Viroqua Food Co-op Blog

Continued VFC and Driftless Folk School Education Collaboration

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Nov 07, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

This past spring, we partnered with local non-profit the Driftless Folk School giving VFC owners a discount on 11 culinary based courses in their Spring/Summer 2014 Course Catalogue as a way to further educate our owners about food and cooking. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them once again with their Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Course Catalog. This time there are 19 courses, about 1/3 of their course offerings, are available to VFC owners at a discount. Classes range from homeopathy to building your own cold frame for growing greens in your garden. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to support this growing nonprofit and learn about sustainable agriculture and culinary arts from some great instructors in our community. Discounts for VFC owners are $10 off full day classes and $5 off half day classes. See below for a full listing of DFS classes offered at a discount to VFC Owners. Pick up a course catalogue, download it (http://bit.ly/1nK1V5e), check it out on their website (www.driftlessfolkschool.org), or contact DFS at registrar@driftlessfolkschool.org to learn more.

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Tags: Food, Sustainability, Classes, Driftless Folk School, VFC Discounts, education

Bike the Barns Driftless - June 29

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Have you noticed? Warmer weather is officially here. That means it’s time to start bicycling and eating fresh local food! On June 29, you can do both, while learning about local farms that supply produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), by riding in the 2nd Annual Bike the Barns Driftless!

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Organic, Rooted Spoon, farm to table, Bike, Tour, Bike the Barns, CSA, volunteering, Driftless Organics, Ridgeland Harvest, Bike the Barns Driftless

100-Mile Meal: Pop-up Restaurant Class and Dinner

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 @ 09:40 AM

On Saturday, August 10th, the Viroqua Food Co-op is teaming up with the Driftless Folk SchoolRooted Spoon Culinary, and local farmers to put on a collaborative cooking class and dinner featuring food grown within 100 miles of Viroqua. If you’ve ever been interested in learning what it takes to open a from-scratch local foods restaurant, check out the 100 Mile Meal: “Pop-up” Restaurant Class. If you are interested in attending a gourmet local foods dinner with family or friends, check out the 100 Mile Meal: The Dinner. All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Driftless Folk School. Learn more about the class and dinner below.

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Tags: Local, Events, Food, DIY, Locavores!, eating out of the garden, Rooted Spoon, farm to table, Driftless Folk School

Bike the Barns West - Sunday, June 30th 2013

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 04:44 PM

Do you enjoy riding your bicycle in the rolling hills of the Driftless? Do you love local food? Are you interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the local farms that supply produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op? If you answered yes to all those questions, do we have the event for you! 

Bike the Barns West is a recreational bicycle tour featuring FairShare CSA Coalition farms and local food in the Driftless region on Sunday, June 30. This unique bike tour takes riders to CSA farms around the region to raise awareness of and participation in local CSA farms. Bike the Barns West riders travel a 52 mile scenic route that starts and ends in Readstown, Wisconsin and visits Keewaydin Farm and Small Family Farm, both of which are CSA farms that supply delicious organic produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op. The ride is fueled by gourmet food grown by local farmers and prepared by Rooted Spoon Culinary, including snacks, lunch, and post-ride refreshments.

Funds raised through rider pledges support FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program, a community initiative to improve access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and support local farmers. Bike the Barns West is a fantastic way to roll through the countryside, visit local farms, eat delicious local food, and support a great cause.

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Organic, Rooted Spoon, Bike, Tour, Bike the Barns, CSA

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

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

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

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