Open to General Public and WLFN Summit Attendees
Tour will start at 3 p.m. at the Vernon Economic Development Association’s Food Enterprise Center – 1201 North Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54665. Registration deadline is noon on Monday, January 9. Call after that to see if openings are still available. 262-488-4747.
The Food Enterprise is a unique blending of space as a LOCAL FOOD HUB. Tenants Leasing Production Space include:
- Artisan Deli Foods – produces white sauerkraut, artisandelifoods.com
- Community Hunger Solutions – local produce for meal sites and food pantries
- Driftless Co-Option – organic food-buying club – foodclub.org/driftless_cooption
- EZ Farming – aggregator for organic produce
- Fifth Season Cooperative – coordinates moving local food to institutional foodservice – http://www.fifthseasoncoop.com
- Kickapoo Coffee – coffee roaster – http://www.kickapoocoffee.com
- LuSa Organics – handmade bodycare products – http://www.lusaorganics.com
- Sole Expressions Dance Studio Co-op – dance classes – www.soleexpressions.org
Tenants Using Commercial Kitchens include:
- B&E’s Trees – bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup – http://www.bandestrees.com
- Fizzeology – raw fermented foods – http://www.fizzeology.com
- Nami Chips – dehydrated veggie chips- http://www.facebook.com/namichips
- Wisco Pop – all-natural craft-brewed soda – http://www.wiscopopsoda.com
You may have heard about Viroqua and the Vernon Economic Development Association’s Food Enterprise but this is your chance to experience it up close and personal!
This article about Vernon County and Viroqua is taken from a recent publication in Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and Wallace Center at Winrock International. Open to Summit Attendees and the general public is a chance to explore what everyone is talking about!
“Next to Wal-Mart on the edge of rural Viroqua, Wisconsin, a 100,000-square-foot abandoned industrial building is now bustling with new businesses and jobs from an unconventional source: The local food and farming sector.
It’s a turnaround for a small town that lost one of its largest employers and then bet on the growth of local food markets to enliven that vacant space and the area’s economy.” Read the full article at http://www.wallacecenter.org/…/food-business-centers-move-o…