Market Musings Blog

Producer Meet & Greets

Join us this spring for three meet and greets with fair-trade, local, and sustainable producers. Each event will highlight some of our favorite foods, farmers, and producers through storytelling and delicious samples. Event themes include global fair trade, organic farming, and local fermented foods. These three free events will be held at our East 7th Street location. A $5.00 registration fee is required to attend each event, which will be reimbursed as a $5.00 co-op voucher at the event. Space is limited; register early to ensure your seat.


Thursday, April 27 · 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)

Join us for an evening learning about and celebrating fair trade with a few of Mississippi Market’s favorite fair trade vendors, Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, and Peace Coffee. Hear their visions and stories, get to know their products, and learn about global fair trade practices. Fair trade samples will be provided.

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Thursday, May 4 · 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)

Join local farmers from Wheatfield Hill Organics for a fun, enriching evening celebrating our local food community. Meet the farmers behind your favorite Wheatfield products, hear their stories, and join them in celebrating 20 years of farming organically. Wheatfield product samples will be provided.

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Thursday, May 25 · 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Free ($5 registration fee required)

Learn all about fermented foods with local makers Angelica’s Garden and Fierce Ferments! Learn how they got started, what makes them unique, and sample delicious varieties right here at your co-op.

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Local Cheese Madness

March 28 – April 3 | 11:00am-1:00pm daily | All three stores

Get to know eight local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Join us daily from Tuesday, March 28th through Monday, April 3rd to sample an amazing array of delicious soft, hard, and aged cheeses.

Two local cheeses will face off daily from 11:00am-1:00pm in our deli. Taste these cheese pairings in-store and vote for your favorites by placing one dry bulk bean in each cheese’s designated tally jar. Each day, a winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the next round. The three round, single elimination bracket will conclude with one local cheese superstar. Who will reign supreme and take home the local cheese glory?

The winning cheese will be placed on sale Tuesday, April 4th and will remain on sale while supplies last.

Keep up with the madness on our Market Musings blog or follow along on our social media pages @msmarketcoop with hashtag #localcheesemadness where we’ll be sharing daily match-ups featuring competing cheeses.

Local Cheese Madness – Round 1 Face Offs

  • Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert VERSUS Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie
  • Sartori – Montamore VERSUS Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar
  • Marieke – Gouda VERSUS Roth Kase – Grand Cru
  • Deer Creek – The Blue Jay VERSUS Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue

Film Screening – In the Spirit of Cooperation


Join us from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, January 25 at our East 7th store for a free film screening. We’ll be showing a recently released PBS Visionaries documentary titled In the Spirit of Cooperation that explores the power of cooperatives across the U.S. and around the world.

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Save the Date – Chocolate Fair on February 11th


Saturday, February 11 | 11:00am-2:00pm | All store locations

Artisan Chocolates | Local & Fair-trade Gifts | Live Music | Kids’ Crafts | Raffle Prizes | And More!

Join us at our annual Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair – a fun, family-friendly affair focused on local and artisan chocolates and gifts to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Come taste some of our favorite delectable chocolates, shop for Valentine’s Day gifts and foods, enjoy beautiful live music, craft valentines, and win prizes at all three Mississippi Market locations! Plus, spend $50 or more in-store during the Chocolate Fair and receive a free chocolate-themed gift bag, while supplies last. Chocolate Fair vendors sampling their wares include K’ul Chocolate, BT McElrath Chocolatier, Bare Honey, and more.

Celebrate Wellness in the New Year

The New Year calls for celebration, reflection, and the making of positive resolutions. Join us this January for our annual Wellness Wednesday New Year 2-Day Bonus Sale and attend upcoming co-op classes to learn how to improve care of your personal health and well-being.

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Save the Date – Holiday Sampler on December 3rd


Holiday Sampler: A Tasting & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 3 | 11:00am-2:00pm | East 7th store


Join us for our festive Holiday Sampler – a chance to taste some indulgent flavors, including delicious locally-produced cheeses, meats, and chocolates; an opportunity to peruse Mississippi Market’s local and fair trade gift selection; and a fun way to enjoy some family-friendly holiday activities. Vendors will include B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Bare Honey, Veriditas Botanicals, Thousand Hills Cattle Co., Deer Creek Cheese, and more.

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