Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

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

A Visit to Herb Pharm

Posted by Erin Murdock, Wellness Buyer on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 06:16 AM

Last August I was one of the lucky winners of a National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) Contest sponsored by Herb Pharm, which included a trip to their state-of-the-art production facility as well as their 80-acre certified organic farm surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon! The experience was top notch. I discovered I love the high desert and have returned to the Co-op with so much great information to share with my friends and customers!

There were many aspects of Herb Pharm that were impressive. I would like to share a few of my favorites.

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Tags: Organic, Wellness/Body Care, Herbs

P6 2017 Microloan Recipient: Deep Rooted!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

The recipient of the 2017 P6 Microloan is Deep Rooted, a local P6 farm! Owners Tiffany Cade and Jimmy Fackert operate a certified organic greenhouse outside of Westby. Deep Rooted is our primary supplier of local certified organic tomatoes May-October each year. In 2016, we purchased $18,775 of produce from them.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Microloan Recipient

VFC raises entry-level wage

Posted by Alycann Taylor on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

Viroqua Food Co-op has served our rural community as a dynamic cooperative grocery for 20 years. We are fully focused on our Mission to support the health of our community and create a work of enduring value.

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Tags: VFC Staff

2017 Co-op Association Scholarship Now Available!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 04:38 PM

Viroqua Food Co-op Owner: Is your son or daughter planning on attending a two or four year institution of higher education in 2017? If you answered yes, invite them apply for Vernon County Co-op Association's 2017 Scholarship. The application is now available! 

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Tags: Cooperative, Scholarship, Vernon County Co-op Association, 2017

P6 Producer: Drawings by Daryl

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

Daryl Skrupky is a friendly fellow and has been a lifelong artist. He first began dabbling in the art world by drawing portraits in college. He graduated in 1969 and was hired as a biology and earth science teacher at Kickapoo High School. During his 37 years of teaching there, he continued to draw and his subject matter branched out into his love of wildlife and the natural world.

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P6 Producer: Potholders, Inc.

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @ 06:31 AM

Crystel is one of those unsuspiciously talented artists. She not only has a knack for colors and fabric patterns, but has a great sense of humor, too!

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Viroqua Food Co-op Shoppers

Posted by Crystel Curley on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 06:30 AM


It has been said that giving is good for you, as it strengthens bonds and evokes feelings of gratitude. It turns out laughing, crying, and hugging are really good for you too. Reducing stress and releasing endorphins, in science terms, all stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS: i.e., the “rest and digest” system; opposite of the “fight or flight” system). Activating the PSNS can do awesome things in your body like promote healing, build immunity, aid in digestion, and even lower blood pressure. Turns out all of these actions – giving, hugging, crying, and laughing – tend to happen with higher frequency around the HOLIDAYS! Don’t forget: all are important parts of social connection, human interaction, and family functions.

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Turkey Preparation Guidelines, Cooking Tips & Extra Suggestions

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 05:28 PM

VFC TURKEY TALK

Adapted from: www.outpost.coop/graze/issues/19#/20

Check out
TIPS FROM CARLOS on our recipe blog for even more great tips
and his spin on a super easy Fennel Spice Rub Turkey Recipe!

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Tags: Recipes, DIY, Turkey