Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Fresh and Local Produce Aug 31st - Sept 6th!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

Winter Squash: Butternut, Pie Pumkins & Spaghetti from Keewaydin & Harmony Valley – First of the season, warming & comforting for dinner on these early cool nights!  More varieties coming…

Bagged Storage Onions from Ridgeland Harvest – caramelized onions anyone?  Red, Yellow, & Sweet varieties available.


Apples: Williams Pride, Redfree, Jersey Macs, Zestars, & Gingergolds from various local orchards – Local apples are starting to roll in, so we’ll be switching our inventory almost exclusively to them.  Varieties will vary every week as new ones ripen.  Available in bulk, 3# bags, 5# bags, & 5# seconds.  Applesauce from Hoch Orchard also coming this week – Zestar, Rasperry-apple, Strawberry-apple, & Apricot-apple – 100% fruit from their orchard in LaCrescent.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce

Back to School Supplies at the Viroqua Food Coop

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 02:58 PM

-Crystel Curley, mercantile buyer VFC

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Tags: Product Information, Sustainability, Mercantile

Yes You Can Drink Beer From A Can

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 @ 01:33 PM

by Greg Chessebro, Beer and Wine buyer
Canned beer has gotten a bad rap over the years. Cheap, watery beer that tastes like aluminum hasn’t helped the canned beer cause. There really are some great beers in cans. Oskars Blues Brewery was the first craft brewery to put quality craft beer in cans in 2002. It was a huge and risky investment for the brewery to put in a can line, but they turned out to be the trendsetters. Now many fine beers are available in cans.

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Tags: Product Information, Beer/Wine

Cooperatives = Economic Democracy

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:42 AM

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Tags: Local, Board of Directors, Announcements, Events, Food, Sustainability, All Store

Fresh and Local Produce: August 24th - 30th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 @ 01:07 PM

Watermelon (yellow & red) from Harmony Valley Farms – watermelon dies not need a grand introduction…….we just wanted to let you all know local melons are in stock and ready for your consumption.
Grapes from Compostella Farm – Sweet tiny little grapes, excellent for eating right away, adding to the top of a salad, or making a sweet wine with. Short season variety so enjoy them while they last.
Elderberries from Compostella Farm – how about a great liquor recipe to get you to try Elderberries this year;  32oz canning jar filled ¾ with Elderberries, cover with liquor (60-80 proof), add honey and/or herbs to your taste preference, cover/seal….put in a sunny window for a few days and then move to a dark cool place for about a month. Open, strain out berries (use them to make a liquor sauce or syrup now) and cheers! You have just make Elderberry liquor.
Sweet Corn from Rich Lange – by far the sweetest variety of sweet corn I have nibbled so far this year……certified organic and ready for eating anyway you like to enjoy sweet corn.
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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce

Magnesium The Miracle Mineral

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 @ 12:07 PM

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Tags: All Store, Wellness/Body Care

General Membership Meeting

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 02:50 PM

Meeting of Co-op business

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Tags: Events

Fresh and Local Produce! August 17th - 23rd

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:57 AM

Cured Garlic from New Traditions – nice big cloves:  always a treat after the puny ones from far away.  Store on the counter if you’re going to use it soon or in a dark, cool place for longer storage.

 Carrots from Driftless Organics – super crunchy & fresh, full of vitamins & minerals.  No need to peel fresh organic carrots – most of their nutrition lies in or just below the skin.  Store in plastic in the fridge.

 Cantaloupe from Harmony Valley, Keewaydin Organics & Scenic Valley Farms – picked ripe for optimal sweetness.  Will keep for a couple days on the counter, a couple more in the fridge.

 Patty Pan Squash from Ridgeland Harvest & Keewaydin Organics – fun flying saucer-shaped summer squash.  Pick small ones to steam or roast whole, or cut up larger ones & use as you would zucchini.  You can also cut larger ones in half, roast as you would winter squash, scoop out some of the innards & stuff with sautéed onions, garlic, peppers, cooked grains, & cheese & put them back into the oven for a few minutes.  Store patty pans on the counter for a couple days or the fridge for a few.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic

Win a Fat Tire Bike at the Viroqua Food Coop

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 @ 09:55 AM

In honor of their 20th birthday, New Belgium brewing is giving away a brand new 2011 Limited Edition New Belgium Felt Cruiser Bike, located on top of the Beer Case.
Since 1999, New Belgium Brewing has commissioned the production of limited edition cruisers, which have only been available to employees, charity raffles, and special in-store promotions.
Donated by New Belgium, this custom cruiser bike made by Felt will be raffled off on Friday September 23rd. Entry forms are in the store at the end of the beer aisle and no purchase is required, but you must be 21 to enter.

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Tags: All Store, Beer/Wine

Fresh and Local Produce! August 10th - 16th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 @ 03:31 PM

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Raw

Healthy Grilling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 03, 2011 @ 10:51 AM

Why are grilled foods so delicious? Certainly the summer weather enhances our appreciation of them, and the celebratory ambiance that surrounds any cookout—from a backyard family picnic to a Fourth of July neighborhood bash—doesn’t hurt either. But foods taste great grilled because the flavor is sealed in and intensified (especially when a conscientious cook tends to marinating and basting). In addition, grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in produce, making everything from peppers to pineapple livelier and sweeter.

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Tags: Food, Organic, Recipes, Meat & Fish

Fresh and Local Produce August 3rd - 9th!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 02, 2011 @ 01:06 PM

All-Blue & Fingerling Potatoes from Keewaydin Organics/Viola – All-blue potatoes are best for frying & roasting because of their waxy texture & beautiful color (boiling leaches a lot of their color out – not so pretty).  Fingerlings are divine roasted, boiled or steamed – they have rich flavor & hold their shape yet have a nice flaky texture.  Always store potatoes in a dark, cool place, preferably in a cloth or paper bag rather than plastic.  If you store them in the fridge, bring them slowly up to room temperature before cooking.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Product Information, Raw