Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Seasonal Ferments - Explore with this Easy Recipe!

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 07:37 AM

For those interested in trying fermentation for the first time, sauerkraut is the perfect way to start! Sauerkraut (salted and naturally fermented cabbage) is high in probiotics, full of nutrients, tasty, and a great way to preserve local cabbage each autumn. Best of all, it is easy to make with the great starter recipe (see below). Once you’ve mastered basic sauerkraut, begin experimenting! Spice up your kraut by adding any herbs and spices. Some great combinations with cabbage include: caraway seed, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, and hot peppers!

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Tags: Recipes, Classes, Driftless Folk School

Driftless Folk School classes discounted for VFC owners

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Have you heard the birds chirping? Yes, it’s true! Spring is right around the bend. Along with chirping birds, comes more sun, green foliage and the release of the Driftless Folk School’s Spring/Summer 2015 Catalog! Twice a year, the Folk School releases their catalog that announces their upcoming classes, gatherings and events. Their programing aims to support healthy, sustainable communities and personal development by providing meaningful educational opportunities and inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families.

The Driftless Folk School’s newest catalog features over 90 courses/events in a variety of genres, including: alternative energy, animal husbandry, blacksmithing, craft, cuisine, farming/gardening, homesteading, natural building, natural world, music-dance, and woodworking. There is sure to be a class for everyone.

With the release of their new catalog, VFC is excited announce our continued partnership with this great community organization. The catalog features 25 of their cuisine, farming/gardening, and homesteading courses at a discount to VFC Owners. So, start paging through the new catalog and make plans to attend one, two, or three classes to hone or learn a new skill or hobby through the wonderful community that is the Driftless Folk School.

To learn more and/or register for a course, pick up a catalog, check it out on their website or contact DFS at

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Tags: Classes, Driftless Folk School

Red Beets to Make Chocolate Cake & Healing Power of Potatoes & Onions!

Posted by VFC Produce Team on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Chocolate Beet Cake

Red Beets from Driftless Organics

Wellness Wednesday THIS WEEK includes BEETS – & the red ones are still coming locally from Driftless Organics! Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia & Europe. They have many health properties, including being super antioxidents due to their bright colored flavonoids – so they help fight off cancer & detoxify your inner environment. They help lower blood pressure & give extra stamina, as well. There are many ways to eat them: raw in salads, juiced, roasted in the oven, or even chopped up and put into some yummy borscht soup. One better, click here to get our Chocolate Beet Cake recipe!



Wellness Wednesday
2/18 – 10% OFF
Wellness Department!

Bulk & Green Top Beets...
since wellness & healthy eating go hand-in-hand!

Potato Bags

Potato Bags from Driftless Organics

A winter standby that gives energy & comfort. Our bodies know what to do with this traditional food… The potato's fiber, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin B-6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, supports heart health. Then there's the iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium & zinc in potatoes, which contribute to the building & maintaining of bone structure & strength.



& Conversation
with your
VFC Board:

THIS Saturday 2/21


Onion bags from Ridgeland Harvest, Small Family Farm & Sam Byler

Live food supports lively health. A quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits: 

  • Phytochemicals in them improve how well vitamin C works in the body, thus gifting improved immunity.
  • They contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, they have been used to reduce inflammation & heal infections.
  • Enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion encourages production of good cholesterol (HDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • Powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Bit by a bee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from pain & burning.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in vitamin A, so do use them often!

Driftless Folk School Class:

THIS Saturday 2/21

FREE Documentary Screening:
To The Moon:

Next Thursday 2/26

Driftless Folk School Class:
Bee Keeping Methods:

Saturday, March 14

OPEN DAILY: 7am-9pm

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Tags: Board of Directors, Events, Recipes, Classes, onions, Potatoes, Red Beets

Continued VFC and Driftless Folk School Education Collaboration

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Nov 07, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

This past spring, we partnered with local non-profit the Driftless Folk School giving VFC owners a discount on 11 culinary based courses in their Spring/Summer 2014 Course Catalogue as a way to further educate our owners about food and cooking. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them once again with their Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Course Catalog. This time there are 19 courses, about 1/3 of their course offerings, are available to VFC owners at a discount. Classes range from homeopathy to building your own cold frame for growing greens in your garden. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to support this growing nonprofit and learn about sustainable agriculture and culinary arts from some great instructors in our community. Discounts for VFC owners are $10 off full day classes and $5 off half day classes. See below for a full listing of DFS classes offered at a discount to VFC Owners. Pick up a course catalogue, download it (, check it out on their website (, or contact DFS at to learn more.

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Tags: Food, Sustainability, Classes, Driftless Folk School, VFC Discounts, education

VFC Owner Benefit: Discount on select Drifltess Folk School Classes

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 07:35 AM

Cooperatives are rooted in education. The fifth (of seven) International Cooperative Principles, which the Viroqua Food Cooperative closely follows, is “Education, training and information. Since our birth as a cooperative in September 1995, we have been dedicated to educating our owners about co-ops, food and sustainable farming through a variety of classes and events hosted in our community.

On August 10th, 2013 we partnered for the first time with the Driftless Folk School, Driftless Café, Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table and local farmers to put on the 100 Mile Meal – A Pop Up Restaurant Class and Benefit Dinner. The event was a resounding success! We had 12 folks participate in the class and we had a full house at the Rooted Spoon to enjoy the meal for the benefit dinner.
Wanting to build on our first success, the Driftless Folk School and VFC have been thinking about ways for our organizations, which both have missions that overlap, to further educate those in our community through collaboration.

So, it is with great excitement that we announce a partnership between the VFC and the Driftless Folk School beginning with the 2014 Spring & Summer Course Catalogue. The Driftless Folk School is offering Viroqua Food Cooperative Owners a discount on 11 food-based courses. Discounts for VFC Owners will be $10 off full day classes and $5 off half day classes.

See above for a full listing of DFS classes offered at a discount to VFC Owners. Pick up a 2014 course catalogue, check out their website (, or contact DFS to learn more at:

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Tags: Classes, Driftless Folk School

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

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