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Local Profile: Pastures A Plenty

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Pastures A Plenty is third generation family-owned-and-operated by the VanDerPols. Pasture-to-Plate Pork Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minn., is decidedly different. This mutigenerational family-owned-and-operated farmstead takes a hands-on approach, focusing on attention to detail. For over three decades, the VanDerPol family has shown strong commitment to the…

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Positive Change: Keystone Community Services

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December’s Positive Change recipient is Keystone Community Services, a St. Paul organization that provides the public with a variety of food access programming and human services. Through these offerings, they strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. Founded in 1939, Keystone began as a small neighborhood community center.

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A Family Recipe for the Holidays

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Thanks to board member Hlee Vang for sharing her family’s traditional holiday recipe! “I love the holidays and the ability to share good, healthy, delicious food with my family and friends. I would love to share a traditional family recipe with you. Bon appétit!” – Hlee Vang Chicken Coconut…

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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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Positive Change: Midwest Food Connection

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November’s Positive Change recipient is Midwest Food Connection (MFC), a local nonprofit that empowers young school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. MFC was founded in 1993 by Mississippi Market and Wedge Community Co-op as a community outreach initiative to educate children about natural foods. Since then, the initiative has grown…

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Local Profile: Larry Schultz

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Larry Schultz’s family has been using organic farming methods since his great-grandfather first moved onto their land in Owatonna, Minn. Larry Schultz has been supplying free-range, cage-free, certified organic eggs, chickens and turkeys to Mississippi Market for many years. He prides himself on selling the freshest eggs possible – they’re candled and graded the same…

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Local Profile: Ferndale Market

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Dale Peterson arrived in Cannon Falls, MN in 1939 ready to do what he loved – grow turkeys. He found his farm in the Little Cannon River Valley with his wife Fern. Now their grandson, John, and his wife, Erica, carry the farm into the third generation. They raise free-range…

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