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VFC is committed to carrying at least 90% organic fresh produce, of the finest and freshest quality possible. Priorities in the selection of produce shall be as follows:

1. Local Certified Organic (seasonal) 2. Good quality Certified Organic from closest possible source 3. Local Non-certified Organic (seasonal) 4. “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM) 5. Local (non-organic) 6. Conventional on temporary basis and only when quality organic is not available.

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Abundant Greens, Paleo Rutabaga Fries & Liver Nourishment

  
  
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Local Salad Mix from Jacob Stolztfus

Back in the house! And with an abundant supply, we carry bulk and 8oz bags. Now you can add local greens into your meals again!

HOLIDAY HOURS:

Wednesday
December 24
7am - 5pm

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Rutabagas from Harmony Valley Farm

Yet another member of the brassica family! These creamy yellow roots can take the place of a potato if you need them to, and they give vitamin C, B6, fiber, potassium, zinc and glucosinolates that help prevent ailments. Click here for a recipe for Paleo rutabaga fries!

Thursday
December 25
CLOSED!

Wednesday
December 31
7am – 9pm

Thursday
January 1
10am – 7pm

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Daikon Radish from
Harmony Valley Farm

What’s long, white and crispy, and nourishes your liver and gall bladder?
The storage radish, Daikon, that’s what! Eat them raw, juiced, grated, cubed, roasted, sautéed – SKY'S the limit!

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OWNER DEALS

Organic Prosecco
$12.99/ea

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Gold Rush & Sweet Sonya, Onion's Cousins & 16th Century Annular Traditions!

  
  
Sweet Sonya Apples

Gold Rush & Sweet Sonya Apples from Countryside Orchard

We have beautiful bushels of these right when you come in the door! Both are late season varieties, are sweet & crispy, & some call them divine!
The Gold Rush have a tart, tangy flavor that sweetens with age. Probably only Fuji & Granny Smith can match it for longevity but these have a more complex & interesting flavor profile than the other two! Excellent fresh or in pies & crisps. 

Sweet Sonya apples taste like sugar with a hint of buttery flavor! Fairly crisp & beautifully mottled, this apple is sure to please kids & locavores alike!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

THIS FRIDAY!!!
December 12
3pm - 7pm

LIVE MUSIC:
Bob Hill & Susan Frank
The Sutherland Family 
FREE SAMPLES:
Bakery Items & Pies
Cheese
Chocolate
Herbal Body Products
Veggies
Wine Samples Too!

Red Shallots

Red Shallots from Levi Miller & Ridgeland Harvest

Although shallots cost a bit more than their cousins, the good ol' regular onions, you may find they’re worth it since they are significantly milder & sweeter. While you can substitute one for the other, you only need half the shallots in a recipe as you would the onions that any recipe will call for. Try them in salads, casseroles, sautés, sauces, egg dishes, or right on sandwiches & pizzas!

Click here to view OWNER DISCOUNTS
December
11th-13th

THIS THURSDAY thru
SATURDAY!

Owner-only Sale:
10% OFF
Mercantile Items!

(Sale items 
not included)

Wreaths

Holiday Wreaths from
Shining Hills Farm & Gardens

'Tis the season to be jolly! Decorate your home, business, barn or garage with these locally made annular traditions. The first known association with these now modern-day wreaths dates back to the Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century. If you're not making your own, come choose from our collection outside the store - reasonably priced at only $29.99 each!

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OWNER DEALS

HOLIDAY CARD SETS

from 
Artists to Watch 
$1.00 OFF
Per Pack

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Fresh & Local! Biodiverse Carrots, Flemish Beauty Pears & Infinitely Restoring Horseradish Root!

  
  
Purple Carrots

Purple & Scarlet Carrots from Ridgeland Harvest

Ridgeland Harvest not only grows delicious orange carrots but purple & scarlet carrots, too. Available in 3# bags, they add festive color to your veggie trays & hot dishes for the holidays. Try them – they taste just like the orange ones & have all the great nutritional value, if not a bit more, they’re just a different color. Ridgeland Harvest is adding diversity back into our menus, despite the orange version dominating the industry standard. Not only does this help manage pests through biodiversity within an ecosystem but it keeps a diverse selection of heritage seed varieties accessible to those seeds that would otherwise vanish!
 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Friday, December 12
3pm - 7pm

LIVE MUSIC:
Bob Hill & Susan Frank
The Sutherland Family 
FREE SAMPLES:
Bakery Items & Pies
Cheese
Chocolate
Herbal Body Products
Veggies
Wine Samples Too!

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Flemish Beauty Pears from Partner Farms in Michigan

Flemish Beauty inventory is winding down and is at its peak flavor – especially for pear sauces, pear butters, salads & just plain ol’ fresh eatin’! Regionally grown, pretty soon we will be ordering from California, Oregon and Washington. If you haven't tried them yet, they're a roundish pear with thick, clear, yellowy/tan skin blushed with red when ripe. The creamy-colored flesh becomes meltingly tender when ripe. Only available from mid-September to January, come get some today!

Click here to view OWNER DISCOUNTS
December 4-6

THIS THURSDAY thru
SATURDAY!

Owner-only Sale:
10% OFF
Bulk Dept.

(Sale items
not included)

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Horseradish Root from
Harmony Valley Farm

'Tis the season for our bodies to get a dose of horseradish root. Try grating a little into your kim chi, on your pork roast or beef, or in your spring rolls & wraps for extra kick. Not only will your cold and flu disappear but it will boost your immune system this winter. Horseradish has expectorant, antibacterial, strong antibiotic, coronary vasodilator, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-anemic & diuretic properties... It's used as a natural treatment against respiratory and rheumatic disorders, helps in mild diabetes, circulatory problems, water retention, digestion & tooth aches. It stimulates the body's immune system & appetite too. This amazing root, with its endless beneficial properties, can be found right here at the Co-op. Try making some homemade horseradish today! 

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OWNER DEALS

HOLIDAY CARD SETS

from 
Artists to Watch 
$1.00 OFF
Per Pack

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Don't Blow Up The Oven, Perfumey Quince & Sweet Window Sills & Swags

  
  
Chestnuts from Iowa

Chestnuts from Iowa

Fresh nuts to roast or be eaten raw! Chestnuts contain high levels of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid, which is beneficial to cardiovascular health & proper neurological development. Click here for more info on how nutritious these brown guys are! Do remember to pierce the skin before cooking so they don’t blow up in your oven/fire!

CLOSED THURSDAY!

We are open daily
7am-9pm except for this Thursday in order to allow our staff a chance to observe this Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thank you for understanding! 

Quince

Quince from California

Related to apples & pears – but NOT to be eaten raw… too hard & sour! But since they are full of pectin, they make excellent thickeners. The very strong perfume means they can be added in small quantities to apple pies, jams and cranberry sauce. Adding a diced quince to apple sauce will enhance the taste of, and even add a lovely pink color to, an apple sauce with the chunks of relatively firm, tart quince. We only get these a for a few weeks so be sure to try this old world food in your pies, crisps & sauces!

OWNER DISCOUNTS
NEXT WEEK!
December 4-6

Thursday
thru Saturday

Owner-only Sale:
10% OFF
Bulk Dept.
(does not include Bulk Coffee nor Bulk Herbs & Spices) 

Holiday Branches Twigs and Swags from Shining Hills

Holiday Branches from
Shining Hill Farm & Gardens

I’m sure you’ve noticed winter has arrived. One good thing about it is outdoor décor will decorate our entryway! We have local pines, cedars, spruces, colored willows & other twigs. So take some home to decorate your outdoor flower pots & boxes…. Make yourself a swag, decorate your mantle, window sills, or anything else you want to smell good and give you some healing green imagery. We have beautiful wreaths, too, which are made by Ryan Evans, Owner & Operator at Shining Hill Farm & Gardens!

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OWNER DEALS
:

VFC To-Go Mugs
$11.99 / ea

Non-owner Price:
$14.99
Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Local Ginger, A Rainbow of Squash & Potatoes Gonna Potate...

  
  
Fresh Ginger

Fresh Ginger from Harmony Valley Farm

It’s so fresh you won’t know if you want to eat it or plant it! This locally grown tuber can be eaten without peeling, but use a spoon to scrape the skin off if you must. We recommend to add some slices to your hot tea, in stir fries – but especially add a hint to this season’s Pumpkin Pies. Plus, make tea with the stems! Support a P6 Farmer, feed your internal fire & aid your digestion – all at the same time!

Turkey Roasted 01There's Still Time To Get Your Organic Turkey!

Ask Cashiers for 
custom sizes!

Winter Squash

Winter Squash from Various Local Farms

We now have a rainbow of 12 varieties, which includes: green & striped Acorns, 2 kinds of Butternuts, Spaghetti Squash, Red Kuri, Blue Hubbard, Pie Pumpkins, oblong Delicatas – & 2 lesser known ones called Kindred & Seminole. Each one gives you soluble fiber, lots of vitamin A as well as significant amounts of C, B6, B2, manganese & copper. Squash make delicious soups, casseroles, roasted sides, waffles & flatbreads. Plus the seeds are edible and nutritious! Click here for a quick visual guide to winter squash!

OWNER DISCOUNTS
THIS WEEKEND!
11/22 - 11/24
Sunday-Tuesday

Owner-only Sale:
10% OFF
All Beer, Wine & Spirits...

Be sure to pick up your holiday libations during your next VFC shopping trip! 

Red & Yellow Local Potatoes

Red & Yellow Potatoes from Driftless Organics

Everyone’s favorite winter comfort food… Put in creamy soups, serve au gratin-style, bake ‘em, deep or shallow fry ‘em, serve ‘em mashed with meats, as potato pancakes, or in breads. They fit in breakfast, lunch or dinner menus – whichever way you want to serve ‘em!

Haters gonna hate

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Parsnip+Cheese Soup, Inglorious Apples & VERY Local Black Garlic!

  
  
Local Parsnips

Parsnips from Harmony Valley Farm & Driftless Organics

Freshly dug, sweet & rooty, these umbelliferae family members are related to carrots, parsley, celery & dill. Keeps you grounded with vitamin C and several B vitamins and many anti-oxidants. Several research studies have found that these compounds have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal & anti-cancer functions as well as offer protection from colon cancer & acute lymphoblastic leukemia. So roast them, sauté them or toss them into a soup. Click here for a super delicious & EASY Potato Cheese soup recipe!

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Sign up for a
fresh, limited supply
of organic turkey
($20 deposit required) before they are gone.
Available for pick-up starting 11/21 for $4.39/lb. 

Kitchen Apples

Kitchen Apples from Countryside Orchard & Two Brothers Orchard

Our best deal in apples... & called "kitchen" apples because they are a mixed variety & may have a blemish or two that in no way affect the taste! Use them for crisps, pies, turnovers, sauce, you name it! We aren't the only ones loving our kitchen apples: take a look at what Europe was able to do with "the uglier side of fruits & vegetables" by clicking here! It'll make you seek the odd-shaped produce in no time!

Or simply wait for the
free-range,
antibiotic-free,
Ferndale Market Turkeys. Available first come, first serve in the meat case starting 11/18 for
$1.99/lb
(no deposit/sign up necessary).

Black Garlic

Black Garlic from Wisconsin Fermentation Co.

Black garlic is regular garlic that has been fermented for a month with specified heat & humidity. This process increases the amount of antioxidants, while making it milder & much sweeter. Eat it as a spread, add it to a spread, or pasta, or ice cream, or seafood, or meat- the list goes on! Click here to see what recipes our VERY LOCAL P6 Producers at Wisconsin Fermentation Co. are preparing with this fine, garlic delicacy!

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OWNER DEALS

Owner Sale This Week:
Lüsa Lip Balms
$2.69/ea
Non-owner Price:
$3.49/ea

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Lady Gaga of Broccoli, 8 Easy Cabbage Recipes & Flemish Pears for Dessert!

  
  
Romanesco

Broccoli, Cauliflower & Romanesco from Driftless Organics & Small Family Farm

Get these while you can because soon they will all be from far away! Plus, this tail end of the season brings the cool temps, which in turn brings out the sweetness in these flower bud brassicas. Combine them into a lovely crudité (french for raw veggie appetizers with vinaigrette/dipping sauce), sautée or roast together for a side dish, or blend together with cheese for a hearty soup! Click here for a quick but delicious recipe utilizing the Romanesco, the Lady Gaga of Broccoli!

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Time to sign up for
an organic holiday
turkey today.

See cashiers in store
for details!

Napa Cabbage

Napa Cabbage from Harmony Valley Farm

If you’ve never tried this lettucy cabbage, do! It’s mild & crispy, so you can eat it raw, fermented or lightly cooked. Click here to check out EIGHT great recipes, including a quick-to-make spicy kim chi, a couple kinds of cabbage rolls & some slaws!

 

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OWNER DEALS

Owner Sale This Week:
Winter Squash
79¢ / lb
Non-owner Price:
$1.29 / lb

Flemish Pears

Flemish Beauty Pears from Partners Farm in Door County

Again, let’s eat regional fruit while we can! These pears used to be the nation’s most popular variety because the large, rounded fruits have creamy-yellow skin blushed red along with firm, creamy-white flesh that becomes meltingly tender, sweet & aromatic. They make for great snacks, salad ingredients, or with some honey, nuts & wine for your dessert course!!!

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Green Smoothies, Customized Cookies, Burdock Stir Fry & Shallot Sale!

  
  
Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Greens from Harmony Valley Farm

A very nutritional green that often gets over-looked, dandelion greens can be consumed raw or cooked. Partial to sauteed spinach? Cook these same way: tear or coarsely chop leaves into pieces the size of baby spinach. Saute lightly in butter or olive oil with caramelized onions & fresh garlic for about five minutes, until just tender, then fold them into an omelet or serve as a side dish. Vary their flavor & texture by adding raisins or currants, crumbled bacon or toasted nuts just before serving. Older, larger, stronger-flavored greens can also be sauteed but usually benefit from a few minutes of blanching in boiling water first. Check out the top 10 reasons why you should be juicing these greens or adding them to your smoothies:
www.incrediblesmoothies.com

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Cookies & Cupcakes from VFC Deli!

Did you know you can custom order pies, cupcakes, cookies & cakes from the VFC Bakery? Give 'em a couple days heads-up & the Bakery Team is sure to deliver!

Burdock Root

Burdock Root from Harmony Valley Farm

Tis the season to be picking burdock stickers from our pets’ coats. What a headache! But, did you know the root can relieve your headaches, treat both bacterial and fungal infections, as well as many other medicinal uses??? Check out the website for a great way to utilizie it in a vegetarian Burdock Root Stir Frythechalkboardmag.com

Bridget & Cupcakes

 

VFC Owners:

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Shallots from Levi Miller

Beautiful, large red shallots are now seasonally in – & on sale this week! Here are the differences between shallots & onions:
1) Shallots grow as a cluster of bulbs from a single planted bulb, similar to garlic. Onions grow as a single bulb per each plant.
2) Onions are round, bigger bulbs with white, yellow or purple skin while shallots can appear like elongated, larger garlic cloves with redish orange skin.
3) The common onion is Allium cepa while the commonly accepted shallot is Allium ascalonicum.
4) Although a bit milder & sweeter, the shallot resembles an onion crossed with garlic in flavor.
5) Onions are more difficult to grow than shallots.
6) Onions are seed-propagated, whereas shallots are vegetatively multiplied.

Please check out our new store flyer with all the

OWNER DEALS
by clicking here!

Owner Sale This Week:
Ridgeland Harvest Carrots
$4.99 / 3#bags
Non-owner Price:
$5.99 / 3#bag

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Exclusive Kindred Squash Story, Pink Applesauce & Red Bananas!

  
  
Kindred Squash

Kindred Squash from Chrysalis Farm

In '84, Stephen & Marcia were two Minneapolis food co-op workers who met & got married. Served at their self-cooked wedding meal was half a Kindred Squash per person. It was so good that they requested their co-op start carrying it &, one step further – Steven & Marcia started growing it the next year when they moved to what is now the Viroqua-located Chrysalis Farm. Not only did they originally order it through Seed Savers down in Decorah, Iowa, they saved seed & eventually became the only people who grew Kindreds & kept this seed variety alive. It is now available only through a few small seed companies, thanks to them... Come taste the history & authentic terroir of our region through Kindred squash today!

Soup MixSOUP MIX
from Harmony Valley Farm

A lovely blend of organically grown roots, which include multicolored carrots, parsnips & turnips.
Roast, sauté, toss in a soup - whatever floats your boat!

$7.99/3# bags

Liberty Apples

Liberty Apples from Countryside Orchard & Two Brothers Orchard

We've got a multitude of in-season, fresh-off-the-tree apples but want to direct your attention to Liberty apples, which besides being a tart, crisp & juicy, all-purpose apple, makes PINK APPLESAUCE! Celebrate Breast Cancer awareness month by serving pink sauce to your friends & family! We now also have 5# bags of kitchen apples which are certified organic & perfect for pies, crisps, tarts & cut up into ready-to-eat treats!


VFC Owners:

Please check out our new store flyer with all the
OWNER DEALS
by clicking here!


New this week:
Organic Valley
Cream Cheese & Neufchatel Bars
$2.59/8oz
Non-owner Price:
$3.39/8oz bar

Red Bananas

Red Bananas from Mexico

Smaller & plumper than the common Cavendish banana, when ripe - raw red bananas have a flesh that is cream to light pink in color. They are also softer & sweeter than the yellow Cavendish varieties, with a slight raspberry flavor. They give you good fiber, potassium & vitamins B & C, along with their dessert-like flavor! Click here to blow your mind (& potentially your tastebuds), one Banana Bourbon Cupcake at a time!



Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 

Fresh & Local! Irish Potato Alternative, Magic Molly Potatoes & APPLES Galore!

  
  
White Flesh Sweet Potatoes

White Sweet Potatoes from Levi Miller

This O’Henry variety is a white-fleshed sweet potato that tends to be more dry & less sweet than the orange type so they can be prepared as regular potatoes are. Traditionally considered a more regionally suitable alternative to the "Irish" potato in the southeast. When you taste how creamy the O’Henry is in a dish of mashed sweet potatoes, it may become to be your first choice!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY:

10/15/14 receive 10% off all supplements, homeopathic & herbal formulas from Wellness Department!

10% off PARSNIPS
in bulk since wellness
& healthy eating
go hand-in-hand!

Blue Potatoes

Blue Potatoes from Fazenda Boa Terra

These potatoes called Magic Molly are a relatively new variety that produces large fingerling-shaped tubers with dark purple skin & solid dark purple flesh that retains its color when boiled. The tubers have an excellent earthy flavor, especially when roasted. Colored potatoes have more carotenoids which provide us with many health benefits, including cancer protection.

It pays to be a
VFC Owner...

On top of
Owner Discount Days
we are also offering
Owner Deals...

Please check out our new store flyer with all the
extra OWNER DEALS
by clicking here!

Apple Cortland

Local Apples from Two Brothers Orchard, Countryside Orchard & Hoch Orchard

Still on the scene: Honeycrisp, Cortland, Haralson, Priscilla & Dayton.
Daytons are a brilliant red fruit & are crisp, juicy, sweetly tart & very flavorful. They are a new generation of disease resistant apple!

Owner Deals!

Open Daily: 7am-9pm
info@viroquafood.coop

 
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Produce

VFC is committed to carrying at least 90% organic fresh produce, of the finest and freshest quality possible. Priorities in the selection of produce shall be as follows:

1. Local Certified Organic (seasonal)
2. Good quality Certified Organic from closest possible source
3. Local Non-certified Organic (seasonal)
4. “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM)
5. Local (non-organic)
6. Conventional on temporary basis and only when organic or quality organic is not available

Local Farmers

For more info about various seasonal produce, visit the following links:

Kiwifruit
Satsuma Mandarins!­
Winter Radishes
Fresh Cranberries!
Brussel Sprouts
Celeriac (celery root)
Local Sweet Potatoes
Spring Bulbs
Fresh Horseradish
Pears Heavenly Pears
Winter Squash
­Local Apples
Heirloom Fruits & Veggies
Cucumbers!