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Dismantling Food Stereotypes

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Throughout our country’s history, denigrating stereotypes about Black Americans have been created to perpetuate systemic racism. These stereotypes were (and still are) so pervasive that they even lurk in the food we eat. For example, it was only last year in 2020 that brands like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s…

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Celebrate Juneteenth with Your St. Paul Neighbors

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July Fourth is not our nation’s only independence day. Too often forgotten, June 19 commemorates the end of slavery on June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation declared enslaved people legally free, it was slow to be implemented…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Photo courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Mental health is just as important as physical health. The two are interconnected — mental illness can worsen physical health, while physical illness, injury or trauma can result in mental illness and trauma. Sometimes, because it’s “invisible,” we have…

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Learn Tips for Success During Financial Literacy Month

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Financial Literacy Month comes around each April to advocate for financial education that helps people improve their personal and household finances, achieve stability, and meet their goals. Financial literacy means understanding (and putting to practice) skills for success, such as managing finances, budgeting and investing. Budgeting is especially important when…

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Meet Chef Lachelle Cunningham

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Chef Lachelle has been a dynamic force on the Twin Cities food scene and is known for cooking globally inspired comfort food that thwarts unhealthy stereotypes and fuses in global flavors. She began her culinary career by launching Chelles’ Kitchen in 2012 and soon became known for her work as…

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“Jim Crow of the North” Panel Discussion Recording and Resources

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Mississippi Market and other Twin Cities food co-ops recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the “Jim Crow of the North” documentary, which delves into the complex history of racial covenants in the Twin Cities and systematic racism that has lasting repercussions on housing inequities today. The virtual panel discussion…

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Education, Connection & Celebration During Black History Month

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Black History Month (BHM) has been honored each February since 1976. As a community-owned and community-serving cooperative, we want to share ways to learn about and celebrate the rich history and phenomenal achievements of Black Americans. As we live through the aftermath of the May 2020 murder of George Floyd…

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Anti-racism Book Recommendations

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Founded on the co-op ideals of diversity, inclusion, equality, equity and social justice, Mississippi Market is committed to continuously working toward anti-racism. This list of book recommendations, based on the anti-racism collection in our staff library, aims to help our community continue to learn, grow and stand up for what’s…

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Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

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We acknowledge that our three store locations in Imni Ża Ska in Mni Sota Makoce (now known as Saint Paul, Minnesota) are on the traditional territory of the Dakota people, who have been deeply connected to the land within and beyond the boundaries of our state for centuries. The Dakota…

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Home Composting 101

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According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, roughly 12 percent of household waste in Minnesota is food scraps and 18 percent is yard waste. Nationally, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates 20 percent of landfill waste is food. Why does this matter? When thrown away and buried, these organic materials have…

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