10 Food Swaps to Switch It Up

When the new year hits, resolutions abound. But what if we all focused on making easy swaps or adding in, instead of taking away? Adding in more time to connect with others. Increasing our intentionality to take better care of ourselves. And weaving in routines or steps that support our well-being throughout the year, including … Continued

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

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

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