Celebrate regional fare and flavors with the Local Favorites gift guide highlighting our most popular locally-made goods, food, and drink. This list contains everything from mittens and cat toys, to chocolates and cheeses, to teas and coffees, all made in Minnesota and Wisconsin. These co-op essentials are sure to please the die-hard locavores in your life.
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
Searching for the perfect gifts for the foodie on your holiday list? We’ve got a great selection of delectable edibles for discerning taste buds and lovers of unique, quality-crafted foods. Try our top ten Foodie Favorites below – they’re sure to please!
Mustard Seed Farm is a prime example of what sets Mississippi Market apart from conventional grocers. This local, family run farm located just over 30 miles from Saint Paul in Marine on St. Croix raises grass-fed, pastured lambs and cattle that are processed at a USDA inspected facility in nearby Wisconsin. In 2015, we developed a strong relationship with the farm and started purchasing their lamb for sale in our stores, enabling them to offer it year-round, available exclusively at our co-op. Their lambs and cattle are not given hormones or antibiotics and are never confined to tight spaces, resulting in more humane living conditions, as well as greater marbling and richer taste in the finished product.
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.
This 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
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:
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.
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.
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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