Market Musings Blog

Holiday Starters: Crudités

By Mississippi Market Chef Partner Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen

I always appreciate when there’s a fancy word—crudités—for something familiar and simple. In this case, crudités means a platter of raw vegetables served with a sauce or vinaigrette. In the Goosefoot Kitchen we’re always trying to keep things simple, delicious, healthy, and affordable, using what we may already have on hand. And this platter, whether it’s for seasonal entertaining, or just because, falls right in line.

Since so many vegetables work as crudités, focus on a happy variety of flavors, colors, and textures, and consider what’s on sale in the produce department. Chop or slice the vegetables so that they are manageable sizes, especially if children will be eating. Then, choose your sauce (see below), and place it in your loveliest little bowl. Arrange the crudités around it, on a platter, plate, or in a napkin-lined basket, and replenish as needed. Simple, delicious, straightforward!

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Local Profile: Larry Schultz

Schultz chickens are cage-free, they are free to eat and exercise anywhere comfortably within an airy sunlit barn, or to roam outdoors in grassy fields when weather conditions are favorable. Schultz chickens are free-range, certified organic and have no hormones or antibiotics administered during their lifespan. This is all part of providing Schultz chickens with a stress free environment that allows the flock to develop into healthy, happy birds that make delicious and nutritious eggs.

Larry Schultz’s family has been using organic farming methods since his great-grandfather first moved onto the land. Larry Schultz has been supplying free-range, cage-free, certified organic eggs (as well as chickens and turkeys) to Mississippi Market for many years. He prides himself in selling the freshest eggs possible– they are candled and graded the same day they are laid!  This means the oldest Schultz egg you’ll find is one week old.

Schultz chickens are fed organic flax seeds, small grains, pasture grasses and bugs– that makes for happy birds! Schultz eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the flaxmeal mixed into their organic feed.

Local Profile: Ferndale Market

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Dale Peterson arrived in Cannon Falls, MN in 1939 ready to do what he loved – grow turkeys. He found his farm in the Little Cannon River Valley with his wife Fern. Now their grandson, John, and his wife, Erica, carry the farm into the third generation. They grow turkeys free-range during the warmer months and move the birds to fresh pasture weekly all summer so they have access to clean air and fresh grass.

Ferndale turkeys grow naturally, without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth promotants, and they enjoy constant access to a diet of grains, vitamins, and minerals from a local feed mill. All Ferndale turkeys are processed-naturally, without additives. Ferndale ground turkey is available year-round in our co-op, and we carry whole turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can’t beat the flavor!

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Lundberg Family Farms – Leaders in Sustainable Farming

Mississippi Market proudly supports Lundberg Family Farms, a third generation operation that grows organic rice and produces a range of sustainable products, including a variety of bagged and boxed rices, risotto, rice cakes, rice chips, rice crackers, and brown rice syrup for baking. Not only are their products delicious and nutritious, they’re made in a way that pays particular attention to their impact on both people and planet. Since 1937, the Lundberg family has been growing healthy, great tasting rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Their commitment to respecting natural resources is an admirable one and one of the many reasons why we carry their products at the co-op. Save on their wholesome products now through September 19th when shopping at Mississippi Market – a number of Lundberg products are currently on sale. 

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Smith Avenue High Bridge Detour

To our valued West Side, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights co-op customers: beginning Tuesday, September 5th, the Smith Avenue High Bridge will be closed in both directions, limiting access to pedestrians and vehicles crossing the river. This temporary closure will last through December of 2018 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation works to resurface the road over the entire bridge length. Over this 16 month time period, construction crews will also be conducting road work along Smith Avenue from West 7th Street south to Interstate 494 with temporary lane closures. Local access will be maintained on the Wabasha and Robert Street bridges. Interstate 35E, highway 52, highway 5, and highway 110 will also remain open.

The primary recommended detour route is Annapolis Street east to Robert Street to Kellogg Boulevard to West 7th Street. The alternative recommended route is Annapolis Street west to highway 13 to highway 55 to highway 5 to West 7th Street. Please plan your co-op shopping trips accordingly. We thank you for your patience and continued patronage!

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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