Market Musings Blog

Commemorating Credjafawn Co-op

Most Twin Cities food co-op members associate the growth of local grocery co-ops with the 1960–1975 period, during which many of our region’s existing stores began. A notable exception to the 1960s food co-op movement was the Credjafawn Co-op Store, which briefly served the Rondo community in the years immediately following World War II. Its freestanding building at 678 Rondo Avenue, at what was then the corner of Rondo and St. Albans, lay only four blocks northwest of today’s Mississippi Market location on the corner of Selby and Dale.

Lively photographs of the Credjafawn Co-op from 1948 document a tidy, well-equipped corner store with white-painted porcelain cases, a two-tiered air-conditioned produce display backed by tall mirrors, and grocery carts small enough to thread their way through narrow aisles packed with fresh food for sale. The Co-op’s two large street-facing windows were partly papered with posters featuring the familiar twin-pines logo of the National Cooperative Business Association, which also served as Mississippi Market ‘s logo for a short period of time.

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Local Profile: Brake Bread

Brake Bread is a local bakery that began in 2014 using a community supported subscription model that continues to deliver fresh baked goods via bicycle within the West End area of St. Paul. After a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, the bakery opened a retail location on West 7th street in early 2016 for direct sales of their delicious naturally leavened breads and baked goods to an expanding customer base. Shortly afterwards, we partnered with Brake Bread to sell their delicious, freshly baked breads at our nearby West 7th street location. As of February 2017, we’re pleased to announce that we now carry Brake Bread products at our Selby store too!

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Serious Citrus

Fresh fruit salad in glass bowl.

We get seriously excited about citrus this time of year – there are so many bright and flavorful varieties! We love to share our excitement; if you have questions or want to taste a particular variety, don’t hesitate to ask our produce staff. Read more …

At the Co-op, Everyone is Welcome

A message from Mississippi Market’s General Manager, Gail Graham.

Over the last seven days, we ran a Celebrate Community blog series highlighting a cultural recipe and culinary tradition from each of the seven countries that was recently affected by the (now temporarily suspended) federal travel ban, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.

At the co-op, everyone is welcome. Our staff, shoppers, and producers are from countries all over the world, including some of those affected by this ban. We work to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our community. After all, Minnesota, with an increasingly diverse population, is a state of immigrants.

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Celebrate Community: Libya

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Libya. Food is one of the most important activities of any Libyan family, so emphasized that there is a Libyan saying: one must eat well. 

Today’s feature recipe is a popular, easy to make dish – curried turkey legs. Following this recipe, you can achieve the taste of a curried leg of lamb for about a quarter of the price.

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Celebrate Community: Yemen

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today, we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Yemen.

Traditional Yemeni food staples include lamb, chicken, rice, potatoes, eggs, freshly baked flatbreads, and ground spices such as cumin, cardamom, and turmeric. Though typically thought of as originating from Israel and northern Africa, shakshouka is a dish enjoyed by many Middle Eastern countries. Try our take on this scrumptious dish with zhoug, a Yemeni green sauce made with herbs and chili peppers, for a refreshing twist on a classic one-skillet meal.

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Celebrate Community: Iran

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Iran.

Iranian food is delicious, fresh and focused on local ingredients. Iranian cuisine is full of grains, fruits, and vegetables and often highlights meals with contrasting flavors. Rice, or berenj, is a staple in many dishes made in Iran. This recipe uses both rice and cabbage as a side dish or filling meal.

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Celebrate Community: Syria

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Syria.

The Syrian cooking tradition is one of the oldest in the world. Syrian cooking ingredients are varied and dishes are full of hearty flavors and aromatic spices.

Today’s feature recipe, Sayadieh, is a sensational dish of fish with spiced rice and caramelized onions from the Syrian coast on the Mediterranean. The rice is cooked with caramelized onion and fragrant spices, then topped with the seared fish and more caramelized onions.

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Celebrate Community: Sudan

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Sudan.

Sudan is as diverse and colorful in its cuisine and dietary traditions as its climate. The cuisine is a blend of many backgrounds and cultures, and Central Sudan is home to the most diverse food traditions. One dietary staple is a type of bread called kisra – a thin fermented bread made of durra or corn, and is often served with a stew.

Another popular dish served in Sudan is ful medames (also spelled foul medames) – a recipe made with cooked and mashed fava beans. It is both flavorful and nutritious!

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Celebrate Community: Iraq

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting cultural food traditions from Iraq, a country whose cuisine staples include goat, lamb, and chicken; grains such as bulgar wheat, barley, and rice; fresh vegetables; and an array of aromatic spices. We highly recommend trying the following two vegetarian recipes for fresh fattoush and tabbouleh. These salads go great with homemade hummus, falafel, lamb meatballs, and chicken or beef kabobs and gyros.

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