Market Musings Blog

Create Positive Change: Run for the Board!

Help improve access to healthful, local foods and create a more just, equitable food system.

Once again, we are seeking candidates to run for Mississippi Market’s board of directors. This is an exciting opportunity for member-owners to serve the community while shaping our collective future. The board of directors set policy and governance parameters, monitor co-op performance, and act as the decision-making body for important issues such as our overall strategic direction.

Board applications may be picked up in-store and are also available digitally. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10th.

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Show Your Pride!

Show your support for our diverse LGBTQ community this Sunday, June 25th at the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival. We’ll be marching as sponsors in the Pride Parade from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with other local Twin Cities food co-ops including Seward, the Wedge, Lakewinds, and Eastside. Our collective Twin Cities Co-ops theme is a rainbow of shopping carts. 15 staff members from Mississippi Market will be wearing Co-op Pride t-shirts and marching with festive green shopping carts that we created. Join us and the greater LGBTQ community as we celebrate diversity, foster inclusion, and raise awareness of equity and equality issues. Share your Pride photos on social media with hashtag #cooppride!

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Alaffia Skin Care – Empowering Communities through Fair Trade

Alaffia is one of the most well-known fair trade organizations in the natural body care industry. Founded by couple Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, they work to empower West African communities and foster gender equality through the fair trade production and distribution of natural body, skin, and hair care products. Their offerings include deodorants, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, balms, oils, body wash, bar soaps, bubble baths, hair styling gels, moisturizers, serums, scrubs, and more. These items are produced using unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and other natural products that protect hair and skin against sun and wind damage.

By following fair trade practices, Alaffia ensures their producers are paid a fair wage and provided with fair working conditions and equal employment opportunities. This also ensures environmental stewardship as well as cultural and economic sustainability for local West African communities. Additionally, a price premium above the minimum fair trade cost for products is set aside for development projects in Alaffia’s producer communities.

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Introducing: Local Food Fest

Local Food | Live Music | Exclusive Sales | Raffle Prizes | And More!

All store locations

Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate all things local! At this fun, family-friendly event, you will meet local growers and producers, sample their delicious fresh foods, shop exclusive sales on local products, and enjoy live jazz, blues, and acoustic music. Come taste some of our favorite local meats, cheeses, fresh produce, ice cream, and more. Local vendors will include favorites such as Ferndale Market, Salad Girl, Gerhard’s Brats, and many others. Additionally, youth interns from Urban Roots, our June Positive Change recipient, will be leading cooking, gardening, and environmental conservation activities at each store.

Featuring Live Music & Activities with Urban Roots Youth

East 7th store

  • Acoustic ukulele music with Alicia Renée.
  • Test your sense of smell with Urban Roots’ Market Garden fresh herb identification game.

Selby store

  • Jazz music with saxophonist Jack Breen.
  • Meet Urban Roots’ Cook Fresh Crew and sample youth-made treats featuring seasonal produce. Recipe included!

West 7th store

  • Old-timey blues music with Old-Time and Clawhammer Mike.
  • Speak with Urban Roots’ Conservation Crew about native Minnesota plants. Learn all about the activity taking place below ground and guess how deep native roots can reach!

Save the Date: Co-op Farm Tour

Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Over 25 urban and rural Twin City farm locations

Experience food in a different way – directly from the source! Every summer, we partner with a dozen other Twin Cities-area food co-ops to put on the Eat Local Farm Tour. This year, we’re introducing a new name—the Co-op Farm Tour. The new name highlights our collective food co-op community and our businesses’ direct support of local farmers. This free showcase event is a great opportunity to meet the people and see the places behind some of your favorite local foods. Venture out with family and friends to meet local farmers, tour their farms, and learn more about their sustainable operations. This year, over 25 urban and rural farms will open their doors to visitors for free self-guided tours, kids’ activities, learning, and discovery.

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Something’s a-buzz at Mississippi Market!

We’re proud to announce a new partnership with The Beez Kneez, a local pollinator advocacy organization and honey producer that is committed to “reviving the hive for healthy bees, healthy lives” by establishing and maintaining honey bee hives throughout the Twin Cities. They partner with various Twin City restaurants, museums, food co-ops, schools and urban farms who serve as urban apiary host sites. Recently, Mississippi Market was put in touch with The Beez Kneez and asked if we’d be willing to partner. We jumped at the opportunity!

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A Tour through America’s Dairy Land

by Matt Olson, Fresh Purchasing Manager

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour cheese country in Southern Wisconsin with a group of people from other local food co-ops. During the trip we visited a dairy farm, toured half a dozen different creameries, tasted a wide selection of delicious cheeses, and learned about the cheese making process from a variety of Master Cheese Makers. I came away with a more robust understanding of what makes our neighboring state one of the premier cheese making regions in the world.

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2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign Totals

Throughout the month of March, 15 food co-ops from around Minnesota joined together to raise funds for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Each year, Mississippi Market participates in the campaign, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that provides food, funds, and educational materials to over 300 food shelves across the state. The March Campaign is the largest food and fund drive in the state and has been operating annually since 1983.

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Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Demos

Visit our West 7th store throughout May for our annual spring Plant Sale and new gardening demos. Our sale is known for its great selection of Minnesota native plants, heirloom and hybrid vegetables, and herbs. This year we’ll also have a wide selection of flowering plants that support pollinators, vegetables that work well in container gardens, and an array of planted patio pots and hanging baskets. The plants will once again come from local growers including Glacial Ridge in Glenwood, Minnesota and Green Earth Growers near Prior Lake. Over the years, both have demonstrated strong commitments to using sustainable growing and cultivation practices. Everything available at the Plant Sale is grown to organic standards. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced gardener, you’re sure to find something great!

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evanhealy 30% off Pop-up Sale

Sunday, April 30 | All day | Selby store

Co-op shoppers receive 30% off all evanhealy products

Join us on Sunday, April 30th at our Selby-Dale store to save 30% on all evanhealy skincare products in our wellness department all day long. Plus, visit anytime between 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for a chance to meet with evanhealy skincare experts to discuss how their trio of oil, water, and clay can nourish and heal your skin.

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