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