Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

23rd Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

February 23rd - 25th, 2012

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Events, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

The Cooperative Development Foundation

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

CDF’s Mission: To promote self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.

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Food Fight, revolution never tasted so good

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Save the date!

The Food and Farm Initiative of the Valley Stewardship Network in partnership with the Viroqua Food Co-op will show the film “Food Fight” on Saturday February 18th from 3-5PM. Organic popcorn with delicious toppings and old fashioned organic candy will be available along with refreshments.

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Tags: Events, Food, Produce, Organic, Sustainability, Legislation, No GMOs

The Del Cabo Cooperative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

Nestled in the pristine valleys between the Sea of Cortez and the rugged mountains of the Baja Peninsula, over 400 farming families of the Del Cabo Cooperative nurture their crops to bring you excellent organic produce.

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Tags: Cooperative, Fair Trade, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

Fifth Season Co-op Receives Support and Cooperation from Local Co-ops

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:50 AM

by Nicole Penick, Valley Stewardship Network

Creating a cooperative business is no small task. Creating a multi-stakeholder co-op with diverse members of the local food chain has been a rewarding task for all involved. As 2012 begins, Fifth Season Cooperative is hard at work planning for the future—and it looks bright thanks to all of our members and cooperative partners!

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Cooperatives All Around You

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

When you hear the word “co-op,” what springs to mind? For some people, “co-op” may be their local grocery store; for others it may be a housing community. Whatever your initial association, you may be surprised by the many types of co-ops around you.

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Coulee Region Co-op Community Fund

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Do you believe in supporting local growers, in livable neighborhoods, in strong schools, in supporting other co-ops or in programs that make this community an even better place to live? Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op and the Bluff Country Co-op, administer the Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund Grant. This grant fund was established in 2003 by the People’s Food Co-op with a mission to provide supplemental or project-specific funding to local non-profit organizations which have missions consistent with the goals of our co-ops. It is a wonderful way of applying Co-op Principle 6 “Cooperation among cooperatives” and Co-op principle 7, “Concern for Community,” making our communities healthier, stronger and more sustainable.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability, Farm to School

Fresh and Local: Burdock Root, Beauty Heart Radish, Red & Yellow Onions!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 03:22 PM

Red Onions & Yellow Onions from Keewaydin Organics & Ridgeland Harvest

All of our Red and yellow onions have been local awesomeness and are still available. Though we have run out of local sweet onions, we expect local yellow and reds for at least a month, yet.

 Beauty Heart Radishes from Driftless Organics

A gorgeous winter variety of radish that features a rather mild flavored bright magenta sun-burst of a center.  Beautiful & delicious grated raw into salads or sliced with dip, pickled, or cooked briefly in soups or stir-fries.  In a plastic bag in your fridge they will keep for months, their flavor getting mellower with age. Check out the Edible Madison article written by Dani Lind for additional information and details on these beautiful delights.

 Burdock Root from Harmony Valley Farms

Burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavor with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienned or shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic

Lights, Cameras, Coops!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 11:50 AM

Celebrating Food Co-ops Nationwide with a “Virtual” Video Premiere!

Kevin Gillespie, celebrity chef from the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta and sixth season Top Chef finalist, has been traveling around the country exploring farm fields and co-op grocery aisles filming the video series ‘Lights, Cameras, Co-ops’ as part of this year’s celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. The 2012 International Year of Cooperatives presents a great opportunity for food co-ops nationwide to shine the spotlight on the role co-ops and delicious food play in bringing communities together. On Saturday, January 21, 2012, Viroqua Food Co-op will host a ‘Lights, Camera, Co-ops’ Premiere Party at the new Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table (formerly Optimo Restaurant), Main Street Station, 215 S Main St. Viroqua. We are featuring the first three videos in the thirteen-episode series. We are hard at work planning our party, which will also kick off our local celebration of the International Year of the Cooperatives. Keep your eyes pealed for signs in the store, on our website or on our Facebook page for event details. If you cannot make VFC’s premiere party, grab your favorite movie snacks and visit to take part in an online streaming premiere on January 21st, 2012 at 7pm CST. Following the premiere, new videos will be released online every other Monday from Feb. 6th through mid-June at

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Tags: Cooperative, Events