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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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Eating Local with Local Foodie Kim Werst

Kim Werst (pictured center) with cooking class participants at our West 7th store. In honor of August being Eat Local Month at the co-op, we're pleased to highlight local eating tips, tricks, and suggestions from our friend Kim Werst, a local food educator, entrepreneur, and food justice activist. You may recognize Kim as one of our class instructors - she co-teaches an on-going series titled Cooking with Co+op Basics that we offer on a monthly basis. These free classes feature budget-friendly, from-scratch cooking techniques; recipes that feed a family of four for under $10; and tips for shopping the co-op on a budget. Additional information about Kim's efforts to eat closer to home can be seen on her website.

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Celebrate Eat Local Month

August is Eat Local Month at the co-op! Join us as we show our appreciation for local food and local farmers. This time of year is especially exciting for local food fans as farmers work to harvest fresh crops at their peak and deliver them to the co-op for your enjoyment. We define “local” as food and products grown, produced, or processed within a five-state area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are multiple ways to celebrate throughout the month, including taking part in our Eat Local Challenge and #EatLocalSTP social media giveaway for your chance to win local foods, and writing Thank a Farmer postcards to show your appreciation for some of our favorite local growers. A number of locally-grown, locally-raised, and locally-produced foods are also on sale throughout the month.

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Something’s a-buzz at Mississippi Market!

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We’re proud to announce a new partnership with The Beez Kneez, a local pollinator advocacy organization and honey producer that is committed to “reviving the hive for healthy bees, healthy lives” by establishing and maintaining honey bee hives throughout the Twin Cities. They partner with various…

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Local Cheese Madness: Final Round

Round 3 Match-Up Redhead Creamery Little Lucy Brie and Sartoti Montamoré made it through the first two Local Cheese Madness rounds and now face off in our final head to head match-up. Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, April 3rd and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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Local Cheese Madness: Round 2

Round 2 Match-Ups Round 1 of Local Cheese Madness has ended resulting in our final four local cheese champions. This Saturday, April 1 Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie will face off in our fifth match-up. Then, on Sunday, April 2 Marieke’s Gouda and Sartori’s…

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Local Cheese Madness: Shepherd’s Way Farms VS Deer Creek

Round 1 Match-Up Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our fourth match-up is a blue cheese face off between Shepherd’s Way Farms’ Big Woods Blue and Deer Creek’s The Blue Jay. Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 31st and vote for your…

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Local Cheese Madness: Marieke VS Roth Kase

Round 1 Match-Up Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our third match-up is an aged hard cheese face off between Marieke’s Gouda and Roth Kase’s Grand Cru. Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 30th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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Local Cheese Madness: Sartori VS Milton Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our second match-up is a creamy hard cheese face off between Sartori’s Montamoré and Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze Cheddar. Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 29th and vote for your favorite from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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Local Cheese Madness: Alemar Cheese VS Redhead Creamery

Round 1 Match-Up Get to know local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Our first match-up is a soft cheese face off between Alemar Cheese’s Bent River Camembert and Redhead Creamery’s Little Lucy Brie. Sample these two cheeses in our deli today, March 28th and vote for…

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