Market Musings Blog

Local Cheese Madness

March 28 – April 3 | 11:00am-1:00pm daily | All three stores

Get to know eight local cheeses available at Mississippi Market during Local Cheese Madness! Join us daily from Tuesday, March 28th through Monday, April 3rd to sample an amazing array of delicious soft, hard, and aged cheeses.

Two local cheeses will face off daily from 11:00am-1:00pm in our deli. Taste these cheese pairings in-store and vote for your favorites by placing one dry bulk bean in each cheese’s designated tally jar. Each day, a winner will be chosen based on votes received and will advance onto the next round. The three round, single elimination bracket will conclude with one local cheese superstar. Who will reign supreme and take home the local cheese glory?

The winning cheese will be placed on sale Tuesday, April 4th and will remain on sale while supplies last.

Keep up with the madness on our Market Musings blog or follow along on our social media pages @msmarketcoop with hashtag #localcheesemadness where we’ll be sharing daily match-ups featuring competing cheeses.

Local Cheese Madness – Round 1 Face Offs

  • Alemar Cheese – Bent River Camembert VERSUS Redhead Creamery – Little Lucy Brie
  • Sartori – Montamore VERSUS Milton Creamery – Prairie Breeze Cheddar
  • Marieke – Gouda VERSUS Roth Kase – Grand Cru
  • Deer Creek – The Blue Jay VERSUS Shepherd’s Way Farms – Big Woods Blue

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!

Local Profile: Prairie Road Organic Seed

Prairie Road Organic Seed, located in Fullerton, North Dakota, is an organic seed grower and supplier committed to the development of regional vegetable and grain seeds. Each year, their 480 acre farm dedicates 6-8 acres to growing regional vegetable seeds. Second generation owners Theresa and Dan Podoll believe that the seed business is an extension of regional food systems and that “just as we need local food, we need local seeds”. The family is working to create an alternative system that speaks directly to the needs of farmers and gardeners that they believe the commercial seed industry does not address.

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Celebrate Community: Kimiko

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Kimiko has worked in the front end department at our West 7th store for four years, and has been teaching Japanese cooking classes at Mississippi Market for the last several years.

Kimiko grew up on the semitropical islands in Okinawa prefecture. It is located at the southern end of Japan and is known for longevity and its healthy diet. The base of her cooking is Okinawan, which has heavy influences from both Chinese and Japanese cooking. However, Kimiko lived in Tokyo for more than 12 years from her college years where she fell in love with a variety of Japanese food and started cooking and learning about Japanese food extensively. Now, she primarily cooks Japanese food at home and occasionally Okinawan.

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Celebrate Community: Victor

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Victor has worked for Mississippi Market for 9 years now, most recently as the Produce Manager at our East 7th store. Having just returned from a visit home to the Philippines, Victor shared a recipe for pinakbet – a popular dish to serve at any Filipino gathering. Victor recommends substituting tofu for the pork belly as an easy way to make this dish vegetarian.

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Local Profile: Kickapoo Coffee Roasters


Founded in 2005, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is a local coffee company based in Viroqua, WI. For over a decade, they’ve been working closely with coffee farmers dedicated to growing high quality beans and paying their workers fair compensation. To ensure fair wages and market prices, Kickapoo Coffee provides farmers a minimum price for their harvests, guaranteeing labor and production costs are fully covered while creating a more equitable and sustainable coffee supply chain. This farmer focused sourcing model has forged trusted, longstanding partnerships between Kickapoo Coffee and the small scale farmers who supply their beans.

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Celebrate Community: America

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

America has worked in the housekeeping department at Mississippi Market for over five years and with her contagious smile and friendly presence is beloved by staff and shoppers alike. Originally from El Salvador, America’s passion has always been cooking and sharing her delicious food with others. The secret ingredient that makes her recipes taste so good is “el amor,” a little love! America’s Salvadoran pupusas with curtido recipe is sure to be a favorite as it is one of the most popular dishes in El Salvador. America explains that nearly everywhere you go in El Salvador you can find a pupuseria selling a wide variety of pupusas from simply cheese-filled to “la revuelta,” the most popular pupusa, filled with cheese, beans, and shredded pork.

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Celebrate Community: Ebele

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Ebele has worked in the human resources department at Mississippi Market for three years now. Originally from Nigeria, Ebele has lived in Minnesota with her family for the last five years. She has a strong love of food and cooking, especially spicy food! Ebele shared with us a recipe for Jollof Rice. It is a dish that is eaten in many West African countries but is very popular in Nigeria – so popular that you will find it at virtually every occasion!

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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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