Lakewinds Blog

Veriditas Botanicals | Local Producer Q&A

By Renee Whisnant on January 22, 2016 0 Comment
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    Speaking with Melissa Farris, you quickly grasp her passion for her life’s work. Part chemist and herbalist, part innovative business owner, 100% environmentalist, Farris is the founder of Veriditas Botanicals. She’s also the U.S. agent for S.A. Plantes Aromatics du Diois (SAPAD). The largest selling EO cooperative in the world, SAPAD sells over one-third of […]Read More »

Product Standards Help You Eat Healthfully

By Renee Whisnant on January 10, 2016 0 Comment

                          It should be easy to find healthy food to eat, but sometimes it’s not that simple. Between reading complex ingredient lists to navigating that hazy description of “natural” food, it’s tough to know what’s healthy — or what products could be hiding […]Read More »

Top Holiday Cocktails from the Co-op

By Jill Holter on December 20, 2015 0 Comment

During the festive days ahead, you’ll want a few go-to drink recipes for your family and friends. All of these can be made “mocktail” for the kids’ table, or “cocktail” for the grown-ups at the gathering. Using local, fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients is a great way to celebrate the season. Get your shakers, your […]Read More »

Top 10 Local Gifts from Minnesota for the Holidays

By Renee Whisnant on November 30, 2015 0 Comment

When you’re shopping for the holidays, you want that “just right” gift – one that’s unique, special and fits your friend or loved one. Whether you’re sending presents in the mail or shopping for someone who “has it all,” here are our top 10 gifts from Minnesota. Minnesota Mittens | For someone missing Minnesota Warm, […]Read More »

Minnesota Turkeys for Your Thanksgiving Feast

By Constance Carlson on October 30, 2015 0 Comment

When you talk about Minnesota to your out-of-state friends and family, you probably mention our many beautiful lakes, the cabin life up north, our vibrant Twin Cities arts scene or our amazing restaurants. This November, we think you should add one more impressive Minnesota thing to your list … turkeys. Did you know Minnesota is […]Read More »

Grilled Cheese & Homemade Tomato Soup: The Perfect Comfort Food for Fall

By Amy Haggerty on September 24, 2015 1 Comment
Homemade Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Guest Post by Katie Parker of Veggie and the Beast With the arrival of chilly evenings and cooler weather, I’m craving comfort foods. Warm soup and a hot sandwich hit the spot. Personally I love that ultimate combo—homemade tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. With local tomatoes and fresh basil in season at your […]Read More »

Local Co-op Reflections: 40 Years at Lakewinds

By Renee Whisnant on September 11, 2015 0 Comment
Lakewinds Local Co-op – The Original Red Shack

Since Lakewinds’ beginning in 1975, the local co-op has had a fruitful (pun intended) existence. The local co-op evolved from its original, small “red shack” to today’s three locations and online delivery via Instacart. With its current inventory of countless products, including thousands that are produced locally, it can be hard to remember Lakewinds’ humble […]Read More »