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MSP-pastured eggs, raw honey, raw cheese

Dear MSP Chowhounds,

My niece will be visiting me from out of state and she is on a strict diet for her medical conditions. Could you tell me where I can find pastured eggs, raw honey and raw milk cheese?

Thank you very much.

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  1. One option will be the Farm in the Market organic grocery located in the Midtown Global Market. You can find Ames Farms honey, and I'm sure they have pastured eggs and milk.

    http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/

    http://www.amesfarm.com/

    Good luck!

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    Midtown Global Market
    920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    1. also, any of the co-ops could help you

      http://twincitiesfood.coop/locations/

      or try the st paul farmer's market on the weekend.

      1. I'm curious what would require pasteurized eggs yet raw milk cheese. Maybe I'm just thinking from a contamination perspective but they're kind of the opposite of each other.

        Regardless, I was at a party recently and someone brought raw milk cheeses from Mississippi Market. I couldn't partake because I'm pregnant but I heard great things.

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        1. re: katebauer

          I think the OP is asking about "pastured" eggs (or eggs from free- range chickens - usually grass fed) rather than "pasteurized."

          I understand your confusion, though, Kate. I had to google to confirm the term.

          bob

          1. re: bob s

            Ah! I totally read that incorrectly! Thanks.

            1. re: katebauer

              Hi Kate (and all),

              Congratulations to you and your husband on your pregnancy!

              I got confused myself the first time my niece wrote me about "pastured" eggs. I don't know if there is a technical difference between "pastured" and "free-range."

              I went to the Midtown Global Market earlier and talked to the Farm in the Market people about their eggs. The chickens are indoor free-range for the cold months and fed only organic feed. But, they could not tell me if the feed includes corn or soy (which my niece would like to avoid.) I will call the co-ops later. Thank you for the info. about raw milk cheese from Mississippi Mkt.

              1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

                Most of the coops get their eggs from Schultz Organic Farm, Owatonna, MN. Here's a link to a Wedge Coop article where feed is mentioned (soy and corn are not in the list of feed but Larry's not specific either). You could probably call and ask.

                http://www.wedge.coop/grocery/grocery...

                Larry Schultz Organic Farm
                Owatonna, Minnesota
                507-455-9362

                1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

                  I'm going to suggest that there no hens are truly pastured right now, in the sense that they forage on their own for seeds & insects. At this time of year they'd have to rely on stored feed. I know there are poultry feeds that aren't based on corn or soy, but the ones I can think of are based on bone and/or fish meal -- likely to be farther away from the organic free-range feeding practices, not closer.

                  1. re: KTFoley

                    thanks for that explanation. I was wondering if chickens had become ruminants.

                    1. re: KTFoley

                      In season, Harmony Organic eggs (http://www.wedge.coop/grocery/grocery...) are pastured almost exclusively. I've been to the farm and seen the operation. It's basically rotational grazing.

                      In winter? Yeah. Not so much. :)

                    2. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

                      i know (from the "horse's mouth") that larry schultz' winter feed is organic (gmo-free), vegetarian, & wheat-free, but that it does include soy and rye. i'm not totally sure about corn but since i believe it's local organic feed, organic corn may be a component.

                  2. re: bob s

                    I hadn't heard (or remembered that I'd heard) the term pastured before either. But, there's a discussion going on here for those who want to know more: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496169

                    ~TDQ

                2. Question about the raw-milk cheese request. Is she looking for fresh raw milk cheese? In the US, cheese made from raw milk is only allowed for sale if older than 60 days. There are a few people who get aroud it by either "selling" it for donations (like a certain dairy via a friend's garage) or by selling it as something other than cheese (like Lovetree Farms Fishbait, sold at the St. Paul Farmer's Market).
                  If she doesn't mind about the age of the cheese, then there are a myriad of possibilities available at many stores, not just co-ops. St. Pete's Select is a blue cheese made from raw milk, aged about 100 days. There is also Pleasant Ridge Reserve, aged around 9 months (a double American Cheese Society Best in Show winner). Eichten's makes a raw-milk version of their usually pasteurized gouda. Boorenkaas (4 month-aged gouda), Point Reyes Blue, Three Sisters Serena, Fiscalini bandaged cheddar, and even Parmigiano-Reggiano are all just a very few of the raw-milk cheeses that are available. Good luck!!!

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                  1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                    Dear Chowhounds,

                    I apologize for the delay in thanking you all for your generosity and great information. My niece from Pittsburgh, who buys her eggs and raw milk yogurt, direct from an organic farmer, was very happy with Schultz Farm's eggs (amazing yolks!), Ames Farm's raw honey, and Farm in the Market meats. She was avoiding cheese during her visit. So, I did not get to try any of the cheeses recommended on this board. But, I know where to find them now! Thanks, again!

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