Viroqua Food Co+op Blog
Cheese Madness 2020
VFC is hosting our 3rd Annual Wisconsin Cheese Madness! This time, if you want to win the Specialty Cheese Basket at the end of the competition, you must fill out the cheese bracket below & submit it to the Customer Service Desk by the time the first round starts by March 20*.
Meet Sarah Clemens, our new Cheese Buyer with fun pairing ideas!
A lot of things have changed at the Viroqua Food Co+op recently and one thing we are really excited about is the new specialty cheese case. Our new Cheese Buyer, Sarah Clemens, brings you a diverse collection of cheeses from the Driftless region and beyond – some you may have heard of, and those you have yet to discover. Whether looking for the perfect cheese to pair with that special dinner or for help with building a center-piece cheese board for your next engagement, we’ve got you covered.
“Trust your taste buds and your instincts” suggests Sarah. “So much of the fun of cheese is discovering gems you never knew existed. Choose three or four pieces of cheese, both familiar and new, then pair them with your favorite crackers, jams, nuts, charcuterie, and fresh or dried fruit.”
Cheeseboards are the perfect piece to bring to a holiday gathering because there is something for everyone! From saying "thank you" to your host with a few favorite pieces or to feed a crowd, these combinations of cheeses, meats, nuts, fruits, jams and substitutes know no flavorful bounds.Read More
For the second time, VFC is putting a cheesy spin on March Madness by hosting Wisconsin Cheese Madness! We've identified eight delicious and unique Wisconsin cheeses from our cheese department and are matching them up head-to-head, March 16-March 30. Every Monday and Friday (2-5pm), as well as Saturday (11am-2pm), customers are invited to stop by VFC to try two cheeses and then vote for their favorite.
Sometimes people seek professions, and sometimes professions call to an individual. Cheesemaking found Brenda Jensen.Read More
In case you have been missing our staff picks around the store while you shop, we’ve got a new basket-worth of products for you to try. Each department has been positively raving about these items and we know that if you give them a chance, you will agree! As springtime approaches, we get to enjoy local asparagus. Asparagus (started from seed) can take 3-4 years before it produces the delicious stalks you see in our store. Our local farmers are careful to harvest sustainably, maintaining the health of their plants for future seasons. Depending on weather, asparagus has a local season of only 3-6 weeks!
So rejoice in these upcoming seasonal and ongoing delicacies. Even if they are “just pasta” or “just olive oil,” we can’t wait for you to try these healthy, whole foods so their flavors can speak for themselves!Read More
Cedar Grove Cheese, located in Plain, Wisconsin, is a dedicated 135 year old family-owned creamery. They specialize in producing a variety of traditional Wisconsin (farmers, mozzarella, cheddar, jack, Butterkäse, etc.) and specialty artisan cheeses. Current owner and operator Bob Wills married into the Cedar Grove family at 35 and had no prior experience cheesemaking. Today, Wills is an award winning certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker for cheddar and Butterkäse.
Holland’s Family Cheese strives to make the most delicious farmstead raw aged Gouda you’ve ever tasted in Thorp, Wisconsin. The story of this award winning farmstead cheese company began when Marieke and Rolf Penterman, both of who grew up on small dairies in Holland, moved from the Netherlands to Wisconsin in 2002 with dreams of starting their own dairy farm. They were attracted to Wisconsin due to our vast dairy farming background, friendly people, and cheap farmland (when compared to Holland).
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.