Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Win $100 worth of Co+op Basics Groceries

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

Win Groceries, Give Groceries

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Tags: co-op basics

Sleigh All Day & Wrap All Night with These Gifts!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team 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.

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Tags: Gifts, creative gift wrapping

Local Producer Profile: Diane Splinter

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Nov 23, 2017 @ 07:34 AM

She told her mom at four years old that she wanted to either be an artist or a farmer, but quickly admitted she’s not a very good farmer. Luckily for Splinter, her artistic skills are exceptional! Her watercolor and mixed media based paintings-turned-greeting cards invoke sentiments of peace and connectivity with nature.

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Tags: small producer, Local Artists

Turkey choices: Fresh, Frozen, Pre-cooked, Smoked

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Lets talk turkey. We have so many choices this year! Fresh, frozen, pre-cooked turkeys, turkey meal kits, and whole smoked turkey. If you don't see any of these products below in the freezer or meat case, please ask a staff member for assistance (many in backstock)! 

Call ahead only if you would like to reserve a specific size of turkey. Closer to Thanksgiving Day, certain sizes and varieties may only be available in limited sizes and quantities. If you don't like turkey we have ham (info below regarding: bone-in, boneless, spiral cut and quarters, naturally cured and uncured). 

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Tags: Turkey, Owner Deals

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