Mazopiya is a community-oriented natural food market that focuses on clean organic foods and carries local products whenever possible, including produce from the SMSCʼs organic garden Mdewakanton Wozupi.
Mazopiya opened in the fall of 2010. In the Dakota language, “Mazopiya” means “a store, a place where things are put away and kept.”
Mazopiya consists of a produce department, grocery department, grass fed meats, dairy, cheeses, pet foods, frozen foods, bulk foods and products, health/wellness/personal care department, soup and salad bar, and much more. The store also offers a Community Room for classes and demonstrations.
Mazopiya emphasizes seasonal eating by presenting customers with locally grown, in season produce. Locally sourced and produced buffalo, honey, maple syrup, wild rice, and other items are available. Customers are encouraged to live clean and green.
Values important to Mazopiya include offering sustainable, local, organic, foods whenever possible, along with offering fair trade foods, those which pay a living wage and promote sustainability in developing countries.
Geothermal heating system for temperature control captures heat and cooling from the ground. Wells were drilled down 180 feet to utilize the temperature of the earth, which maintains a constant 52 degrees Fahrenheit, to help heat and cool the building. The parking lot was designed with a minimum number of parking spaces to reduce impervious surfaces. Drought tolerant landscaping was used so no irrigation is needed.
The building also runs on alternative energy purchased from the utility company.
If you’re excited to learn more, visit http://www.shakopeedakota.org/ and http://mazopiya.com/about. html
From Food for Thought, Issue 12. Published in December 2013.