Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Producer Profile: Driftless Organics

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 01:00 PM

Josh and Noah Engel are the quintessential farmers in the Driftless region. Their farm – Driftless Organics – is located on McManus Ridge in Crawford County and has been supplying the Viroqua Food Co+op with certified organic produce for longer than we can remember.

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Tags: Local, Driftless Organics, Local Producers, Sunflower Oil

Herbal Education with Herbalist Jess Krueger

Posted by Herbalist Jess Krueger on Sun, Jan 05, 2020 @ 12:00 PM


Herbal Education at the VFC

"The recipes below are from two classes I have taught at the VFC, Winter Health for Kids and Herbal Soup & Bone Broth. While there are scores of excellent books and online articles about herbal knowledge, joining a class can enrich your learning & demystify the techniques. Class discussion is often filled with ingredient ideas and smart questions, plus everyone leaves ready to create the recipes. Classes are aimed to be applicable for beginners to herbal enthusiasts – topics are explained in relatable and practical ways.
Check out the calendar in the back for upcoming winter classes, I’d love to see you there!"

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Tags: Local, Microloan Recipient

Apply for VFC Microloan!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Dec 29, 2019 @ 02:24 PM

Local Farms or Business Encouraged to Apply for VFC Microloan

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Tags: Local, Microloan Recipient

DIY Lip Balm

Posted by StrongerTogether.coop on Sun, Dec 15, 2019 @ 01:08 PM

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Tags: Local, DIY, Wellness/Body Care, Beeswax, Gifts, Holiday Time

Local Producer Profile: Kickapoo Meadery

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 02:30 PM

Mead is a delicious alcoholic beverage made by mixing honey, water and yeast and allowing them to ferment and transform into a brew that is greater than the ingredients. Purportedly, mead was the preferred drink of the Vikings in old-world Norway. With Vernon County’s rich Norwegian culture, it is a wonder that mead doesn’t have a more regular place on our table.

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Tags: Local, Local Producers, Kickapoo Meadery, Mead

Cheese Pairings by Sarah

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 @ 01:55 PM

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.”

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Tags: Cheese, Local, Gifts, Local Producers, Holiday Time, Nordic Creamery, Kickapoo Meadery, Mead

Build Your Own Seasonal Cheeseboard

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Dec 08, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

 Seasonal Cheeseboard!

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.

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Tags: Cheese, Local, Meat & Fish, Holiday Time, Carr Valley Cheese, Nordic Creamery

A Guide to In-House Beef Cuts

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 @ 10:35 AM


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Tags: Local, Meat & Fish, beef, In House Butcher

Things We Love... in the Deli!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 03:33 PM

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Tags: Local, small producer

Local Producer Profile: Small Family Farm

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Jun 23, 2019 @ 06:54 AM

Local Producer Profile: Small Family Farm


“In many ways, I don’t feel like I chose to be a farmer, it chose me.”

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Tags: Local, small producer