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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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Fresh & Local!Low Cal' Cauliflower, R&B Currants & Roasted SalsaVerde~

  
  
Cauliflower from Driftless Organics

Cauliflower from Driftless Organics

White & crunchy, yet tender & nutritious, it’s high in vitamin c & contains anti-inflammatory & cancer fighting agents. Cauliflower can be eaten raw with dips, in salads, as well as lightly steamed, sautéed, roasted or pureed. Local & low cal'! Try these 12 healthy & creative recipes that feature this wonderful vegetable:
dailyburn.com/creative-healthy-cauliflower-recipes/


Door County Cherries

DOOR COUNTY CHERRIES:
NOW IN STOCK!

Come & get 'em...

Currants from Harmony Valley Farm

Red & Black Currants from Harmony Valley Farm

These are high in vitamin C, calcium, dietary fiber, manganese, iron & potassium. Many people think of currants as mini dried raisins, when in fact we now have 80+ years of cookbooks telling us to put a half a cup of Zante Currants, or more commonly abbreviated as "currants," in our scones & soda bread when what they really mean are the special seedless mini-raisin made from black Corinthian Grapes. Culinary uses include: juice, jellies, jams, pies & sauces – or just try this memorable recipe for Low-Carb Panna Cotta with Black Currant Sauce by clicking here!

 

Sampling P6 Items

It's P6 Month in August...

MEET YOUR
P6 PRODUCER
& sample
their products
on the
following days:

Tomatillos from Harmony Valley Farm

Tomatillos from Harmony Valley Farm

These green members of the nightshade family are also known as husk tomatoes and are famous for their use in Central American green sauces, such as salsa verde. Usually a late summer item, take advantage of your chance to take in more vitamin c, potassium and fiber! Take your salsa verde to the next level by roasting everything before dippin' the chips... Click here for the 1-extra-step salsa recipe that will WOW all salsa lovers!

FRIDAY, 8/1/14:
Maple Lemonades
& Iced Maple Lattes
from Maple Valley Cooperative 


SATURDAY, 8/2/14:
All Varieties of
Fermented Products from
Fizzeology

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

 

Fresh & Local! Flowering Dill, Versatile Kohlrabi & Fresh Local Herbs

  
  
Flowering Dill Bunches from Keewaydin and Second Cloud on the Left

Flowering Dill Bunches from Keewaydin & Second Cloud on the Left

Just in time for makin' your pickled veggies, the flowering dill heads are ready to put into your canning jars for not only a spark of beauty, but a pop of dill flavor. The dill seeds are drying & getting ready to be saved & used for flavoring. Check out my "camping meal repeat list" tried-&-true recipe for grilled or campfire roasted chicken with herbs by clicking here: nourishedkitchen.com/campfire-roast-chicken-with-flowering-onion-and-dill/


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Kohlrabi from Harmony Valley Farm and Keewaydin Organics

Kohlrabi from Keewaydin Organics & Harmony Valley Farm

The taste & texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but are milder & sweeter with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp & juicy as an apple, although much less sweet. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw as well as cooked. A great summertime platter to pass around includes raw sliced kohlrabi, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips & radishes. Or click here to utilize our extremely versatile "Spicy Kohlrabi Salad" recipe!


VFC Survey-2014

VFC is conducting a short survey of our customers to help us identify the area from which we draw our shoppers. 

Fresh, Local Herbs

Fresh Local Herbs from Various Local Farmers

it is local herb season so don’t forget to check out the variety of fresh & local herbs we have available. Sadly, this past winter killed off most of our local farmers' rosemary & thyme. They are normally a very hardy perennial herb, but this past year's polar vortex really wreaked havoc on their survivability! Although, you can count on the following local herbs on a fairly regular basis throughout the summertime: applemint, lemon balm, oregano, spearmint, sage, dill, parsley, onion chives, garlic chives, basil & tarragon. If you don’t see your favorite fresh herb, please ask! If we do not currently have it, we may be able to special order it for you.

A VFC Staff Member & VFC Board Member will be on hand to ask 3 short questions after you have completed your shopping.
Your participation will greatly help us in planning our next big direction!

Thank you,
from all of us
at the VFC!

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

 

Fresh & Local! BeTTeR-THaN Tomatoes, Dilly Beans, & BLUE SUPER FOODS!

  
  
Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes from Deep Rooted & Second Cloud on the Left

Heirlooms, a.k.a. heritage tomatoes, are in – WooHoo! It's an open-pollinated, non-hybrid, heirloom cultivar of tomato. They're more readily available as of recent due to a variety of reasons, such as: historical interest, new access to wider plant varieties by people who wish to save seeds from year to year, as well as for their taste (which is widely perceived to be better than modern tomatoes... wouldn't you know it?!). They do have shorter shelf lives but are more disease resistant than most commercial tomatoes. The orange & yellow heirlooms are the "low acid" tomatoes that some enjoy when they can't eat normal red tomatoes, due to the high acid content. Come grab a few different ones to try since they offer distinctly different flavors amongst the varieties!


Driftless Music Festival 2014

FREE EVENT:
THIS SATURDAY
JULY 19
1pm-10pm

Great music, great food, in a great community...
Join us

Fresh Dill Bunches

Fresh Dill Leaf Bunches from
Harmony Valley Farm

As always, when the cucumbers come in, so does the Fresh Dill Leaf. How do you take YOUR Pickles? In bloody marys? In tuna salad? In batter and fried, next to your cheese curds? In case you don't have much time to divert from the usual menu, we found a great blog with a multitude of "Easy Side Dishes" so that you can find a quick and easy solution to utilize this delicious and fresh herb while in season – just click here!


Win this wagon in month of July!

WIN THIS WAGON
IN JULY!

Sign up in the store
& click here to see
page 3 for details!

Blueberries

Blueberries from The Berry Bucket

Yes, oh yes, yes, YES! The local blueberries have started rolling in from our friends at The Berry Bucket (Bill & Lori Olson). Fill your body with some blue goodness this summer... Pies, salad toppers, smoothies, or just plain out of the pint are some of my favorite ways to fulfill my "blue" consumption.   If you didn’t know already, blueberries are at the top of the "quantity of antioxidants" list. Click here to check out the many reasons why BLUEBERRIES ARE A SUPERFOOD!!!

 

Veriditas-20% Discount in July 2014

20% DISCOUNT
ALL JULY:
VERIDITAS

Buy any Veriditas Organic Hydrosols or Essential Oils in July & get 20% discount!

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

 

Fresh & Local! Mini-Veggie Trees, Cuke Boats & Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

  
  
Broccoli from Driftless Organics & Ridgeland Harvest

Broccoli from Driftless Organics & Ridgeland Harvest

This week broccoli is ON SALE! It’s a concentrated source of vitamins K, C, A & contains key antioxidants. It can lower cholesterol, is anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial & enhances detoxification, along with aiding in digestive & cardiovascular support… So- how is YouR next recipe going to include these mini-veggie trees of love & wellness? Hey- & don’t be afraid to use the stems, they are totally edible!
Click here if the thought of Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers excite you too!


Driftless Music Festival 2014

FREE EVENT:
JULY 19
1pm-10pm

Great communities
have great
music festivals...

& this is
one of 'em!!!

Cucumbers

Cucumbers from
Scenic Valley Farm

These high tunnel beauties crunch loudly in the mouth & provide coolness to the body. Cucumbers don't receive as much press in terms of health benefits, but this widely cultivated food provides us with a unique combination of phytonutrients. At the top of the list is cucurbitacins, lignans & flavonoids, which provide us with valuable antioxidant, antiinflammatory & anticancer benefits. You’ve had cukes in salads but have you tried them in gazpacho soup, as boats filled with smoked salmon or other dips, or in refreshing summer drinks? Click here to find some creative new recipes on how to utilize this amazing vegetable!

 

Win this wagon in month of July!

WIN THIS WAGON
IN JULY!

Sign up in the store
& click here to see
page 3 for details!

Zucchini Squash

Zucchini Squash from
Driftless Organics
& Harmony Valley Farm

Tender & new, the delicate flavor, soft shell & creamy white flesh of summer squash is a perfect addition to any summer meal. It's a very strong source of key antioxidant nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin. Since the skin of this food is particularly antioxidant-rich, it's worth leaving the skin intact & purchasing "organic" summer squash to help avoid potential unwanted contaminants.
Click here to make a Mexican Zucchini Cheese Soup in 25 minutes!
Here's the link for Gluten-free Grilled Zucchini Pizzas!
Even trick your kiddos into eating their veggies with this Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe!

 

Veriditas-20% Discount in July 2014

20% DISCOUNT
ALL JULY:
VERIDITAS

Buy any Veriditas Organic Hydrosols or Essential Oils in July & get 20% discount!

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

 

Fresh & Local!4th=Grab-n-go Salads, SugarSnapPeas, Butta' Braised Kolhrabi & Slicers

  
  

Housemade Dill Potato Salad

Less Cooking, more eating with help from our Grab-n-Go Deli Case! 

No matter how you are celebrating Independence Day this Friday, spend more time with friends & family & less time in the kitchen by picking up your readymade potato salad in 16oz or 32oz bulk containers from the deli. We will also have large to-go containers filled with strawberry rhubarb crisp, fudgy or even gluten-free brownies - anything that helps you get to your picnic parties instead of stuck in your kitchen cooking the whole day... Happy Birthday 'Merica!

 HAPPY 4th OF JULY
THIS FRIDAY!

 

 

VFC is OPEN

 REGULAR HOURS:

7/4/14

7am - 9pm 

Sugar Snap Peas from Driftless Organics & Harmony Valley Farm

Sugar Snap Peas from Driftless Organics & Harmony Valley Farm

Everyone’s favorite sweet treat to eat straight from the vine! Raw or lightly steamed, these crispy, crunchy, podded peas give you plenty of vitamin K, A, C, fiber, as well as iron & beta-carotene, with minimum calories. Here are 3 delectable ways to use them:
1-Snap Peas with Lemon & Mint; a quick, vibrant side dish!
2-Barley Salad with Green Garlic & Snap Peas; light, yet filling – & nutritious, too!
3-Pickled Sugar Snaps; sweet & crunchy with vinegar & garlic!

 

 

  

 

 

 

Deli Sandwich of the Month

Kohlrabi from Harmony Valley Farm

Kohlrabi from
Harmony Valley Farm

Kohlrabi is a nutrient-rich vegetable of Eastern European origin. In German it means "cabbage turnip" as it’s another member of the wide cancer fighting brassica family. In both green & purple, these firm bulbs can be eaten raw - in slices for dipping or shredded in slaws & salads, or grilled, sautéed, even stir-fried. Kohlrabi is high in vitamin C, potassium & fiber, so try something local, new & good for you today. Be sure to check out this recipe for Butta' Braised Kolhrabi by clicking here... MMMMM!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Kickapoo Coffee Cold Press Coffee, Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk, Cardamom & Cinnamon, Crushed Ice

Deli Sandwich of the Month

Slicer Tomatoes from Deep Rooted in Westby

Slicer Tomatoes from
Deep Rooted

Iowa is a great source for many of our tomatoes & is regional, but Deep Rooted is only 7 miles away from VFC! These vine ripened tomatoes are lovingly grown in high tunnels, & picked twice a week for us! You know what to do with a tomato: sandwiches, salads, bruschetta, salsa, grilling… Try this simple, but freestyle-able open faced grilled tomato & goat cheese sandwich by clicking here! 

Pork or Tofu Banh Mi

Marinated Pork Loin or Grilled Tofu, Asian-style Aioli, Pickled Carrot & Daikon, Fresh Cilantro & Basil, Jalapeño

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

 

Fresh & Local! Bacon-wrapped Garlic Scapes, Basil Juleps & PLANT CLOSE OUT SALE!

  
  

Bacon wrapped garlic scapes

GARLIC SCAPES from
Harmony Valley Farm 

This seasonal treat helps you AND the plant it’s taken from! Cutting the flower buds and stems from the garlic plant helps the bulbs get bigger, and the tasty stem delivers a mild garlic vegetable with which to cook. Just cut into bite sized pieces and add to your sauces, stir-fries and sautées, or keep them whole and grill them - or pickle 'em! Of course if you LOVE garlic you’ll want to make a pesto with it! OR EVEN BETTER, wrap 'em in BACON BACON BACON with this recipe (click here)!!!

 

THIS MONTH'S DELI SPECIALS: 

Deli Drink of the Month

Basil Juleps - SAVEUR

BASIL from
Harmony Valley Farm

Speaking of pesto, LOCAL basil has hit our shelves now that it’s officially summer! Rich in vitamin A, K and C, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. And this week it’s on sale for only 14.99/lb, which is $5 OFF PER POUND! So let's buy it (in bulk) and have enough to drink Basil Julep's (in moderation) with this recipe (click here)... after we make the pesto, of course!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Kickapoo Coffee Cold Press Coffee, Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk, Cardamom & Cinnamon, Crushed Ice

Deli Sandwich of the Month

30% OFF PLANT SALE

GREENHOUSE CLOSE OUT SALE!

Everything is now 30% OFF! If you have any holes in your garden, fill them with the last of our local starts.
Flowers, herbs and veggies are all still available! Don’t be afraid to try something new when its discounted so low!

Pork or Tofu Banh Mi

Marinated Pork Loin or Grilled Tofu, Asian-style Aioli, Pickled Carrot & Daikon, Fresh Cilantro & Basil, Jalapeño

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

 

Fresh & Local! Baby Bok Choy, Strawberries & Honeyberries

  
  

Baby Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy from
Harmony Valley Farm 

It’s first week on the scene and packed with juicy mild phytonutrients. As in other Brassica family vegetables, Bok Choy contains certain essential antioxidant plant chemicals. Along with dietary fiber and vitamins, these compounds help to protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers as well as help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" levels in the blood.
Try it roasted, steamed, stir-fried, or sautéed with garlic and your other favorite veggies!

DEADLINE!

Voting Deadline for 1% Wednesday Organizations

Click here for more information on our
1% Wednesday Program!

Local and Organic Strawberries

Strawberries from
Scenic Valley & Ridgeland Harvest

Following the June Strawberry Full Moon, our local berries are ripening! We currently carry quarts from Scenic Valley and Ridgeland Harvest. Pick some up from our produce section to be sure you have enough for your smoothies, daiquiris, creams, shortcakes, jams, jellies and sauces!  Your purchases of these P6 products supports the farmers who keep those little plants weeded and nourished all year!

Deli Drink of the Month

Cold Press Caramel Latte

Kickapoo Coffee Cold Press, Organic Valley Milk, Caramel Sauce & Crushed Ice

Honeyberries from The Berry Bucket

Honeyberries from
The Berry Bucket 

Get 'em before they're gone! Did you know that honeyberries are a member of the honeysuckle family that bloom early and bear fruit early… even before strawberries? They are dark blue, elongated, and seedless with a flavor reminiscent of blueberries. Try them fresh, with yogurt, in a smoothie or on your cereal!

Deli Sandwich of the Month

Kimchi Quesadilla

Kimchi, Shredded Cheddar & Mozzarella, on Stacy's Organic Tortilla

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

 

Fresh & Local!Mango Arugula Salads, Metal Detoxing w/Cilantro, SEEDLINGS!

  
  

Harmony Valley Farm Arugula

Arugula from Harmony Valley Farm 

ARUGULA hit the scene - and BAM - it's already on sale! Also known as ‘rocket’ or ‘roquette,” arugula originally comes from the Mediterranean region. It’s a spicy member of the brassica family and the leaves, flowers and seed pods are all edible! It's high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron and potassium. Eat it fresh or lightly wilted on pizza or pasta. Here’s a fabulous way to whip up an arugula salad with fresh mangos and a quick-to-whip-up fantastic dressing: laylita.com/mango-avocado-arugula-salad/

DEADLINE APPROACHES

Voting-1% Wednesday Recipients
Co-op Owners: please choose the organizations that will receive donations as part of our 1% Wednesday Program.

Cilantro

Cilantro from Harmony Valley Farm

One of those love-it-or-leave-it flavors,
cilantro touts many health benefits including heavy metal detoxing, antioxidant properties, blood sugar lowering abilities… Look here for more info: globalhealingcenter.com/health-benefits-of-cilantro/
Used widely in Mexican food and salsas, as well as in Indian chutneys and Asian cuisines, try it in one of these 22 recipes today: huffingtonpost.com/cilantro-recipes/

Deli Drink of the Month

Cold Press Caramel Latte

Kickapoo Coffee Cold Press, Organic Valley Milk, Caramel Syrup & Crushed Ice

Seedlings Time!

Annual Vegetable Seedlings 

We still have a fine selection of plants for your garden for all you who haven’t gotten everything in yet. Tomatoes of the slicer, paste, cherry, heirloom and hybrid varieties are still available, as well as peppers of many colors and shapes and heat indexes too! Sweet potatoes, kale, celery, squash, melons… sounds like a meal waiting to happen!

Deli Sandwich of the Month

Kimchi Quesadilla

Kimchi, Shredded Cheddar & Mozzarella, on Stacy's Organic Tortilla

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

 

Fresh&Local! Brocc' Rabe in da House, Salad Season & Baby Whites!

  
  

Broccoli Rabe from Harmony Valley Farm

Broccoli Rabe from Harmony Valley Farm 

It's true: BROCCOLI RABE IS in the house! Also known as RAPINI, the green cruciferous vegetable touts its edible parts as the leaves, buds and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. It is known for its slightly bitter taste, and is particularly associated with Italian, Galician, and Portuguese cuisines. It’s high in vitamins A and C, and we recommend trying this easy recipe as a way to taste this old world veggie! www.cleancuisineandmore.com/how-to-cook-broccoli-rabe-perfectly-italian-style/

DEADLINE APPROACHES

Voting-1% Wednesday Recipients
Co-op Owners: please choose the organizations that will receive donations as part of our 1% Wednesday Program.

Harmony Valley Farm Salad Mix

Salad Mix from Harmony Valley Farm

SALAD SEASON IS ON! The warmth of summer requires us to eat lighter meals, and salads are a lovely way to stay cool and enjoy many flavors and nutrients.
Harmony Valley’s salad mix incorporates seasonal varieties of baby lettuces, arugula, mizuna, tat soi, red mustard, amaranth, cress, chard, spinach, and even some edible flowers. What a treat… all in one bag!

Deli Drink of the Month

Cold Press Caramel Latte

Kickapoo Coffee Cold Press, Organic Valley Milk, Caramel Syrup & Crushed Ice

Green Top White Radishes from Harmony Valley Farm

White Green Top Baby Turnips from 
Harmony Valley Farm 

Otherwise known as Baby Whites, we affectionately call on these sweet salad turnips to spice up a salad in both flavor and vibrancy.
Steam the greens for one dish and slice the roots for a second: BOOM, a 2-fer-1 deal!
And if you find you love them as much as we do, plant yourself a fall crop… We still have the seed in the P6 Fedco white packets (just look for the oasis variety)!

Deli Sandwich of the Month

Kimchi Quesadilla

Kimchi, Shredded Cheddar & Mozzarella, on Stacy's Organic Tortilla

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

 

Fresh & Local! Baby Garlic, Juicing Chard, Scallion Sale & MORE!

  
  

Green Garlic

Green Garlic from
Harmony Valley Farm 

Don’t miss your opportunity to try these baby garlic plants out. They are harvested before the cloves have matured and resemble scallions with deep green stalks and a pale white end. It can be found at the farmers markets, as well as your local food cooperatives in the spring (or LATE spring as we have seen this year). The flavor of green garlic is still garlicky but is more mild with less of a bite. When cooked, the garlic sweetens. The whole plant, including the green leaves, can be used (tip to toe) – just trim above the roots. It can be used raw or cooked and can be a cured garlic replacement in seasonal recipes.

DEADLINE APPROACHES

Voting-1% Wednesday Recipients
Those of you Co-op Owners: please choose the organizations that will receive donations as part of our 1% Wednesday Program. Look for your ballot in the mail soon!

Chard

Chard from
Ridgeland Harvest

We have Red Swiss Chard and Green Chard from our local P6 Producers. Chard is considered to be one of the most healthy vegetables available, making it a popular addition to nutritional diets and juicing blends. Check out all the different ways you too can incorporate chard into your juicing regime here: www.greenjuiceaday.com

Last of the Ramps!

Ramps

For those of you Ramp or Pesto lovers, come and get them while you still can.
One last hoorah for the Ramps...

Scallion Sale

Scallions from
Hidden Acres 

We have so many local scallions in so we are running a SALE this week. Come and check out the great deal on these bunches thru 6/3/14! Scallions have so many uses but why not try this recipe for grilled scallions paired with a Amber Barley BEERISOTTO with Grilled Scallions by clicking here! Use the whole scallion (from tip to toe), just trim off the bottom root and the very tip of the greens.

Last of Asparagus Crowns & Seed Potatoes!

Seed Potatoes

Seize this sale
or BUST!
We're on our last leg of these garden goodies and they are priced to sell
PRONTO!

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!