Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

P6 Tailgate Party - with Local and Cooperative Food producers

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

CHEER ON YOUR LOCAL and COOPERATIVE PRODUCERS

Shake off those cold winter blues! Come celebrate spring with a variety of our local, cooperative and small farmers/producers at our 2nd Annual Principle Six (P6) Producers Tailgate Party on Saturday, March 29, 10am - 2pm. We’d love to have you join us to learn about P6, sample P6 products and have a P6 lunch from our patio grill.

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Tags: P6 Producers, P6, Announcements, Events, Product Information, CSA, Principle Six

Summertime Bottles and Bags

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 02:43 PM

Keep hydrated, keep cool, and look good doing it!

Water bottles, we’ve got them.

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Tags: Product Information, Mercantile

Safe and Green Spring Cleaning

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 01:57 PM

Some of the worst culprits contributing to environmental pollution are found right under our noses. Petroleum-based household cleaners can contribute to air and water pollution during manufacturing and disposal as well as in our homes. Consumers are sometimes concerned about potential environmental and health problems stemming from their use. There are alternatives to petroleum-based cleaners that are safer, cheaper and just as effective.

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Tags: Product Information, Sustainability

Maple Valley: The Brand of the Organic Maple Cooperative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 01:28 PM

Bjorn Bergman,
Promotions and Educational Coordinator

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Product Information

Fresh and Local! Winter Spinach, Salad Turnips and Treviso Radicchio

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 @ 04:05 PM

Treviso Radicchio - from Snow Goose Farms –

An elongated Italian variety that is a bit milder than its more common round radicchio cousin. Beautiful deep red/green leaves with white veins adds color & pleasant bitterness when added fresh to salad mixes.  Or try cutting it in half or quarters lengthwise, brushing with oil & salt, & roasting or grilling it until it starts to brown on the edges – brings out sweetness & mellows out its bitterness. Store in plastic in the fridge & use up within a few days.

Green-Top White Salad Turnips from Snow Goose Farms -

Sweet & tender roots with a nice little bite of spiciness & tasty super-nutritious greens to boot.  Eat the roots sliced or grated on salads, cut into half-moons on a fresh veggie tray, or roasted on a cookie sheet after cutting into wedges & tossing in oil.  The greens can be cooked as you would spinach or chard – just barely wilted is best for nutrient retention.  Store in plastic in the fridge, using the greens up within a couple days (the roots will store for weeks).

Winter Spinach from Welden Farm –

So crunchy & full of rich mineral flavor & the deepest of green color.  Enjoy fresh in salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc. or wilted on their own or in eggs, sauces, pasta, soups, stir-fries, etc.  Keeps about a week in plastic in the fridge.

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Tags: Local, Farm, Produce, Organic, Product Information

Great Gift Ideas

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 06:00 AM

Crystal Curley, Mercantile Buyer

There is no denying it now, the holiday season is headed our way. The mercantile department is hard at work searching out new gift worthy products to dazzle you—as well as stocking the standard useful items you come to expect on our shelves.

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Tags: Product Information, Mercantile, All Store

Fresh and Local Produce Oct 12th - 18th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 @ 04:56 PM

Gold Turnips

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Product Information

Fresh and Local Produce Oct 5th - 11th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 @ 02:47 PM

Red Kuri Squash

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Product Information

Fresh and Local Produce Sep 28 - Oct 4

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 03:50 PM

Asian Pears from Tippy Top and other local orchards - They are commonly known as apple pear. The fruits are generally not baked in pies or made into jams because they have a high water content and a crisp, grainy texture, very different from the buttery European varieties. It is not a cross between apples and pears, as common names like apple pear may suggest, but its shape and crisp texture are reminiscent of apples. They are commonly served raw, sliced thin and peeled. The fruit tends to be quite large and fragrant, and when carefully wrapped (it has a tendency to bruise because of its juiciness), it can last for several weeks or more in a cold, dry place.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Product Information

Local Produce: Acorn Squash

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

Beautiful, delicious, nutritious, and a good keeper in the pantry—what more could you ask for in a vegetable? Simply slice in half, bake, and serve with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon and ginger. Or cook and cut into cubes for contributing color and rich flavor to stews and stir-fries. Or mash and incorporate in muffins and pies. Or stuff halves with your favorite raisin-speckled grain. Yes, add versatility to the list of this winter squash’s attributes!

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Tags: Local, Food, Produce, Organic, Product Information