Mississippi Market Classes Promise a Fall Full of Fun

Mississippi Market is on a roll these days. Having hosted a terrific grand opening at the new Mississippi Market site just this past July, one might think that St. Paul's favorite locavores would take the rest of the year off. Think again, silly friends. Mississippi Market has recently published their fall calendar of classes. It's an impressive list, offering something for every locavore.

“It’s our goal to not just feed our members and neighbors physically, but mentally and emotionally as we empower them to live a more holistic life,” said Liz McMann, Mississippi Market’s education manager (she also writes the terrific blog Food Snobbery is my Hobbery). “Our upcoming fall classes are designed to equip people with knowledge and skills for healthy and sustainable living."

Here's a list of the classes offered by the Mississippi Market in the month of October. Mark your calendars - there's way too much to remember!

Cooking 101: Wok Hai
Wok hai means wok spirit, and it refers to the unique character of real stir-fried foods. In this 2.5-hour class you will make a stir-fried dish yourself using traditional techniques, including an infallible one for cooking fluffy rice. Vegetarian or omnivore, you'll enjoy a cooking method that is healthful, changes easily with the seasons, makes for quick, luscious meals after 9-to-5 workdays. Bring an apron and a container to take home what you've cooked.

  • Saturday, October 3- West 7th store
  • 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Jan Grover
  • $25/ $23 members

Kombucha 101: How to Make the Divine Tea
Fermented foods have been used for thousands of years to bring good health to those that use them. This class offers tastes of many different variations of kombucha and instruction on how to make it.  Class fee includes your own starter culture and a 1 liter bottle of Kombucha Divine.

  • Tuesday, October 6- Selby store
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Barb Bredesen
  • $40/$36 members

Seasonal Suppers
Let’s put together a few fabulous, simple dinners using what we find in season at the market.  Learn about seasonal Minnesota ingredients from a real-foods personal chef and how to make the most of your market trip.

  • Wednesday, October 7- West 7th store
  • 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Kristin Hamaker
  • $30/$27 members

Foods to Build Happy, Focused Kids
Are your children picky eaters? Junk-food lovers?  Not hungry at meal times, but snack all day?  Pop drinkers?  Are mood swings a problem?  Replace fast food and processed foods with simple, nutritious food to curb sugar cravings, balance moods, and increase energy and focus for school or athletics, while preventing weight gain.  Help your kids develop eating patterns that will serve them well throughout life.

  • Thursday, October 8- Selby store
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Nutrition Educator from Nutritional Weight and Wellness
  • $30/$27 members

All About Wool
This year is the UN's International Year of Natural Fibers, and we celebrate it with wool—one of nature's most flexible, renewable resources for clothing and home furnishing. If you wear wool, knit, crochet, weave, or felt, this introduction to all things wool will improve your understanding of this fabulous fiber. Local fleeces, prepared-to-spin wool and handspun yarn will be available, along with time to play with and learn to prepare raw fleece for spinning.

  • Saturday, October 10- Selby store
  • 10:00am -12:00 pm
  • Jan Grover
  • $22/$20 members

Twelve Principles of Financial Success
This seminar will help you understanding the value of having a financial plan and goals. It will also explore tax deferred opportunities, interest and the value of long term investing.

  • Tuesday, October 13- West 7th store
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • Louis Doering, Vice President Spire Federal Credit Union  
  • Free (please register in advance)

The Grocery Store Herbalist: Healthy Skin
In Chinese Medicine, most skin problems are attributed to excess heat trapped within the body.  Join the Grocery Store Herbalist as he teaches you to keep your skin healthy and beautiful with herbal strategies to both treat the skin topically and to help with the buildup of internal heat.

  • Thursday, October 15- West 7th store
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Paul Magee, Ma.O.M., L.Ac.
  • $15/$13 members

Cooking 101: Soup Making and Knife Skills (H)
Join us for an afternoon of improving knife skills and learning the basics of soup making. The vegetables you practice on become the base for your soup. This is a participatory class, so bring your kitchen knife and a container to take home your veggies.

  • Saturday, October 17- West 7th store
  • 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Jan Grover
  • $25/$23 members

Low-Tech Spinning: Make Yarn on a Spindle (H)
Learn to use a drop spindle, to prepare wool (or even pet undercoats!) for spinning, and to incorporate them into yarns. You'll learn how to process freshly shorn sheep fleece the old-fashioned, nontoxic way: no harsh chemicals, no burning, no acid baths—just soap and water to produce soft, light, bouncy wool to spin! Bring some of your pet's undercoat if you'd like to incorporate it. Wool and tools provided.

  • Sunday, October 18- Selby store
  • 10:00am-12:00 pm
  • Jan Grover
  • $20/$18 members

Homeopathy: Relief for Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Nausea (L)
Looking for an effective alternative to bring relief to the debilitating and limiting symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety and nausea? Discover homeopathy, a natural and comprehensive form of healthcare that is safe, effective and has no side effects. This course will cover common homeopathic remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of these troublesome conditions that affect your life, and how remedies restore the body’s internal balance to help prevent future occurrences.

  • Tuesday, October 20- Selby store
  • 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Aaron Means, MA
  • $10/$8 members

Cooking 101: Pizza (H)
Don’t worry about dinner—you've got all the makings for a great, three-person pizza in the pantry and freezer, and it will take only 15 minutes of hands-on cooking to make a fresh, smoldering one. Using this simple pizza-building method from Berkeley's famous Cheeseboard Pizza and Jan's dirt-cheap, low-tech baking method, you'll be creating pizzas for less than $3 apiece that are far better than any you can buy. Bring an apron and a big paper bag to take home your share of the pizzas we bake (if we have any leftovers).

  • Saturday, October 24- West 7th store
  • 1:00-3.30pm
  • Jan Gover
  • $25/23 members

Bread Without Fear (DT)
Learn to bake bread from scratch with confidence. Learn the three essential skills for successful bread baking and how to avoid bread baking failures. Learn how to choose recipes, shape loaves, and enjoy fresh baked bread out of your own oven.

  • Saturday, October 24- West 7th store
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • David S. Cargo, St. Paul Bread Club
  • $20/$17 members

Shopping Co-op on a Budget (L)
Think healthy eating is out of your budget?  Learn the secrets for how to shop for natural, organic foods without breaking the bank.  You’ll get coupons and resources for how to budget to make the most of your money and your diet.

  • Wednesday, October 28- West 7th store
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Liz McMann, MA
  • Free (please register in advance)

Cooking For Strong Bones (DT)
One woman in two over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis, characterized by thinning of the bones, which are fragile and easily broken because they no longer contain enough nutrients.  It is important to understand which foods to eat in order to have strong bones throughout our lives.  In this class you will learn which foods to choose and how to prepare them. The right foods can be a rich source of calcium and improve calcium utilization.

  • Thursday, October 29- West 7th store
  • 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Gabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, CHC, AADP
  • $30/$25 members

To register, please contact our Customer Service desks at 651-310-9499 or 651-690-0507.  Class fees due at time of registration.

Linden Hills Co-op and a whole host of other MN co-ops have recently released their Fall calendars as well (many of the Linden Hills and Lakewinds Events are listed in our local food events calendar). Please support your local co-op!