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

Lakewinds Is Turning 45

Happy Anniversary! It’s time to celebrate another year at Lakewinds! This year’s a big milestone: 45 years ago the Minnetonka Buying Club went from operating out of neighborhood front porches to a permanent storefront in the now-famous “Red Shack” on the property of St. Luke’s Church. Incorporating in April of 1975, the co-op was originally … Continued

More Than Ever, Where Our Food Comes From Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected challenges across the economy, but especially for local food growers and makers. They face reduced markets as a result of restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, and other buyers being closed. That’s why Lakewinds has joined with other food-minded organizations to create “Local Food is Essential,” a campaign to encourage local … Continued

5 Solar Power Facts at the Co-op

At the Erin solar array, one of the first things you notice is the sound. You hear birds chirping, the murmur of insects buzzing, and the occasional semi passing by on a nearby road. And you can’t help but be struck by the landscape as you see 3,000 solar panels soaking in the sun, generating … Continued