Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Producer Profile: Westby Co-op Creamery

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Sun, Mar 17, 2019 @ 03:00 PM

We are truly lucky to be located right in the heart of the Driftless region, which has a wealth of local farmers and producers. One of the local producers we are grateful to have right in our neighborhood is Westby Co-op Creamery. They are one of the oldest dairy cooperatives in Wisconsin!

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Tags: Local, Co-ops

Local Producer Profile: GoMacro

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 02:52 PM

Local Producer Profile: GoMacro

Located on high ground near the Kickapoo River in Viola, Wisconsin, GoMacro is a local hometown success story. The company is owned and operated by mother and daughter team of Amelia Kirchoff and Jola Sonkin. Their MacroBars are a staple on our shelves and on the shelves of over 25,000 retailers across the country.

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Tags: Local, small producer

Local Farmer Profile: Hidden Springs Creamery

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Sometimes people seek professions, and sometimes professions call to an individual. Cheesemaking found Brenda Jensen.

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Tags: Cheese, Local

P6 Profile: DEEP ROOTED brings the taste of summer

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Many would argue that the first true taste of summer is that of a sun-ripened local tomato. Lucky for us, that first taste of summer comes sooner at the VFC thanks to Deep Rooted, our local supplier of certified organic tomatoes. Outside of Westby, Wisconsin, this is our main local tomato producer, which is why we want to share their story with you.

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Tags: local produce, P6 Producers, Local, P6

#P6 Profile: The Flower Basket

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

The Flower Basket is a true staple of Viroqua. They are a full service floral shop and greenhouse located at 520 East Terhune Street in Viroqua. The business started at it’s current location in the 1940’s with the name Hillcrest Garden Center.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, P6

P6 Profile: Fazenda Boa Terra

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

This month we are highlighting a relatively new producer to VFC. Fazenda Boa Terra is a certified organic produce farm located just outside Spring Green, WI owned and operated by Lidia Dungue and John Middleton.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, P6

P6 Profile: Chip Magnet

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Chip Magnet is a new startup company owned by Alexis Lucas in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin. She makes a variety of salsas, relishes and jams, focusing on using organic and local ingredients when possible. The company hatched out of her passion for canning.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local

P6 National Update

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Guest blog by Ruby Levine, P6 Marketing & Communications

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Tags: Local, small producer, P6, Co-op/NPO producer

#P6 Profile: LüSa Organics

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

In her 20’s, Rachel Wolf was captivated by the concept of soapmaking. The idea of taking simple, raw materials and through chemistry (and maybe a little magic) turning them into something to clean and nourish the skin sounded wonderful. After years of reading about soapmaking, she mustered up the courage and taught herself. With a group of friends, she made her first batch of soap in 1997. Things just snowballed from there.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, small producer, P6

#P6 Profile: C&L Organic Fertilizer

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Chuck and Linda Connelly were interested in starting a new business. They recognized the growth of organic agriculture in our region and were wondering if a new business venture could compliment that movement. Chuck first learned about worm castings online and decided to investigate the viability of starting a worm casting production business.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, Small