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Eating Local Year-Round

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Frigid temperatures, frozen ground, frosty breath. It’s nearly inconceivable that eating locally-grown produce during Minnesotan winters is possible. Local hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic farmers have proved otherwise. Producers like Living Waters in Wells, Minn. (hydroponic tomatoes), Living Greens Farm in Faribault, Minn. (aeroponic salad…

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Honoring the African-American Co-op Movement

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Throughout history, grassroots activism has played a key role in addressing racial and socioeconomic oppression, exploitation, and segregation. The cooperative movement formed in direct opposition to corrupt business practices to address food and social justice issues, economic independence, product quality standards, labor conditions, and methods of ownership. Oftentimes, the consumer…

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Commemorating Credjafawn Co-op

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Interior view, Credjafawn Co-op Store, 678 Rondo, St. Paul. ca 198. Locator no. HF4.6 p7, Negative no. 20099. © Minnesota Historical Society Collection.   Lively photographs of 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…

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Express your Values this Gift-giving Season

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Gifts Under $20 Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? You’re sure to find one at the co-op that’s beautiful and reflective of your personal values. This holiday season, give the gift of honesty — fairly-produced food and goods made with reverence for the people and places where they’re crafted.

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Wild Rice – A Native Minnesotan Grain

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Presented by Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner. True wild rice is a native Minnesotan food, and we should celebrate the fact. Earthy and comforting, wild rice is highly nutritious, packed with B vitamins, fiber, and protein. There are two types of wild…

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A Local Champion: Featherstone Farm

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Featherstone Farm has been growing organic fruits and vegetables for over 20 years with a focus on personal, financial, and environmental sustainability. At their 250-acre certified organic farm in Rushford, Minn, Featherstone produces over 70 different crops annually for delivery to local food co-ops, natural food stores, farm-to-table restaurants, and…

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3rd Annual Holiday Sampler

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Brighten your season at our third annual family-friendly Holiday Sampler! This is a great chance to: Meet local vendors Taste festive flavors Peruse local gifts Sip on tasty mocktails and eggnog Enjoy live piano music Take part in a string-cheese-snowman kids’ craft Splurge on limited-time-only holiday sales on favorites such…

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Seconds Count – Using Ugly Produce

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Presented by Kirstin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner. Scabbed, bruised, punctured, gnarled, undersized, crooked. Here’s to imperfections, and unrecognized beauty. Ask your farmer or produce manager for any “seconds”, the ugly and discounted produce that often gets thrown away. Food waste statistics…

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Local Craft Beer & Artisanal Cheese Pairings

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Prepare for fall gatherings with these expertly curated local craft beer and artisanal cheese pairings courtesy of our amazing staff! The following local cheeses can be found at our co-op, while the beers may be picked up at your local liquor store or obtained directly from the source. In true cooperative…

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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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