HONEY FLAVORED HONEY

Another local favorite, Bare Honey produces and distributes chemical free, antibiotic free, Treatment Free honey. Along with raising their own bees, they operate as a distribution outlet for sustainable Minnesota beekeepers. Flavors include raw wildflower, vanilla bean honey spread, and cinnamon honey.

RUSH CREEK RESERVE

Local Rush Creek Reserve farmstead cheese from Uplands Cheese Co. in southern Wisconsin is one of the best cheeses of the year. Rush Creek Reserve is only made in the autumn as the cows move from summer pasture to winter hay, which produces a richer milk. It is a soft ripened cheese wrapped in a strip of spruce bark that imparts a sweet, woodsy flavor. Pair it with one of Wood from the Hood’s charcuterie boards for an extra special gift.

ISABEL STREET HEAT AND NUCLEAR NECTAR HOT SAUCES

If the foodies on your holiday gift list enjoy spicy foods and promoting local businesses, then these two aromatic hot sauces should fit the bill. Isabel Street heat located in St. Paul and Nuclear Nectar located in Minneapolis craft beautiful products that’ll add a kick to omelets, eggs, quesadillas, pizzas, and soups. We carry Nuclear Nectar ‘Nero Red, a habanero hot sauce, as well as a range of Isabel Street Heat sauces including Chipotle, Habanero, Jalapeno, Thai Chili, Serrano, and Ghost Pepper.

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Express your Values this Gift-giving Season

Gifts Under $20

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? You’re sure to find one at the co-op that’s beautiful and reflective of your personal values. This holiday season, give the gift of honesty — fairly-produced food and goods made with reverence for the people and places where they’re crafted.

Local Raw Honey Tasting Pack

This single-source honey tasting pack offers a diverse combination of flavor profiles for the discerning palate. Gift receivers will experience the joy of five best-selling varieties from Ames Farm. Packages vary and contain honey made from the pollen of local basswood, sweet clover, prairie flowers, alfalfa, and more.

Local, Organic Maple Syrups

Gift receivers are sure to enjoy the earthy flavors of organic maple syrups from Maple Valley Cooperative and Wild Country. Harvested from woodlands in the Great Lakes region and Sawtooth Mountains near Lake Superior, these 100-percent-pure maple syrups are produced with the greatest care given to sustainable harvesting methods and social responsibility.

Organic Fair-trade Coffee

An array of organic fair-trade coffee blends is available at the co-op from Just Coffee Co-op, Kickapoo Coffee, Peace Coffee, and Equal Exchange Co-op. These locally-roasted blends are full of robust flavors and ethically sourced from farmers who are paid fair wages for their work and goods.

Cooperatively-Produced Winter Scarves

Terra Natural Designs’ winter scarves are cooperatively produced and artisan crafted. Handmade with sustainable, renewable fibers and naturally-sourced dyes, your purchase supports a social justice movement that empowers Indigenous female entrepreneurs to continually preserve, practice, and get paid for their South American crafts.

Essential Oil Holiday Blends

Veriditas essential oil blends offer an organic model for self-care and relaxation. During the hectic end-of-year season, provide your loved ones with the grounding, healing power of herbs and flowers. These comforting blends work well when added to a diffuser or homemade potpourri.­­­

Local Profile: Rochdale Farms

A favorite producer here at Mississippi Market, Rochdale Farms is locally and cooperatively owned. Rochdale Farms is the creation of Mary Bess Michaletz and Bentley Lein. It was created with the intention to foster the growth of small local dairy producers and create delicious, artisan cheeses, hand rolled butters, and cream-top yogurts. Rochdale sells all of their creative dairy products exclusively to Midwestern natural food cooperatives.

Most of the milk Rochdale uses comes from a network of over 325 small Amish family farms spread across Wisconsin and Minnesota. These family-run farms take an extraordinary amount of care to treat their animals and land with care. Each farm has a small single heard of cows or goats that is milked by hand each day. The extremely fresh milk is brought to K&K creamery, in traditional milk cans, overseen by Master cheese maker Tom Torkelson.

Rochdale makes affordable everyday cheese favorites such as organic Mild & Sharp Cheddar, Provolone, and String Cheese, in addition to a unique line of specialty aged cheeses including Cellar Aged Gouda, Cave-Aged Blue, Reserve Alpine Emmentaller, and Extra Aged Goat Cheddar. Their hand rolled butter is second-to-none and is available in both salted and unsalted varieties. Mississippi Market is excited to offer this line of cooperatively made dairy products for your enjoyment.

Local Profile: Pastures A Plenty


Pastures A Plenty is third generation family-owned-and-operated by the VanDerPols.

Pasture-to-Plate Pork

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minn., is decidedly different. This mutigenerational family-owned-and-operated farmstead takes a hands-on approach, focusing on attention to detail. For over three decades, the VanDerPol family has shown strong commitment to the environment, their community, and long-term farm sustainability. They raise Berkshire, Duroc, and Chester White heritage hog breeds that are primarily pasture-fed and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth. These rugged, hardy breeds love to forage and roam outside and, as a result, produce premium, high-quality pork.

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Wild Rice – A Native Minnesotan Grain

Post presented by Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner.

True wild rice is a native Minnesotan food, and we should celebrate the fact. Earthy and comforting, wild rice is highly nutritious, packed with B vitamins, fiber, and protein. There are two types of wild rice, native (manoomin), which is lighter in color and flavor and quicker to cook, and cultivated, which is darker and richer. Yes, it is pricier than its white or brown cousins, but wild rice swells up to 4 times its size, making it a good value; 1 cup of dried rice=6 servings. You can freeze any leftovers, and please save the “broth” it’s cooked in, since it is so delicious and can be added to soup as a base.

 

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A Local Champion: Featherstone Farm

Featherstone Farm has been growing organic fruits and vegetables for over 20 years with a focus on personal, financial, and environmental sustainability. At their 250-acre certified organic farm in Rushford, Minn, Featherstone produces over 70 different crops annually for delivery to local food co-ops, natural food stores, farm-to-table restaurants, and wholesalers. They also operate a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which delivers fresh produce throughout the summer, fall and winter seasons directly to CSA customers in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Winona.

The farm’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that the freshest, best-tasting, most nutritious fruits and vegetables come from holistic, sustainable production systems. As organic farmers, Featherstone possess a strong ethic of environmental stewardship. A 2,200 square foot, 38 kilowatt solar panel array that sits atop their machine shop serves as one example of their practical, long-term commitment to a clean, sustainable future. We particularly respect their dedication to building healthy soil, protecting natural resources, creating renewable energy, and serving as a regional food hub that connects our urban and rural communities. Their delicious organic carrots and butternut squash are amazing!

3rd Annual Holiday Sampler

Holiday Sampler: Tasting & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00am-2:00pm | West 7th store

Brighten your season at our third annual family-friendly Holiday Sampler! This is a great chance to:

  • Meet local vendors
  • Taste festive flavors
  • Peruse local gifts
  • Sip on tasty mocktails and eggnog
  • Enjoy live piano music
  • Take part in a string-cheese-snowman kids’ craft
  • Splurge on limited-time-only holiday sales on favorites such as local cookies, cheeses, candles, and more
  • Receive a seasonal gift with purchase when you spend over $50, while supplies last

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Seconds Count – Using Ugly Produce

Post presented by Kirstin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner.

Scabbed, bruised, punctured, gnarled, undersized, crooked. Here’s to imperfections, and unrecognized beauty. Ask your farmer or produce manager for any “seconds”, the ugly and discounted produce that often gets thrown away.

Food waste statistics in our country (and around the world) are distressing. Food gets tossed for many reasons, and we each play a role, whether it’s scrapping leftovers forgotten in the fridge, or easily overlooking bruised or dented fruit. But really, there are simple acts we can do each day to combat this ill, such as using fresh eyes at the market and in our own kitchens, using and respecting what’s there already, however imperfect or seemingly unflattering.

Here’s a perfect, simple, seasonal recipe that captures this idea, and credits resourcefulness.

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

Serves 4-6

Get the kids involved in making this recipe; depending on their age, they can peel, chop, stir, or even simply choose which spice to add at the end.

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Introducing: Goosefoot Kitchen

We’re proud to introduce you to Goosefoot Kitchen, a weekly meal planning service run by local chef, cooking instructor, healthy food advocate, and gardener Kristin Hamaker. Goosefoot has recently begun serving as Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner. 

Trained in 2005 at Ballymaloe House, a unique culinary school in County Cork, Ireland, Kristin absorbed a truly comprehensive education. While studying there, she had the opportunity to learn French culinary techniques, vegetable and herb gardening, how to milk a cow, and fishing skills in the frigid Celtic Sea. Afterwards, she returned home to St. Paul and started a real foods personal chef service named Farm to Fork, which she cared for and grew over the course of 10 years, eventually selling it on good terms in 2015. Somewhere along the line she married her best friend, started a family, and has been exploring meaning as imperfectly and deliciously as the next person.

In the near future, Kristin will be featuring nutritious, home cooked meal ideas on our Market Musings blog and in our Market Medley member newsletter, as well as conducting in-store healthy eating demos and providing you with delicious recipes while you shop. Goosefoot recipes focus on simple ingredients and healthful food for you and your family.

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