Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

VFC and McIntosh Memorial Library Programming

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 03:42 PM

This summer, the VFC and the McIntosh Memorial Library’s Adult Programming Committee are continuing their efforts to put on educational events about food and sustainable agriculture. In addition to the Farmstead Chef presentation on August 9th, there are a number of other educational events planned.

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Tags: Events

Summertime Bottles and Bags

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 02:43 PM

Keep hydrated, keep cool, and look good doing it!

Water bottles, we’ve got them.

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Tags: Product Information, Mercantile

Preserving Your Local Harvest

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

Want to eat the most healthful food—like local, organic fruits and vegetables—year round? Stocking up on produce you’ve grown yourself or purchased from a neighboring farmer—perhaps via a farmer’s market, your local co-op, or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program—makes it possible. Rather than purchase corn that’s been shipped across the country mid-winter, you can open the freezer and grab a bag of organic kernels that you froze yourself (easily, by the way!) at peak harvest time. As a bonus, putting up your own food can cut not only your food’s travel miles, but your own, too, by saving trips to the grocery store. It can help you maximize your food dollars, support local agriculture, and nurture a healthful relationship with the food you eat and serve to your family.

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Tags: DIY, Canning

Grow, Harvest, Prepare & Share: An evening with the authors of “Farmstead Chef”

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

You don’t need to be a chef to be a great cook. Whether you’re an urban farmer, farmers’ market regular or savor the flavors of fresh, local, seasonal cuisine, join award-winning Wisconsin co-authors Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko on Thursday Aug 9th at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table as they share simple tips for homegrown and homemade cooking, from preserving the harvest to stocking the pantry to building local community around your kitchen table.

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Tags: Events

Co-Cycle comes to the Coulee Region

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:58 AM

National Bike tour raising awareness about the benefits of cooperatives.

When a group of college students from Amherst, Massachusetts learned the United Nations was declaring 2012 The International Year of Cooperatives, it proved to have a galvanizing effect. The announcement prompted the students to create the Co-cycle Project, a youth-led, bike-powered tour linking cooperatives across the United States and designed to draw attention to cooperatives and how they contribute to making the world a better place.

Starting in San Francisco, California on June 2, and ending on Labor Day in Amherst, Massachusetts, members of the Co-cycle Project are making their way across the country, stopping in nine cities where two-day public events and workshops about cooperatives are being held. Through these events and workshops, Co-cycle is raising awareness about the economic, social and environmental benefits cooperatives offer. For more details on event locations and dates, or to join Co-cycle for all or a portion of their cross country trek, check out their website at to see their route. For details on how to join them for the local part of the ride (August 3-5), contact Bjorn Bergman at

Co-cycle’s journey will live on beyond this summer. The journey and events will be chronicled by a student film crew in a documentary (sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers Association) which will serve as a “Cooperatives 101” tutorial, a vehicle for introductory education about cooperatives. The film will highlight the importance of dedication, innovation, and teamwork in making sustainable change for the future and the value of cooperative action.

From the onset, Co-cycle has been a student-led idea motivated by a wide range of intersecting passions. As the youth of (mostly) America, members of Co-cycle face a world full of complex problems whose solutions, they assert, will require imaginative, creative, and social justice-oriented thinking. They are motivated to learn and teach others about why cooperatives have increasingly become recognized for their ability to address complicated and interconnected local and global issues. And they are driven by hope and inspiration towards a better world.

Find more info about Co-cycle, their project and to follow their journey, visit

From August 3rd-5th, Co-Cycle will be in the Driftless Region! Join us for a Co-Cycle and area Co-ops meet and greet, free and open to the public.

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Tags: Cooperative, Events, co-cycle

Donation ballot reflects Driftless spirit of volunteerism

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Viroqua Food Cooperative’s 1% Wednesday program is now in its fourth year. Back in 2007, when I started working as marketing and membership manager, managing donations was one of my tasks. Inspired by other food co-ops, we decided to implement a program where owners could vote on what organizations they wanted the VFC to donate to. This is in accordance with Cooperative Principle Seven, Concern for Community, which states: “While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members."

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Tags: 1% Wednesday