Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

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.

Read More

Legumes 101

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 03:14 PM

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

Tags: Beans, 101-Legumes, Peas

Local Farmer Profile: Hidden Springs Creamery

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Sometimes people seek professions, and sometimes professions call to an individual. Cheesemaking found Brenda Jensen.

Read More

Tags: Cheese, Local

Things We Love

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

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!

Read More

Tags: Driftless Treats

Meet Chef Chelsea Brannan, VFC’s New Prepared Foods Manager

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 06:00 AM

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

In The Zone

Posted by Andrew Anderson on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 06:54 AM

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

Tags: Expansion

B & E's Trees: 2018 Microloan Recipient

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Congratulations to B&E’s Trees, the recipient of the 2018 VFC Microloan!

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: Read More

Tags: Microloan Recipient

NCG: A Powerful Advocacy Voice for Food Co-ops

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

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!

Read More

Tags: Co-ops, NCG

Win $100 worth of Co+op Basics Groceries

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 06:30 AM

Win Groceries, Give Groceries

Read More

Tags: co-op basics

Sleigh All Day & Wrap All Night with These Gifts!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 07:21 PM

(Click photos to get better view of the gift ideas within each image; photo will open in new tab!)

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

Tags: Gifts, creative gift wrapping