Market Musings Blog

Holiday Gift Ideas: Gifts Under $20

We have a wonderful selection of wellness and home goods available at the co-op for everyone on your holiday wish list. Staying within a budget during the holiday season can be tricky and stressful. Our Under $20 guide offers a number of ideas and price ranges for staying within budget while ensuring delivery of thoughtful, quality crafted gifts. Plus, many of the following gift ideas impart all-natural scents, ideal for calming nerves and creating relaxing, stress-free holiday environments.

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Join Us for More Holiday Cheer!


Holiday Demo Days

As a follow up to our successful East 7th store Holiday Sampler on December 3rd, we’re hosting two Holiday Demo Days at our other locations. A number of vendors will be attending each and sampling their goods. These are great opportunities to taste some indulgent holiday flavors, including delicious locally-produced cheeses, meats, honey, and more.

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking to freshen up your Thanksgiving table? Try a few of our favorite holiday recipes – many of them using local ingredients.

Homemade Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Baked Brie with Honey
A simple & decadent treat!

Kale & Apple Maple Salad
A sweet, crunchy salad. Healthy made delicious with local Salad Girl Salad Dressing.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed sweet potato casserole topped with toasted marshmallows and a brown sugar cinnamon pecan streusel.

Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts
Protein-rich, multi-textured salad.

Honey Glazed Carrots
This is a great recipe to use with local Featherstone carrots!


Local Turkey Providers

The turkeys we sell at Mississippi Market come from different growers that have impeccable records in raising their animals humanely. This year our turkeys come from three local producers: Kadejan Farms in Kerkhoven, MN, Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, MN, and Ferndale Farm in Cannon Falls, MN.

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Back to Nature Recall

Back to Nature has recalled their 9.5oz Chocolate Chunk Cookies because they contain chocolate purchased from a third party supplier which was found to contain undeclared milk that is not listed as an ingredient on the label.

The following UPC code has been recalled:

8-19898-01100-1, best by date 5/8/17-5/12/17

Best by date codes can be found on the top of the Chocolate Chunk 9.5oz carton.

Affected product has been pulled from the shelves at our East 7th store. No affected product has been found or was sold at our West 7th and Selby stores. Any recalled product purchased at Mississippi Market should be returned to us for a full refund.

A Visit to Herb Pharm

Herb Pharm manufactures liquid herbal extracts, compounds and tonics. This August, I was lucky enough to travel to the farm and production facilities of Herb Pharm. Nestled in the Rogue Valley in Williams, Oregon you’ll find Herb Pharm’s certified organic farm. The farm was purchased by Ed Smith and Sarah Katz who founded Herb Pharm in 1979. It’s a non-traditional piece of farmland with forested areas left intact. It is home to 80+ varieties of medicinal herbs, all grown for use in their products. It is also home to a beautiful demonstration garden which boasts around 500 plant species. What they can’t grow themselves on the farm is either sustainably wild-crafted or sourced from other organic farms throughout the world.


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Celebrate Member-Owner Appreciation Day on October 11th

Mississippi Market appreciates the support of our member-owners. Because of you, we have been able to offer local and organic foods to our St. Paul neighbors for over 35 years. We’d like to thank you for being a part of our cooperative community – please join us on Tuesday, October 11th for Member-Owner Appreciation Day, a one-day sale where member-owners will enjoy 10% off their entire purchase*.

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National Co-op Month: Building & Growing Community

October is National Co-op Month, a time for cooperative businesses to educate others about their shared principles while celebrating the ways in which they build and grow community. Did you know that Minnesota has the highest per capita number of grocery cooperatives in the U.S.? Minnesota was also the first state to declare an official Co-op Month proclamation in 1948. Since 1964, National Co-op Month has been celebrated annually during the month of October. This year, we are proud to join with nearly 150 food co-ops throughout the country to celebrate the fact that many cooperative companies, suppliers, manufacturers, and farmers are growing strong, resilient communities. Co-ops offer a way to transform how business is conducted by providing an opportunity to get the products and services you need while simultaneously strengthening our community. Together, with your assistance, we are able to make a world of change!

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Walk in Like You Own the Place, Join the Co-op Today!

memberowner-20160916Our Annual Member Drive is happening this year from September 20th – October 11th, ending on Member-Owner Appreciation Day.

New member-owners who sign up during this time period will receive:

  • A $5 co-op gift card
  • A reusable market tote bag
  • 10% off most items in store on Member-Owner Appreciation Day, Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op offers local, organic food for everyone at a fair price. You do not need to be a member-owner to shop at the co-op, but ownership does have its perks.

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Mississippi Market Co-op Annual Member-Owner Meeting

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At our 2016 Annual Member-Owner Meeting on October 27th at the Minnesota History Center, we’ll gather together to hear reports from the Board of Directors and General Manager Gail Graham, welcome the newly elected Board members, and hear from our guest speaker, Yolanda Cotterall, Minnesota Program Director of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) on the topic of immigrant co-op farmers: “Not Just Workers, Owners“. This is also the last opportunity for member-owners to vote in our board of directors election.

After the meeting, everyone is invited to celebrate by enjoying a drink, appetizers and desserts, and beautiful harp music, all while connecting with fellow member-owners and community partners. Register for the 2016 Annual Meeting! Tickets must be reserved by Friday, October 21.


6:00pm: Check-in/registration begins 

  • Last chance to vote in the board of directors election. Ballots accepted from

6:30pm: Meeting begins

  • Board report
  • General Manager report
  • Guest speaker Yolanda Cotterall, Minnesota Program Director of the Latino Economic Development   Center (LEDC)
  • Q & A time
  • Announce results of Board election

7:45pm: Reception begins

  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres & drinks featuring flatbreads, savory cakes, miniature desserts and more (vegan and gluten free options available)
  • Listen to beautiful harp music
  • Meet your board of directors
  • Meet representatives from Positive Change donation recipients

9:00pm: Reception ends

To help us plan, tickets are required to attend the event. A $5 payment is required for your ticket. The full amount will be repaid to you via Mississippi Market gift certificate when you check in at the event. Everyone will receive a complimentary drink ticket for beer, wine, or soda – a cash bar will also be available. Refunds are possible up to 48 hours before the event.

Parking and transportation:

Parking at the Minnesota History Center is $6. Alternatively, bus routes that stop near the History Center include the 16,21, and 94. The History Center is also about a 10 minute walk from the Capitol/Rice Street Light Rail station. There are also bike racks in front of the building.

Register for the 2016 Annual Meeting