Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Would you like your Receipt?

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 03:25 PM

At VFC we’ve always given you an option to take your receipt; we think wasting paper is a sin! Lately, you may have noticed that our cashiers are giving you a receipt every time you shop. Let me explain our thoughts behind this change.

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Fresh and Local Produce Oct 26th - Nov 1st

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

Arugula 4oz Bags from Snow Goose Farms – a very tender and slightly spicy, peppery green that does very well in un-heated hoophouse conditions this time of year. Wonderful fresh in salads or on sandwiches or tacos, or folded into an omelet. In Italy arugula is popular in Panini sandwiches or cut into little ribbons (chiffonade) & heaped on pizza after it comes out of the oven. Store in plastic in the fridge & use up within a few days.
 
Sweet Potatoes/Yams from Keewaydin & Harmony Valley – being a somewhat challenging heat-loving crop to grow in our Northern climate just makes local sweet potatoes that much sweeter! Sweet potatoes are related neither to true yams (although they are commonly called a yam) or potatoes, but morning glories.  Try them baked whole, cut up & tossed in oil & roasted, or simmered in soups, chilis, or curries. Store on the counter for a couple weeks or in a cool (not cold), dark, well ventilated place for longer.
Fennel from New Traditions – a member of the very large Umbellifereae family with parsnips, carrots, & parsley.  The whole plant is edible – bulb, stem, leaf, & seed - & high in vitamin C & potassium.  Commonly used in Italian dishes, the sweet anise-like flavor of fennel lends itself well to Asian dishes as well.  Also delicious raw in salads or on veggie platters, or cooked in stock, soup, stir-fries, sautés, & gratins.  Store in plastic in the fridge & use up within a few days.
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Staff Training and Education at the Viroqua Food Coop

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

Alycann Taylor, Staff Services

The VFC staff strives to better serve our owners and shoppers. The fast pace growth of the natural foods business keeps us on our toes. We pride ourselves in offering high quality products filled with the best ingredients we can find and impeccable customer service. Providing all of this with an acute sense of our bottom line can be quite a juggling act! Luckily the retail co-op world is rich in providing sources of training and information sharing. VFC board members, managers and staff participated in the following educational programs this past year:

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Viroqua Food Coop Outreach Report

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

Charlene Elderkin,
Marketing & Membership Mgr.

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Viroqua Food Coop General Manager's Report

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

Jan Rasikas, General Manager

MISSION: The Viroqua Food Cooperative combines a commitment to natural foods, superior customer service and the building of a cooperatively run business. We emphasize selling organic and local foods and products to promote the long-term health of individuals and the environment. As member-owners and as a center for community, we offer the opportunity to create together a work of enduring value.

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Fresh and Local Produce Oct 19th - 25th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 10:18 AM

Fall Salad Mix 8oz Bags from Snow Goose Farms

 
A very unique, delicious and super fresh mix from our friend Emily Bunting’s hoophouse.  Includes spinach, several varieties of arugula, baby red Russian kale, wild garden kale, baby chard, & a bunch of Asian greens:  mizuna, Tokyo bekana, red komatsuna, Chinese mustard, & tenderleaf.  The mix is lettuce-free, but very mild & tender from being raised in the greenhouse & packed full of flavor & nutrients from all the spinach, chard, & brassicas.  She should have it through the fall & into early winter, taking a hiatus through the coldest months, & back again in late winter/early spring.

White Onions from Snow Goose Farms

 
A somewhat sweet & mild onion that don’t add color to dishes.  A great onion to use fresh in salads & sandwiches, it’s also the classic onion to make pico de gallo (fresh salsa) with.  Onions are very high in antioxidant flavonoids & vitamin C.

Rapini from Snow Goose Farms

 
Also called “broccoli raab”, rapini is a tender cooking green in the cabbage (brassica) family.  Very sweet & cooks up quick – just barely wilt it by sautéing, stir-frying or adding at the last minute to soups or sauces. Very high in vitamins & minerals.
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Right2Know March for GMO Labeling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

Do you think genetically engineered foods should be labeled? A February 2011 MSNBC poll showed that 96.2% of 45,410 respondents think so. Yet, foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients are not labeled. Consumers who wish to eat or avoid GE (also known as GMO, short for Genetically Modified Organism) foods do not have the information needed to make informed choices about their food. The Right2Know March aims to change that.

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Fresh and Local Produce Oct 12th - 18th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 @ 04:56 PM

Gold Turnips

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Hunger in America

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sun, Oct 09, 2011 @ 03:36 PM

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You have A right to know whats in your food

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 02:49 PM

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Fresh and Local Produce Oct 5th - 11th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 @ 02:47 PM

Red Kuri Squash

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