This past weekend, Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, Wisconsin, hosted a P6 themed tailgate party to cheer on small, local, cooperative producers, and connect Viroqua shoppers directly to some of the friendly folks that produce their food. The tent was hopping all afternoon with community members interested in learning more about all the producers showcasing beef, beer, berries, fresh baked granola, and everything in between. Outreach Coordinator Bjorn Bergman spread the word in this video:
Here’s some info about the producers who were present:
Driftless Organics is a diverse, certified organic farm that specializes in producing high quality produce, sunflower oil and grass fed beef that they sell through food co-ops, their CSA program and at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. The farm is owned and operated by Josh and Noah Engel and Mike Lind outside of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.
Harmony Valley Farm is owned and operated by Richard de Wilde and Andrea Yoder in Newton Valley, located 15 miles west of Viroqua. They produce certified organic berries, vegetables and Black Angus beef that they sell through food co-ops, their CSA program and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.
Four Elements Herbals is owned and operated by Jane Hawley and David Steven on their 130-acre farm outside of Baraboo Bluffs, Wisconsin. They focus on producing certified organic herbal teas and a variety of herbal body care products.
Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, owned by T.J. and Denise Semanchin and Caleb Nichols, roasts a variety award winning fair trade and organic coffees in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
Monique’s Pie Crust specializes in ready to use pie crust made with all organic ingredients. Monique’s Pie Crusts are handmade locally in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.
Pearl Street Brewery is a locally owned and operated microbrewery in La Crosse, Wisconsin that specializes in producing a variety of delicious beers.
Pine Knob Farm is owned and operated by Bonnie Wideman and Craig Scott. They produce certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb on 160 acres of pasture in Crawford County, Wisconsin.
Potter’s Crackers produces a variety of certified organic artisan crackers (that go great with Wisconsin cheese!) using flour from Great River Milling and produce from a variety of local farms. The business is owned and operated by Mary Potter in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ridgeland Harvest Farm is a family farm owned and operated by Mat and Cate Eddy that specializes in producing a variety of certified organic vegetables for sale at local food cooperatives, through a CSA program and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.
Saboz Granola specializes in producing delicious fresh baked granola. The business is owned and run by Lisa Hynek on her farm outside of Hillsboro, Wisconsin.
Sno Pac Foods is a family owned and operated organic farm and processing plant in Caledonia, Minnesota. They offer frozen fruits and vegetables and are certified by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).
Sylvan Meadows Farm is owned and operated by Virginia Goeke. She makes soap by hand on her farm outside of Viroqua.
Westby Co-op Creamery is a farmer-owned cooperative located in Westby, Wisconsin. They specialize in making a variety of organic and rBST-free dairy products, including cheese curds, cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and butter.
Make sure to flip through the pictures from the day. We’re already looking forward to the 3rd Annual!