Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

#P6 Profile: Cedar Grove Cheese

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Cedar Grove Cheese, located in Plain, Wisconsin, is a dedicated 135 year old family-owned creamery. They specialize in producing a variety of traditional Wisconsin (farmers, mozzarella, cheddar, jack, Butterkäse, etc.) and specialty artisan cheeses. Current owner and operator Bob Wills married into the Cedar Grove family at 35 and had no prior experience cheesemaking. Today, Wills is an award winning certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker for cheddar and Butterkäse.

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#P6 Profile: Lonesome Stone Milling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Lonesome Stone Milling of Lone Rock, WI (located along the Wisconsin River between Viroqua and Madison) is doing their darndest to fill the void that many locavores find when it comes to eating a local diet: grains.

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#P6 Profile: Uplands Cheese

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

The beginning of Uplands Cheese dates back to 1994 just north of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Farming neighbors for many years, Mike and Carol Gingrich and Dan and Jeanne Patenaude found a beautiful ridge top farm nearby and they decided to purchase it together. The two families merged their small dairy herds and began rotationally grazing the cows on the farm’s 20 verdant pastures. They also sought to produce milk in a different way. Rather than milking their cows year round, they wanted their dairy to be seasonal – they only milked the cows from May-October. This type of schedule allowed the cows, and farmers, a little time to rest during the winter.

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#P6 Profile: Four Elements Organic Herbals

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

Four Elements Organic Herbals is located on Jane Hawley Stevens and David Steven’s 130-acre farm, set in the pristine Baraboo Bluffs of Wisconsin. The farm is surrounded by 9,000 acres protected by the Nature Conservancy—an international, environmental conservation NPO. Certified organic since 1990, she grows diverse species from which plants are carefully selected to produce herbal products from the fields, prairies and woodlands of the farm.

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#P6 Profile: Holland's Family Cheese, Maker of Marieke's Gouda

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 07:34 AM

Holland’s Family Cheese strives to make the most delicious farmstead raw aged Gouda you’ve ever tasted in Thorp, Wisconsin. The story of this award winning farmstead cheese company began when Marieke and Rolf Penterman, both of who grew up on small dairies in Holland, moved from the Netherlands to Wisconsin in 2002 with dreams of starting their own dairy farm. They were attracted to Wisconsin due to our vast dairy farming background, friendly people, and cheap farmland (when compared to Holland).

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#P6 Profile: Kickapoo Honey

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Aug 04, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

VFC has a long standing partnership with Kickapoo Honey. We began purchasing and selling their honey in 2001 and they are now our primary honey supplier. As spring brings warmer weather and plenty of flowers, we thought it was a natural choice to share the story of who is behind sweet and local Kickapoo Honey.

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Equal Exchange: A P6 Cooperative Trade Co-founder

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Aug 02, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Greetings from Equal Exchange and Happy P6 Month to all P6 Store members and staff!  We’re so proud of everyone’s commitment to honoring the 6th Cooperative Principle:  Cooperation Amongst Cooperatives… and what better way to celebrate than by designating August, P6 Month!

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P6 National Update

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Aug 01, 2014 @ 06:48 AM

The Principle Six (P6) Co-operative Trade Movement isn’t only an initiative seen on store shelves at Viroqua Food Co-op. P6 is a national movement that distinguishes co-ops in the marketplace and leverages our collective impact. As national coordinator, I’d like to share what’s happening with P6 beyond the VFC walls.

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