Marieke was born and raised in the Netherlands where she grew up on her parents’ 60 cow dairy farm. After moving to the U.S., she started a 350 cow dairy farm and began producing authentic Dutch Gouda in Thorp, Wisconsin. In 2015, Marieke was the first woman to win the Wisconsin outstanding young farmer award. The equipment, cultures, herbs and spices she uses are all imported from Holland. Milk for Marieke’s Gouda is rBGH-free and comes from nearby Penterman Farm cows, directly from the first milking of the day.
Milton Creamery is the result of a dream – a dream of doing something to help others in the agricultural world and beyond, adding value to milk for dairy farmers, creating jobs in the local community, and bringing you a product created with art and passion from Southeast Iowa.
Mustard Seed Farm
Marine on St. Croix, MN
This local, family-run farm, located just over 30 miles from Saint Paul in Marine on St. Croix, raises grass-fed, pasture-raised lambs and cattle. In 2015, Mississippi Market developed a strong relationship with the farm and started purchasing Mustard Seed lamb for sale in our stores, enabling them to offer it year-round, available exclusively at our co-op.
Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative that supports rural communities by protecting the health of family farms while working toward economic and environmental sustainability. Founded 27 years ago just across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin’s Coulee Region at a time when small farmers were given the message to get big or get out, seven farmers came together on a mission to change the way people thought about food. Today, their co-op has grown to include over 1,800 family farms that produce some of the highest-quality local dairy products available. We carry many kinds of Organic Valley milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, cream, eggs, and more.
Pastures A Plenty
Pastures A Plenty is a grazing-based farm that uses a holistic agricultural management model focused on environmental, community, and long-term farm sustainability. They specifically raise breeds of hogs that love to be outside. Their hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.
Punk Rawk Labs
Punk Rawk Labs (PRL) is a local maker of artisanal nut-based cheeses that taste like their dairy counterparts. Formed in 2010, they create small-batch, handmade, dairy-free alternatives to everyday cheeses. Using a similar fermentation process, PRL’s nut milk cheeses are smooth and creamy, made with a base of only four natural ingredients: cashews, water, culture, and salt. All PRL cheeses are made using simple, organic ingredients and are free of dairy, gluten, and soy, resulting in great tasting vegan cheeses with complex flavors.
Red Head Creamery
Woman-owned and -operated, Red Head Creamery has been making artisan, farmstead cheese since 2013. Named after co-owner Alise Sjostrom, the creamery is a childhood dream come to fruition on her family’s dairy farm. The term farmstead is indicative of cheese made directly on the farm where fresh milk is collected, allowing the creamery the unique ability to adjust the milks’ fat and protein levels to impact the final cheeses’ rich textures and flavors.
Red Table Meat Co.
Co-founded by local food entrepreneur Kieran Folliard and chef turned salumiere Mike Phillips, Red Table handcrafts dry-cured pork products using whole hog butchery. Located at The Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis, Red Table sources sustainably-raised pastured pork from four local farms, including Littlefoot Farm (Afton, Minn.), Pork and Plants (Altura, Minn.), Heritage Farms (Sergeant, Iowa), and Berkwood Farms (Des Moines, Iowa). As a business dedicated to sustainability and transparency, Red Table’s salumi can be traced from farm to fork.
Rochdale Farms, the creation of Mary Bess Michaletz and Bentley Lein, is locally and cooperatively owned. It was created with the intention to foster the growth of small local dairy producers and create delicious, artisan cheeses, hand rolled butters, and cream-top yogurts. Rochdale sells all of their creative dairy products exclusively to Midwestern natural food cooperatives. Most of the milk they use comes from a network of over 325 small Amish family farms spread across Wisconsin and Minnesota. These family-run farms take an extraordinary amount of care to treat their animals and land with care.
Rustica is an independent neighborhood bakery located in south Minneapolis. Everything they bake is made with premium ingredients. They believe that the best baked goods are made using labor intensive processes without any short cuts! The result is bread that is full of complex flavors, a range of textures, and a naturally long shelf life. Rustica is committed to people, process, and healthy ingredients.