Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Produce: Rhubarb and Green Garlic!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 01:52 PM

Here at the Viroqua Food Co-op we emphasize selling organic and local foods to promote the long-term health of individuals and the environment.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic

Beauty with a Conscience: Natural Cosmetics

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 12:13 PM

In the VFC Wellness department we have several new cosmetics, skin care products and some reformulated and improved sunscreens.

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Tags: Wellness/Body Care

Viroqua Food Co-op: Coffee on the Rise

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, May 17, 2011 @ 04:45 PM

Everybody seems to have the same questions: What’s up with coffee prices? How high are they going to go? Will they stay high? We here at Kickapoo Coffee have been asking the same questions, to ourselves, our fellow roasters, our importing cooperative and, finally, our growers. The answers we’ve found were uncertain and unsettling–at first. With time, they have become less unsettling but still remain somewhat uncertain.

When the coffee market began its rise one year ago, we didn’t think much of it, mainly because the commodity market for coffee had long been below the fair trade minimum price we’ve always guaranteed the farmers we buy from. We also don’t like to think of our coffee as a commodity: we offer a unique product produced by real people we know.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Fair Trade, Organic, Bulk

Volunteers needed for Farm to School project May 23rd-26th!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, May 16, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

From Bjorn Bergman,
Vernon County Farm to School Initiative

Hi supporters of the Vernon County Farm to School Initiative. I am contacting you because I need your help with an upcoming Farm to School project May 23rd-26th!  

Background: During the summer of 2010, Viroqua Area Schools was one of nine schools chosen in the state of WI to be research site for a UW-Madison research project on the effectiveness of Farm to School programs looking at whether they have a positive impact on students food choices and the incidence of Childhood obesity. When completed, this study will be the most comprehensive and concrete research on the effectiveness of Farm to School programs.  

One part of the research involves a Plate Waste Analysis, which involves taking photographs of the students lunch trays before they eat and after they finish eating, to see what foods they are choosing to eat and what they are throwing away. May 23rd-26th Viroqua Area Schools will be completing its Plate Waste Analysis.  For this portion of the study, I am looking for three generous folks to volunteer on each of the following days and times to help take photos of the students trays:
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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Farm to School

Scaling up our Foodshed - developing a regional food hub

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 03:42 PM

It’s been almost two years since the Vernon Economic Development Association (VEDA) acquired the former NCR building, a 100,000 square foot facility and its fifteen acres of land on the north side of Viroqua.

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Cooperative, Food, Farm, Organic

Join the Food & Farm Initiative for a Spring Feast

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011, 6pm at the Soldiers Grove 
OLD OAK INN
Eaters unite for a fabulous SPRING FEAST sponsored by the Valley Stewardship Network (VSN) Food & Farm Initiative (FFI). Come help us celebrate the good work of the Food & Farm Initiative! Join your neighbors, family and friends at the lovely Old Oak Inn in Soldiers Grove at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 21st for an appetizer and cocktail social hour followed by a 5-course family-style dinner prepared by local caterers Dani Lind and Macon Luhning of Rooted Spoon Culinary.

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm