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Bike the Barns Driftless - June 29

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Have you noticed? Warmer weather is officially here. That means it’s time to start bicycling and eating fresh local food! On June 29, you can do both, while learning about local farms that supply produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), by riding in the 2nd Annual Bike the Barns Driftless!

Saving the world one drink at a time

Cold Press Coffee

It had been a hard winter for Chief Woksis and his tribe of Iroquois.  Spring came upon them with the smell of new life in the air and a fresh energy.  Chief Woksis threw his tomahawk at the closest tree with a hoot, he couldn’t believe the luck his hunting parties had this morning.  They had more meat than they had seen in months, there would be a feast!  As he pulled his tomahawk from the tree and walked away, his wife touched the thin sap that came out of the tree’s wound.  It was sweet! She quickly gathered enough of the liquid to boil her meat in that night, creating a maple aroma that permeated the camp.    When it came time to eat the sap had become thick syrup!  All of the water had boiled off during the day.  The Iroquois knew they had stumbled on to something monumental this day.
The Arabs had banned the sale of fertile coffee beans for over a hundred years before this day, but the Dutch trader Pieter van der Broecke had a plan.  It was 1616 and he was not going to deal with these Arab traders anymore, he had gotten his hands on some of the closely guarded coffee bushes from Mocha in Yemen.   He would get them to Amsterdam where they would thrive in the Botanical gardens there.  Within forty years the beans from these plants would start a thriving industry that spread to Sri Lanka, Java, and Suriname….and eventually these beans would make their way to Viroqua.
The sun was just beginning to rise when Steve finished milking the last of the 50 cows in his herd.  He was ready for the truck to come pick up the new batch of organic milk this morning; he was the first stop on this route.  He started back towards the house to get some breakfast before starting another day on the farm, his work was never done.
When you buy a Cold Press Maple Latte from the VFC Deli, or encourage some else to buy it, you aren’t just getting one of the most delicious drinks you’ve had in your life.  You are keeping your friends and neighbors in business.  You are telling the world you can make it happen in your own backyard.  You are keeping history alive.  This isn’t just a drink, this is a statement - loud and proud - shouted to the whole world.   When you buy this you are making Local, Fair Trade, and Organic a reality.
Don’t let the spirit of Chief Woksis down.
Waleed Mahmoud, Viroqua Food Co-op Deli Manager

Bike the Barns West - Sunday, June 30th 2013

Bike the Barns West

Do you enjoy riding your bicycle in the rolling hills of the Driftless? Do you love local food? Are you interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the local farms that supply produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op? If you answered yes to all those questions, do we have the event for you! 

Turkey Choices at Viroqua Food Co-op

turkeyThe holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to talk turkey! This year Viroqua Food Co-op is providing two options for your Thanksgiving Turkey.


1. Organic Turkeys from Lange  

We are once again working with our long time organic meat provider Rich Lange of Lange Farms from Platteville, WI. Lange Farm turkeys are 100% organic. This year we will have 42 organic turkeys available from Lange Farms and you must sign up and make a $20 nonrefundable deposit to reserve them. Sign-up sheets are now at the cashiers station. The size of the turkeys are first come, first served. Pick up begins Saturday November 17th through Wednesday November 21st.


2. Natural Turkeys from Ferndale

We are also carrying fresh and frozen Ferndale Market turkeys from Cannon Falls, MN (see article below). Ferndale turkeys are free-range and antibiotic free. Look for fresh Ferndale turkeys in the meat section by Nov. 17 - there is no need to pre-order.

To summarize, if you want a fresh, certified organic turkey you must order it and make a $20 deposit. If you plan to purchase a fresh Ferndale turkey, you do not need to pre-order, it is first come, first serve in the meat case.

We ordered a limited supply of frozen turkeys that are available November 10th. If you are planning a smaller gathering, try frozen bone-in turkey breast also available in our freezer section.

If you are looking for an alternative to turkey, we have frozen duck and can order a wide variety of seafood and different cuts of pork or beef. When special ordering meat or seafood, please make sure you give at least one week in advance.

 Jason Weihl, Meat Buyer

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VFC Myth Busters

VFC Myth Busters #1

You may have seen this large “mythbusters” sign in the front of the store. It reads, “Myth #1 - It’s too expensive to shop at Viroqua Food Co-op.”

Local Food Hub Attracts National Attention!

Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Executive Director Brad Pfaff, VFC GM Jan Rasikas, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and State Director USDA Rural Development Stan Gruszynski visit at the Viroqua Food Co-op.

by Bjorn Bergman, 

Promotions and Educational Coordinator

On Monday, April 2nd 2012, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and a number of individuals from USDA Rural Development and the Wisconsin Farm Services Agency visited Viroqua to learn about the developing local food economy in our region.

Making Your Own Herb Infused Oils +Soothing Personal Lip Balm Recipe!

jars of herbs

Mary Kehoe,

Herbs & Spices Buyer


Why Organic Seeds?

High Mowing Seeds

Arwyn Wildingway, 

Assistant Produce Manager

Spring circles around again, and as we have for thousands of years, we plant seeds of hope for our future. The seed is the beginning of the cycle and also the end. These days, as we vote with our dollars, we can choose to continue supporting the return to a clean planet by buying seed that was grown organically.

St. Brigid’s Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese at the VFC

St. Brigid's Meadows, 2010
Attention VFC Shoppers! Do I have exciting news for you! Starting tomorrow, we begin carrying St. Brigid's Meadows Organic Autumn White Cheddar Cheese in the store! Wahoo! I am pretty darn excited!

Oh, and I have news that is even more exciting. Kristen and Jason Blankenheim and Vince Hundt from St. Brigid’s Meadows will be at the VFC tomorrow (Friday, March 9th) from 2:30-5:30pm sampling their brand new cheese. We hope to see you there!

Meet Your Local CSA Farmers

Adam Varney of Small Family CSA Farm
Join us at the Co-op this Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm and meet your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farmers. Learn about their farms, ask questions and join a CSA for the first time!

The event will feature:

We hope to see you there!

About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between the CSA member and the farmer. Farm members buy a CSA share each spring. In return they receive a weekly box of produce directly from the the farm that is delivered to a dropsite near their home. Produce is delivered during the height of the growing season for 15-22 weeks. With each box of produce, members receive a newsletter of farm news, recipes and cooking tips. CSA represent a great way for citizens to support local agriculture, support sustainable family farms, know their farmer, and increase their consumption of nutritious locally produced fruits and vegetables.
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