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Treat Someone Special and/or Treat Yo'Self with some P6 Products!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 06:36 PM

 

Fair Trade Flowers

Fair Trade Flowers in THURSDAY; Local Bouquets in NOW!

Surprise someone special with either fair trade roses (which support social justices and are dedicated to environmental responsibilities) or a local bouquet of flowers (which supports our new local P6 Vendor in Viroqua, The PRWS Flower Basket). That's like saying you care, twice! Fair Trade roses come in THIS THURSDAY and local bouquets have already been steadily coming in from The PRWS Flower Basket! Treat someone else – or heck, treat yo'self!

Wellness Sale
Reminder to VFC OWNERS:

LAST CHANCE TO GET 15% OFF ALL BODY CARE ITEMS!

(Now thru Thursday 2/11!)

Seattle Chocolate

Seattle Chocolates;
chocolate with great causes! 

A new chocolate has entered our store, which is tough to do (have you seen how much real estate chocolate already owns in our store?)... Seattle Chocolates is a little different though because they are a Women-owned and run company that stands for ethically sourced ingredients and even offers different promotions that just recently offered one serving of food, for every bar purchased, to over 800,000 at different food banks around the U.S. So yet again, support this great company to honor someone special – or go ahead and treat yo'self!

  CLICK HERE to check out our Housemade Drink & Sandwich of the Month!




CLICK HERE to check out some great new Staff Recipes!




CLICK HERE to check out great upcoming events happening here at the VFC, as well as around the community!

American Provenance

American Provenance; a new P6 Producer!

This new brand on our shelves has shown us love and we're happy to show it right back! Share in all this love and sample their products on the end of the Wellness Aisle. Not only are the names glorious (Vices & Virtues, Fastballs & Fisticuffs, Shotguns & Shenanigans, etc.) and the scents magnificent (made with essential oils), but they boast of short and nature-derived ingredient lists and we couldn't be more excited! So treat a hairy gentleman to some beard balm or hair pomade - or offer your lady-friend some solid perfume or shave toner. Treat someone else or just this once – treat yo' self!!!

FREE MOVIE SCREENING & POPCORN
NEXT WEEK:

Thursday, February 18
6:30pm @ The ARK

The Power of Community

How Cuba Survived
Peak Oil!

Click HERE
for event details!


info@viroquafood.coop

 

Tags: P6 Producers, Local, Fair Trade, Recipes, Owner Deals

FORGET HALFTIME, Super Bowl's about SNACK TIME with Local Products!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:48 PM

 

Olli Salumeria

OLLI Salumeria

Attending a Super Bowl Party? Need to supply snacks? Start with any of the Olli products we've got near the cheese dept., as these are based on 160-year old family recipes passed down to founder "Olli" Colmignoli. Nice price range, too, so start your snack list with one of these...

Super Bowl Meat Selection
Reminder from Meat Buyer Melissa:

Artisan Deli Sauerkraut

Locally Made - Artisan Deli Sauerkraut

Running out of the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua, these producers utilize green cabbage produced by southwestern Wisconsin farms when available. Consider kraut when you want to supplement incredibly important probiotics into your diet! What better topping to add to a fresh salad, inside a quesadilla – or better yet: on top of those Thousand Hills Cocktail Weenies coming out of your slow cooker for this Sunday's Super Bowl game day snacks!

  Get your Super Bowl snacks to practically make themselves by picking up a
package or two of
Thousand Hills 100% Grass Fed Beed - Smoked Uncured Cocktail Wieners OR Just BARE - Chicken Wingettes
& Drummettes...
Just stick them in a slow cooker for the proper cook time, along with your favorite sauces & spices,
& offer the most
in-demand dish at your Super Bowl Party!

Hansen's Country Bakery

Locally Made - Hansen's Country Bakery Bread

A new local producer from La Farge, Wisconsin, is making the following breads from scratch and with simple ingredients: mutigrain, parmesan garlic and cranberry walnut batards, as well as sourdough boules... Chips are boring – use this bread, torn into chunks, as a vehicle to soak up artichoke cheese dip or guacamole this weekend!

VFC OWNER DISCOUNT DAYS:

Tuesday thru Thursday February 9th-11th

15% OFF
All Body Care Products!

No coupon necessary, discount taken at register, FOR VFC OWNERS ONLY!

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

 

Tags: P6 Producers, Local, Recipes, Owner Deals

Go Bananas with B&E's Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 01:55 PM

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B&E's Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup & Bananas have us bonkers with easy recipes!

Bananas are like a tropical dessert... There are many ways to eat them beyond slicing them onto toast or cereal! Here are a few ideas, all which start with our Fair Trade, Organic 'Nanners, plus a drizzle of B&E's Trees Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup from just up the road near Westby.

Roasted Bananas 

Laura Poe has done it again: taken the usual and bumped it up to the next level of deliciousness! CLICK HERE for her recipe on how to impress your brunch guests with MAPLE ROASTED BANANAS.

 

Maple Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake

If the name alone doesn't blow your banana gasket, CLICK HERE for MAPLE BOURBON BANANA PUDDING CAKE that is so simple, you may only need to stock up on your bananas & B&E's Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup for this recipe!

 

Banana & Maple Syrup Smoothies

Start with ripe bananas, plus yogurt, kefir or milk (whichever you prefer). Make this the base of your smoothie by tossing in a blender. Add a tablespoon (or two) of B&E's Trees Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup for sweetness, plus a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg (whichever you prefer). For a creamy dessert cocktail, blend in some almonds, pecans or walnuts (whichever you prefer)– then serve over ice cream with a side-sipper-glass of bourbon. Then garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg... If you need to validate how this is actually a healthy treat, check out this general nutritional guideline here: health.com

 

Like FREE STUFF & events hosted by the VFC? Then check out these events:

 

 

Tags: Local, Fair Trade, Recipes, Viroqua Events, Maple Syrup, Bananas

Add Zest & Zing to Winter Days with Lemons, Ginger & Spices!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 05:30 PM

 

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Sunny Lemons
Are In Season!

Lemons add brightness to all your cooking and baking. Use with fish, poultry, sweet potatoes, soups and dressings. Remember to zest the peel before squeezing the juice. Zest makes a flavorful garnish for almost anything. Check out the current sales on all lemons and limes at the co-op!

Then thaw the chill of driftless Winter days with hot spiced lemonade. Squeeze lemons into a saucepan with water, rinds and a few slices of fresh ginger root. Sweeten and spice to your liking with honey, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom pods. Gently heat until flavors are infused. Serve steaming hot in mugs or over ice in glasses. Add a splash of bourbon for a Winter party!

Enjoy Every Day
With a Colorful 2016 Calendar That Makes You Smile!
ON SALE NOW!

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Nothing says home like a fanciful calendar on the wall. Use it to remind yourself and family of plans, chores, birthdays and more.

There's one for every special interest. Some are designed by local artists, too. And they're
ALL ON SALE!

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Fresh Ginger Adds
Zing & More!

Ginger is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings, and has long been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. Many swear by it to aid digestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflamation. 

In cooking, ginger is best added near the end of the process. This protects its pungent flavor. Fresh ginger is found in our produce cooler and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if it is left unpeeled. Buy it by the "finger" or the whole "hand!"

 Owner Discount Days!
Fri 1/15 - Sat 1/16
15% OFF ALL CITRUS

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Owner Discount Days are one of the many benefits of becoming an owner. 
Click HERE for details.

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The Spices of Life!

Our bulk spice department has all the flavorful and warming ingredients to liven up your best stews, baked goods, and hot beverages. They're all P6, too!

Food Patriots
Documentary
FREE SCREENING & POPCORN!

Thursday, January 21, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Click HERE for details.

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

 

Tags: Ginger, Local Events, calendars, lemons, citrus

Kitchen Wizards: Our Kitchen or Yours?!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

 

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Order Your VFC Holiday Pies & Breads  

The pumpkins are roasting in the oven and the pie crusts are being rolled out now! If you're short on time this holiday season, just call us for made-from-scratch pies. Choose from Classic Pumpkin, French Silk, Brown Butter Pecan, Sweet Potato, Crumble Berry, Apple Crumb, Raw Fruit, and Very Berry. Ask about our gluten-free and dairy-free options, too.

At the same time, the bakers are turning out cinnamon rolls and quick breads to sweeten all your holiday events. 

Bakery orders must be placed by NOON on MONDAY, DECEMBER 21. Just call us at 608-637-7511, and we'll bake up something fresh and local for you!

 Beeler's
Crowd-Pleasing

Holiday Hams
Are Here!

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Everyone loves the delicious taste and convenience of a holiday ham. We've got whole and spiral-sliced bone-in, nitrate-free, smoked hams from Beeler's of Iowa. 

Nothing could be easier!

They're in the cooler chest next to the salad bar.

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Or Bake Your Own
With Our Bulk Flours, Local
Sweet Potatoes & Squash

If you're one of those kitchen wizards who does it all, we've got the ingredients for your baking magic. After choosing sweet potatoes and squash from our produce aisle, swing through the bulk department for all the dry goods you need. Our great selection of flours includes gluten-free and other specialty varieties plus sweeteners, nuts, and gourmet salts. Don't forget the whipping cream to top your beautiful pies!

  Stocking-Stuffers
& Holiday Host Gifts

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What's better peeking out of stockings than tiny bottles of maple syrup or bags of our housemade peppermint fudge? For something more grand, choose a fair trade basket and fill it with gourmet goodies.

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Fresh & Local Herbs
for Your Finest Holiday Cooking

Cooking with fresh herbs means more flavor and it fills your house and greets your guests with the aromatic promise of an extra-special meal. We've even got local and regional herbs this December. Look for them on the upper shelf of our produce cooler.


HOLIDAY STORE HOURS

Christmas Eve
7am-7pm

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 New Year's Eve
7am-9pm

New Year's Day
10am-7pm

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

 

Tags: Fresh Herbs, Housemade Pies, Hams, Flours

P6 Trees, Eggnog & VFC Holiday Open House

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

 

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Locally-Farmed
Douglas Firs for All Your Holiday Trimmings

These fresh and fragrant trees are grown by Whose Organics near Sauk City, Wisconsin. They're certified organic, which means they are free of harmful pesticides, herbicides, dyes and paints. For a super-sustainable holiday tree, consider decorating with popcorn and cranberry strings. The birds and squirrels will love you when you place the whole thing  outdoors after the holidays!

VFC Holiday Open House THIS FRIDAY 
3-7 PM!
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Local Eggnog with
National Kudos

Esquire Magazine named Organic Valley Eggnog "The Best Eggnog You Can Buy!" Luckily for us, it's made close to home with organic milk and eggs blended with organic and fair trade sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Sip it straight, add it to your coffee, lace it with holiday spirit, or try it in your ice cream maker!

Join us for lots of FREE SAMPLES
from our
Local P6 Producers

+

LIVE MUSIC
in our seating area

+

ENTER TO WIN
FULL BAG OF VFC GOODIES!

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Deck the Halls with Branches & Boughs

Make your own garlands, wreaths, and arrangements with freshly cut branches and boughs from Shining Hills Farm and Gardens - another great P6 Producer!


HOLIDAY STORE HOURS

Christmas Eve
7am-7pm

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 New Year's Eve
7am-9pm

New Year's Day
10am-7pm

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

 

Tags: holiday trees, eggnog, holiday open house

Seasonal Greens & Reds; Lettuce, Spinach, Dressings & Cheerful Poinsettias

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

 

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Meals are Brighter with Local Lettuce, Spinach & MicroGreens

From centerpiece salads to gorgeous garnishes, cool and crisp greens are the perfect complement to the richer comfort foods of the season. They're just right for that leftover turkey sandwich, too! For variety and convenience, enjoy these greens with any of our expanded line of Field Day salad dressings.

VFC Holiday Open House December 11th  Friday 3-7PM 

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Field Day Organic
Salad Dressings

Toss fresh greens with any of Field Day's expanded line of organic salad dressings. Take home more than one! By joining together with other co-ops, VFC is able to purchase Field Day products as one large group to lower costs and pass the savings to you. For more great prices, look for the purple "Co-op Basics" signs on these and other products throughout the Co-op.

Join us for lots of FREE SAMPLES
from our
Local P6 Producers

+

LIVE MUSIC
in our seating area

+

ENTER TO WIN
FULL BAG OF VFC GOODIES!

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Poinsettias - Curly, Freckled, Swirled & Solid!

Poinsettias make the perfect living holiday decoration or gift. Come in now for the best selection! 


HOLIDAY STORE HOURS

Christmas Eve
7am-7pm

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 New Year's Eve
7am-9pm

New Year's Day
10am-7pm

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

 

Tags: Salad Greens, Salad Dressings, Poinsettias

Sweet Potatoes & Pie Crust: a match made in heaven!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

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Great for Thanksgiving, our locally grown purple, white & orange sweet potatoes will nourish you with colorful goodness all winter long. They're delicious in pies made with Monique's Got2HavPie crusts, too!

Orange, White & PURPLE Sweet Potatoes!

The earthy, yet sweet goodness of sweet potatoes is now available in three beautiful colors... Imagine the possibilities! Even the pickiest eaters will gobble them up, & only you have to know that they're packed with potassium & vitamins A & C. 

The versatility of the sweet potato is immense; roast a few for a pie tomorrow while roasting them for dinner tonight, while you're at it. Use them in pies, quick breads, roasted cubes or oven fries, mashes & fritters. You can even find made-from-scratch sweet potato lasagna on our Deli Hot Bar!

With chilly weather settling in, now is a great time to stock up on sweet potatoes. They store best in a cool, dark, humid place.

 

Local pie crust from Monique's Got2HavPie!

We have it so good, living in heart of Wisconsin's Driftless Region. We have locally produced frozen pie crusts made from a famous French Chef! Monique's Got2HavPie frozen crusts come in 4 varieties – all made with the best local & organic ingredients!

 

REMINDER:

WE ARE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR THANKSGIVING! Please get your shopping done tonight until 9pm. We are open regular hours (OPEN DAILY 7am-9pm) again starting Friday. We are so thankful for so many things here at the Viroqua Food Co-op. Thank YOU for your patronage and we look forward to serving you in the very near future! 

Tags: Local, Deli/Bakery, Sweet Potatoes-Yams

Holiday Pies, Sides, Squash & TURKEY ORDER/PICK UP TIME!

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

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We've got everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast, plus all the special items that turn leftovers into seasonal favorites. Below are some meal ideas and great last-minute reminders!

Winter Squash for Holidays & Every Day!

Colorful, nutritious winter squashes of many varieties are the first thing you'll see when you walk in the VFC! These beauties come from P6 (local) Farmers who care for our soil and water, which equates to tastable LOVE inside each one! They store well in a cool, dark place, and they're as verstile as can be (CLICK HERE FOR SALE PRICE). Roast them for dinner, then scoop them out for use in everything from soups to baked goods. Don't waste the seeds inside; roast 'em up with a little soy sauce and salt on a sheet pan as they make a great snack!

 

Thanksgiving Turkeys Now Available!

Turkeys are flying in for the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table!

  • Frozen Ferndale Market (free range) turkeys are in the store NOW!
  • Fresh Ferndale Market (free range) and Lange Farms (organic) turkeys are ready for you to pick up no later than next Monday, November 23rd.
    • NOTE: Lange turkeys require a $20 deposit and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Don't forget the veggies, grains and fixin's you'll want for making soups, sandwiches and casseroles after the big day!

 

Whole Pies? Enjoy a Slice of Each (& Don't Forget the Whipping Cream)!

It's not too late to order your holiday pies from our Deli Bakery. They're all made from scratch with local eggs, cream, butter and more. Gluten Free and Dairy Free options are also available. Choose from:

Classic Pumpkin • French Silk • Brown Butter Pecan • Sweet Potato • Crumble Berry
Apple Crumb Banana Cream • Raw Fruit Pie •  Very Berry

Thanksgiving pie orders must be received by NOON on Monday, November 23 (NEXT WEEK!)

Place your order by calling us at 608-637-7511 and ask for one of our VFC Bakers

 

Tags: Local, Deli/Bakery, Turkey, Winter Squash, Whole Pies

Spicy Cranberry Salsa, Last of Local Salad & Regional Pears!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

 

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Cranberries from Sundance in Necedah, WI

So we made it clear last week that cranberry pints are in & ready to rock! So this week, we'd like to give you another "different recipe" on how to incorporate fresh cranberries that isn't "Cranberry Sauce or Jelly" as enjoyed only during the holidaysLast week, we posted recipes for candied cranberries, chocolate covered cognac cranberries, & even cranberry gin & ginger fizz cocktails (click here)... Let’s now look at Laura Poe's latest recipe to yet again reveal how to get creative in the kitchen, without too many ingredients, too much fuss, & impress all your house guests – at any time during the local cranberry season – with Spicy Cranberry Salsa (click here)!

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MONDAY 10/26

3-6PM

Come sample
Laura Poe's

SPICY
CRANBERRY
SALSA
!

Salad Mix

Salad Mix & Spinach from Local P6 Producers

'Tis the season for one of the last batches of field-grown spinach & salad mix from our local P6 Producers. We will get some hoophouse & greenhouse grown spinach, along with salad mixes, later in November/December, but this is the last of the seasonal crops.

...Get it while it's green & get it before it's GONE!

ATTENTION:
Viroqua Downtown Trick-or-Treat celebration...
Saturday 10/31
3:30-5PM

Be sure to stop by with your costumed-kiddos for a piece of candy (albeit, free of Non-GMO's and high fructose corn syrup)!

...come to see our VFC Staff get creative with their costumes, too!

Flemish Pears

Flemish Beauties, Harrow Sweets & Bartletts from Partner Farms in Michigan 

We've had such an impressive selection of local pears that have been on sale for the past couple weeks, here's to hoping you all got to try the 8 different varieties that our local P6 Producer, Sylvan Meadows, was able to provide us with this year!

Now, let's point your attention to the pears we have from Michigan orchards operated by Partner Farms. Bartlett's a pretty standard variety that is an old stand-by; sweet & juicy! Harrow Sweet Pear blushes pink & has a more smooth texture (less grainy) so is sweet & creamy. Flemish Beauty (per photo) has creamy yellow flesh that blushes red & is also more creamy in texture than other pears. This one is a sweet, creamy & aromatic pear. All of which are great for sauces, chutneys, butters or pies, as well as fresh eating!
(See side column for recipe!)


Need an

EASY RECIPE
to utilize those
EXTRA PEARS?

LOOK NO FURTHER...

CLICK HERE to see
Bjorn Bergman's recipe
to create an easy,
AND Healthy soup
that integrates those couple extra pears
you have right now!

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

 

Tags: P6 Producers, P6, Recipes, Cranberries, Salad Greens, Pears

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!