Creative Holiday Gift Ideas for the People on Your List

  The holidays may look different in the year 2020, but they’re still meaningful. We realize that finding unique gifts when you’re shopping less often and staying home more can be a challenge. So we’re here to help! From puzzles to woolens and cookbooks to skin care, here are some creative holiday gift ideas for … 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

Local Apples: Best Uses for Each Variety

  Apple season is sure to stir up sweet memories — visits to the orchard, crisp autumn evenings, and delicious apple dishes. It may also stir up some questions. With so many varieties, how do you tell which apple is best for snacking versus apple pie or cider? We break down local apples and the … 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

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