The Art of Clean: Waverly Soap

Pick up a bar of Waverly handmade soap and see what grabs your attention first. Is it the beautiful dried flowers? The flowing swirls? The lovely aroma that tempts you to take a nibble? (Resist!) Meet a local entrepreneur who turns clean ingredients into beautiful objects that keep skin moisturized and soft. Soapmaking started as … Continued

Featherstone Organic Carrots: Why Everyone Loves Them

As soon as the leaves change color in autumn comes the perennial question at the co-op: When will the Featherstone carrots be here? If you’re not familiar with Featherstone, you might wonder why this question is even asked. A carrot is a carrot, right? Well … not always! When it comes to carrots, there is … Continued

Summer Essentials and Supplements for Hydration

The wait for summer is over and sunny, warm days are here! Wherever your summer fun takes you, our wellness department has items to help you feel your best, inside and out. Here’s a rundown of favorites selected by our Wellness team, from supplements for hydration to moisturizing lip balms. All of the items follow … Continued

Dale Woodbeck’s Legacy at Lakewinds

Dale Woodbeck is retiring from the co-op after 12 years as Lakewind’s general manager. Here’s his final letter to owners, which also appears in the summer issue of ReFresh, along with reflections from those he’s worked with. Join us as we celebrate Dale’s legacy at Lakewinds! Appreciations for Dale “Dale is going to be so … Continued

Wellness Insights – Sampson Q&A

Our Wellness department team members are a great resource of information, with helpful insight about topics ranging from clean skin care to supplements. Matthew Sampson, a wellness associate at our Minnetonka store, shows us how to make DIY infused oils and shares some of his favorite tips, which start not in the wellness department, but in … Continued

10 Natural Wellness Trends for 2021

It’s 2021, and along with the new year comes new trends in natural wellness. From eco-friendly items to products that help support better sleep, here are 10 wellness trends to know for the coming year. Sustainable lifestyle Sustainability is a fundamental co-op value, and many people continue to look for ways to integrate earth-friendly practices … 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

Art of the Butcher

What goes into the products you find in the Lakewinds Meat Department? Great talent, ethical practices, close partnerships, and a passion for quality. We source and handle all our products according to uncompromising standards, so you can trust every cut is safe, flavorful and humanely raised. See what makes Lakewinds meat so good. Sourcing When … Continued