Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Fresh and Local Produce Sep 28 - Oct 4

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 03:50 PM

Asian Pears from Tippy Top and other local orchards - They are commonly known as apple pear. The fruits are generally not baked in pies or made into jams because they have a high water content and a crisp, grainy texture, very different from the buttery European varieties. It is not a cross between apples and pears, as common names like apple pear may suggest, but its shape and crisp texture are reminiscent of apples. They are commonly served raw, sliced thin and peeled. The fruit tends to be quite large and fragrant, and when carefully wrapped (it has a tendency to bruise because of its juiciness), it can last for several weeks or more in a cold, dry place.

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

The "No Impact Experiment" is coming to Viroqua!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

October 9-16 No Impact Week for Viroqua and La Crosse Communities UW La Crosse, Viterbo University, WTC, and Coulee Partners for Sustainability have kindly invited the Viroqua Community to join them in the first No Impact Week for Southwestern Wisconsin!

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Sustainability

Local Produce: Acorn Squash

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

Beautiful, delicious, nutritious, and a good keeper in the pantry—what more could you ask for in a vegetable? Simply slice in half, bake, and serve with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon and ginger. Or cook and cut into cubes for contributing color and rich flavor to stews and stir-fries. Or mash and incorporate in muffins and pies. Or stuff halves with your favorite raisin-speckled grain. Yes, add versatility to the list of this winter squash’s attributes!

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

Preserving Your Organic Harvest

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 @ 03:06 PM

Want to enjoy the most healthy food—like local, organic fruits and vegetables—year round? Preserving the bounty you’ve grown yourself or purchased from your local food co-op or farmer’s market makes it possible. And for those who live where the growing season is relatively short, it’s great way to extend the season. Simple food preservation techniques can lock in flavor, help maximize your food dollars, support local agriculture, and give you a chance to really get to know the food you eat and serve to your family.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic

10 Ways for Kids to Eat Local

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 03:37 PM

“Eat your veggies!” “Clean your plate!” “You don’t know what’s good for you!” When it comes to eating healthy foods, these might be some parents’ daily mantras. At the peak of the local food season, there’s no better time to engage your kids in enjoying good food.
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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce

Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop in Viroqua Wisconsin

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

The Viroqua Food Coop Presents
Ayurved Susan Frank
Saturday, October 15,   2-4 p m
Vernon Memorial Hospital
Community Room #1
Viroqua, WI 54665
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Tags: Events, Wellness/Body Care

Wellness Demo 9.17.11

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

Saturday September 17th

Chris Braddy will be in the store demoing Barlean’s Fish & Flax oils, Natural Factors Whey protein and Oxylent multivitamin/minerals.

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Tags: Announcements, Events, Product Information, Wellness/Body Care

Understanding Food Labels

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 @ 08:00 AM

Choosing new foods and flavors for your family can be fun. But when faced with a shelf full of look-alike cans and packages, do you know how to identify the foods that best fit into your balanced diet? If not, learning your way around a Nutrition Facts label can help. Here’s what to look for:

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Tags: All Store

Basics: Organic and Natural Products at Basic Prices

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

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Tags: Cheese, Local, Announcements, Food, Produce, Organic, Deli/Bakery, Sustainability, All Store, Beer/Wine, Bulk, Grocery, Meat & Fish

Good Farming. Good Food. Good Thinking!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

During the month of September, Organic Valley is partnering with the Farm to School Network. By purchasing any Organic Valley cheese product in September, shoppers will trigger an automatic $1 donation to F2S Network (up to $12,500). If a consumer “friends” or “fans” the Organic Valley Facebook page, they become eligible to win $500 in Organic Valley products for their local school. There will be three winners, one each in Organic Valley's Eastern, Central and Western Divisions.

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Tags: Cheese, Announcements, Events, Farm to School, All Store

My Coop Rocks Video & Photo Contest!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

The third annual My Co-op Rocks contest is back—with something new!

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Tags: Announcements, Events, All Store

Mobilizing for GMO Labeling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sun, Sep 04, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

Most Americans agree we have a right to know what’s in our food, and a right to choose safe, healthy food for our families and ourselves. And yet 80% of the packaged foods in America contain Genetically Engineered ingredients that have not been proven safe, and are not labeled!

This past spring NCGA and a group of stakeholders including Environmental Working Group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Organic Valley, The Organic Center, the Center for Food Safety, Stonyfield Farm and others, began a collaborative process to address the marginalization of organic food and farming and the expansion of genetic engineering in agriculture. As an initial result of this collaboration, a major GMO labeling campaign is being launched this September.

The campaign’s goal is to bring together a diverse coalition including food producers, retailers, growers, consumer groups, environmental organizations, faith-based institutions, medical doctors, educators, nutrition and hunger organizations, concerned parents, food lovers, and others to create a consumer movement calling for the mandatory labeling of foods containing ingredients grown with genetic engineering. We are standing-up for the consumer’s right to know!

The campaign is in the process of engaging the coalition of partners now, and VFC is joining the campaign. In September, we are receiving materials that we will share with VFC owners through our website, blog, facebook and emails. These materials link to a website where you will find an engaging video on the consumer’s right to know, information on GMOs and a series of actions that individuals can take. One of the actions involves sending a message to Washington calling for mandatory labeling of GMOs to respect the American public’s right to choose whether or not they buy GMOs.

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Tags: Announcements, Food, Farm, Sustainability, All Store