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Back to School with Alaffia

Alaffia School Supplies Drive | August 1-September 30 | All three stores

Throughout August and September we’re accepting donations of school supplies on behalf of Alaffia, one of the most well-known fair trade organizations in the natural body care industry. Alaffia invests fair trade profits directly into their West African communities to improve people’s quality of life, increase educational opportunities and reduce occurrences of poverty.

We’re collecting donations of new, unused school supplies, including #2 pencils, ball-point pens, white chalk, protractors, metal compasses and lined paper at each of our three store locations. Your donation will provide children in rural Togo with tools to learn, empowering them to complete school and serve as future community leaders. Simply look for the donation posters and collection boxes in each of our store entrances to drop off your items.

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Celebrate Pi Day!

Celebrate Pi Day (3.14.17) at Mississippi Market with $1.00 off Market Made pie slices, while supplies last. Save on some of our favorites this Tuesday, March 14, including French Silk, Key Lime, cherry, blueberry, and apple. These delicious, made-from-scratch pies are baked in-house and can’t be beat!

Local Profile: Milton Creamery

Milton Creamery was started in 2005 as a joint venture between local Amish dairy farmers and the Musser family. All of their milk comes from cows on small Amish dairy farms where herds are managed and milked by the immediate family.  The farmers graze their cows throughout much of the year and don’t give their cows artificial growth hormones, like rBGH and rBST. Simple dairy farming creates simply delicious milk used at Milton Creamery.

Prairie Breeze, one of our favorites from Milton Creamery, is a twist on a well-aged white Cheddar style cheese, aged for a minimum of 9 month, made with Vegetarian Rennet and no added color. Sweeter than your typical cheddar with lots of flavor, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from the calcium crystals developed during the aging process.

Try it grated on a salad, in soup, with apple pie, your favorite chocolate chip cookie or on a multi grain cracker!

Apply Now for Positive Change!


Our Positive Change Program is a nod to our mission statement: to create positive change in the community by influencing the production, distribution, and enjoyment of food. Each month, we feature one local nonprofit organization at all three of our stores and raise funds through register round ups and reusable bag credits for donation to their cause. It’s our way of saying thanks and giving back directly to our community.

St. Paul-based nonprofits are encouraged to apply! We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Recipients are chosen quarterly throughout the year. On average, our customers raise over $8,000 per month for Positive Change recipients.

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Celebrate Wellness in the New Year

The New Year calls for celebration, reflection, and the making of positive resolutions. Join us this January for our annual Wellness Wednesday New Year 2-Day Bonus Sale and attend upcoming co-op classes to learn how to improve care of your personal health and well-being.

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Christmas & Hanukkah Recipes

Searching for unique holiday recipes for your Christmas and Hanukkah gatherings? Try a few of our favorites!

Christmas Recipes


sliced brussels sprouts

Slivered Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

A flavorful side dish that goes great alongside roasted turkey or salmon and mashed potatoes. If you happen to have any leftovers, add them to scrambled eggs for a delightful vegetable breakfast hash.


Barbecue maple glazed salmon

Maple Glazed Salmon

A simple marinated salmon recipe with the full flavor of fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and a maple syrup glaze. Try this healthy entree as a lighter alternative to typically heavy Christmas meat dishes.


Ripe peeled grapefruits on color wooden background

Grapefruit & Avocado Salad with Arugula

A light, refreshing citrus dish that pairs well with roasts, ham, turkey, and fish. The ripe bitterness of fresh grapefruit compliments the peppery taste of arugula and rich fat content of avocados in this sumptuous salad.


Hanukkah Recipes


Potato pancakes or latke traditional homemade fried vegetable food recipe. Healthy organic vegan food.

Rose Family Potato Kugel

This recipe is adapted from Joan Nathan’s wonderful recipe book The Jewish Holiday Kitchen. You could call this a latke by another name: it’s definitely potato-y, onion-y, totally delicious, and a lot less messy to make.


Rugelach with chocolate filling.


These cute little cookies aren’t difficult to make and are very flexible in terms of what you can add to them. Fill with simmered, mashed prunes; dried apricots or raisins; nuts; or jams and jellies for a tasty treat.



Sweet Potato Tzimmes

Tzimmes is a traditional Jewish sweet stew usually made with sweet potatoes and fruit for Sabbath meals and the fall holiday, Sukkot. Since it is comforting, dense, and rich in taste, try serving it as one of your Hanukkah traditions. Added fruit can include prunes, dried apricots, canned pineapple, raisins, or even candied sharp ginger—whatever sounds appealing to you!

Holiday Gift Ideas: Gifts Under $20

We have a wonderful selection of wellness and home goods available at the co-op for everyone on your holiday wish list. Staying within a budget during the holiday season can be tricky and stressful. Our Under $20 guide offers a number of ideas and price ranges for staying within budget while ensuring delivery of thoughtful, quality crafted gifts. Plus, many of the following gift ideas impart all-natural scents, ideal for calming nerves and creating relaxing, stress-free holiday environments.

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Join Us for More Holiday Cheer!


Holiday Demo Days

As a follow up to our successful East 7th store Holiday Sampler on December 3rd, we’re hosting two Holiday Demo Days at our other locations. A number of vendors will be attending each and sampling their goods. These are great opportunities to taste some indulgent holiday flavors, including delicious locally-produced cheeses, meats, honey, and more.

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking to freshen up your Thanksgiving table? Try a few of our favorite holiday recipes – many of them using local ingredients.

Homemade Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Baked Brie with Honey
A simple & decadent treat!

Kale & Apple Maple Salad
A sweet, crunchy salad. Healthy made delicious with local Salad Girl Salad Dressing.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed sweet potato casserole topped with toasted marshmallows and a brown sugar cinnamon pecan streusel.

Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts
Protein-rich, multi-textured salad.

Honey Glazed Carrots
This is a great recipe to use with local Featherstone carrots!


Local Turkey Providers

The turkeys we sell at Mississippi Market come from different growers that have impeccable records in raising their animals humanely. This year our turkeys come from three local producers: Kadejan Farms in Kerkhoven, MN, Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, MN, and Ferndale Farm in Cannon Falls, MN.

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