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Bjorn Bergman

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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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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

VFC's Cooperative Community Fund

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 07:30 AM


The Viroqua Food Co-op is excited to announce the creation of the VFC Cooperative Community Fund. A Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) is an endowment fund that Co-op owners may donate money to, which will in turn earn interest. As the fund grows, the earned interest is granted to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community that match our mission.

VFC’s CCF is part of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) Cooperative Community Fund Program. These funds act as endowments, where annual earnings are granted to local community groups by the participating co-op. A total of 40 food co-ops across the United States now participate in this program.

In 2015, VFC became one of 11 food co-ops approved to start a Cooperative Community Fund (CCF). VFC’s Cooperative Community Fund was established with matching dollars from the Blooming Prairie Foundation ($3,000), Organic Valley ($1,000), and The Cooperative Foundation ($1,000) for a total of $10,000.

TPCF invests the Cooperative Community Fund assets in other cooperative development funds, the National Cooperative Bank Savings, and in credit unions and community-owned banks that actively support cooperatives. Almost every new food co-op and existing food co-op expansion is funded with dollars from the cooperative development groups that Cooperative Community Funds invests in. These assets support a vibrant cooperative and community-building economy throughout the U.S. It’s a win-win for cooperatives! Visit the Twin Pines website for more information about this national program.

Consider donating your Patronage Refund check to VFC’s Cooperative Community Fund. Owners are welcome to donate money to our fund. As the fund grows, interest earned each year increases and allows us to give out more and/or larger grants to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community. All donations to CCF are tax deductible.

Now that’s Co-op Principle #7: Concern for Community in action!

Watch for details on the status of the Cooperative Community CCF and how to apply for CCF Grants in future Pea Soups and on our website. All donations to CCF are tax deductible. Questions about CCF can be directed to VFC’s Outreach Coordinator Bjorn Bergman at: bjorn.bergman@viroquafood.coop

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2016 Winter Film Series: Food Patriots

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 03:40 PM

The winter is such a great time of the year to slow down and appreciate the small things in life. These are the best times to sit back, relax, spend time with loved ones, play board games, plan your garden, cook hearty warming dishes, and do some reading. It’s also a great time to watch documentaries about food and sustainable agriculture! To help with the latter, we are 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 from January through March 2016. We hope you can join us! Read more about the next film we are screening below.

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Tags: Events, Winter Film Series