Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Shana Meshbesher

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Hot Fun in the Summertime!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Sat, Jul 17, 2021 @ 11:09 AM

Pack for a snack or a meal!

The quandary that never ends: When does a snack qualify as a meal? A sandwich doesn’t need a plate or cutlery, but can gratify even the gluttonous! Although – hard salami, slices of cheese, some fruit, and a favorite beverage can fill one up... So, which is it? A snack or a meal?

I love snacks and the more they keep my energy levels consistent, the more likely I am to keep them on hand! If you’re hopping on your bike this summer, keep a snack “go-bag” ready. I keep a cloth bag of reusable cutlery, one sharp knife, a dish towel or reusable cloth napkins, all wrapped in a beach towel or table cloth that can convert into a lawn blanket – and perhaps a resealable container, to save some snacks for later!

When you get to the Co-op, now all you need to grab is a protein, a fruit, a carb’ if you enjoy a good cracker or bread, and a 4-pack of whatever wets your whistle!

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Tags: biking, Local Food, Summer, Snacks, Meal

Think of Our Green Pastures

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

As our lands start teeming with life again this spring, what legacy are you leaving behind on this – our community’s – green pasture?

I’m a native who moved away – far and wide for what I considered a long time. Now, I call my resettlement back in Viroqua a long time (8+ years in the Marketing department at the VFC). It’s through my travels and time spent elsewhere that I appreciate more fully what it is we have here – one of the “greenest pastures I’ve found yet!”

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Local Food Fest

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 @ 05:05 PM

You are invited to VFC Local Food Fest – come & celebrate all things local!

This all-day event is a replacement for our much loved P6 Tailgate Party. Since we have so much more space inside our store, we’ve moved the party indoors.

We’ll have a variety of local farmers and producers around the store offering free samples of their delicious products. There will be multiple free classes throughout the day in our Co-op Community Room as well as prize drawings! Family-friendly fun for everyone!

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Tags: Gardening, Viroqua Events, Local Events, free events, Free Samples, Cooking Guide, Local Food Fest, free classes, Local Producers

Things We Love – Reduce, Reuse, Then Recycle!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 06:09 PM

One plastic utensil, styrofoam container, or paper cup at a time — let’s first reduce, then reuse, and only then recycle!

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Tags: reduce waste, reduce, reuse, then recycle

Things We Love – Next Level Summer Smoothies

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 03:21 PM

Check out these staff-picked ingredients that bump your 
Summer Smoothies (click here for recipes), popsicles, morning coffee, even your basic cooking & baking recipes to the next level!

Dairy-free Milk Alternatives: While we aren't ones to deter you from enjoying the ridiculously high-quality dairy selection here, we want you to know that these dairy-alternative milks are also available for you! Be sure to ask VFC Staff which ones they prefer. A lot of us have our favorites, depending on how we use them.

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Tags: Recipes, Wheatgrass, Protein Shakes, Dairy-free, Smoothies

Things We Love

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

Pictured: We combined the three items above to create an open face sandwich, then added pickled garlic scapes and sliced avocado on a bed of mixed greens... Now THAT’S healthy fast food!

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Tags: Driftless Treats

Sleigh All Day & Wrap All Night with These Gifts!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 07:21 PM

(Click photos to get better view of the gift ideas within each image; photo will open in new tab!)

Traditional wrapping paper was accidently invented one holiday season when a small company sold out of tissue paper and opted to sell sheets of decorative paper meant to line envelopes. Then that sold out too! Soon after, they started printing their own rolls of paper meant to wrap gifts. When tape came along, you can imagine how the rest was history.

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Tags: Gifts, creative gift wrapping

Local Producer Profile: Diane Splinter

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Nov 23, 2017 @ 07:34 AM

She told her mom at four years old that she wanted to either be an artist or a farmer, but quickly admitted she’s not a very good farmer. Luckily for Splinter, her artistic skills are exceptional! Her watercolor and mixed media based paintings-turned-greeting cards invoke sentiments of peace and connectivity with nature.

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Tags: small producer, Local Artists

VFC Deli Scaling Down Before We Scale Up! #wecantwait

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

To prepare for the ongoing construction and disruption of workspace during our remodel, the VFC Deli will be downsizing some programs in order to consolidate our supplies and packaging while maintaining a safe kitchen for all of our excellent staff. Here’s what it means for our customers:

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Tags: Deli/Bakery, gluten-free, Expansion

Record Participation in This Year's Election & Annual Owners Meeting!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 06:54 AM

We are excited to report that not only did we have 490 VFC Owners participate in this year's election (~100 more than last year), we had a record turnout of almost 130 people in attendance at this year's Annual Owner Meeting! Check out these photos to see our new location, the VMH Expo Center at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua.

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Tags: Board of Directors, Annual Owners Meeting, Viroqua Events