Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

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

Viroqua Food Co-op Tailgate Party features local producers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 12:59 PM

Cheer on your local food producers Saturday March 26, 10am-2pm

With more daylight and warmer temperatures, spring is in the air! That also means that we’re gearing up for our 4th Annual Principle Six (P6) Tailgate Party–hooray! You are invited to the Tailgate Party on Saturday, March 26 from 10am-2pm. We have a wide variety of our favorite P6 Producers joining us in our parking lot, under a big heated tent, sharing samples of the foods they produce and information about their businesses.

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Tags: P6

Farmer Direct Co-op: Producer Co-op to Food Co-op relationship

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

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Tags: small producer, P6, cooperatively-owned business, Cooperative, Co-op/NPO producer

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 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

Wisco-Pop: Recipient No. 2 of P6 Microlending Initiative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

In 2014, the P6 Microlending Committee decided to fund two projects from local producers. We are pleased to announce that Wisco Pop! of Viroqua, Wisconsin is the second of two 2014 VFC P6 Microlending recipients. The VFC Microlending Committee is happy to fulfill their request of $1,500 to help get their craft brewed soda into bottles.

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Tags: P6 Producers, P6, Microloan Recipient

#P6 Profile: Kickapoo Honey

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Aug 04, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

VFC has a long standing partnership with Kickapoo Honey. We began purchasing and selling their honey in 2001 and they are now our primary honey supplier. As spring brings warmer weather and plenty of flowers, we thought it was a natural choice to share the story of who is behind sweet and local Kickapoo Honey.

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Tags: P6 Producers, Local, P6

Equal Exchange: A P6 Cooperative Trade Co-founder

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Aug 02, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Greetings from Equal Exchange and Happy P6 Month to all P6 Store members and staff!  We’re so proud of everyone’s commitment to honoring the 6th Cooperative Principle:  Cooperation Amongst Cooperatives… and what better way to celebrate than by designating August, P6 Month!

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Tags: P6 Producers, P6, Fair Trade