Women Powered! – Maazah Chutney

  Yasameen & Sheilla Sajady Co-founders of Maazah Chutney in St. Paul    Sisters Yasameen and Sheilla started making chutney a few years ago. “We come from a family of small business owners,” says Yasameen. “I guess it’s in our DNA and our obsession with condiments. We love exploring new flavors and recipes, and we … Continued

Women Powered! – Alakef Coffee Roasters & City Girl Coffee

Alyza Bohbot James Owner & CEO of Alakef Coffee Roasters and City Girl Coffee in Duluth   Before Alakef and its offshoot City Girl Coffee began connecting women-owned coffee growers and sellers around the world, it was a family business. Alyza’s father, who came to the U.S. from Morocco, pined for a robust European style … Continued

Women Powered! Harmony Valley Farm

Andrea Yoder Co-Owner of Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin As she sees it, Andrea Yoder’s background as a dietician and chef is a natural complement to her life as a farmer. “I’m still a chef,” says Yoder. “My job now is to nourish people by growing organic food, but I also try to help … Continued

Budget Shopping Tips for Healthy, Responsible Eating

Co-op shopping is better for you, the environment, and local farmers, but we appreciate that keeping to your grocery budget is also important. We’re here to help with a list of tips to get the most out of budget shopping the co-op way. Be an owner First and foremost, to get the most of your … 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

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Co-op

Americans are expected to spend more than $725 billion on holiday-related purchases during the last two months of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. Just think of the good it could do if even a portion of that amount was spent on sustainable, local gifts, Fair Trade items, or environmentally friendly gifts. If … 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