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

Our Co-op Gives Back

Community Relief Partnerships Giving back to the communities we serve has always been important at Lakewinds. As a result of the global pandemic and recent local civil unrest, the need for support services has increased in our local communities. Seeing that greater need, we’re committed to ongoing relief efforts and community support partnerships that provide … Continued

Growing Community Connections

Nurturing Local Community Gardens At Lakewinds, concern for our communities is built into almost everything we do. In addition to our mission to promote sustainable agriculture, support local farmers and makers, and protect our planet, we’re committed to giving back. One way we do this is through partnerships with local school and community gardens.   … Continued

Shared Bounty

Providing Access to Healthy Foods Arm in arm with our wonderful community partners, Lakewinds helps provide access to wholesome foods for those in need. Each time you shop at the co-op, you’re supporting these efforts, and we’re grateful for your patronage. We are committed to helping build a more sustainable, equitable food system and to … Continued

Superior Fresh Atlantic salmon receives non-GMO certification

Genetically-modified salmon will soon be hitting grocery store shelves after recent approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In response, Superior Fresh Farms — providers of organic greens and farmed Atlantic salmon sold at Lakewinds — has been certified non-GMO by A Greener World, a nonprofit organization that verifies that farms meet certain criteria … Continued

Lakewinds Loves Our Staff

What’s the secret to Lakewinds’ success as a co-op retail grocery store and active member of our community?  It’s our fantastic staff, both on the sales floor and behind the scenes! We decided to sit down with Grocery Category Manager for Refrigerated, Bulk Foods, Bread & Coffee, Paris, to learn about her time at Lakewinds, … Continued

Round Up Recap: Small Donations Leading to Big Change

Our community giving Round Up program is one of the ways Lakewinds cares for the communities we serve and call home. By rounding up their grocery bills at the register each month, Lakewinds shoppers contribute thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations doing important work in the Twin Cities metro area and surrounding communities. In … 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