Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Find Your Career at the VFC!

Posted by Viroqua Food Co+op on Thu, May 05, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

“The staff is very helpful and works hard to provide high-quality items. The Viroqua Food Co+op is the heart of Viroqua!” - Anonymous via Customer Survey

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Tags: Employment, Grow with us!

Spring Celebrations Made Easy

Posted by Viroqua Food Co+op on Tue, May 03, 2022 @ 10:30 AM

Each and every cake, cookie, muffin, scone, and pie are made from scratch in-house featuring organic and local ingredients whenever available.

Make your Spring celebration a stress-free success with sweets and treats made just for you by our bakery team. From Mother’s Day to Graduation, we offer a delicious selection of bakery items to order ahead and customize for your special event.

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Tags: cake, Whole Pies, from our bakery, special orders, bakery, Mother's Day, Graduation, Special Events

Local Producer Profile: Bering Bounty, LLC

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Apr 13, 2022 @ 11:16 AM

How sustainable is YOUR fish?

Bering Bounty, LLC with Mark McKeown
“When I was a boy, about 10 or 11 years old, I wrote a list of what I wanted to do in life and #5 was fish in Alaska,” quips the charismatic Mark McKeown, commercial fisherman and owner of Bering Bounty, LLC. For two or three months out of the year, that childhood dream comes true as Mark and his crew fish the pristine waters of Southwest Alaska. When he is not fishing, Mark’s business and distribution are centered in Verona, WI – which is considered “local” to VFC (within 100-miles)!

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Tags: Meat & Fish, Salmon Fillet, Local Producers, Local Producer Profile, Bering Bounty

From Our Butcher

Posted by Ethan Schandelmeier on Wed, Apr 06, 2022 @ 10:27 AM

With over 18 years of experience as a meat cutter and manager, our in-house butcher Ethan Schandelmeier is an extremely valuable attribute for our community. His dedication and passion for locally sourcing animal products, coupled with his butchery skills, help us to have the freshest heritage-breed pork, grass-fed beef patties, house-made brats and more. 

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Tags: Sustainability, Meat & Fish, from our butcher

La Riojana Cooperative - Fairtrade and Olive Oil

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Mar 09, 2022 @ 03:00 PM

What happens when you combine producer co-ops with Fairtrade certification? You get delicious, high-quality products that build economies and effect social change. 
La Riojana Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of these products, and it’s on sale through March at the

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Tags: Inclusive Trade, Minority Owned

Inclusive Trade

Posted by Jan Rasikas, General Manager on Tue, Feb 15, 2022 @ 09:33 AM

Shopper demographics are always changing! Even in our rural community. According to the Census Bureau, racial and ethnic groups who are referred to as minorities today will make up a majority of the US population by 2043. 

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Tags: Inclusive Trade, Minority Owned

For the Love of Chocolate

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Fri, Feb 11, 2022 @ 10:27 AM

We taste-tested these chocolate bars so you don’t have to, but don’t take our word for it!

Create your own chocolate flight
To get the most of your chocolate tasting experience, start by choosing at least three bars to taste test!

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Tags: Chocolate, Tasting, Chocolove, Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange

2022 VFC Microloan - Apply Now!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 02:02 PM

Local Farmers & Producers:

Apply now for our 2022 VFC Microloan!

We invite any local farm or business who sells food or products at any local farmers market, or who sells directly to the VFC, to apply for a one-year, no-interest loan of up to $3,500!

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Tags: Local Producers, Microloan

Keeping Local Food Cultures Alive - Fizzeology Foods

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sat, Jan 08, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

If you’ve had the Korean Reuben at the VFC Deli, then you’ve experienced the delicious flavor of Fizzeology Kimchi. Like all of Fizzeology’s products, the Kickapoo Kimchi is a raw ferment that contains live enzymes and probiotics. The ingredients are sourced from local farms and the production takes place at the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua.

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Tags: Fizzeology, Local Producers, New Owners

YIHS Community Garden Project Grows with Help of VFC CCF Grant

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Jan 04, 2022 @ 03:15 PM

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022 VFC Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) Grant is Youth Initiative High School (YIHS) for their Community Garden Project. 

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Tags: Gardening, VFC CCF Grant, Youth Initiative High School