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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.

Our deli is having a P6 Grill Out featuring their favorite P6 foods from 11am-2pm. We’ve also heard rumors that a life-sized Equal Exchange P6 Banana may make an appearance! This is a family-friendly event that’s fun for all, but if the life-size banana doesn’t do it for you–be sure to come to take advantage of the  one-day sale: 10% OFF all products sold by attending P6 Producers!


Our P6 Tailgate features the following VFC P6 Producers:

  1.   Artisan Deli Foods produces traditionally made sauerkraut using green cabbage and salt. Ursula and Barry Thomas own the company and make their kraut at the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua, WI. They use green cabbage produced by southwestern Wisconsin farms when available.
  2.     B&E’s Trees is owned by Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger. They produce certified organic maple syrup on 64 acres outside of Cashton, WI. They age their syrup in bourbon barrels for a year to make the most delicious treat you must try: bourbon barrel aged maple syrup!
Black Garlic North America makes delicious cured and aged black garlic outside of Hillsboro, WI. The business is owned and run by Craig Dunek and Tommy Torkelson.
  4.     Driftless Organicsis a certified organic farm located outside Soldiers Grove, WI, and is owned by brothers Josh and Noah Engel and Mike Lind. They grow a variety of vegetables, oil seeds and raise grass fed beef. Their produce and sunflower oil can be purchased at the VFC year round.
  5.     The Flower Basket is a full service floral and plant shop that also grows microgreens, herbs and vegetables in the off season. They also offer gardening education classes to the greater community. Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School purchased the business in 2015. Learn more about their story on page six.
  6.     Hansen’s Country Bakery makes bread from scratch, including sourdough boule, multigrain batard, parmesan garlic batard and cranberry walnut batard. The bakery is located outside of La Farge, WI and is owned and operated by Bekah and Josh Hansen.
Kickapoo Honeyis owned and operated by the Bomkamp Family in Highland, WI. From taking care of their hives to extracting and bottling the honey, they are 100% hands-on and passionate about bee health as well as pure honey.
St. Brigid’s Meadows is owned and operated by Dawn and Vince Hundt on Poplar Coulee Ridge above
Coon Valley, WI. They produce delicious, certified organic grass fed cheeses in cheddar, mozzarella and pepper jack.
TerraForm Botanicals is owned by Laura Poe, a Registered Dietician, Holistic Nutritionist and traditional foods expert. She makes herbal extracts in small batches by hand using organic herbs in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
  10.     Underground Meats is owned by Johnny and Ben Hunter. They specialize in making a variety of traditional dry cured salami and other charcuterie in Madison, WI using local and sustainably raised pork, beef, lamb and goat.P6-Tailgate-Sample-Table_1-web.jpg

Principle Six (P6) Cooperative Trade Movement is a national labeling program for food co-ops. P6 is guided by three overarching criteria: local, cooperative, small. Products that meet two of these three criteria are marked as P6 on the shelf at VFC. Learn more about P6 online here.

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