Market Musings Blog

The unofficial start of summer

Fire up those coals – we have something for everyone for your grill!
Our Market Made brats are made in small batches with the highest quality ingredients to give you a great tasting brat you’re can’t find anywhere else. Try a St. Paul Porter brat made with Summit Brewery Porter or our new “The Works” brat – it’s loaded with flavor from pork, bacon, habanero jack cheese and roasted garlic.


Brats not your thing? We also have great deal on Niman’s Ranch sirloin steaks and local Grass Run Farms grass-fed steaks. Tofurkey beer brats are a tasty meat-alternative for grilling season and are also on sale.

Want to try something new? Juusto & Guusto local cheeses are amazing grilled! Don’t let the unusual names fool you. They’re just like, warm, squeaky cheese curds, right off your grill!

Grab some mushrooms and peppers for some kababs and one of our deli’s fresh salads and you’ve got a meal! Our Mango black bean salad and Smoked mozzarella salads are on sale for the holiday weekend.

If you are looking forward to spending some extra time (but not too much time) during this long weekend in the kitchen, here are some of our favorite recipes for grilling & outdoor eating.

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Serious citrus

Citrus shines in the winter months, and thank goodness for that! The brightness that they offer in color and in flavor helps shake us from our winter slumber. Read more …

Hoppin’ John for good luck in the new year

New Year’s Day in the American South is celebrated by many families with Hoppin’ John, a 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. As many recipes can be found for Hoppin’ John as there are cooks who make it, so use this one as a foundation for creating your own version. Read more …

Locally-loaded potato soup

Looking over this week’s deals, a meal idea jumped out at us – Mashed potato soup, loaded with local ingredients! Read more …

Ode to Lard

There was a time, not so long ago, when lard was viewed with the suspicion usually accorded street drugs. Read more …

Good-bye Red Delicious

Crunchy, sweet, tart, crisp, tangy, floral, sour, sticky, green, burgundy, pink, yellow. The list goes on in how one could describe an apple. Read more …

A gluten- & dairy-free cake to die for

Whenever I’m asked for recipes that don’t include gluten-producing flours and/or dairy, my first impulse is to suggest looking to food cultures that don’t use these products much or at all: Read more …

Local Foods for Your Grill

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In honor of the Eat Local America Challenge this month, I am bringing you an awesome local recipe to use at your late summer barbecues! I picked up all of my local ingredients from Mississippi Market of course; Read more …

Kraut and Brats: A Marriage Made in Minnesota

brats on the grillLabor Day is just around the corner which means we are heavily into our biggest brat-grilling season. Happily, there’s a vegetable out there that invariably forms a happy marriage with brats: cabbage. Brew up a batch of tasty red kraut in no time at all and enjoy a tasty tangle of it atop a grilled brat wedged into a heated St. Agnes brat bun slathered in whole-grain mustard. Read more …

Instant Cucumber Pickles for a Strange Season

I don’t know about your garden, but mine’s cranking out kale as if there’s no tomorrow, the herbs are doing well, too, and everything else is sulking. I’m getting one or two wee cukes each day, Read more …