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Beer & cheese tasting at Ale Jail

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Regarding Eden Foods

While the decision of Eden Foods to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration was disheartening to many of us, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op does not take part in product boycotts because we serve a diverse community with a wide range of beliefs. We don’t take sides on political issues unless they directly relate to our mission. Rather, we hope that our customers will make educated product choices that work best for them. (Check our website to see our full product policy.)

Still, we have heard from a number of our member-owners and shoppers who are extremely upset by Eden Foods’s decision to file this lawsuit, which restricts their employees’ choice in a full array of health care, including birth control. Our General Manager expressed these member-owners’ concerns in a recent letter to Michael Potter, the President of Eden Foods, and informed him that we take these concerns seriously:

We will closely be monitoring the sales of Eden products, and should sales drop to a point that indicates there is no longer support in our cooperative for your products, they will be removed from the shelves.

I urge you to reconsider your actions and get back to the business of creating a positive impact by championing organic food production.

Until recently, Eden Foods has shared many values with Mississippi Market – support for USDA organic standards, domestic sourcing, and BPA-free packaging. We know that our member-owners and shoppers have valued these aspects of Eden in the past. Indeed, these are what made Eden Food products so popular in food co-ops. However, if our member-owners and shoppers stop buying Eden Foods canned beans and soy milk in light of their recent political action, we will hear the message loud and clear and remove their products from our shelves.

 

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Take the Eat Local Challenge in August!

Sign up to take the Challenge in our stores or online. Anyone can take the Challenge – you set your own goal to bring as many local foods to your plate as you like. We’ll be giving prizes away each week in August! Learn more… Read more …

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Public meetings scheduled for July & August

The last two months have seen great progress towards the opening of our third store on the East Side. We are still on track to break ground this fall and open in the summer of 2015. Read more …

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Interested in serving on our board of directors?

Unlike their conventional counterparts, co-ops are owned and governed by member-shoppers and rooted in principles like community, voluntary and open membership, economic participation and cooperation. Because of these principles and practices, food co-ops inherently serve and benefit the communities where they are located.

Our Board of Directors represent our member-ownership and provide a vital link between owners and the co-op activities. If you are interested in learning more about running for our board, read the Board Candidate Application Packet (PDF) and/or attend a board meeting to talk to a current director for more insights into the role. Contact the board at board@msmarket.coop.

 

Want to learn more about our current board members?  Meet them here!

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July EcoStamps: Roots for the Home Team

p.4 tony test tasting roots webWe’re excited to partner with Roots for the Home Team this summer to bring you their fresh and healthy salads in our deli and collect donations for this amazing organization. Youth involved in Roots for the Home Team grow their own ingredients for salads, use their inventiveness to help develop recipes, and sell their creations at Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games.

Roots for the Home Team creates life-enhancing, influential opportunities for young people, and partners with youth garden programs in ethnically diverse areas of the Twin Cities, such as Urban Roots and Youth Farm.

Mississippi Market is excited to show off the culinary talents of Roots for the Home Team participants by sharing their salads with you. By including their salads alongside our own deli options, we get to highlight this awesome program and help the kids reach a larger audience.

“A partnership like this shows our youth that their skill level in creating recipes is significant enough to interest a well-established store,” says Susan Moore, of Roots for the Home Team. “It also enables them to contribute to, positively affect and be part of a much bigger community.”

Look for these Roots for the Home team salads this summer!

June
Mela’s Tater Thorne Salad- An awesome potato salad with several garden vegetables including kale, radishes, and carrots. Tossed in a delicious vinaigrette and topped with blue cheese crumbles.

Kickin Quinoa Salad- Full of crisp fresh garden vegetables and a smooth zippy dressing and topped off with sunflower seeds!

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Big Bang Seoul Salad- A Korean noodle salad loaded with fresh vegetables, topped with cashews and features Korean Gochujang chili sauce. Very Tasty!

Calliya Pizza Salad- Orzo pasta with fresh basil, garlic and veggies. Tossed in a red wine vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese.

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Host a National Night Out, Naturally!

nno 2014We want to sponsor your neighborhood’s National Night Out Gathering on August 5.  Just visit http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=5194 to register your event.  Once your event is listed as registered, you can visit our customer service desk to request a $25 gift card to help fill your party with healthy, delicious snacks.

The gift cards are available on a first come, first serve basis beginning July 1 so it pays to get registered early! Download our form here or pick one up at one of our our customer service desks, and fill it out. Once you return your completed form to our customer service staff, we’ll mail you your gift card. Enjoy!

 

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Connecting to Your Food

EatLocalFarmTour_2014_webAs you walk through the aisles of your co-op, picking up that fresh, crisp, leafy green lettuce from Gardens of Eagan or grabbing that glass milk bottle, cream top of course, from Cedar Summit Farms, do you ever wonder how that fresh produce or milk made it to the shelves of your co-op? What do bees, goats, and vegetables have in common anyway? Sure, their products are all for sale at your local Co-op, but why does that matter? These are all great questions that can be answered by attending the 2014 Eat Local Farm Tour.

Don’t stay in the dark about your food – get connected! By purchasing local products, you are supporting your local farmers by providing them a fair price for the food that they grow and produce for you.

The farmers, together with the Twin Cities Co-ops, would like to invite you to a day out on their farms. Join us on Saturday, July 19 as you explore the local foodshed, visit with your farmers, and learn how they grow or make your food. The Eat Local Farm Tour, now in its fourth year, continues to grow and educate communities on what good and real food is, while providing a place for you to really get in touch with what you are consuming.

You will find the the scenery on the farms in the countryside to be picturesque; rolling hills, lush green land, happy cows! Your urban farm tour could include some fun folks on bikes in bee costumes that will lead you to the sweet honey and bees that produce it for you! You get to decide how you best want to connect to your food. Consider packing a picnic lunch for your family and taking in the beauty of the countryside. The co-ops also welcome you to stop by for lunch or dinner. You don’t need to be a member to shop at the co-ops and you will find many of the foods that you saw in the fields, on our shelves. It’s that fresh!

Participating farms: Kohnert Organic Farms, East Henderson Farm, Cedar Summit, L and R Poultry & Produce, Simple Harvest Farm Organics, Shepherd’s Way Farm, Ferndale Farm, Humble Pie Farm, Bossy Acres, Singing Hills Goat Dairy, Gardens of Eagan, Women’s Environmental Institute, 10th Street Farm & Market, Big River Farm, Whistling Well Farm, Star Prairie Trout Farm, Growing Lots Urban Farm, Beez Kneez, and Stone’s Throw Urban Farm.

Stay connected to the tour and follow what is happening!

The Twin Cities Food Co-ops thank you for your patronage to our stores, and we hope you will get out on the farms and learn where your food comes from.

 

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June EcoStamp: Twin Cities Mobile Market

TCMobileMarket logoIn June, when you shop with a reusable bag, you can choose to donate your 5¢ bag credit to the Twin Cities Mobile Market. If you want to support the Mobile Market even further, you can round up your purchases for the cause.

The Twin Cities Mobile Market is a project of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation as part of their priority to improve community health and well-being. The Mobile Market is a non-profit grocery store on wheels that brings affordable, healthy food directly to under-resourced neighborhoods. Beginning this summer, the Twin Cities Mobile Market will serve neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Currently, they are in the process of raising $10,000 to fill their bus with fresh foods.

FruitsOfTheCityThanks to all who saved us a paper bag in May and chose to give their 5¢ credit to The Minnesota Project’s Fruits of the City. Together we raised $1,166 in support of their work to capture fresh fruit in the Twin Cities that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to those in need. We were excited to see Fruits of the City win an Environmental Initiative Award this year for their unique work to match existing resources with a need, prevent waste while increasing access to fresh food, building community, provide educational opportunities so as to increase the quality and quantity of fresh food, develop edible landscapes as well as creating opportunities for contributing other than with one’s wallet – all within a single program.

 

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Beer & Cheese Tasting at Vine Park Brewery

Join us & our friends at Vine Park Brewery for a stellar beer & cheese tasting on June 2. Read more …

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