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Hoppin’ John for Good Luck in the New Year

New Year’s Day is celebrated by many families with Hoppin’ John, a traditional southern stew made with black eyed peas. Some people add a penny or other small trinket to the beans when serving them. Whoever finds it is promised especially good luck in the New Year. Many recipes can be found for Hoppin’ John as there are many cooks who make it; use this one as a foundation for creating your own version.

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Local Profile: Pastures A Plenty

Pastures A Plenty is third generation family-owned-and-operated by the VanDerPols.

Pasture-to-Plate Pork

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minn., is decidedly different. This mutigenerational family-owned-and-operated farmstead takes a hands-on approach, focusing on attention to detail. For over three decades, the VanDerPol family has shown strong commitment to the environment, their community, and long-term farm sustainability. They raise Berkshire, Duroc, and Chester White heritage hog breeds that are primarily pasture-fed and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth. These rugged, hardy breeds love to forage and roam outside and, as a result, produce premium, high-quality pork.

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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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Introducing: Clear River Farms

Fair Food at a Fair Price

New to Mississippi Market, we’ll soon be carrying a wide selection of Black Angus beef cuts from Clear River Farms. Beginning Friday, April 14th, you can purchase their ground beef, NY strip steaks, stew meat, ribeye steaks, and more at all three of our co-op locations. Their naturally-raised cattle are sourced from the Midwest, are never given antibiotics or growth hormones, and are fed an all vegetarian diet consisting of grasses and grains. Try this high quality beef as an affordable, healthy option for you and your family.

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Local Profile: Mustard Seed Farm


Mustard Seed Farm is a prime example of what sets Mississippi Market apart from conventional grocers. This local, family run farm located just over 30 miles from Saint Paul in Marine on St. Croix raises grass-fed, pastured lambs and cattle that are processed at a USDA inspected facility in nearby Wisconsin. In 2015, we developed a strong relationship with the farm and started purchasing their lamb for sale in our stores, enabling them to offer it year-round, available exclusively at our co-op. Their lambs and cattle are not given hormones or antibiotics and are never confined to tight spaces, resulting in more humane living conditions, as well as greater marbling and richer taste in the finished product.

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Sustainable Seafood from Misty Fjord

We proudly carry Misty Fjord Seafood Producers sustainably harvested Alaskan Sockeye salmon. Unlike farmed fish, Misty Fjord’s wild caught salmon are harvested when they are mature, after their feeding cycle has ended, and after they have begun to migrate. Compared to farmed salmon, wild caught ones contain higher levels of oil content. The fish oil found in wild caught salmon consists of more Omega-3 fatty acids than that of their farmed counterparts. Omega-3s are healthy unsaturated fats that have been found by nutritionists to fend off chronic diseases and pains including heart disease, rheumetoid arthritis, breast cancer, migraines, and more.

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Local Profile: Thousand Hills Cattle Co.

HamburgerThousand Hills Cattle Company, located in Cannon Falls, Minn., focuses on nourishing soil, plants, cattle, and people by holistically grazing cattle. Their 100% grass-fed cattle management practices are good for animals, people, and the planet, and promote long-term health, wellness, and environmental sustainability.

Founder Todd Churchill makes sure all of the cattle are locally-raised on family farms in the Upper Midwest. Thousand Hills has strict standards for their heritage breed, free-range, grass-fed beef. They pride themselves on raising the highest quality cattle, which are never given antibiotics, artificial hormones, GMOs, grain, or grain byproducts. Grass-fed beef is rich in omega-3 fats and has less fat marbling than corn-fed beef. Todd recommends you take the time to cook this beef “low and slow” for optimum tenderness.

Mississippi Market supports localorganicantibiotic-free and hormone-free meat producers, knowing exactly where our meats come from and how the animals are raised. In fact, about 90% of the meat we purchase comes from local producers or locally-owned businesses! We proudly carry Thousand Hills Cattle Co. beef products at the co-op for your enjoyment.

Eat Local Challenge: Pastures A Plenty

pastures_logoLAugust is Local Month at the Co-op! Take the Eat Local Challenge by visiting the co-op, deciding how many locally grown and raised foods you aim to eat in August and enter to win prizes each week of the month! This week we’re pleased to highlight local pork producers Pastures A Plenty.

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minnesota is a Pastures-A-Plentygrazing-based farm that uses a holistic management model for all of their farm decisions. They are committed to environmental, community and long term farm sustainability. The VanDerPols raise Berkshire, Duroc and Chester White breeds of hogs for their products because these hogs love to be outside! The hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.

Mississippi Market supports localorganicantibiotic-free and hormone-free meat producers, knowing exactly where our meats come from and how the animals were raised. In fact, about 90% of the meat we purchase comes from local producers or locally-owned businesses! We proudly carry Pastures A Plenty pork products at all three of our co-op locations.

The Unofficial Start of Summer

Fire up those coals! Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and your co-op has everything you need (at great prices) to have a grill fest in your back yard.
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