Who would have thought that one of Argentina’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives was started in a small bodega in La Rioja, Argentina? In the 1940s, a group of Italians who had experience making wine immigrated to La Rioja. They bought a bodega and started purchasing grapes from local growers to make wine. As interest grew, they started planting grape vines and La Riojana Cooperative was born.Read More
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A total of 37 Wisconsin FFA members from 27 different chapters have been awarded $28,950 in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grants from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.Read More
Co-op Principle 1: Open and Voluntary Membership
Like cooperatives around the world, our co-op is built on a set of values that include equality, solidarity, and caring for others. The first of the Seven International Cooperative Principles states that cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination. Our mission reinforces this idea by declaring that we are “a center for community” and guides us “to create together a work of enduring value.”Read More
In case you have been missing our staff picks around the store while you shop, we’ve got a new basket-worth of products for you to try. Each department has been positively raving about these items and we know that if you give them a chance, you will agree! As springtime approaches, we get to enjoy local asparagus. Asparagus (started from seed) can take 3-4 years before it produces the delicious stalks you see in our store. Our local farmers are careful to harvest sustainably, maintaining the health of their plants for future seasons. Depending on weather, asparagus has a local season of only 3-6 weeks!
So rejoice in these upcoming seasonal and ongoing delicacies. Even if they are “just pasta” or “just olive oil,” we can’t wait for you to try these healthy, whole foods so their flavors can speak for themselves!Read More
Last August I was one of the lucky winners of a National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) Contest sponsored by Herb Pharm, which included a trip to their state-of-the-art production facility as well as their 80-acre certified organic farm surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon! The experience was top notch. I discovered I love the high desert and have returned to the Co-op with so much great information to share with my friends and customers!
There were many aspects of Herb Pharm that were impressive. I would like to share a few of my favorites.Read More
The recipient of the 2017 P6 Microloan is Deep Rooted, a local P6 farm! Owners Tiffany Cade and Jimmy Fackert operate a certified organic greenhouse outside of Westby. Deep Rooted is our primary supplier of local certified organic tomatoes May-October each year. In 2016, we purchased $18,775 of produce from them.Read More
Viroqua Food Co-op has served our rural community as a dynamic cooperative grocery for 20 years. We are fully focused on our Mission to support the health of our community and create a work of enduring value.Read More
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Viroqua Food Co-op Owner: Is your son or daughter planning on attending a two or four year institution of higher education in 2017? If you answered yes, invite them apply for Vernon County Co-op Association's 2017 Scholarship. The application is now available!Read More
Daryl Skrupky is a friendly fellow and has been a lifelong artist. He first began dabbling in the art world by drawing portraits in college. He graduated in 1969 and was hired as a biology and earth science teacher at Kickapoo High School. During his 37 years of teaching there, he continued to draw and his subject matter branched out into his love of wildlife and the natural world.Read More