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Bjorn Bergman

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2017 Co-op Association Scholarship Now Available!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 04:38 PM

Viroqua Food Co-op Owner: Is your son or daughter planning on attending a two or four year institution of higher education in 2017? If you answered yes, invite them apply for Vernon County Co-op Association's 2017 Scholarship. The application is now available! 

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Tags: Cooperative, Scholarship, Vernon County Co-op Association, 2017

P6 Producer: Drawings by Daryl

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

Daryl Skrupky is a friendly fellow and has been a lifelong artist. He first began dabbling in the art world by drawing portraits in college. He graduated in 1969 and was hired as a biology and earth science teacher at Kickapoo High School. During his 37 years of teaching there, he continued to draw and his subject matter branched out into his love of wildlife and the natural world.

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Viroqua Food Co-op Owners Speak

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

This past spring 2016, VFC conducted an online survey of Co-op Owners. The survey response rate was the highest we’ve ever had. It is an extremely important process for the VFC Board and Management to see how we are doing at meeting your needs and find opportunities to improve the Co-op as we go through the expansion process.

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Tags: VFC owner survey

#P6 Profile: B & E's Trees

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 12:57 PM

Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup? That’s a thing? Yes, it is. Thanks to Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger of B&E’s Trees. They produce delicious certified organic maple syrup on their maple farm just south of Cashton, Wisconsin and age it in charred oak bourbon barrels for a year at the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua. This past winter, we began carrying their bourbon barrel aged maple syrup at VFC. Since this product has a much larger story than can fit on their bottle, we would like to shed some light on this wonderful new local producer.

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P6 Profile: DEEP ROOTED brings the taste of summer

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Many would argue that the first true taste of summer is that of a sun-ripened local tomato. Lucky for us, that first taste of summer comes sooner at the VFC thanks to Deep Rooted, our local supplier of certified organic tomatoes. Outside of Westby, Wisconsin, this is our main local tomato producer, which is why we want to share their story with you.

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Tags: local produce, P6 Producers, Local, P6

#P6 Profile: The Flower Basket

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

The Flower Basket is a true staple of Viroqua. They are a full service floral shop and greenhouse located at 520 East Terhune Street in Viroqua. The business started at it’s current location in the 1940’s with the name Hillcrest Garden Center.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, P6

Viroqua Food Co-op Tailgate Party features local producers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 12:59 PM

Cheer on your local food producers Saturday March 26, 10am-2pm

With more daylight and warmer temperatures, spring is in the air! That also means that we’re gearing up for our 4th Annual Principle Six (P6) Tailgate Party–hooray! You are invited to the Tailgate Party on Saturday, March 26 from 10am-2pm. We have a wide variety of our favorite P6 Producers joining us in our parking lot, under a big heated tent, sharing samples of the foods they produce and information about their businesses.

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Tags: P6

Book Review: Homemade for Sale

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 09:42 AM

I’ll admit it. A few years back, my wife and I had the idea of quitting our day jobs, going all in and starting a local food business. We wanted to start selling our jams, preserves, pickles and pesto to others. For a short time, we started looking into what it would take to start said food business. We immediately became daunted by the hoops and hurdles of laws and regulations and, most of all, the cost of starting our dream food business. After being overwhelmed by the process, and not finding any easily accessible info on the topic, we put the idea out of our mind, thinking it was out of reach.

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2016 Winter Film Series - The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

The winter is a great time to watch documentaries about food and sustainable agriculture! The Viroqua Food Co-op is excited to host our annual Winter Documentary Film series. The screenings are FREE for all and are hosted at The Ark (address below) on the third Thursday of the Month  through March 2016. We hope you can join us! Read more about the next film we are screening below.

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Tags: Winter Film Series

Farmer Direct Co-op: Producer Co-op to Food Co-op relationship

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

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Tags: small producer, P6, cooperatively-owned business, Cooperative, Co-op/NPO producer