Market Musings Blog

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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Wild Rice – A Native Minnesotan Grain

Post presented by Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner.

True wild rice is a native Minnesotan food, and we should celebrate the fact. Earthy and comforting, wild rice is highly nutritious, packed with B vitamins, fiber, and protein. There are two types of wild rice, native (manoomin), which is lighter in color and flavor and quicker to cook, and cultivated, which is darker and richer. Yes, it is pricier than its white or brown cousins, but wild rice swells up to 4 times its size, making it a good value; 1 cup of dried rice=6 servings. You can freeze any leftovers, and please save the “broth” it’s cooked in, since it is so delicious and can be added to soup as a base.


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A Local Champion: Featherstone Farm

Featherstone Farm has been growing organic fruits and vegetables for over 20 years with a focus on personal, financial, and environmental sustainability. At their 250-acre certified organic farm in Rushford, Minn, Featherstone produces over 70 different crops annually for delivery to local food co-ops, natural food stores, farm-to-table restaurants, and wholesalers. They also operate a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which delivers fresh produce throughout the summer, fall and winter seasons directly to CSA customers in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Winona.

The farm’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that the freshest, best-tasting, most nutritious fruits and vegetables come from holistic, sustainable production systems. As organic farmers, Featherstone possess a strong ethic of environmental stewardship. A 2,200 square foot, 38 kilowatt solar panel array that sits atop their machine shop serves as one example of their practical, long-term commitment to a clean, sustainable future. We particularly respect their dedication to building healthy soil, protecting natural resources, creating renewable energy, and serving as a regional food hub that connects our urban and rural communities. Their delicious organic carrots and butternut squash are amazing!

Seconds Count – Using Ugly Produce

Post presented by Kirstin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen, Mississippi Market’s exclusive chef partner.

Scabbed, bruised, punctured, gnarled, undersized, crooked. Here’s to imperfections, and unrecognized beauty. Ask your farmer or produce manager for any “seconds”, the ugly and discounted produce that often gets thrown away.

Food waste statistics in our country (and around the world) are distressing. Food gets tossed for many reasons, and we each play a role, whether it’s scrapping leftovers forgotten in the fridge, or easily overlooking bruised or dented fruit. But really, there are simple acts we can do each day to combat this ill, such as using fresh eyes at the market and in our own kitchens, using and respecting what’s there already, however imperfect or seemingly unflattering.

Here’s a perfect, simple, seasonal recipe that captures this idea, and credits resourcefulness.


Serves 4-6

Get the kids involved in making this recipe; depending on their age, they can peel, chop, stir, or even simply choose which spice to add at the end.

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Serious Citrus

Fresh fruit salad in glass bowl.

We get seriously excited about citrus this time of year – there are so many bright and flavorful varieties! We love to share our excitement; if you have questions or want to taste a particular variety, don’t hesitate to ask our produce staff. Read more …

3 Game Day Guacamole Recipes

Guacamole with avocado on wooden table

Get your crew together and grab ingredients for Game Day guacamole! Here, we share three guacamole recipes – one from a produce expert at each of our three stores – to prep for Superbowl Sunday. We recommend pairing your freshly made guacamole with organic corn tortilla chips from local producer Whole Grain Milling Company or Garden of Eatin’.

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New Year Detox Recipes

Green smoothie

Try these delicious juices and smoothies that blend detoxifying fruits and vegetables to help you feel great for the start of the new year. Read more …

Fresh, Organic Seasonal Citrus Direct from Growers

texascitrusEach year during the early winter season we receive an annual shipment of bright, ripe, juicy citrus direct from G&S Groves in McAllen, Texas. This family-run farm grows organic navel oranges, Red Rio grapefruit, Persian limes, Key limes, and Meyer lemons, all of which are available for sale at Mississippi Market.

Although these great tasting fruits are not grown locally since they thrive in warmer climates, we sell them at the co-op because they’re produced using environmentally-beneficial agricultural practices. Plus, our direct relationship with farmers David and Bonnie guarantees great produce and helps support a small family farm with multiple citrus groves.

These fruits are only available at the co-op once a year – don’t miss your chance to taste them!

Tips & Tricks for Grilled Corn on the Cob

If you don’t have a backyard grill, don’t despair—stovetop grilling yields the wonderfully smoky flavor of an outside grill too. Read more …

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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