Market Musings Blog

East 7th Store & car2go

We’re excited to provide a new transportation partner at our East 7th Street store- car2go! You’ll find the car2go spot in the back of our parking lot at 740 East 7th Street. This one-way carshare program charges by the minute with gas, insurance, and parking fees included. Getting to Mississippi Market has never been easier!  Read more …

Plant Sale: 2016 Tomato Line-up

The West 7th Street store Plant Sale is bringing in an early selection of tomatoes and basil this year.  Plus, look for the full line of perennials, annuals, tomatoes, peppers, tender veggies, and herbs will arrive by May 11. Read more …

Recipient of Sustainable Saint Paul Award

Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op is pleased to receive the 2016 Sustainable Saint Paul “Local, Healthy Food – Business Award” by the City of Saint Paul. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Real Impact

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers. This is post three of four; click the links to read parts one, two and three. A version of the second half of this post also appeared in our February-March newsletter. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: From Tree to Oil

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers. This is post three of four; click the links to read parts one and two.

Coconut oil is what sets Alter Eco’s truffles apart from anything else you’ll find in the American market. Our focus on this trip was to visit coconut farmers and to learn the process of turning this recognizable ‘nut’ into food-grade oil. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Biodiversity Abounds

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India with Alter Eco Foods to visit their coconut farmers and learn about the impact of fair trade. This is post two of four; click here to read part one.

One of the things I find really awesome about shopping at (and working for) Mississippi Market is the effort we put into getting to know our producers. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: Destination Kerala

Last year, Mississippi Market took part in a contest to sell fair trade Alter Eco’s chocolate truffle variety packs; maybe you, dear reader, were even one of the awesome customers who purchased a box. Read more …

Fair Trade First Hand: AlterEco in S. India

Until early December, I thought I knew what Fair Trade was: it was a symbol on a box that meant the farmers got paid a better price for their product. I recently learned first hand it means so much more. Read more …

Recipes from Upper Mississippi Academy’s Culinary Classroom

These recipes were created by 8th grade students at Upper Mississippi Academy. This is the students’ third year in the culinary classroom where they experience culture, history, math, and chemistry through the preparation of food. Read more …

Contacting Congress about GMO Labeling

Right now, Congress is debating a bill (proposed law) called The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It is time to let our senators know how we feel about GMO labeling. This bill has a very high likelihood of being enacted in 2015, and it threatens to undo the momentum co-ops and our partners have built behind the GMO labeling movement. Read more …