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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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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
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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!

Turkey Roasted 01RESERVE AN ORGANIC TURKEY!

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!

Turkey Roasted 01Time to Talk Turkey!

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

Daggar Cupcakes

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

 

Fresh & Local! Going Bananas for Apples, Seed Garlic & Napa Cabbage!

  
  
Apples

Local Apples from Two Brothers Orchard, Tippy Top & Hoch Orchard

Turns out the early varieties are 2 weeks later this year & the late varieties are 2 weeks early – & they overlap in the middle... We've got Cortland, Macintosh, JonaGoReds, Fameuse, Priscilla & others arriving soon! Taste each separately or blend together for richer deeper flavors of pie, crisp or apple sauce! Our produce staff is happy to tip you off as to which apple is right for the job!

ATTENTION 
VFC OWNERS:
LAST WEEK TO VOTE on VFC Bylaws & Board Candidates

Vote in our store or via mail by OCT. 9th

Annual Owners Mtg.
OCT. 9th, 5:30-8pm

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! 

Garlic Seed

Seed Garlic from Thimmesch Farm & Jude's Acres

We are starting with 4 varieties but have limited supply so please plan to shop soon if you need some of the finest garlic to plant for next year. And while you're planting bulbs, check out our other choices which include mixed yellow daffodils, iris reticulata (first to bloom in spring) & saffron crocus (which bloom in the fall). AND we still have compost for enriching your bulbs & beds for next year!

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!

Napa Cabbage

Napa Cabbage from Harmony Valley Farm

What’s white & green & tenderly crispy all over? What makes an Asian dish delightful? What’s the best for kimchi making? You got it: fresh & local Napa Cabbage, here & now!

Owner Deals!

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

 

Fresh & Local!Juicy Jam Slam, Versatile Turnips & 3 Local Pear Types!

  
  
Cinderella Plums

Cinderella Plums from Partner Farms

These little regional plums look like mauve easter eggs... And taste like a Juicy Jam Slam! Plums give lots of fiver, iron & vitamin C to your body – when you eat them, eh!

VFC Owners:
Don't forget to VOTE!

In-store Voting Now – Oct. 9
VFC Board of Directors & Bylaws

Page 8 for details!

Scarlet Turnip Salad

Scarlet Turnips from Ridgeland Harvest

A colorful member of the Brassica family, as well as high in vitamin C– which is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant required by the body for synthesis of collagen (love me some collagen)! It also helps the body scavenge harmful free radicals, prevents from cancers, inflammation & helps boost immunity! Eat them raw as dipper sticks, grated in salads, sliced & fermented, steamed, sautéed, or roasted with other warming roots! Click here for the amazingly easy Turnip Salad recipe in the photo!

Deli Sandwich of the Month
Bombay Vegetable Sandwich!

Housemade Mint/Cilantro Chutney + Garam Masala Spice Blend on Potatoes, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Onions & Cucumbers - Smothered w/Local Mozzarella...
This month only!

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Three Types of Pears from Sylvan Meadows

Luscious pears are juicy & sweet with texture close to a Bosc.
Southworth pears are similar to a Bartlett, & looks similar too.
Waterville pears have the same regional growth hardiness.
See if you can taste the difference between them! Of course, eat them raw out of hand, crispy firm or when the stem area is slightly soft, but also try them as a dessert… Roasted with honey or maple syrup & rosemary or ginger, or in a tart or cake! As Eliza from the Produce Department says "Local pears sure don't hold up in the 'looks department,' but they make for delicious eating!"

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!

Owner Deals! 9-17

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

 

Fresh & Local!Peach Case Discounts, Rapini Recipe of Love & Blow-Your-Mind-Bombay Vegetable Sandwich of the Month!

  
  
Peaches - Regional

Michigan Peaches from Partners Farm

Summer sweetness to can or freeze. These are a delicious source of vitamins A & C and beta carotene, along with many vital minerals – such as potassium, fluoride & iron!
VFC Owners: click here to see how you can take advantage of the case discount (~$10 off)!!!

Wellness Wednesday
is next Wednesday!

9/17/14
7am-9pm

10% off
all supplements, homeopathic & herbal formulas
PLUS
10% off 
Garlic
by the pound! 

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Broccoli Raab from Harmony Valley Farm

This form of broccoli comes by a few names: Broccoli Raab or Rabe, Broccoletti di Rape, Italian Broccoli or Rapini - all of which are the same thing. The edible parts are the leaves, buds & stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli but don't form a large head. Click here to find a fabulous recipe to combine it with sausage & crispy garlic crumbs so that you too can enjoy this wonderful vegetable,full of its compounds that fight against multiple cancers!

Deli Sandwich of the Month
Bombay Vegetable Sandwich!

Housemade Mint/Cilantro Chutney + Garam Masala Spice Blend on Potatoes, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Onions & Cucumbers - Smothered w/Local Mozzarella...
This month only!

Watermelon from Various Local Farms

Watermelon from Various Local Farms

A late summer/early autumn local treat, watermelons store well & also deliver more than just watery sweetness! They lead the produce world in lycopene content, has excellent levels of vitamins A & C, & a good level of vitamin B6 & potassium, too! AND- we went ahead and put it on sale for only 69¢/lb! Enjoy this fruity dessert while it lasts! 

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!

Owner Deals

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

 

Fresh & Local!Biggest Tomatillos, American Plums & Chokeberry's Cousin

  
  
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Tomatillos from Harmony Valley Farm

Have you seen the size of these babies? They may be the biggest ones you’ve ever seen! So that means more for fresh-juicy-salsa-verde-making! Rich in vitamin C, fiber & niacin - but low in calories. Enjoy the green taste of summer.

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Owner Discount Days are happening NOW!
(Sept. 4-7) 

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American Plums from Slattery Farm

Here are a few quick serving ideas for these native yellow plums: 
-Make pizza with a twist by broiling sliced plums, goat cheese, walnuts & sage on top of a whole wheat pita bread or pizza crust.
-For a delightful dessert, poach plums in a red wine & serve with lemon zest.
-Bake pitted plum halves in a 200°F(93°C) oven until they are wrinkled. Then mix them into a rye bread recipe for a scrumptiously sweet & hearty bread.
-Blend stewed plums & combine with yogurt & honey for wonderful cold soup.
-Add plum slices to cold cereal.

VFC Owners,
be sure to pick up your

CANNING
SUPPLIES

@ 10% off
now through Sunday!

(Includes: all jars, jar supplies, canning tools, recipe books, all fresh herbs and all dried herbs & spices!)

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Aronia Berries from Hoch Orchard

These dark fruits are related to chokeberries & have made the news recently for their very high levels of several antioxidants. When eaten regularly they can: reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, inflammation, reduce the chance of a heart attack & recovery time following a heart attack, encourages weight loss, reduce eye inflammation, minimize muscle recovery time after workouts, regulate blood sugar levels, reduce the chance of developing cancer... Try them in smoothies, syrups, pies, cookies & bars & click here to check out 6 great recipes!

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!

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!