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Hmong American Farmers Association

Breaking Barriers and Building Wealth for Hmong FarmersHAFA logo

Hmong farmers have been transforming the local food economy in the Twin Cities since the first wave of refugees arrived from Laos and Thailand thirty years ago. From their active presence at area farmers markets to introducing new foods like lemongrass and bok choy to Minnesotans’ palates, it’s clear that they have made a big impact on local foods in our state.

Yet, for as much of an impact as Hmong farmers have made on our local growing economy, they historically have not been compensated to the same level as mainstream farmers. Enter the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA). HAFA is a member-based organization located in St. Paul, started and led by Hmong farmers, working to lift up immigrant farmers and build wealth in the Hmong community. HAFA found that on average Hmong farmers made $3,000 less/acre than mainstream Minnesotan farmers.

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August is Local Month at the Co-op!

Try local foods for a week, all month long or anywhere in between! Throughout the month of August visit the co-op to write Thank You notes to a local farmer, take the Eat Local Challenge, attend a Find Local Tour or Scavenger Hunt and enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Read more …

Discontinuing Mississippi Market At Your Door

Mississippi Market will be discontinuing the delivery service, Mississippi Market at Your Door, as of August 31, 2016. Read more …

Recall of Hubert’s Lemonade

Notified 7/5/2016
Hubert’s Lemonade has issued a recall on certain lots of their 16oz Lemonades.

Due to a production issue, there is the potential for small pieces of glass from bottles damaged during the production process to be present in some product. No affected product was found at our East 7th or West 7th locations. Affected product was removed from our shelves at the Selby location. Member-owners who purchased the affected UPCs will be notified by the co-op. Products affected by the recall include the following flavors and date code:

Hubert’s Lemonade D1626UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Strawberry D1626UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Strawberry D1627UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Watermelon D1627UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Watermelon D1628UB
Hubert’s Lemonade Blackberry D1628UB

 

St. Paul Road Closures

Here are some suggestions on how to reach our stores amid all the road construction taking place throughout the city.

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Clif Bar Recall

Recall of three flavors of Clif Bar
Notified 6/3/2016 Read more …

Plant Sale: 2016 Pepper Line-Up

From heirlooms to hybrids, from sweet to spicy, our West 7th Street store Plant Sale has an incredible selection of peppers this year. Read more …

Meals Made with a lot of Heart

Take it from us, meals made with a lot of heart are the surest way to show how much you care. Your valentine is bound to feel the love when you serve one of these delicious meals. Read more …

Hot Sauce Scrimmage

We have some serious hot sauce fans at the co-op and we were curious if there was a consensus on a clear favorite. Thus, the hot sauce scrimmage was born! Read more …

5 Last Minute Gifts

Save time with these quick, (but high-quality!) last minute gifts for anyone on your list. Read more …