Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Apples 101

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 05:05 PM

There's good reason to believe that an apple a day will help you avoid doctor's visits. According to the USDA, they're a rich source of pectin, an antioxidant, and they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. They also provide potassium, flavonoids, phytochemicals, and quercetin. To maximize all that good nutrition, save yourself some time and leave the skin on; two-thirds of the fiber and many antioxidants are found in the skin of the apple.

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Tags: local produce, Fresh and Local!, Apples

Record Participation in This Year's Election & Annual Owners Meeting!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 06:54 AM

We are excited to report that not only did we have 490 VFC Owners participate in this year's election (~100 more than last year), we had a record turnout of almost 130 people in attendance at this year's Annual Owner Meeting! Check out these photos to see our new location, the VMH Expo Center at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua.

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Tags: Board of Directors, Annual Owners Meeting, Viroqua Events

How VFC benefits from our National Co+op Grocers membership

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 06:25 AM

Ask any manager at the Viroqua Food Co+op, and they will tell you: VFC would not be the successful co-op it is today were it not for our membership in the National Co+op Grocers (NCG).

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Tags: cooperatively-owned business, NCG

Bike (or Bus) the Barns Driftless on June 25

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Join FairShare CSA Coalition for a fantastic day of farm-fresh food & drinks, behind-the-scenes farm tours, kid-friendly activities, live music, amazing Driftless views and more! Come on out for the 5th Annual Bike (or Bus) the Barns Driftless on Sunday, June 25.

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Tags: Bike the Barns Driftless

Picnic Perfect

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 03:30 PM

Here are some easy ways to make your picnic a success.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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



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Tags: P6 Producers, free events, Grill Out