Lakewinds & Neighborhood Forest: A Partnership for the Planet

Giving back to the community isn’t just an important part of Lakewinds’ mission, it’s something you support every time you shop at the co-op. Throughout the year, our co-op makes sponsorship-level monetary donations to local nonprofits whose work relates to sustainability and equity in the food system, education about nutrition, or the environment. One such … Continued

Lakewinds Shoppers Give Back: Small Donations, Big Change

“Would you like to round up today?” You’ve probably heard it when shopping at the co-op, but what effect do your donations of a few cents at a time really have? The truth is those small repeated acts of generosity have added up to more good than you may realize. Over the years, our Community … Continued

More Than Ever, Where Our Food Comes From Matters

When the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force last summer, it created unexpected challenges across the economy, but especially for local food growers and makers. They faced reduced markets as a result of restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, and other buyers being closed. That’s why Lakewinds joined other food-minded organizations and created “Local Food is Essential,” … Continued

Sowing a Sustainable Future

A Check-in with the 2020 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Recipients   The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) is our co-op’s grant program designed to help local sustainable and organic farmers achieve their on-farm goals – with over $500,000 awarded since 2011.   In 2020 alone, Lakewinds provided more than $109,000 in LOFF grants to 15 … Continued

Kernza: A Perennial Revolution

Kernza® perennial grain is an environmentally friendly, soil-enriching, carbon-capturing perennial wheatgrass with the potential to change agriculture. Farmers growing Kernza are excited about how growing this grain instead of traditional annual wheat can change their land and business for the better. Luke Peterson of A-Frame Farm is a veteran grower who is already seeing changes … Continued

Baby Food Update

A U.S. House subcommittee looked at baby foods between 2017 and 2019 and found that certain baby foods contain arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. To err on the side of caution, the team at Lakewinds temporarily removed baby food from shelves. Baby food is now back on shelves, and we want to share with you … Continued

New at the Co-Op, January 2021

It’s a new year, so why not try something new at the co-op? This month we’ve got some great new small-batch condiments, original snacks, eco-friendly makeup, and health-boosting supplements. Everything added to our shelves meets our high quality standards, so you can trust what you put in your cart. Grocery Mother In Law’s Korean gochujang … Continued

New at the Co-op, December 2020

Each month, our team brings in new, unique items, including those from local makers. See what’s new and might be interesting to you this month! Grocery New Herbal Tea Blends from Sacred Blossom New blends from one of our favorite local farmers are now available in sustainable, compost-friendly packaging! All herbs are grown locally, hand … Continued

New at the Co-op, October 2020

We’re always adding great new items from local makers, farmers, and growers. Read on to learn about what’s new at the co-op for October, 2020!   GROCERY Baker’s Field farm cakes blend Minneapolis-based Baker’s Field has an expert knowledge of grains, which is why they make some of the best bread in town. This hearty … Continued