by Matt Olson, Fresh Purchasing Manager
Recently, I had the opportunity to tour cheese country in Southern Wisconsin with a group of people from other local food co-ops. During the trip we visited a dairy farm, toured half a dozen different creameries, tasted a wide selection of delicious cheeses, and learned about the cheese making process from a variety of Master Cheese Makers. I came away with a more robust understanding of what makes our neighboring state one of the premier cheese making regions in the world.
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Throughout the month of March, 15 food co-ops from around Minnesota joined together to raise funds for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Each year, Mississippi Market participates in the campaign, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that provides food, funds, and educational materials to over 300 food shelves across the state. The March Campaign is the largest food and fund drive in the state and has been operating annually since 1983.
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Visit our West 7th store throughout May for our annual spring Plant Sale and new gardening demos. Our sale is known for its great selection of Minnesota native plants, heirloom and hybrid vegetables, and herbs. This year we’ll also have a wide selection of flowering plants that support pollinators, vegetables that work well in container gardens, and an array of planted patio pots and hanging baskets. The plants will once again come from local growers including Glacial Ridge in Glenwood, Minnesota and Green Earth Growers near Prior Lake. Over the years, both have demonstrated strong commitments to using sustainable growing and cultivation practices. Everything available at the Plant Sale is grown to organic standards. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced gardener, you’re sure to find something great!
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Sunday, April 30 | All day | Selby store
Co-op shoppers receive 30% off all evanhealy products
Join us on Sunday, April 30th at our Selby-Dale store to save 30% on all evanhealy skincare products in our wellness department all day long. Plus, visit anytime between 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for a chance to meet with evanhealy skincare experts to discuss how their trio of oil, water, and clay can nourish and heal your skin.
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Fair Food at a Fair Price
New to Mississippi Market, we’ll soon be carrying a wide selection of Black Angus beef cuts from Clear River Farms. Beginning Friday, April 14th, you can purchase their ground beef, NY strip steaks, stew meat, ribeye steaks, and more at all three of our co-op locations. Their naturally-raised cattle are sourced from the Midwest, are never given antibiotics or growth hormones, and are fed an all vegetarian diet consisting of grasses and grains. Try this high quality beef as an affordable, healthy option for you and your family.
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Join us this spring for three meet and greets with fair-trade, local, and sustainable producers. Each event will highlight some of our favorite foods, farmers, and producers through storytelling and delicious samples. Event themes include global fair trade, organic farming, and local fermented foods. These three free events will be held at our East 7th Street location. A $5.00 registration fee is required to attend each event, which will be reimbursed as a $5.00 co-op voucher at the event. Space is limited; register early to ensure your seat.
Thursday, April 27 · 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)
Join us for an evening learning about and celebrating fair trade with a few of Mississippi Market’s favorite fair trade vendors, Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, and Peace Coffee. Hear their visions and stories, get to know their products, and learn about global fair trade practices. Fair trade samples will be provided.
Thursday, May 4 · 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)
Join local farmers from Wheatfield Hill Organics for a fun, enriching evening celebrating our local food community. Meet the farmers behind your favorite Wheatfield products, hear their stories, and join them in celebrating 20 years of farming organically. Wheatfield product samples will be provided.
Thursday, May 25 · 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)
Learn all about fermented foods with local makers Angelica’s Garden and Fierce Ferments! Learn how they got started, what makes them unique, and sample delicious varieties right here at your co-op.
Tuesday, April 18 | All day | All three store locations
Member-Owners receive 10% off on select meat and seafood items; some exclusions may apply.*
Mississippi Market member-owners are an integral part of our co-op community. Because of you, we’ve been able to offer local and organic foods to our St. Paul neighbors for nearly 40 years! In appreciation of our thanks, please join us on Tuesday, April 18 to save 10% on select meat and seafood items from our fresh and frozen cases.
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Round 3 Match-Up
Redhead Creamery Little Lucy Brie and Sartoti Montamoré made it through the first two Local Cheese Madness rounds and now face off in our final head to head match-up.
Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, April 3rd and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will become our Local Cheese Madness Champion! Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which local cheese will take home the glory and be on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4th.
Round 2 Match-Ups
Round 1 of Local Cheese Madness has ended resulting in our final four local cheese champions. This Saturday, April 1 Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie will face off in our fifth match-up. Then, on Sunday, April 2 Marieke’s Gouda and Sartori’s Montamoré will face off in game six.
Sample these local cheeses in our deli each day and vote for your favorites from 11:00am-1:00pm. Two winners will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the Final Round on Monday, April 3. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which local cheese will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.
Game 5: Deer Creek The Blue Jay VS Redhead Creamery Little Lucy Brie
Game 6: Marieke Gouda VS Sartori Montamoré
Round 1 Match-Up
Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our fourth match-up is a blue cheese face off between Shepherd’s Way Farms’ Big Woods Blue and Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay.
Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 31st and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm. A winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto Round 2. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to find out which of our eight competing local cheeses will take home the glory and be on sale for one day only on Tuesday, April 4th.
Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue
Shepherd’s Way Farms is located in Nerstrand, Minnesota where Jodi Read handcrafts small batch cheeses on the Read family farm. Shepherd’s Way is among the first local farmstead sheep’s milk cheese makers in Minnesota and has been crafting them since 1998. Their Big Woods Blue balances the sharpness of a typical blue cheese with the creamy flavor of sheep’s milk to create a complex flavor and finish. It has been named one of the best blue cheeses in the country.
Deer Creek – The Blue Jay
All of Deer Creek’s artisan and specialty aged cheeses are handmade in Wisconsin. Founder Chris Gentine named all of them after characters in a beloved childhood storybook called “The Golden Storybook.” The Blue Jay cheese is a quintuple crème blue infused with juniper berries, making for a bold creamy cheese with a delicately piney bouquet finish.