Like so many tender spring buds, co-op grocery stores sprouted up in the Twin Cities in the 1970s. Mississippi Market was part of that first crop, opening in 1979. Since then, the craze for natural foods has boomeranged back and forth, but the St. Paul-based market has staying power with its simple mission to offer high quality, fairly priced organic foods to as wide a community as possible. It's not nearly as precious (or as crowded) as its more upscale counterparts, but the market boasts excellent produce with a gleefully huge bulk foods section, plus affordable classes for members and non-members alike on everything from grocery budgeting to making gluten-free noodles to how to plant seeds. In 2012, they launched Mississippi Market at Your Door, a delivery service catering to nearly 50 zip codes in the metro area. It just goes to show how slow and steady can win the race.