Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

VFC Greenhouse Open House

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 01:53 PM

You're invited! The VFC is celebrating the coming of spring and the arrival of local and organic seedlings in our greenhouse by putting on our Greenhouse Open House! Stop by the VFC on Saturday, April 27th from 11am-3pm to join in on the festivities!

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Tags: Announcements, Events, Produce, All Store, Gardening, Seed Potatoes, Greenhouse Open House, Seeds, Seedlings

VFC Myth Busters

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 09, 2012 @ 11:42 AM

You may have seen this large “mythbusters” sign in the front of the store. It reads, “Myth #1 - It’s too expensive to shop at Viroqua Food Co-op.”

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Tags: Local, Organic, All Store

Owner Speak: Gift Cards

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, May 07, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

VFC Owner, Bob Hill

As most people who frequent the Viroqua Food Co-op, I engage in conversation with staff on a multitude of subjects. On one of these occasions I learned that when purchasing a cup of coffee with a credit or debit card, nearly all of the margin is taken to pay the fee associated with the privilege of using a card. As most people would, I wondered what could be done to avoid the fee or lessen the impact. I could carry cash, write a check, or be subject to a minimum purchase amount for using a card.

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Tags: All Store, Owner Speak

Great Gift Ideas

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 06:00 AM

Crystal Curley, Mercantile Buyer

There is no denying it now, the holiday season is headed our way. The mercantile department is hard at work searching out new gift worthy products to dazzle you—as well as stocking the standard useful items you come to expect on our shelves.

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Tags: Product Information, Mercantile, All Store

Would you like your Receipt?

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 03:25 PM

At VFC we’ve always given you an option to take your receipt; we think wasting paper is a sin! Lately, you may have noticed that our cashiers are giving you a receipt every time you shop. Let me explain our thoughts behind this change.

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Tags: Announcements, Sustainability, All Store

Staff Training and Education at the Viroqua Food Coop

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

Alycann Taylor, Staff Services

The VFC staff strives to better serve our owners and shoppers. The fast pace growth of the natural foods business keeps us on our toes. We pride ourselves in offering high quality products filled with the best ingredients we can find and impeccable customer service. Providing all of this with an acute sense of our bottom line can be quite a juggling act! Luckily the retail co-op world is rich in providing sources of training and information sharing. VFC board members, managers and staff participated in the following educational programs this past year:

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Tags: All Store

Viroqua Food Coop Outreach Report

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

Charlene Elderkin,
Marketing & Membership Mgr.

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Viroqua Food Coop General Manager's Report

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

Jan Rasikas, General Manager

MISSION: The Viroqua Food Cooperative combines a commitment to natural foods, superior customer service and the building of a cooperatively run business. We emphasize selling organic and local foods and products to promote the long-term health of individuals and the environment. As member-owners and as a center for community, we offer the opportunity to create together a work of enduring value.

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Tags: All Store

Right2Know March for GMO Labeling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

Do you think genetically engineered foods should be labeled? A February 2011 MSNBC poll showed that 96.2% of 45,410 respondents think so. Yet, foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients are not labeled. Consumers who wish to eat or avoid GE (also known as GMO, short for Genetically Modified Organism) foods do not have the information needed to make informed choices about their food. The Right2Know March aims to change that.

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Tags: Local, Events, Food, Organic, Sustainability, All Store, No GMOs

You have A right to know whats in your food

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 02:49 PM

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Tags: Events, Sustainability, All Store, No GMOs