For me the biggest - and most unexpected - leap forward in Seward's new space is the addition of an in-house sausage maker. I've made my way through a half dozen varieties, and they've all been phenomenal. Definitely worth a special trip.
Best Natural Foods Grocery - 2009
Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli
2823 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
For activists and converts to organic and local food, the new 13,000-square-foot Seward Co-op is the promised land. Yes, it's pricey—but hey, eating well these days costs a fortune wherever you go, and Seward's selection of produce, meats, and cheeses is the best around. The spread of Minnesota dairy is particularly impressive, as are the doughy, delicious, organic local breads. And for shoppers who favor organic produce, Seward stocks more of it than any other natural market in town; it's hard to even find a conventional blackberry or celery stick in the place. Need a home remedy? The co-op can provide that, too, with helpful staff who know their fish oil from their flax seed. From the outside, Seward's new digs are a bit, well, over-green—the fluorescent bright-green panels blaze in the sunlight and seem to shine even at night—but inside the atmosphere is, thankfully, more calm.