Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

P6 Tailgate Party - with Local and Cooperative Food producers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 08:15 AM


P6 taligate tentShake off those cold winter blues! Come celebrate spring with a variety of our local, cooperative and small farmers/producers at our 2nd Annual Principle Six (P6) Producers Tailgate Party on Saturday, March 29, 10am - 2pm. We’d love to have you join us to learn about P6, sample P6 products and have a P6 lunch from our patio grill.

P6 Farms/Producers in attendance include:

Driftless Organics is a diverse, certified organic farm that specializes in producing high quality produce, sunflower oil and grass fed beef that they sell through food co-ops, their CSA program and at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. The farm is owned and operated by Josh and Noah Engel and Mike Lind outside of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

Harmony Valley Farm is owned and operated by Richard de Wilde and Andrea Yoder in Newton Valley, located 15 miles west of Viroqua. They produce certified organic berries, vegetables and Black Angus beef that they sell through food co-ops, their CSA program and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

Four Elements Herbals is owned and operated by Jane Hawley and David Steven on their 130-acre farm outside of Baraboo Bluffs, Wisconsin. They focus on producing certified organic herbal teas and a variety of herbal body care products.

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, owned by T.J. and Denise Semanchin and Caleb Nichols, roasts a variety award winning fair trade and organic coffees in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Monique’s Pie Crust specializes in ready to use pie crust made with all organic ingredients. Monique’s Pie Crusts are handmade locally in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.

Pearl Street Brewery is a locally owned and operated microbrewery in La Crosse, Wisconsin that specializes in producing a variety of delicious beers.

Pine Knob Farm is owned and operated by Bonnie Wideman and Craig Scott. They produce certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb on 160 acres of pasture in Crawford County, Wisconsin.

Potter’s Crackers produces a variety of certified organic artisan crackers (that go great with Wisconsin cheese!) using flour from Great River Milling and produce from a variety of local farms. The business is owned and operated by Mary Potter in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ridgeland Harvest Farm is a family farm owned and operated by Mat and Cate Eddy that specializes in producing a variety of certified organic vegetables for sale at local food cooperatives, through a CSA program and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

Saboz Granola specializes in producing delicious fresh baked granola. The business is owned and run by Lisa Hynek on her farm outside of Hillsboro, Wisconsin.

Sno Pac Foods is a family owned and operated organic farm and processing plant in Caledonia, Minnesota. They offer frozen fruits and vegetables and are certified by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).

Sylvan Meadows Farm is owned and operated by Virginia Goeke. She makes soap by hand on her farm outside of Viroqua.

Westby Co-op Creamery is a farmer-owned cooperative located in Westby, Wisconsin. They specialize in making a variety of organic and rBST-free dairy products, including cheese curds, cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and butter.

P6 inside tent

What is Principle Six (P6) and how does it work?P6Sticker

The Principle Six (P6) Co-operative Trade Movement is an initiative created by cooperatives to build an economy of solidarity that transforms the market place in deeper alignment with our mutual values. P6 ensures that your purchases directly support local farmers/producers, cooperatives and small farmers. P6 works by promoting products and producers that meet our highest values, engaging and empowering customers to make purchase decisions that make our food system more just and sustainable.

We designate products as P6 on our shelves when they meet at least two of the three criteria:

1) Local

2) Cooperative/nonprofit

3) Small farmer/producer

Together, Viroqua Food Cooperative owners, customers, and producers are investing in an equitable and sustainable food system through P6. Learn more about P6 on our website by clicking here!

Bjorn Bergman, Outreach Coordinator

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