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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!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

 

Fresh & Local! Stuffed Mini's, Saladized Potatoes & Punk-Spiked Peaches!

  
  
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Mini Peppers from Driftless Organics

Multi colored, sweet & tasty with few seeds. Perfect for grilling and kabobbing - and don't forget how easy it is to whip something up to stuff 'em with after they come off the grill! Click here to find an endless amount of recipe ideas based on simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Drink of the Month

This September:
Roasted Limeade (with Roasted Limes, Sugar & Water!)

Multi-colored potatoes

New Potatoes from Various Local Farms

We've got yellow potatoes from Dave Miles and Hidden Acres. Red Norlands come from Knapp Creek and Blue potatoes from Sunshine Farm. Grill 'em, roast 'em, saladize 'em or fry 'em… whichever way you eat 'em – enjoy the fresh nutrition! Speaking of, did you know potatoes have about 620mg of potassium? (That's more than a banana!) Also, a 6oz potato contains 2 grams of highly digestible protein (almost as much as half a glass of milk)!

Sampling P6 Items

It's P6 Month in August...

Sample from your
P6 PRODUCER
on the
following days:

Peaches - Regional

Regional Peaches from Partners Farm

The Door County peach season has begun! Did you know that we offer case discounts for VFC Owners? That means you can get a 25lb box for $89.99 (that’s a $10 discount)! Peaches have anti-aging properties, increase immunity, help remove toxins from the body, & is rich in fiber, vitamins A, B, C & E. Check out PUNK DOMESTICS and the fun ways in which they spike the peaches that they put up in these recipes by clicking here!

FRIDAY, 8/29/14
3-6pm:

Sylvan Meadows Farm; Sampling Pears and Soaps 

SATURDAY, 8/9/14
11am-2pm:

Lynn Kronschnabel; Sampling Del Sol Fair Trade & Organic Chocolate Bars

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

 

Fresh & Local!Party in the Parking Lot (TOMORROW) Cantaloupe CRaZiNESS, 119 Ways to do Watermelon, Cover Crops

  
  
Cantaloupe Shakes

Cantaloupe from Harmony Valley Farm

A tasty source of vitamin A and fiber, with only a 12 mile footprint! Don't just look for your melon baller in the drawer- get CRaZY with your cantaloupe and put it in the blender with coconut milk, vanilla ice cream or yogurt- or even click here for a recipe to make a heavenly cantaloupe daiquiri!

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

FREE P6 PARTY
THIS FRIDAY!
8/22/14
4:30pm-8:00pm 

Buckwheat cover crop

Cover Crop Seeds from Cashton Farm Supply

Nows the time for planting your fall garden. If you have bare space you want to prep for next year choose from Winter Rye, which will grow, then stop for winter, then regrow in the spring. Let it grow until 3 weeks before you plant tomatoes, then till it in to soil. OR: plant buckwheat or oat/pea blend – both of which will grow in the fall then get killed in the winter and in return will leave a nice mulch in the springtime!

You are invited
to VFC's

P6 Parking Lot Square Dance
& Grill Out!

Square dance brought to you by Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers w/Caller Jesse Downs.
P6 Food from
our patio grill!

Watermelon

Watermelon from Harmony Valley Farm

Red & Yellow...
Summer Sweetness....
Here for how long???
Enjoy it now!
...& we thought watermelon was meant to be eaten by itself. Click here to find 119 ways in which we are wrong about that!

 P6 Organic Bratwurst $4
P6 Organic Italian Sausage w/Red Peppers & Marinara 4
P6 Organic Prairie Hot Dogs $3
P6 WiscoPop
Ginger Brew
or Root Beer $2
P6 Salads $2


info@viroquafood.coop

 

Fresh & Local! Door County Cherries, Swoon for Cherry Tomatoes & Banana Peppers!

  
  
Door County Cherries

Door County Cherries from Partners Farm

Sweet ones for eating, tart ones for pies, jams & sauces. Enjoy them while they're in season because they're season is almost finished. So good for your heart & blood, they're proven to be anti-inflammatory agents as well as help you sleep at night! As a weight-loss idea, click here for a cherry chicken teriyaki lettuce wrap recipe!
If you are looking to GAIN a little weight, click here for a chocolate covered cherry cake recipe from "Fat & Happy" Blog!

Bulk Local Carrots

LOCAL CARROTS
NOW IN STOCK!


CLICK HERE
for Bjorn Bergman's recipe for quite possibly the most delicious alternative to a regular coleslaw salad ever created! 

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes from Deep Rooted & Various Local Farms

Tasty & colorful, sunny & cheery, these mini tomatoes add flavor to many a dish. Of course raw in salads, but also yummy thrown into pasta dishes, rice or other grains, or roasted with veggies! All tomatoes offer great antioxidants like lycopene & are linked to heart health. If you "somewhat like" cherry tomatoes, click here for a recipe that will make you fall head over heals for them!!!

Sampling P6 Items

It's P6 Month in August...
MEET YOUR
P6 PRODUCER
& sample
their products
on the
following days:

Banana Peppers

Banana Peppers from Driftless Organics

Are they sweet or are they hot? Depends on your tolerance, but we say both! They ARE a good source of fiber, beta-carotene & vitamins A & C. Add these local lovelies to your salsas, stir fries, sautées & sauces today. They’re ripe and ready!

FRIDAY, 8/8/14
3-6pm:

Organic Valley Fuel & Balance Drinks
+Equal Exchange Chocolate Bars

SATURDAY, 8/9/14
11am-2pm:

Monique's Crusts
& Pastries
+ Local Cheeses

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

 

Fresh & Local! Bean Bio's, LOCAL CARROTS & Peaches'n'Cream Corn!

  
  
Green Beans

Green Beans from Various Local Farms

Early crop started a couple weeks ago & supplies are now steady. Let's give thanks to those pickers! The crispy health sticks give us lots of silica, flavonoids & carotenoids. Although the following site is information heavy, we love it for its abundance of information regarding the health benefits of our favorite foods. Check out the bean's bio. by clicking here!

Herbs, Fresh & Local Sage

Fresh Herbs
NOW IN STOCK:
Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, & more!

Carrots

Carrots from Driftless Organics

They are finally back on the scene! With green tops attached, you know they're fresh & local. Speaking of, you CAN use the tops in soups & stocks. We’re also switching over to local bulk carrots! Eat them raw or steamed, straight up or sliced, sautéed or shredded– but EAT THEM because a new study from the Netherlands shows carrots have a significant effect in reducing cardiovascular disease! Again, click here for our adored website to find more interesting facts about how amazing carrots truly are!

Sampling P6 Items

It's P6 Month in August...

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

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn from Lange Farm

Local we’re talking, & certified organic– no less! "Peaches & Cream" is a popular bi-color variety your whole family will love! Enjoy this seasonal treat while we have this wonderful supply!

FRIDAY, 8/8/14
3-6pm:

Apple Quinoa Salad
& Broccoli Cashew Salad from VFC Deli


SATURDAY, 8/9/14
11am-2pm:

Kickapoo Coffee &
Steve's Ice Cream

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

 

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/


VFC is Hiring!


Click here to be taken to VFC's Employment Page !

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

 
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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!