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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

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 …