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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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Positive Change: Land Stewardship Project

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August’s Positive Change recipient is Land Stewardship Project, an organization dedicated to transforming our food and farming system from the ground up, using core values of land stewardship, social justice, and democracy as tools for change. LSP’s sustainable agriculture work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer…

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Back to School with Alaffia

Alaffia School Supplies Drive | August 1-September 30 | All three stores Throughout August and September we're accepting donations of school supplies on behalf of Alaffia, one of the most well-known fair trade organizations in the natural body care industry. Alaffia invests fair trade profits directly into their West African communities to improve people’s quality of life, increase educational opportunities and reduce occurrences of poverty. We’re collecting donations of new, unused school supplies, including #2 pencils, ball-point pens, white chalk, protractors, metal compasses and lined paper at each of our three store locations. Your donation will provide children in rural Togo with tools to learn, empowering them to complete school and serve as future community leaders. Simply look for the donation posters and collection boxes in each of our store entrances to drop off your items.

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Apostle Island Trek: Fueled by Mississippi Market

We’re proud to announce that Mississippi Market employee Daniel O’Kane is setting off on a three and a half week journey around the Apostle Islands. Over the course of 23 days, he plans to swim 48 miles across the southwest tip of Lake Superior. Daniel credits…

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Andalou Naturals 30% off Pop-up Sale

Sunday, July 16 | All Three Stores | All Day Sale | Active Demos 12:00-5:00 p.m. Receive 2 for $10 on all Andalou Naturals hair care products plus 30% off all of their other beauty and personal care products Join us on Sunday, July 16th at all three…

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Positive Change: Friends of the Mississippi River

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July’s Positive Change recipient is Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), a grassroots organization that actively engages local citizens to protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed throughout the metro. Founded in 1993, FMR formed to serve as the citizen, community, and environmental voice for the river in…

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Show Your Pride!

Show your support for our diverse LGBTQ community this Sunday, June 25th at the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival. We'll be marching as sponsors in the Pride Parade from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with other local Twin Cities food co-ops including Seward, the Wedge, Lakewinds, and Eastside. Our collective Twin Cities Co-ops theme is a rainbow of shopping carts. 15 staff members from Mississippi Market will be wearing Co-op Pride t-shirts and marching with festive green shopping carts that we created. Join us and the greater LGBTQ community as we celebrate diversity, foster inclusion, and raise awareness of equity and equality issues. Share your Pride photos on social media with hashtag #cooppride!

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Alaffia Skin Care – Empowering Communities through Fair Trade

Alaffia is one of the most well-known fair trade organizations in the natural body care industry. Founded by couple Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, they work to empower West African communities and foster gender equality through the fair trade production and distribution of natural body, skin, and hair care products. Their offerings include deodorants, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, balms, oils, body wash, bar soaps, bubble baths, hair styling gels, moisturizers, serums, scrubs, and more. These items are produced using unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and other natural products that protect hair and skin against sun and wind damage. By following fair trade practices, Alaffia ensures their producers are paid a fair wage and provided with fair working conditions and equal employment opportunities. This also ensures environmental stewardship as well as cultural and economic sustainability for local West African communities. Additionally, a price premium above the minimum fair trade cost for products is set aside for development projects in Alaffia's producer communities.

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Positive Change: Urban Roots

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June’s Positive Change recipient is Urban Roots, a local organization whose mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. By using food and environmental stewardship as tools for social change, Urban Roots empowers youth through hands-on entrepreneurship, career exploration, and community engagement opportunities. Each…

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