Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Community Rights Workshop with Paul Cienfuegos Tuesday, May 14th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

Do you ever wonder why it seems that we have no control over decisions that affect our quality of life in Vernon County? Come to a special 3 hour workshop with nationally recognized workshop leader and lecturer Paul Cienfuegos, and find out how Vernon County can take back local control through Community Rights Ordinances. 150 communities in eight states have passed or are in the process of passing Community Rights Ordinances that ban harmful but legal corporate activities such as factory farms/CAFOs, water withdrawal for bottling, fracking, mining, planting GMOs, and more. These communities are both conservative and liberal, rural and urban, small and large. Join us for this inspiring and timely talk about how other communities have stood up and stripped corporations of their so-called constitutional "rights", while ensuring the right of people to govern themselves locally.

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Tags: Announcements, Events, Classes, Community Rights Ordinances, Paul Cienfuegos

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

First Annual P6 Tailgate party at Viroqua Food Co-op

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Mar 09, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Join us to cheer on your favorite local and cooperative producers!

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, P6, Announcements, Events, Principle Six

Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund accepting grant applications

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

The Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op of La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN and Bluff Country Co-op of Winona, MN are pleased to announce the 6th annual request for proposals for the Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund Grant.

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Tags: Announcements

Biokleen’s Partnership with BEF Water Restoration Program

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 11:58 AM

For every purchase of any Biokleen 64-ounce laundry liquid during August, Biokleen will purchase one Water Restoration Certificate, which is the equivalent of 1,000 gallons of water and offsets 37 loads of laundry.

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Tags: Announcements

Grillin' & Chillin': Grilling Class

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 02:13 PM

Vernon Memorial Hospital and the Viroqua Food Co-op are teaming up to put on a grilling class! Grillin' and Chillin' features Vernon Memorial Healthcare Dietitians Lynn Edwards, RD, CD and Katie Miller, RD, CD and Viroqua Food Co-op Chef Sean Kelley. All three have come up with this enjoyable and fun class to make your summer grilling adventures healthy and delicious! 

The class will cover:
-Grilling basics
-Food Safety
-Grilling Demonstration
-Samples from the grill
-Recipe ideas

Location: Vernon Memorial Hospital Community Rooms 507 S. Main St., Viroqua, WI
Date: Wednesday, June 13th from 6-7:30pm
Cost: $10 (VMH employees may use their Wellness benefits)
Registration: Register by June 6th at (on the tab that says "All Events" change it to "Hospital Community Rooms" and the event will come onto the screen)
For more info call: (608) 637-4251

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Tags: Announcements, Events, Recipes, DIY, Classes

Viroqua Food Co-op Wine and Cheese Tasting

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 04:29 PM

Ever wonder what a bottle of wine from our wine isle tastes like? Worried about picking one out you don’t like? If you said yes (or if you just LOVE wine and cheese), join us for our May Wine and Cheese Tasting on Saturday, May 26th from 11am to 2pm. Sample a variety of wines and other delicious items found in our store. The tasting is held at the VFC and is free and open to those 21 years and older. 

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Tags: Cheese, Announcements, Beer/Wine

Viroqua Food Co-op Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Team

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 16, 2012 @ 07:45 PM

This year, Habitat for Humanity – La Crosse is teaming up with area women to build a home for Bryan and Angela Mathison and their two daughters on Willow Street in Viroqua. Viroqua Food Co-op is joining in on this great community project by assembling a team of 10 women staff members to help fundraise and on the build site. The team includes: Laura Burnham, Sally Colacino, Jenny Hammje, Kaitlyn Karasek, Carrie Kniedler, Jan Rasikas, Jackie Rebman, Shelly Timmons, Arwyn Wildingway and Carol Willis.

Currently, the team is hard at work raising $1000 and getting ready for their June 2nd volunteer day at the Mathison’s home on Willow Street. If you would like to donate to the team, look for the VFC Habitat for Humanity Women’s build donation box located at the entrance of the Co-op next time you’re in the store. Every little bit you give helps make decent and affordable housing available to all in our community.

To learn more about the Viroqua Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build project, visit:

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Tags: Announcements

St. Brigid’s Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese at the VFC

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Attention VFC Shoppers! Do I have exciting news for you! Starting tomorrow, we begin carrying St. Brigid's Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese in the store! Wahoo! I am pretty darn excited!
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Tags: Cheese, Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Organic

Meet Your Local CSA Farmers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Join us at the Co-op this Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm and meet your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farmers. Learn about their farms, ask questions and join a CSA for the first time!

The event will feature:

We hope to see you there!

About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between the CSA member and the farmer. Farm members buy a CSA share each spring. In return they receive a weekly box of produce directly from the the farm that is delivered to a dropsite near their home. Produce is delivered during the height of the growing season for 15-22 weeks. With each box of produce, members receive a newsletter of farm news, recipes and cooking tips. CSA represent a great way for citizens to support local agriculture, support sustainable family farms, know their farmer, and increase their consumption of nutritious locally produced fruits and vegetables.
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Tags: Local, Announcements, Events, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic