Market Musings Blog

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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Celebrate Community: Somalia

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 modern Somali recipe from our friend and member-owner, Fatima Ali.

Fatima has been a member of Mississippi Market for a number of years, ever since her friend introduced her to the co-op- it’s now her “very favorite place to grocery shop”. Fatima works as a Licensed Dental Assistant at Community Dental Care and is a Diabetes Prevention Coach at the YMCA. In addition, she studies at Metropolitan State University, where she partnered with us to write this article for a public speaking class.

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Local Profile: K’ul Chocolate

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Based in Minneapolis, K’ul Chocolate is an artisan bean-to-bar dark chocolate designed to elevate the cacao bean’s status as vitally nourishing and nutritious. They work directly with cacao farmers in Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Peru to ensure the highest quality products while also promoting environmentally and socially responsible practices in order to improve the lives and environment for those who grow and harvest the beans.

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3 Game Day Guacamole Recipes

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Get your crew together and grab ingredients for Game Day guacamole! Here, we share three guacamole recipes – one from a produce expert at each of our three stores – to prep for Superbowl Sunday. We recommend pairing your freshly made guacamole with organic corn tortilla chips from local producer Whole Grain Milling Company or Garden of Eatin’.

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Film Screening – In the Spirit of Cooperation

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Join us from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, January 25 at our East 7th store for a free film screening. We’ll be showing a recently released PBS Visionaries documentary titled In the Spirit of Cooperation that explores the power of cooperatives across the U.S. and around the world.

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Save the Date – Chocolate Fair on February 11th

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Saturday, February 11 | 11:00am-2:00pm | All store locations

Artisan Chocolates | Local & Fair-trade Gifts | Live Music | Kids’ Crafts | Raffle Prizes | And More!

Join us at our annual Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair – a fun, family-friendly affair focused on local and artisan chocolates and gifts to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Come taste some of our favorite delectable chocolates, shop for Valentine’s Day gifts and foods, enjoy beautiful live music, craft valentines, and win prizes at all three Mississippi Market locations! Plus, spend $50 or more in-store during the Chocolate Fair and receive a free chocolate-themed gift bag, while supplies last. Chocolate Fair vendors sampling their wares include K’ul Chocolate, BT McElrath Chocolatier, Bare Honey, and more.

Celebrate Wellness in the New Year

The New Year calls for celebration, reflection, and the making of positive resolutions. Join us this January for our annual Wellness Wednesday New Year 2-Day Bonus Sale and attend upcoming co-op classes to learn how to improve care of your personal health and well-being.

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New Year Detox Recipes

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Try these delicious juices and smoothies that blend detoxifying fruits and vegetables to help you feel great for the start of the new year. Read more …