Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Give Where You Live: VFC Cooperative Community Fund

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

October is Cooperative Month! In celebration, our Give Where You Live recipient for the month is Viroqua Food Co+op’s Cooperative Community Fund (CCF). Next time you check out, be sure to round up for the VFC's CCF. Each time you give, it is matched through the generous support of Frontier Co-op, National Cooperative Bank, Organic Valley and VFC up to $6,000!

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Tags: 1% Wednesday, Principle Six, Give where you live, Cooperative Community Fund

VFC Deli Scaling Down Before We Scale Up! #wecantwait

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

To prepare for the ongoing construction and disruption of workspace during our remodel, the VFC Deli will be downsizing some programs in order to consolidate our supplies and packaging while maintaining a safe kitchen for all of our excellent staff. Here’s what it means for our customers:

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Tags: Deli/Bakery, gluten-free, Expansion

Round up to "Give Where You Live"

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

“Would you like to round up?” Most likely, you have been asked this question by one of our wonderful cashiers in the last month. We want to take a moment to fill you in about our new Round-Up Program!

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Tags: 1% Wednesday, Give where you live

Seasonal Ferments - Explore with this Easy Recipe!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 07:37 AM

For those interested in trying fermentation for the first time, sauerkraut is the perfect way to start! Sauerkraut (salted and naturally fermented cabbage) is high in probiotics, full of nutrients, tasty, and a great way to preserve local cabbage each autumn. Best of all, it is easy to make with the great starter recipe (see below). Once you’ve mastered basic sauerkraut, begin experimenting! Spice up your kraut by adding any herbs and spices. Some great combinations with cabbage include: caraway seed, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, and hot peppers!

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Tags: Recipes, Classes, Driftless Folk School

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