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Sep 2, 2008 06:30 AM

MSP - New Food Warehouse opening

A friend forwarded me the link to this new venue opening up called Traditional Foods. It's sooo close to my house, and I"m rather excited about it! They are having an open house this Friday evening.

from the site: A centrally-located warehouse that will provide safe, sanitary and easily-accessible farm-fresh foods from a wide variety of local farmers. Product availability will include fresh dairy, dairy products (such as fresh cheeses, aged cheese, yogurt, kefir, butter, cream, ice cream) poultry and eggs, pasture-based pork, 100% grass-fed beef, bison, goat and lamb, a wide variety of natural sea-salts, locally-harvested wild rice, small-producer maple syrup, local, unheated, unblended honeys and many other delicious, wholesome, local and sustainably-raised prepared foods.

Traditional Foods
304 W 61st St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

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  1. Wow-- this looks amazing! Thanks for posting about it-- I really hope lots of people show up and support it.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up! We live close by as well.

      1. Uh, not to be contrary but I don't see the pull or need for this place. Not open to the public and only open 17 hours a week? It's pretty much a very limited buying club.

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        1. re: MplsM ary

          without having visited yet, I can tell you why I'M excited:

          1. access to a variety of local foods all under one roof about 1 mile from my house
          2. Supporting a local business who in turn is supporting local farms directly
          3. I can see a great opportunity for this business to grow into a wonderful market. Hopefully next summer they will have fresh produce, etc. Not sure if that is in their plans, but it would be wonderful to have a full-service market of in-season local foods.

          The two closest stores for me to get milk are Kowalski's and Cub, neither a desirable option for me. If I could go every saturday and get farm-fresh whole milk for my baby from a small business like this, I will make it a priority to do just that. As for the hours, the site says these are their starting hours, and they are looking for input from their customers about them. Sounds like they are fine-tuning and will more than likely will expand the hours as they settle in.

          Understandably, this isn't for everyone, but I really hope it is successful. I'll be at the open house friday to check it out.

          1. re: cheetobrain

            Ok, I understand. I wish them luck and I hope it's everything you want it to be.

            My membership with Linden Hills gets me what you are seeking in your neighborhood.

            I just can't help wondering if this is a move to subvert the stronghold of the Twin Cities natural food co-ops. I understand some folks are turned off by the co-ops and hold a grudge over things that happened in the murky past.

            1. re: MplsM ary

              I have no idea what the murky past of local co-ops is. How do you think this would subvert the stronghold of TC co-ops? Seems like a very similar idea in many ways.

              1. re: MplsM ary

                No, it's not being held by people who hold any grudges. These are folks studying and trying to apply the principles from the Weston A. Price Foundation.


                A lot of the things they are doing go beyond the scope of the coops. Yes, you can find a lot of these things in the coops, but this is far more local and intimate.

                That's all. I'm definitely going Friday and becoming a member. It'll also save some of the trips I make to the farmer grocery stores in Wisconsin. There is a place for this, the coops, and even Whole Foods. I shop at all of them. Oh, and Costco and Trader Joes also. I get different things at different places.

                1. re: MplsM ary

                  I have no inkling of the co-op history but readers should note that there is a $75 membership fee for this venture; the co-ops are open to all shoppers.

                  I'd be really interested to know exactly which products are uniquely available here. Some of the producers/products are already on the shelves at Mississippi Market. Perhaps this is aimed at the southern suburbs who don't have a co-op?

                  1. re: KTFoley

                    It might be something of a coop. Also, the farmers are more directly involved and it looks like they might even be able to rent areas somewhat like a farmers market. I read also they are working on a kitchen to prepare special products.

                    Some of the products there are the very special milk products, more fermented vegetables, a higher quality cod liver oil and butter oil, coconut products. I know there are some very special meats. But I know that the coops carry some of those.

                    What they won't have will be a lot of the highly processed food that the coops carry. A lot of corporations have taken over the very popular organic foods.

                    There is something called brix (nutritional density), that folks talk about when selecting foods. Also, in addition to being associated with Weston A. Price principles (cultured food, bone broths, grassfed, etc), they are also associated with the Slow Food movement.

                    If you want to know more about these movements, go to their websites.


                    1. re: shoo bee doo

                      I had a chance to go through the website last night, and caught the opening line on the "About Us" page. For those who are musing on the what & how, the venture defines itself as a buying club.

                    2. re: KTFoley

                      The southern suburbs have a nice co-op, Valley Natural Foods, which luckily (for me) happens to be at the entrance to my neighborhood in Burnsville. They are just putting the finishing touches on an expansion project in fact. I can't speak to the SW or SE suburbs like Woodbury and Eden Prairie.

                      1. re: MSPD

                        We have the Lakewinds Coop in Minnetonka and Chanhassan. Lakewinds is pretty good.

              2. Is this in fact a kind of coop? The pricing information suggests that it is.

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                1. re: karykat

                  producer profiles.... coming soon!!

                2. Note to KTFoley - the $75 membership is lifetime. They have $10 day memberships and "hardship" $25 three-year also.

                  As for whether it's a coop or not, their opening statement makes it out to be somewhere between a coop and a brick-and-mortar CSA. But, instead of giving your monthly fee to one farmer for one box of food per week, you're giving your money to the coop, and they're collecting the various foods and letting you decide what you want in your box. Curious business model.