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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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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!

Pears Local 3

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

  
  
Tomatillos 4

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.

Owner Discount Days 01

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

Plums American 01

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!)

Berries Aronia 01

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!

  
  
Peppers Mini Sweet 02

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

 
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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!