Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Principle 6 Producer Profile: La Riojana Cooperative

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Apr 09, 2017 @ 05:55 AM

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

Tags: P6 Producers, cooperatively-owned business, NCG

VFC & Organic Valley Sponsor Organic Agriculture SAE Grants for High School Students

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Apr 04, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

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

Tags: 2017

Viroqua Food Co+op Mission: Create a Work of Enduring Value!

Posted by Jan Rasikas, General Manager on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 06:10 AM

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

Tags: cooperatively-owned business, Expansion, Co-ops

Springtime Things We Love

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 @ 12:34 PM

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

Tags: Cheese, Fair Trade, Organic, Beer/Wine, Asparagus, gluten-free

FREE EVENT Saturday, March 25th: P6 Tailgate Party & Grill Out

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 05:55 AM



Read More

Tags: P6 Producers, free events, Grill Out

A Visit to Herb Pharm

Posted by Erin Murdock, Wellness Buyer on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 06:16 AM

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

Tags: Organic, Wellness/Body Care, Herbs

P6 2017 Microloan Recipient: Deep Rooted!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

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

Tags: P6 Producers, Microloan Recipient

VFC raises entry-level wage

Posted by Alycann Taylor on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

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

Tags: VFC Staff

2017 Co-op Association Scholarship Now Available!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 04:38 PM

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

Tags: Cooperative, Scholarship, Vernon County Co-op Association, 2017

P6 Producer: Drawings by Daryl

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

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