Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Producer Profile: GoMacro

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 02:52 PM

Local Producer Profile: GoMacro

Located on high ground near the Kickapoo River in Viola, Wisconsin, GoMacro is a local hometown success story. The company is owned and operated by mother and daughter team of Amelia Kirchoff and Jola Sonkin. Their MacroBars are a staple on our shelves and on the shelves of over 25,000 retailers across the country.

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Tags: Local, small producer

VFC Cooperative Community Fund Grant Recipients

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

VFC CCF Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our first-ever VFC Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) Grant!* Both of the organizations have projects that work with local food, the local food economy, and students. The Ferryville Farmers Market project focuses on mentoring students on the early stages of food production by way of planting, growing and selling food. The Youth Initiative High School students learn about the later stages of food production through entrepreneurial and culinary skills by running Food for Thought, a food truck business that also raises money for the school.

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Tags: Cooperative Community Fund

So Much More To Come!

Posted by Jan Rasikas, General Manager on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Congratulations to our Co-op Community!

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Tags: Expansion

Local Producer Profile: Organic Valley

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

Local Producer Profile: Organic 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