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

Going Green for an Eco-friendly 2022

Happy New Year! The new year is a perfect chance to break old habits that aren’t working for you, build new ones, and work on goals. Many of us are looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and live more sustainably. Here are three easy resolutions for going green in 2022! 1. Buy more … Continued

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

It’s estimated that 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper is used each year in the U.S., with only half of that getting recycled. So how can we make our gifting habits more sustainable? Try these ideas for an eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper — better for the planet and still festive for the season. Tied … 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

Top 10 Daily Hacks for a Green Lifestyle

Each April, people around the world mark Earth Day and look at ways to help the planet. If you’re looking for new ideas, here are 10 hacks for a green lifestyle for you to try! Remember, when choosing to live green, it’s all about small steps and little choices vs. getting caught up in doing everything … 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

Zero-Waste Lifestyle Tips

Whatever your motivation for living a low-waste lifestyle, we have ideas that can help! Jenna Galarneau is a wellness associate at our Minnetonka store. She’s been striving to live a zero-waste lifestyle with her family for the last three years, and in our Q&A, she shares advice for reducing waste without stressing out. Q: What … Continued

LOFF Update: Racing Heart Farm

We spent the summer checking in with some of our 2018 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund grant recipients – touring their farms, learning about what they do and how they operate, and hearing about how the projects LOFF funded will impact their lives. Racing Heart Farm Colfax, Wisconsin With a cluster of chickens, a flock of sheep … Continued