In honor of National Co-op Month, I've visited 2 other co-ops besides my own in the past week. Okay, that's not true.
Vanilla coconut milk kefir: We will carry at MM soon! Super probiotic and tasty without being overly sweet like most non-dairy yogurts.
I just happened to visit these other co-ops as part of my job and thought, "Hey, that'd make a good blog post". We're SUPER lucky in the Twin Cities of MN to have 12 natural foods co-op stores we can go to any time. We have more co-ops in Minnesota than anywhere else in the country! But even though they're all close by, I tend to just shop at Mississippi Market, because that's my co-op. This week I visited River Market in Stillwater and Linden Hills in Minneapolis.
After finishing my work at these sister co-ops, I found time to shop, of course! I try to limit myself to only buying products that I can't get at my co-op because I get my staff discount there. Here's what I found:
Fenniman's Sodas: One of our favorites! Fermented like old-fashioned sodas and no preservatives. I bought one of every flavor and 4 packs of the Shandy and Burdock-Dandelion Brew.
Clem's Hot Pepper Mustard: It won 1st place in a mustard contest and it's local. Sold!
Pickled Beets from the deli: These rival my buddy Morgen's recipe. Sorry, Mo.
Organic Black Chickpeas: I can't wait to use these!!!
Organic Purple Barley: I hope the color stays after cooking. Imagine how crazy a barley soup would look!
Liz Lovely Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookies: Enough said.
Lunch Bots Stainless steel lunch containers: Sandwich sized, with room for a cookie! The kids get these.
Coconut Bliss ice cream bars: Maybe we carry these at MM? I haven't tried them yet, but probably will tonight!
Everyday Shea body wash: I have the lotion and love it. Totally unscented and loaded with fair trade shea butter so it's super moisturizing. Plus, this giant bottle is only about $12.
Bulk dark chocolate covered bananas and cherries: The bananas are a little weird and I'm not sure why. Too banana-y? The cherries are the bomb and I can eat way too many. They're organic, too!
Pure Fun Organic Root Beer Barrels: Mike's favorite co-op memory from his childhood is of buying bulk root beer barrels everytime he walked down to MM. These are packaged, but help bring back the memories.
Gluten Free Primal Strips: I totally missed the gluten free change until Kittee pointed it out.