Fresh and Local! Blog

Edible Flowers, Watermelon Cocktails & Local Lettuces!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

 

Local Salad Mix

Salad Mix from Harmony Valley Farm

The long awaited springtime Harmony Valley Salad Mix, complete with edible flowers in the bag, are now in & just as delicious as they are eye-appealing! Come get your salad on, we have bulk (any amount you grab), 6oz bags & 1# bags available!

Master Tips from a Master Gardener:

EVERY SATURDAY
with Arwyn, 1-4pm

Tips to help you grow your own food this season!
(Now through June)

Watermelons

Watermelon is
NOW IN SEASON!

For all VFC Owners, be sure to pick up some watermelon before next Wednesday, as it is an "Owner Deal" right now, on sale for 59¢ per lb!!! 

Now- time to impress the pants off our your cocktail guests with this recipe for a watermelon, tomato, lime, basil simple syrup & vodka cocktail from Brandon over at Kitchen Konfidence!

 

Prepare yourself to be distracted:

CLICK HERE to read about the
SWEETEST WATERMELON THE SOUTH HAS EVER KNOWN!

Local Lettuces

Lettuces from Second Cloud on the Left & Driftless Organics

The local lettuces are here & we've got red leaf, green leaf & green butterhead. The prices for the local varieties compare nicely to the far away California leaf & butterhead lettuces. So let this be your next great opportunity to show support for your local economy by purchasing local, organic lettuce. As the weather warms, managing local lettuces from insects & weeds gets labor intensive & prices go up to maintain the farmer's sustainability. Get them while they are priced to move!

New ways to save as a
VFC Owner
VFC Reusable Bottles & Insulated Mugs
SAVE $3.00 / ea

Owner Deals!
Please read our blog about bottled water!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Recipes, Gardening, Watermelon, Salad Greens, Owner Deals, Lettuces

Mouthwatering Mushroom Recipes, Magnificent Micro Greens & Master Tips from our Master Gardener

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 01:51 PM

 

Local Morel Mushrooms

Wildcrafted Morels as well as Shiitakes from Scenic Valley Mushrooms

Wildcrafted Morels are coming in daily & look great this year. We're extra picky on quality since they are so plentiful. Don’t forget you can extend this extremely short season by dehydrating them. Just add them to water to rehydrate & they're just as good as freshly picked (freezing: not prefered because when thawed, they are soft & mushy)! Shiitakes are in flush from Scenic Valley Mushrooms as well & are great quality, grown & cultivated from mushroom logs twice a week for us. For some inspirational mushroom recipes, we struck upon this CookieandKate.com blog that is up anyone's alley who enjoys delicious dinners (that just so happen to be easy & Gluten Free, too)!!!

Master Tips from a
Master Gardener:

EVERY SATURDAY
with Arwyn in the VFC Garden Center

Stop in between
1pm-4pm on Saturdays
to get tips & tricks that will
help you
grow your own food
this gardening season!

(Now through June)

Local Micro Greens

Micro Greens from River Root & Dave Miles

Micro greens are coming in weekly this spring & pack a great nutritional punch compared to other sprouts or salad mixes. Click here to check out claims that they are up to 40 TIMES MORE Vital than mature plants!

There are two new flavors you may have noticed on our shelf this season: Sunflower Shoots & Micro Kales. Both are drool-worthy additions with which to top your salads or sandwiches/wraps. Mmmmm, check out this gorgeous recipe on Mel's Blog for a Sunflower Shoot, Beet & Avocado Salad. OR – go to Anjali's blog here for a Seduced by Sunflower Sprouts in a Spring Salad that is super easy & absolutely scrumptious!!!

New ways to save as a
VFC Owner
VFC Reusable Bottles & Insulated Mugs
SAVE $3.00 / ea

Owner Deals!
Please read our blog about bottled water!

Arwyn Wildingway- Master Gardener, Assistant

Plants & Seeds

1) Selling out sale THIS WEEK on our Certified, Organic Seed Potatoes from Blue Mound, WI.! Stop in if you need them since once we sell out, we won't get them again until next spring.

2) Time to buy your tomato & pepper starter plants to get them worked into your garden plots. We are past the threat of frost (I hope), so Arwyn, our Master Gardener, is putting your eyes on the multiple varieties of tomatoes & peppers that we offer.

3) Stop in on Saturday to quiz Arwyn, our Master Gardener, regarding any tips or ideas you need to help your garden or urban food plot this year. She's available each Saturday, 1-4pm in the VFC Garden Center, to assist you with any gardening questions!

Save as a
VFC OWNER:

NOW-Thursday
May 19-21

OWNER DISCOUNT DAYS

VFC Owners receive
15% OFF
Certified Organic Lange Farm Italian Sausages & Ground Beef
as well as
Beeler's Brats & Mild or Hot Italian Sausages!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Recipes, Gardening, Wildcraft, Micro Greens, Owner Deals

Easy Asparagus Recipes, Rhubarb Storage Tips, New Plants Daily!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

 

Local Asparagus

Asparagus from Appley Ever After, Glicks & Jason Thimmesch

No better way to wake up from a winter slumber than with the edibles that come from springtime, especially ASPARAGUS! Needing recipe motivation to become inspired by this friendly green sprig? Laura, our Sampling Assistant, created a unique & super easy Raw Asparagus, Mint & Feta Recipe you should check out by clicking here! Additionally, one of our favorite food blogs compiled 11 of their most delicious recipe ideas that revolve around this early season beauty... Click here to get Food 52's highlighted recipe list of how to get creative in the kitchen tonight with these 11 recipes!

Next Week:

May 20th
~ALL DAY~

WELLNESS
WEDNESDAY

10% off all supplements, homeopathic & herbal formulas from the
Wellness Department.

PLUS 10% off
PLANTS & SEEDS
(since
 wellness & healthy eating go hand-in-hand)!

Local Rhubarb

Rhubarb from Peter’s Farm

The local rhubarb is in, stocked & ready for your springtime pies & turnovers. The strawberries from high tunnels will be coming in this coming week too, so you can pair them together for your strawberry/rhubarb crisp. Here are some storage tips:

  • Before storing, remove leaves from rhubarb stalks & discard.
  • Rhubarb stalks can be stored in refrigerator for 5-7 days, unwashed & sealed in air tight plastic bag or tightly wrapped in plastic.
  • Store fresh rhubarb in whole stalks if possible since cut or diced pieces dry out quicker. Trim just before using.
  • It can be frozen for future use by cutting stalks into 1" lengths & packaging in airtight bags or by stewing first, then freezing.
  • Rhubarb does not need to be sweetened before it is frozen.

Click here to
find ways to save as a
VFC Owner
VFC Reusable Bottles & Insulated Mugs
SALE $3.00 OFF/ea

Owner Deals!Click here to
read our blog about bottled water!

Arwyn Wildingway- Master Gardener, Assistant

Plants & Seeds

New plants arrive daily! We've got a selection of fruits, vegetables & flowers. If you are not finding what you are looking for, ask for assistance since we may be expecting that item or can special order it just for you! Seed Potatoes are selling out, get them while you still can. Don’t forget Arwyn, our Master Gardener, is here on Saturdays at 1pm to share "Master Tips from a Master Gardener." Come with your questions & leave with a great deal of knowledge & ideas!

More ways to save as a
VFC OWNER:

Tuesday-Thursday
May 19-21

OWNER DISCOUNT DAYS

VFC Owners receive 15% off Certified Organic Lange Farm Italian Sausages, Brats & Ground Beef!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Recipes, Gardening, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Owner Deals

Local: Green Top Radishes, Scallions, Plants & Seeds!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 01:23 PM

 

Local Green Top Radishes

Green Top Radishes from Keewaydin Farms & Second Cloud on the Left

You know it’s officially spring when the green top radish bunches are coming in locally – what a treat! Did you know radishes are a great source of vitamin C & anti-oxidants? You know they are within a week of harvest if the greens are still vibrant/lively. Additionally, the greens are meant to be eaten. They should be rinsed & eaten in your salads, with hints of radish flavor & likely a mild lettuce flavor (not bitter nor sweet). Not a salad person but still love radishes? Try the greens lightly sautéed or in your omelettes. Don’t miss out on the nutrition you can gain from both the radish & the greens. Big thanks goes out to Keewaydin & Second Cloud for providing us with such wonderful, local & organic products!

UPCOMING CLASSES:

DFS Class:
UNLEASH YOUR SOIL'S FERTILITY

Saturday 5/2
9am-1pm
(VFC Owners get $10 OFF)


DFS Class:
SEASONAL COOKING IN THE SPRING

Sunday 5/3
1pm-4:30pm
(VFC Owners get $10 OFF)

Local Scallions

Scallions from Keewaydin Farms

Another great spring-fresh-flavor is the first scallions that come in. Keewaydin Farms dropped of their first delivery of the season & our Cali' scallions are now kicked out! These are fresh & everything should be used "from tip to toe" as you may hear me say often in our produce aisle. Just snip the tiny root off, if you're opposed to that texture, & cut everything from the white to the tippy top of the greens. Commence eating fresh or add to your favorite recipe!

Click here for
OWNER DEALS
HOOK'S CREAMERY
7-Year Cheddar
$18.99/lb
Reg. $22.99

Owner Deals!

Plants & Seeds at VFC

Plants & Seeds

VFC's Greenhouse is now open! Plants have been delivered from our local, organic seedling growers. We have great varieties to offer & are pretty sure (no guarantees) we are past the frost & snow for the year. Some of the seedlings can & should be transplanted right away to your gardens & others should be protected a little longer for warmer soil & sun. Not sure which ones to sow from seed vs. plant as seedlings? Or how to amend your soil & fertilize organically? Have no fear, we have our Master Gardener Arwyn to help you with ALL of your gardening questions. Arwyn Wildingway works Fridays through Sundays in the greenhouse & is happy to help you! We look forward to guiding you & helping you grow your own food this season.

  

GREENHOUSE OPEN HOUSE:
SATURDAY, May 9th
10am - 4pm
VFC GARDEN CENTER

FIRST 20 CUSTOMERS
AT EVENT GET
FREE 1# BAG OF
WORM CASTINGS!!!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Greenhouse Open House, Green-top Radishes, Scallions, Viroqua Events

Spring Dug Parsnips, Ramps & Purple Sweet Potatoes

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

 

 
Winter Spinach

Spring Dug Parsnips from Harmony Valley Farm

Another traditional sign of spring, overwintered parsnips are freshly dug, washed & delivered from a mere 12 miles down the road. And you thought fall dug parsnips were sweet...!

In honor of Earth Day

SOIL SALE THIS WEDNESDAY
ONLY

RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL SOILS, COMPOSTS
& WORM CASTINGS!

Ramps

Ramps from Harmony Valley Farm

These native, wild, edible onion/garlic tasting treats are only harvestable during a limited time during the spring! They can be eaten raw, cooked, sautéed or pesto'd... High in vitamin A & C as well as minerals Selenium & Chromium. Eat some this week - won't be long 'til their season concludes!


Greenhouse OPEN

VFC GREENHOUSE
OPENS THIS SATURDAY!

Purple Sweet Potatoes

Purple Sweet Potatoes from California

Yes, this is the same variety the longest living people in the world (the Japanese from Okinawa) enjoy. Sweet potatoes taste sweet but have a low glycemic index, are high in fiber, contain lots of Vitamin C, A, B complex, Iron, Potassium & Phosphorus.

We prefer to bake sweet potatoes a long time... that brings out the sweetness & makes the skin soft enough to eat too, which you want to do since lots of benefits hide in them! Get funky & make these simple Purple Donuts by clicking here!

CLICK BELOW
FOR WEEKLY
OWNER DEALS!
Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Local Spinach, Local Seed Potatoes & Local Scarlet Turnips!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

 

 
Winter Spinach

Spinach from Scenic Valley Farm

Greenhouse-grown in Readstown & making its debut this week… it will be available now for several weeks to come!

Discounts on Educational Classes

Receive $10 discounts at
the Driftless Folk School:
CLICK HERE
FOR MORE INFO!

Seed Potatoes

Seed Potatoes from Vermont Valley Community Farm

These certified seed potatoes were grown organically and locally: three good reasons to choose these over others... Get ready though, as you will have to choose between 13 special varieties. Each kind has a small description on the sign to help you better select which variety is going to be most suitable for your soil/delicious for you!

carr_valley_snow_white_goat_cheese-01
CARR VALLEY
Snow White Goat Cheddar
Sale $16.99/lb
Reg. $19.99/lb

Scarlet Turnip Salad

Scarlet Turnips from Ridgeland Harvest

Lovely & rosey on the outside, crispy & white on the inside... Eat these babies raw or cooked, sliced, grated, or cubed, roasted, pickled, steamed, or mashed! Eating one medium turnip provides 54% of your daily vitamin C needs as well as 8% of manganese, 7% of potassium, & 5% of vitamin B6, folate & copper. 

CLICK BELOW
FOR WEEKLY DEALS!
Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: local produce, Seed Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Spinach

Wildcrafted Watercress, Warm-weather Seeds, Purple Cow Composts!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

 

 
Wildcrafted Watercress

Wildcrafted Watercress from
Robin Rieder

We’ve been WAITING for its yearly return! Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K & manganese… Eat in salads, sandwiches & soups! Or better yet, click here for some gorgeous & ridiculously easy ideas on how Martha Stewart has gotten creative with this spring fling vegetable!

Got Discounts?

VFC Owners receive $10 discount on food, gardening
& educational classes at the Driftless Folk School!

Click here to learn more about upcoming courses with a VFC Owner $10 Discount!

Warm Weather Seeds

Warm-weather Seeds from
Seed Savers Exchange, Fedco & High Mowing Organic Seeds!

With names like Nippon Sanjaku Kiuri Cucumber, Oaxacan Green Dent Corn, Long Island Cheese Squash & Scarlet Runner Bean - how could you NOT stock up on directly seeded crops like beans, corn & squash?!

VFC OWNERS:
LAST CHANCE TO GET 10% OFF
PLANTS & SEEDS

(sale good from
3/24/15 thru 3/26/15)

 

Fresh Deals &
Owner Deals!

Purple Cow Compost

Purple Cow Organics Compost

Made from non-bovine sources, these high quality P6 products will help guarantee your garden success! 

Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Plants & Seeds, Wildcraft

Bacon Makes Medicine Taste Good, "Gateway Dish" & Papaya Breakfast Boats

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

 

 
Frisee Salad with Pears, Bacon & Blue Cheese

Frisee Endive from California

This lightly bitter member of the chicory family stimulate the liver & your own inner cleansing! Health benefits of endives, just for starters: improves skin conditions like acne, cancer prevention, eliminate constipation (pun intended), cleansing of the liver & gall bladder, & so many more... Incorporate it into your spring cleanse with this recipe for Pear & Frisee Salad with Bacon & Blue Cheese!

P6 Tailgate Party
THIS SATURDAY!

10am-2pm

A P6 Lunch will be available off our grill, outside on the VFC Patio!

Cabbage - Rotkohl Recipe

Recipe Now Available
to Get Your Whole Family
to Eat Cabbage!

Looking for a way to enjoy cabbage more than ever before? Look no further since we just posted our recipe for Go-with-the-Flow Readymade Rotkohl, which is our favorite "gateway dish" to enjoy cabbage (& caraway seeds)!

+GMO OMG+
THIS THURSDAY!

FREE Documentary
& Popcorn
@ THE ARK
6:30-8:30pm

Fresh Deals &
Owner Deals!

Papaya Breakfast Boat

Non-GMO Papayas
from Hawaii!

Most conventional papayas are GMO, so be sure to only eat ORGANIC papayas! Just like endives, they are jam packed with health benefits galore. Impress the breakfast eaters in your house when you cut one in half (to share, of course), scrape out the seeds, then fill the middle with yogurt, granola, honey & anything else that tickles your morning fancy!

Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Recipes, Cabbage, Frisée Endives

Crazy Russian Hacks Mangos, Avocado Face Cream & #ShopYourValues!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

 

 
Mangos

Mangos from
Central America

The most consumed fruit world wide, we have beautiful large ones in our Co-op right now! Mangos are used to make juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, sweet chili sauces, popular on a stick dipped in hot chili powder & salt, or as a main ingredient in fresh fruit combinations. In Central America, mangos are eaten green & mixed with salt, vinegar, black pepper & hot sauce. Here in the Driftless, we’ve found they go great in with spinach and avocados. Click here to watch the Crazy Russian Hacker, who gets pretty pumped when he gets to reveal like-hacks, including this new way to peel your mangos!

P6 Tailgate Party

Saturday
March 21
10am-2pm
VFC Patio

Interested in meeting some of VFC's local, co-op & small producers that supply the VFC with great P6 Products? Be sure to join us for our
3rd Annual P6 Producers Tailgate Party!

Avocados

Avocados – our
All Staff Pick of the Week!

They are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian & cholesterol free – so everyone can enjoy them!

Try them in your smoothie, as a Mexican main dish (deep fried in a taco), mushed in with mayo, or in your mashed potatoes, as an icing, or even as a facial cream!

+GMO OMG+

FREE Documentary
& Popcorn
Thursday, March 19
6:30-8:30pm



Fresh Deals &
Owner Deals!

Seed Savers Exchange- Seed Packets

Seed Starting Time!!!

What are you planning on planting this year? Many early seed varieties are now in stock. Get your onions, parsley, celery, celeriac & peppers growing now!

Also, click here to check out our article on one of our P6 Producers: Seed Savers Exchange. With P6, you are able to not only shop your needs, but also shop your values!

Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Avocados,, Mangos,

Healthy/Lazy Cooking, Worm Castings "Nuggets" Tea, Local Radishes!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 05:32 PM

 
Seminole Squash

Winter Squash from
Levi Miller

This is the longest we’ve ever had local winter squash available in the co-op! These three varieties are good keepers: Seminole, Golden Nugget & Honeynut (small butternut). Enjoy them while we got them!

Want to learn the art of healthy, but lazy cooking? Click here to learn how to skip all the prep-work it takes to bake your squash! ...It really is that easy!

1% Wednesday
March 11

1% of gross sales are donated to WDRT Driftless Community Radio

Shop March 11 or offer donations at register boxes for entire month of March!

Worm Castings Tea

Worm Castings from
C&L Organic Fertilizer

These locally produced worm "nuggets" are a rich source of organic matter with lots of nutrients, micro-organisms & moisture holding capabilities. They improve soil structure & increase fertility. Use to top-dress houseplants, add to potting soil for seedlings, or make an aerated compost tea! Click here for an excellent tutorial on why & how to use your own worm castings tea on your plants this year!


 
Weekly Sampling
:

Mondays & Fridays, 3-6pm
Saturdays, 11am-2pm



Click here for VFC's "Fresh Deals &
Owner Deals" Flyer!

Radishes

Winter Radishes from
Various Local Farms

Beauty Hearts, Black Spanish, Daikon… Different colors & flavors! 

Enjoy good health & support local farmers at the same time! Don't hesitate to ask a Produce Staff Member to sample a local radish if you are not sure about its flavor!

Owner Deals!

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: Fresh and Local!, Winter Squash, Local Radishes, Worm Castings

Produce

VFC is committed to carrying at least 90% organic fresh produce, of the finest and freshest quality possible. Priorities in the selection of produce shall be as follows:

1. Local Certified Organic (seasonal)
2. Good quality Certified Organic from closest possible source
3. Local Non-certified Organic (seasonal)
4. “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM)
5. Local (non-organic)
6. Conventional on temporary basis and only when organic or quality organic is not available

Local Farmers

For more info about various seasonal produce, visit the following links:

Kiwifruit
Satsuma Mandarins!­
Winter Radishes
Fresh Cranberries!
Brussel Sprouts
Celeriac (celery root)
Local Sweet Potatoes
Spring Bulbs
Fresh Horseradish
Pears Heavenly Pears
Winter Squash
­Local Apples
Heirloom Fruits & Veggies
Cucumbers!