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


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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Holiday Gift Ideas: Foodie Favorites


Searching for the perfect gifts for the foodie on your holiday list? We’ve got a great selection of delectable edibles for discerning taste buds and lovers of unique, quality-crafted foods. Try our top ten Foodie Favorites below – they’re sure to please!

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Local Profile: Mustard Seed Farm


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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Reminder: LIME Program Renewal


A friendly reminder to all current LIME member-owners — please renew your eligibility in the program by January 12th, 2017 to ensure uninterrupted discounts. Your cashier will remind you what verification documents are needed to complete the renewal process. Proof of enrollment in an income-based financial assistance program is required for LIME member renewal. Your LIME membership payment plan will not change – we’ll continue making payments on your membership from the earned “cash” portion of your patronage dividends until you reach the full $90 in equity.

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Local Profile: Organic Valley


Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative whose central mission is “to support rural communities by protecting the health of the family farm – working toward both economic and environmental sustainability.” Founded 27 years ago just across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin’s Coulee Region at a time when small farmers were given the message to get big or get out, seven farmers came together on a mission to change the way people thought about food. Today, their co-op has grown to include over 1,800 family farms that produce some of the highest-quality local dairy products available.

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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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Help Our Local Farmers Raise Relief Funds

social-media-squareThis year’s heavy rains have significantly impacted many of the local farms that supply regional natural foods cooperatives. Damage to crops is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and several farmers are facing the prospect of losing their farms. Impacted farms include Featherstone Farm, Heartbeet Farm, Hoch Orchard & Gardens, Driftless Organics, and more.

Mississippi Market is partnering with other Twin Cities co-ops to raise funds to assist our farmers. Through the end of November, Mississippi Market will be accepting relief donations for impacted farms at our customer service desks. We’ve kicked it off with a $3,000 donation. 

Relief funds will be administered by local nonprofit Cooperative Development Services (CDS) through their Cooperative Development Fund. CDS is a 501(c)3 charitable family of funds that advances economic development through cooperative enterprise. Their mission is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises.

Please consider donating in-store to raise relief funds for our local farmers!

You may also send a local farmers relief fund donation check directly to CDS. Checks can be made out to:

Cooperative Development Fund of CDS
% Bob Olson
145 W. University Ave., Suite 450
St. Paul, MN 55103