Viroqua Food Co+op Blog
In the Driftless region, we are blessed with ample numbers of local farmers growing and producing everything from vegetables and fruits to dairy, hops, wheat, and more. It is only fitting that VFC’s most local brewery – Driftless Brewing Company – is focused on creating tasty sustainable ales and lagers that are rooted in local agriculture.Read More
Update: 40 Acres & A Mule Project
In the 2020 Autumn Pea Soup Newsletter, we featured the 40 Acres and a Mule Project headed up by Uptowne Café’s (La Crosse) owner Adrian Lipscombe. This project is raising money to purchase at least a 40-acre farm for black farmers to produce food for the local food industry, serve as an outlet for black foodways, and be a safe haven to secure the legacy of black foodways.Read More
Robert and Summer Schulz are the owners and operators of New Traditions Homestead located in rural Hillsboro. “I have been involved in gardening since a child. Our family always had a big garden and I feel it stuck with me,” shared Robert. He started growing his own market garden when he was in high school and college and would sell to local restaurants in his hometown. “I’ve always enjoyed the process of starting, tending, and harvesting produce. Growing food is essential and it offers a sense of self-sufficiency that I believe is important for anyone to truly feel secure in life.”Read More
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.Read More
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*.
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.Read More
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.”
You are invited to VFC Local Food Fest – come & celebrate all things local!
This all-day event is a replacement for our much loved P6 Tailgate Party. Since we have so much more space inside our store, we’ve moved the party indoors.
We’ll have a variety of local farmers and producers around the store offering free samples of their delicious products. There will be multiple free classes throughout the day in our Co-op Community Room as well as prize drawings! Family-friendly fun for everyone!Read More