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Natural Egg Dye

These all-natural egg dyes allow you to skip the food coloring and use items you already have on hand! They’re most effective when eggs are soaked in color overnight in the refrigerator, especially when using brown eggs. For every dozen eggs, plan on using at least 4 cups of dye liquid.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Foodie Favorites


Searching for the perfect gifts for the foodie on your holiday list? We’ve got a great selection for lovers of unique, quality-crafted foods. Try our Foodie Faves below – they’re sure to please!


We love these amazing, locally-made, handcrafted artisan cheeses from Wisconsin! We recommend The Fawn, a sweet and nutty mellow cheddar.



Exclusive to co-op shoppers, this cold-pressed, fair trade olive oil is made from a blend of certified organic Arauco and Manzanilla olives​ and cooperatively produced by family farms in Argentina.


A luscious blend of honey, butter, cream, sugar, and vanilla results in a velvety smooth spread that serves as the perfect complement to toast, pancakes, and desserts.



Nothing says winter quite like a warm, steeping mug of hot cocoa. We steer towards Equal Exchange’s fair trade organic hot cocoa mix since its ingredients contain cocoa and sugar grown by small co-operative farmers and milk produced by Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based dairy cooperative.



Based in Minneapolis, The Beez Kneez promotes sustainable urban beekeeping and utilizes their bees to make incredibly flavorful small batch raw honey and mustard. The honey imparts these unique flavors as a result of the bees foraging for these types of natural pollen. Did you know? Mississippi Market is an urban apiary partner of Beez Kneez, hosting honey bee hives on the rooftop of our West 7th store!



Another local favorite, Bare Honey produces and distributes chemical free, antibiotic free, Treatment Free honey. Along with raising their own bees, they operate as a distribution outlet for sustainable Minnesota beekeepers. Flavors include raw wildflower, vanilla bean honey spread, and cinnamon honey.


Local Rush Creek Reserve farmstead cheese from Uplands Cheese Co. in southern Wisconsin is one of the best cheeses of the year. Rush Creek Reserve is only made in the autumn as the cows move from summer pasture to winter hay, which produces a richer milk. It is a soft ripened cheese wrapped in a strip of spruce bark that imparts a sweet, woodsy flavor. Pair it with one of Wood from the Hood’s charcuterie boards for an extra special gift.


If the foodies on your holiday gift list enjoy spicy foods and promoting local businesses, then these two aromatic hot sauces should fit the bill. Isabel Street heat located in St. Paul and Nuclear Nectar located in Minneapolis craft beautiful products that’ll add a kick to omelets, eggs, quesadillas, pizzas, and soups. We carry Nuclear Nectar ‘Nero Red, a habanero hot sauce, as well as a range of Isabel Street Heat sauces including Chipotle, Habanero, Jalapeno, Thai Chili, Serrano, and Ghost Pepper.


Express your Values this Gift-giving Season

Gifts Under $20

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? You’re sure to find one at the co-op that’s beautiful and reflective of your personal values. This holiday season, give the gift of honesty — fairly-produced food and goods made with reverence for the people and places where they’re crafted.

Local Raw Honey Tasting Pack

This single-source honey tasting pack offers a diverse combination of flavor profiles for the discerning palate. Gift receivers will experience the joy of five best-selling varieties from Ames Farm. Packages vary and contain honey made from the pollen of local basswood, sweet clover, prairie flowers, alfalfa, and more.

Local, Organic Maple Syrups

Gift receivers are sure to enjoy the earthy flavors of organic maple syrups from Maple Valley Cooperative and Wild Country. Harvested from woodlands in the Great Lakes region and Sawtooth Mountains near Lake Superior, these 100-percent-pure maple syrups are produced with the greatest care given to sustainable harvesting methods and social responsibility.

Organic Fair-trade Coffee

An array of organic fair-trade coffee blends is available at the co-op from Just Coffee Co-op, Kickapoo Coffee, Peace Coffee, and Equal Exchange Co-op. These locally-roasted blends are full of robust flavors and ethically sourced from farmers who are paid fair wages for their work and goods.

Cooperatively-Produced Winter Scarves

Terra Natural Designs’ winter scarves are cooperatively produced and artisan crafted. Handmade with sustainable, renewable fibers and naturally-sourced dyes, your purchase supports a social justice movement that empowers Indigenous female entrepreneurs to continually preserve, practice, and get paid for their South American crafts.

Essential Oil Holiday Blends

Veriditas essential oil blends offer an organic model for self-care and relaxation. During the hectic end-of-year season, provide your loved ones with the grounding, healing power of herbs and flowers. These comforting blends work well when added to a diffuser or homemade potpourri.­­­

Goodness Giveaway: Win Groceries, Give Groceries

Win a cart full of groceries!

Entries must be received by December 12th. Winners will be announced in mid-December.

Swing by the co-op for your chance to win one of three carts full of Co+op Basics groceries. One lucky winner per store will receive an assortment of groceries valued at approximately $75. Simply enter our Goodness Giveaway next time you shop at any of our three stores; no purchase necessary.

Three matching $75 donations in the winners’ names will be given to our December Positive Change recipient Keystone Community Services. Keystone is a local organization that provides nutritious food to over 26,000 community members on an annual basis who are experiencing barriers to healthy eating.

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A Family Recipe for the Holidays

Thanks to board member Hlee Vang for sharing her family’s traditional holiday recipe!

“I love the holidays and the ability to share good, healthy, delicious food with my family and friends. I would love to share a traditional family recipe with you. Bon appétit!” – Hlee Vang

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup with Vermicelli Rice Noodles

Serves 6-8

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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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Local Thanksgiving Turkeys

Pre-order your local Thanksgiving turkey

Pre-orders may be placed Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 17.

We’re excited to offer two kinds of local free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving pre-orders from Ferndale Market and Schultz Organic Farm. Ferndale turkeys enjoy a diet of grasses and grains that are rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals and Schultz turkeys are raised organically. Both Ferndale and Schultz turkeys are raised without antibiotics or artificial growth hormones and given plenty of space to roam, eat, and live. Not only are these animal husbandry practices humane, they result in happier, healthier poultry and a more flavorful-tasting turkey for your holiday table.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Local Favorites

Celebrate regional fare and flavors with the Local Favorites gift guide highlighting our most popular locally-made goods, food, and drink. This list contains everything from mittens and cat toys, to chocolates and cheeses, to teas and coffees, all made in Minnesota and Wisconsin. These co-op essentials are sure to please the die-hard locavores in your life.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Children’s Gifts

Make a positive impact on both our immediate and global communities while bringing a smile to your child’s face with our selection of locally-made, fair trade, and non-toxic children’s gifts. From build-it-yourself kits, to warm knitted winter wear, to organic sweets, we’ve got everything needed to bring joy to your little ones this holiday season.

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Pre-order Your Thanksgiving Turkey and Sides


Thanksgiving turkey pre-orders are available Monday, October 31st through Friday, November 18th.

Choose from a wide selection of locally raised, free-range, all-natural turkeys. Pre-order forms are available at customer service and in our meat department.

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