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Charlene Elderkin

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

It has been my privilege to serve as the VFC Marketing Manager for the past fourteen years. As I head towards retirement this autumn, I’d like to reflect on a few of the many things I appreciate about working at the Co-op.

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VFC Producer Profile: Rushing Waters Fisheries

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

Rushing Waters Fisheries, Wisconsin’s largest trout farm, lies nestled on 80 acres of pristine forest and valleys at the edge of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Palmyra, Wisconsin. The story of Rushing Waters begins in the 1940s when the property was originally a fox farm, raising trout as supplemental fox feed. A few years later the farm changed its focus to bringing its fresh fish to Navy Pier in Chicago.

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Meet Chef Chelsea Brannan, VFC’s New Prepared Foods Manager

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 06:00 AM

Chelsea started cooking professionally at the age of 16 and has moved through the workings of the kitchen as her career developed over the last 20+ years. She has cooked in many cities and states, learning different styles of cuisine, working in a variety of settings including fine dining, small cafes, bakeries, grocery store delis, farmers markets, catering and as a cooking class instructor.

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Win $100 worth of Co+op Basics Groceries

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 06:30 AM

Win Groceries, Give Groceries

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Tags: co-op basics

How VFC Benefits from Our National Co+op Grocers Membership

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 06:25 AM

Ask any manager at the Viroqua Food Co+op, and they will tell you: VFC would not be the successful co-op it is today were it not for our membership in the National Co+op Grocers (NCG).

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Tags: cooperatively-owned business, NCG

Co-op Survey Time!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 01:12 PM

Take the Owner Survey & Enter to Win a $100 Co-op Gift Card!

Viroqua Food Co-op is conducting an Owner Survey through April 8, 2016. Your feedback provides valuable information to VFC Management and Board of Directors, helping us to improve store operations and to better serve you. Your participation is voluntary but the more responses we receive, the more accurate the survey. This year’s survey will include questions about VFC expansion plans, yet it is shorter than the one we conducted in 2013. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey. You will need your owner number to access the survey.

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P6 Profile: Chip Magnet

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Chip Magnet is a new startup company owned by Alexis Lucas in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin. She makes a variety of salsas, relishes and jams, focusing on using organic and local ingredients when possible. The company hatched out of her passion for canning.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local

Sharing the Bounty: The work of Community Hunger Solutions

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

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Tags: Gleaned Food Project, Community Hunger Solutions

Viroqua Food Co-op Opposes Voluntary-Only GMO Labeling Bill

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Viroqua Food Co-op  expresses its strong opposition to The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), which codifies the current system of voluntary labeling of GMO foods and was recently introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
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Tags: GMO labeling

Viroqua Food Co-op's 20th Anniversary year

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This year we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Viroqua Food Cooperative.

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Tags: Anniversary