Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Producer Profile: Organic Valley

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:23 PM

Local Producer ProfileOrganic Valley

October is Co-op Month! In celebration, we are featuring a local farmer-owned cooperative – Organic Valley! Organic Valley (CROPP Cooperative) has humble roots inVernon County that date way back to 1988 and extend through today. This year they celebrate their 30th Anniversary producing and selling high quality organic dairy products, eggs, meat and produce. They employ over 900 people, a majority of which work at their offices and production facilities in La Farge, Cashton and Chaseburg, as well as have over 2,000 farmer-owners across the United States.

VFC is a champion for Organic Valley products. We love to stock our favorite organic milk, meat and dairy products from OV, but it goes further than that. Organic Valley and VFC are partners in strengthening the cooperative model in our communities. We’ve served together on co-op projects, and through the years a variety of OV Staff Members served vital roles on the VFC Board of Directors.

All Seasons Dairy is just one of over 400 Organic Valley farmer-owners located in Wisconsin (of which 110 reside in Vernon County).

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Tags: Principle Six, Organic Valley, October – Co-op Month

Jessica Bahr Receives FFA Organic Agriculture Grant

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

VFC Supports Future Organic Farmers

This past spring, the Wisconsin Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation awarded $26,780 in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants to a total of 48 Wisconsin FFA student-members. Through the SAE Program, students apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world challenges and work experiences.

The 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grants were awarded in five categories: dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture, and start-up. Successful candidates were chosen based on the level and scope of their SAE in accordance with their age, future goals and plans for the program, as well as financial need.

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Tags: FFA Organic Agriculture Grant, Wisconsin FFA

Things We Love – Apple Pairings

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 @ 02:22 PM

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Tags: Apples, Organic Valley, Recipes, Crème Fraîche, The Cider Farm, Roelli Cheese Dunbarton Blue

A Guide to Apple Season

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 03:03 PM

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Tags: Apples, Juicing Apples, Regional Apples, Fresh and Local!

Bramble Berries 101

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 03:57 PM

Pro Tip: All bramble berries freeze well! Place berries in quart or gallon bags and stick in the freezer. Use frozen berries in any smoothie or summer-time drink. Frozen bramble berries also make fantastic jam any time of the year.

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Tags: Blackberries, Local Raspberries

Local Producer Profile: The Berry Bucket

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jul 02, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

Hooray! Summer is here. A customer and staff favorite each July are The Berry Bucket blueberries. These outstandingly delicious berries are grown by the Olson family just west of Readstown, Wisconsin. The story of this unique farm begins over 16 years ago.

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Tags: local produce

Things We Love – Next Level Summer Smoothies

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 03:21 PM

Check out these staff-picked ingredients that bump your 
Summer Smoothies (click here for recipes), popsicles, morning coffee, even your basic cooking & baking recipes to the next level!

Dairy-free Milk Alternatives: While we aren't ones to deter you from enjoying the ridiculously high-quality dairy selection here, we want you to know that these dairy-alternative milks are also available for you! Be sure to ask VFC Staff which ones they prefer. A lot of us have our favorites, depending on how we use them.

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Tags: Wheatgrass, Protein Shakes, Recipes, Dairy-free, Smoothies

Meet the New Managers of Customer Service

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Mon, Jun 04, 2018 @ 09:31 AM

Viroqua Food Co+op welcomes Peter Rowe, the new Customer Service Manager and Deborah Ecklund-Staum, the Assistant Customer Service Manager! As the store expands, so do their roles in guiding the Customer Service Team.

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Tags: VFC Staff

Expansion Fixtures & Finishes

Posted by Jan Rasikas, General Manager on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 12:12 PM

One of the outcomes of construction while “open for business” is that we don’t get the big reveal at the end. Where all the choices made with the pressures of mission and budget come together to represent our best efforts and is unveiled all at once. Instead, although thrilling, we’re experiencing nonstop change day-by-day. The plan is taking shape! For those of us with blueprints in hand, it’s a little easier to understand how it all fits together, but for many shoppers – it’s a puzzle.

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Tags: Capital Campaign, VFC Solar Power Project, Expansion, Class C Preferred Shares

VFC Producer Profile: Rushing Waters Fisheries

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

Rushing Waters Fisheries, Wisconsin’s largest trout farm, lies nestled on 80 acres of pristine forest and valleys at the edge of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Palmyra, Wisconsin. The story of Rushing Waters begins in the 1940s when the property was originally a fox farm, raising trout as supplemental fox feed. A few years later the farm changed its focus to bringing its fresh fish to Navy Pier in Chicago.

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