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

Local Tomato Season – It Doesn’t Have to End

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of sun-ripe, local tomatoes, but as the light begins to slant, I am looking beyond bruschetta for ways to enjoy every last bite. In this shoulder season, I’m looking for easy, quick recipes that celebrate the tomato’s unique flavors in pasta, on pizzas and gratins. Come January, I know … Continued

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Many of us kick off the year with a goal or two. Maybe it’s to eat clean. Perhaps you want to be more disciplined about staying within your household budget. Maybe it’s both. Well, good news! You can do both — eat healthy food and save on groceries — with some tips from the co-op. … Continued

Top 10 Healthy, Easy Meals for a Busy Season

The holiday season is in full swing! Everywhere you turn, there’s a concert, party or gift exchange. Families, friends and neighbors are all bustling about baking treats, wrapping gifts, crossing off lists and making one more trip to the store. Knowing time is a precious commodity, we’ve compiled a list of healthy, easy meal ideas … Continued

Celebrate Squash with Easy, Simple Meal Ideas

  Big squash, little squash, blue-green squash, striped squash. No, it’s not a Dr. Seuss book – we’re in the co-op produce department! When it comes to local, late-season produce, squash is the perfect comfort food for wintry days and is incredibly versatile. Local real-food blogger Amanda Paa, herself a lover of squash, recently took over … Continued

3-2-1 SNACK!

Backpack snacks, after school snacks, on-the-way-to-practice snacks . . . Lakewinds has you covered. Try our simple formula for colorful, nutritious and delicious munchies you can grab and go. Choose something from each category below and liven up your snack offerings. Buy ingredients in bulk at Lakewinds to save money and avoid packaging waste. Reusable … Continued

Co-op Guide to Savoring the Season

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, it’s time to transition from summer to fall produce. We’ve got the lowdown on what to pick, preserve, store and savor this fall to make the most of produce while it’s fresh. Enjoy in-season produce now: Tomatoes, herbs, peppers – depending on the weather, they might … Continued