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Local Profile: Ferndale Farm

Dale Peterson arrived in Cannon Falls, MN in 1939 ready to do what he loved – grow turkeys. He found his farm in the Little Cannon River Valley with his wife Fern. Now their grandson, John, and his wife, Erica, carry the farm into the third generation. They grow turkeys free-range during the warmer months and move the birds to fresh pasture weekly all summer so they have access to clean air and fresh grass.


Ferndale turkeys grow naturally, without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth promotants, and they enjoy constant access to a diet of grains, vitamins, and minerals from a local feed mill. All Ferndale turkeys are processed-naturally, without additives. Ferndale ground turkey is available year-round in our co-op, and we carry whole turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can’t beat the flavor!



Local Profile: Larry Schultz

Schultz chickens are cage-free, they are free to eat and exercise anywhere comfortably within an airy sunlit barn, or to roam outdoors in grassy fields when weather conditions are favorable. Schultz chickens are free-range, certified organic and have no hormones or antibiotics administered during their lifespan. This is all part of providing Schultz chickens with a stress free environment that allows the flock to develop into healthy, happy birds that make delicious and nutritious eggs.

Larry Schultz’s family has been using organic farming methods since his great-grandfather first moved onto the land. Larry Schultz has been supplying free-range, cage-free, certified organic eggs (as well as chickens and turkeys) to Mississippi Market for many years. He prides himself in selling the freshest eggs possible– they are candled and graded the same day they are laid!  This means the oldest Schultz egg you’ll find is one week old.

Schultz chickens are fed organic flax seeds, small grains, pasture grasses and bugs– that makes for happy birds! Schultz eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the flaxmeal mixed into their organic feed.

Sentry Foods Recall

Sentry Foods Recalls Saffron Road Lemongrass Basil Chicken with Basmati Rice (frozen) that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically glass or hard plastic.

The following lot codes have been recalled:

Lot Code: 0219-00207-016 best used by 8/19/2017

Lot Code: 0429-00207-016 best by 10/29/17

Lot Code: 0429-00258-016 best by 10/29/2017

East 7th does not carry this product.

Affected product has been pulled from the shelves at the Selby and West 7th locations. Any recalled product purchased at Mississippi Market should be returned to us for a full refund.

Local Profile: Whistling Well Farm

Whistling Well Farm (so named because their well whistles when the wind blows just right) is located in the beautiful St. Croix River valley in Hastings, MN and was founded in 1972. Farmer Charlie Johnson not only grows apples for co-ops, farmers markets, and school lunch programs, he also writes children’s books about his dog, Emmy.

Whistling Well Farm uses sustainable growing practices, including integrated pest management and an on-site weather station.

One of our favorite apples from Whistling Well Farm is the SnowSweet Apple. It’s a sweet apple with a slight tart balance and rich overtones. The SnowSweet is slow to oxidize so the firm, snow-white flesh doesn’t turn brown as quickly – perfect for packed lunches!

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Hmong American Farmers Association

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Hmong farmers have been transforming the local food economy in the Twin Cities since the first wave of refugees arrived from Laos and Thailand thirty years ago. From their active presence at area farmers markets to introducing new foods like lemongrass and bok choy to Minnesotans’ palates, it’s clear that they have made a big impact on local foods in our state.

Yet, for as much of an impact as Hmong farmers have made on our local growing economy, they historically have not been compensated to the same level as mainstream farmers. Enter the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA). HAFA is a member-based organization located in St. Paul, started and led by Hmong farmers, working to lift up immigrant farmers and build wealth in the Hmong community. HAFA found that on average Hmong farmers made $3,000 less/acre than mainstream Minnesotan farmers.

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August is Local Month at the Co-op!

Try local foods for a week, all month long or anywhere in between! Throughout the month of August visit the co-op to write Thank You notes to a local farmer, take the Eat Local Challenge, attend a Find Local Tour or Scavenger Hunt and enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Read more …

Discontinuing Mississippi Market At Your Door

Mississippi Market will be discontinuing the delivery service, Mississippi Market at Your Door, as of August 31, 2016. Read more …

Recall of Hubert’s Lemonade

Notified 7/5/2016
Hubert’s Lemonade has issued a recall on certain lots of their 16oz Lemonades.

Due to a production issue, there is the potential for small pieces of glass from bottles damaged during the production process to be present in some product. No affected product was found at our East 7th or West 7th locations. Affected product was removed from our shelves at the Selby location. Member-owners who purchased the affected UPCs will be notified by the co-op. Products affected by the recall include the following flavors and date code:

Hubert’s Lemonade D1626UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Strawberry D1626UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Strawberry D1627UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Watermelon D1627UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Watermelon D1628UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Blackberry D1628UB


St. Paul Road Closures

Here are some suggestions on how to reach our stores amid all the road construction taking place throughout the city.

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Clif Bar Recall

Recall of three flavors of Clif Bar
Notified 6/3/2016 Read more …