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Exclusive, Limited Time Grass-fed Beef and Meat Gift Packs

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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

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Local Profile: Mustard Seed Farm

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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.

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Sustainable Seafood from Misty Fjord

We proudly carry Misty Fjord Seafood Producers sustainably harvested Alaskan Sockeye salmon. Unlike farmed fish, Misty Fjord’s wild caught salmon are harvested when they are mature, after their feeding cycle has ended, and after they have begun to migrate. Compared to farmed salmon, wild caught ones contain higher levels of oil content. The fish oil found in wild caught salmon consists of more Omega-3 fatty acids than that of their farmed counterparts. Omega-3s are healthy unsaturated fats that have been found by nutritionists to fend off chronic diseases and pains including heart disease, rheumetoid arthritis, breast cancer, migraines, and more.

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Eat Local Challenge: Thousand Hills Cattle Co.

August is Local Month at the Co-op! Take the Eat Local Challenge by visiting the co-op, deciding how many locally grown and raised foods you aim to eat and enter to win prizes each week of the month! This week we’re pleased to highlight local beef producers Thousand Hills Cattle Company.

HamburgerThousand Hills Cattle Company, located in Cannon Falls, MN, focuses on one mission – nourishing soil, plants, cattle, and people by holistically grazing cattle. Their 100% grass-fed cattle management practices are good for animals, people, and the planet, and promote long-term health, wellness, and environmental sustainability. Founder Todd Churchill makes sure all of the cattle are locally raised on family farms in the Upper Midwest. Thousand Hills has strict standards for their heritage breed, free-range, 100% grass-fed beef. They pride themselves on raising the highest quality cattle, which are never given antibiotics, artificial hormones, GMOs, grain, or grain byproducts. Grass-fed beef is rich in omega-3 fats and has less fat marbling than corn-fed beef. Todd recommends you take the time to cook this beef “low and slow” for optimum tenderness.

Mississippi Market supports localorganicantibiotic-free and hormone-free meat producers, knowing exactly where our meats come from and how the animals were raised. In fact, about 90% of the meat we purchase comes from local producers or locally-owned businesses! We proudly carry Thousand Hills Cattle Co. beef products at the co-op.

Eat Local Challenge: Pastures A Plenty

pastures_logoLAugust is Local Month at the Co-op! Take the Eat Local Challenge by visiting the co-op, deciding how many locally grown and raised foods you aim to eat in August and enter to win prizes each week of the month! This week we’re pleased to highlight local pork producers Pastures A Plenty.

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minnesota is a Pastures-A-Plentygrazing-based farm that uses a holistic management model for all of their farm decisions. They are committed to environmental, community and long term farm sustainability. The VanDerPols raise Berkshire, Duroc and Chester White breeds of hogs for their products because these hogs love to be outside! The hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.

Mississippi Market supports localorganicantibiotic-free and hormone-free meat producers, knowing exactly where our meats come from and how the animals were raised. In fact, about 90% of the meat we purchase comes from local producers or locally-owned businesses! We proudly carry Pastures A Plenty pork products at all three of our co-op locations.

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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Chicken at Mississippi Market

The chicken we sell at Mississippi Market comes from three different growers that have impeccable records in raising their animals humanely: Kadejan Farms in Kerkhoven, MN, Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, MN, and Gerber Amish Farm in Kidron, OH. Read more …

Meals Made with a lot of Heart

Take it from us, meals made with a lot of heart are the surest way to show how much you care. Your valentine is bound to feel the love when you serve one of these delicious meals. Read more …

A heart-healthy meal for Heart Month

According to the American Heart Association, “a healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease.” We’ve put together this meal idea in honor of National Heart Month.  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 …