Viroqua Food Co+op Blog
McIntosh Library Receives 2019 VFC Co-op Community Fund Grant
It is with great pleasure that we announce our 2019 VFC Co-op Community Fund (CCF) Grant Recipient: Viroqua’s McIntosh Memorial Library. They were chosen by our review committee to receive a $500 grant to expand their free “Culinary Literacy” programming in 2020.Read More
A medical diagnosis is the process of determining which condition or disease explains a person’s symptoms. Often times in western medicine, upon diagnosis the treatment is focused mainly on relieving symptoms. The medical world has been drawing connections between inflammation and ailments in the human body. Fortunately for us, the human body is always seeking a state of equilibrium achieved for optimal function (i.e. homeostasis). When you take this into consideration, you might make the connection that often times, symptoms showing up in the body are a more complicated indicator of a lack of overall balance. So what can we do to achieve such balance with our health?Read More
Herbal Education at the VFC
"The recipes below are from two classes I have taught at the VFC, Winter Health for Kids and Herbal Soup & Bone Broth. While there are scores of excellent books and online articles about herbal knowledge, joining a class can enrich your learning & demystify the techniques. Class discussion is often filled with ingredient ideas and smart questions, plus everyone leaves ready to create the recipes. Classes are aimed to be applicable for beginners to herbal enthusiasts – topics are explained in relatable and practical ways.
Check out the calendar in the back for upcoming winter classes, I’d love to see you there!"
Local Farms or Business Encouraged to Apply for VFC MicroloanRead More
Mead is a delicious alcoholic beverage made by mixing honey, water and yeast and allowing them to ferment and transform into a brew that is greater than the ingredients. Purportedly, mead was the preferred drink of the Vikings in old-world Norway. With Vernon County’s rich Norwegian culture, it is a wonder that mead doesn’t have a more regular place on our table.Read More
Meet Sarah Clemens, our new Cheese Buyer with fun pairing ideas!
A lot of things have changed at the Viroqua Food Co+op recently and one thing we are really excited about is the new specialty cheese case. Our new Cheese Buyer, Sarah Clemens, brings you a diverse collection of cheeses from the Driftless region and beyond – some you may have heard of, and those you have yet to discover. Whether looking for the perfect cheese to pair with that special dinner or for help with building a center-piece cheese board for your next engagement, we’ve got you covered.
“Trust your taste buds and your instincts” suggests Sarah. “So much of the fun of cheese is discovering gems you never knew existed. Choose three or four pieces of cheese, both familiar and new, then pair them with your favorite crackers, jams, nuts, charcuterie, and fresh or dried fruit.”
Cheeseboards are the perfect piece to bring to a holiday gathering because there is something for everyone! From saying "thank you" to your host with a few favorite pieces or to feed a crowd, these combinations of cheeses, meats, nuts, fruits, jams and substitutes know no flavorful bounds.Read More