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

Cutting Back on Kitchen Waste

Reducing food and packaging waste in the kitchen has a major impact on our planet. According to the USDA, “In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society … wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need … Continued

Sustainable Spring Cleaning

Refresh + Reuse Keeping our homes clean is a top priority right now, but many conventional products on the market contain harsh chemicals, rely heavily upon disposable materials and single-use plastic, or are manufactured using Earth-unfriendly methods. At Lakewinds, we value cleanliness that is environmentally sound and people-safe. In the spirit of Earth Week, we’d … Continued

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

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

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