Market Musings Blog

Chocolate Fair on February 10th

Saturday, February 10 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | All store locations

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at your co-op!

Join your co-op community on Saturday, February 10th during Mississippi Market’s annual Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair, a fun, family-friendly event featuring artisan chocolates, local and fair-trade gifts, and chocolate fondue to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Sample delectable chocolates, shop for Valentine’s Day gifts and foods, enjoy live music, craft valentines, and win prizes at all three Mississippi Market locations!

Plus, spend $50 or more during the Chocolate Fair and receive a free chocolate-themed gift bag, while supplies last.

3rd Annual Holiday Sampler

Holiday Sampler: Tasting & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00am-2:00pm | West 7th store

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 as local cookies, cheeses, candles, and more
  • Receive a seasonal gift with purchase when you spend over $50, while supplies last

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Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration

At our 2017 Annual Member-Owner Meeting & Celebration on October 18th at the Midpointe Event Center, we’ll gather together to hear updates from our board of directors and General Manager Gail Graham, welcome newly elected board members, and hear from guest speaker Faye Brown from the Tanka Fund. This is also the last opportunity for member-owners to vote in our board of directors election. We’ll have fabulous prize giveaways, including a free bicycle. Enter the raffle at our Annual Meeting for your chance to win.

Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting! Tickets must be reserved by Monday, October 16th.

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Celebrate National Night Out with Mississippi Market

Let Mississippi Market help you host a National Night Out gathering!

Once again, we are sponsoring National Night Out (NNO) events in St. Paul by giving away free $30 gift cards. Interested co-op members and shoppers may use them to purchase food and drinks for their NNO event or as event prizes. This year, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 1st. We will be accepting applications for the gift cards beginning Monday, July 10th.

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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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Introducing: Local Food Fest

Local Food | Live Music | Exclusive Sales | Raffle Prizes | And More!

All store locations

Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate all things local! At this fun, family-friendly event, you will meet local growers and producers, sample their delicious fresh foods, shop exclusive sales on local products, and enjoy live jazz, blues, and acoustic music. Come taste some of our favorite local meats, cheeses, fresh produce, ice cream, and more. Local vendors will include favorites such as Ferndale Market, Salad Girl, Gerhard’s Brats, and many others. Additionally, youth interns from Urban Roots, our June Positive Change recipient, will be leading cooking, gardening, and environmental conservation activities at each store.

Featuring Live Music & Activities with Urban Roots Youth

East 7th store

  • Acoustic ukulele music with Alicia Renée.
  • Test your sense of smell with Urban Roots’ Market Garden fresh herb identification game.

Selby store

  • Jazz music with saxophonist Jack Breen.
  • Meet Urban Roots’ Cook Fresh Crew and sample youth-made treats featuring seasonal produce. Recipe included!

West 7th store

  • Old-timey blues music with Old-Time and Clawhammer Mike.
  • Speak with Urban Roots’ Conservation Crew about native Minnesota plants. Learn all about the activity taking place below ground and guess how deep native roots can reach!

Save the Date: Co-op Farm Tour

Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Over 25 urban and rural Twin City farm locations

Experience food in a different way – directly from the source! Every summer, we partner with a dozen other Twin Cities-area food co-ops to put on the Eat Local Farm Tour. This year, we’re introducing a new name—the Co-op Farm Tour. The new name highlights our collective food co-op community and our businesses’ direct support of local farmers. This free showcase event is a great opportunity to meet the people and see the places behind some of your favorite local foods. Venture out with family and friends to meet local farmers, tour their farms, and learn more about their sustainable operations. This year, over 25 urban and rural farms will open their doors to visitors for free self-guided tours, kids’ activities, learning, and discovery.

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Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Demos

Visit our West 7th store throughout May for our annual spring Plant Sale and new gardening demos. Our sale is known for its great selection of Minnesota native plants, heirloom and hybrid vegetables, and herbs. This year we’ll also have a wide selection of flowering plants that support pollinators, vegetables that work well in container gardens, and an array of planted patio pots and hanging baskets. The plants will once again come from local growers including Glacial Ridge in Glenwood, Minnesota and Green Earth Growers near Prior Lake. Over the years, both have demonstrated strong commitments to using sustainable growing and cultivation practices. Everything available at the Plant Sale is grown to organic standards. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced gardener, you’re sure to find something great!

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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