Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Local Producer Profile: Bering Bounty, LLC

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Apr 13, 2022 @ 11:16 AM

How sustainable is YOUR fish?



Bering Bounty, LLC with Mark McKeown
“When I was a boy, about 10 or 11 years old, I wrote a list of what I wanted to do in life and #5 was fish in Alaska,” quips the charismatic Mark McKeown, commercial fisherman and owner of Bering Bounty, LLC. For two or three months out of the year, that childhood dream comes true as Mark and his crew fish the pristine waters of Southwest Alaska. When he is not fishing, Mark’s business and distribution are centered in Verona, WI – which is considered “local” to VFC (within 100-miles)!

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Tags: Meat & Fish, Salmon Fillet, Local Producers, Local Producer Profile, Bering Bounty

From Our Butcher

Posted by Ethan Schandelmeier on Wed, Apr 06, 2022 @ 10:27 AM

With over 18 years of experience as a meat cutter and manager, our in-house butcher Ethan Schandelmeier is an extremely valuable attribute for our community. His dedication and passion for locally sourcing animal products, coupled with his butchery skills, help us to have the freshest heritage-breed pork, grass-fed beef patties, house-made brats and more. 

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Tags: Sustainability, Meat & Fish, from our butcher

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

It's Turkey Time Again!

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Mon, Nov 04, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In November, we are offering local organic turkeys from Organic Prairie. They are raised by family farmers who are part of a cooperative and are serious about the health of the land and their animals. The birds have access to plenty of fresh sunshine and air, and are fed 100% certified organic feeds!

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Tags: Meat & Fish, Turkey, Holiday Time

Meet Ethan Schandelmeier, VFC's Meat and Seafood Assistant Manager.

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 10:28 AM


Old World Care & Craftsmanship Alive & Well at Viroqua Food Co+op!

We would like to officially welcome Ethan Schandelmeier to the VFC in his new position as Meat and Seafood Assistant Manager.

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Tags: Meat & Fish

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

Ferndale Market's Naturally Grown Turkeys

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:32 AM

Nearly seventy years ago, Dale Peterson settled in Cannon Falls, MN, to do what he knew best: raise turkeys. In the early years, he shared a residence with incubators, and the sound of day-old turkeys routinely filled his home. Dale’s wife, Fern, had grown up raising turkeys, and although she thought she had left them forever when she left home and became a school teacher, her plans changed when she met Dale! Fern was an avid advocate for the environment, and believed that everybody had a role to play in preserving our earth. The legacy of Fern and Dale guides our mission, so it’s only fitting that the market, Ferndale, is named in their honor.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Meat & Fish

Turkey Sign-up Time!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 @ 01:13 PM

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to order your turkey! As usual we are working with our long time organic meat provider Rich Lange of Lange Farms from Platteville, WI. Lange Farm turkeys are 100% organic and are a wonderful option for your holiday bird. This year we will have 30 turkeys available from Lange.

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Tags: Local, Announcements, Meat & Fish

Basics: Organic and Natural Products at Basic Prices

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

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Tags: Cheese, Local, Announcements, Food, Produce, Organic, Deli/Bakery, Sustainability, All Store, Beer/Wine, Bulk, Grocery, Meat & Fish

Healthy Grilling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Aug 03, 2011 @ 10:51 AM

Why are grilled foods so delicious? Certainly the summer weather enhances our appreciation of them, and the celebratory ambiance that surrounds any cookout—from a backyard family picnic to a Fourth of July neighborhood bash—doesn’t hurt either. But foods taste great grilled because the flavor is sealed in and intensified (especially when a conscientious cook tends to marinating and basting). In addition, grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in produce, making everything from peppers to pineapple livelier and sweeter.

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Tags: Food, Organic, Recipes, Meat & Fish