Lighten up with legumes, as they lend protein to satisfying, low-fat main dish recipes! Read more below to learn more about legumes and don't forget to check out our recipe blog to see our recipes for Lemony Lentil Spinach Soup, Crockpot Red Beans and Rice, or Split Pea Soup with Spinach!Read More
Viroqua Food Co+op Blog
Sometimes people seek professions, and sometimes professions call to an individual. Cheesemaking found Brenda Jensen.Read More
Pictured: We combined the three items above to create an open face sandwich, then added pickled garlic scapes and sliced avocado on a bed of mixed greens... Now THAT’S healthy fast food!
Tags: Driftless Treats
Chelsea started cooking professionally at the age of 16 and has moved through the workings of the kitchen as her career developed over the last 20+ years. She has cooked in many cities and states, learning different styles of cuisine, working in a variety of settings including fine dining, small cafes, bakeries, grocery store delis, farmers markets, catering and as a cooking class instructor.Read More
After a tremendous amount of dialogue, organization and planning, we finally broke ground on the Viroqua Food Co+op addition to serve the ever-expanding needs of our community, owners and staff. The plans for a phased project mean that we continue serving our community while simultaneously and literally building a new store around us. On paper, this process looks manageable – but planning and implementation are two very different things. As our staff will attest, it isn’t easy to work in a construction zone.Read More
B&E’s Trees is a local certified organic maple syrup producer located outside Cashton, WI, and co-owned by Bree (B) Breckel and Eric (E) Weninger. They are best know for their delicious, certified organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, which is made in collaboration with Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, WI. The brewery sources freshly used bourbon barrels, which B&E’s repurposes to age certified organic maple syrup at the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua. When their syrup is mature, they return the maple-soaked barrels to Central Waters to age their limited release Maple Barrel Stout. Demand for both the maple syrup and the beer have far exceeded production.
B&E’s received a $3,500 one year no-interest microloan from VFC to turn a space at the Food Enterprise Center into a maple syrup aging rickhouse. A rickhouse is a traditional facility where whiskey is aged in barrels, taking on the smoky, vanilla flavors naturally found in charred white oak barrels. This project allows them to increase their maple syrup aging capacity, which allows them to more closely meet the demands for their delicious maple syrup. Learn more about their ongoing projects at: www.bandestrees.com Read More
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In the Autumn Pea Soup, we wrote about the National Co+op Grocers’ (NCG) contribution to Viroqua Food Co+op’s success through collective purchasing power, competitive pricing and professional development and training.
By being a member of NCG, along with 149 other co-ops across the United States, we also have a powerful advocacy voice on food co-op issues. Co-ops truly are stronger together!
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Traditional wrapping paper was accidently invented one holiday season when a small company sold out of tissue paper and opted to sell sheets of decorative paper meant to line envelopes. Then that sold out too! Soon after, they started printing their own rolls of paper meant to wrap gifts. When tape came along, you can imagine how the rest was history.Read More
She told her mom at four years old that she wanted to either be an artist or a farmer, but quickly admitted she’s not a very good farmer. Luckily for Splinter, her artistic skills are exceptional! Her watercolor and mixed media based paintings-turned-greeting cards invoke sentiments of peace and connectivity with nature.Read More