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

Women Powered! Harmony Valley Farm

Andrea Yoder Co-Owner of Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin As she sees it, Andrea Yoder’s background as a dietician and chef is a natural complement to her life as a farmer. “I’m still a chef,” says Yoder. “My job now is to nourish people by growing organic food, but I also try to help … 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

WoMN Power

Here in Minnesota, female food makers are a powerful force in our booming local food economy. They are combining personal passion, global flavors, and local organic ingredients. Meet some of the women entrepreneurs whose innovative products are lighting up the shelves at Lakewinds. Nonna’s Best Antipasto Like many of our featured entrepreneurs, Dina Swanson keeps … Continued

Sustainable Shopping Guide

  April 22nd is the day we come together to honor Mother Earth. But at Lakewinds we believe in making planet-friendly choices all year round. Every day is an opportunity to take less, reuse more, and shrink our environmental footprint. Here are just some of the ways we make sustainable shopping easy for owners and … Continued

Why Pasture Raised Pork Does a Body Good

  It’s a very exciting time for all of us at Lakewinds, with exclusive access to pasture-raised pork from TC Farm. Personally, when I hear the words grass-fed or pasture-raised, my first thoughts jump to the ethics — raising animals in a compassionate way, having the golden ticket to roam free, as well as the … Continued

From Pasture to Plate, the Passion of TC Farm

                  It was a July morning, blazing hot already at 8 am. We arrived at TC Farm with grayish blue skies threatening a little rain, the humid fog rising above the dark green pastures. As I opened my car door I was greeted by the sounds and smell … Continued

Bite into Heirloom Tomato Season

Celebrating a favorite flavor in a special partnership with Seed to Seed Farm. There’s nothing like the taste of a big, juicy heirloom tomato in the summer time — on a BLT or sliced thick with a pinch of salt. Through a unique partnership with Seed to Seed Farm in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Lakewinds is … Continued