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

Winter Squash 101

Here at Lakewinds, we’re all about getting cozy and comfy as the winter months arrive. What better way to settle in than make a delicious recipe using winter squash? Though a humble fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!), squash is very versatile and enhances the flavor of many dishes. What are winter squash? Winter squash come … Continued

Top 5 Essential Oil Blends for Fall

It’s official. Summer’s a wrap! And we all know what’s next. Along with fresh, crisp fall air and beautiful colors we wrestle with schedule changes, new routines, and, sadly, cough-and-cold season. To help your body and mind adjust, here are our top 5 essential oil blends for fall. Mental Clarity It can be hard to … Continued

New at the Co-op: Summer 2018

Find a new favorite with these fresh picks – just in at Lakewinds! Nifty Kombucha REFRIGERATED GROCERY • $4.99 Enjoy the natural immune and anti-inflammatory benefits of kombucha, brewed as close to home as possible. Nifty Kombucha sources ingredients from small local farmers and makes their fermented brew at local food hub The Good Acre. … Continued

Family Valentine’s Day

Skip the fancy dinner reservation, and instead enjoy a family-friendly Valentine’s Day dinner, one where everyone can help make, serve, and eat a delicious feast – steak and lobster for the grown-up tastes, creamy macaroni and cheese for the younger-at-heart, a gluten-free skillet cookie, and even a co-op kiddie cocktail! Lobster Tail and Tenderloin Visit … Continued

Tea Time for Wellness

There’s nothing better on a cold midwinter’s day than a soothing cup of hot tea. But besides being a tasty, warming pick-me-up, tea also has a long history of being hailed for its role in improving common health troubles and increasing wellbeing. Wellness teas combine multiple botanicals, herbs, spices, and green tea to provide targeted … Continued

Three Iconic Heritage Foods

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen Remember the year the New York Times dubbed Minnesota land of Grape Salad in its Thanksgiving issue? In response to “Grapegate” we showcased our honest, long-standing, delicious heritage foods that reflect our region’s bounty. Here are just three old favorites for today’s table. Lefse with Smoked Trout Lefse, the delicate, potato … Continued

Good Giving: Local & Sustainable Gift Kits

All season Lakewinds shelves are filled with books, linens, gadgets, and other items chosen for their quality, Midwest roots and sustainable sources. Give thoughtfully with kits for everyone on your list. Get Hygge With It Ecklund Organic Scandinavian Runner ($39.99) Lilleknappen Ornament ($13.99) Jules Loft Bird Feeder ($16.99 – 27.99) Cook’s Corner The Sioux Chef’s … Continued

DIY TLC: Homemade Wellness Gifts

How do you show you really care? Homemade personal care gifts made from pure, natural ingredients you can find in our aisles. Bottle up your own with these simply wonderful wellness recipes.   After-Ski Body Scrub Helps ease sore muscles, exfoliates and softens dry skin. Ingredients 4 oz jar 1 cup Epsom salt 1 cup … Continued