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West 7th Store Deli Remodel

9/13 Update: As of 7:30 a.m., our West 7th deli remodel is complete and the deli is fully functioning again! Stop in and check out our newly remodeled space.

9/12 Update: As of 11:00 a.m., our salad bar, hot bar, hot soups and grab and go sandwiches are all available. We are awaiting final inspection for our made-to-order operations – made-to-order sandwiches, juices, espresso drinks and smoothies will be returning soon.

We’re proud to announce a remodel of our West 7th store deli! Please pardon the mess as we work to improve our offerings. Construction has begun and, if all goes well, should wrap up by Tuesday, September 12th.

Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, coffee and desserts; bottled juices; baked goods; and whole roasted chickens will remain available throughout the remodel process. We will not have made-to-order sandwiches and juices, hot pizza, hot soup, smoothies, and espresso drinks at West 7th during this time. Full service delis will remain available at our East 7th and Selby stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience throughout the process. We’re excited to bring you improved deli service and additional prepared food options at West 7th!

Why Bulk is Best

Mississippi Market offers hundreds of self-service bulk bins loaded with grains, rice, oats, beans, pasta, shelled nuts, coffee, teas, spices, granola, dried fruits, candy, and more. We also carry liquid bulk items including maple syrup, honey, oils, soaps, shampoos, and laundry detergents. You’re sure to find something great in our well-stocked bulk department. Some of our best sellers include organic raisins, oats, honey, flour, walnuts, organic popcorn, and a variety of whole bean coffee.

Buying in bulk doesn’t mean dealing with large quantities. At the co-op, buying in bulk means reducing food waste, using minimal to no packaging, and saving money. You can even bring in your own reusable containers to fill! The best part is that it’s easier on the earth and your pocketbook.

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Local Profile: Humane Animal Husbandry with Pastures A Plenty

Special thanks to guest bloggers and farmers Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPole from Pastures A Plenty for contributing! We carry a variety of their locally and humanely-raised pork products.

Pastures A Plenty in Kerkhoven, Minnesota is a grazing-based farm that uses holistic management for all of our farm decisions. We are committed to environmental, community and long term farm sustainability. We raise Berkshire, Duroc and Chester White breeds of hogs for our pork products because they love to be outside! The hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.

Most of the hog industry feeds gestating sows by computer, either in the context of groups, or tight individual confinement. Here at Pastures A Plenty, our approach to the sows follows our mission statement – “….careful and humane”. Oh, we use computers. We just don’t allow them to come between us and our animals. When that human-animal connection is broken, and its elements handed over to electronics, the conditions ripen for abuse of both animals and humans. Animal husbandry is critical to us.

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Eating Local with Local Foodie Kim Werst

Kim Werst (pictured center) with cooking class participants at our West 7th store.

In honor of August being Eat Local Month at the co-op, we’re pleased to highlight local eating tips, tricks, and suggestions from our friend Kim Werst, a local food educator, entrepreneur, and food justice activist. You may recognize Kim as one of our class instructors – she co-teaches an on-going series titled Cooking with Co+op Basics that we offer on a monthly basis. These free classes feature budget-friendly, from-scratch cooking techniques; recipes that feed a family of four for under $10; and tips for shopping the co-op on a budget. Additional information about Kim’s efforts to eat closer to home can be seen on her website.

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Celebrate Eat Local Month

August is Eat Local Month at the co-op! Join us as we show our appreciation for local food and local farmers. This time of year is especially exciting for local food fans as farmers work to harvest fresh crops at their peak and deliver them to the co-op for your enjoyment.

We define “local” as food and products grown, produced, or processed within a five-state area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are multiple ways to celebrate throughout the month, including taking part in our Eat Local Challenge and #EatLocalSTP social media giveaway for your chance to win local foods, and writing Thank a Farmer postcards to show your appreciation for some of our favorite local growers. A number of locally-grown, locally-raised, and locally-produced foods are also on sale throughout the month.

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Klean Kanteen Savings

Planning a trip to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year? Stay hydrated at the State Fair with reusable stainless steel bottles from Klean Kanteen. Throughout the month of August, select Classic Kanteens and accessories, including reusable lids and straws, are 25% off at the co-op. This includes a variety of their Classic, Insulated Classic, and Kid bottles in a range of sizes and colors. The insulated bottles and caps work particularly well during the heat of summer at keeping beverages like water, beer, and kombucha cool for hours on end. When the seasons begin to change, the insulated bottles can also be used to keep beverages like coffee and tea warm on brisk fall outings.

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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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Apostle Island Trek: Fueled by Mississippi Market

We’re proud to announce that Mississippi Market employee Daniel O’Kane is setting off on a three and a half week journey around the Apostle Islands. Over the course of 23 days, he plans to swim 48 miles across the southwest tip of Lake Superior.

Daniel credits Mississippi Market with his love for nutritious food and his passion for living an active, healthy lifestyle. During his aquatic voyage, Daniel will be led by a sea kayak loaded with delicious, nourishing foods from our co-op. He states, “The best fuel for the trip comes from bags and boxes of food that I’ve been stocking up on at Mississippi Market.” This includes one of his favorites – trail mix from our bulk department.

Beginning July 16th, he’ll start at Sand Bay, then head northeast toward Devil’s Island, and, if all goes according to plan, end August 7th at Red Cliff Dock. Once each island is reached, he plans to hike and paddle his stand up paddle board through to the next leg of the swimming trek.

Out of respect for their status as bird sanctuaries, Daniel doesn’t plan to visit Eagle or Gull Island. According to the National Park Service, these two islands account for 88% of the lakeshore’s breeding herring gull populations and 80% of the herring gull breeding population on the entire Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.

We wish Daniel good luck on his adventure and fully support this awesome endeavor! If you’d like to follow along, he’ll be posting updates on Instagram at Ap.Is.Ex.

Celebrate National Night Out with Mississippi Market

Let Mississippi Market help you host a National Night Out gathering!

Once again, we are sponsoring National Night Out (NNO) events in St. Paul by giving away free $30 gift cards. Interested co-op members and shoppers may use them to purchase food and drinks for their NNO event or as event prizes. This year, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 1st. We will be accepting applications for the gift cards beginning Monday, July 10th.

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Andalou Naturals 30% off Pop-up Sale

Sunday, July 16 | All Three Stores | All Day Sale | Active Demos 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Receive 2 for $10 on all Andalou Naturals hair care products plus 30% off all of their other beauty and personal care products

Join us on Sunday, July 16th at all three stores for our one-day-only Andalou Naturals pop-up sale! All co-op shoppers are eligible to receive a special 2 for $10 deal on all Andalou Naturals hair care products as well as 30% off all of their other beauty and personal care products in our Wellness department all day long.

Plus, personal care experts from Andalou will be offering free hand facials, sponge demonstrations, and sheet mask demonstrations from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

In addition, a number of giveaways will take place from 12:00-5:00 p.m.:

  • Spend more than $50 on Andalou Naturals products and receive a free gift with a retail value worth $20.
  • Spend less than $50 on Andalou Naturals products and receive a smaller gift such as a face mask or travel size item.
  • Enter the Andalou Naturals gift bag raffle for your chance to win even more fabulous items!

Andalou Naturals is the first Non-GMO Project Verified natural beauty brand focused on label transparency and quality ingredients. Their entire product line follows the Superior Source Ingredient Standards, which include items that are certified non-GMO and gluten-free, certified organic, organically-grown, vegetarian, vegan, sustainably sourced, fair trade, and cruelty free. Their products utilize fruit stem cell science, an antioxidant defense system inspired by nature, to hydrate, sooth, and replenish.

We carry a wide selection of their products, including shampoos and conditioners, body lotions, hand creams, cleansing foams, serums, toners, exfoliators, masks, and more. In addition to their strong ingredient sourcing standards, they’re also committed to female empowerment, equality, and education. A percentage of their profits directly support social entrepreneurship efforts for women and girls. We love Andalou Naturals!