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Bjorn Bergman

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Local Producer Profile: Westby Co-op Creamery

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Mar 17, 2019 @ 03:00 PM

We are truly lucky to be located right in the heart of the Driftless region, which has a wealth of local farmers and producers. One of the local producers we are grateful to have right in our neighborhood is Westby Co-op Creamery. They are one of the oldest dairy cooperatives in Wisconsin!

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Tags: Local, Co-ops

VFC Cooperative Community Fund Grant Recipients

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

VFC CCF Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our first-ever VFC Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) Grant!* Both of the organizations have projects that work with local food, the local food economy, and students. The Ferryville Farmers Market project focuses on mentoring students on the early stages of food production by way of planting, growing and selling food. The Youth Initiative High School students learn about the later stages of food production through entrepreneurial and culinary skills by running Food for Thought, a food truck business that also raises money for the school.

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Tags: Cooperative Community Fund

Local Producer Profile: The Berry Bucket

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jul 02, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

Hooray! Summer is here. A customer and staff favorite each July are The Berry Bucket blueberries. These outstandingly delicious berries are grown by the Olson family just west of Readstown, Wisconsin. The story of this unique farm begins over 16 years ago.

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Tags: local produce

Local Farmer Profile: Hidden Springs Creamery

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Sometimes people seek professions, and sometimes professions call to an individual. Cheesemaking found Brenda Jensen.

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Tags: Cheese, Local

B & E's Trees: 2018 Microloan Recipient

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Congratulations to B&E’s Trees, the recipient of the 2018 VFC Microloan!

B&E’s Trees is a local certified organic maple syrup producer located outside Cashton, WI, and co-owned by Bree (B) Breckel and Eric (E) Weninger. They are best know for their delicious, certified organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, which is made in collaboration with Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, WI. The brewery sources freshly used bourbon barrels, which B&E’s repurposes to age certified organic maple syrup at the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua. When their syrup is mature, they return the maple-soaked barrels to Central Waters to age their limited release Maple Barrel Stout. Demand for both the maple syrup and the beer have far exceeded production.

B&E’s received a $3,500 one year no-interest microloan from VFC to turn a space at the Food Enterprise Center into a maple syrup aging rickhouse. A rickhouse is a traditional facility where whiskey is aged in barrels, taking on the smoky, vanilla flavors naturally found in charred white oak barrels. This project allows them to increase their maple syrup aging capacity, which allows them to more closely meet the demands for their delicious maple syrup. Learn more about their ongoing projects at: Read More

Tags: Microloan Recipient

Round up to "Give Where You Live"

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

“Would you like to round up?” Most likely, you have been asked this question by one of our wonderful cashiers in the last month. We want to take a moment to fill you in about our new Round-Up Program!

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Tags: 1% Wednesday, Give where you live

Seasonal Ferments - Explore with this Easy Recipe!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 07:37 AM

For those interested in trying fermentation for the first time, sauerkraut is the perfect way to start! Sauerkraut (salted and naturally fermented cabbage) is high in probiotics, full of nutrients, tasty, and a great way to preserve local cabbage each autumn. Best of all, it is easy to make with the great starter recipe (see below). Once you’ve mastered basic sauerkraut, begin experimenting! Spice up your kraut by adding any herbs and spices. Some great combinations with cabbage include: caraway seed, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, and hot peppers!

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Tags: Recipes, Classes, Driftless Folk School

Bike (or Bus) the Barns Driftless on June 25

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Join FairShare CSA Coalition for a fantastic day of farm-fresh food & drinks, behind-the-scenes farm tours, kid-friendly activities, live music, amazing Driftless views and more! Come on out for the 5th Annual Bike (or Bus) the Barns Driftless on Sunday, June 25.

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Tags: Bike the Barns Driftless

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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