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Flash Sale: Organic bulk eggs

Join us on Tuesday, August 30th for a FLASH SALE on Larry Schultz organic, free-range bulk eggs for $1.99/dozen. This is a one-day sale while supplies last, and is available at all store locations.

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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 Zestar! These apples are an early season apple with a light, crisp texture and a hint of brown sugar flavor. They are amazing on their own as well as in baking recipes like pies and in sauces.

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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.

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.

Read more …

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