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Local Profile: Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

    

Founded in 2005, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is a local coffee company based in Viroqua, WI. For over a decade, they’ve been working closely with coffee farmers dedicated to growing high quality beans and paying their workers fair compensation. To ensure fair wages and market prices, Kickapoo Coffee provides farmers a minimum price for their harvests, guaranteeing labor and production costs are fully covered while creating a more equitable and sustainable coffee supply chain. This farmer focused sourcing model has forged trusted, longstanding partnerships between Kickapoo Coffee and the small scale farmers who supply their beans.

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Hoppin’ John for Good Luck in the New Year

New Year’s Day in South America is celebrated by many families with Hoppin’ John, a stew made with black eyed peas. Some people add a penny or other small trinket to the beans when serving them. Whoever finds it is promised especially good luck in the New Year. Many recipes can be found for Hoppin’ John as there are many cooks who make it; use this one as a foundation for creating your own version.

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Heart-winning Valentine’s Day Treats

It’s hard to refuse something that someone has poured their love into. These heart-winning Valentine’s Day treats are sure to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones.  Read more …

A heart-healthy meal for Heart Month

According to the American Heart Association, “a healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease.” We’ve put together this meal idea in honor of National Heart Month.  Read more …

Touchdown treats

Once the nacho plate is gone and the chili bowls are empty, these sweet treats will taste like a touchdown after a long drive down the field. Read more …

A versatile holiday cookie dough + recipes

Everyone loves holiday cookies, though few people have the time to make several varieties. But here is a master dough recipe that you can easily vary to make cookies with three distinctive flavors and appearances. Read more …

Using peak produce for Thanksgiving

Whether you’re looking to make a side dish or dessert to accenturate your Thanksgiving spread, these two recipes take advantage of the season’s peak produce. Read more …

Expanding culinary horizons with Whole30

One of the my favorite parts of our Whole30 journey is exchanging delicious new recipes with one another. Sharing a meal with friends at work is such a good way to try new tastes (and combine cooking responsibilities!) Read more …

Big on bulk

Buying in bulk doesn’t mean dealing with large quantities. At the co-op, we’re big on bulk because buying in bulk means buying products with minimal or no packaging.

The best part is that it’s easier on the earth and your pocketbook.  Read more …

A condiment that brings the heat – Giardiniera

Okay, I won’t lie, in my house, we’re a little less than patient for spring to really be here.  Thinking about warm weather makes me think of grilling, which in turn makes me think about condiments.  About a year ago, I discovered my new favorite: giardinieraRead more …