Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

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

Let's Get Rid of Plastics!

Posted by Jan Rasikas, General Manager on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 02:45 PM

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Tags: Sustainability, Recycle, reduce, reuse, then recycle, Plastic

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Posted by Andrew Anderson on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 @ 02:22 PM

The Viroqua Food Co+op is a leader in environmental sustainability for our city and county, and with our newly expanded facility we incorporated three new sustainable technologies to contribute to the environmental sustainability of our greater community.

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Tags: Sustainability, VFC Solar Power Project, Reducing Carbon Footprint, EV Charging Station

Continued VFC and Driftless Folk School Education Collaboration

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Fri, Nov 07, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

This past spring, we partnered with local non-profit the Driftless Folk School giving VFC owners a discount on 11 culinary based courses in their Spring/Summer 2014 Course Catalogue as a way to further educate our owners about food and cooking. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them once again with their Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Course Catalog. This time there are 19 courses, about 1/3 of their course offerings, are available to VFC owners at a discount. Classes range from homeopathy to building your own cold frame for growing greens in your garden. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to support this growing nonprofit and learn about sustainable agriculture and culinary arts from some great instructors in our community. Discounts for VFC owners are $10 off full day classes and $5 off half day classes. See below for a full listing of DFS classes offered at a discount to VFC Owners. Pick up a course catalogue, download it (, check it out on their website (, or contact DFS at to learn more.

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Tags: Food, Sustainability, Classes, Driftless Folk School, VFC Discounts, education

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

Why Organic Seeds?

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Arwyn Wildingway, 

Assistant Produce Manager

Spring circles around again, and as we have for thousands of years, we plant seeds of hope for our future. The seed is the beginning of the cycle and also the end. These days, as we vote with our dollars, we can choose to continue supporting the return to a clean planet by buying seed that was grown organically.

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Produce, Plants & Seeds, Organic, Sustainability

23rd Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

February 23rd - 25th, 2012

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Events, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

Food Fight – Revolution never tasted so good!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Save the date!

The Food and Farm Initiative of the Valley Stewardship Network in partnership with the Viroqua Food Co-op will show the film “Food Fight” on Saturday February 18th from 3-5PM. Organic popcorn with delicious toppings and old fashioned organic candy will be available along with refreshments.

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Tags: Events, Food, Produce, Organic, Sustainability, Legislation, No GMOs

The Del Cabo Cooperative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

Nestled in the pristine valleys between the Sea of Cortez and the rugged mountains of the Baja Peninsula, over 400 farming families of the Del Cabo Cooperative nurture their crops to bring you excellent organic produce.

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Tags: Cooperative, Fair Trade, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

Coulee Region Co-op Community Fund

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Do you believe in supporting local growers, in livable neighborhoods, in strong schools, in supporting other co-ops or in programs that make this community an even better place to live? Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op and the Bluff Country Co-op, administer the Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund Grant. This grant fund was established in 2003 by the People’s Food Co-op with a mission to provide supplemental or project-specific funding to local non-profit organizations which have missions consistent with the goals of our co-ops. It is a wonderful way of applying Co-op Principle 6 “Cooperation among cooperatives” and Co-op principle 7, “Concern for Community,” making our communities healthier, stronger and more sustainable.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability, Farm to School