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

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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100-Mile Meal: Pop-up Restaurant Class and Dinner

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 @ 09:40 AM

On Saturday, August 10th, the Viroqua Food Co-op is teaming up with the Driftless Folk SchoolRooted Spoon Culinary, and local farmers to put on a collaborative cooking class and dinner featuring food grown within 100 miles of Viroqua. If you’ve ever been interested in learning what it takes to open a from-scratch local foods restaurant, check out the 100 Mile Meal: “Pop-up” Restaurant Class. If you are interested in attending a gourmet local foods dinner with family or friends, check out the 100 Mile Meal: The Dinner. All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Driftless Folk School. Learn more about the class and dinner below.

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Tags: Local, Events, Food, DIY, Locavores!, eating out of the garden, Rooted Spoon, farm to table, Driftless Folk School