Market Musings Blog

Your Vote is Your Voice!

Our annual board of directors election has begun. Member-owners, including co-op staff member-owners, are highly encouraged to exercise your democratic member right to vote. Voting for new board members makes a direct impact in our community and expresses the values you wish to see in the world. Not yet a member? Become one today!

There are currently 3 seats open – we bid grateful farewells to Board Chair Mia Taney, Vice Chair Sara Kujawski, and Governance Committee Member Megan McGuire. This year, as you vote for new board members, we also invite you to vote for how $9,183.67 in abandoned equity will be used among three community partners, including Food Co-op InitiativeFrogtown Farm, and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Funds will be dispersed based on the proportion of votes received. Every vote counts! Election results will be posted on Thursday, October 19th, the day after our Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration.

Vote Now!

Join Today: Co-operation is Cool!

Our annual Member-Owner Drive runs this year from September 20th – October 11th. If you’ve been thinking about joining the co-op, there’s no better time than now!

To become a member-owner of Mississippi Market means choosing to follow a strong tradition – maintaining access to high quality food and other natural products, joining with neighbors to build a stronger community, and supporting a sustainable regional economy.

When you sign up to become a co-op member-owner during this time, you’ll receive:

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Member-Owner Appreciation Day Bulk Sale

Please join us on Tuesday, October 3rd for our Member-Owner Appreciation Day Bulk Sale – member-owners receive 10% off all bulk items*, including bulk spices, tea, coffee, cleaners, soaps and lotions, at all three of our store locations.

We’d like to thank you for being a part of our cooperative community. Mississippi Market continues to thrive thanks to the support of our dedicated member-owners. Because of you, we’ve been able to offer local and organic foods to our St. Paul neighbors for nearly 40 years! Thank you for your continued commitment to values-based community building and sustaining a robust regional food economy. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Not yet a co-op member? There’s no better time to join than now, during our annual Member-Owner Drive!

*Discount does not apply to non-discountable items (such as eggs, cut flowers, bulk produce items, cut your own soaps, and special orders)

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40% Off All Garden of Life Products

Garden Party

September 27-30 | All day, each day | All three stores
40% off all Garden of Life products*

Save 40% on all Garden of Life products during Mississippi Market’s Garden Party from September 27-30. Meet with Garden of Life (GoL), sample their range of health and wellness products, and learn which ones are best for you and your family. GoL staff will be on hand daily to answer any questions you may have about their certified organic, Non-GMO lines of protein powders, vitamins, and probiotics. Plus, there will be free fresh popcorn and smoothie samples made using their organic products.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period that honors generations of U.S. Latinos who have positively influenced and enriched our country. During this month-long annual tribute, we celebrate the rich cultural traditions, histories, and contributions of those who can trace their ethnic roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The chosen dates reflect September independence anniversaries of multiple Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are pleased to share a number of traditional Salvadoran recipes with you from our beloved staff member America Jimenez. Originally from El Salvador, America has a passion for cooking and sharing her delicious food with others. Check out her delicious recipes for a homemade meal you’re sure to enjoy.

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Lundberg Family Farms – Leaders in Sustainable Farming

Mississippi Market proudly supports Lundberg Family Farms, a third generation operation that grows organic rice and produces a range of sustainable products, including a variety of bagged and boxed rices, risotto, rice cakes, rice chips, rice crackers, and brown rice syrup for baking. Not only are their products delicious and nutritious, they’re made in a way that pays particular attention to their impact on both people and planet. Since 1937, the Lundberg family has been growing healthy, great tasting rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Their commitment to respecting natural resources is an admirable one and one of the many reasons why we carry their products at the co-op. Save on their wholesome products now through September 19th when shopping at Mississippi Market – a number of Lundberg products are currently on sale. 

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Smith Avenue High Bridge Detour

To our valued West Side, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights co-op customers: beginning Tuesday, September 5th, the Smith Avenue High Bridge will be closed in both directions, limiting access to pedestrians and vehicles crossing the river. This temporary closure will last through December of 2018 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation works to resurface the road over the entire bridge length. Over this 16 month time period, construction crews will also be conducting road work along Smith Avenue from West 7th Street south to Interstate 494 with temporary lane closures. Local access will be maintained on the Wabasha and Robert Street bridges. Interstate 35E, highway 52, highway 5, and highway 110 will also remain open.

The primary recommended detour route is Annapolis Street east to Robert Street to Kellogg Boulevard to West 7th Street. The alternative recommended route is Annapolis Street west to highway 13 to highway 55 to highway 5 to West 7th Street. Please plan your co-op shopping trips accordingly. We thank you for your patience and continued patronage!

West 7th Store Deli Remodel

9/13 Update: As of 7:30 a.m., our West 7th deli remodel is complete and the deli is fully functioning again! Stop in and check out our newly remodeled space.

9/12 Update: As of 11:00 a.m., our salad bar, hot bar, hot soups and grab and go sandwiches are all available. We are awaiting final inspection for our made-to-order operations – made-to-order sandwiches, juices, espresso drinks and smoothies will be returning soon.


We’re proud to announce a remodel of our West 7th store deli! Please pardon the mess as we work to improve our offerings. Construction has begun and, if all goes well, should wrap up by Tuesday, September 12th.

Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, coffee and desserts; bottled juices; baked goods; and whole roasted chickens will remain available throughout the remodel process. We will not have made-to-order sandwiches and juices, hot pizza, hot soup, smoothies, and espresso drinks at West 7th during this time. Full service delis will remain available at our East 7th and Selby stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience throughout the process. We’re excited to bring you improved deli service and additional prepared food options at West 7th!

Why Bulk is Best

Mississippi Market offers hundreds of self-service bulk bins loaded with grains, rice, oats, beans, pasta, shelled nuts, coffee, teas, spices, granola, dried fruits, candy, and more. We also carry liquid bulk items including maple syrup, honey, oils, soaps, shampoos, and laundry detergents. You’re sure to find something great in our well-stocked bulk department. Some of our best sellers include organic raisins, oats, honey, flour, walnuts, organic popcorn, and a variety of whole bean coffee.

Buying in bulk doesn’t mean dealing with large quantities. At the co-op, buying in bulk means reducing food waste, using minimal to no packaging, and saving money. You can even bring in your own reusable containers to fill! The best part is that it’s easier on the earth and your pocketbook.

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Humane Animal Husbandry with Pastures A Plenty

Special thanks to guest bloggers and farmers Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPole from Pastures A Plenty for contributing! We carry a variety of their locally and humanely-raised pork products.

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minnesota is a grazing-based farm that uses holistic management for all of our farm decisions. We are committed to environmental, community and long term farm sustainability. We raise Berkshire, Duroc and Chester White breeds of hogs for our pork products because they love to be outside! The hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.

Most of the hog industry feeds gestating sows by computer, either in the context of groups, or tight individual confinement. Here at Pastures A Plenty, our approach to the sows follows our mission statement – “….careful and humane”. Oh, we use computers. We just don’t allow them to come between us and our animals. When that human-animal connection is broken, and its elements handed over to electronics, the conditions ripen for abuse of both animals and humans. Animal husbandry is critical to us.

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