Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Safe and Green Spring Cleaning

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 01:57 PM

Some of the worst culprits contributing to environmental pollution are found right under our noses. Petroleum-based household cleaners can contribute to air and water pollution during manufacturing and disposal as well as in our homes. Consumers are sometimes concerned about potential environmental and health problems stemming from their use. There are alternatives to petroleum-based cleaners that are safer, cheaper and just as effective.

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Tags: Product Information, Sustainability

Green Gold in our Local Streams

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

by Linda Gallardo, Produce Manager

Recently, every time I step out behind my house and look into the stream, I see a blanket of green gold (Watercress) carpeting the crisp clear spring-fed water. It heartily grows there throughout the year, only dying back for a short time during the high heat of the summer and bouncing back with full vigor again in the late summer/fall.

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Tags: Local, Produce

Why Organic Seeds?

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Arwyn Wildingway, 

Assistant Produce Manager

Spring circles around again, and as we have for thousands of years, we plant seeds of hope for our future. The seed is the beginning of the cycle and also the end. These days, as we vote with our dollars, we can choose to continue supporting the return to a clean planet by buying seed that was grown organically.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Plants & Seeds, Organic, Sustainability

St. Brigid’s Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese at the VFC

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Attention VFC Shoppers! Do I have exciting news for you! Starting tomorrow, we begin carrying St. Brigid's Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese in the store! Wahoo! I am pretty darn excited!
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Tags: Cheese, Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Organic

Coulee Region Cooperative Community Grant Fund

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:59 AM


The Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op and Bluff Country Co-op, are pleased to announce the 5th annual request for proposals for 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. Priority is given to grant requests for educational projects, development projects and events which have a focus on, but are not necessarily limited to, food and food systems, nutrition, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education and social change.

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Tags: Cooperative

Meet Your Local CSA Farmers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Join us at the Co-op this Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm and meet your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farmers. Learn about their farms, ask questions and join a CSA for the first time!

The event will feature:

We hope to see you there!

About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between the CSA member and the farmer. Farm members buy a CSA share each spring. In return they receive a weekly box of produce directly from the the farm that is delivered to a dropsite near their home. Produce is delivered during the height of the growing season for 15-22 weeks. With each box of produce, members receive a newsletter of farm news, recipes and cooking tips. CSA represent a great way for citizens to support local agriculture, support sustainable family farms, know their farmer, and increase their consumption of nutritious locally produced fruits and vegetables.
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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic

Wine and Cheese Tasting

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Stop by the Co-op from 3-6pm this Friday, March 2nd and try a variety of wines, cheese and summer sausage that we carry on our shelves. This event features:

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Tags: Cheese, Local, Events, Food, Beer/Wine