Buying locally is one of our top priorities at Lakewinds. This not only ensures our customers get the freshest fruits and vegetables, but it fuels the local farm economy and benefits the environment by reducing food miles traveled. Get to know some of the local farms that supply our stores.
For what to expect in stores this summer, refer to our Summer Produce Calendar, updated each spring.
This diversified family farm, owned by Richard de Wilde goes above and beyond organic, placing great value on soil fertility and fostering a healthy and natural growing environment.
Balsam Lake, WI
Ariel Pressman owns Seed to Seed Farm, growing heirloom tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, and other organic produce on 12 acres of land in Balsam Lake, WI. In 2016, Seed to Seed Farm was a Lakewinds Organic Field Fund recipient to assist in the installation of a 15,000 sq. ft. high tunnel to extend the growing season of heirloom, roma, and beefsteak tomatoes.
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Founded in 1994 by Jack Hedin and Jenni McHugh, this 250-acre certified-organic farm gets its name and inspiration from the Featherstone Township homestead where Jack’s great-grandfather farmed and planted trees in the 19th century.
Soldiers Grove, WI
Nestled in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, this 200-acre family farm is known for its certified organic produce and expeller pressed sunflower oils.
Living Water Gardens
Steve and Mary Klingbeil have grown nearly 7,000 hydroponic tomato plants for the past 17 years, from seed to maturity, from within the protection provided by the acre of greenhouses on their property—without contaminants and pesticides. Steve makes multiple deliveries of his produce each week, so at any time of year, the only fresher tomato for you to eat is the one you grow in your own backyard.
Plum City, WI
Beautiful and diverse flowers bring an abundance of beneficial insects, birds, and diversity of soil food to this sixteen-acre flower and food farm.
This farm is a family owned and operated, 40 acre farm founded in 1985. At the core of their operation is a sustainable method of farming called aquaponics. Look for their tasty organic microgreens in our stores year-round.
“Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients.
This is a natural growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without the need to discard water or filtrate or add chemical fertilizers, and uses up to 98% less water than traditional farming methods.”
Localize was founded in the spring of 2013 as a commercial scale hydroponic facility. They specialize in leafy greens, primarily basil, several varieties of lettuce, and herbs. Their hydroponic system, designed and manufactured by Freight Farms, can produce year round from its 3600 plant sites. Look for their sweet basil in our produce department year-round.
Lakewinds also supports local farmers by providing a drop-off location for local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes.