A Chat with Lakewinds Cheesemongers

  At Lakewinds, you’ll find passionate experts with deep knowledge of our products and how best to enjoy them. Our cheesemongers Judy, Freya and Jayne share what delights them about cheese, one of the world’s most varied and cherished flavors. Q: What do you love about leading your cheese department? Judy: Cheesemaking is a melding … Continued

Raised in Healthy Harmony

FARMER SPOTLIGHT: Peterson Craftsman Meats Meadow grasses and flowers bend in the breeze. Birds alight on a picture-perfect pond. In the distance, Limousin cattle happily graze on pasture. This prairie vista looks like a postcard, but it’s part of Peterson Craftsman Meats farm. “We start on one side, go across, and circle back,” says farmer … Continued

Lakewinds Volunteers – Tree Trust & Wilderness Inquiry

As a co-op, we’re dedicated to caring for our communities (one of the 7 co-op principles). We show our care for the communities our stores serve through programs like Round Up, which lets our shoppers choose to round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar to donate to a local non-profit organization. Occasionally, we … Continued

2019 Annual Meeting

  Thank you to all of our owners who celebrated Lakewinds with a day at the farm! Yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 22) was the Lakewinds Annual Meeting at Gale Woods Farm. In addition to the business meeting, activities included a cooking demo from local cookbook author Beth Dooley, Maker to Market food accelerator samples, LOFF recipient … Continued

Top 5 Essential Oil Blends for Fall

It’s official. Summer’s a wrap! And we all know what’s next. Along with fresh, crisp fall air and beautiful colors we wrestle with schedule changes, new routines, and, sadly, cough-and-cold season. To help your body and mind adjust, here are our top 5 essential oil blends for fall. Mental Clarity It can be hard to … Continued

Bolton Bees Honey

  Chiara and Travis Bolton have beehives throughout Minnesota, extracting and jarring location-specific honeys at their facility in Menahga, Minnesota. Their journey began in China, where Chiara learned the ropes working on a rural beekeeping project. When she returned to the U.S., she honed her new-found passion for beekeeping. Her husband soon joined her, learning … Continued

Local Spotlight: Coconut Whisk Baking

Myles Olson and Bella Lam both love to bake. But as busy students, they were short on time, and couldn’t find baking mixes that fit their dietary needs. That problem led to a partnership. They founded Coconut Whisk in 2018 to produce deliciously easy gluten-free, vegan, and allergen-friendly baking mixes. Interest grew quickly as their … Continued

Introducing Peterson Craftsman’s Limousin Beef

Our meat department is proudly introducing a new line of local, pasture-raised Limousin beef. Raised on the Peterson family farm near Osceola, Wisconsin, cattle are raised with a focus on animal welfare, heritage livestock breeding, and soil stewardship. “We’ve recognized that approaching agriculture holistically creates more life, healthier food, safer resources, and a future for … Continued

Farm to Food Bank

In 2018, Lakewinds and The Food Group, a local food bank, created a partnership we call “Farm to Food Bank.” This partnership is designed to fight local childhood hunger by providing kid-friendly organic produce to local food shelves that struggle to keep enough fresh produce on their shelves, and who serve a large population of … Continued