Friday Finds: December 15, 2017

Take a look at what's new in store. 

Sliced Meats & Cheese

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Did ya hear?! We got a mini makeover! We moved some things around to create better visibility and more space for new products, including more sliced cheese and meat options. 

Fikira Bakery

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We're happy to announce the return of local baker, Fikira Bakery! Self-described as deliberately political, Fikira Bakery is also one of our community partners. Find raspberry coconut oat bars, sunbutter cups, cinnamon buns, and whole wheat focaccia in our bakery department. 

Crust Vegan Bakery Brookie & Seasonal Chipwich

Crust Vegan Bakery Philadelphia Chipwich

Crust Vegan Bakery has created their vegan take on a brookie (brownie + cookie = brookie) and its delicious. Don't take our word for it, find the brookie and peppermint chipwich (while supplies last!) in our bakery department. 

Local White Wine and Garlic Chicken Sausage

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Griggstown Farm is one of our local farms located in Princeton, NJ. Griggstown naturally raises their poultry free of hormones and antibiotics. Sausages are prepared in their USDA certified kitchen. 

Tis the Season of Giving

This holiday season, we're partnering with Sankofa Farms, People’s Emergency Center, and Little Baby's Ice Cream to promote giving back this holiday season. Learn more about our donation drives below.   

Sankofa Farm at Bartram’s Garden

Located at Bartram’s Garden, Sankofa Farm is a teaching farm that provides Mariposa with local, chemical-free product throughout the year (remember those beautiful cherry tomatoes we had last summer?!) Donate to Sankofa Farms at our register or online through December 31st.

Your generosity will have a direct and immediate impact:

  • Providing stipends for the roughly 20 high school students who are hired to tend the farm and run the farmstands each year
  • Offering supplies and workshops for our 50 community gardeners, many of whom are elderly or recent immigrants
  • Sustaining the year-round youth development curriculum, including lessons on nutrition and kitchen skills, African heritage, food justice, and leadership
  • Welcoming more than 10,000 schoolchildren to our outdoor classroom each year
  • And helping the farm grow and distribute more than 15,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce each year.

Donate to Sankofa Farms online or at our register through December 31st.

Mentrual Care Drive

We're collecting menstrual care products, including pads, tampons, menstrual cups, to be donated to those in need through People’s Emergency Center. Donate unopened or opened boxes and menstrual care products in store through Sunday, December 31st. 

Socks & Undie Drive 

Mariposa is a drop spot for Little Baby’s Ice Cream second annual sock & undie drive. Donate multipacks of socks and underwear (m, l, xl appreciated) in store through December 23rd. Multipacks must be unopened and new.

12 Days of Gifting

Tis the season for gifting. Check out our top 12 gifts for everyone on your list. 

1. Mariposa enamel pins & patches

Mariposa Food Co-op Enamel Pins

We are so excited (maybe too excited) to introduce enamel pins and patches to our merchandise department! Branded iron-on embroidered patches and enamel pins look great on jackets and backpacks. 

2. Philly Co-op Coffee

Philly Co-op Coffee

New Philly Co-op Coffee is roasted by local roaster, Philly Fair Trade Roasters. $1 from each pound purchased will be donated to the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance.  

3. DIY essential oil blends

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Grab a few tincture bottles and create your own blend of essential oils to gift. 

4. Essential oil diffusers

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Essential oil diffusers are a safer alternative to candles and have added aromatherapy benefits to aid sleep, pain, repel insects, improve cognitive function and more. Find essential oil diffusers on Owner Deals this month, too! 

5. DIY charcuterie & cheese plate

DIY Charcuterie Plate

Perfect for your foodie friends, choose from a variety of local cheeses and cured meats. Our favorites include new Primo Naturale Spanish and Italian meats and cooperatively-produced Cabot cheese. Go all out and add local breads, jams, and fruits.

6. Locally made Christina Maser candles

Christina Maser Candles

Christina Maser candles are natural in color and scent. The soy candles burn for over +75 hours! Pair candles with new room sprays as an added treat. 

7. DIY trail mix

DIY Bulk Trail Mix

Stroll down the bulk aisle and create a unique trail mix blend. Our bulk aisle is stocked with a variety of nuts, dried fruits, and candies. Note, please keep product in separate containers until you complete your purchase at the register. 

8. Mariposa gift card

Mariposa Gift Card

Got a cooperator on your list? Give the gift of a Mariposa gift card! Gift cards can be used toward equity payments or to purchase any product on our shelves. 

9. Fair Trade chocolates

Fair Trade chocolates make great stocking stuffers. Choose from a variety of chocolates like Endangered Species, Equal Exchange, Tony's Chocoloney and more.   

10. Health & Beauty Gift Sets

Dr. Bronner's Gift Set
Veriditas Gift Set

Need something quickly? Veriditas, Dr. Bronner's, and Zum Bar gift sets are ready to gift.

11. Queen Alaffia clutch

Queen Alaffia Clutch

Gift with a purpose. Queen Alaffia clutches are handmade by women that fell prey to the sex trade in Togo, West Africa. Your purchase empowers their lives by providing ethical employment and fair wages. Plus, every clutch includes four Alaffia samples.

12. 2018 planners & calendars

2018 Calendars Planners

Planners and calendars are THE gift for your organized family member, friend, or colleague. 

Friday Finds: December 8, 2017

Take a look at what's new at the Co-op. 

Treeline Dairy Free Cheese

Treeline Dairy Free Cheese

Treeline Cheese is totally dairy-free. It is made of pure, wholesome cashew nuts, acidophilus culture, salt and pepper. No animals are harmed, or even touched in its production.

Blackbird Seitan

Blackbird Foods Seitan

Created by award winning chef Mark Mebus of Philadelphia based Blackbird Pizzeria,  Blackbird Foods seitan is a plant based, high protein, low fat and cholesterol-free alternative to meat. 

Primo Naturale

Primo Naturale Charcuterie

Just in time for the holidays, create the perfect charcuterie plate with cured Italian and Spanish meats. 

Philly Co-op Coffee

Philly Co-op Coffee

Philly Fair Trade Roasters roasted this special coffee blend just for Philly co-ops! $1 of every pound will be donated to the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. Find Philly Co-op coffee in our bulk aisle. 

Really Reel Ginger Drinks

Philly Really Reel Ginger Drinks

Locally made and delicious! Really Reel Ginger drinks are gluten-free and vegan. 

Goodness Giveaway: Win Groceries, Give Groceries

Win the gift of healthy food and support an organization in our community that provides healthy foods to many of our neighbors. Mariposa Food Co-op will be giving away an assortment of Co+op Basics items valued at over $100 to one lucky winner! Plus, we will make a $75 donation in the winner’s name to one of the following food banks:

  • African Cultural Alliance of North America
  • People's Emergency Center Food Cupboard

The sweepstakes is closed!

Food access at Mariposa Food Co-op

One of the seven cooperative principles is “Concern for the Community.” Providing healthy foods for the whole community has long been a priority for food co-ops because we believe access to good food is a right, not a privilege. Learn more about our Co+op Basics products and check to see if you qualify for our Food For All program.

Mariposa Food Co-op donates over $5,000 to New Sanctuary Movement

We're excited to share that we've donated $5,048 in unredeemed patronage refunds to the New Sanctuary Movement

This past year, Mariposa Food Co-op transitioned from offering a daily owner discount to distributing patronage refunds. By the end of September, roughly 58% of Mariposa owners redeemed their patronage refund. Mariposa staff voted to donate the remainder of the patronage refunds to the New Sanctuary Movement due to their commitment to immigration rights and social justice.     

Fight the "Pilgrim Pipeline," donate to the Ramapough Lenape Nation 

Mariposa Food Co-op recognizes Thanksgiving is rooted in the celebration of white supremacy and colonization. In solidarity with the fight for indigenous sovereignty, we are collecting donations for the Ramapough Lenape Nation at the register through November 23rd. Plus, 5% of sales on November 22nd and November 23rd will be donated to their efforts.

Who is the Ramapough Lenape Nation

Since October 2016, under the leadership of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has been holding space and leading the fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile pipeline that would carry up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey endangering local water supplies, sacred sites, and essential wetlands.

Unfortunately, the presence of Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has exposed deeper issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, land rights, freedom of religion, and discrimination against the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Water and land protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp have experienced harassment, intimidation, and false accusations on an ongoing basis from the Town of Mahwah and surrounding Polo Club neighbors.

The camp is in URGENT need of defense funds to protect our land and water protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp. Donate online or at Mariposa Food Co-op through November 23rd.

9 Vegan & Vegetarian Fall Dishes That Aren’t Salad

Vegans and vegetarians rejoice. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite vegan and vegetarian dishes to serve during the holidays. 

Cranberry Pecan Skillet Stuffing

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This delightful stuffing is delicious for any Thanksgiving meal. Serve it with tofu steak and mushroom gravy for vegans. Add a pan-fried tofu steak and mushroom gravy to this vegan stuffing for your favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving guest.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These easy sweet potatoes are sure to bring compliments as a holiday side dish. The coconut milk makes them extra flavorful – and dairy-free.

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Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

Celebrate fall with a savory mix of sautéed apples, garlic and sausage stuffed in pie pumpkin.

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Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes

This tasty latke variation can be enjoyed with applesauce, chipotle sour cream, and horseradish sauce.

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Parsnip Apple Soup

The tangy and sweet qualities of both parsnips and apples combine in this delicious and hearty fall soup.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans

Acorn squash is perfect for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, white beans and Parmesan cheese.

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Mushroom & Wild Rice Frittata

Packed with a flavorful medley of chewy wild rice and three kinds of mushrooms, this frittata is great any time of day.

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Sweet Potato and Greens Gratin

This savory, vitamin-rich casserole makes a hearty accompaniment to roasted poultry or ham, or atop baked polenta.

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Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Try this roasted-vegetable free-form tart as an appetizer or side for a special dinner or as a vegetarian main dish.

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Meet our producers: Crust Vegan Bakery

Women-owned and operated, Crust is a vegan bakery and Mariposa favorite! Bakers Shannon and Meagan - the vegan baking queens of Philly - have been baking out of a local commissary kitchen since August 2015. Crust baked goods are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Everything is hand-made with all natural ingredients and 100% vegan.

Crust Vegan Bakery Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie
Crust Vegan Bakery Philadelphia Bakers

Pre-order local Crust Vegan Bakery pies by November 19th. Remember, set your pickup location as Mariposa Food Co-op. Learn more about our holiday offerings