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

How Mushrooms are Grown

  It’s well known that mushrooms are nutritious (and many of us certainly find them delicious), but have you ever asked yourself how mushrooms are grown? We often lump them in with other vegetables when talking about nutrition, even though mushrooms don’t come from plants like carrots or lettuce. Not even a little bit. Mushrooms … 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

The Importance of Choosing Local

Little Big Sky Farm 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 … Continued

17 Unexpected and Exciting Condiments to Try this Summer

Ketchup and mustard are great staples, but at Lakewinds we have lots of unexpected and exciting condiments to jazz up your grilled meats and veggies, appetizer plates, summer sandwiches, and side dishes. We’ve compiled a quick list of 17 of our absolute favorites. 1. Mama Kicks Berbere Sauce Berbere is a blend of herbs and … Continued

Supporting Local During the Pandemic

  It’s no secret that we love local food at Lakewinds. We believe that supporting local farmers and makers benefits us, the community, the economy, and the planet. However, during the pandemic many pillars of the local food system are suffering. Despite challenges, it’s still possible to continue supporting local during this challenging time. Food … 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

Growing Food Without Soil: A Guide to Hydroponics

Hydroponically Grown Tomatoes   Growing food without soil may sound odd to us in farm country, but hydroponics is a well-established practice with a long history. It can be practiced at home with a DIY setup or in a high-tech facility with million-dollar equipment. Chances are you’ve eaten hydroponically grown food at some point. Our … Continued

Proper Produce Storage

Proper produce storage is important because fresh fruits and veggies are a vital part of our daily diet. They’re also some of the most perishable items on your shopping list. Here are some easy, money-saving tricks to help your produce last longer, speed up your meal prep, and reduce how often you need to pick … Continued