Celebrating International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, we celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and all over the world. To celebrate, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite women-owned businesses in Philadelphia and that sell to the Co-op. 

Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods


Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods has been a staple in the West Philadelphia community since 2008. She has also been a part of the Co-op since the early 90's, serving on the Board for a few terms and sourcing some of her ingredients from Mariposa. Her plant-based menu continues to serve delicious vegan and vegetarian meals at the new location, 310 S. 48th St. www.spiritfirstfoods.com

Hair Vyce Studio


Hair Vyce, one of Mariposa's  Community Partners and next door neighbor, opened Fall 2013 on Baltimore Ave. In addition to helping people feel beautiful, Frenchie is active in the local community as the president of the Baltimore Ave Business Association. Frenchie  hires passionate individuals who take their work seriously and provides jobs, including jobs to teens, to the neighborhood. www.hairvyce.com

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. www.crustveganbakery.com



GladRags is a women-owned company with an emphasis on sustainability, waste-reduction, and body positivity. The XO Flo menstrual cup and cloth pads are focused on reusable comfort and saving folks money! gladrags.com



 Soom is a Philadelphia-based, certified Women-Owned company started by three hard working sisters who love to eat and value health and quality. They source their sesame seeds from the Humera region of Ethiopia and have been making tahini since 2013. www.soomfoods.com

Cissé  Cocoa


Diana Lovett founded Cissé because of her love of chocolate. They practice social responsibility by sourcing cocoa from small-scale farmers and ensure they make a living wage.  They use Organic, Fair Trade Cocoa from the Dominican Republic to make the hot cocoa mixes we sell at Mariposa!  www.cissecocoa.com

Tropical Rice Pudding


Ready for a tropical excursion? Perhaps not quite as delectable as a trip to the tropics but this tasty new twist on rice pudding is sure to delight.


  • 1 cup long grain brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil* (see Tips & Notes)
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 cup Hazelnut milk (or other nut milk* see Tips & Notes)
  • 1/4 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon or lime zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dried fruit—pineapple, papaya and/or mango


  1. Soak rice overnight, rinse well and cook in 2 1/4 cups water. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325º
  3. Melt coconut oil over very low heat and whisk in tapioca flour until it is a smooth paste.
  4. Add 1/4 cup hazelnut milk and whisk until the oil and flour are evenly blended and dissolved in the milk. Whisk in the remaining milk, and then add sugar. Turn up heat to medium low and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens. (It will just be starting to boil around the edges). Remove from heat and stir in salt, vanilla, lemon or lime zest and juice.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cooked rice and dried fruit until fruit is evenly distributed through rice and rice kernels are not in clumps. Add seasoned milk mixture to rice and dried fruit and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Spread mixture in a lightly oiled 2 quart glass baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or cool. Stores well in refrigerator for several days.


Authored by Sarah Mandel. Reprinted with permission by strongertogether.coop

Avocado Brownies

Brownies are a perfect place to slip in some creamy avocado. In place of some of the butter, avocado adds creaminess with more nutrients. You will never know there's a fruit in there, thanks to the cocoa and vanilla!



  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup mashed avocado (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda, crushing any lumps of cocoa with the back of your spoon.
  3. In a food processor, puree the avocado until completely smooth. Add the white and brown sugars and process, then add the eggs, oil or butter and vanilla and process until smooth. Scrape the avocado mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top looks dry and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with big wet crumbs attached-not dry. Don't overbake, if you like a gooey brownie, take it out while a little gooey in the middle and chill to make it easier to cut.
  5. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these tasty brownies plain or dusted with powdered sugar. For a super-chocolate treat, drizzle with melted chocolate.


Authored by Robin Asbell. Reprinted with permission by strongertogether.coop

Treat your self! V-day gifts under $20

Whether you are looking to show yourself or a friend some love, we have a little something for everyone! 

  Is there a better way to say "I love you" than with a bird on a skateboard??

Is there a better way to say "I love you" than with a bird on a skateboard??

Colorful cards made by Juliannah & Art are a great way to tell your West Philly sweetie you care. We also have the ever punny Good Paper cards, handcrafted by women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines. All cards are under $5!

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Set the mood with Sunbeam Candles or a local Lancaster favorite, Christina Maser. Both are naturally made with earth-friendly ingredients.

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Relax with a variety of bath minerals, body soaks, and bubble baths from Aura Cacia. They are part of a member-owned co-op dedicated to creating their products sustainably and supporting women and girls around the world. Body soaks are on sale for $8.99, bubble bath for $5.99, and mineral bath is 2/$4 through February 13th. 

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Incense and perfume are great ways to make you and your space feel more tranquil and at peace. Triloka incense is made in India by fair trade cottage industries with over 150 years of tradition. They even make a totally eco-friendly gift bag to put all of your goodies in!

Your new game day (or any day) favorites

We know you have your favorite salsa recipes lined up and ready to go. And we're pretty sure we can't beat your twist on loaded potato skins. Instead of trying to redesign Game Day staples, we have a list of new, crowd pleasing recipes you may not have tried before! 

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

  Humble limas are transformed into a sensational spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.

Humble limas are transformed into a sensational spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.


  • 1 10-ounce package frozen lima beans
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill


  1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lima beans, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until the beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool in the liquid.
  2. Drain the beans and garlic. Transfer to a food processor. Add oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper; process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, stir in mint, cilantro and dill.

Masala Potato Appetizers

  Inspired by the flavors of Indian cuisine, the delightful Masala potato topping also makes a tasty side dish.

Inspired by the flavors of Indian cuisine, the delightful Masala potato topping also makes a tasty side dish.


  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black or yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • Baguette, sliced or baked pita chips


  1. Boil the potatoes whole until tender, remove from heat and allow them to cool. When cool enough to handle, slip the skins off the potatoes and cube or break them into chunks. Set aside.
  2. While the potatoes cook, prepare the other ingredients. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and add the mustard seed. Once the seeds stop popping, add the onions and sauté until softened, then add the ginger and green pepper and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in the turmeric and salt, and then add the warm potato chunks. Add 1 cup of water and stir well. Add the cilantro and lemon juice, stir well and remove from the heat. The mixture should look slightly chunky.
  3. Place a heaping tablespoon of warm potato mixture on baguette slices or toasted pita chips and garnish with a pinch of fresh chopped Serrano pepper and a dusting of garam masala. Serve immediately.

Sriracha Glazed Turkey Meatballs

  Spice up your next gathering with these amazing meatballs. Try them as an appetizer, made into sliders or atop rice.

Spice up your next gathering with these amazing meatballs. Try them as an appetizer, made into sliders or atop rice.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In large bowl, gently combine all meatball ingredients until everything is evenly distributed. Form mixture into small balls, using 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat per ball. Place the meatballs onto a rimmed baking tray and into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes and turn the meatballs. Bake for another 10 minutes until cooked through.
  3. While the meatballs bake, combine all glaze ingredients in a small pot. Whisk and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened. To serve, toss or brush meatballs with warm glaze.

Mango Jicama Guacamole

  This is a fantastic dish to serve at a party; just double (or triple) the recipe and use a wider bowl or small casserole dish. The crunchy jicama, sweet mango and creamy avocado are a delicious topping for tostadas and quesadillas, too.

This is a fantastic dish to serve at a party; just double (or triple) the recipe and use a wider bowl or small casserole dish. The crunchy jicama, sweet mango and creamy avocado are a delicious topping for tostadas and quesadillas, too.


  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup cubed jicama
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 small scallions, chopped
  • 1 pinch chili powder


  1. Peel and chop the mango and jicama in small, even pieces; sprinkle with a teaspoon of lime juice and reserve.
  2. Halve the avocados and remove the pits; scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Mash coarsely with a fork, then add the remaining tablespoon of lime juice, salt and garlic and mix. Stir in the scallions.
  3. Spread the guacamole in a small serving bowl. Sprinkle mango and jicama on top of the guacamole, then dust with chili powder. Serve immediately with chips or quesadillas.

Find more Game Day recipes. Recipes reprinted with permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes, and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop.

Lost Bread Co. - Now found at Mariposa!


We're excited to introduce Lost Bread Co. to our bakery lineup! Locally sourced and baked, Lost Bread Co. is owned by acclaimed baker Alex Bois and located in Olde Kensington. In their own words, "We evoke the spirit of community-centric bakeries with a focus on responsible sourcing, sustainability, and ethical treatment of workers." Our personal favorite? The pretzel shortbread cookies! The perfect blend of sweet and salty, one of our cashiers, Jake, calls them "A delicious revolution in snacking." Come on in and try some cookies or one of their delicious loaves. From flavorful focaccia to the colorful beetroot rye, you really can't go wrong.

Friday Finds: December 15, 2017

Take a look at what's new in store. 

Sliced Meats & Cheese


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


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


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

Sparoom scentifier

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.