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"Wisconsin Vote: On the Road" with Joy Cardin

From: October 28, 2016 at 6:00am to: 9:00am

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

With: Joy Cardin

"Wisconsin Vote: On the Road" Features Live Broadcasts, Reporter Forums

Mark your calendars for a morning of great food and discussion with "The Joy Cardin Show".

From 6 am to 9 am, "The Joy Cardin Show"  will be broadcasting live at Hackberry’s Bistro above the People’s Food Co-op -- Joy's guests in La Crosse will include Brent Hanifl (marketing director at the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau); Hope Kirwan (WPR’s reporter in La Crosse); Joe Heim (professor emeritus of political science at UW-La Crosse); and then the 'Week in Review' with  Sue Lynch (member of the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women) and Vicki Burke (chair of the La Crosse County Democratic Party).

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$5 Dinner—La Crosse

From: January 9, 2019 at 4:00pm to: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 7:00pm

Location: People's Food Co-op - La Crosse

Join us for a weekly community meal from 4 to 7 p.m.! We'll be serving up a Co-op's Own freshly made entree and house-made side - for just $5!

MENU

5/22 - Co-op's Own™ pasta Quattro fromage with tart and tangy beans

5/29 - Co-op's Own™ spaghetti with marinara, steamed veggies, and garlic bread.

6/5 - Co-op's Own™ TVP mushroom tacos and all the fixings with Mexican corn.

6/12 - Co-op's Own™ cajun beans and rice with gluten free

corn bread muffins.

6/19 - Co-op's Own™ pasta Quattro fromage with tart and tangy beans

6/26 - Co-op's Own™ spaghetti with marinara, steamed veggies, and garlic bread.

7/3 - Co-op's Own™ TVP mushroom tacos and all the fixings with Mexican corn.

7/10 - Co-op's Own™ cajun beans and rice with gluten free

corn bread muffins.

Cost: $5

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$5 Dinner—Rochester

From: January 9, 2019 at 4:00pm to: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 7:00pm

Location: People's Food Co-op - Rochester

Join us for a weekly community meal from 4 to 7 p.m.! We'll be serving up a Co-op's Own freshly made entree and house-made side - for just $5!

MENU

7/31 – Co-op's Own™ BBQ chicken with tart & tangy black beans and steamed corn.

8/7 – Broccoli Tempeh Szechuan with Brown Jasmine Rice

8/14 – Grass Fed Beef Sloppy Joe on a bun with chips and a pickle

8/21 – Spaghetti with Vegan Marinara with a Spring Mix salad with Balsamic Onion Vinaigrette

Cost: $5

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1-2-3easy: Local, Organic and Fair Trade

From: April 16, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Jen McCoy

Learn how to prepare recipes that are not only delicious, but also incorporate foods that are locally sourced, good for the environment, and fair to the hardworking farmers who grow them.

Seats limited, registration required! Register at customer service in the store or call 608-784-5798.

Cost: Free

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2019 Co-op Farm Tour

From: July 13, 2019 at 10:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Minnesota and Wisconsin (map)

Experience your food in a new way: directly from the source. The Co-op Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the farms in your area, to connect with the families that bring fresh food to your table, and to inspire one another to support our local, sustainable food system. On July 13th over 25 local farms will open their gates and barn doors to the public to share in this experience with you. The tour is a self-guided event and free for anyone to attend. This year you’ll find live music, hayrides, food trucks, yoga in the field, craft beer, blueberry picking contests, disc golf, and more. Each farm offers unique activities and experiences - exploring this website and the tour guide will help you get the most of your day.

https://www.coopfarmtour.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/417541172320659/

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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25th anniversary potluck celebration—La Crosse

From: March 1, 2018 at 5:00pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

All member/owners:

Twenty-five years ago People’s Food Co-op made the big move from Adams Street to its current downtown location.

In celebration of this event, member/owners of PFC are invited to a potluck at Hackberry’s Bistro, so dust off your co-op cookbooks and prepare your casserole dishes. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy an evening of good conversation and connections.

PFC will provide table setting, coffee, and a cash bar.

Cost: Please visit www.pfcpotluck25.eventbrite.com to RSVP.

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4th Annual Bike Swap—Rochester

From: May 13, 2017 at 10:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Parking Lot

Bring your bike or come ready to buy.

The Bike swap benefits Pata de Perro, a local youth earn a bike program. Donations accepted and requested for those planning to sell.

Interested in a previously owned bike? Have a bike to sell? Join us for the 4th Annual Bike Swap at Rochester People’s Food Co-op!

BUY:
• Used bicycles for adults and children
• Used bicycle gear

Refurbished bicycles from Rochester Community Bike Club (Pata de Perro)

SELL:
For a donations of $10 you can sell your used bikes and bike gear. Items not sold should be picked up by 2:00, or they will be donated. Seller determines price.
All funds raised will support local efforts to make Rochester a more bicycle-friendly community. The event takes place in the co-op parking lot.

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A Discussion-Fair Trade Influence & Development

From: May 9, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester

With: Theojary Crisantes, President of Wholesum Harvest Farms

Theojary Crisantes, President of Fair Trade Certified WHOLESUM HARVEST FARMS, will be at People's Food Co-op to discuss the beneficial impact fair trade has on families in developing countries.


when: 12:00 to 1:00 pm • Friday, May 9th

World Fair Trade Day is officially May 10th. This year’s theme is World Fair Trade People. This theme celebrates the people behind fair trade—both producers and consumers. The Peoples Food Co-op is excited to bring the two together a day early by welcoming special guest Theojary Crisantes, President of Wholesum Harvest Family Farms. Located in Sinola, Mexico, Wholesum Harvest has organic and fair trade certified farms and greenhouses throughout various regions of Mexico. Together, with over 430 workers, Mr Crisantes and his family identified a variety of healthcare and educational needs in their respective communities. Through their fair trade premiums for community development, many needs have been addressed, but so much more can be done. Mr. Crisantes will discuss the real impact that consumers in our community have on family and children in his, and how we can be advocates simply by making responsible choices at the checkout lane.

http://www.wholesumharvest.com/

Cost: free

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A Gluten-free Diet

From: February 6, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Virginia Horth

What’s all the Fuss? Reasons for a Gluten-Free Diet: Understanding Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and Wheat Allergy.

In this class Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Virginia Horth will describe the differences and similarities of these conditions, how each is defined, and the symptoms one might experience. Key diagnostic features, treatment, and resources will be addressed as well.

Note this is an informational class, not a cooking class. The instructor may present particular products and foods, but will not be cooking with them.

Cost: $5 Members/$10 Nonmembers

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A Litter Bit Better-Rochester

From: April 25, 2015 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community

Help make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!


Bring your friends and family to collect litter in the neighborhood and along the Zumbro River.


Who: Anyone who wants to remove trash from our neighborhood.
Where/When: Meet at People's Food Co-op Rochester Dining Room, 10:00 a.m. April 25.
How: Dress for the weather, in clothes that can get dirty. Sturdy shoes and gloves are recommended. We provide the trash bags.
We'll provide coffee and hot tea to get us started. Collection will last for two hours. (Collection finishes at 12:30)
When we're done, the group is invited back to the co-op for a snack and beverages.

Cancelled in case of rain or snow.

Interested? Sign up at the Rochester service counter.

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A Taste of African Heritage

From: September 14, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Community Room—Rochester

With: Lindsay Andrews

A six week course meeting Sundays beginning September 14 • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dates for the class are: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9 and 11/23.


People’s Food Co-op is pleased to announce its collaboration with an exciting program coming to Rochester this month called A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH). This is a six-week cooking class series that teaches participants how to prepare delicious, affordable, plant-based, whole food meals through the lenses of African descendant history and cultural heritage. The program shines a light on the healthy “old ways” of African American ancestors (from Africa to Haiti to South Carolina), celebrating and reviving this sustainable, nutritious culinary legacy that has the power to simplify and culturally connect nutrition—bringing it to life—and improve health today. Registered Dietitian Lindsay Andrews will be the instructor. The two-hour classes will be Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the community room.

Class one begins September 14, during which materials will be passed out. Please contact Lindsay at LAinmoderation@gmail.com or 913.522.9741 to sign up!
 

Cost: Free

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A to Z Wines—Rochester

From: October 12, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: MMP community room—above PFC

With: Mark Weimer

Mark Weimer will be joining People’s Food Co-op to pour A to Z Wines, a B-Corp winery from Oregon with emphasis on biodynamic processes. A to Z is committed to offering quality wines at a fair value without compromising their commitment to sustainability.

This event is a must for wine lovers! Must be 21 to attend.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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A tour of Italian wines—La Crosse

From: March 14, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Our next class will take you on a full tour of the Italian “boot” plus venture out to the two islands. Explore some of the jewels of the Mediterranean with wines that have been enjoyed for centuries. As with every wine class, delicious and complimentary appetizers will be served. Must be 21 to take this class. 

Cost: $25 members; $35 nonmembers.

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Acrylic painting class – La Crosse

From: June 21, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Keni Hanson

We usually see Keni in PFC’s deli, but she’s also an artist and teacher! Come and explore the magic of acrylic painting by experiencing a fun, easy, and hands-on painting class. Advanced or beginner artists are welcome. Supplies and snacks are included. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Acrylic Painting Class—La Crosse

From: April 20, 2016 at 9:33am

With: Keni Hanson


We usually see Keni in PFC’s deli, but she’s also an artist and teacher! Come and explore the magic of acrylic painting by experiencing a fun, easy, and hands-on painting class. Advanced or beginner artists are welcome. Supplies and snacks are included. 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Acure Organics Demo in Wellness

From: November 22, 2013 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Acure Organics will be in the Wellness Department in Rochester to sample their products.

Acure Organics uses only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. They travel the globe to find the highest quality ingredients to formulate their products. Each ingredient is selected with great care to ensure a sustainable and eco-friendly supply chain.

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Advanced scientific aromatherapy: “beyond the basics”—La Crosse

From: June 26, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Terra Johnson

Join us for a fun, educational, and deeper dive into scientific aromatherapy and its many benefits for a mindful approach to health and wellness with Terra Johnson, national educator for Pranoram, USA. We’ll navigate through safety information and show you how to incorporate certified organic essential oils into your daily wellness routine. Learn best practices for you and your family while sampling wellness blends for organic skincare, immune health, topical relief, first aid, stress, pain relief, and more. 

Cost: $5.00 members; $10.00 nonmembers (Pranarom provides supplies).

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All about Bees-La Crosse

From: January 22, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

With: Bob Hoffman and Oscar Carlson

All about bees

The hard-working honey bee is an important player in our food system. In this presentation local beekeeper Bob Hoffman will describe the bee life cycle, how pollination works, how bees create their hive environment, and how a beekeeper facilitates hive life and harvests honey. Co-presenter Oscar Carlson will guide us through a honey taste-test comparison. Sweet!


Cost: Free for members; $5.00 for nonmembers. Proceeds will be donated to the La Crosse Area Beekeepers Association

Cost: Free for Co-op members, $5 for nonmembers

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All things Italian! A wine-and-food pairing class in Hackberry’s Bistro! La Crosse

From: February 14, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro—above the co-op

With: Todd, Liz, and the wine class crew!


Join Todd Wohlert, our wine guru, as he describes and pours a sampling of Italian wines paired with the luscious Italian foods from Hackberry’s kitchen! Liz Lesser, Hackberry’s chef, will dish up butternut squash and bleu cheese ravioli with sage béchamel sauce, Tuscan caciucco, four-cheese manicotti, and classic vanilla bean cannoli. As for the amore … that’s up to you! All are welcome: singles and couples, but you must be 21!

Class is limited to 20 people. Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $25 members; $35 nonmembers.

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Ameriprise Investment Seminar

From: July 16, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 1:00pm

With: David McClellan, Calvert Investments

Sustainable and Responsible Investing Workshop Hosted by Ameriprise Financial

This is an informational seminar and there is no cost or obligation. 

Wednesday July 16th from 12pm to 1pm
21st CENTURY SRI:
Providing a More Comprehensive Way to Assess and Improve Corporate Value

Presented by: David McClellan, Calvert Investments

Please RSVP by July 9th, Call 507-289-0737

Continuum Financial Group, A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is located at Suite 111, 1530 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902.
Sponsored by Calvert Investments.

Calvert Investments and their representatives are not affiliated with Ameriprise.
Investment products, including shares of mutual funds, are not federally or FDIC-insured, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value.
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC.
© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., All rights reserved.

Cost: Free

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An overview of food allergies—La Crosse: CANCELLED

From: December 13, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Emily Melby, RDN

Class Cancelled.



We will take a sneak peek look at the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of food allergies as well as learn about the types of food allergies and theories of how to potentially prevent them. For those suffering from food allergies, nutritional considerations are essential. We will discuss ways to ensure optimal nutrition and demonstrate a delicious, allergy-free recipe.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Annual Apple Pie Contest-Both Stores

From: October 10, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Annual Apple Pie Contest
Saturday • October 10 • judging starts at 11 a.m.
(details and times apply to contests at both stores)
• La Crosse 14th annual Apple Pie Contest
• Rochester 4th annual Apple Pie Contest

First Prize: $75 gift certificate
Second Prize: $50 gift certificate
Third Prize: $25 gift certificate

 

Participate in the People’s Food Co-op Apple Pie Contest on Saturday, October 10. Bake your own pie and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at either location between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


Judging will start at 11 a.m. A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste. You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest. Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.


Please pick up your pie plate by 4:00 p.m. (unless it’s disposable). Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan. Entry forms are available at the customer service counters at both stores.

Note: The winning recipe will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op members.

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Annual Apple Pie Contest—Both Stores

From: October 8, 2016 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Annual Apple Pie Contest

Saturday • October 8 • judging starts at 11 a.m.
(details and times apply to contests at both stores)

Participate in the People’s Food Co-op Apple Pie Contest on Saturday, October 8. Bake your own pie and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at either location between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


Judging will start at 11 a.m. A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste. You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest. Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.


Please pick up your pie plate by 4:00 p.m. (unless it’s disposable). Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the  pan. Entry forms are available at the stores' customer service desks.

The winning recipe will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op members.

1st Prize
$75 gift certificate

2nd Prize
$50 gift certificate

3rd Prize
$25 gift certificate

Cost: Free

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Annual Member Meeting

From: December 7, 2013 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Doubletree Hotel banquet room • 150 South Broadway, Downtown Rochester

Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 7, 2013

Noon–2:00 p.m. in Rochester

Doubletree Hotel banquet room
150 South Broadway, Downtown Rochester

• Enjoy PFC’s fabulous appetizers, coffee, and tea.
• Chat with the general manager, current board
members, board candidates, and fellow Co-op
members.
• Hear briefly about PFC’s past year from the general
manager and board president.
• Hear from each board candidate.
• VOTE! (if you haven’t already mailed your ballot).
• Hear from River Cook, Worker Owner at Equal
Exchange as well as PFC employees who have visited
Equal Exchange farmers.

Cost: none

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Apple Pie Contest

From: October 11, 2014 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Annual Apple Pie Contest

Both Stores

Saturday • October 11 • judging starts at 11 a.m.
(details and times apply to contests at both stores)
• La Crosse 14th annual Apple Pie Contest!
• Rochester 4th annual Apple Pie Contest

1st Prize: $75 gift certificate

2nd Prize: $50 gift certificate

3rd Prize: $25 gift certificate

Participate in the People’s Food Co-op Apple Pie Contest on Saturday, October 11. Bake your own pie and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at either co-op between 9 and 11:00 a.m.


Judging will start at 11 a.m. A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste. Be bold, be creative—take a risk! You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest. Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.


Please pick up your pie plate by 4:00 p.m. (unless it’s disposable). Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan. An entry form is on the back panel of the September/October Shopper—entry forms are also available at the customer service desk.

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April Showers! Make Soap with Shanna—La Crosse

From: April 4, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Shanna Wegman


She’s back! Get together with friends and family, or come on your own to get hands-on experience in soap making! Shanna from Simple Soaps for Simple Folks will supply the expertise and materials, but you will make your own goat milk soaps. This class filled up last fall, so register early! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Argentine wine—Rochester

From: May 24, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: MMP above the co-op

With: Theresa Meschini

Rochester native Theresa will present wine from her family’s Argentine winery. Theresa happily sells her brother-in law’s wine, which he produces in the Mendoza region in Argentina. We’ll enjoy malbec, torrontes, chardonnay, and cabernet. Light snacks will be provided. Class will meet in MMP above the co-op. Participants must be 21 to attend. 

 

RSVP here:

Cost: Free, but registration required on Eventbrite.com.

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Art on the Avenue – Rochester

From: May 17, 2014 at 9:30am to: 4:00am

Location: Located on 4th Ave. SE, two blocks north of Hwy 14 (map)

Art Fair

Saturday, May 17

Local Artisans, Live Music, Wine, Beer, and Food (supplied by PFC)

 

Over 30 art vendors!

 

Live Music from:

Good Morning Bedlam

Voice that Lied

Take Two and Friends

Jeremy Jewell

1422

 

Sculpture Installation by Paul Cassidy

 

Visit www.slatterlypark.org for live music schedule.

Cost: Free

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Art on the Ave—Rochester

From: May 19, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Slatterly Park

On Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Slatterly Park, People’s Food Co-op will be participating in the annual Art on the Ave.

Come down and meet talented artists, listen to music, and buy some tasty treats. Event is open to the public.

Cost: Free

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Art on the Ave—Rochester

From: May 18, 2019 at 9:30am to: 4:00pm

Location: Slattery Park

On Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., PFC will join community food vendors, artists, and musicians for Art on the Ave in Slatterly Park.

This year marks the first year PFC will be selling our famous Co-op’s Own OPB’s at this free event!

Cost: Free event.

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Artisan breads from your oven! La Crosse

From: January 31, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Ron Evenson


Join Ron Evenson, retired dentist and Houston, MN, community member, for a delicious evening learning how to make various artisan breads, even dessert breads, based on the book Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day. We will work with several doughs in the class, making freehand loaves, pita, pizza dough, and a dessert bread to sample. Everyone will go home with recipes and bread dough to bake fresh at home! Ron has made hundreds of successful loaves using this method, and so can you!

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Arts Reception for Judy Onofrio

From: March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Judy Onofrio

Join us for coffee, tea, and cake at People's Food Co-op on March 12, 4-7pm for a reception to celebrate Judy Onofrio's sculpture work. "Jungle Dance" is now on display in the dining room of People's Food Co-op.

Cost: Free!

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Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing Oil Demo

From: December 5, 2013 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

Join us on December 5th, from 3 to 6 for an Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Balancing Oil demonstration.
Learn foman expert! Balance emotional and spiritual energy flow with Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Balancing Aromatherapy Roll-Ons. These essences, tied to each of the seven chakras, can be used alone or combined with others depending on which chakra centers need to be balanced. The beautifully alluring organic essences also double as unique perfumes.

Cost: free

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Authentic Indian chutneys straight from India! (almost!) La Crosse

From: February 23, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Puja Mehta


We are delighted to again welcome Puja Mehta to the PFC kitchen! This time, she has just returned from a research trip to India! Class participants will learn how to make three kinds of genuine Indian chutneys inspired by her trip, where she again learned at her grandmother’s table.

Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Autumn Beer Brat Cookout—La Crosse

From: September 22, 2016 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse, under the Fifth Ave. awning

Celebrate autumn with a lunchtime cookout! Co-op’s Own beer brats, plus veggie and meat burgers, and all the fixings, will be grilled fresh outdoors!

Cost: Cost varies per item

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Baby Swiss Cheese Tasting

From: December 15, 2013 at 12:30pm to: 3:00pm

Baby Swiss cheeses to sample in the cheese department!

Cost: Free!

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Baking with a Food Network champion—Ls Crosse

From: April 17, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Jen Barney

Join Food Network’s Holiday Baking Champion Jen Barney of Meringue Bakery to learn inside tips and tricks for baking cakes that look as exquisite as they taste. This is a hands-on class where you’ll learn about blending custom flavors as you create lavender blackberry cupcakes and learn the secret to making Meringue Bakery’s signature buttercream. You’ll finish off your cupcakes using decorating tips taught by Jen and leave with four of your own delectable works of art to enjoy at home. This is your chance to learn from one of the best pastry chefs in the country, the doyenne of desserts! Don’t miss it! 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Baking with a Food Network champion—Rochester

From: April 7, 2018 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester.

With: Jen Barney

Join Food Network’s Holiday Baking Champion Jen Barney of Meringue Bakery to learn inside tips and tricks for baking cakes that look as exquisite as they taste. This is a hands-on class where you’ll learn about blending custom flavors as you create lavender blackberry cupcakes and learn the secret to making Meringue Bakery’s signature buttercream. You’ll finish off your cupcakes using decorating tips taught by Jen and leave with four of your own delectable works of art to enjoy at home. This is your chance to learn from one of the best pastry chefs in the country, the doyenne of desserts! Don’t miss it! Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Barre and brunch—Rochester

From: September 22, 2018 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester

Saturday, September 22 • 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Join us with our neighbors from Bleu Duck and Pure Barre studios for a barre class followed by brunch. Pure Barre will be leading a class in the event space at the Bleu Duck, followed by brunch provided by PFC and the Bleu Duck. Recover from your fun workout with bottomless rosé and mimosas! Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester. 

Cost: $30

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Barsy's Almonds Sampling

From: November 22, 2014 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

Minnesota's own, Barsy's Almonds will be sampling their fabulous almonds at the store. Try all their flavors: Smokies, Sweeties, Naughties, Hotties, Stuffies... PFC faves.

Cost: Free

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BBQ and brews with Fulton Brewery—Rochester

From: July 18, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Metromarket Place above the co-op

Sara and Jeff are partnering with PFC for the first time on this “pop-up” style event. We will be making grilled fare and paring our food with various Fulton beers in a fun, relaxed environment above the co-op at Metromarket Place.

Cost: Price TBD based on attendance and menu.

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Be Well Bash-Rochester

From: January 1, 2016 at 8:00am to: 8:00pm

3rd Annual “Be Well Bash”

Featuring Virgin Mimosas and the Empty Bucket Smoothie
(organic apple juice, minced ginger, organic lemon juice, organic fair trade banana, organic flax meal, and spinach).

 

20% off Nutritional Supplements from the Wellness Department!

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Bee friend the pollinators! – La Crosse

From: July 11, 2015 at 10:00am to: 11:00am

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Nad Geraldson, MindBodyLand Restoration

Kids, bring your parent (or grandparent, or other curious adult) to this hands-on class! Learn the importance of the pollinators to our lives, what is happening to them around the world and how you can help! Learn the habits, lifestyle, and benefits of the docile mason bees (males can’t sting and females rarely do). You will make mason bee houses to take home and hang—then bring on the bees!

Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers

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Beer & Cheese Pairing at PFC—Rochester

From: May 18, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm


Wednesday, May 18 • 6–8 p.m.
Join forager brewmaster, and PFC’s former cheese buyer, Austin for a fun beer and cheese pairing.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Beer and Cheese Tasting—Rochester

From: September 14, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Grand Rounds Brewer Steve Finnie


Grand Rounds Brewer Steve Finnie and PFC’s Brad Smith will be teaming up with our cheese department to pair wine with cheese at PFC—Rochester. This is a free event.

Cost: Free

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Beets, Beets, and More Beets! La Crosse

From: June 2, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Busya Lugovier

Join Busya for an interesting and delicious evening: we will learn about the characteristics and history of beets, their importance to Russian culture and cuisine while making two classic Russian beet dishes: a vegetarian borsch, and a vinaigrette salad, and one of Busya’s own creations: beets caviar (no fish eggs!), with Russian black bread. Busya is a native of Dubna, Russia, a La Crosse Sister City.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Beginning bike commuting—Rochester

From: April 14, 2016 at 5:30pm to: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:30pm

With: Kelly Corbin

Thursday, April 14 • 5:30–6:30 p.m. • co-ed
Wednesday, April 27 • 5:30–6:30 p.m. • women only
Wednesday, May 11 • 5:30–6:30 p.m. • co-ed
Ever consider bike commuting? Learn the basics of bike commuting in the comfort of a classroom with Kelly Corbin. This free hour-long workshop will cover what to wear, rules of the road, basic bike maintenance, tips and tricks. Bring your questions! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: This class is free, RSVP requested.

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Being human takes guts—La Crosse & Rochester

From: January 23, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Webinar

With: Gina Moss, ReNew Life

Did you know that your gut is considered to be the core of your health and wellness? This is why maintaining balance with good, plentiful, and diverse bacteria in your gut is so important. In this free webinar, you will learn about digestive health and what you can do to help with balance, which impacts digestion, immune health, sleep, and memory. ReNew Life will send samples, gifts and prizes to both stores. Gina’s webinar is presented at no charge simultaneously in La Crosse and Rochester stores but you must register as with all classes. Free via webinar with instructor Gina live in Florida.

Cost: Free

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Benefits of essential oils-Rochester

From: November 6, 2015 at 11:00am to: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 4:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room


Three events in November: Friday Nov. 6, Sunday Nov. 8, and Saturday, November 28 • 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Nathan from Veriditas Essential Oils will talk about the benefits of using essential oils, making holiday recipes to help with stress, immunity, and much more. A Veriditas gift basket will be awarded on the 28th of November. Anyone coming to one of these events will be eligible to enter their name for the drawing.

Cost: This class is free. Registration required.

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Big reds—heavy hitter wines from around the world! La Crosse

From: December 11, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC classroom

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Nothing will warm you better on a cold Wisconsin winter night than a glass of a big red wine! This class will take you around the world and explore big hearty wines—some you are familiar with, some not! Once again, we will make sure you have the best of PFC’s amazing food to sample while tasting the wines! You must be 21 to attend this class.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Bike commuting 101-Rochester

From: September 9, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Kelly Corbin

Ever consider bike commuting? Learn the basics of bike commuting in the comfort of a classroom. This free hour-long workshop will cover what to wear, rules of the road, basic bike maintenance, tips, and tricks. Bring your questions! 

Cost: Free

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Bike maintenance and weatherization-Rochester

From: November 12, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Josh Poencet



Local bike expert Josh Poencet will be teaching basic bike maintenance and helping you get ready to store your bike for the winter so it will be ready to ride come spring. Planning on biking through the winter? This class is for you, too!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Bike Swap

From: May 3, 2014 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Pata de Perro Bike Club presents a

Bike Swap

Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Parking Lot of People's Food Co-op – Rochester

519 1st Ave., Rochester

 

$10 donation to enter your bike

Proceeds benefit the Pata de Perro Bike Club.

 

Cash in on your spring cleaning this year by selling your bicycle! Don't have a bike to sell? You don't have to sell a bike to buy one!

 

For more information, visit webikerochester.com

Cost: $10

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Bike to Work Week (La Crosse Area)

From: May 10, 2014 at 12:00am to: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

With: Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition

Ride your bike this week and stop for coffee at the Co-op. Check out all the other things going on @ http://driftlessbicycle.org

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Bike to Work Week Special

From: May 15, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Celebrate Bike to Work Week at Hackberry's! Bring in your helmet to receive $1 off any drink.

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Black History Month celebration—La Crosse

From: February 13, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Adrian Lipscombe

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook authentic soul food, here’s your chance to do it. You will learn about Black History Month and three dishes that are commonly used to celebrate African American history. You will also have a chance to sit down and enjoy what you made with your fellow classmates. Chef Adrian Lipscombe, from Uptowne Cafe, will walk you through step by step preparation instructions and you’ll go home with your recipes that she shares around her own dining table during celebrations. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Bleu Duck chef counter: Butter your bread—Rochester

From: July 22, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 1:30pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen

Join us as we walk through the steps of fresh bread- and butter-making. Learn how to make fermented bread and whipped butter—a table pleaser for all. Samples and instructions provided. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Bleu Duck chef counter—Rochester

From: August 19, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 1:30pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen

It’s tomato season, and that means fresh caprese salad. We will be pairing our local heirloom tomatoes with Chef Jordan’s hand-pulled fresh mozzarella. Jordan will walk you through the steps of moz making so you can fully indulge this tomato season. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Bleu Duck chef’s counter—Rochester

From: May 13, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (map)

With: Mike Mathiason

Poke bowl and sushi roll: Join Mike Mathiason as he teaches us how to make the increasingly popular poke bowl with fresh salmon and learn the basics of sushi rolling. This class is hands-on and limited to 10. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Preregister at customer service.

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Bleu Duck cooking demonstrations—Rochester

From: October 18, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St SW Rochester (map)


Join our partners, Erik and Erik, chefs from the Bleu Duck, in their event room as they feature PFC’s food in a fun and delicious way. This class will be a demo with tasty samples and drinks. Learn new techniques to prepare your favorite co-op food. Always entertaining and always delicious. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $25.

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Bleu Duck Kitchen: Food preservation—Rochester

From: June 3, 2017 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 5590214 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (map)

With: Jordan Bell

Join Chef de Cuisine Jordan Bell as he goes step-by-step over the fun and practical techniques of food preservation. Learn how to stretch your garden’s bounty all season and experience Jordan’s passion and knowledge for these techniques. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Bleu Duck Preview–Rochester

From: July 27, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Chefs Erik Paulsen and Erik Kleven

Back by popular demand

Join chefs Erik on the eve of opening their new restaurant, Bleu Duck. Get a sneak peek at the cuisine they will be offering as they demonstrate how to prepare delicious, local, and seasonal dishes. 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Bleu Duck Preview—Rochester

From: June 8, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Erik Paulsen and Erik Kleven


Join Chefs Erik Paulsen and Erik Kleven on the eve of opening their new restaurant, Bleu Duck. Get a sneak peek at the cuisine they will be offering in their new location as they demonstrate how to prepare delicious, local, and seasonal dishes. 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Bleu Duck: Farmer’s market—Rochester

From: June 11, 2017 at 8:00am to: 11:00am

Location: Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (map)

Join the chefs from Bleu Duck Kitchen for coffee and a walk to the Farmer’s Market. The chefs will offer instruction on what to look for and how to talk with the farmers to get the best products for a fresh, delicious meal. This will be a unique, interactive class and space is limited. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Blueberry Sale 2019

From: July 14, 2019 at 8:00am to: 10:00pm

Location: Produce Department both stores

Blueberry Sale

Pre-order your Premium Michigan Blueberries

 

Pre-orders taken until July 14

Sign-up forms for blueberries are in the
Produce Department and at the
Customer Service Counter.

  • Estimated delivery in mid-July
  • Blueberries come in 5 lb and 10 lb boxes
  • 5 lb boxes are $23.99 and 10 lb boxes $42.99
  • Fresh blueberries can be frozen or canned for use year-round!

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Board Meeting & an Update on the Farm Bill

From: December 17, 2013 at 5:15pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Adam Wartheson

The PFC Board meets at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, followed at 6:30 by a presentation by Adam Wartheson on the Farm Bill.

Adam Wartheson serves as lead organizer for the Land Stewardship Project’s work on federal farm policy. He started working with LSP in 2001, while completing his degree in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at Bemidji State University. He serves on MN NRCS State Technical Committee and co-chairs the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition committee on Conservation, Environment, and Energy. Warthesen comes from a family farm in Wabasha County, Minnesota and currently resides in the Minneapolis metro area.

All members welcome are welcome to the board meeting and to the Farm Bill discussion following.

Cost: Free!

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Bone Appetit Sampling

From: December 6, 2014 at 10:30am to: 12:30pm

Location: Rochester Store

Pam from Bone Appetit will be in the store with take-along samples and holiday doggie treats for sale on Dec 6, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

Cost: Free

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Both stores close @ 6 p.m.

From: December 24, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Bre’s Bubbles—Rochester

From: October 26, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: MMP community room—above PFC

Bre will be showcasing bubbly wines from around the world! South Africa, France, Italy, and Spain will be represented at this tasting with Methode Cap Classique Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava on hand. This class is guaranteed to be a blast; Bre’s personality is as bubbly as the wine! Must be 21 to attend. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Buddha Bowl Class—La Crosse

From: September 12, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Lindsay Moe from the Live-In-Kitchen

A Buddha bowl is a nourishing meal made of small portions of several foods including a whole grain, protein, vegetables, and toppings. They are a great way to use up seasonal produce. Join food blogger Lindsay Moe from The Live-In Kitchen as she walks you through the basics of coming up with your own Buddha bowl combinations and try your hand at making one yourself.

Cost: $15 members; $25 non-members

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Bylaw discussion meetings

From: November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Co-op Community Room—La Crosse and the Classroom in Rochester

Have a question about the proposed bylaw changes?

Contact a Board member (board@pfc.coop) or come to a meeting November 20 at 5:30 in the La Crosse store's community room or the Rochester store's classroom.

Click here for a pdf of the proposed bylaw changes.

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Bylaw Discussion Member Meeting

From: January 29, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 6:15pm

Location: 2nd Floor Classroom in La Crosse and the Classroom in Rochester

Members will be receiving new ballots and candidate statements by mid-January. Members are asked to vote for PFC Board of Directors and to vote "yes" or "no" on a number of bylaw changes.

If you have questions about the proposed bylaw changes, a membership meeting is scheduled for January 29 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at both People's Food Co-op stores.

The PFC Board of Directors is recommending a number of changes to our articles and bylaws. The proposed changes need membership review and approval through voting. Some of the changes are simple language alterations to clarify meaning; others make substantive changes, such as the inclusion of electronic voting by members. Please take some time to review the proposed changes in your ballot package and feel free to contact a member of the Board if you have questions (board@pfc.coop). 

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Cahill's Farm Cheese Sampling

From: March 13, 2014 at 11:00am to: 1:30pm

Sampling during lunch: Cahill's Farm Irish Porter Cheddar with Nairn's Scottish Oat Crackers!

Cost: Free!

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CannonBelles Cheese Demo and Raffle—Rochester

From: June 3, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: CannonBelles Cheese

Local CannonBelles Cheese will be at Rochester People's Food Co-op to kick off June Dairy Month! Stop by and meet our newest cheeses from a great local creamery based out of Cannon Falls, MN.

Enter to win one of PFC’s June Dairy Months prizes (the drawing will be held June 30th).

Cost: Free

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Capra Nera Cheese Demo—Rochester

From: June 14, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: Capra Nera Cheese

Capra Nera of Aultra, MN will be here from 4pm to 6pm showcasing light and creamy aged goat cheese.

Cost: Free

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Caves of Faribault Cheese and Boar's Head Demos—Rochester

From: June 10, 2017 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: Caves of Faribault

Sample the 2017 March Madness Cheese Challenge winner: Jeff’s Select! Discover other cheeses made by our local Caves of Faribault!

Boar's Head Cheese will also be in-store from 11am to 3pm to offer samples of their delectable cheeses!

Cost: Free

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CBD magic—La Crosse

From: April 10, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Ryan Mustone

Have you heard about CBD oil and wondered if it could be right for you? Ryan of Plus+CBD Oil will answer all your questions with in-depth information. He will lead “Hemp Derived CBD 101.” Everyone will leave with printed information and FREE samples of Plus+CBD Oil products.

Cost: Free, pre-registration required

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Celebrate Dairy Month cheese madness! Paired with beers from Turtle Stack Brewery! La Crosse

From: June 22, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Greg Long & Eric Johnson

PFC’s 1st ever March Madness Cheese Challenge was a huge success!  Now, help us parlay that success and love of cheese into a Dairy Month Celebration!  We will feature the 4 top cheeses from the Cheese Challenge: Sartori - Bellavitano Merlot; Deer Creek - Blue Jay; Marieke - Gouda Mature; and Satori - Montamore in a one hour seminar along with the expertise of Don Hornung from the WI Milk Marketing Board and 4 tasty brews from Turtle Stack Brewery! Greg and Eric will pair the cheeses with the beers in advance. All you need to do is sit back, sip and savor!

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Class meets in the PFC community room. Must be 21 to register. Preregister at customer service.

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Celebrate National Mushroom Month—La Crosse

From: September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Adam Woolley and Jess Ebert


Adam, from Woolley & Wooden Farms, is a mushroom farmer with over 25 years experience cultivating fungi. Jess has taught elementary students about mushrooms. You will learn about mushrooms in your community and backyard. Adam and Jess will go over a handful of easily identifiable species that you can go out and hunt and enjoy this fall. For your backyard, they will show how to cultivate your own mushrooms at home. Included with this class will be spawn for oyster mushrooms. You’ll also learn about mushrooms in your kitchen—mushroom prep, cooking, and enjoying. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year

From: January 30, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: PFC's Jessica Saw


PFC staff member and med student Jessica Saw will teach different dishes used to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Impress your friends with a Chinese New Year party after learning different recipes, including Pot Stickers, in this hands-on class (Chinese New Year is the following day, Friday, Jan. 31st).

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with authentic Chinese cooking—La Crosse

From: February 15, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Hongying Xu

Have you wanted to learn Chinese cooking? Here is your chance to learn simple but authentic Chinese dishes from an expert. Hongying is a native of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in China. She teaches Chinese at UW–L and she loves to cook. She will come to PFC on her New Year to lead students in three homestyle dishes. First, she will demonstrate the recipes, then we will sample her dishes, and finally go “hands-on” to learn delicious, genuine recipes that her American friends love. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Chakra balancing meditation with healing crystals—La Crosse

From: March 23, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Nedra Blietz


The electrical energy of brain waves has a direct connection with what are traditionally called “The Psychic Senses.” In order for the brain to hold a deep meditative state of theta, all of the psychic senses and the chakras must be in union. During class, Nedra will diffuse essential oils and play relaxing music. Participants will learn to use crystals to open chakras. Nedra will guide them through putting the crystals on themselves and then guide them into a deep state of relaxation before guiding them through clearing the chakras. Class is limited to 15 participants. Bring yoga mats, pillows, bolsters, and/or blankets for your comfort.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Cheese and wine tasting—La Crosse

From: February 10, 2018 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Local dairy farmers representing the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will be in the La Crosse store.

They will serve a variety of Wisconsin cheeses for co-op shoppers, paired with samples of local chocolates and wines from Purple Feet Wines.

Cost: Free

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Cheese Challenge

From: March 17, 2018 at 10:00am to: Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2:00pm

People’s Food Co-op Cheese Challenge!

Get to know the great cheese available at your co-op by participating in the cheese bracket challenge!

Follow your store’s bracket, taste the cheese pairs in-store, and cast your vote for the winner by dropping a bean in the jar for your favorite.

Keep up with the challenge on social media, the PFC website, and through the poster bracket in-store.

 

Week 3!

Big weekend for the Cheese Challenge at both stores. We had over 100 entries in the Grand Prize bracket competition.

Week 3 will have the remaining four winning cheeses from last week for you to sample. You may still enter to win the $35 cheese basket at this coming Saturday's event. Rules and updated brackets are available here.

The Updated Wisconsin Cheese Challenge bracket is available here!

The Updated Minnesota Cheese Challenge bracket is available here!

 

PRIZES!

Grand Prize

A basket of assorted cheeses worth $150 
To win, a complete brackets must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 17 to the co-op customer service desks.

 

Weekly Cheese Prizes

• March 24: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $50
  Brackets filled out up to the March 24 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on March 24

• March 31: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $35
  Brackets filled out up to the March 31 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on March 31

• April 2: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $20
  Brackets filled out up to the April 2 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on April 2

 

Important Contest Rules!

Two ways to win:

1) Grand Prize Contest:
To enter the Grand Prize Contest, complete and submit the entire bracket by 4 p.m. on March 17 to the co-op customer service desk.

One winning bracket will be randomly selected from each location.

2) Weekly Cheese Challenge Contest:
To enter the Weekly Cheese Challenge Contest, complete and submit that week’s bracket by 4 p.m. on the day of the tasting (March 17, March, 24, March 31, or April 2).

One winning bracket will be randomly selected from each location.

Challenge schedule

Tasting from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
March 17: 16 cheeses to 8 cheeses
March 24: 8 cheeses to 4 cheeses
March 31: 4 cheeses to 2 cheeses
April 2: 2 cheeses to winner
 

Cost: Free

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Cheese Challenge

From: March 16, 2019 at 10:00am to: Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:00pm

Location: Both Stores

People’s Food Co-op Cheese Challenge!

Get to know the great cheese available at your co-op by participating in the cheese bracket challenge! Follow your store’s bracket, taste the cheese pairs in-store, and cast your vote for the winner by dropping a bean in the jar for your favorite. Keep up with the challenge on social media and on our website.

 

GRAND PRIZE

A curated basket of cheese and pairings worth $100.

Completed brackets including name and contact information must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 16 to the co-op customer service desks.

Entry forms available at the stores on the day of the tastings and here.

 

WEEKLY CHEESE PRIZES

March 16, 23, & 30: Win a curated basket of cheese and pairings worth $30! A door prize will be awarded randomly to folks who stop by and enter their name and contact information in our drawing. Winners will be notified and announced on the Monday following the tasting.

 

Important Contest Rules!

Two ways to win

1) Grand Prize Contest:

To enter the Grand Prize Contest, complete and submit the entire bracket by 4 p.m. on March 16 to the co-op customer service desk. Entire bracket must be submitted by this date to be entered in the Grand Prize contest.

One winning bracket will be randomly selected at each location.

Winner will be contacted Tuesday, April 2.

2) Weekly Cheese Challenge Door Prize:

To enter the Weekly Cheese Challenge Contest, simply come by either store and enter your name and contact information in our drawing on the dates of the cheese tastings: March 16, March 23, or March 30.

An entry will be randomly selected at each location. Winners will be contacted the following Monday.

Cost: Free

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Cheese Challenge Final

From: April 2, 2018 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

People’s Food Co-op Cheese Challenge Final!

Winner in La Crosse: Sartori Black Pepper BellaVitano

Winner in Rochester: Milton Creamery Prairie Breeze

Get to know the great cheese available at your co-op by participating in the cheese bracket challenge!

Follow your store’s bracket, taste the cheese pairs in-store, and cast your vote for the winner by dropping a bean in the jar for your favorite.

Keep up with the challenge on social media, the PFC website, and through the poster bracket in-store.

The Wisconsin Cheese Challenge bracket is available here!

The Minnesota Cheese Challenge bracket is available here!

 

This is the final match-up in the Cheese Challenge! Pick your winner from the two finalists!

You may still enter the weekly contest today.

 

PRIZES!

Grand Prize

A basket of assorted cheeses worth $150 
To win, a complete brackets must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 17 to the co-op customer service desks.

 

Weekly Cheese Prizes

• March 24: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $50
  Brackets filled out up to the March 24 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on March 24

• March 31: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $35
  Brackets filled out up to the March 31 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on March 31

• April 2: A basket of assorted cheeses worth $20
  Brackets filled out up to the April 2 column and submitted by 4 p.m. on April 2

 

Important Contest Rules!

Two ways to win:

1) Grand Prize Contest:
To enter the Grand Prize Contest, complete and submit the entire bracket by 4 p.m. on March 17 to the co-op customer service desk.

One winning bracket will be randomly selected from each location.

2) Weekly Cheese Challenge Contest:
To enter the Weekly Cheese Challenge Contest, complete and submit that week’s bracket by 4 p.m. on the day of the tasting (March 17, March, 24, March 31, or April 2).

One winning bracket will be randomly selected from each location.

Challenge schedule

Tasting from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
March 17: 16 cheeses to 8 cheeses
March 24: 8 cheeses to 4 cheeses
March 31: 4 cheeses to 2 cheeses
April 2: 2 cheeses to winner
 

Cost: Free

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Cheese Making at Home!—La Crosse

From: August 9, 2016 at 7:00pm to: 8:30pm

With: Marge Kitchen


This may be the class you have been waiting for! Think of those delicious ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves! What pairs perfectly with the best of summer veggies? Fresh mozzarella! Marge raises milk goats and is experienced at making fresh cheese, a skill she will share with participants in this class. We will make two soft cheeses, mozzarella and ch`evre. The process will be finished in the class so we can sample the cheeses.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Cheese Making-Rochester

From: May 20, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Diane Lutzke

Learn to make a variety of cheeses from scratch using various methods and techniques.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Chef’s counter cooking demo—Rochester

From: January 28, 2017 at 2:00pm to: 4:00pm

Location: Blue Duck Kitchen, 14 Fourth St., SW, Rochester, MN (507) 258-4663 (map)

With: Erik Kleven



Owner, executive chef, and PFC collaborator Erik Kleven invites you to his chef’s counter as he prepares gourmet cuisine in a casual fashion with ingredients from People’s Food Co-op. Bring a pen and notepad as Erik provides instruction on seemingly complex dishes made easy. He will cover prep to plating, and best of all, you will taste his creations!

Capped at 10 participants. Registration required. Call or register at PFC’s customer service desk.

Cost: $40.

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Chili Cook-off—La Crosse

From: October 8, 2016 at 11:30am to: 1:30pm

Location: Riverside Park La Crosse (map)

PFC will be cooking Jack-O-Lantern Chili at this year's cook-off.

It is a Vegan Pumpkin Spicy Chili made with Pumpkins from Klein Family Farm in Winona, MN.

Hope to see you there!

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Chili peppers and salsas 101—La Crosse

From: August 21, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Questions about all those chili peppers out there? So many to explore and discover. Tired of the standard salsa flavors? Join us at an introductory class on chilis and salsas for those interested in Mexican cooking. You will learn about some of the common and not-so-common chili peppers, talk about their handling and properties, and then the class will make a couple of varieties of salsa for you to sample and take home. Recipes included. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Chip Magnet Salsa Demo

From: October 15, 2013 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

With: Alexis

Chip Magnet Salsa Demo! Delicious salsa to sample while you enjoy People's Food Co-op's Grand Openining.

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Chip Magnet Salsa Demo

From: December 19, 2013 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

Chip Magnet salsa will be visiting us to share some of their Chip Magnets! Strong enough to drive turbines, but gentle enough for your blue corn chip.


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Chocolate chip & banana split! A PFC class for kids of all ages! La Crosse

From: August 5, 2017 at 10:00am to: 11:30am

With: Christine Wilde, registered dietitian

Spend a fun morning making healthy homemade ice cream at PFC! Use an old-fashioned hand-crank machine and a new-fangled electric one too! We will make both milk-based and fruit-based ice cream and then learn about delicious summer fruits while chopping them up for toppings to put on your own banana splits! Add delicious organic whipped cream, a few chocolate chips, and nut sprinkles. We’ll take a picture of you with your banana split to send home! Yum! What a delicious way to beat the heat! 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Chocolate tasting with Groveland Confections-Rochester

From: February 3, 2016 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm


Join us for a evening of sampling as we delve into the world of chocolate. Our friends from Groveland Confections will guide us through some chocolate tasting techniques, history, regional differences, as well as serving techniques like flavoring ganaches and truffles.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Chopped at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

From: January 7, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN (map)

With: Chef Sean


Chopped is Back! Join Chef Sean as he partners with PFC to come up with fun, unique dishes from ingredients you pick! This is a delicious multi-course meal that is interactive and entertaining. Drinks included.

Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, to sign up and come to PFC to pick the ingredient to challenge the chef! Four Daughters is located at 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN.

Cost: TBD. Call Four Daughters for details

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Chopped at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

From: February 11, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Four Daughters, 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN (map)

With: Chef Sean


Chopped is Back! Join Chef Sean as he partners with PFC to come up with fun, unique dishes from ingredients you pick! This is a delicious multi-course meal that is interactive and entertaining. Drinks included.

Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, to sign up and come to PFC to pick the ingredient to challenge the chef! Four Daughters is located at 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN.

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Chopped Dinner at 4Daughters-Rochester

From: October 23, 2015 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: 4Daughters Vineyard & Winery (map)

With: Erik Kleven

Chef Erik Kleven from 4Daughters teams up with PFC to recreate a Chopped!-style dinner where fun, exciting dishes are created on the spot and paired with wine. Contact 4Daughters to sign up: 507.346.7300.

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Chopped dinner at Four Daughters Winery—Rochester

From: February 23, 2018 at 7:00pm to: 10:00pm

Location: Four Daughters, 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, MN.

Join the co-op and the Four Daughters culinary team as they prepare a gourmet multi-course meal on the fly (without previous knowledge of ingredients!) with ingredients chosen by you! Come in to the co-op and pick your favorite ingredients to challenge the chefs. Wine included with the evening. Must be 21 to attend. Reservations made through Four Daughters, 507-346-7300, Event is held at the winery, 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, MN.

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Chopped-Style Dinner at 4 Daughters Winery

From: January 31, 2014 at 7:00pm to: 10:00pm

Location: Four Daughters Winery, 78757 Minnesota 16, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (map)

With: Chef Erik Kleven

Attend a Chopped-style event with Executive Chef Erik Kleven and Kitchen Staff from Four Daughters Winery!

Staff will develop a gourmet multi-course meal on the fly (without previous knowledge of ingredients) with ingredients chosen by participants of the People’s Food Co-op. Wine will be served with dinner. Friday, January 31st.

Register by calling: 507-346-7300 or emailing: events@fourdaughtersvineyard.com.

Events will be hosted in the private dining room of Four Daughters Winery at 78757 Minnesota 16, Spring Valley, MN 55975.

Cost: Cost is $65

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Chopped—Rochester

From: March 23, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 9:30pm

Location: Four Daughters Winery

Join Chef Sean as he partners with PFC to come up with fun, unique dishes from ingredients you pick. This is a delicious multi-course meal that is interactive and entertaining. Drinks included. This event is held at Four Daughters Winery. Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, for pricing and to register, then come to PFC to pick the ingredient to challenge the chef. Be creative! Four Daughters is located at 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN.

Cost: Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, for pricing and to register

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Chopped—Rochester

From: April 29, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 10:00pm

Location: Four Daughters Winery (map)

With: Chef Sean

Join Chef Sean as he partners with PFC to come up with fun, unique dishes from ingredients you pick. This is a delicious multi-course meal that is interactive and entertaining. Drinks included. This event is held at Four Daughters Winery. Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, for pricing and to register, then come to PFC to pick the ingredient to challenge the chef. Be creative! Four Daughters is located at 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN.

Cost: Contact Four Daughters, (507) 346-7300, for pricing and to register

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Christmas Eve Brunch

From: December 24, 2014 at 8:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Hackberry's is open for brunch only on Christmas Eve Day!

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Class: Eating for a healthy heart

From: March 30, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC- La Crosse Community Room

Eating for a healthy heart


While we know eating certain foods can increase our risk for heart disease, it’s often tough to change our eating habits. Viterbo University dietetics interns Allie Otwell and Courtney Butler will be our teachers for a tasty evening of heart healthy tips and recipes. Whether you want to overcome old habits or simply want to fine-tune your diet, you are sure to gain ideas for keeping your heart healthier and happier!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Class: Herbs and Health

From: March 26, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Laurie Stiers, MSN, FNP-BC

Herbs and Health: Safe and Supportive Spring Cleansing Programs

In this class we will learn some basic principles of “detoxifying” and sample some recipes for a supported Spring Cleanse. We will learn about helpful herbs, see recipes prepared and learn how to plan a healthy, gentle, rejuvenating cleanse.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Class: Intro to Organic Gardening

From: March 19, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jodie Visker and Todd Huffman

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening

Are you someone who would like to have a garden, but you don’t know how to start? Here is a chance to learn from the pros! Master Gardeners Jodie Visker, coordinator of the Ona Community Garden, and Todd Huffman, volunteer coordinator at the Kane Street Community Garden, will be our guides. Jodie will describe how to set up the Square Foot Garden system, and Todd will teach us how to build good soil, including using components from a garden center, making compost and how to mulch. They will also share tips for siting your garden, what to plant, when to plant, and how to control weeds. Bring your ideas and questions and get ready to plan your garden!


Cost: Members: Free or Donation; Non-members: $5.00
(All proceeds will be donated to the Kane Street Community Garden).

Cost: Members Free or Donation/Non-members $5.00

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Cleanses: Necessary or not?-La Crosse: Rescheduled

From: February 24, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Bonnie Kreckow


You want to do a cleanse, you’re not sure how to go about it, so many choices on the market and in the books, is this what you really need…. Bonnie Kreckow, a clinical herbalist from Winona, will guide you and answer questions you may have on cleansing. Her class will help you to understand your body and connect to it by listening and paying attention to the signs it gives you. She will help you to see if it is a cleanse you need, a dietary change, or just some herbal maintenance. We will enjoy teas and herbal samples during this class.

 

This class has been rescheduled from 13 January. If you were registered for this class, contact the La Crosse Customer Service desk at 608 784-5798.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Cleanses: Necessary or not?-Rochester

From: January 20, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Bonnie Kreckow


You want to do a cleanse, you’re not sure how to go about it, so many choices on the market and in the books, is this what you really need…. Bonnie Kreckow, a clinical herbalist from Winona, will guide you and answer questions you may have on cleansing. Her class will help you to understand your body and connect to it by listening and paying attention to the signs it gives you. She will help you to see if it is a cleanse you need, a dietary change, or just some herbal maintenance. We will enjoy teas and herbal samples during this class.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Closing Early!

From: July 4, 2016 at 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse & Rochester stores

Closing at 8pm for the holiday. Happy 4th, everyone! 

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Co-op Explorers: Make your own trail mix!

From: August 18, 2018 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester

Stop in and create your own trail mix – a great treat for back to school. Get creative and learn more about the different ingredients that make up your trail mix. We’ll have a selection of good for you treats and a few sweets to mix in. Event is free and everyone is welcome! Parents and kids can stop in at anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/co-op-explorers-make-your-own-trail-mix-tickets-48932284781?aff=eac2

Cost: Free

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Co-op’s eat local farm tour—Rochester & La Crosse

From: July 14, 2018 at 10:00am to: 4:00pm

PFC is joining other cooperatives around Minnesota to collaborate with farms on a self-guided farm tour of co-op producers. Farmers in various “regions” will be on hand to give tours and answer questions about their farms. Some farms will provide snacks and samples.

Take a leisurely tour of a few farms in the area or spend the day catching as many as you can. Be on the lookout for maps and instructions.

Cost: Free event.

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Cocktail batching—Rochester

From: January 18, 2017 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC’s Beer, Wine, and Spirits shop

With: Aynsley Jones


Looking to up your home bar game to pro status? Aynsley Jones, mixologist and owner of the Doggery Speakeasy, will be on hand at PFC’s Beer, Wine, and Spirits shop to offer small samples of his batched cocktails and highlight ingredients from the store to make your own creative libations. Aynsley will provide tips on selecting spirits (and recipes if you are lucky!) to make sure all your guests are impressed by your home bar skills!

Cost: Free of charge

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Cocktails with Tattersall Distillery & People's Food Co-op

From: March 13, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen Event Space

Patrick Orlopp from Tattersall will be joining the People's Food Co-op and the Bleu Duck to discuss Tattersall's company history, methodolgy, and the whiskey process.  He will also offer information on classic and easy riffs on cocktails, cocktails for the winter, and digestifs.  Bartender Sean Steuart from the Bleu Duck will be on hand, as well.

Best of all, we will be sampling Gin, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Fernet, as well as cocktails made from these Tattersall spirits.  Who doesn't love Fernet paired with Fudge?

Patrick will be guest bartending for happy hour beforehand, featuring the Hemingway Daiquiri, so feel free to come early.

Cost: $15 nonmembers; $15 members

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Coffee tasting – Rochester

From: July 11, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Alex Stoffregen

You crave it, you love it, it gets you up and gets you going. You are a coffee person. But how much do you really know about your favorite beverage? Come and meet your local roaster and learn all about the wonders of the magical bean. Alex from Kickapoo coffee will be leading a cupping and answering all your questions. Get caffeinated and learn all about the second
most valuable traded commodity in the world.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Community Chi

From: September 17, 2014 at 6:30pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Community Room—Rochester

With: Deah Kinion

Community Chi

Watch and learn how a U.S. city utilizes giant acupuncture needles to benefit its troubled areas and how you can benefit from understanding chi in your community and in your body. Chi (say CHEE) is the Chinese word for vitality, or energy.
Deah Kinion is a licensed acupuncturist and director of Abundant-Chi Community Acupuncture in Rochester. Abundant-Chi is a member of the national cooperative POCA, Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture.
 

Cost: Free for Co-op members, $5 for nonmembers

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Community Supported Art Finale-Rochester

From: May 9, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

CSA Finale

Please join us for the 4th and final CSA pick-up event of the season.

 

Enjoy live art and music along with other surprises.

Cost: Free

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Composting 101—Rochester

From: April 19, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Scott Weaver & Brad Smith


PFC staff Scott Weaver and Brad Smith will be leading this class in how to get started composting, and effective uses for finished compost. The class will also include a brief discussion of PFC’s efforts to support Growing Home of Olmsted County. Participants will receive a bag of Growing Home compost. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers

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Composting Basics Class

From: April 16, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Jerad Barkeim

Just in Time for Earth Day: Composting Basics with Jarad Barkeim


Remember that Bill Steele song, popularized by Pete Seeger, “Garbage?”  Avoid the fate of being overrun with garbage by learning how to compost your kitchen and yard waste!

Jarad Barkeim will help us understand why composting is a very good idea and how to do it successfully. He’ll describe backyard (kitchen and yard waste) composting, vermicomposting, bin systems, and how to use the nutrient rich compost you’ll create.

Jarad is the Project Manager at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture where he also teaches classes on composting, food production, and other ecologically minded land practices. He has a BS in science education and has practiced composting with a variety of systems for years.

Wednesday April 16; 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
PFC La Crosse Community Room

Members: Free (Free for Members only; “Guest” policy does not apply)
Non-members: $5.00

Cost: Free for Members - Nonmembers: $5

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Cooking Class with Trevor Garrett

From: January 21, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Trevor Garret from Sontes


Seattle transplant and chef at Sontes Trevor Garrett will walk through and demonstrate great food ideas that will impress party guests and family members alike!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking Class: A Middle-eastern Meal

From: January 23, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: David Anderson

A Middle-eastern Meal

Participate in the making of a Middle Eastern Meal including appetizers, entrée, and dessert with archeologist David Anderson. David’s primary area of research is the archeology of ancient Egypt, and he lived and worked in Egypt on eight different occasions in the late 1980s. He will share his passion for Egyptian cuisine, interesting facts about the culinary culture of the Middle East, and describe the social role of group feasting.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking Class: Bring the Bounty to your Table

From: July 29, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jodie Visker

Bring the Bounty to Your Table

As gardens and farmers’ markets are reaching their peak productivity, join Master Gardener Jodie Visker in making healthful and delicious vegetable dishes.

Register by Friday. July 25 for this class.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking Class: Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes

From: April 1, 2014 at 12:30pm to: 3:00pm

Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Cooking Class
Living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes involves both medical management and self-management. We’ve asked Viterbo Nutrition/Dietetics students to conduct an interactive cooking class using healthy recipes that follow the recommendations for nutritional management in diabetes. There will be opportunity to get your cooking and nutrition questions answered, and the students will provide nutritional analyses of the recipes. You may elect to have a blood glucose stick performed for a $1.00 fee. This is a class for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes.


 

Cost: $10 Members/$15 Non-members

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Cooking Class: Making Healthy Food Choices

From: September 11, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Co-op Community Room—La Crosse

With: Jamie Weber


Join Jamie Weber, M.S. R.D.N., to learn how eating a "clean" diet of minimally processed foods may help you reach your health and weight loss goals. Two recipes will be demonstrated. Interested participants may take a health challenge with opportunity for follow-up with Jamie.

Register at the Customer Service Desk.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking Class: Meatless Meals

From: March 20, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Vicki Lopez-Kaley

Meatless Meals Your Family Will Enjoy

You may think of meatless dishes as part of a Lenten fast, or as a healthy and affordable way to vary your diet and discover new favorites. Instructor Vicki Lopez-Kaley will lead the class in the making of simple meatless ethnic recipes that are family-friendly and easy to adapt to your taste and pantry. This class is for anyone looking to explore beans and legumes, as well as experienced bean eaters. (Bean counters are welcome too: beans are an economical source of protein!) Class will include some hands-on prep, practical tips, and of course, tasting!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking for one (or two!)—La Crosse

From: January 19, 2016 at 6:00pm to: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson

TWO Classes • Thursday, January 19 and Thursday, February 16 • 6–7:30 p.m.


Are you often making small meals but still want them to be interesting, nutritious, and delicious? Learn the benefits of homemade, real foods—even if the quantities are small! Try your hand at mason jar cooking with Debbie Hendrickson and learn much more at the same time! These classes are ideal for singles, couples, students, people new to the kitchen, and those looking for fresh ideas. The January class will cover breakfast and lunch, and during the February class we will make supper! Debbie is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts and teaches cooking classes for La Crosse Parks and Recreation. Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: Each class is $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Sign up for both classes and save: $25 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Cooking for one (or two!)—La Crosse

From: February 16, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson


TWO Classes • Thursday, January 19 and Thursday, February 16 • 6–7:30 p.m.


Are you often making small meals but still want them to be interesting, nutritious, and delicious? Learn the benefits of homemade, real foods—even if the quantities are small! Try your hand at mason jar cooking with Debbie Hendrickson and learn much more at the same time! These classes are ideal for singles, couples, students, people new to the kitchen, and those looking for fresh ideas. The January class will cover breakfast and lunch, and during the February class we will make supper! Debbie is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts and teaches cooking classes for La Crosse Parks and Recreation.

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: Each class is $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Sign up for both classes and save: $25 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Cooking with Herbs—La Crosse

From: June 22, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


Faith of Fizzeology Foods will introduce you to the basics of using herbs in your kitchen. Learn about different qualities of some common cooking herbs, some of the benefits and how to use and combine them effectively. Participants will enjoy samples of some healthful foods and leave with a handout of recipes and resources. 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Cooking with herbs—La Crosse

From: July 18, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Shawn McManus and Pam Hartwell

Herbs give pizzazz and added nutrition to the foods we love! What’s better—fresh or dried herbs? How can we dry and store herbs at home? Your questions will be answered! Savory Creations’ Chef Shawn McManus will demonstrate ways to use the most popular fresh or dried herbs in the dishes you love. He will toss in a few more highly flavorful or unusual ones that you will want to add to your kitchen repertoire. We will enjoy a refreshing herbal wine spritzer while Pam Hartwell, executive director of Hillview Agriculture Center, leads the discussion on the growing, characteristics and storage of your kitchen herbs. The class will be held in the greenhouse at Western’s Horticultural Education building in the community room at 624 Vine Street, so you can see and tour the state-of-the-art greenhouse operation before or after the class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Cooking with kids: Keeping it cool! – La Crosse

From: July 18, 2015 at 11:00am to: 12:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Mary Thompson

Kids! Fun and Food! Come and enjoy making (and eating) the best of the summer fruits and veggies! Silly salad people, alphabet sandwiches, mixed fruit smoothies, and more! This class is designed for children ages 8 to 10 (more or less), adults welcome.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Cooking with Raw Foods-Rochester

From: May 30, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett, a raw foods aficionado and PFC produce employee, will be walking you through different recipes using raw foods.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cooking with Raw Foods—Rochester

From: March 19, 2016 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

With: Matt Bennett


Matt Bennett, a raw foods aficionado and PFC employee, will walk you through different recipes using raw foods. An emphasis will be placed on healthy fruits and vegetables, and unique juicing recipes. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Cooking with seasonal vegetables-Indian style! – La Crosse

From: August 11, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Elena Flottmeyer, Hackberry’s Bistro

Join Elena as she prepares the best of summer veggies into delicious Indian cuisine while coaching us on how to cook these and other Indian dishes at home. At least three dishes— pakora, aloo mater, eggplant curry—will be prepared and recipes will be shared! Elena has five years’ experience with international cuisine! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Copper and Kings Brandy demo—Rochester

From: November 1, 2018 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Copper and Kings Brandy from Louisville.

Cost: Free

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Crazy for curry! La Crosse

From: February 28, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Thippi Luangpraseuth


Soup and stir-fry with curry, oh my! Learn how to cook with curry Southeast Asian style! Thippi, a native of Laos and chef at Culina Mariana, will guide us through this spicy class! Thippi is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.

Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Create Healthy, Calm Home Environments by Using Essential Oils—La Crosse

From: August 3, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Joyce Sobotto


Join Joyce Sobotto, aromatherapist from Eau Claire, WI, to explore types of essential oils and diffusers that can be used to help create calming conditions in the home, especially beneficial for children and learning environments. Joyce will review research that points to positive results from using the featured oils. We will also learn about using essential oils for home cleaning products, replacing dangerous chemicals that pollute and poison. Participants will make oil blends and products to take home, recipes and instructions included.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

 

Joyce is certified with the National Holistic Aromatherapy Association and the owner/founder of an international business.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Creating new changes: How to train your mind—La Crosse

From: May 7, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Caryn Willens

Spring is a time of physical cleansing. And a time of rebirth for all of nature. It is also an opportune time to discard emotional baggage that has accumulated to allow you to move forward to accomplish what you truly desire in life. Is it better health? More heart-centered relationships? More satisfying job or career? Not sure where to begin? Join Certified Facilitator and Holistic Health Professional Caryn Willens to explore what is holding you back. Learn to leave the past behind, and move forward to create your desires! 

Cost: $10.00 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Creating your health plan—La Crosse

From: November 12, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: With Caryn Willens, CYT, ND, Wellness Inspirations, LLC

Do you want to improve your health? Do you have a road map to help you do it? If you don’t know where to start, join us as we explore factors that can weaken the body and what you can do to strengthen them. Develop a focused plan for moving forward and improving your health!

Caryn Willens is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Professional who has been in healthcare for over 40 years. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree.  Along with her certification as a yoga teacher, she is also a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner and a Certified Personal Development Facilitator.

Combining her knowledge and experience to focus on the structure and function of the body, Caryn guides individuals as they achieve their physical and emotional goals so they can age gracefully and have a better quality of life.

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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Crepes and Galettes-Rochester

From: May 14, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Brigitte Heublein

Learn the secrets of crepe and galette making with PFC’s own crepe expert Brigitte.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Cuisine Adventure Tours: Step into the foods, flavors, and customs of Vietnam—La Crosse

From: February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Tân Pham

Planning a trip to Vietnam? The tasks could be daunting. What cities do I go to? What sightseeing activities do I choose? And a question that all too often comes last in the planning process, where will I eat? Cuisine Adventure Tours’ Tân Pham, a Vietnam native, has been a Wisconsinite for the last 42 years. Tân and his family have been to Vietnam many times in the past 15 years. He will share with you how to immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture and will discuss the food experiences from big cities to small villages, from restaurants to ‘backyard, garden-to-table’ meals. Tân will also present his business, “Cuisine Adventure Tours” and share tempting Vietnamese treats with the class. There is no charge to attend this presentation but please register at customer service as with all classes.

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required

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Curries around the World—La Crosse

From: April 13, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Elena Flottmeyer


We will learn all about curry varieties in this class. Curry dishes from India, Thailand, and Malaysia will be demonstrated by Elena with opportunity for participants to try their hand in the kitchen and sample the results! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Dairy Month Cheese Making, Desserts, and Raffle—Rochester

From: June 24, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

Learn how to make quick and tasty desserts with brie, berries, ricotta, and honey.
Live cheese demo: Making ricotta at home.
Enter to win one of PFC’s June Dairy Months prizes (the drawing will be held June 30th).

Cost: Free

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Dark chocolate truffles—La Crosse

From: December 3, 2018 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Linda Riddle

CLASSES THROUGH LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY ED
Register online: www.isd300.k12.mn.us
click on “Community” tab

Monday, December 3 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. • with 

Did you know dark chocolate can be a very healthy treat? Join Linda for a delicious, fun evening making dark chocolate truffles with a variety of fillings and coatings. We will learn about the chocolate industry and how to select high quality, conflict-free ingredients from PFC. We will share our creations within the class as we sample the truffles paired with a selection of local cheeses! Everyone will make a small box of delectable chocolate goodness to take home! HS FACS Rm. 72. $19.

Sign up through La Crescent Community Ed, not PFC!

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Deadline for Candidates to Register for Board Elections

From: August 29, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors of People's Food Co-op may pick up an application packet at the Store Customer Service Counter, or click here to download. Forms must be returned by 29 August.

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Decluttering—La Crosse

From: January 10, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Kay Rutherford

A new year and fresh start are upon us! Let’s declutter our “stuff,” our minds, our beings. A daunting task, but together we can do it and become en-lightened. Join us for a fun-filled, challenging, active workshop…the stories abound! Kay, our presenter, is down to one room! 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Dehydrating your Fall Produce-Rochester

From: October 17, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

So winter is a right around the bend, but you have so much fall harvest. What to do? Join PFC’s Matt Bennett as he teaches methods of dehydration.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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DEMO: Deer Creek Cheese

From: January 18, 2019 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Rochester Cheese

Deer Creek Cheese will be visiting PFC Rochester, Jan 18 from 4 to 7 pm. Deer Creek handcrafts the bestselling Robin Colby, co-op exclusive cheddar, and other artisanal cheeses at Pfc! Select Deer Creek cheese will also be on sale.
 

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DEMO: Kalona SuperNatural

From: January 18, 2019 at 3:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse

Kalona SuperNatural will be in the La Crosse store to demo some of their delicious dairy products!

https://kalonasupernatural.com

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Detoxification for Body & Mind—La Crosse

From: September 24, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: With Caryn Willens, CYT, ND, Wellness Inspirations, LLC

You are probably familiar with toxins that affect the body physically. Did you know that there are toxins that affect the mind as well? We will discuss the types and sources of physical toxins. Then, learn the sources of emotional toxins. Discover how to detoxify with simple, easy, comfortable methods for both!Cary Willens, CYT, ND

Caryn Willens is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Professional who has been in healthcare for over 40 years. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree. Along with her certification as a yoga teacher, she is also a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner and a Certified Personal Development Facilitator.

Combining her knowledge and experience to focus on the structure and function of the body, Caryn guides individuals as they achieve their physical and emotional goals so they can age gracefully and have a better quality of life.

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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Diabetes and pre-diabetes cooking-La Crosse

From: April 8, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

Join Viterbo University Nutrition and Dietetics students for an informational presentation and interactive cooking class that focuses on nutritional management of diabetes and pre-diabetes. The cooking class will emphasize vegetarian main and side dishes.

The students will also conduct an assessment screening clinic from 5:00–5:30 which includes a cholesterol test for $10.00 and blood glucose test for $1.00.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Digestive Wellness, Naturally

From: September 23, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 6:30pm

Location: PFC-Rochester Community Room

Interested in natural digestive system health? Join Gina Moss, RD, LD/N, to learn how probiotics, fiber, enzymes, and herbal cleansing formulas support healthy detoxification and promote digestive wellness, naturally. 

Cost: FREE

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Dim sum dinner—Rochester

From: April 2, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: The Doggery (map)

With: Chef Zach Ohley (Pescara), Justin Scollville (ZZest, Porch), and Doggery owner Aynsley Jones


Sunday, April 2 • 4–8 p.m.
Join Chef Zach Ohley (Pescara), Justin Scollville (ZZest, Porch), and Doggery owner Aynsley Jones as they team up with PFC to make delicious dim sum. Small plates will be paired with specialty cocktails. RSVP required by calling PFC—first come, first served basis.

Class will meet at The Doggery, 18 3rd St. SW (Subway Level), Rochester.

Cost: Cost is per pairing (plate/cocktail)

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Dinner and inspiration with Karen! La Crosse

From: May 5, 2017 at 5:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Karen Urbanek

5 p.m.:
Meet and mingle with Karen Urbanek, international speaker, author, and educator! Pick up your supper from the PFC Deli and come upstairs for informal conversation with Karen before the class! Then…


6:00–7:30 p.m.: Reversing Diabetes, Killing Cancer Cells and the Skinny on Fake Food!
It’s springtime, and that means spring cleaning not only of your home, but of your body! Learn how to shake off those extra pounds by understanding simple food combining, how to easily rid the body of extra sugar (which demands insulin), and guess what? Certain foods feed cancer! Enjoy Karen’s fresh smoothies after class!

Cost: This is a free class, but you must call customer service to preregister.

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Dinner at 4 Daughters Winery with PFC

From: January 18, 2014 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Location: Four Daughters Winery, 78757 Minnesota 16, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (map)

With: Chef Erik Kleven

You are invited to attend a three-course meal and demonstration with Four Daughters Winery executive chef Erik Kleven in partnership with People’s Food Co-op.


During the demonstration, participants will sample food from all three courses, sip on three different 3-oz pours of Four Daughters wine—paired specially with the courses, and receive recipes to take home. Diners will also receive an easy-to-use shopping list for each meal.


The event will take place at Four Daughters Winery, 78757 Minnesota 16, Spring Valley, MN 55975. Saturday, January 18th at 1 p.m.

Register by calling: 507-346-7300 or emailing: events@fourdaughtersvineyard.com.

Cost: Cost is $30

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Dinner on the farm—Rochester

From: August 13, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 10:00pm

With: Jordan Bell

Join Jordan Bell, Bang Brewery, Basic Place farm, 4 sisters farm and Dinner on the Farm, for exactly that! Food grown and prepared at the farm, music from Jeremy Jewell, and a beautiful setting to enjoy friends and family.

Tickets can be purchased at dinneronthefarm.com.

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Dinner with Forager Brewing Company—Rochester

From: February 14, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Forager Brewing Company, 1005 6th St. NW, Rochester

Forager Brewery will be hosting two seatings for Valentine’s Day, and it is a meal not to be missed. This seven course repast will feature People’s Food Co-op’s “surf and turf”—scallops and beef. The team at Forager will not disappoint, but tickets are limited, so go to their Eventbrite or visit their Facebook page for seating times and to sign up. 1005 6th St. NW, Rochester. 

Cost: Price set by Forager.

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Discover healing crystals—La Crosse

From: July 17, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Nedra Blietz

Crystals and stones are not only beautiful but they are also powerful healing tools. Crystal remedies can assist in bringing balance and healing to physical and emotional disease. They can also be used for spiritual and lifestyle enhancement. In this workshop, you will learn crystal basics, choosing and working with a pendulum, how to cleanse/recharge your crystals and what crystals to work with based on your astrological sign. Bring a notebook and your favorite stone, if you wish. 

 

The teacher will be:

Nedra Blietz RYT200 CCH
Purpose Coach, ThetaHealer®
International Teacher

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Discover Your Powerful Purpose—La Crosse

From: September 25, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Nedra Blietz

Are you living the life you desire? Is your health, wealth, career, relationships, and happiness everything you want it to be?  In this workshop, you will be introduced to powerful techniques to clear blocks and start creating the life of your dreams!

It is possible for all of us to manifest the very best that the Universe has to offer. The truth is, we are creating our reality, based on our beliefs systems.  You will understand the power of the subconscious mind and how your beliefs literally create your life. Using the ThetaHealing® technique, Nedra will demonstrate how to quickly release limiting beliefs that are not serving you and replace them with empowering beliefs that align with your true self and divine purpose. It is your birthright to live a life of success and abundance in all areas of your life. Are you ready to start making positive shifts in your life?

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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DIY Bath Bomb Class—Rochester

From: November 3, 2018 at 9:00am to: 1:30pm

Location: Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen

Saturday, November 3 • Two classes: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. • Hosted with Rochester Mom’s Blog


Crystal, local soap and body care maker and owner of Scrub Your Butt Soap Company, will walk you through the process of making your own bath bombs using common household items. Each participant will walk away with one bath bomb and the knowledge to make your own at home (think holiday gifts)! Take- home kits will be for sale and pastries and coffee will be served.

Tickets are $10 and are limited, so make plans with friends for a fun morning and grab your tickets soon! There are two classes to choose from, so please purchase your ticket carefully.

Reserve your ticket on the People’s Food Co-op Facebook event page at the following link: www.facebook.com/events/325170018242596/

Cost: $10

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DIY bath bombs and shower fizzies—Rochester

From: May 24, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel

Local body care and soap maker Crystal Merkel will demonstrate just how easy it is to make your own bath bombs and shower fizzies using all natural ingredients. Participants will assist in preparation and take home a sampling. Spend the summer perfecting your new craft and think ahead to holiday gifts. Class will be held at PFC—Rochester and class size is limited to 12.

Cost: Cost is $20 per participant

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DIY bath bombs, skins salve, & body/room spray—Rochester

From: November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel

Crystal, local soap and body care maker, will demonstrate easy-to-follow recipes for making different bath products. Attendees will make their own bath products and receive a generous sampling of the three products made in class. Give them away as holiday gifts or keep them for yourself. In this class, Crystal will be making bath bombs, skin salve and body/room spray using natural ingredients and essential oils. Class will be held at PFC Rochester. 

Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers.

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DIY bug repellent—Rochester

From: June 8, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel

Lately, scientists have been producing evidence that shows conventional chemical-based insect repellents are becoming less effective at providing a barrier between humans and mosquitoes and ticks. Make your own essential oil-based bug repellent using a simple but effective recipe from local body care and soap maker Crystal Merkel. Participants will assist in the preparation and take home their own bottle of spray.

Class will be held at PFC—Rochester and class size is limited to 12. 

Cost: Cost is $20 per participant

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DIY coconut oil toothpaste—Rochester

From: April 27, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester PFC

With: Crystal Merkel


Coconut oil has been found to be excellent at removing oral bacteria, leaving a clean antiseptic environment that promotes healthy teeth and gums. Instructor and local body care/soap maker Crystal Merkel will prepare a batch of coconut oil toothpaste to divide among participants.

Class will be held at Rochester PFC and size is limited to 12, so register early.

Cost: $15

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DIY essential oils class with Aura Cacia!—La Crosse

From: November 30, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Elena Mercurio


Essential Oils can be used in many DIY recipes for different applications. Come and learn from Aura Cacia’s Elena Mercurio what oils are right for your needs and how to safely use them. Participants will make several essential blends for home use or gift-giving.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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DIY Green Cleaning—La Crosse

From: May 22, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Elena Mercurio, Aromatherapy Educator for Aura Cacia Essential Oils

When you make your own DIY home cleaning products with essential oils and other simple ingredients, you can feel good about what goes into your home spaces. In this class we'll learn tips and tricks for safely using essential oils to enhance your everyday life and create a cleaner space. You will also get the opportunity to make a DIY home cleaning product for yourself to take home and try!

Cost: $5 for members and $7 for non members

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DIY green spring cleaning—La Crosse

From: May 22, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Elena Mercurio, Aromatherapy Educator for Aura Cacia Essential Oils

Make your own DIY home cleaning products with essential oils and other simple ingredients, to feel good about what goes into your home spaces. Join Elena, aromatherapy educator for Aura Cacia Essential Oils, to learn tips and tricks for safely using essential oils to enhance our everyday lives. You will also get the opportunity to make a DIY home cleaning product for yourself to take home! This class was rescheduled from April 3 to allow more participation. 

Cost: $5.00 members; $10 nonmembers (supplies provided by Aura Cacia).

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DIY home spa & homemade gifts-La Crosse

From: December 7, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Elena



From body care to home cleaning, essential oils can be used in many go-it-yourself recipes. Join Elena from Aura Cacia to learn about the many uses of essential oils. This class will be hands-on. Participants will learn how to make home spa products and homemade gifts by making several different types in the class.

 

Here is a list of what participants will be making in class:

 

Frankincense & Ylang Ylang Roll-On Perfume

Tangerine Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub

Grapefruit & Lavender Fizzy Bath Powder

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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DIY natural blush & coconut oil toothpaste! La Crosse

From: August 8, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel

Have you ever wondered what ingredients are really in your cosmetics and other commercial care products? Per requests from PFC members in La Crosse, Crystal is coming here to answer that question and give us alternatives. Join Crystal, owner of Scrub Your Butt Soap Co., for an evening of learning how to make natural, customized cosmetic powder blush using simple plant and earth ingredients. While she is here, Crystal will also teach participants how to prepare a batch of coconut oil toothpaste. Both the blushes and the toothpaste will go home with the participants along with recipes and information on the health benefits of your new self-care products. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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DIY natural powder blush—Rochester

From: April 6, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester

With: Crystal Merkel


Have you ever wondered what ingredients were really in your cosmetics? With this class you won’t have to. Instructor and local body care/soap maker Crystal Merkel will demonstrate how to make your own customized, natural, cosmetic powder blush using simple plant and earth ingredients. Participants will receive a portion of the finished product to take home.

Class will be held at PFC—Rochester and size is limited to 12, so register early.

Cost: $15

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DIY room & body sprays—Rochester

From: September 8, 2018 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

With: Nathan Rose

Room and body sprays for well-being with Nathan Rose from Veriditas Botanicals by Pranarom. Stop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make your own room and body spray using essential oils and to learn more about them.

Cost: Free

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DIY shower melts, shower butter, & bath salts—Rochester

From: December 9, 2017 at 2:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel

Crystal, local soap and body care maker, will demonstrate easy-to-follow recipes for making different bath products. Attendees will make their own bath products and receive a generous sampling of the three products made in class. Give them away as holiday gifts or keep them for yourself. Class will be held at PFC Rochester. 

Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers.

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DIY spring cleaning using essential oils—La Crosse

From: May 23, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Annie Gausmann, PFC Wellness Dept.

Spring cleaning is fresher and, yes, cleaner when essential oils (rather than harmful chemicals) are used. Join Annie for an evening of discovery: What oils and oil blends speak to your senses? What types of cleaners can easily be made at home? Do they actually get stuff clean? Everyone will make a cleaning product to take home along with recipes and suggestions for others to DIY! 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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DIY whipped sugar scrub—Rochester

From: February 2, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel


Crystal is a local soapmaker with amazingly simple recipes to treat your skin. In this class Crystal will show you how to make your own Whipped Sugar Scrub, sending you home with a generous portion to spoil yourself on—or give to your Valentine!

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 (supply cost is included)

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Dog food for dinner? – La Crosse

From: July 15, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Cheri Haug


These days, cooking for our pets is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Frequent recalls reveal the fact that commercial pet food contains ingredients that are unregulated and often contaminated, moldy, and poisonous. Cooking for your pet is healthy, affordable, and easy to do. In this hands-on class you will make tasty and nutritious dog/cat food fit for every member of your family and dog biscuits good enough to serve at your next party! Come hungry! We’re having dog food for dinner! Cheri Haug is a long time believer in cooking for her healthy 14-year-old Yorkie. 
 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Downtown Days Grill Out—La Crosse

From: July 27, 2018 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Fifth Ave awning, La Crosse store

Join PFC for a grill outside in celebration of La Crosse's Downtown Days. Burgers, brats, vegetarian options, and all the fixins will be available.

Cost: Varies

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Dr. Hauschka Consultation Event

From: June 29, 2019 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Wellness Desk

Join us for a Dr. Hauschka Consultation Event on Saturday, June 29th. There are twelve 20-minute time slots available from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The consultation will take place at the Rochester Wellness Counter area where each guest will be treated to their choice of a facial or makeover and consult with a Dr. Hauschka trained esthetician to determine products best suited for them. Attendees may sign up at the Rochester Wellness counter or call (507) 289-9061 ext. 3070.

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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Earth Day Block Party and Staff Art Fair

From: April 22, 2018 at 2:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: People's Food Co-op Rochester parking lot

Join us in the People's Food Co-op (PFC) parking lot for an afternoon of great food, great people, great art, and great music!


Live music presented by Positive Tuesday featuring: Social Animals / Hannah von der Hoff / Loud Mouth Brass Band / DJ Brian Engel


Beer, beverages, and food: Bleu Duck Kitchen (for purchase)


Art from our talented PFC team members including candles, 2D art, pottery, stained glass, and lino prints.


Special thanks to our event sponsors: DMC, Northern Sun, Earthfest, Gerrard, The Fish Guys


 


 

Cost: FREE

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Earth Day PFC Block Party—Rochester

From: April 28, 2019 at 2:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Parking Lot

Join us at People's Food Co-op for an afternoon of great food, great people, and great music! Aubrey Robinson will kickoff the day of music at 2 p.m. followed by Mike Munson from 4 - 6 p.m.  Stop by our face painting and diy bath bomb station and grab dinner from the Co-op's Own™ hot bar or our house-made sandwich menu.

This is a no waste event!

NO RSVP NEEDED!

Cost: Free

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Earth Fair—La Crosse

From: April 28, 2019 at 11:00am to: 5:00pm

Location: Myrick Park, La Crosse

Farmers' market • Food booths • Live music • Healing arts room • Children's activities • Door prizes • Grand green prizes • Recycling fair • Shuttle trolley ... and more!

www.EarthFairLaCrosse.com

Cost: Free

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Earth-friendly wines for Earth Day—Rochester

From: April 19, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Above the co-op in MMP

Grape production and wine-making have become increasingly more sustainable over the past few years. As we celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week, Mark Weimer from Wine Merchants will sample and talk fair trade and organically grown wines from various regions. Be proud of the wine you drink this Earth Day! Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Easter Brunch at Hackberry's

From: April 5, 2015 at 9:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

$24.95 per person/reservations please

 

Mixed Greens Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing

Fresh Fruit Salad

Honey Roasted Ham

Swedish Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

Green Beans Pomodoro

Herbed Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Spinach and Wild Mushroom Strata

Blueberry Pecan Stuffed French Toast with Maple Syrup or Blueberry Sauce

Wild Rice Pilaf

Assorted Scones and Muffins

Kids under 10: $7.95

reservations: 608.784.5798 ext. 2202

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Easter Brunch Buffet! La Crosse

From: April 1, 2018 at 8:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

Welcome to Hackberry’s! Let chef Liz Lesser prepare your Easter buffet.

Featuring carving station, omelet bar, strawberries and cream french toast, and much more.

Complete buffet and a la carte menu is here.

Vegan and gluten-free options available. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s: $5.

And a kid-care service provider with fun activities to keep the kids entertained!

Seatings at 8 & 10 a.m., 12:30 & 2:45 p.m.

Reservations strongly recommended

608-784-5798 ext. 2202

Cost: $27 per person; 10 and under: $12; 4 and under: free

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Easter Brunch! La Crosse

From: April 21, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

Join us for Easter brunch!

Sunday, 21 April 2019
Seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m

FEATURING
Full soup and salad bar
Herb roasted chicken breast
Honey baked ham
Rice pilaf
Herb roasted potatoes
Roasted vegetables
Bacon egg bake
Baked French toast
Fruit
Assorted muffins and scones

Reservations required: 608-784-5798 ext. 2202

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Eat Local Farm Tour

From: July 15, 2017 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

PFC is joining Co-ops from around Minnesota for the Annual Eat Local Farm Tour.

This year we have added a southern loop, with Sweet 16 Farms, Featherstone Farms, Hoch Orchard, and Blossom Hills offering tours and information.

This is a great way to meet your farmers and see first-hand the sustainable practices and pride they have in their work.

Free of charge; maps and information available at customer service in both PFC Rochester and La Crosse.

Cost: Free

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Eat Local Farm Tour–Rochester

From: July 16, 2016 at 10:00am to: 4:00pm


Saturday, July 16 • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
People’s Food Co-op is excited to partner with other co-ops and farms around the state to highlight our efforts to support local food. Take a self-guided tour to various farms, meet the farmers, and try their products. Guides are available in the store. No need to sign up in advance. Use this fun, interactive day to thank your local farmer!

2016 Eat Local Farm Tour Guide

Cost: Free

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Eat the Rainbow! PFC Class for Kids—La Crosse CANCELLED

From: April 30, 2016 at 10:00am to: 11:30am

With: Ana Skemp


Proposal: Let’s make art and cook together! Join Ana Skemp of Grow La Crosse to choose, chop, and combine vegetables to make a rainbow salad with lemon honey dressing. Each child will also decorate (paint, glue, etc.) his or her own upcycled planter to take home, and plant it with a favorite vegetable. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

 

This class has been canceled.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Edible Landscapes-La Crosse

From: April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC- La Crosse Community Room

With: Jarad Barkeim and Judd Steinback

Mow less, grow more! Edible landscapes use functional gardens to provide food and beauty while improving the ecological health of the land. Edible landscaping builds resilient communities by reducing our dependence on a global food system. In this class you will learn about many food-producing annual and perennial plants, how you can grow mushrooms and raise chickens, basic edible landscape design, and how edible landscapes can benefit your landscape and your community.

Proceeds from this class will go to the La Crosse Hmong Cultural and Community Center, for their youth program fund and garden fund.

Cost: Free for members; $5.00 for nonmembers

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Edible Wild Plants—La Crosse

From: May 1, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC La Crosse

Derek Barkeim, owner of Seekers Wild (Winona) will be at PFC La Crosse on the evening of May 1st to lead a conversation on "Edible Wild Foods and Survival Skills".

His presentation will include a walk through Cameron Park to search for plant samples.

This presentation is free and open to the public, it is being offered as part of the second annual  "La Crosse Reads" community wide reading of the novel "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel and is presented cooperatively by La Crosse Public Library and People's Food Co-op.

For information on other book events in La Crosse, go to LaCrosseReads.com

Cost: Free event.

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Egg Dyeing with Veggie and Fruit Colors—La Crosse

From: March 19, 2016 at 9:30am to: 11:00am

With: Linda Riddle


Let’s learn about veggies and fruits that make great dyes, then make some dyes and color boiled eggs to take home! We will decorate baskets and enjoy healthy snacks while the eggs soak up the colors! This class is intended to be interactive for adults and children. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $10 member family; $20 nonmember family

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Enjoy a Mexican fiesta at PFC—La Crosse

From: March 30, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Chef Shawn McManus


Bienvenidos! The food of Mexico has the distinction of being one of the world’s first fusion cuisines. It uses an alluring blend of flavors from Spanish cuisine with those of Mexico’s indigenous people. Mexican food is known world-wide for its hot and spicy kick, yet its truly authentic dishes have much more to offer than just heat. In this class you will learn hand-prepared tamales with traditional techniques of northern Mexico with fusion flair.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

 

MENU

Chips & Salsa Bar

Appetizer

Extended Salsa Bar / Homemade Chips

Entrée

Carnitas Stuffed Tamales
(Slow Roasted Pork)

Sides

Black Bean & Corn Relish
Frijoles Rancheroes (Ranch Beans)

 

Class includes: hands-on instruction, chips/salsa, & recipes

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • utensils & materials provided
  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys beverages and a generous portion of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchen
  • Recipes provided

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Essential Oils & Summertime! Rochester

From: May 25, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm


We will talk about the wonderful essential oil choices for an organic, nontoxic bug spray, an organic bug treatment that helps and soothes even the worst bites. We will also cover essential oils for the care of summer skin, ideas for summer beauty treatments, and all about summer travel and those oils that keep your immunity up so you can enjoy the summer in good health!

RSVP required, space is limited. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20.

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Essential oils 101—Rochester

From: June 22, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Terra Johnson from Veriditas Botanicals

Terra is back to explain all of the uses and benefits of Veriditas Botanicals essential oils. This is a great class for anyone looking for information and to discover all that essential oils have to offer. Class will be held at PFC—Rochester and class size is limited to 12.

Cost: $15

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Essential oils for fall & winter—Rochester - CANCELLED

From: October 9, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Terra Johnson from Veriditas Botanicals

Terra is back to explain all of the uses and benefits of Veriditas Botanicals essential oils in the cold season. This is a great class for anyone looking for information about oils and to discover all that essential oils have to offer.

Class will be held at PFC—Rochester and class size is limited to 12. 

Cost: $15

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Essential Oils for Home Remedies-La Crosse

From: May 28, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 6:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Jamie Weber

Essential oils … what are they and how do I use them? Learn more about essential oils and how they can play a role in your health—including how to decrease toxins by making your own cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Cost: $5 Members/$10 Nonmembers

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Essential oils to drive away winter blues & chills—Rochester

From: February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC Rochester Dining Room, 519 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN

With: Terra Johnson

Tired of the long winter? Terra, Veriditas Botanicals National Educator, will be highlighting a variety of essential oils that can bring you out of the winter doldrums and freshen your environment. Participants will receive information on the benefits and uses of some great essential oils and a bottle of uplifting or cleaning spray to take home. Class will be held at PFC Rochester. 

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Evan Healy Skincare Demonstration

From: November 15, 2013 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Join us at People's Food Co-op for a demonstration and sampling of evanhealy skincare products.

evanhealy is an artisan-quality skin care treatment line created by aesthetician Evan Healy. Her holistic approach draws from traditional plant lore, aromatherapy, ayurveda, and homeopathy.

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Evan Healy Skincare Demonstration

From: February 15, 2014 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

Join us at People's Food Co-op for a demonstration and sampling of evanhealy skincare products.

evanhealy is an artisan-quality skin care treatment line created by aesthetician Evan Healy. Her holistic approach draws from traditional plant lore, aromatherapy, ayurveda, and homeopathy.

 

http://www.evanhealy.com/

Cost: Free

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Evanhealy Demo

From: February 12, 2016 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

In store demo of Evanhealy products: simplistic, certified organic, handmade skin care sourced from the wild; from small family farms, and women's co-ops around the globe.

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evanhealy skincare to visit La Crosse store

From: February 17, 2018 at 11:00am to: 5:00pm

Representatives from evanhealy will be helping with skincare questions. Samples will be available.

evanhealy relies on certified organic and wild-crafted plants, mineral-rich clays, and sustainable harvesting practices to create each product. All evanhealy oil serums and hydrosols are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.


Each step of production is done by hand, from the fields and forests where the plants are harvested, to the production facility where materials are hand blended and hand packaged.

30% off all items during the event.

Cost: Free

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Expanding beyond meatless Mondays: Becoming a vegetarian

From: March 23, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Ellen Tangel and Bei Wu

Expanding beyond meatless Mondays: Becoming a vegetarian

Are you considering making the switch to a vegetarian diet? Join Viterbo dietetics interns Ellen Tangel and Bei Wu as they explore the world of vegetarian cooking and what you need to consider when eliminating meat, fish and poultry from your diet. We’ll make and sample some tasty vegetarian dishes and hear from Co-op member Erin Hoy about making the transition to a vegetarian lifestyle.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Extended Hackberry's Hours

From: February 25, 2016 at 12:00am to: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

To celebrate MOSES Organic Farming Conference, we're open late.  

EXTENDED HOURS
Thursday, February 25th
11AM-3PM & 5PM-9PM

Friday, February 26th
11AM-3PM & 5PM-9PM

Saturday, February 27th 
8AM-3PM & 5PM-9PM 

Enjoy house-made, local offerings like burgers, sausages, salads, and more!

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Facials and essential oils—Rochester

From: May 10, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: PFC Conference Area

With: Michaelene Karlene

Join Michaelene Karlene from Ballerina Botanical’s, a new line of local skin products at PFC, as she discusses the importance of essential oils in daily facial care. Space is limited to 12. 

Cost: $15

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Fair Trade Fair

From: November 6, 2016 at 10:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store


PFC La Crosse will be celebrating Global Initiatives Week with a Fair Trade Fair. We will feature our fair trade items throughout the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fair trade vendors will be here with specials and information on the importance of fair trade. Samples and specials on chocolate, olive oil and African baskets for the hours of the fair only. www.explorelacrosse.com/global.

Cost: Free

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Fair Trade Fair—La Crosse

From: November 5, 2017 at 10:00am to: 4:00pm

On Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PFC—La Crosse will be celebrating Global Initiatives Week with a Fair Trade Fair.

We will feature our fair trade items throughout the store. Fair trade vendors will be at the store with specials and information on the importance of fair trade. 

We will have food and beverage samples in the community room and live music. Look for specials on African baskets and other fair trade products.

Gundersen Global Partners will also be in the store with their merchandise.

Local African Drum group, Mary Stutesman and Friends, will perform at the Fair Trade Fair beginning at noon.

Cost: Free

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Fall foraging in the field—a Saturday morning field trip! La Crosse

From: September 30, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

With: Jarad Barkeim, Coulee Region Ecoscapes, and Derek Barkeim, Seekers Wild

Foraging for wild edibles is an enjoyable and healthy way to get outside and supplement your diet with locally sourced, nutrient-dense food. Learn how to safely identify, harvest, and prepare wild vegetables, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and more.

We will meet at the PFC classroom for introductions and discussion, and then we’ll go out for a foraging hike in a nearby natural area. Transportation provided. 

Cost: $30 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Fall Soups-Rochester

From: September 19, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

Fall soups using healthy foods. Join Matt Bennett as he creates delicious soups from the vegetables right out of your garden. Matt will focus on local and raw produce. His speciality to be sure!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Farewell Event for GM Michelle Schry

From: August 18, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for light refreshments and send well wishes to our GM Michelle Schry as she embarks on her next adventure.

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Farewell Event for GM Michelle Schry

From: August 12, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Join us for light refreshments and send well wishes to our GM Michelle Schry as she embarks on her next adventure.

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FEAST! Festival "Homegrown for the Holidays"

From: November 2, 2014 at 10:00am to: 5:00pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center (map)

Local farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food artisans will converge on Rochester, Minnesota, for the FEAST! Festival and Tradeshow, held on November 2 and 3, 2014, in the Mayo Civic Center. As the single largest showcase of local foods from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, FEAST! is the premiere place to share your food products with others.

From apples to preserves, from locally-grown nuts to hand-dipped chocolates, the FEAST! event is attracting purveyors that have honed their talents in growing and making amazing foods. The Upper Midwest is rich with wonderful food growers and makers who will showcase their goods at this show. More than a hundred farmers, craft and specialty food producers, wineries, and breweries will share the most unique and delicious items found in the Upper Midwest and vie for the “People’s Choice” and other awards. Sample purveyors include Water Buffalo Taleggio cheese and Scrumpy Gold Hard Cider.

Unlike most autumn harvest festivals in the region, the FEAST! Festival and Tradeshow showcases only local and regional foods. These exhibiting food entrepreneurs and farmers can meet customers and commercial buyers, plus access a range of workshops that provide information on topics critical to growing local foods businesses that include product development, marketing, labeling, regulations, distribution, and sales.

The two-day event starts off with the “Homegrown for the Holidays” Festival, where over a hundred farmers, food artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their products while chefs demonstrate holiday cooking and educators present workshops. The festival will include a children’s activity area, live music, and a local beer and wine tasting event. The FEAST! 

People’s Food Co-op is a proud sponsor of FEAST! To attend, to exhibit or for more information visit www.local-feast.org.

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Feast! Local Foods Marketplace-Rochester

From: December 5, 2015 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester

The largest celebration of local foods in the tri-state area will return for its second year December 5 at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester.
• Over 100 exhibitor booths
• A lineup of chef demonstrations and miniworkshops,
• Activities for kids
• Sampling of local beer, wine, and craft spirits for adults,
• Stock up on delicious local and regional foods just in time for the holidays.

Attending the PFC Annual Meeting? People’s Food Co-op is a sponsor of Feast! and we invite you to attend Feast! on Saturday, December 5 at no charge before or after the PFC Annual Meeting. Arrangements will be made for PFC La Crosse members traveling by bus. Pre-registration is required for tickets and bus. Contact Linda Riddle at linda.riddle@pfc.coop.

 

For details see www.local-feast.org

Cost: $5

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FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace—Rochester

From: December 1, 2017 at 10:00am to: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

The largest celebration of local foods in the region will return for its fourth year December 1 & 2 at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN.
• December 1 industry-only; December 2 open to the public
• Over 100 exhibitor booths
• A lineup of chef demonstrations and mini-workshops
• Activities for kids
• Sampling of local beer, wine, and craft spirits for adults
• An opportunity to stock up on delicious local and regional foods just in time for the holidays

More information is available here: http://www.local-feast.org

 

People’s Food Co-op’s Kitchen Manager Maura Henn will be leading a cooking demo at FEAST! on December 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $5

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FEAST! Tradeshow- "Grow it! Make it!"

From: November 3, 2014 at 8:30am to: 5:00pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center

Local farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food artisans will converge on Rochester, Minnesota, for the FEAST! Festival and Tradeshow, held on November 2 and 3, 2014, in the Mayo Civic Center. As the single largest showcase of local foods from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, FEAST! is the premiere place to share your food products with others.

From apples to preserves, from locally-grown nuts to hand-dipped chocolates, the FEAST! event is attracting purveyors that have honed their talents in growing and making amazing foods. The Upper Midwest is rich with wonderful food growers and makers who will showcase their goods at this show. More than a hundred farmers, craft and specialty food producers, wineries, and breweries will share the most unique and delicious items found in the Upper Midwest and vie for the “People’s Choice” and other awards. Sample purveyors include Water Buffalo Taleggio cheese and Scrumpy Gold Hard Cider.

Unlike most autumn harvest festivals in the region, the FEAST! Festival and Tradeshow showcases only local and regional foods. These exhibiting food entrepreneurs and farmers can meet customers and commercial buyers, plus access a range of workshops that provide information on topics critical to growing local foods businesses that include product development, marketing, labeling, regulations, distribution, and sales.

The second day of the festival the business-to-business “Grow It! Make It!” Tradeshow focused on connecting producers and their products with buyers.

People’s Food Co-op is a proud sponsor of FEAST! To attend, to exhibit or for more information visit www.local-feast.org.

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Feminism on Tap—La Crosse

From: November 14, 2018 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC second floor classroom

Feminism on Tap—a fun networking group sponsored by the YWCA, will meet Wednesday, November 14, in the PFC second floor classroom.

Attendees will be able to purchase beverages in the store and take them to the classroom. The topic in November is “Women in Farming,” with a panel of local women who farm. Appetizers will be provided by PFC using ingredients raised and produced by women! 

Cost: Free

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Feng shui in your home—La Crosse

From: March 7, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Frances Lewis

Join local expert Frances Lewis for a fascinating evening to learn the basics of feng shui and how you can apply feng shui principles to your lifestyle and home. Feng shui is an ancient art developed over 3,000 years ago in China that teaches how to balance the energies in a given space. In this class you will learn the different types of feng shui and how to optimize your senses to create more harmony, clarity, and peace of mind at home, in your garden, or at your office. Fran is a Realtor by profession with 23 years’ experience. 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Fermentation Class-Rochester

From: June 10, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Diane Lutzke

Fermentation class with Diane Lutzke. Learn all about the latest in preservation and enjoy tasty recipes.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Fermented Foods-La Crosse

From: June 18, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Faith Anacker

Join Faith of Fizzeology as she demonstrates how to lacto-ferment local organic veggies. Learn the Fizzeology philosophy of relationships regarding how what we eat ties to our well-being and how our choice to support our local economy is our ticket to strengthening communities for a healthy future. Students will also prepare their own quart of fermented vegetables to take home.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Fifth annual bike swap—Rochester

From: May 5, 2018 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Parking Lot

Join PFC and Pata de Perro for the annual bike swap. Bring your used bikes (and a $10 donation) to sell or donate to the club. Or if you are looking for a bike, come down and see what sellers and Pata de Perro has to offer. We are also accepting used bike parts for fixing up bikes. Pata de Perro fixes bikes and donates them to kids around the community.

BUY

  • Used bicycles for adults and children
  • Used bicycle gear
  • Refurbished bicycles from Rochester Community Bike Club (Pata de Perro)

SELL

  • For a donation of $10 you can sell your used bikes and bike gear. Items not sold should be picked up by 2:00, or they will be donated. Seller determines price.
  • All funds raised will support local efforts to make Rochester
  • a more bicycle-friendly community. The event takes place in the co-op parking lot.

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FILM: Food for Change

From: October 20, 2013 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Both Stores Community Rooms

People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse and Rochester will be showing this film in their community rooms, Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 7pm. The public is invited to attend.

New Film Food For Change
Examines Food Co-ops
As Political & Economic Movement


A provocative new film looks at the current resurgence of food co-operatives in America, and their unique historic place in America’s economic and political landscape-‑somewhere between Adam Smith & Eugene Debs. Food For Change, a feature-length (85 min.) documentary from Home Planet Pictures, tells the story of the co‑op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians.

No other film has examined the key role played by consumer-‑led food co-ops during the decades-long debate over profit-driven capitalism vs. locally-controlled economic enterprises. Born in the heartland, cooperatives were seen as the middle path between Wall Street and Socialism.

Filmmaker Steve Alves describes his documentary as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.” Alves tracks the co‑op movement’s quest for whole and organic foods, and the dream of sustainable food systems. The film profiles several current food co‑ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities-‑right in the shadow of corporate agribusiness and national supermarket chain stores.

“Today we’re experiencing a renaissance of American food co‑ops,” says Sean Doyle, General Manager of the Seward Co-op. “These are not marginal enterprises—they are successful and dynamic businesses that are revitalizing communities across the United States. People are once again taking more control over the economic forces in their lives.”

But there were darker days for co-ps after World War II, Alves adds. “Big business regained an influential role within the government, laying the groundwork for a post-war culture based on mass-production, corporate consolidation, and rampant consumerism.”

“Food Co-ops were a byproduct of the Great Depression,” says co-op historian David
Thompson, who is also featured in Food For Change. “The disparity in wealth between the haves and the don’t haves was the spark that ignited co-ops. As co‑ops grew, they restored hope to millions of Americans who began to gain some economic control over their lives and their communities just as co‑ops are doing today.””

The World premiere of Food for Change will take place at the legendary Fitzgerald Theater, in St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 20, 2013 with simultaneous webcast to roughly 50 co-op communities across the country. A 15-minute excerpt from Food for Change was screened at the United Nations last year, where it was given an award.

Steve Alves is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in western Massachusetts. Among his documentaries is Talking to the Wall: The Story of an American Bargain, about one New England town’s battle against the world’s largest retailer.

Cost: FREE!

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Final day to register as a board candidate

From: September 20, 2018 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

People’s Food Co-op holds a board election each year. This year four seats will be filled. Each person elected will serve a three-year term (January 2018 through December 2020).

The board guides the co-op by establishing the vision and ensuring the long-term vitality of the co-op. It ensures that the store operates within our value system while empowering staff to manage day-to-day operations of the store. We seek a wide variety of talent in new candidates.

If you’re interested, here is what you need to know:

  • Since July 1, information packets have been available at the customer service desk at each store and for download from the PFC website, www.pfc.coop.
  • You must fill out the three forms enclosed in the packet and return them by September 20, 2018.
  • During September and October, nominating committee members will evaluate each applicant based on his or her application, a criminal background check, and a telephone interview. The committee will recommend candidates to the board based on these evaluations.
  • Applicants who are recommended by the committee and approved by the board will appear on the ballot. Applicants not approved may petition to be on the ballot using a process described in the information packet.
  • Candidate photos and brief descriptions will appear in the November/December/January Co-op Shopper. Candidate information will also be available in the stores, on the website, and in the email ballots co-op members receive in November.
  • Co-op members may vote by email anytime up to the annual meeting in December in La Crosse or in person at the annual meeting (date of the meeting is yet to be determined).
  • Results are announced within 10 days after the annual meeting. New board members start their terms in January 2019.

More information and candidate packets are availabler here

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Five-week course on Marc David’s book "The Slow Down Diet"—Rochester

From: September 12, 2017 at 6:30pm to: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30pm

With: Debbie Buchbinder

Set yourself free from frustrations with food and body. You can’t hate yourself into a healthy body. We have often been told to slow down while eating. Why? And why is it so hard to do? You will learn new information that will change completely what you think you know about eating. You will hear about amazing ways to experience freedom from fear of food. No meditating, unless you enjoy meditating. No writing affirmations. No replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, although that can happen automatically. This is not a diet. You will find your own wisdom around food. You will come to realize that you are, and always have been, doing the best you can. Your appetite will no longer be something to fear but be something to be excited about. 

Cost: $35—which includes a copy of the book.

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Flirting with Becoming Vegan? –La Crosse

From: August 16, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Cheri Haug

A Class for pre-vegans and vegan wannabes!

We know why we would like to be vegan, but for most of us, it’s just too hard! This class will be part cooking class, part recipe sharing, and part open discussion. We will learn some simple recipes and figure out what’s left to eat if we cut out cheese, milk, eggs, and meat. Instructor Cheri Haug is a tofu-hater and wanna-be vegan who, like you, has struggled with the issues surrounding animal products. Come to class with your own recipes to share. We will also share our ideas on where to dine out. “There’s got to be something to eat around here besides salad and french fries!” 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Food art—La Crosse - CANCELLED

From: February 7, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Jamie O’Neill


Child/parent class.

We all know that eating the colors of the rainbow help us get a good combination of vitamins and minerals we need for the day. Let’s play with healthy food and find yummy combinations that can make healthy food more delicious. Each participant will get many food materials to try new combinations, draw pictures and make a Valentine’s message. Playing with your food is fun. Taught by Jamie O’Neill, Grow La Crosse program director.

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 member family; $15 nonmember family.

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Food as Medicine—La Crosse

From: March 9, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Crystal Reynolds

Food as medicine

Food as Medicine explores the benefits of simple ingredients that help you maintain your body’s health and vitality. We will focus on a few key ingredients, sample ‘medicinal’ dishes, and provide information on preparation with recipes to take home. Join Crystal, chef and holistic health advocate, as we explore ancient and modern food wisdom. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Food for Change Film—La Crosse

From: October 4, 2016 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Community Room


Tuesday, October 4, 7–9 p.m, in the co-op’s community room. Join other co-opers, foodies, and environmentalists for a showing of the film, Food for Change for a look at the economic and political impact of food co-ops in America.

A preview of the film may be found here:

https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/food-for-change-education-and-outreach

 

Free, popcorn served! The Howard Bowers Quilt will also be on display.

Cost: Free

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Food Preservation Class

From: March 27, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Food Preservation - The Basics


With an overview of a dozen different food preservation options, you can select methods for controlling the cost, quality, safety and security of your food supply. Plan to process and preserve healthy,  flavorful and cost-effective food. Plan your garden around preservation options, clean out your freezer and re-preserve it, eliminate food waste, take advantage of grocery store specials, keep healthy food stocked year-round. All this and more using preservation methods that fit your time and budget.

This class will cover the benefits, cost, time, equipment and any special arrangements required for all preservation options; with lots of tips too!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Food Preservation Class CANCELED

From: February 20, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Diane Lutzke

Because of inclement weather this class is canceled.

It will be rescheduled.

 

It’s never too early to start planning your garden, so why not plan around preservation! Learn different types of food preservation to use up your garden bounty, take advantage of Food Co-op specials, save money, and minimize food waste. This class will be full of tips and techniques.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Food Preservation: Canning Plus!-La Crosse

From: September 15, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Naomi Fruechte

Learn the basics of canning in this class that will feature canning produce using the pressure canning method and the water bath method. Principles of food preservation, procedures, and equipment will be covered. Each class member will take home a jar of food canned during the class. If time permits, freezing will also be discussed.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Foraging for wild edible foods-La Crosse

From: July 8, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Jarad Barkheim

Foraging for wild edible foods is an enjoyable and healthy way to get outside and supplement your diet. Jarad Barkeim of Coulee Region Ecoscapes will show you how to safely identify, harvest, and prepare wild vegetables, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and more! In this class, we’ll focus on wild foods that are common, easy to find, and easily identifiable so that anyone can enjoy the bounty that wild edible foods provide.

Cost: $10 Members / $20 Nonmembers

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Fresh homemade steaming pretzels—La Crosse

From: April 12, 2018 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Cambria Kolstad-Devaney

Join Cambria, baker for PFC and La Crescent Farmers’ Market, to learn how to make the delicious chewy pretzels you have seen at the farmers’ market. This is handwork, so we will mix and shape and bake. There will be pretzels to sample, a mustard and cheese sauce for dipping, recipes and fresh dough to take home, so you can continue the deliciousness in your own kitchen. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Fruit Vinegars: A Five-Course Dinner

From: October 11, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Cindy Hale

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will lead you on a 5-course tour exploring the ways that you can use culinary vinegars to enhance the flavor, enjoyment, and healthfulness of foods and beverages. This two-hour class will include an appetizer, beverage, salad, small entree, and dessert—all using different kinds of fruit vinegars. You will leave with recipes and ideas for your own kitchen. All items served will be gluten free.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Fulton beer and bites—Rochester

From: August 29, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester

Join staff from Fulton as they bring in their favorite beers to be paired with tasty bites from the People’s Food Co-op and Bleu Duck. This pairing will be fun and casual, with four stations of food paired with delicious beers from Fulton. Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers

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Garden of Life Demo

From: February 12, 2016 at 2:00pm to: 5:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store

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Gathering Fireflies Book Signing

From: September 16, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Dining Area

Mai Chao Duddeck is a La Crosse area artist, author, and educator. Her artwork is currently on display in the deli cafe in PFC - La Crosse through mid October. She'll be signing her newly released book, Gathering Fireflies, available for sale at the customer service desk. Mai Chao will be doing a reading from her book at 5:30. 

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German Christmas stollen bread—La Crosse

From: November 30, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Chef Debbie Hendrickson

Imagine serving your own loaf of beautiful, fruit-filled, delicious stollen to family and guests on Christmas morning! In this class, you will learn how to do just that. We will sample a pre-baked loaf, and bake a loaf in the classroom oven, and each participant will mix and shape a loaf to take home and bake. This will be a traditional German stollen with dark rum, candied fruit and zests, spices and nuts, milk and eggs. You will be given the recipe so that this wonderful bread can become part of your holiday traditions. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Get back on track for 2017—Both stores

From: January 18, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Gina Moss


FREE WEBINAR!

Trying to recover from the holidays? Join Gina Moss, RD, LD/N, national educator for Renew Life, as she navigates you through the digestive system, and learn a few simple ways to reset and refresh your body from the holidays and beyond. Learn how herbal cleansing can help you recapture that clean, light, energetic feeling you love, and how probiotics and digestive enzymes can help balance and support your digestive system all year. Samples and coupons provided. 

Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: Class is free, but you must register.

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Getting ready for spring! Start garden seeds indoors—La Crosse

From: March 15, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Joshua Wolcott


Join Joshua Wolcott, teacher at SOTA, Grow La Crosse to get a jump start on your garden by starting your seeds indoors. We will look at whether or not to soak seeds, what to plant them in (both types of containers and soil mixes), heating mats, grow lights, natural lighting, timing, and more. Everyone will take home a tray of seeds! This class is primarily intended for adults.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Gin & tonic—Rochester

From: April 12, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Above the co-op in MMP

Spring is (hopefully) upon us and that means gin and tonics! Want to strive for that perfect G&T? Kristoff, manager of our Beer Wine, & Spirits department, will bring several gins, mostly locally made, and sample various tonics. Tonic syrup will be made from scratch, but the ultimate gin and tonic is up to your discretion. Product will be available at the Beer, Wine, & Spirits department. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Gingerbread house: Kids, here’s your chance to make one! La Crosse

From: December 10, 2017 at 2:00pm to: 5:00pm

With: Christine Wilde and Linda Riddle

Bold and brave instructors Christine and Linda are ready to take on a major project with your kids! This class will mix and bake real, old-fashioned gingerbread that will then be “built” into gingerbread houses and decorated by the kids in the class. Each kid will “make and take” their own creation: the house frosted and decorated on a cardboard foundation. We will use decorative dried fruits, nuts, and candies with thick white icing for glue. The kids will also be able to portray family members in the form of gingerbread people! Best with kids ages 6–12. 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Gjetost & Cheddar tasting

From: December 14, 2013 at 2:00pm to: 5:00am

Gjetost (that's Norwegian for caramelized whey cheese) with Granny Smith apples and assorted cheddars for you to sample! 

Cost: Free

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Global Initiatives Week—La Crosse

From: November 3, 2017 at 12:00am to: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00pm

Join friends and neighbors at Myrick Park Center on Friday, November 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the kick-off celebration of Global Initiatives Week!

The entire La Crosse community takes a week for films, songs, dance, art, and food that highlight our international connections.

The kick-off on Friday will feature samples from international restaurants and chefs with a “Cultural Cuisine Fusion” demonstration creatively led by Chef Shawn McManus of Savory Creations, plus much more! www.facebook.com/La-Crosse-Global-Initiatives-Week-1465426110363706/.

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Gluten-free Cooking and Baking—La Crosse

From: March 22, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Lisa Wetterlin


Many co-op shoppers have requested gluten free classes! Here is your opportunity to learn about gluten-free methods by making an all gluten-free comfort meal and dessert! Lisa will lead us through techniques, recipes, and her own baking mix, finishing with fried chicken tenders with homemade bread crumbs and Cranberry Nut Cookies! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Gluten-free Cooking CANCELED

From: March 22, 2014 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

With: Deborah Rentfrow

This class has been canceled.


Get hands-on with this cooking class as Deborah walks through some tasty gluten-free options. Leave happy with some delicious gluten-free cookie dough!

Pre-register at the Customer Service Desk at the Rochester store.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Gluten-Free Day—Rochester

From: May 19, 2018 at 10:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC Rochester

Join us for Gluten-Free Day in celebration of Celiac Awareness Month in Rochester on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food samples throughout the store. Representatives from our suppliers will be on hand to answer your questions. Sales on select items! Meet your local vendors, ask questions, and learn how the co-op can be your resource for gluten-free living.

Plan to stay for lunch! Our salad bar and hot bar will feature Co-op’s Own gluten-free entrees and ingredients.

Cost: Free

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Gouda of the Gods

From: December 8, 2013 at 12:30pm to: 5:00pm

Join us at People's Food Co-op in Rochester on Sunday from 12:30 to 5 as we sample a bunch of new wonderful gouda cheeses.

We will have Marieke Gouda, from Thorp, WI, Honey Clover, Black Mustard, Burning Mélange, and a Smoked Gouda.

Cost: Free

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Gracie’s spinach pie—La Crosse

From: April 25, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Gracie Kozidis


Gracie Kozidis, Gracie’s Gyros and Wraps, comes back to the community room kitchen to teach a lesson on how to make her famous traditional Greek spinach pie. Part demonstration, part hands-on—all delicious! We will learn how to work with the delicate phyllo dough. Gracie will share a few ideas and recipes for using phyllo dough at home before we try our hands at making spinach pie. If we are lucky, she will also share the secrets of her delicious lemon soup!

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Grand Opening Event: Co-op Kids Day and Spotlight on Wellness

From: October 16, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

• Kids healthy snack demonstration 3 to 5 pm
• Scavenger hunt (prizes and samples throughout the store)
• Wellness product demonstrations
• Wellness discount (10% off one item)
• Empowered Wellness exercise class, 11 am to 1 pm—Community Room
• Veggie car races 3 to 5 pm
• Raffle $100 shopping spree

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Grand Opening Event: Community Celebration

From: October 19, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Community Celebration
• Grand Prize Raffle Drawing 1 pm—Community Room
• Face painting 10 am to noon
• Music in Dining Room: Jeremy’s Jewell, 11 am to 1 pm
• Raffle $100 shopping spree
• Product demonstrations!
  o Cheeses: Dunbarton Blue, Cook’s fontina, and others
  o Barsies flavored almonds
  o Organic Prairie Beef
  o Boars H­­ead meats

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Grand Opening Event: Make your Morning

From: October 14, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Make your Morning
• $1 off one brewed coffee or tea with a purchase of a baked good
• Cake samples all day
• Product demonstrations!
  o Mandala Tea
  o Kickapoo Coffee
  o Grass Run Farm Beef
• Raffle $100 shopping spree

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Grand Opening Event: Spotlight on Fresh!

From: October 15, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Enjoy fresh food throughout the store
• Fresh food samples in all fresh departments
• Raffle $100 shopping spree
• Product demonstrations—using fresh, seasonal ingredients
  o Chip Magnet Salsa
  o Whitewater Gardens carrots

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Grand Opening Event: Spotlight on Suppliers

From: October 18, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Spotlight on Suppliers
• Focus on local vendors—Meet the farmer
• Product demonstrations!
  o Coco-Amour cookies
  o Aura Cacia essential oils
  o Veriditas essential oils
  o Amy’s pizza
  o Down in the Valley gluten-free goods
  o Ferndale turkey
•Raffle $100 shopping spree

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Grand Re-opening La Crosse

From: April 4, 2019 at 7:00am to: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:00pm

Grand Re-opening Celebration

Thursday, April 4

All Day – 1% of all sales goes to: Hunger Task Force
All Day – Big and small prize drawing each day!
All Day – Local vendor demos and samples galore
10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Lunch and dinner specials in the new deli
11:00 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Kabat, PFC Board, owners, downtown friends, contractors, and other stakeholders
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Happy Hour – $1 OFF Riojana Wine
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Folk music and square-dancing upstairs in Hackberry’s Bistro

 

Friday, April 5

All Day – 1% of all sales goes to: Wis Corps
All Day – Special flash sale items (sale runs through Sunday)
All Day – Local vendor demos and samples galore
All Day – Big and small prize drawing each day!
10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. – lunch and dinner specials in the new deli
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – live music from Rick & Eric Sampson
4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. – live music from Under Paris Skies

 

Kids' Day. Saturday, April 6

All Day – 1% of all sales goes to: Land Stewardship Program
All Day – Special flash sale items (sale runs through Sunday)
All Day – Local vendor demos and samples galore
Kids activities ongoing during the day
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Lunch and dinner specials in the new deli
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Kids bounce house in Cameron Park
2:00 p.m. – Natural Egg Dying Class with Linda Riddle in community room

 

Sunday, April 7

All Day – 1% of all sales goes to: PFCCF
All Day – Special flash sale items (sale runs through Sunday)
All Day – Passive demos

Cost: Free

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Grand Rounds Brewing Company and PFC artisanal cheese pairing—Rochester

From: October 19, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Grand Rounds Brewing Company, 4 3rd St. SW, (map)

With: Steve Finnie


Grand Rounds Brewing Company is joining forces with the PFC to bring you a night of beer and cheese pairings! Join Grand Rounds Head Brewer Steve Finnie to taste six specially chosen cheeses paired with craft beers from Grand Rounds. Tickets can be purchased at Grand Rounds Brewing Company, 4 3rd St. SW, or by calling Grand Rounds at 507 292-1628. RSVP required.

Cost: $25.

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Grandma's Kitchen: Honoring Traditions

From: October 28, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Heather Trussoni

Join Heather as she cooks a kettle of bean & ham soup using a cherished family recipe of her grandma’s. Learn about soup bases and comfort foods for the cold evenings ahead. We will also make a spice cake using a recipe given to Heather by her great-grandmother. You are welcome to bring a family recipe and favorite story to share as we honor traditions and food culture. Yes, we will eat the soup and the cake!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Grasskäse Cheese Sampling

From: March 8, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Linda Hultquist

People's Food Co-op will be sampling Grasskäse – a washed rind brick-style cheese from 12 to 4.

Cost: Free!

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Growing microgreens at home—La Crosse

From: March 29, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Joe Klinge


Microgreens are the hottest trend in the world of fresh and crunchy veggies. They are nutritious and delicious—like springtime in every bite! Come and learn about the types of microgreens, nutritional benefits and how you can grow them at home. You will learn about their stages of growth plus how and when to harvest your greens. Participants will go home with flats planted full of microgreen seeds and the knowledge to grow them. Instructor: Joe Klinge, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Growing sprouts with children—La Crosse

From: January 21, 2017 at 10:00am to: 11:30am

With: Jamie O’Neill


Child/parent class

Grow + Eat = Fun. Join Jamie O’Neill, mother of two and program director for Grow La Crosse to turn a plastic carton into a growing space from sprouts that your children will enjoy. We’ll learn how to safety grow sprouts and see how children love to plant, harvest, and eat them. Jamie was turned on to growing sprouts when her son showed very little interest in fresh vegetables. By growing sprouts, they found a green that he really enjoyed. Each child will get to take home their own set of growing materials.

Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 member family; $15 nonmember family.

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Hackberry's Black Friday Brunch

From: November 29, 2013 at 8:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op

Black Friday Brunch @ Hackberry's

Whether you are out shopping or not, join us for fun and relaxation on Friday, 11/29. We will have specials on Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and a special black friday breakfast. Our regular brunch menu is available until 3 p.m.

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Hackberry's Closed for Holiday

From: December 25, 2016 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op

Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op will be closed today for the holiday.

Happy Holidays!

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Hackberry's closing early on Memorial Day

From: May 26, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

Hackberry's Bistro is open on Memorial Day for brunch, 8 am to 2 pm.

Hackberry's will close @ 2:00 pm.

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Hackberry's closing early: 2 pm

From: July 4, 2014 at 2:00pm to: 3:00pm

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Hackberry's closing early: 3 pm

From: February 20, 2014 at 8:00am to: 3:00pm

Because of the inclement weather Hackberry's will be closing at 3 p.m. today

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Hackberry's Easter Brunch

From: March 27, 2016 at 9:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro - above the co-op

FEATURING
Herbs de Province Prime Rib • Smoked Salmon Benedict 
Cranberry Glazed Ham • Kale & Quinoa Stuffed Portabellas •
Strawberry Cheesecake • and more!

 

Reservations recommended
608-784-5798 ext 2202 

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Hackberry's Easter Brunch

From: April 16, 2017 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

Easter Brunch

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Reservations recommended: 608-784-5798 ext. 2202

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Hackberry's Easter Sunday Brunch

From: April 20, 2014 at 9:00am to: 3:00pm

Join us for Easter Brunch!

Menu:

Green Pastures (Cashton) Scrambled Eggs with Nordic Creamery (Westby) Sheep Feta and Peperonata
(Feta and Peperonata available on the side)

Nicoise Ratatouille

Rosemary Bistro Potatoes

Roasted Carrot and Orange Soup

Jones Dairy Bacon (from Fort Atkinson)

Co-op's Own Maple Sausages

Carving Station:
Jones Dairy Ham (from Fort Atkinson)

Rosemary Encrusted Prime Rib

Organic Baby Greens Salad

Fresh Fruit

Assorted Housemade Muffins, Scones, and Pastries

$24.95 per person

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Hackberry's Extended Hours!

From: February 26, 2014 at 11:00am to: 9:00pm

Hackberry's will have extended hours this week to welcome all the folks in town for the MOSES Conference (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service - natch).

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Hackberry's Extended Hours!

From: February 27, 2014 at 8:00am to: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 9:00pm

Hackberry's will have extended hours this week to welcome all the folks in town for the MOSES Conference (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service - natch).

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Hackberry's Extended Hours!

From: March 2, 2014 at 8:00am to: 7:00pm

Hackberry's will have extended hours this week to welcome all the folks in town for the MOSES Conference (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service - natch).

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Hackberry's Mother's Day Brunch

From: May 11, 2014 at 9:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: La Crosse

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hackberry's

serving brunch from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11th
$24.95/person  •  $9.95/kids 10 and under
reservations recommended 608.784.5798 ext. 2202

Green Pastures Scrambled Eggs served with Nordic Creamery Sheep Feta and Peperonata
Rosemary Roasted Bistro Potatoes
Organic Baby Greens Salad
Fresh Fruit
Assorted Housemade Muffins, Scones, and Pastries
Baked Mac-n-Cheese
Italian Spring Pea and Pasta Soup
Biscuits and Country Gravy with Roasted Vegetables
Jones Dairy Bacon
Co-op's Own Maple Sausages

Carving Station
Jones Dairy Ham
Rosemary Encrusted Prime Rib

Cost: $24.95/person $9.95/kids 10 and under

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Hackberry's Mother's Day Brunch

From: May 10, 2015 at 9:00am to: 3:00pm

Menu:

    ​​Mushroom Spinach Strata
    Vegetarian Layered Egg Bake
    Strawberry-mint French Toast
    Black Bean Hash
    Fresh Fruit Salad
    Bacon
    Chicken Apple Sausage
    Poppyseed Strawberry Spinach Salad
    Muffins and Scones

Mimosa Bar 

 

$24.99 for buffet

Kids: $7.95

Mimosa Bar: $7.99

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Hackberry's New Year's Eve Menu

From: December 31, 2013 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

New Year’s Eve at hackberry’s Bistro!

Make your reservations to have a wonderful dinner at Hackberry's. Our special menu will be available from 5 to 9 pm this evening! Reservations recommended. 608.784.5798 ext.2202

MENU
appetizers
• Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini $5.99
• Housemade Panfried Pork Ravioli with Roasted Jalapeño Creole Mustard $5.99
• Housemade Margheritta Pizza (soy cheese alternative available) $5.99


entrées (served with bread and balsamic dipping oil and soup or salad)
• Venison Shepherd's Pie—Braised Red Stag, with creamy rosemary corn, and rich, cheesy potato puree $29.99
• Grass Fed Willow Creek Ranch New York Strip with Roth Käse Bleu Cheese Sauce with Exotic Mushroom Bread Pudding $26.99
• Seared Deep Sea Scallops with Basil Corn Coulis and Tomatoes $23.99
• Faux Steak with Grill Goddess Sauce, served with Nicoise Ratatouille $17.99
• Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Charbroiled Gerber's Amish $19.99
 

desserts
• Chicory Crème Brûlée with Shortbread $6
• Vegan Chocolate Cake $6
• Mousse Shooters (4 mini Shooters)—white chocolate, milk chocolate, butterscotch, coffee $6

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Hackberry's New Year's Eve Menu

From: December 31, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

New Year's Eve 2014

Reservations recommended: 608.784.5798 ext.2202

 

Menu serving

Appetizers

Parmesan Shortbread with Sundried Tomato Pesto (vegetarian)

Mini Steak Sandwiches on Grilled Baguette, with Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce and Baby Spinach

Potted Appetizers with Toast Points
(Choice of one, additional Charge for extra pots)

  • -Nicoise Tapenade (Vegan)
  • -Rillettes of Salmon (Smoked and Wine Poached)
  • -Olivade (Vegetarian)

Entrees
(Comes with Bread Service, and Choice of Soup or Salad)

Boar Medallions with Spiced Apple Marmalade and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Quail Stuffed with Apple, topped with Rustic Hollandaise, served with Polenta Cakes and Tomato Marmalade

Tournedos of Beef with Mushroom and Madiera Sauce, served with Roasted Red Pepper Mash Potato

Trout with Riesling and Tarragon Sauce, served with Thyme-roasted Green Beans

Risotto with Roasted Sweet Garlic, Thyme and Roasted Almonds (Vegetarian)

Dessert
Trio of Mousse Shooters (Butterscotch, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate)

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Blitz Almond Torte

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Hackberry's open until 2:00pm

From: December 24, 2016 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op

Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op will close at 2:00pm today for the holiday.

Happy Holidays!

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Hackberry's Russian Dinner

From: November 8, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

HACKBERRY’S and La Crosse/Dubna Friendship Association
present

A Special Russian Menu

for La Crosse Global Initiatives Week

Appetizer:
Mushroom Caviar (Gribnaya ikra) served with toast points $4.99
Borscht (Beet Soup)

Entree:
Beef Stroganov
Served over noodles with
home-made black bread (Chornyi Kleb)
$10.99

Dessert:
Blini with fruit compote $5.99

3 course meal $19.99

Cost: Varies

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Hackberry's Valentine's Day Brunch Buffet

From: February 14, 2016 at 8:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

Valentine’s Day Brunch Buffet

Sunday, February 14 • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

featuring quiche, lemon-mint salmon,
roasted beet salad, fruit salad, cupcakes, pies and more.

gluten-free and vegan items available

 

$24.95 per person
$7.95 children 10 and under

 

Please call for reservations: 608-784-5798 x2202

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Hackberry's Valentine's Day Menu

From: February 14, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Our special menu will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. for Valentine’s Day!

Reservations recommended 608.784.5798 ext.2202

 

Appetizer plates to share

House Smoked Meats Crostini:
  • Manchester Farms quail paired with Nordic Creamery sheep feta and roasted red pepper $11.99
  • Grass Run Farms pork loin ham paired with bruschetta of fresh heirloom tomato $8.99
  • Scottish salmon glazed with C & C Family Apiary honey paired with coriander and tarragon cream cheese $8.99
—Sample all three: $10.99—


Crostini with balsamic fig jelly and nordic creamery sheep feta (Vegetarian) $6.99

Housemade parmesan cayenne kettle chips served with smoked paprika aioli (plain kettle chips available. Vegan option also available) $4.99

Entrees

Entrees include bread service with butter and balsamic dipping oil, choice of soup or salad, and choice of the following: glazed carrot and parsnip medley, creamy kale gratin, or zucchini fries with tomato aioli 

House-smoked pork belly seared and served with a blackberry bourbon reduction sauce $18.99

Grass Run Farms filet of beef charbroiled to perfection and served with a balsamic reduction sauce $28.99

House-made avocado pasta with kale, roasted red peppers, butternut squash, and your choice of sautéed chicken or house-smoked chicken, tossed in a creamy alfredo sauce $19.99  vegetarian $15.99

Jumbo gulf shrimp served grilled and glazed with an apricot hoisen sauce $22.99

Eggplant and tofu satay (vegan) marinated in curry sauce, served with coconut peanut sauce $17.99


Desserts

Peach riesling sorbet $3

Honey chocolate crème brûlée $6

Strawberry mint mousse $6

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Hackberry's Valentine's Dinner

From: February 14, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Hackberry's

Special Menu:

Appetizers
Brie and Bleu Cheese Quesadilla served with warm pear compote $12.99

Tuna Tartare wild caught tuna delicately prepared with a Thai sesame vinaigrette
served with crispy wontons and wasabi $12.99

Beet Carpaccio thin sliced oven roasted beets layered over sweet onion marmalade
topped with Grana Padano cheese $7.99

Entrées
served with bread and balsamic dipping oil and soup or salad

Housemade Pierogies (vegan)
Sautéed potato dumplings tossed with baby spinach,
kale, and leeks $16.99

Grass Run Farms Filet of Beef
The most tender cut of beef charbroiled to your liking,
served with wild mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce, and marbled mashed potatoes $27.99

Hazelnut Encrusted Chicken
Gerber’s Amish chicken encrusted with hazelnuts and
Grana Padano cheese, pan roasted, and served atop buckwheat spaetzle tossed with
kale and leeks $18.99

Seared Grass Run Farms Pork Loin
Sweetly spiced pork loin with a chipotle pumpkin
sauce and thyme roasted green beans $18.99

Thai Curry Shrimp
Gulf shrimp in a coconut curry sauce with baby corn, red bell
peppers and green beans, served over jasmine rice $22.99

Desserts
Blitz Almond Torte almond sponge cake layered with decadent almond custard $6

Toffee Cups filled with housemade dark chocolate hazelnut ice cream $6

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake tofu based “cheesecake” with a granola crust $6

 

Reservations: 608.784.5798 ext. 2202

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Hackberry's Wild Game Dinner

From: November 13, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 9:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us at Hackberry's for the Annual Game Dinner. Chef Charles George will delight and amaze with the evening's special menu.

 

Two Seatings: 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

Reservations recommended

Call 608-784-5798 ext. 2202

 

Quail Stuffed with Pomegranate Sauce

Smoked Bison Brisket with Roasted Red Pepper Beer BBQ Sauce

Roast Leg of Elk with Juniper and Cherries 

Turtle Stew

Roast Loin of Wild Boar with Creamy Apple Brandy Sauce

Mixed Green Salad

Housemade Rolls (Oatcakes with Cherry and Pinenut and Honey Biscuits)

Turnips Au Gratin

Selection of Housemade Desserts

Cost: $50/person

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Hackberry's Winter Menu Begins!

From: December 1, 2016 at 8:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op

Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op presents our Winter Menu! 

Here's a sneak peek at some of the new dishes:

• Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Apple French Toast
• Montechevre Goat Cheese and Chive Scrambler
• Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Croissant
• Vegan Lemon Mint Salad
• Tundra Burger

...and many more!

Swing by and savor the fresh and local flavors of the new season!

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Halloween mask-making class for kids! La Crosse

From: October 13, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Christine Wilde, dietitian, artist, and kid expert

How freaky can Friday the 13th be? Come to PFC and find out! We’ll start the kids off with soup, cheese, and crackers so adults don’t need to make supper and kids have the energy to face all the creepy crawly things! We’re in a grocery store, so what do we make? Paper bag masks! These will be cool, extravagant, and super fun to scare people with! Or just plain gorgeous! Kids will also be able to paint and decorate small pie pumpkins to take home with pie pumpkin recipes. If that’s not enough … let’s toss in popcorn balls to decorate and wrap for later. Supplies are included with tuition. 

Cost: $10 members; $15  nonmembers

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: March 5, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: March 19, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: March 26, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: April 2, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: April 16, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: April 23, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour Continues in Rochester

From: April 30, 2014 at 4:00pm to: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:00pm

Rochester Only!

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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Happy Hour-Rochester

From: September 10, 2014 at 4:00pm to: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00pm

Location: Rochester store

HAPPY HOUR!  in Rochester

FUN – GREAT DEALS – EASY MEALS

Every Wednesday – 4:00 until 7:00 pm


➢ Get 50% off select, top quality produce!
➢ 50% off selected Co-op’s Own meats
➢ 50% off the entire coffee/tea/smoothie deli menu
➢ Veggie sliders made fresh for you!


Look for the      STARBURST      sign to find the deals.

• Deals, dates and times subject to change.
• Item availability may be limited. No rainchecks or volume discounts on Happy Hour items.
• Student member coffee card not eligible during happy hour.

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Harvest Preservation Society

From: September 18, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Community Room—Rochester

With: Diane Lutzke

Harvest Preservation Society

Learn how to preserve your fall harvest with Diane Lutzke. Class will focus on various preservation techniques.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Health benefits of bullet proof coffee—La Crosse

From: July 8, 2017 at 10:00am to: 11:00am

With: Drs. Shauna and Ross

Shauna and Ross Mundinger, doctors of chiropractic, will prepare and serve “Bullet Proof Coffee” for the class while providing instructions for making it at home. Ross will discuss the health benefits of Omega 3s, medium chain triglycerides (MCT), antioxidants and their connection to not only brain health but also general well-being. All three of these topics are key parts of fighting the aging process as well as aspects of the neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s) prevention protocol, which will also be discussed. A prevention protocol outline and bullet proof coffee recipe will be provided for participants to take home. 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers

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Healthy eating at home—PFC Rochester with Mayo Clinic

From: September 27, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor (map)

Mayo Classes:
People’s Food Co-op program at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program
Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor

Healthy eating at home

A Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist will provide practical tips for planning ahead, putting together a grocery list, and having the right things in your kitchen to create healthy meals for the week. Snacks and beverages included. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $35.

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Healthy Indian Cooking—La Crosse

From: March 24, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta


Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or just want to add some more vegetarian options to your diet, having tasty, exciting menu choices is always a plus. Puja is pleased to teach the preparation of authentic Indian dishes that are made in most Indian households. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Healthy Indian Cooking—La Crosse

From: May 17, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta


Puja’s class in March was full with a long wait list, and she is back to do the same class! Don’t wait to sign up! Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or just want to add some more vegetarian options to your diet, having tasty, exciting menu choices is always a plus. Puja is pleased to teach the preparation of authentic Indian dishes that are made in most Indian households.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Healthy Indian cooking—La Crosse

From: April 9, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Puja Mehta

Join Puja, owner of Indian Meal Kits, for an evening of chopping and cooking a healthy Indian meal typically served in Indian homes. You will learn the spices—how and when to add them. Puja will share some of her experiences in this authentic and enjoyable class. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Healthy lymphatic system and natural breast health with essential oils—La Crosse

From: November 12, 2016 at 10:30am to: 11:30am

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Joyce Sobotta


Learn how a working lymphatic system helps to balance, detoxify, nurture, and protect your immune health. Experience how quality essential oils can be used to cleanse and improve lymphatic circulation. Receive a sample spritzer of HealthyGirlsBreastOil, handouts about the lymphatic system, benefits of each essential oil used. Joyce Sobotta’s website is www.aromatherapynaturesway.com.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Healthy lymphatic system and natural breast health with essential oils—Rochester

From: September 15, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 6:30pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Conference Room

With: Joyce Sobotta


Learn how a working lymphatic system helps to balance, detoxify, nurture, and protect your immune health. Experience how quality essential oils can be used to cleanse and improve lymphatic circulation. Receive a sample spritzer of HealthyGirlsBreastOil, handouts about the lymphatic system, benefits of each essential oil used, illustrations, and testimonials. Joyce Sobotta has a BS in education and certifications in holistic aromatherapy and reflexology. Her website is www.aromathrapynaturesway.com. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $25.

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Healthy meal ideas for a busy schedule—PFC Rochester with Mayo Clinic

From: October 11, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor (map)

Mayo Classes:
People’s Food Co-op program at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program
Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor

Healthy meal ideas for a busy schedule

A Mayo Clinic executive wellness chef and registered dietitian nutritionist will provide expert tips for healthy cooking on a busy schedule—with take-home recipes. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

 

Note:
All cancellations made by preregistered participants must be made 48 hours before class time to qualify for a refund.

Cost: $35.

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Healthy Pet Care—Rochester

From: March 10, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Does your dog or cat struggle with:

Allergies?

Soreness in the joints?

Skin and coat issues?

Digestive issues?

 

We'd like to help!

Please join us for a nutrition seminar celebrating the power of food to improve quality of life for our four-legged kids. In addition to specific health issues, diet can have a positive impact on behavior and overall well-being.

Joel Baardseth of Northland Natural Pet will lead the presentation outlining the ancestral diet of dogs and cats. This will include in-depth discussion of just how powerful probiotics, enzymes and moisture are toward our goal of making every dog and cat the best versions of themselves.

Cost: Free

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Herb walk at Chester Wood Park–Rochester

From: July 20, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Bonnie Kreckow


Bonnie Kreckow, herbalist from Winona, will lead an herb walk. Learn about the plants of the season, plants that heal mosquito bites, heal wounds, and many other illnesses.

Class enrollment limited to ten. Meet in Chester Wood Park parking lot.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20

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Herbal Tinctures—How to Make and Use Them—La Crosse

From: July 27, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


Faith Anacker of Fizzeology has been a student of plants since first grade, and inspired by wise tradition for the past 20 years. She is passionate about making holistic health concepts more accessible to the general public. We will cover everything you need to know about making and using your own herbal tinctures. We’ll learn about categories of herbs, discussing applications, dosages and where to find them. We will also strain a tincture to take home. 

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. $5 for materials, and there will be booklets available for purchase for an additional $5.

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Herbal Vinegars and Tonics—La Crosse

From: May 25, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


This class is the first in a three-part series that Faith will teach at PFC over the summer. Join Faith of Fizzeology Foods as we explore the many uses and benefits of raw vinegar. We will sample several vinegar-based beverages, including scrubs and switchels. You will leave with a handout to continue your exploration of this supertonic.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Herbs all year! – La Crosse

From: August 19, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Nad Geraldson, MindBodyLand Restoration

Learn about herbs: their properties and uses in cooking, baking, fresh foods, and tea-making, and their healing characteristics. Nad has been growing and processing herbs for many purposes for years and is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others! This hands-on class will focus on how to grow and harvest garden herbs for later use.
 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers

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Herbs in daily nutrition 2 – Rochester

From: August 19, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Bonnie Kreckow

Clinical herbalist Bonnie Kreckow will be on hand to teach the benefits of herbs in your daily nutrition and how to use different herbs daily. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Herbs in daily nutrition – Rochester

From: July 15, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Bonnie Kreckow

Clinical herbalist Bonnie Kreckow will be on hand to teach the benefits of herbs in your daily nutrition and how to use different herbs daily. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Hey kids! A cooking class just for you—La Crosse

From: May 20, 2017 at 10:00am to: 11:30am

With: Christine Wilde, registered dietitian, PFC employee, and mom!

Do your kids have a sense of creativity and/or like to experiment? Fantastic! They will be able to do both in this class, and eat their yummy creations! Come for a fun mid-morning with Christine Wilde, registered dietitian and co-op’s own, for a hands-on cooking class and festive eating experience. We will create a Mexican meal and experiment with our taste buds! On the menu are veggie quesadillas and fruit and veggie skewers to dunk along with their dips. Never cooked before? No problem. For kids 4–12 years-old. 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Preregister at customer service.

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Hey kids! Let’s get ready to garden—La Crosse

From: March 18, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 2:30pm

With: Joshua Wolcott


The only thing kids might like more than getting their hands dirty is getting paint on their hands first! Come for a fun afternoon with Joshua Wolcott, teacher at SOTA, Grow La Crosse, to learn about easy garden plants: how to plant and care for them, how to know when they are ready to eat and what they taste like! Kids will decorate repurposed containers for their mini gardens, fill them with garden soil and plant both seeds and baby plants to take home! We will also make some fun snacks using the grown-up versions of the newly planted seeds! This class is intended for children ages 4–12.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Holiday cheese boards, Wisconsin style, paired with local Elmaro wines—La Crosse

From: December 5, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Peggy Koenig, PFC cheese buyer and Kevin Mack, Elmaro Winery representative

This evening will be the perfect time to relax with friends before the holiday rush while sampling delicious Wisconsin cheeses paired with wines from Trempealeau’s Elmaro Winery. Class participants will get inspiration for making delectable cheese boards, and we will put together several boards (varied with meats, nuts, fruits, jams, crackers) in class. Must be 21 to sample the wines. Sparkling non-alcoholic beverages will be offered also. Participants will each receive a beautiful small Epicurean board to take home, cheese pairing info, a coupon for holiday cheese purchases and Elmaro wines on special.

Cost: $30 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Holiday Fair Trade Fair—La Crosse

From: December 2, 2018 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

Sunday, December 2, will be the 2018 Holiday Fair Trade Fair!

The Classroom will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with a gorgeous selection of Fair Trade Items, homemade treats using fair trade foods and wine samples from La Riojana, a Fair Trade co-op. PFC will also have a selection of Fair Trade merchandise and food on sale in the store.

Come find unique gifts and do good for impoverished communities across the globe. Merchants include Trades of Hope, Gundersen Global Partners, Set Me Free Shop and Hickory Wind Farm.

Cost: Free

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Holiday Open House in La Crosse

From: November 8, 2013 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Downtown La Crosse

Friday, November 8th from 5 PM to 9 PM: Holiday Open House
Kick off your holiday shopping in downtown La Crosse!  Our stores are open Friday nights with longer hours, specials, promotions and refreshments.  Make a night of it downtown!

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Holiday Open House PFC-La Crosse

From: November 7, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

People’s Food Co-op of La Crosse celebrates the holiday season along with other downtown businesses on Friday, November 7, with our Holiday Open House.

Kitchen manager Gina Prange and her staff will put on a PFC buffet featuring hot and cold items, and we’ll have product sampling with our suppliers, including wine, beer, cheese, sausage, chocolate, coffee, and more.

Music by Muddy Flats and the Hepcats: 6–8 pm.

Cost: Free

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Holiday Open House PFC-Rochester

From: November 7, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

People’s Food Co-op of Rochester celebrates the holiday season on Friday, November 7, with a Holiday Open House.

Samples from our Holiday Dinner menus, lots of delicious seasonal samples for you to try, including cheeses, sausages, holiday candies, and more. Order gift baskets, reserve turkeys and pies, and shop our mercantile for gift ideas.

We look forward to seeing you November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

ALSO: at 5pm we will be cracking open a fresh wheel of parmesan cheese to sample. Parmigiano Reggiano is made from 100% raw cow’s milk in the regions of Reggio-Emilia, Modena, and Parma, Parmigiano is quite possibly Italy’s most famous cheese. This Parmigiano is sourced directly from specific farms whose cheese exhibits the best flavors, and then aged for a minimum of 24 months in order to obtain the most delicious and complex flavor profile possible.

Cost: Free

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Holiday Open House—Both Stores

From: November 11, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

People’s Food Co-op celebrates the beginning of the holiday season on Friday, November 11 with our Holiday Open House. Our stores will feature food samples from PFC and our vendors. Order your turkeys, holiday pies, and other dishes. Meet local producers and enjoy live music. Shop our mercantile departments for gift ideas. The event is free, but donations are accepted, proceeds to benefit a local charity.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Wishing you a cooperative holiday season—People’s Food Co-op

Cost: Free

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Holiday Open House—Rochester

From: November 4, 2018 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Holiday Open House

Sunday, November 4, 1–4 p.m.

PFC — Rochester

Everyone is welcome.

Join us for a preview of Thanksgiving! Tempt your taste buds with Co-op’s Own™ items from our holiday menu. Meet with local farmers and producers and sample their treats and goods. Order your holiday dinner or sides, reserve your turkeys and pies and shop our mercantile department for gift ideas.

Event is free, Donations are accepted, proceeds to benefit a local charity.

Cost: Free event.

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Holiday open house—Rochester & La Crosse

From: November 10, 2017 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

Join us for a preview of Thanksgiving! Tempt your taste buds with Co-op’s Own items from our holiday menu. Meet with local farmers and producers and sample their treats and goods. Order your holiday dinner or sides, reserve your turkeys and pies and shop our mercantile department for gift ideas.

 

The following cheese makers and other vendors will be at the Rochester store:

Capra Nera Creamery LLC
Local, artisan farmstead goat cheese, handmade by Katie Wiste in Altura MN

CannonBelles Cheese
Local, made in Cannonfalls MN, 2017 American Cheese Society’s First Place for Queso Fresco

Caves of Faribault
Local, Multi-Award winning renowned cheese makers, made in the sandstone caves of Faribault MN

Gramdma's Gourmets LLC
Local, homemade gourmet Presevers, Jams, and Jellies by Kim of Albert Lea, MN

Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op
Local Coop, Sells Sustainable Family Farm Sheep Cheeses

Beemster
A  farmer-owned cooperative in Holland making traditional, authentic Goudas
 

 

La Crosse visiting cheese makers will include:

Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI

Sartori Cheese, Plymouth, WI - Kristina Krueger

Holland's Family Cheese/Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI 

 

Other folks you will meet at the La Crosse store for the Open House are:

B&E's Trees

Kickapoo Coffee

Indian Meal Kits

Dna Vintners

Purple Feet Wines

Sno Pac

WI Driftless Alpacas


We'll have music by "Under Paris Skies"

Cost: Free

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Home Gardening: Composting, Container Gardens, and Raised Beds—La Crosse

From: March 30, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Judson Steinback and Jarad Barkeim


Come learn the basics of composting, raised garden beds, and container growing with Judson Steinback and Jarad Barkeim of Coulee Region Ecoscapes, LLC. Participants will learn about construction techniques, site and plant selection, and tips on how best to add function and beauty to your garden using these three simple techniques. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Homegrown garlic: The perfect crop for fall planting—La Crosse

From: September 26, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30am

With: Pat Slattery

Garlic is a star as a medicinal herb and culinary delight. Why buy it, when you can grow excellent garlic right here in the Driftless Region? Pat Slattery, local organic farmer, will walk you through the simple steps to garlic success, starting with the October planting. We’ll hear some interesting facts and history of garlic and enjoy a delicious snack of roasted garlic on a baguette.

Pat will also give us a “five-minute refresher” on the wonders and process of beet kvass, the delicious fermented beet tonic that you will want to add to your winter diet. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Homemade dark chocolate truffles with cheese and wine pairing—La Crosse

From: February 8, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Linda Riddle


Delicious, rich dark chocolate truffles are easy to make and vary with endless flavors, spices, and herbs! Join Linda for a fun evening of truffle making and sharing, including a final pairing of the truffles with select cheeses and wine. Everyone will go home with a bag of mixed truffles! Participants must be 21 years old to sign up for this class.

Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Homemade pestos! La Crosse

From: April 11, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Lindsay Moe

Learn the basics of pestos and variations on them. Join Lindsay Moe, food blogger of the Live-In Kitchen to learn the basics of making homemade pesto as well as how to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. You’ll receive tips on how to store and freeze pesto as well as several recipes for making pesto at home. This is a great way to get ready for planning your summer garden! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Homemade truffles with cheese and wine pairing-La Crosse

From: February 9, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Linda Riddle


Delicious, rich dark chocolate truffles are easy to make and vary with endless flavors, spices, and herbs! Come join Linda Riddle, PFC’s member services manager, for a fun evening of truffle making and sharing, including a final pairing of the chocolates with select cheeses and wine. Everyone will go home with a Valentine’s box of mixed truffles! Participants must be 21 years old to sign up for this class.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Homeopathic remedies 101—Rochester

From: January 25, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Andrea Tolle


Homeopathy is used by over three million people worldwide. Rather than suppress a symptom, homeopathy stimulates healing and can be a great tool in acute situations. Anyone with young children will especially appreciate homeopathic options for colic, teething, ear pain, and much more. Andrea will explain the basics of homeopathy and share handouts, web resources, and book recommendations. Andrea has studied three years at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy.

This is a free class, but class size is limited to 12. Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: Class is free, but you must register.

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Homeopathy—the Ideal Home Remedy—Rochester

From: June 16, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Marge Roberts


Join homeopathic expert and Newton CEO Marge Roberts and learn how to use homeopathy for ailments such as teething & colic, rheumatic pain and everything in between. This class will meet in the PFC staff meeting room. Ask at the customer service desk for directions to the classroom.

RSVP required, space is limited. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: Free

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How to use homeopathic remedies successfully—La Crosse

From: February 4, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 2:00pm

With: Andrea Tolle


Homeopathy is used by over three million people worldwide. Rather than suppress a symptom, homeopathy stimulates healing and can be a great tool in acute situations. Anyone with young children will especially appreciate homeopathic options for colic, teething, ear pain, and much more. Andrea will explain the basics of homeopathy and share handouts, web resources, and book recommendations. Andrea has studied three years at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. Learn about these proven, safe, and effective remedies available at the People’s Food Co-op.

Registration required. Call or stop by the customer service desk.

Cost: No cost.

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I love local—Annual fall party—La Crosse

From: October 25, 2019 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

You’re invited to our annual get-together!

Get locally rooted with People’s Food

Co-op La Crosse & Rochester

Lots of local farmers, food, and live music. Trick-or-treating for kids. Free event.

Cost: Free

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I love local—Annual fall party—Rochester

From: October 26, 2019 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

You’re invited to our annual get-together!

Get locally rooted with People’s Food Co-op La Crosse & Rochester

Lots of local farmers, food, and live music. Trick-or-treating for kids. Free event.

Cost: Free

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Ice scream social—La Crosse

From: August 31, 2018 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

August 31, the final Friday of summer, will be a sweet day at PFC La Crosse! Join Linda and La Crosse County Dairy Farmers for homemade ice cream under the awning at the corner of the store. Help churn and crank the mixture into delicious vanilla ice cream starting at 10 a.m. and going until about noon!

Cost: Free

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Indian bread making class—La Crosse

From: February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Puja Mehta

A super fun Indian bread making class with Puja Mehta of Indian Meal Kit. Indian breads are so diverse—they can be rich and flaky, puffed and steamy, herbed and crisp, or stuffed with delicious curries. We’ll make Lachha Paratha and Stuffed Aloo Paratha in this class. Indian mango pickle and yogurt will be served on the side. The class is hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Great opportunity for family and friends to get together and cook, or for a date night. Participants can take their creations home or enjoy with us in class. Note: Only six rolling pins will be available in class. If you have a rolling pin, please bring yours. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Indian Dessert “Mithai” Making Class—La Crosse

From: June 14, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta


Indian “mithais” are not for the fainthearted. Typically, they are aromatic, extra sweet, and very colorful—maybe sometimes too colorful. “It is hard for me to keep the love and culture that it represents to just myself.” Puja will have recipes and dessert boxes, so you can take creations home.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Indian Meal Kit in action #2—La Crosse

From: July 26, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta

After the success of the first meal kit class, Puja is bringing another fun class with a new recipe! Class participants will learn from Puja how to make one of the meals from the Indian Meal Kit line of vegetarian dinners. A great opportunity for date night activity! Participants will be provided with the Indian Meal Kit to use in the class, and they can take their creations home or enjoy them in class. 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Indian Meal Kit in action—La Crosse

From: May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta

We have been selling Indian Meal Kit at PFC since November. After seeing the positive response, we are delighted to present Indian Meal Kit in action by Puja Mehta. Class participants will learn how to make one of the best selling meals from the Indian Meal Kit. Great opportunity for date night activity! Participants will be provided with the Indian Meal Kit to use in the class, and they can take their creations home or enjoy with us in class.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Preregister at customer service.

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Inesscents Salvation CBD—Rochester

From: March 22, 2019 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

With: Kirsten Hayman

Kirsten Hayman, Hippocratic Sales Representative, will be in our Rochester store to provide education and allow you to experience Inesscents Salvation CBD Skin Salves, Elixirs, and Beauty Care for yourself.

Inesscents Salvation products are made with high potency CBD extract, organic locally grown herbs, and organic sustainably sourced essential oils. All Inesscents items will be sale priced at 20% off during March (2/27–4/2), so it’s a great time to try them.

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Innovationology—Bleu Duck, Rochester

From: May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm to: 9:30pm

Highlighting the incredible innovation that happens in our community every day by bringing together local innovators from all industries and levels of development. They will be matched up with culinary artists, mixologists, and beverage professionals in our community to provide a multi-sensory experience. PFC will be participating for the second year, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the Children’s Museum website: www.mcm.org/visit/rochester.

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Innovationology—Rochester

From: May 20, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 11:30pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen & Collider

Innovationology: Benefiting Rochester Children’s Museum
PFC is teaming up with the Children’s Museum to highlight the incredible innovation that happens in our community every day by bringing together local innovators from all industries and levels of development. They will be matched up with culinary artists, mixologists, and beverage professionals in our community to provide a multi-sensory experience. Tickets can be purchased through the Children’s Museum of Rochester.

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Innovationology—Rochester

From: May 16, 2019 at 5:30pm to: 9:00pm

An annual fundraiser for the Children’s Museum, this year PFC has teamed up with IBM to create a mini bite and drink with the theme of “super computing” and “power platforms.”

The event is Thursday, May 16, 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Cameo. Tickets required

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International Women's Day

From: March 9, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

People’s Food Co-op’s Fourth Annual

International Women’s Day Celebration
and Artist’s Reception

Celebrate the creativity, determination, and skills of women supporting women! Join women in the community for a very special International Women’s Day event in Hackberry’s Bistro. Hear about International Fair Trade initiatives led by women and benefiting women. Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and delicious, specially prepared appetizers with friends while gorgeous women’s garments from India are modeled and described.

  • “Elegant Nari”—a style show of fair trade garments from India.
  • Friday, March 9 in Hackberry’s Bistro (second floor of PFC)
  • Doors open at 6 p.m., style show runs from 6:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Free appetizers, cash bar
  • Garments will be for sale in the store that evening.

Event is free, but donations to Women for Women International will be accepted. The March 9 date was chosen to avoid conflict with other IWD events. If you have a traditional outfit representing your country of origin and you would like to show it off as part of the style show, please contact Linda at 608-784-5798 x 2006. We will include a special style show section honoring international women of our region and their native cultures.

Residents from both Rochester and La Crosse are invited to attend.

The IWD Celebration on March 9 will also feature stained glass art by Carly Petrausky. Carly is from La Crosse and is a long time People’s Food Co-op employee. She will speak briefly about her work during the Celebration.

Cost: Free

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International Women's Day Tea

From: March 8, 2015 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Both Stores' Community Rooms

Women's Day Tea 

People's Food Co-op in Rochester and La Crosee will be holding an open house style informal gathering to celebrate International Women's Day!

Come and go as you please. Light snacks and tea will be provided. 



 

Cost: Free

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International Women's Day—La Crosse

From: March 9, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

PFC—La Crosse Third Annual
International Women’s Day Celebration and Artist’s Reception

Celebrate the creativity, determination, and skills of women supporting women! Join women in the community for a very special International Women’s Day event in Hackberry’s Bistro. Hear about International Fair Trade initiatives led by women and benefiting women. Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and delicious, specially prepared appetizers with friends while gorgeous women’s garments from India are modeled and described.

• “Elegant Nari”—a style show of fair trade garments from India.
• Thursday, March 9 in Hackberry’s Bistro (second floor of PFC)
• Doors open at 6 p.m., style show runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Free appetizers, cash bar
• RSVP suggested: call customer service or Linda
• Garments will be for sale in the store that evening.

Event is free, but donations to the PFC Community Fund will be accepted. The March 9 date was chosen to avoid conflict with other IWD events. If you have a traditional outfit representing your country of origin and you would like to show it off as part of the style show, please contact Linda at 608-784-5798 x 2006. We will include a special style show section honoring international women of our region and their native cultures.

Artist's reception
The IWD Celebration on March 9 will also feature Hackberry’s reception for contemporary watercolor artist, Jean Lukens. Jean, who is from Marshfield, will have her paintings in Hackberry’s Bistro from March 1 through May 30. She will speak briefly about her work during the Celebration.

Cost: Free.

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International Women’s Day Celebration—La Crosse

From: March 8, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

Hackberry’s Bistro in La Crosse on Friday evening, March 8, will be the place for lively discussion as we celebrate women—women’s lives, women’s work, and women’s value! Once again, International Women’s Day provides a platform for learning from women locally and understanding how we are all connected globally.

Celebrate the creativity, determination,
and skills of women supporting women!

Join women in the community for a very special International Women’s Day event. The 2019 international theme is “Balance for Better, a focus on how gender equity make life better for all!” We will lift up the concept with a panel of women who farm and hear their perspectives on women in agriculture worldwide. Join your friends for delicious hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and the best conversation in the tri-state area!

Panel presentation at 6:30
featuring local women who farm

Marge Kitchen: dairy goat farmer

Joyce Ford: Blue Fruit Farms (2019 MOSES Farmer of the Year)

Melanie Stacey: Ho Chunk Nation

Bree Breckel: co-founder and sap wrangler at B&E’s Trees

Tiffany Cade: Deep Rooted Greenhouse Gardens

Jessika Greendeer: Dream of Wild Health

Doors open at 6 p.m., panel at 6:30. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP suggested: call La Crosse customer service. Donations to the Land Stewardship Project will be accepted.

Residents from both Rochester and La Crosse are invited to attend.

Cost: Event is free and open to the public. RSVP suggested: call La Crosse customer service. Donations to the Land Stewardship Project

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Intro to baking with sourdough—La Crosse

From: April 26, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Trevor Brown

Discover the thrills and challenges of baking with naturally leavened bread at home. Come prepared to sample a number of sourdough breads, feed your new starter and get your hands dirty mixing a loaf of country-style bread to ferment and bake at home. We will bake a loaf of bread during the class and discuss techniques for getting the most out of your home oven. Take home your very own active sourdough starter, plus care instructions and a couple of classic sourdough bread formulas. Over the past decade Trevor, of Opus Bakehouse, has baked countless successful (and truly disastrous) sourdough creations at home, and hosted a number of sourdough classes at various Slow Food events. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Intro to vegan cooking

From: January 21, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Klayton McGough


Here is your opportunity to learn about veganism: What foods can you eat? How can they be prepared? Why are more people choosing a vegan diet? PFC’s own Klayton McGough has been a practicing vegan for more than four years. He will provide a wealth of information, answer questions, and guide us through a few recipes! Class participants will prepare two dishes to share and we will have some yummy surprises!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Introduction to Fermentation—Rochester

From: March 31, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Faith Anaker


Come to this class to learn more about fermentation of seasonal vegetables from Faith Anaker of Fizzeology. We will start a batch in class for you to take home! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Is Stress Affecting your Health?

From: October 13, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Bonnie Kreckow

Stress may be the precursor to many health issues. Bonnie, our local herbalist/practitioner is going to share with you how stress can manifest into other health issues. Stress may be the underlying factor for these issues and should not be overlooked. This class is going to evaluate stress, look at food choices, life style, and how you can minimize the stress in your life. Doing this can help you feel better, look better, and sleep better.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Italian wine and handmade pasta open house—Rochester

From: October 7, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 Fourth Street SW, Rochester, 507-258-4663.

With: Jordan Bell and Tyler Melton

Jordan Bell, the Chef de Cuisine, and Tyler Melton from Libation Project, are partnering to make handmade pasta and delicious Italian wines approachable and informal. This class will be educational and fun, with various stations set up to learn about wines paired with pasta. Jordan will be hand-cutting pasta and on hand for advice to try at home!

This event is limited to 25, so sign up early. Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 Fourth Street SW, Rochester, 507-258-4663. 

Cost: $30 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Italian wines with the legendary Corzano e Paterno farm

From: February 26, 2019 at 5:30pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Cambria Gallery

Alioscha Goldschmidt, owner of the Corzano e Paterno will be visiting the co-op to discuss his legendary farm which operates on "three specific lines: wine and olive oil, artisanal production of sheep cheeses, and "agriturismo"" or agricultural tourism. The olive oil and cheeses are nearly impossible to get your hands on in the U.S., but fortunately PFC, with the libation project, got its hands on some wine (and a sample of the olive oil, too). Join us to learn about this amazing farm and taste its wines, along with small bites provided by the co-op.

Cost: $15 nonmembers; $10 members

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It’s time to tap! La Crosse

From: February 28, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jarad Barkheim

Join Jarad, co-owner of Coulee Region Ecoscapes, and his crew to learn about tapping trees to extract sap and then how to cook the sap down into delicious syrup! We will focus on the maples but learn about other syrup-producing trees. Everyone will get to taste homemade syrup and leave with knowledge, printed guide, and a tree-tapping kit. Many people have made their own syrup after taking Jarad’s class! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Join us for Market Fridays! –Hackberry's

From: August 5, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro


We’re staying open late to put the spotlight on seasonal ingredients from the Cameron Park Farmers Market and other local producers.

The evening’s menu will reflect the freshest of the Coulee Region season.

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Join us for Market Fridays! –Hackberry's

From: July 1, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro



We’re staying open late to put the spotlight on seasonal ingredients from the Cameron Park Farmers Market and other local producers.

The evening’s menu will reflect the freshest of the Coulee Region season.

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Julia Crozier Artist Reception

From: December 8, 2016 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op

Enjoy Hackberry's new Winter Menu and check out paintings by Julia Crozier!  

Free coffee and tea will be served during the artist reception hours.

For information about the artist, visit:
http://www.juliacrozier.com/about.html

Cost: Free Event

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July 4 hours 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. both stores

From: July 4, 2019 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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July 4: stores close at 8 p.m.

From: July 4, 2015 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

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June Dairy Month Raffle Drawing

From: June 30, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

A drawing will take place for the raffle recipients!

Raffle items:
Jarlsburg inflatable pool raft
WI Cheese prize pack
Emma Roth USA prize pack

Cost: Free

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Just Grapes - Rochester

From: January 16, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Cambria Gallery, 400 South Broadway #105 Rochester, MN 55904

With: Tyler from the Libation Project

Join the People's Food Co-op and the Libation Project as we demystify the concept of "natural wines". Because there is no singular definition of natural wines, we will explore maverick winemakers from around the world that forgo modern chemistry and focus solely on the biodynamic/organic farming along with a hands off approach to their winemaking. These wines are true agricultural diaries that experience the people, place, and time in bottle form. This will surely be a once in a lifetime experience.
 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-grapes-tickets-54260031214?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Members $10, Nonmembers $15

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Karma Laughter Yoga Project-Rochester

From: October 6, 2015 at 6:00pm to: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Amy Heath

The intention of the Karma Laughter Yoga Project is to combine the healing powers of laughter and altruism. Laughter yoga is a playful combination of stretching, breathing, and laughter exercises. Each laughter yoga session is designated to a specific charity within the Rochester community.

Class tuition: Free. Donations encouraged; proceeds to benefit local charity organizations.

Cost: Free. Donation suggested.

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Kerrygold Cheese Sampling

From: March 15, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

On Saturday, March 15, People's will be sampling Kerrygold Irish Cheddar and St. Pete's Blue Cheese. 

Cost: Free!

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Kickapoo Coffee Cupping-La Crosse

From: August 30, 2015 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Alex Stoffregen

Join Alex from Kickapoo coffee for a demonstration, tasting, and talk about the world's second most traded commodity. You will sample the excellent coffees from Kickapoo and talk at an ever faster speed about them.

The $5 donation for this event will go to the Chiapas Water Project.

Reservations are required for this class.

Cost: $5 donation

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Kickapoo Coffee Demo—Rochester

From: May 11, 2016 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm


Come meet local coffee roasters and experts from Kickapoo Coffee. Sample various flavors and learn all about their sustainable process of farm-to-cup. BONUS: If you bike to the co-op for the demo, you get a free cup along with your samples and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win a gift basket!

Cost: Free

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Kickapoo Coffee Earth Day demo—Rochester

From: April 22, 2017 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

With: Scott Weaver


Join us for a cup of Coffee to Celebrate Earth Day!

Scott Weaver from Kickapoo Coffee with be in the store to sample the locally roasted coffee and explain how Kickapoo supports small, sustainable coffee growers.

Cost: Free.

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Kid's casserole! Cooking class-Rochester

From: February 8, 2015 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Jessica Saw

Kid’s casserole


Ready for family fun? Bring your kids and a casserole dish for this interactive class aimed at getting kids (and parents) excited for cooking. Learn that there are no mistakes in the kitchen when fun is being had. Participants will leave with recipes and a dish to throw in the oven at home.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Kids’ Holiday cookie decoration—Rochester

From: December 5, 2018 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Class meets in PFC’s dining area.

With: Rachel Looney

Join local pastry chef Rachel Loney and bring your little ones for a fun morning of holiday cookie decorating. This class will be come-and-go as you please but registration is requested. Knowing Rachel’s energy and a fun personality, parents may get some baking tips as well. 

Cost: $5

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Kimbop cooking class-Rochester

From: November 17, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Curt Naylor


Through family experience, Curt Naylor became fascinated by Korean cuisine. He spent the past years honing his craft and is excited to share with this class. Curt will show how to make kimbop, a versatile Korean dish sure to please adventurous palates.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar sampling

From: March 4, 2014 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

PFC La Crosse will be sampling Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar with Nairn's Scottish Oat Crackers today!

Cost: Free!

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Kitchen Basics: Knives-La Crosse

From: September 28, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Anthony Swartwout

Chef Anthony of The Mint in La Crosse will talk us through the proper use and care for kitchen knives and which knives to use. He will also demonstrate cutting techniques that make kitchen time more efficient, more enjoyable, and safer.

Cost: $10 Members / $20 Nonmembers

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Kombucha & More-Rochester

From: June 11, 2015 at 6:30pm to: 8:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Susan Askildson

Certified raw food chef Susan Askildson will demonstrate step-by-step how to make the fermented drinks kombucha tea and water kefer. You will go home with either a kombucha starter culture or  kefir grains (not really grain, but a culture of beneficial bacteria).

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Kombucha and herbal fizzies-La Crosse

From: November 12, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Faith Anaker



Kombucha is an ancient healing beverage that is enjoying a modern resurgence in popularity. Kombucha offers numerous health benefits, particularly related to digestion and stress relief. Come to this class to learn more about kombucha from Faith Anaker of Fizzeology. We will start a batch in class for you to take home and begin your own kombucha and fizzy brews!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Kombucha and herbal fizzies-La Crosse

From: January 27, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


Kombucha is an ancient healing beverage that is enjoying a modern resurgence in popularity. Kombucha offers numerous health benefits, particularly related to digestion and stress relief. Come to this class to learn more about kombucha from Faith Anaker of Fizzeology. We will start a batch in class for you to take home and use to begin your own kombucha and fizzy brews!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Kombucha and herbal fizzies-Rochester

From: November 4, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Faith Anaker



Kombucha is an ancient healing beverage that is enjoying a modern resurgence in popularity. Kombucha offers numerous health benefits, particularly related to digestion and stress relief. Come to this class to learn more about kombucha from Faith Anaker of Fizzeology. We will start a batch in class for you to take home and begin your own kombucha and fizzy brews!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Kombucha and More! Rochester

From: March 21, 2015 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Susan Askildson

Certified Raw Food Chef, Susan Askildson, will demonstrate step by step how to make the fermented drinks kombucha tea and water kefer. You will go home with either a starter culture that creates kombucha—referred to as “the mother” or “SCOBY” (which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast)—or a kefer grains (not really grains but are a symbiotic colony of beneficial bacteria). You will also get some samples of kombucha tea and water kefer.

Register at customer service in the store or call 507-289-9061.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Kombucha class-Rochester

From: December 3, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Angela Kruger



In this two part class, Angela Kruger will teach participants how to make their own kombucha from scratch, beginning to end. While it is not required, participants are encourage to attend both classes.

Cost: $15 for members; $25 nonmembers for both classes. $10 members; $15 nonmembers per individual class.

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Korean Kimbop Cooking—Rochester

From: March 29, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Curt Naylor


Through family experience, Curt Naylor became fascinated by Korean cuisine. He spent the past years honing his craft, and is excited to share with this class. Curt will be showing how to make kimbop, a versatile Korean dish sure to please adventurous palates. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Kransekage and abelskiver: A lesson in Danish baking! La Crosee

From: November 3, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Linda Riddle


Spend an evening with PFC member services manager Linda Riddle as she shares two recipes and stories from her Danish heritage: we will mix, shape, and bake the rings of almond paste into kransekage and whip up some abelskiver (round pancakes with a jam or applesauce filling) for our snack. This class will be part demo and part hands-on. There will be kransekage to sample, but the finished product will become part of the Global Initiatives Week Kick-off event on Friday, November 4, at the Myrick Center. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Krazy Day Cookout

From: July 24, 2014 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: 5th Street corner awning

Get a quick and delicious lunch at the Co-op—we will be grilling out! Enjoy local beef burgers, Hackberry's homemade veggie burgers, and vegetarian Field Roast brats! Also available, organic soda, fresh cut fruit.

Cost: varies

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La Crosse Chili Cook Off

From: October 10, 2015 at 11:30am to: 2:30pm

Location: Riverside Park—La Crosse (map)

Join People’s Food Co-op at the annual State Bank Chili Cook Off at Riverside Park, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is a community event. Your $5 entrance fee benefits the La Crosse region chapters of D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T., and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

Cost: $5 donation

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La Crosse County veterans’ cooking class

From: September 13, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:30am

Location: PFC Community Room

FREE cooking class at PFC for any La Crosse County veteran. Join other veterans for a hands-on cooking class, learn about food co-ops, tour the store, cook a delicious Thai-inspired meal, and enjoy it with the group.

This is a grant-funded program brought to veterans by the Robert and Eleanor Franke Foundation and the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentoring Program. It is completely free for any veteran and one guest (spouse or friend), but you must register by calling Curtis at 608-791-4868 by Sept. 11. Space for 18.

Cost: Free to veterans

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La Crosse Eat Week

From: March 5, 2017 at 8:00am to: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op

Get a flavor for La Crosse by sampling the city’s top cafes, bistros, steakhouses, and ethnic eateries. During Eat Week you’ll enjoy three-course meals and experience a culinary tour of La Crosse. Menus at EatWeekLaCrosse.com!

Visit Hackberry's Bistro and enjoy the Eat Week lineup:

Beverages:
Rainbow Smoothis
Hoch Orchard's Dry Raspberry Hard Cider

Breakfast:
Asparagus Hash
(Menu here)

Lunch:
Ultimate Mushroom & Swiss Burger
(Menu here)

Desserts:
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Decadent Raspberry Cheesecake

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La Crosse Member Gala

From: June 6, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Cameron Park, across from the Co-op

Cost: Free!

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La Crosse Store Closing at 8 pm

From: January 25, 2014 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

The La Crosse People's Food Co-op will be closing early for the annual staff party.

 

We will be open (if possibly bleary eyed) on Sunday at the usual time. Thanks!

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La Crosse Store Closing at 8 pm

From: February 22, 2015 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store

People's Food Co-op of La Crosse closes at 8 pm for our annual staff party. The store reopens on Monday at the regular time.

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Labor Day Stores Close at 8 pm

From: September 1, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Last day to order your Thanksgiving turkey

From: November 21, 2016 at 7:00am to: 10:00am

Order your holiday turkey

from Ferndale Market

fresh Thanksgiving turkeys
local & free range

 

Reserve your turkey by 10 a.m., Monday, November 21.

Order pickup: All orders must be picked up
Wednesday, November 23, by 6 p.m.

Preorder your fresh (never frozen), antibiotic-free, locally grown Ferndale turkey by Monday, November 21. Turkeys are in the 10- to 24-pound range and are $2.49 per pound. Stop in or call the co-op and ask for the meat department.

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Last Day to Reserve Your Holiday Turkey

From: November 24, 2013 at 6:00am to: 10:00am

Reserve your holiday turkeys by stopping in to either the La Crosse or the Rochester store, or call the store and ask for the meat department.

 

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Last Day to Vote for PFC Board!

From: February 5, 2015 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Both Stores

New election information!

• New ballots will be mailed in early January.
• Look for the bright green mailing.
• Ballots due February 5!
• Ballot boxes available in stores.
• Membership meetings in both stores January 29 to discuss bylaw changes.

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The 2014 PFC Board Election and Bylaws vote failed to achieve the required member quorum, unfortunately. As you know, democratic control is a defining feature of our cooperative, and member election participation is vital to the continued success of our food co-op. Without your participation in our elections, the Board cannot effectively conduct business on your behalf.

Please watch your mailbox after the beginning of the year for a new ballot packet (printed on bright green paper as in previous years). Please note, all previously returned ballots are VOID. If you voted before, you must vote again in this new election. Please vote, using either the postpaid mailer or the store ballot box.

In addition to the usual Board Election, the 2014 ballot includes a number of proposed amendments to our bylaws intended to streamline the governance process and to support the continued success of our growing food Co-op. We urge you to support these sensible amendments. Board candidate statements are available on-line here.

Again, your participation in the democratic process is vital and much appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to contact your Board with questions or comments and please don’t forget to vote!

On behalf of the Board,
Dan Litwiller, President
board@pfc.coop

 

 

FAQ

Why do we have to vote again?
A quorum (approximately 5% of our membership) was not reached in December, so that election was declared failed, and we must vote again.

I already voted in December. Do I still have to vote again?
Yes. The ballots received in December are invalid.

It would be easier to vote if we could submit ballots in the store. Can we have ballot boxes again?

Yes. You’ll find a ballot box in each store. You may also mail your ballot using the enclosed postpaid envelope.

Can we have all the candidate information together instead of having to read some of it online?
Yes. This packet includes the candidates’ statements, and they are also available online.

Why are so many bylaw amendments being proposed?
Some of the amendments are simply clarifications and some represent important changes. Please read the explanation for each amendment to help you decide how to vote. The Board thinks it is important to make the bylaws as clear as possible and proposes changes that allow the Co-op to operate in ways that allow maximum member participation and operational efficiency.

 

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Last morning to order Ferndale Market turkey

From: November 24, 2014 at 7:00am to: 10:00am

Location: PFC La Crosse, WI & Rochester, MN

Reserve your turkey by 10 a.m., Monday, November 24.

Order pickup: All orders must be picked up by Wednesday, November 26, by 6 p.m.

Pre-order your fresh (never frozen), antibiotic-free, locally grown Ferndale turkey by Monday, November 24.
Turkeys are 10 to 22 pounds and are $2.49 per pound!

Stop in or call the Co-op and ask for the meat department.
La Crosse 608.784.5798 • Rochester 507.289.9061

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Learn Pressure Canning from an Expert! La Crosse

From: July 14, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Naomi Fruechte


We will can green beans in the pressure canner comparing the raw pack and the hot pack methods. This will be a hands-on class and each of the participants will go home with at least one jar of beans from each method. We will use the traditional pressure canner—since it is the only type suitable for canned vegetables at this time.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Learn proper pruning techniques—La Crosse

From: March 11, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

With: Judson Steinback


Growing your own fruit can make your family more independent, with lots of good harvesting and processing experiences! But do you have fruit or nut trees or shrubs that need pruning? What varieties are best suited for our region? Join Jud Steinback of Coulee Region Ecoscapes, LLC, for a Saturday morning lesson in tools, techniques—everything you need to know to confidently care for your backyard orchard. Participants will then accompany Jud to a backyard orchard in town for hands-on demonstration and practice. You will go home ready to take on your trees!

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn the craft of soap making!-La Crosse

From: November 17, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: La Cross Community Room

With: Shanna Wegman



Looking to learn about saponification? Get together with your friends, family, or coworkers to get some hands-on experience in soap making at PFC! Make sure you wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty, and bring a bath towel with you. Shanna will supply the expertise and materials, but you will make your own goat milk soaps—perfect for gift giving or for your own luxury winter baths! Plus, as Shanna says, “You get to own that word!”

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Learn the ropes—Rochester

From: November 15, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Roca Climbing & Fitness, 6071 Rome Circle NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (map)


Tuesday, November 15 • 6–8 p.m.
Looking for some fun, healthy activity to get you through the winter? Join People’s Food Co-op at Roca Climbing Gym to “Learn the ropes.”

Discounted for PFC members, this class is for those interested in learning the basics of rock climbing, including belaying and knots. Space is limited to 15. PFC will provide refreshments post-climb. RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $20.

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Learn to grow microgreens with Hillview Urban Agriculture Center—La Crosse

From: February 20, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Andrea Schaefer, Shawn McManus, and Kirsten Arm

Learn to grow your own microgreens at home with the growers at Hillview Urban Agriculture Center! Grow your own microgreens kits included with the class fee. Attendees will also observe how to easily prepare homegrown microgreens in tasty recipes from Shawn McManus (Savory Creations) and Hillview Market basket Coordinator Kirsten Arm. Everyone will enjoy samples of recipes including microgreens and produce grown at he Horticulture Education Center, 624 Vine St. 

Cost: $25 members; $35 nonmembers.

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Learn to make beer at home with the La Crosse Lagers!

From: October 13, 2016 at 6:00pm to: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: members of the La Crosse Lagers Home Brew Club

Finally! We’ve got a beer class in the works! It must be taught in two sessions, six weeks apart—so you are signing up for both sessions, one price. October 13 will include information about beers: history, types of beer, ingredients, supplies needed. We will also boil and chill the batch. In the second session, November 16, we will strain and bottle your brew to take home. Must be 21 to take this class.  RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $30 members; $45 nonmembers. Supplies included.

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Learn to make breads from India!—La Crosse

From: December 6, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Puja Mehta


Learn the different Indian breads eaten in India and make two delicious warm Indian breads in class to enjoy with raita (spiced curd) and mango pickle afterwards. We will make these breads in class: Lachha Paratha: Paratha is Indian flatbread, made of whole wheat. Lachha means layers, which can be seen on the paratha’s when it is cooked. Vegetable Paratha: Indian flatbread filled with healthy seasonal vegetable and spices. We will have six rolling pins available in the class, but if you have a rolling pin, please bring yours.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make goat milk soap! (Again!) La Crosse

From: April 25, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Shanna McCann

Shanna will be back to do Round Two of her goat milk soaps! If you can’t make it to one, sign up for the other!

The owner of Simple Soaps for Simple Folks comes back to ask this question: Looking to learn about saponification? Get together with your friends, family, or coworkers to get some hands-on experience. We’ll do a short, educational half hour on the difference between handmade and commercial soaps and then get down to the dirty with batching cold-process goat milk soaps. Two bars of the soaps we batch together will go home with you, too. Make sure you wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty, and bring a bath towel with you. We’ll provide the molds. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Learn to make goat’s milk soap! La Crosse

From: March 28, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Shanna McCann

The owner of Simple Soaps for Simple Folks comes back to ask this question: Looking to learn about saponification? Get together with your friends, family, or coworkers to get some hands-on experience. We’ll do a short, educational half hour on the difference between handmade and commercial soaps and then get down to the dirty with batching cold-process goat milk soaps. Two bars of the soaps we batch together will go home with you, too. Make sure you wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty, and bring a bath towel with you. We’ll provide the molds. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make homemade sauerkraut—La Crosse

From: September 19, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Faith Anacker, owner, Fizzeology Foods

Learn the basics of fermentation from an expert. Faith will explain the process your veggies go through as they change from cabbage to delicious kraut. You will chop the cabbage and get the process started with salt worked into a brine. Take it home to wait 30 days as the lacto-fermentation magic goes to work. It will be a fantastic addition to your autumn grilling and other meals. We provide the cabbage, salt, and jars. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Learn to Make Jams and Jellies! La Crosse

From: June 16, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Naomi Fruechte


Homemade jams and jellies taste so fresh and delicious! What tools and ingredients do you need to have on hand, what are the terms used, how precise do you need to be for success? We will sample, and you will have a freshly made jam or jelly, recipes and new knowledge to take home! Naomi is retired from a career with MN Extension Service.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make lefse! La Crosse

From: December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Inez Blank and Irene Wood

Just in time for the holidays, our favorite “Lefse Ladies,” Inez and Irene, are back with their ever-popular class! Join us to mix and roll that delectable blend of organic potatoes, sweet cream, and butter into thin, delicious rounds of lefse. Sprinkle the fresh grilled rounds with organic cane sugar and cinnamon. Taste—yum! This is a hands-on class, and a great way to start a tradition with your older children or grandchildren—remember aprons! We will also have recipes and resources for finding lefse-baking supplies locally. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make lefse-La Crosse

From: December 3, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Inez Blank, Carol Mills, and Irene Wood



Here is your opportunity to learn lefse making from three Norwegian sisters who have made lefse together since childhood and now carry on their mother’s annual tradition! Think of delicious organic potatoes cooked with butter and heavy cream, a little cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top!

Inez and her sisters will demonstrate the process, their techniques, and then we go “hands-on,” with the three sisters helping everyone make Lefse to take home! Recipe and tips included.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Learn to make lefse—La Crosse

From: October 26, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Inez Blank and Irene Wood

Our friends, the local Lefse Ladies Inez and Irene, will be back at PFC with more delicious lefse instruction! The time will be perfect with cool weather and the holidays approaching. Join us to roll that mix of organic potatoes, butter, and cream into thin, delectable pieces of lefse. This is a hands-on class that is fun to do with your kids and grandkids—remember your aprons. We will provide everything else. There will be plenty to sample in class and likely some to take home. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make spicy Wisconsin cheese bread! La Crosse

From: August 30, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson

Imagine the spectacular late summer sandwiches you can make with veggies and fresh homemade bread that’s loaded with Wisconsin cheese! And you’ll have a new recipe down pat to serve with your first batch of chili as we head toward fall! Join Chef Debbie Hendrickson as she walks and talks us through all the steps to make an awesome loaf every time. Participants will mix up the dough and take it home for the baking. We will sample cheese bread that Debbie has made ahead of time—let’s make a few open-faced sandwiches! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Learn to make traditional Dakota bread—La Crosse

From: June 13, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson

Everyone loves homemade bread, and many people have requested classes to learn bread-making skills. Chef Debbie Hendrickson brings her Dakota bread to PFC! Get ready to learn from her demo and then go “hands on” with the dough. Due to the time needed for the dough to rise, you will take the recipe and an unbaked loaf home to bake yourself, but we will sample Debbie’s fresh loaf along with delicious herb butters. Deb has a new tip for her breads—come see what it is! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Lefse class #2: The lefse ladies are back!—La Crosse

From: November 17, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Inez, Carol, and Irene


Our Lefse experts, Inez, Carol, and Irene, want to be sure everybody has the opportunity to learn this wonderful Norwegian tradition. We will make the lefse dough from fresh, organic potatoes, butter, cream, and flour; then roll and grill them to perfection. There will be plenty of lefse to sample in the class and take home to impress your family. This is a great class to take with your teen or pre-teen kids or grandkids!

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Lefse making with the experts! La Crosse

From: December 6, 2018 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC classroom

With: Inez and Irene, lefse makers extraordinaire

Inez and Irene have been making lefse together since childhood! They love to share their expertise with our friends at PFC. They bring all the equipment, the recipe and we go “hands on” in the PFC kitchen: mixing, rolling, baking, and tasting fresh lefse! There will be some to take home! This is an excellent holiday class to do with teens, middle school kids, grandkids. Share and pass on holiday traditions! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Lefse Making—La Crosse

From: March 15, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Inez Blank, Carol Mills, and Irene Wood


Inez, Carol, and Irene have been making lefse together since childhood, and their first class at PFC received rave reviews! Learn their recipe and process, their techniques and tips and go “hands on” in the PFC kitchen: rolling, baking, and tasting fresh lefse! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Lefse/abelskiver alert—La Crosse

From: December 13, 2018 at 11:00am to: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

With: Linda Riddle

December 13 and 14: After a few years of learning to make lefse from expert Norwegian lefse makers, Member Services Manager Linda Riddle is ready to take it to the floor! Linda will make lefse live in the store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 13.

You can watch, you can help, you can taste! Then, on December 14, we’ll switch to Denmark for a holiday recipe! Linda will make traditional Danish abelskiver live starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or so for your sampling pleasure!

Cost: Free

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Let’s Wrap & Roll! Rice Papers, Noodles, and Veggies, Oh My! La Crosse

From: May 19, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Thippi Luangpraseuth


Come join Thippi on her adventure into Asian Cuisine. Learn how to wrap fresh spring rolls using an array of produce and herbs. She’ll also be sharing two dipping sauce recipes as well as her garlicky beef stir fry recipe. Let’s cook and eat together and do a little food talk. Thippi Luangpraseuth is a chef at Culina Mariana Cafe, serves on the board of Grow La Crosse, and is an ambassador for Jamie Oliver Food Revolution.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Lights on 5th Ave

From: May 22, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: dowtown La Crosse

Lights on 5th Ave

Experience and celebrate the revitalization of 5th Ave, downtown La Crosse.
Shop, dine, and socialize while celebrating the new and established businesses in our historic downtown district!

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Little Libraries Book Drive

From: March 28, 2015 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

Rochester Area Chamber is building 40 Little Libraries in Rochester! We're hosting a book drive for the Little Libraries, and customers who bring a book donation for the libraries get a free brewed coffee or tea from the deli.

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Local Beer/Local Cheese Pairing Seminar—La Crosse

From: June 9, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Pearl Street Brewery and Greg Long, WI Milk Marketing Board


In keeping with the Dairy Month theme, join Greg as he features a range of Wisconsin cheeses carried by PFC! Pearl Street Brewery folks will be here to pour some local beers and talk about ingredients and brewing processes. The beers will have been paired by Greg, using his expertise to come up with tasty matches to showcase the best of Wisconsin cheeses! Must be 21 to register for this class.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Local Roots Sampling

From: December 10, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

Local Roots Fine Foods will be in the Rochester store sampling their soups on Wednesday, December 10.

A Minneapolis company, Local Roots supports sustainable agriculture and local economies. Their soups are made using quality ingredients raised and grown on local family farms.

http://www.localrootsfinefoods.com

Cost: Free

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Local spirits—Rochester

From: November 28, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: above the co-op at MMP

Nick Schinler will be highlighting our local craft distilleries including: Vikre, Tattersall, BentBrewstillery, and Panther. Craft spirits are the current trend, and for good reason. Sample spirits and get advice for craft cocktails as well. Great class for gift ideas. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Love and pie for Valentine's Day! Cooking class-La Crosse

From: February 4, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

With: Monique Hooker and Jessica Rizzolo

Love and pie for Valentine’s Day!


Join Monique Hooker, owner of Got2HavPie, and Jessica Rizzolo to learn about pie crust from the experts! We’ll use Monique’s Got2HavPie crusts and puff pastry to make special Valentine’s Day treats. Learn how to handle crust for best results and get ideas for both sweet and savory pies. There will be plenty of pie to sample, too! PFC 2nd Floor Community Classroom.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Lovechild comes to PFC—La Crosse

From: April 18, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Jay Sparks

Lovechild is a new, very comfortable restaurant in downtown La Crosse featuring local ingredients and creative recipes. Join Jay, chef and co-owner, and your friends for a fun, interesting evening in PFC’s community room kitchen. We will whip up some fresh homemade pasta and sauce using PFC supplies and Jay’s instruction. Sit back and enjoy with a glass of wine per the chef’s recommendation. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Low-Sodium Eating

From: March 19, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 3:00pm

Have you been wondering how to incorporate low-sodium foods into your diet? Do you have questions about sodium levels in the foods you eat every day? Consult with a registered dietitian in Rochester on March 19, noon–3:00 p.m., in the wellness department.

Cost: Free!

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Make delicious kombucha at home! La Crosse

From: May 16, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Bill Garbers

Kombucha is an ancient healing beverage that is enjoying a modern resurgence in popularity. Kombucha offers numerous health benefits, particularly related to digestion and stress relief. Come to this class to learn lots of interesting info about kombucha from PFC’s own Bill Garbers. We will try a few of the kombuchas we carry in the store, sample Bill’s home brew, and then start a batch in class for you to take home! Recipes included. 

Cost: $15.00 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Make edible ornaments and more!—La Crosse: CANCELLED

From: December 17, 2016 at 10:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Linda Riddle


Linda likes to have fun with kids, and rumor has it that Santa will be at Hackberry’s for brunch on the 17th! Stop by the community room before or after brunch to make edible ornaments and handmade wrapping paper to take home. Kids do NOT have to stay for the whole two hours.

call Linda directly to sign up! 608-784-5798 x2006.

Cost: $5.00 per child, ages 4–12

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Make gift sets with essential oils and herbs! La Crosse

From: December 6, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Crystal Merkel, owner of “Scrub Your Butt” Soap Company

Call your friends! Sign up together for this fun gift-making class with Crystal. Participants will work in teams of four, and each team will make one fabulous self-care product using essential oils and/or herbs, enough for everybody in the class. Then, like a “Cookie Walk,” the finished products will be shared so that everyone has a set of four in a pretty gift bag to take home. Crystal has wonderful expertise for this hands-on class and will come with recipes and instruction so you can continue your holiday gift making at home! We do need at least 16 class participants to make all the recipes. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Make organic chocolates with Amy—La Crosse -- FULL

From: July 11, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Amy Myers from Amy’s Apothecary in Austin, TX

Make organic chocolates with Amy from Amy’s Apothecary in Austin, TX

Raw Cacao Medicine: Please your taste buds, support your immune system, and improve your sense of well-being by making chocolates! Classes will use a mixture of organic raw cacao powder, organic raw cacao butter, dried and powdered herbs, nuts, seeds, and organic maple syrup to prepare several delightful chocolates. Amy Myers is an herbalist, massage therapist, and owner at Amy’s Apothecary, where she makes raw, vegan, organic chocolates infused with medicinal herbs, as well as all-natural skin and body care products. 

CLASS IS FULL!

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Make Sushi with the Sushi Pirate!-La Crosse

From: November 15, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Simon Wu



Dazzle guests at your holiday parties as you pass a plate of sushi that you made yourself! Swashbuckling excitement in the PFC community room with Simon Wu, owner and chef at the Sushi Pirate! He will teach us the basic skills of sushi making and other traditional Japanese dishes: the equipment needed, and preparation of ingredients, especially the steps in cooking rice for sushi. Participants will then make their choice of sushi rolls in class: sake or maguro (salmon or tuna) or a vegetarian roll that can be varied at home.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Make your own essential oil blends—Rochester

From: November 13, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: Ballerina Botanicals

This class will be making an oil blend specific to you. Ballerina Botanicals will be on hand to help determine what blend is right for you, including your everyday life, knowing the right oils for your skin, and everyday skincare. Participants will leave with their own customized essential oil roll. Class will be held at PFC Rochester. 

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Making Fruit Vinegars-La Crosse

From: October 11, 2015 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Cindy Hale

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will give a quick introduction to the different type of vinegars, how they are made, and their characteristics. She will then lead you through the steps of creating your own homemade wine and fruit vinegars. You will need to bring some kind of wine to the class in a quart-size canning jar. She will provide the bacterial “mother” and an easy-to-follow procedure for culturing your own vinegars.

On the same day Cindy is teaching a cooking class, "Fruit Vinegars: A Five-Course Dinner. Sign up for both classes and receive a $5 discount!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Making Fruit Vinegars-Rochester

From: October 12, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Cindy Hale

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will give a quick introduction to the different type of vinegars, how they are made, and their characteristics. She will then lead you through the steps of creating your own homemade wine and fruit vinegars. You will need to bring some kind of wine to the class in a quart-size canning jar. She will provide the bacterial “mother” and an-easy-to follow procedure for culturing your own vinegars.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Making Kimchi-La Crosse

From: September 10, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Faith Anacker


Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, fermented and spicy with lots of variations! Join Faith Anacker of Fizzeology as she demonstrates how to make kimchi using local, organic, and seasonal vegetables. Students will leave with their own jar of kimchi and the confidence to make more at home!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Making your own brine—Rochester

From: November 17, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm


Looking for a new way to prepare your turkey? Always wanted to brine but not sure how? Our turkey gurus from the meat department will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate how to make a brine, and provide recipes for our own brine. We will also have our housemade brine for sale.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: Free

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Mandala Tea Sampling

From: November 20, 2014 at 11:30am to: 1:30pm

Location: Rochester Store

Mandala Tea will be in the store today to sample their lovely teas.

Mandala Teas are also on special this month for PFC Members, so if you haven't tried their fantastic tea selections yet this is a good opportunity.

Learn more about Mandala Tea at their website:

https://shopmandalatea.com

Cost: Free

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Mandala Tea Sampling

From: December 4, 2014 at 11:30am to: 1:30pm

Location: Rochester Store

Mandala Tea will be in the store today to sample their lovely teas.

Learn more about Mandala Tea at their website:

https://shopmandalatea.com/

Cost: Free

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Manifesting for 2018 and beyond—La Crosse

From: January 11, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Nedra Blietz

Join ThetaHealing master practitioner and instructor Nedra Blietz to learn powerful techniques for manifesting the life you want. The truth is that we are creating our own reality, and it is possible to manifest the best that the world has to offer. But you must first decide what it is you want in your life. Start thinking about what you want in your life, make a list, bring it and a notebook along to this fun workshop.

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Maple syrup from tap to table-Rochester

From: February 24, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Bree Breckel


Learn about real midwest maple syrup from tap to table. Bree Breckel of B&E’s Trees will walk us through the process they use on their maple syrup farm in Cashton, WI and go over syrup basics like uses, health benefits, flavor, and you guessed it: sampling!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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March Madness Cheese Challenge! Both Stores

From: March 18, 2017 at 10:00am to: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 4:00pm

Final results are in!

Thanks to everyone who filled out a cheese bracket and to everyone who came by the stores and voted!

At People's Food Co-op in La Crosse, 42 complete brackets were entered, while in Rochester, we had over 100 brackets entered in the contest.

The winning cheeses are Sartori Montamore in La Crosse, and in Rochester Caves of Faribault—Jeff’s Select.

Five people managed to guess the bracket — two in Rochester, three in La Crosse. Each of these folks took home a pound of the winning cheese.

There were some delicious cheese in both stores. Hope you enjoyed the March Madness Cheese Challenge!

 

 

Cost: Free

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Marieke Gouda Cheese Demo—Rochester

From: June 14, 2017 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: Marieke Gouda

Marieke Gouda, the 2017 US second place cheese champion, will be here with a number of muilt-award winning cheeses.

Cost: Free

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Marieke Gouda Sampling

From: November 8, 2013 at 4:00pm to: 6:30pm

Join us at People's Food Co-op of Rochester for a free sampling of Fenugreek Gouda, a 24-month aged Gouda, from Marieke Gouda.

Free cheese samples!

Marieke Gouda is a local cheesemaker from Thorp, WI. A representative will be on hand to answer your questions. 

Cost: Free

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Marieke Gouda Sampling

From: March 14, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

Marieke Gouda Cheese sampling.

Come try this local product, from Thorp, Wisconsin cheesemakers.

A 2013 Grand Champion at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

Cost: Free

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Marinades, grilling and knives! A summertime explosion of flavor! La Crosse

From: June 14, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: PFC meat department team member Bill Garbers

Bill has provided expertise and recommendations on meat selections and preparations to many of you in the store. Now spend an evening with Bill to learn the secrets of a great marinade: what’s the purpose, what are the elements, how long to soak. Then, learn what differentiates an average grilled meat dish from a truly fantastic one! Everyone will get to try their hand at the grill using Bill’s pointers. We will also look at knife care and the best knives to use. Yes, we will eat our delicious freshly grilled meal along with a summer salad!
 

Cost: ​$20 members; $30 nonmembers. Preregister at customer service.

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Market Friday

From: May 1, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail. 

Large Plates

​Miso-Glazed Wild Salmon with sesame asparagus 

Locally-Raised Steak over radish and carrot match stick salad with sliced onions

Honey-Mustard Chicken Cutlets with arugula, carrot, and celery salad

Spring Quiche

Small Plates

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms

Bread and Cheese Platter

Signature Cocktail

Blackberry Fizz

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Market Friday

From: May 29, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

​Miso-Glazed Wild Salmon with sesame asparagus

Locally-Raised Steak over radish and carrot match stick salad with sliced onions

Honey-Mustard Chicken Cutlets with arugula, carrot, and celery salad

Spring Quiche

Small Plates

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms

Bread and Cheese Platter

Signature Cocktail

Blackberry Fizz

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Market Friday

From: June 3, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro - above the co-op

Join us at Hackberry's Bistro as we stay open late to put the spotlight on seasonal ingredients from the Cameron Park Farmers Market as well as some local producers. The first Friday of every month market is open, we'll be open 5-9pm to show off this season's finest.

Menu

Rhubarb Bruschetta
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Brie & Mushroom Crostini

Wild Mushroom Stroganoff
Asparagus Salad
Garden Parpadelle
Herb Chicken Breast with Blue Potatoes and Summer Peas

Calcutta Love Cake
Cashmere Cream Puff
Rhubarb Pie Trio

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Market Friday

From: October 14, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

Join us for a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu at Hackberry's Bistro.

Small Plates
Grilled pluot salad
Purple Rain salad
Vegan buckwheat flatbread pizza

Entrees
Lamb ribs with eggplant caponata, celeriac puree, and arugula salad
Curried calamari 2 ways over yellow rice with local heirloom tomatoes
Coconut Thai stir-fry

Desserts
Hibiscus poached pear
Pumpkin panna cotta
Calcutta love cake

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: May 22, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

​Miso-Glazed Wild Salmon with sesame asparagus

Locally-Raised Steak over radish and carrot match stick salad with sliced onions

Honey-Mustard Chicken Cutlets with arugula, carrot, and celery salad

Spring Quiche

Small Plates

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms

Bread and Cheese Platter

Signature Cocktail

Blackberry Fizz

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: June 19, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

Kabob with grilled corn on the cob

Vegetarian BBQ on a wheet kaiser bun with a choice of your side (salad, bistro potatoes, kettle chips)

Pork or Fish Tacos served over a corn tortilla with a side of tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips

Small Plates

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Cucumber Sandwiches with a dill-yogurt suace served on a sweet wheat bread

Stuffed Zuchinni filled with a beef and mushroom mix

Signature Cocktail

Vodka Cucumber Lemonade

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: July 3, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

Kabob with grilled corn on the cob

Vegetarian BBQ on a wheet kaiser bun with a choice of your side (salad, bistro potatoes, kettle chips)

Pork or Fish Tacos served over a corn tortilla with a side of tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips

Small Plates

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Cucumber Sandwiches with a dill-yogurt suace served on a sweet wheat bread

Stuffed Zuchinni filled with a beef and mushroom mix

Signature Cocktail

Vodka Cucumber Lemonade

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: July 10, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

Kabob with grilled corn on the cob

Vegetarian BBQ on a wheet kaiser bun with a choice of your side (salad, bistro potatoes, kettle chips)

Pork or Fish Tacos served over a corn tortilla with a side of tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips

Small Plates

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Cucumber Sandwiches with a dill-yogurt suace served on a sweet wheat bread

Stuffed Zuchinni filled with a beef and mushroom mix

Signature Cocktail

Vodka Cucumber Lemonade

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: July 17, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

Kabob with grilled corn on the cob

Vegetarian BBQ on a wheat kaiser bun with a choice of your side (salad, bistro potatoes, kettle chips)

Pork or Fish Tacos served over a corn tortilla with a side of tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips

Small Plates

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Cucumber Sandwiches with a dill-yogurt suace served on a sweet wheat bread

Stuffed Zuchinni filled with a beef and mushroom mix

Signature Cocktail

Vodka Cucumber Lemonade

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Market Friday at Hackberry's

From: July 24, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

Join us for Market Friday at Hackberry's Bistro above the Co-op in La Crosse, featuring a seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu, including a signature cocktail.

Large Plates

Kabob with grilled corn on the cob

Vegetarian BBQ on a wheat kaiser bun with a choice of your side (salad, bistro potatoes, kettle chips)

Pork or Fish Tacos served over a corn tortilla with a side of tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips

Small Plates

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Cucumber Sandwiches with a dill-yogurt suace served on a sweet wheat bread

Stuffed Zuchinni filled with a beef and mushroom mix

Signature Cocktail

Vodka Cucumber Lemonade

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Master wine class—La Crosse

From: January 31, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

The master class will feature higher-end, more complicated wines from around the world. Go more in depth into the wine world and sample some of the finest vino to be had in the area. Expand your education and your palate with six of the biggest wines in the world. Order sheets will be included; participants can order directly. Class is limited to 10 people. Must be 21 to attend. 

Cost: $40 members; $50 nonmembers.

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Mayo Program: Stick with your healthy eating New Year’s resolution! Rochester

From: January 24, 2017 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor (map)

Mayo Program:
People’s Food Co-op Program at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program
Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 565 1st Street SW, 6th Floor

Stick with your healthy eating New Year’s resolution!
Tuesday, January 24 • 5:30–7 p.m.
Need a kick start or reinforcement for your healthy eating New Year’s resolution? Join People’s Food Co-op for a very special members-only event at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, where a registered dietitian nutritionist and an executive wellness chef will share practical meal planning strategies that will help you meet your nutrition goals in 2017.


This will be a popular session! Sign up by January 22 to join us from 5:30–7:00 p.m. on January 24 in the state-of-the-art Participation Kitchen on the 6th floor of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at 565 1st Street SW. Registration required. Call or register at the st­­ore customer service desk.

Cost: $40

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Meatless Meals-Italian Style

From: October 16, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

With: Vicki Lopez-Kaley

Meatless Meals—Italian Style

Meatless meals can be both quick and delicious. Join instructor Vicki Lopez-Kaley in making simple Italian supper recipes that will please you and your family.


 

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Medicinal Herb Walk—Rochester. Venue Change

From: May 21, 2016 at 9:30am to: 11:30am

Location: Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester

With: Bonnie Kreckow


Come walk with Bonnie Kreckow, a clinical herbalist from Winona, and learn of those plants that grow right in your yard. Plants to heal mosquito bites in minutes, plants to heal wounds and burns within days, and many others that heal various illnesses. Class enrollment limited to ten. Meet in the Quarry Hill Nature Center parking lot.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20.

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Meditation and Mindfulness–La Crosse

From: August 18, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Jess Ebert


“We don’t practice meditation to get good at meditating.
We practice to get good at life.”
—Sharon Salzberg

Join us to practice mindfulness and meditation with others who are also interested in changing their lives through mindfulness and meditation. Jess Ebert, a mindfulness and meditation practitioner, will introduce and explain a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices that can be used in everyday life by everybody. Even if you think that your life is chaotic and jam-packed with activity, there are ways that mindfulness and meditation can be worked into your life, both at home and at work. Jess has no formal meditation training, but is looking forward to the opportunity to share what she has learned from various teachers. The practices will be drawn from the teachings of the following world-renowned teachers: Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Sharon Salzburg, Eckhart Tolle, Gil Fronsdale, Ram Dass, and Thich Nhat Hanh. The course will conclude with a 20-minute sitting meditation.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Mediterranean stuffed grape leaves—La Crosse

From: January 10, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Gracie Kozidis


Despina Kozidis, aka “Gracie,” owner of Gracie’s Gyros and Wraps in La Crosse, will demonstrate how to make the stuffing for the grape leaves, help students roll the leaves properly, and teach us how to finish them for a delicious and ever-popular dish! Class will be hands-on, with samples to eat and recipes to take home.

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers,

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Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair

From: January 18, 2014 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Here is your opportunity to meet the farmers who operate local CSA farms (Community Supported Agriculture) and find out if membership in a CSA is for you! Growers will share information about their farming practices and details about the fruits and veggies you can expect through the season.

Cost: Free!

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Member/Owner Drive

From: September 16, 2018 at 8:00am to: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm

Ready to own YOUR grocery store?

All new  members will receive a choice of t-shirt or hat and will also be entered in to win a weekly prize!

Already a member? Refer a new member and be entered to win a weekly prize.

Information on the benefits of ownership and how to become a owner/member of PFC can be found here.

 

WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AND IN-STORE

 

La Crosse prizes include:

  • Pearl Street Brewery Week: Basket containing growler, 6 pak, t-shirt, and coupons. $100 value
  • Wellness Week 1 & 2: Health and beauty products from select suppliers. Values at $150 PFC Wine Basket: It’s Co-op Month! $85 value
  • PFC Clean & Happy Meat Week: Pasture-raised, hormone-free meats from our suppliers. $115 value
  • Organic Valley Week: Win an organic cotton bag filled with hats, tshirts, a bandana, a specialty cooler and 11 coupons for Organic Valley products from PFC! $140 value
  • Downtown Experience Week! A taste of Greater Downtown La Crosse with a $100 gift certificate to the Charmant, dinner and movies for two at the Pump House, a box of Charmant Chocolates, and a bottle of Champagne from PFC! $200 value

Note: Each basket will have $10 worth of WI cheese, a cheese board, and a slicer donated by the La Crosse County Dairy Promotions

 

Rochester prizes include:

TBD

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Membership Meeting Bus

From: December 7, 2013 at 10:00am to: 4:30pm

Location: People's Food Co-op—La Crosse parking lot

Take the bus to the Rochester meeting!

Transportation available for La Crosse members, leaving from the store. We will board at 10:15 am and leave at 10:30. After the meeting we will have time to visit PFC Rochester. We will leave Rochester at 3:00 pm and arrive back in La Crosse about 4:30. Please sign up by calling 784-5798, ext. 2006, or e-mailing Karen.Acker @ pfc.coop, and giving the names and member numbers of those riding and your phone number/s.

Cost: Free

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Memorial Day Hours

From: May 26, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Both Stores close at 8:00 p.m. on Monday!

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Memorial Day Hours 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. both stores

From: May 27, 2019 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Meschini wines—Rochester

From: November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: above the co-op in MMP

Explore Argentine wine with Rochester native Theresa Meschini. Fabulous, bold reds and bright, dancing whites. Light fare will be available. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Mexican street food part II—La Crosse

From: July 25, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Anthony and Melissa

This summer, you and your friends can spend a delightful evening with Anthony, Melissa, and the Taco Town Food Cart, hearing stories from their travels across Mexico, learning about different Mexican street foods, and making your own delicious plate full! We will include a Mexican beer or fresh sangria for those over 21! 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Mindfulness as a core to wellness—La Crosse

From: April 19, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


Faith Anacker of Fizzeology Foods is back to share how mindfulness practices complement a healthy lifestyle. This fun-filled and interactive discussion will open your mind to how daily choices have a huge effect on your well-being. Share some tea and learn a few practices and simple concepts to support a healthy lifestyle. Participants will learn a few chi-qung and breath exercises and receive a handout outlining simple dietary guidelines and resources for further learning.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Mindfulness skills for the holiday season-La Crosse

From: December 10, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Lamont McPherson


Every year there are media stories about the stress and anxiety associated with the holidays. Take an evening break, create some peaceful time for yourself, and learn techniques that you can use far beyond the holiday season. Lamont will teach some basic mindfulness skills that will help participants to reduce their stress for the holiday season. Lamont P. McPheron MS, LPCT, is a mindfulness skills instructor, counselor, and author. He has been training in various forms of mindfulness for the last 20 years. Class tuition: This class is free, a PFC gift to the community, but you must register as with all classes.

Cost: Free, registration required

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Mini-facials with evanhealy—Rochester

From: October 21, 2018 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

20-minute facials with evanhealy. Call or stop in to sign up early and to reserve your spot with an evanhealy esthetician for a mini-facial. Participating guests will also receive a select complimentary product.

Cost: Free

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Monster Bash: Halloween Kids' Cooking

From: October 17, 2015 at 11:00am to: 12:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Heather Trussoni

Geared for kids ages 8 to 12. We will make ghoulish gourmet items, and creepy crawling creations and tell tales that would scare Frankenstein! Come for pumpkin carving and some real cooking! Halloween costumes optional but encouraged!

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Mother’s Day Brunch—Hackberry's La Crosse

From: May 14, 2017 at 9:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

Sunday, May 14th
Seatings at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 1:00 p.m.

Reservations recommended: 608-784-5798 ext. 2202
 

Mother's Day Brunch Menu is here.

Cost: Adults $26 • Age 10 & under $9 • Age 5 & under FREE

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Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch

From: May 12, 2018 at 8:00am to: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, La Crosse

Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13

Treat mom (and graduates!!) to a delicious local and seasonal menu featuring decadent twists on classics like dark chocolate French toast and wheatless buttermilk pancakes with a strawberry rhubarb compote and tartines topped with smoked salmon, vegetables or the favorite croque madame.

Reservations recommended: 608-784-5798 ext. 2202

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Nami Chips/Fizzeology Demo-Rochester

From: February 21, 2015 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

Delicious, healthy Nami Chips will be sampling their chips at PFC—Rochester this Saturday, along with another local product, Fizzeology – fermented foods from the Driftless Region.

 

Read about Nami Chips here:

http://lacrossetribune.com/print-specific/columns/nami-chips-being-made-at-veda-s-commercial-kitchens/article_a0a269e7-1f53-5a25-aea0-52b4f524424b.html

Cost: Free

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National Bike to Work Week-Rochester & La Crosse

From: May 11, 2015 at 12:00am to: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:00pm

Location: Both Stores

National Bike to Work Week—Rochester & La Crosse
Bring in your helmet to PFC Rochester or La Crosse this week and get a free small coffee at the deli.

Cost: Free

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National Co-op Day at PFC-La Crosse

From: October 10, 2014 at 3:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store

We will celebrate National Co-op Day at both stores on Friday, October 10. The La Crosse store events are scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m.; Rochester events are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please join us to celebrate National Co-op month with samples and information from some of the co-ops that supply PFC.

We will be highlighting many of the products in our stores that come from other cooperatives—farm cooperatives, dairy cooperatives, wellness cooperatives, and others. The number of cooperative suppliers will surprise you.

The Co-op Story

The University of Wisconsin recently published "Cooperatives in Wisconsin: The Power of Cooperative Action" a publication that describes the history, structure, and how-to's of starting your own co-op:

download file here

Howard Bower's Fund

People's will also be celebrating (and taking donations for) the Howard Bowers Fund. What is the Fund you ask?

According to the Fund's manager, the Consumer Cooperative Management Association, the Howard Bowers Fund makes grants to food cooperatives, groups organizing food cooperatives, and organizations and events that support the food cooperative sector.

By giving to the Fund you will help grow the national cooperative movement.

But who is Howard Bowers? You ask. The greatest General Manager ever to walk the hallowed halls of the Hyde Park Cooperative Society. An entertaining perspective of Mr. Bowers may be read here.

Cost: Free

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National Co-op Day at PFC-Rochester

From: October 10, 2014 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester store

We will celebrate National Co-op Day at both stores on Friday, October 10. The La Crosse store events are scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m.; Rochester events are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please join us to celebrate National Co-op month with samples and information from some of the co-ops that supply PFC.

We will be highlighting many of the products in our stores that come from other cooperatives—farm cooperatives, dairy cooperatives, wellness cooperatives, and others. The number of cooperative suppliers will surprise you.

The Co-op Story

The University of Wisconsin recently published "Cooperatives in Wisconsin: The Power of Cooperative Action" a publication that describes the history, structure, and how-to's of starting your own co-op:

download file here

Howard Bower's Fund

People's will also be celebrating (and taking donations for) the Howard Bowers Fund. What is the Fund you ask?

According to the Fund's manager, the Consumer Cooperative Management Association, the Howard Bowers Fund makes grants to food cooperatives, groups organizing food cooperatives, and organizations and events that support the food cooperative sector.

By giving to the Fund you will help grow the national cooperative movement.

But who is Howard Bowers? You ask. The greatest General Manager ever to walk the hallowed halls of the Hyde Park Cooperative Society. An entertaining perspective of Mr. Bowers may be read here.

Cost: Free

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National Grilled Cheese Month—Sandwich Showdown

From: April 5, 2017 at 10:00am to: 7:00pm

Location: People's Food Co-op

Four sandwiches. One spot on the menu.

Sampling and voting will take place on April 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in La Crosse, and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Rochester.
Sample and vote for your favorite grilled cheese! The winning sandwich will claim a spot on the deli sandwich menu, announced during the first week of May.

Each sandwich will be featured for one week throughout April. Stop by the deli and try them all!­
The Appleton
Jalapeno Popper
Apple Bottom
The Fun Guy

Cost: Free

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National Hot Dog Day Grill-Out

From: July 23, 2014 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC Parking Lot

Join People’s Food Co-op of Rochester for a celebration of National Hot Dog Day, Wednesday, 23 July, with a grill-out sampling of hot dogs and stuffed peppers in the PFC parking lot from 11 am to 3 pm.

Cost: Free

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National Kale Day

From: October 1, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Both Stores

National Kale Day!

The La Crosse store will Feature: Potato and Kale Soup in our co-op deli plus recipes, information, and more!

Rochester will be celebrating our National Kale holiday with a smoothie demo  from 5:30 until 7 pm. Rochester will also have demos and samples for you.

Kale recipes here, and here and at the store!

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Natural Skin Care Workshop

From: December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

With: Chersten Kiellor of Lillybud Naturals

Natural Skin Care Workshop
 

★Great for making holiday gifts!★

Women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, many of which are loaded with synthetic ingredients. Natural ingredients have so much to offer, are safer and more affordable. Make them yourself to customize for your seasonal skin needs! We’ll make a face scrub to take home, learn all about natural ingredients, holistic skin care essentials, and the most important facial care steps.

Materials are supplied.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Natural Skin Care Workshop

From: January 22, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: PFC Rochester Community Room

With: Chersten Kiellor of Lillybud Naturals

We’ll make a face scrub to take home, learn all about natural ingredients, holistic skin care essentials, and the most important facial care steps. Materials are supplied.

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Natural tie-dying—Rochester

From: August 24, 2019 at 10:30am to: 12:30pm

Tie-dying with natural dyes made from vegetables, fruits and flowers. Bring your own white clothing or fabric or purchase organic cotton items in the store. Great gift ideas or just for yourself! We’ll have the dyes ready for your in-store project that day, but we will provide recipes for you to try at home. Class meets at PFC. Family-friendly event. 

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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New Year mind, body, and spirits with Yoga Tribe—Rochester

From: January 12, 2019 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen Event Space

Start off the new year by treating your mind (essential oils), body (yoga), and spirit (mimosas!). Yoga Tribe will lead an hour of yoga, followed by mimosas with light food and information on essential oil usage and blending.

A drawing will take place for a diffuser and oils. 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-year-mind-body-and-spirits-with-yoga-tribe-tickets-52265476447?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: $30 nonmembers; $25 members

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New Year’s party planning—Rochester

From: December 14, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Breanna Holten



Breanna Holten will be on hand, to help you plan your New Year’s Eve party. Sampling sparkling wines from Europe, she will help you pick the perfect wine for your guests. Wines will be paired with party samples and candies, so your New Year will be kicked off in style!

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: Free

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No naked soil! – La Crosse

From: July 22, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Nad Geraldson, MindBodyLand Restoration

Extend your garden with a second season

“No naked soil” is a favorite quote from Nad—she believes that if a plant comes out, a plant or seed goes in! Discover how you can double your harvest by planting a second crop for fall processing. Learn which crops grow well during the cool fall months and how to care for them during the growing season. Bring your questions for Q&A time!

Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers

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Nurish Energy Drink Sampling

From: March 14, 2014 at 11:30pm to: 2:30pm

Nurish will be sampling their Green Energy Drink from 11:30-2:30 on Friday in the Wellness Department.

Judi will be sampling ice-cold juice made from this nutritious powder. Nurish is a local company - coming to us from Chaska, MN!

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Nutrients and Chronic Disease Lecture

From: September 6, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Walter Chambers

"How nutrients can have a positive effect on chronic disease and illness"  will be the topic as Walter Chambers of Jarrow Formulas discusses a few issues that affect a wide variety of people, such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular health. He will discuss how nutrients could help prevent and control these illnesses. Walter will also address more serious issues that arise with age as well as issues related to heredity (genetics).

Walter Chambers has worked in the Natural Products Industry for over 30 years and has focused on the research of supplements and their effect on health issues.

Cost: Free

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Nutrition Basics for a Healthy Lifestyle! La Crosse

From: May 31, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Ross Mundinger


In this class Dr. Ross of Driftless Chiropractic & Spinal Rehab will be addressing nutrition basics. Topics discussed will include what is nutrition, macronutrients, micronutrients, calories, proper portion sizes, types of fiber, ideal food preparation to retain nutrients, and what adequate water intake really means.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Nutrition, fitness & you! Oh my! La Crosse

From: July 22, 2017 at 9:00am to: 10:00am

With: Martin Bolaños


Your health and fitness affect all aspects of your life! Learn about the top five ways Martin Bolaños, head coach and owner of OPEX La Crosse, has found to help his clients achieve fitness and wellness with simple, easy-to-follow habits. How to approach your nutrition, sleep, stress, water intake, and of course your customized workout plan! Your family, your profession as well as the life you truly want and deserve—all depend upon your well-being. This course is for all ages and stages of fitness. All participants will receive a free private scheduled consultation valued at $149 at OPEX gym. 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Old World wines in the New World—Rochester

From: May 22, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Mark Weimer

Join Mark Weimer of the Wine Merchants and explore the differences between European and New World wines at Cambria in Rochester, located at 400 South Broadway. Old World refers to Europe, whereas New World refers to any part of the world that was at one point under colonial rule, such as North and South America, South Africa, and Australia, among others. It’s subjective to argue that one style is better than the other, but everyone agrees that they’re different. In this tasting, we will cover the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the Old and New World wine philosophies and taste profiles. Yes, you will be drinking wine during the class. Participants must be 21 or older. 

Purchase your ticket for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-world-wines-in-the-new-tickets-60951345114?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Organic Adventures in Iran with Jim Riddle-La Crosse

From: November 10, 2015 at 6:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Jim Riddle

Join PFC member Jim Riddle from Bluefruit Farm LLC for a conversation on the environmental and health risks of GMOs from a global perspective based on Jim's recent trips to Iran and his work with international leaders in organic agriculture.

Free and open to the public, light refreshments. Donations to "Right to Know, MN" accepted.

Presented in partnership with Global initiatives Week

www.explorelacrosse.com/global

 

Jim Riddle with scholar and author Vandana Shiva.

 

A recent article from the Winona Daily News about Jim Riddle's journey can be found here:

http://www.winonadailynews.com/welcomed-a-world-away-renowned-winona-organic-farmer-speaks-in/article_b1770ab5-2269-5496-b368-4de51751bc17.html

 

Jim Riddle's recent paper on the Environmental and Health Risks of GMOs can be downloaded here (pdf).

Cost: Free

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Organic Lawn Care-La Crosse

From: September 9, 2015 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Judson Steinbeck

Come learn how to care for your lawn organically with Judson Steinbeck of Coulee Region Ecoscapes LLC. We will focus on how to create a beautiful, safe, and healthy lawn free of toxic chemicals and synthetic fertilizers that requires minimal watering. We discuss lawn alternatives, the pros and cons of lawn “weeds” and the risks associated with pesticides and over-fertilizing.

Cost: $10 Members / $20 Nonmembers

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Organic Prairie Steak Demo

From: November 16, 2013 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Organic Prairie steak will be in the store to sample their products!

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Organic wines: Why choose organics? La Crosse

From: September 28, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

What is organic wine? How is it different from wine made with organic grapes? What is SIP? What are biodynamic wines? Vegan and vegetarian wines—isn’t that all wines? Learn the answers to these questions and more plus sample delicious organic red and white wines from around the world.

While not a wine pairing, we will provide an array of organic foods from PFC to accompany the wines. Join our local guru, Todd Wohlert, for another fun and informative class at the co-op. Must be 21 to register. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Paleo basics-Rochester

From: January 25, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Jeff & Jared


This class will open with commentary from bonafide paleo guru, Jeff of Bubba’s Fine Foods, as he breaks down the “what” and “why” of the paleolithic diet and lifestyle. Following Jeff’s presentation, his business partner, Jared, will walk us through some paleo recipes, highlighting key ingredients and techniques of the diet.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Parmesan cutting

From: February 8, 2014 at 11:30am to: 12:30pm

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Patio Night!

From: April 17, 2014 at 5:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: On the patio at PFC Rochester

Come join us for a spring night on the People's Food Co-op patio!

With the flowers coming into bloom and the days getting longer, we invite you to join us on the patio for live music, and an evening with friends.

 

With Eleanore Sutherland on ukelele and vocals.

Tea served by Mandala Tea, treats from PFC bakery and Johnston honey.

Everyone is invited to hear music, share some tea and treats, and get to know their neighbors.

Cost: Free!

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Peace Coffee Demo

From: February 23, 2019 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

With: Peace Coffee

Peace Coffee will be in the store Saturday morning sampling their Tree Hugger Blend! Grab a Co-op's Own™ baked good and a sample of coffee!

Cost: FREE!

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Peace Coffee Sampling

From: February 28, 2014 at 8:00am to: 12:00pm

Peace Coffee will be in the store sampling their peaceful beverage today. 

Cost: Free!

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People's Food Co-op 2016 Board Candidate Election Begins

From: November 28, 2016 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

PFC’s board is made up of nine directors. For this election there are three open seats. Members may vote for candidates with either La Crosse or Rochester affiliation.

PFC has selected eBallot to implement aspects of this year’s board election. eBallot is nationally renowned, and has worked with other co-ops on successful elections.

Electronic, but paper is still available.

Members are strongly encouraged to vote electronically, but paper ballots will be available upon request.

• Look for a postcard in November that will include instructions for voting.
• Voting begins Monday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m. CST and ends Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. CST.
• A computer is available at Customer Service for your voting, starting November 28.
• Deadline for registering your email for electronic voting is at PFC’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 8.

Bylaw change proposal

The Board of Directors recommends that members approve a bylaw change which supports faster turnaround in our voting process. Currently Bylaw VII 3c requires that a member must provide an email address no fewer than ten days prior to a vote.
The proposed language would require email to be provided no fewer than ONE business day prior to the last day of the election.
The proposed language and explanation will be included in the ballot. Ballots will be accessible electronically and can also be requested by mail.

View the Board Candidate Statements here

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People's Food Co-op 2016 Board Candidate Election Ends at 3:00 p.m. CST

From: December 18, 2016 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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People's Food Co-op Annual Meeting 2014

From: December 6, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Myrick Park, La Crosse

With: Jim Riddle

Guest Speaker Jim Riddle generously supplied the slides from his excellent presentation titled "Organic Foods, GMOs, and You."

Some of those graphs went by pretty quickly, so it's a pleasure to have this information handy.

The pdf version of the PowerPoint can be found here. Note, this is a 10 mb pdf and may be slow to load.

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People's Food Co-op Artists' Fair

From: July 26, 2014 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC Parking Lot. PFC Dining Room in case of rain.

People's Food Co-op of Rochester will be hosting an Art Fair on Saturday, 27 July, in the Co-op's parking lot.

 

Art and craft work from PFC's members and staff will be presented for your admiration, amazement, and purchase.

Cost: Art Fair is free

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People's Picnic—La Crosse

From: June 24, 2016 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Cameron Park


PFC members and shoppers welcome for food, music, and fun. We’ll have our party in the midst of the Cameron Park Farmers’ Market.

Friday, 24 June 2016 in Cameron Park from 4 to 7 p.m.


Snacks provided by PFC of La Crosse. Garlic lovers’ pasta and other salads, brat bites with red cabbage sauerkraut, and more.

Cameron Park Farmers' Market music provided by Gregg Cheech Hall
 

Cost: Free, with goodwill donations going to People's Food Co-op Community Fund

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People's Picnic—Rochester

From: June 17, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Block party on 2nd Ave., on the west side of the store


PFC members and shoppers are welcome for food, music, and family fun.

 

Music provided by Jeremy Jewell (www.jeremyjewell.com/).

Cost: Free, with goodwill donation going to the PFCCF.

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People’s Food Co-op Community Fund Grant Application Deadline

From: June 30, 2016 at 5:00pm


The PFCCF is accepting grant applications for the current funding cycle. Two grants, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000, will be awarded.


Applications are due May 31, 2016. Interested parties will find application and more information here.

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People’s Food Co-op Community Fund grant applications

From: June 30, 2017 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

The PFCCF is accepting grant applications for the current funding cycle. Two grants, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000, will be awarded.

Applications are due June 30, 2017. Interested parties will find application and more information here.

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People’s Food Co-op Community Fund grant applications Deadline

From: June 15, 2018 at 8:00am to: 5:00pm

The PFCCF is accepting grant applications for the current funding cycle.

Two grants, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000, will be awarded.

Applications are due on June 15. Interested parties will find applications and more information is available here.

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People’s Food Co-op Wellness Fair—Rochester

From: May 6, 2017 at 10:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: PFC parking lot

Join a variety of health and wellness vendors in PFC’s parking lot and get information about getting and staying healthy. 

Cost: Free event

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PFC Annual Meeting

From: December 8, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 8:00pm

Location: The Court Above Main, 420 Main St, La Crosse, WI 54601 (map)

People's Food Co-op will be hosting its annual meeting this year in La Crosse at The Court Above Main. We're very excited to have our Annual Meeting in this newly renovated space in downtown La Crosse. People's Food Co-op will provide appetizers and dessert. There will also be a cash bar. The meeting begins at 6:00, doors open at 5:30; come early to enjoy the food.

The Court Above Main is located on the 3rd floor of The Wedding Tree building at 418/420 Main Street in Downtown La Crosse. The Court Above Main entrance is on the side of the building in the alley/Doerflinger Walk; look for the signs.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the before and after photos on The Court Above Main's website:
http://thecourtabovemain.com/

Parking is available in Market Square ramp

You can park for 3 hours free in the Market Square Ramp on Jay Street between 4th St. and 5th Ave.; just a half a block from The Court Above Main entrance.

Bus service from Rochester

Free transportation by coach bus from Rochester for staff and members. Bus leaves the Rochester store at 4 pm.

Departs from Court Above Main about 8 pm to return directly to the Rochester store.

 

Special Guest Speaker:

Shannon Havlik

We are proud to share our evening with Shannon Havlik, a leader in sustainability efforts in our region.

Shannon is responsible for bringing MPower to La Crosse two years ago, a program that assists local businesses in developing major initiatives for environmental sustainability. Formerly the Sustainability Coordinator for Western Technical College, Shannon now represents Organic Valley in that capacity.

Please join us to learn from Shannon about the environmental initiatives making our region a better place and how to incorporate those concepts into your life.

Cost: Free

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PFC Annual Meeting 2015

From: December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Cascade Meadows Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (map)

The annual member meeting will be Saturday, December 5 in Rochester at Cascade Meadows Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (www.cascademeadow.org).

Lunch is provided.

Special guest speaker
Chris Schad of Bee Shed Honey
Prairies and Pollinators: A Cause for Hope

Chris is a biologist by training, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, Minnesota property plus on other sites in the region.

 

A bus to the meeting will leave the PFC—La Crosse parking lot at 9:30 a.m. for Rochester, with a stop at FEAST! before going on to the annual meeting at Cascade Meadows.


Contact Linda at linda.riddle@pfc.coop or 608 784-5798 x2006 by December 1.

Cost: Free

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PFC Bike Check Up—La Crosse!

From: June 7, 2017 at 7:00am to: 9:00am

Bikes Limited will have a mechanic at People’s Food Co-op—La Crosse from 7–9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7.

Ride to the co-op, have a free coffee and baked good while your bike gets checked out by a professional!

Cost: Free

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PFC Bike Week La Crosse!

From: June 3, 2017 at 12:00am to: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 12:00pm

La Crosse: Bring in your helmet to PFC during bike week for a free small coffee.
 

Cost: Free

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PFC Bike Week Rochester!

From: May 13, 2017 at 12:00am to: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 12:00pm

Bring in your helmet to PFC during bike week for a free small coffee.

Cost: Free

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PFC Bike Week—La Crosse

From: June 2, 2018 at 7:00am to: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00pm

Bring in your helmet to PFC—La Crosse during Bike Week for a free small coffee.

Free coffee and scone with helmet until 11 a.m. on June 6.

On Wednesday, June 6, at PFC—La Crosse, AAA will hand out free helmets beginning at 7 a.m.—while supplies last.

Also on June 6, Bikes Limited will have a mechanic at People’s Food Co-op—La Crosse beginning at around 7 a.m. Ride to the co-op, have a free coffee and baked treat while your bike gets checked out by a professional!

Cost: Free

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PFC Board Meeting

From: January 29, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: Powell Place, 200 Main St., Suite 200, La Crosse (map)

Free. Member are welcome to attend

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PFC Board Meeting

From: April 30, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

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PFC Board Meeting

From: May 28, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: PFC Rochester (map)

Free. Members are welcome to attend. 

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PFC Board Meeting

From: June 18, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: PFC Rochester

Free. Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: July 30, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: La Crosse

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: August 27, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: September 24, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 5:30pm

Location: La Crosse

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: October 29, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: November 19, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

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PFC Board Meeting

From: December 17, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please notify the board at least 10 days in advance at the following email address: board@pfc.coop.

Cost: Free

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PFC Board of Directors Meeting—La Crosse

From: September 28, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: 200 Main St., Suite 200, La Crosse, WI

Board meets to discuss co-op agenda.

Members are welcome to attend.

Cost: Free

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PFC Board of Directors Meeting—Rochester

From: October 26, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester

The PFC board of directors meets to discuss co-op agenda items.

PFC owners are welcome to attend.

Cost: Free

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PFC Chicken Sale

From: September 2, 2015 at 4:32pm to: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:32pm

Location: Both Stores

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PFC Community Fund Fund-Raiser—HIP HOP & HOT DOGS, Rochester

From: October 21, 2016 at 10:00pm to: 11:59pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen (map)

Join us for a fun evening of hip hop music and hot dogs at the Bleu Duck Kitchen.

 

Proceeds to benefit the People's Food Co-op Community Fund!

The PFCCF was established by People’s Food Co-op in 2003 with the mission of providing funding to local nonprofits that have missions consistent with the goals of People’s Food Co-op.

Cost: $10 at the door, $5 hot dogs

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PFC Community Fund Fund-Raiser—WINE, BEER, & APPETIZERS, Rochester

From: October 21, 2016 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen (map)

WINE, BEER, & APPETIZERS

Join us for an evening of fine appetizers, wine, and beer benefitting the People's Food Co-op Community Fund (PFCCF).

Learn more about PFCCF during a fun night of socializing (and checking out Rochester’s newest restaurant). $15 at the door.

The People’s Food Co-op Community Fund (PFCCF) was established by the People’s Food Cooperative in 2003 with the specific mission of providing supplemental or project-specific funding to local nonprofit organizations that have missions that are consistent with the goals of PFC.

We need your support to build the fund and help more grass roots projects build our communities!

AND
Later that same night: Hip Hop & Hot Dogs

Join us from 10:00 p.m.–midnight for a fun evening of
hip hop and hot dogs! $10 cover charge, $5 hot dogs.

More information on Hip Hop & Hot Dogs here.

Cost: $15

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PFC fresh food market at Thursdays on First & 3rd—Rochester

From: June 21, 2018 at 11:00am to: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

Thursdays, June 21, July 19, August 16 • 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

People’s Food Co-op will be hosting a number of vendors, local farmer, and producers in Historic 3rd Street this summer. Come meet producers we work with and grab a fresh bite, or get some produce to go. In coordination with the Rochester Downtown Alliance, this is PFC’s 2018 sponsorship of Thursdays on First and 3rd.

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PFC Holiday Open House

From: November 13, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Both stores

People’s Food Co-op celebrates the holiday season on Friday, November 13, with our Holiday Open House.

Both store will feature a sampling with signature deli items.

Local producers will have product samples for you to try, including cheese, sausage, chocolates, and more.

This is a great time to order gift baskets, reserve your turkeys and holiday pies, and shop our wellness and housewares departments for unique, local, and fair trade gift ideas.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Wishing you a cooperative holiday season —PFC

Cost: Event is free, Donations are accepted, proceeds to benefit a local charity.

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PFC La Crosse Annual picnic & apple pie contest

From: October 5, 2018 at 4:00pm to: 6:30pm

Join us in Cameron Park for an evening of delicious food, enchanting music, and good company.

 

Friday, October 5, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Menu includes Co-op’s Own vegetarian chili, pita chips, hummus, garlic lover’s pasta, chips, salsa, and apple pie for dessert.

Music by Melody and Harmony and Under Paris Skies.

Event is free!

All are welcome!

See you soon!

 

More details to come—look for your invitation/postcard in your mailbox in September.

 

Annual Apple Pie Contest

La Crosse: Friday, October 5, judging starts 4 p.m.

The People’s Food Co-op Annual Apple Pie Contest will take place this year during the People’s Picnics in La Crosse. 

Winners will be announced when the judges have tabulated their scores. Entrants must pick up their pie tins by 10 p.m. that day, if they wish them returned. Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan.

You must bake the pie yourself and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at the store on the day of the contest (entry forms are available at the stores’ customer service desks).

A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste. You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest. Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.

The winning recipes will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op owners!

Cost: Free event.

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PFC Picnic/Apple Pie Contest—La Crosse

From: October 6, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Cameron Park, across from the co-op

People's Food Co-op's Annual Picnic!

Everyone's Invited

Chili, chili dogs, music, local farmers, and suppliers will join us—meet some of the folks who grow our food!

This year, the picnic includes the Annual Apple Pie Contest

Contest information:

The contest is on Friday, October 6. Judging will begin at 4:00 p.m.

  • Winners will be announced when the judges have tabulated their scores.
  • Entrants must pick up their pie tins by 10 p.m. that day, if they wish them returned. Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan.
  • You must bake the pie yourself and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at either location on the day of the contest (entry forms are available at the stores’ customer service desks).
  • A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste.
  • You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest.
  • Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.

The winning recipe will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op owners!

Cost: Free to veterans

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PFC Picnic/Apple Pie Contest—Rochester

From: October 14, 2017 at 11:00am to: 1:30pm

Location: 2nd Avenue (off the co-op parking lot)

People's Food Co-op's Annual Picnic!

Everyone's Invited

Come down to the co-op. We’re having a block party. Chili, chili dogs, music, local farmers, and suppliers will join us—meet some of the folks who grow our food!

 

This year, the picnic includes the Annual Apple Pie Contest

Contest information:

The contest is on Saturday, October 14. Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m.

  • Winners will be announced when the judges have tabulated their scores.
  • Entrants must pick up their pie tins by 10 p.m. that day, if they wish them returned. Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan.
  • You must bake the pie yourself and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at either location on the day of the contest (entry forms are available at the stores’ customer service desks).
  • A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste.
  • You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest.
  • Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.

The winning recipe will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op owners!

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PFC Restaurant Week at Deli and Hackberry's—La Crosse

From: April 20, 2018 at 12:00am to: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 12:00pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Deli

People’s Food Co-op is teaming up with DMI for Restaurant Week 2018.

At Hackberry's

Our Spring Menu is here! Grab a friend, and plan breakfast at Hackberry’s Bistro. Buy one breakfast entrée, and get one 50% OFF! Our Spring Menu is a reflection of the local and seasonal flavors and ingredients in our community. From the hearty and healthy Japanese breakfast bowl to the classic but modern take on a morning bagel. The new spring menu will satisfy every palette!

Follow the link to view the Spring menu here.

 

In the People's Food Co-op Deli

Oh me, oh my, Banh Mi, oh my! Co-op’s Own Banh Mi Sandwich, slow cooked seasoned pulled pork, topped with house-made pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and served with a side of our house-made Co-op’s Own Sweet Sesame Lime Cabbage for just $7.99.

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PFC Rochester annual picnic & apple pie contest

From: October 13, 2018 at 11:00am to: 1:30pm

We’re having a block party in Rochester on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More details to come—look for your invitation/postcard in your mailbox in September.

FOOD • SAMPLES • BEER
LIVE MUSIC • CAKE


FREE • EVERYONE WELCOME

 

Annual Apple Pie Contest

Rochester: Saturday, October 13, judging starts at 11 a.m.

The People’s Food Co-op Annual Apple Pie Contest will take place this year during the People’s Picnics in Rochester.

Winners will be announced when the judges have tabulated their scores. Entrants must pick up their pie tins by 10 p.m. that day, if they wish them returned. Affix a tag with your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan.

You must bake the pie yourself and drop it off along with your recipe and a completed entry form at the store on the day of the contest (entry forms are available at the stores’ customer service desks).

A panel of judges will rate the pies on appearance, crust, filling, recipe creativity, and overall taste. You will receive a $5 gift certificate just for entering the contest. Each participant may enter only one pie in the contest.

The winning recipes will be published in the Co-op Shopper, so be prepared to share your super-secret family heirloom recipe with your fellow co-op owners!

Cost: Free event.

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PFC Rochester Closes at 8 pm

From: January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

PFC Rochester closes at 8 pm for our annual staff party. Store opens Monday morning at usual time.

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PFC Volunteer Night—La Crosse Food Forest

From: June 7, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse YMCA

PFC Volunteer Night at the Food Forest will be June 7. We will be working and weeding to the sounds of an African drum group!

Contact Jill Miller, La Crosse Area Family YMCA Coordinator for Pioneering Healthier Communities at jmiller@laxymca.org or 608-519-5510 for more information.

Cost: Free

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PFC's Happy Hour Wednesday!

From: January 8, 2014 at 4:00pm to: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00pm

Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get 50% off select, top quality, seasonal produce.­

You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
All you need to do is be at People’s Food Co-op and look for the neon starburst signs in the produce department.
These aren’t advertised ahead of time—you’ve got to come in to discover just what we’ve found for you. For these three hours only, we’ve selected our best produce to be 1⁄2 off!

AND What’s Happy Hour without some eats and treats?

Happy Hour Wednesdays feature:
• $1 off made-to-order sandwiches, burritos, and flatbreads from the deli.
• 50% off drinks from our coffee and tea bar.
• Complete your meal plan with house-made sausages, on special during every Happy Hour.

Cost: Free!

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PFC-La Crosse Book Club: The Good Life

From: March 2, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Faith Anacker


The work of homesteaders Scott and Helen Nearing provoked thought and changed lives. How is their vision understood in 2016? A one volume edition, The Good Life, brings together their classic Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life, available at the library, IndieBound.org, etc. We will read the book independently and come together on March 2, for a discussion facilitated by Faith Anacker. How to participate: Contact Linda Riddle to sign up, read The Good Life, save the date of Wednesday, March 2, 6–7:30 p.m., and come to PFC for tea, snacks, and conversation inspired by the book and the Nearings!

Cost: Free

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PFC-La Crosse Membership Gala

From: June 5, 2015 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Cameron Park, across from the Co-op

Friday's musical guest is "Under Paris Skies"

 

Event is free. Donations are accepted, proceeds to benefit WAFER food pantry.

Cost: Free

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PFC–Rochester Anniversary Week

From: September 1, 2014 at 12:00am to: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12:00pm

Come celebrate the first year anniversary of the Rochester People's Food Co-op.

A week of delicious demos, capped off with the community picnic (aka member gala) at Soldier's Field on 7 September from 1 to 4 p.m.

Here is the schedule of Anniversary Week demos:
 

Monday: Organic Valley from 1 to 3 pm

Tuesday: MegaFood from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Buddy's PB from 3 to 6 pm

Wednesday: Veriditas from 12 to 3 pm; So Delicious from 3 to 6 pm

Thursday: Sunleaf from 12 to 3 pm; Almear Cheese from 2 to 5 pm & Ferndale Market from 2 to 6 pm

Friday: EvanHealy from 10 am to 1 pm; Sunleaf from 1 to 2 pm, Mueseke Family Farm from 2 to 5 pm, & Garden of Life from 3 to 6 pm

Saturday: Aura Cacia from 10 am to 1 pm, Barleans from 11 am to 1 pm, Easy Yoke Farm from 1 pm to 4 pm, & Jarrow from 2 to 6 pm

Sunday: Fruit Acres from 4 to 6 pm.

Cost: Free

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PFC–Rochester Artists' Fair

From: October 11, 2014 at 10:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: People's Food Co-op–Rochester Parking Lot


PFC—Rochester will be hosting the final artists’ fair of 2014 on October 11 in the PFC parking lot.

PFC staff and members are welcome to share and sell their work that day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Space is limited, so potential vendors should contact Carey (carey.shanahan@pfc.coop) or Ethan (ethan.sch@pfc.coop) as soon as possible.

Cost: Free!

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PFC—La Crosse Food Forest Night

From: July 20, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Community Food Forest at the Y (corner of West Avenue and Main Street (map)

With: Jess Ebert

July 20 will be People's Food Coop night at the Food Forest! Email Jess Ebert, volunteer coordinator, at jessebert@gmail.com to sign up. Be part of the team!

Join your Community Food Forest at the Y for a Wednesday Work Night! Summer 2016 marks the first growing season for our sustainable 8000-sq.-foot community food forest. We want you to join us to build community, enrich the soil, plant the first seeds, maintain and care for all the new life, restore habitat, and reap the harvest. And this is all happening at your La Crosse Area Family YMCA.

Wednesday work night:
Learn and grow in the forest together

Where: Community Food Forest at the Y (corner of West Avenue and Main Street)

When: Wednesdays, July and August (we will not meet on July 6 because of the holiday)

Start time: 6:00 p.m.

End time: 8:00 p.m. or whenever you need to go.

Other information to know:

• Boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

• We also recommend bringing work gloves and sunscreen.

• A yoga warm-up, education about the work, and a closing circle with cookies and lemonade are all part of the experience.

• If rain or thunderstorms seem likely, please check our facebook page for cancellations and rescheduling.

People’s Food Co-op is a Food Forest partner and is donating refreshments for volunteers at each of the summer work sessions.
 

Cost: Free

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PFC—La Crosse Food Forest Work Night at the YMCA

From: June 6, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: YMCA Main St. and West Ave.

Join your friends, coworkers, and PFC members for some fun and light-hearted “work” on the evening of June 6!

Come to the Family Y at 6 p.m. and dig into projects for Year 3 of the Food Forest!

Tools provided, bring gloves if you have them. We will work until about 7:30 and wrap up the evening with refreshments provided by PFC.

Cost: Free

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PFC—Rochester Staff & Member Art Fair

From: May 7, 2016 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Parking Lot


Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the PFC parking lot. Art and wares from Rochester’s creative people.

Cost: Free

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PFC—Rochester Staff & Member Art Fair

From: April 29, 2017 at 10:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester parking lot

Art and wares from Rochester’s creative people.

The co-op will be having an art fair on Saturday, April 29. From 10 am to 3 pm. All employees and members are encouraged to come, display and sell their art. We will be setting up in the southeast side of our parking lot. Crafters are also encouraged to join. Each participant must bring their own canopy tables to display on. Contact Ethan ext 3030 to sign up.

Cost: Free.

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PFC’s Annual Meeting 2017

From: December 9, 2017 at 10:00am to: 11:30pm

Location: PFC Rochester Dining Room, 519 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN

Annual Meeting of PFC Members

People’s Food Co-op will provide appetizers and refreshments.

Event begins at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.; come early to enjoy the food.

All People's Food Co-op members are invited to attend.

 

Get on the bus!

A bus to the meeting will leave the PFC—La Crosse parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for Rochester.

For information and reservations, contact linda.riddle@pfc.coop or 608 784-5798 x2006 by December 1.

Cost: Free

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PFC’s annual meeting 2018!

From: December 13, 2018 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Hackberry’s Bistro

Thursday, December 13, 5 to 7 p.m.
at Hackberry’s Bistro,
315 5th Avenue S., La Crosse, WI
Event begins at 5 p.m.; meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

• Enjoy Co-op’s Own™ fabulous appetizers and cake and cash bar.
• Chat with the CEO, current board members, board candidates, and fellow co-op owners.
• Hear a brief summary about PFC’s past year from the general manager and board members.
• Hear from each board candidate.
• VOTE!

 

Get on the bus!

Take a free bus with co-op staff and board members. Leave the Rochester parking lot at 3:30 p.m. for La Crosse. Return by 9 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling 507.289.9061 x 0.

Cost: Free

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Pi Day: Celebrate Pi Day with pie-making by the pie lady—La Crosse

From: March 14, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Liz Lesser

Liz Lesser, Hackberry’s chef/manager and formerly with Kozi Pie Company in La Crescent, will share her secrets for an amazing pie crust. You will learn how to mix, roll, and bake the heart and soul of a pie! We will make two pies: her famous banana cream and a two-crust fresh berry pie. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Pick your Product–Rochester

From: July 13, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Chefs Paulsen and Kleven


Have you ever walked around the store and seen an item that you wanted to try, but had no idea where to start with preparation? This class is for you. Sign up, come in a few days early and pick out an item. Then join chefs Erik, on July 13th as they create a recipe and demonstrate how to prepare your new favorite ingredient!

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20

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Planting and designing native gardens-La Crosse

From: February 8, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Judson Steinback


Learn how to design and install native gardens that add beauty, biodiversity, and a whole host of ecosystem services to your yard and beyond. Participants are welcome to bring pictures of their yard/projects and ask specific questions to address their needs. Judson Steinback, Coulee Region Ecoscapes, will have handouts and a presentation to share.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Poke and sake—Rochester

From: November 18, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 Fourth Street SW, Rochester, 507-258-4663.

We will be inviting Bre Holtan with Grape Beginnings and Mike Matishon from our partners at the Bleu Duck to host a sake and poke pairing. Mike has his own fun twist on poke that will go well with Bre’s great line-up of various sakes. Must be 21 to attend this class. Note: poke contains raw fish. 

Cost: $25 members; $35 nonmembers.

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Poke demo with recipes—Rochester

From: December 15, 2018 at 11:00am to: 12:30pm

Location: Grand Rounds Back Room

With: Mike Mathiason

Mike Mathiason will be doing what he does best—Poke! Guests will sample three types of Poke: hamachi, tuna, and octopus.

Each dish will be paired with a beer sample. Wine, beer, and spirits available for purchase. 

Cost: $25 nonmembers; $15 members

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Popolo's Cheese Party

From: December 19, 2013 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Join us at People's Food Co-op in Rochester for a very exciting event for cheese lovers! 

We will be sampling the new PFC exclusive Popolo's Reserve, Cellar-aged mountain-style cheese on Thursday, 19 December. Popolo's Reserve is made from rBGH-free WI spring milk, and aged for nine months. This cheese will remind you of an amalgamation of all your favorite Italian cheeses. Creamy and grassy like Taleggio but firm and robust like an aged Asiago. Sweet overtones will almost suggest parmesan without the crackle but with all of the sparkle.

Last month's parmesan party was so successful that we will also be cracking a new parmesan wheel on Thursday at 4:30 pm.

And that's not all: we will be sampling Grass Käse cheese along with the Popolo's Reserve and the Parmesan wheel!

Cost: Free!

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Ports and fortified wines—La Crosse

From: November 29, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Fortified wine: Wines with a little extra something! This delicious class will teach you the difference between sherry, port, Madeira, and more. Learn about the different styles--—dry as a bone or sweet as sin. Learn about the regions they originate from. Learn about proper food pairings as you sample the wines with Todd. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Progressive Wine Sale - 20% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 20, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

Cost: Free

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Progressive Wine Sale - 21% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 21, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

Cost: Free

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Progressive Wine Sale - 22% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 22, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

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Progressive Wine Sale - 23% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 23, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

Cost: Free

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Progressive Wine Sale - 24% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 24, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

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Progressive Wine Sale - 25% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 25, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

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Progressive Wine Sale - 27% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 27, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

Cost: Free

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Progressive Wine Sale - 28% OFF today! -Rochester

From: February 28, 2017 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits Department

Rochester People's Food Co-op presents the Progressive Wine Sale! From February 20th to February 28th, all wine (excluding Riojana wines) will be discounted according to the date. Be sure to make your way to the Rochester Wine, Beer, and Spirits department for these great deals—while supplies last!

Cost: Free

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Pumpkins at PFC! A PFC & Grow La Crosse class for kids!

From: October 29, 2016 at 1:00pm to: 2:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Ana Skemp


Create + Eat = Fun. Join Ana Skemp, mother of three and program director for Grow La Crosse, to turn whole sugar pie pumpkins into amazing treats. We’ll make tamari-roasted pumpkin seeds and bake pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting together. While the food is in the oven we’ll make art together. This class will empower every kid to dive in, decipher a recipe, roll their sleeves up, and get involved. Ages 4–11. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Quick and Easy: Weeknight Quinoa-La Crosse

From: June 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Heather Trussoni

Learn the ins and outs of cooking with quinoa as well as how to prepare three variations: Southwest quinoa, breakfast quinoa, and quinoa spinach salad.

Call customer service to register: 608-784-5798 ex. 1 

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Rainwater harvesting: Rain barrels and beyond-La Crosse

From: April 22, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Jarad Barkeim and Judd Steinback

Rainwater is one of the most underused resources available for our gardens and landscapes, and there is an abundance of it! For many of us, much of this rainwater runs into the streets and to the city storm-water utility where it must be managed in ways that are safe for the public and the environment.

In this class you’ll learn how much rainwater you can harvest, how to harvest that water for your garden and lawn, and how you might receive yearly tax credits for reducing demand on the city storm water utility.

Cost: Free for members; $5.00 for nonmembers

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Raw Bistro Sampling

From: November 1, 2014 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

People's Food Co-op welcomes a new local supplier and product to our stores. Representatives from Raw Bistro Pet Food will be at the Rochester store on Saturday, November 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm to introduce their product.

Please join PFC in welcoming 

Raw Bistro Pet Food

dedicated to local sources
animal welfare
sustainable farming

  • Based in Cannon Falls, MN
  • Using meat from producers we already know and love: Thousand Hills, Larry Schultz, Ferndale market, Grass Run Farm
  • Local sourcing means it's fresher and more nutritious!
  • Grassfed beef, bison, and lamb means there is less saturated fat, more omega-3’s and vitamins
  • All of the meat is raised with NO hormones, NO antibiotics.

 

--  Raw Bistro mini patties: grassfed beef, free range chicken, grassfed bison

--  new treats from Solid Gold, Fromm Natural, Tasman Natural

--  Raw Bistro marrow bones & treats

--  Pioneer Naturals Dry and Canned foods for cats and dogs

Cost: Free

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Raw Bistro Sampling

From: October 18, 2014 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

People's Food Co-op welcomes a new local supplier and product to our stores.

Raw Bistro will be at the People's Food Co-op in La Crosse on Saturday on October 18th, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Please join PFC in welcoming

Raw Bistro Pet Food

dedicated to local sources
animal welfare
sustainable farming

Based in Cannon Falls, MN
Using meat from producers we already know and love: Thousand Hills, Larry Schultz, Ferndale market, Grass Run Farm
Local sourcing means it's fresher and more nutritious!
Grassfed beef, bison, and lamb means there is less saturated fat, more omega-3’s and vitamins
All of the meat is raised with NO hormones, NO antibiotics.


--  Raw Bistro mini patties: grassfed beef, free range chicken, grassfed bison

--  new treats from Solid Gold, Fromm Natural, Tasman Natural

--  Raw Bistro marrow bones & treats

--  Pioneer Naturals Dry and Canned foods for cats and dogs

Cost: Free

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Raw Foods 101

From: April 12, 2014 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

With: Matt Bennett

Join PFC’s own Matt Bennett as he shares his knowledge on Raw Foods. Learn a few recipes to take home in this health conscious class. Matt’s expertise on Raw Foods is sure to impress.

Pre-register at the Customer Service Desk at the Rochester store.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Raw foods and you – Rochester

From: August 8, 2015 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

PFC’s own raw foods expert, Matt Bennett, is back to teach methods of making raw food smoothies. This vegan-friendly class will provide information on how to use extra goodies from your garden and other raw foods to make a healthy pick-me-up. Tasty samples included.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Raw Foods Class-Rochester

From: January 24, 2015 at 11:00am to: 1:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

Raw foods class


Start your new year off right with Matt Bennett, a raw foods aficionado and PFC produce employee, who will be walking you through different recipes using raw foods. An emphasis will be placed on healthy fruits and vegetables, and unique juicing recipes.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Raw foods for a healthy holiday-Rochester

From: December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett



Matt Bennett is back to help you stay healthy through the holidays. Delicious can be nutritious, and Matt’s expertise in raw fruits and veggies will help you and your family eat well and be happy!

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Raw Foods for a Healthy Planet

From: April 23, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Matt Bennett

Earth Day Cooking Class! "Raw Foods For A Healthy Planet."

Join Raw foods expert Matt Bennett as he presents recipes to sample and take home. Matt has traveled the country earning various Raw Foods certifications.

Discounted rate of $10 for anyone from Earthfest.

Earthfest info is here: http://www.earthfestrochestermn.org

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers, discount for Earthfest attendees

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Red velvet beet cupcakes and more! A PFC/Grow La Crosse class for kids!

From: February 13, 2016 at 10:00am to: 11:30am

With: Ana Skemp


Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet when made with fruits and vegetables. Join Ana Skemp of Grow La Crosse to make, bake, and decorate beet red velvet cupcakes and black bean cupcakes with guava frosting. While the cupcakes bake, we’ll do an art project together, designing and creating vegetable superheroes. Ana Skemp is the mother of three, a farmer, and one of the founders of Grow La Crosse. Best for kids ages 4–12.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Red Wines: Old World vs. New World

From: October 19, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Join Todd Wohlert of Purple Feet Wines to compare and contrast three types of red wine from France and Italy with their counterparts from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Argentina. Each type (Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Malbec) will be accompanied with a delicious pairing of food and breads. Must be 21 and preregistered for this class, which is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Rochdale Cheese Sampling–Rochester

From: June 13, 2014 at 10:00am to: 6:00pm

Celebrate Dairy Month with Rochdale Farms' Bespoke Cheddar

We will be sampling this cheese from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

In June we celebrate Dairy Month, and this year we are honored to bring you Bespoke Cheddar from Rochdale Farms. This young cheddar is made with the first milk of spring and you can taste the essence of the lush, green prairie on which the cows have been grazing. It has a subtle, grassy finish. Bespoke is a fusion of the grass-fed cow’s milk from a single-sourced, Amish-owned farm in Southwestern Wisconsin, and an experienced cheesemaker.

Cost: Free

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Rochester 2nd Annual Restaurant Week

From: November 27, 2017 at 11:01am to: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:01am

Excited about local fare? Then be sure to check out Rochester’s second annual Restaurant Week, November 27 through December 2, brought to you by PFC.

A collaboration of the Feast! Local Foods Marketplace, People’s Food Co-op, and area restaurants, this week-long epicurean extravaganza incorporates the best of local food with the culinary artistry of area chefs. Over a dozen restaurants will create one-of-a-kind prix fixe menus, entrées, or beverages using local foods made by producers attending Feast!—the region’s largest local food festival. Diners who orders a Feast! menu item receives a buy-one-get-one-free ticket to check out the Feast! festival at the end of the week. For information visit www.local-feast.org.

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Rochester Art Center open house

From: May 11, 2017 at 7:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: PFC dining area

With: Tracee Vetting Wolf

Join the PFC and Art Center collaboration when we host artist Tracee Vetting Wolf. Tracee will be on-hand to talk about her art work. 

Cost: Free event

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Rochester Be Well Bash

From: January 1, 2015 at 6:00am to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

2nd Annual “Be Well Bash”

Join us to rejuvenate after a night of revelry, and to fuel up for a fantastic new year!

Save on all personal care items from the Wellness Department: 10% off all day long!

Enjoy our classic homemade brunch all day! Pancakes, sausages, fritattas, vegetables, oatmeal, bacon-and-egg sandwiches, and the now-famous Breakfast Platterito (just ask for it!). Made-to-order starts at 6:00 a.m. and the hot buffet starts at 10 a.m.

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Rochester Bike Swap

From: May 9, 2015 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: PFC Rochester Parking Lot

Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
PFC Parking Lot, 519 First Ave. SW • $10 donation to enter your bike

Interested in a previously owned bike?
Do you have a bike to sell?
Dust off your bike and get ready for bike season! All styles and sizes welcome! Selection dependent on participating sellers.
You don’t have to sell a bike to buy a bike. Owner determines the selling price of the bike and can negotiate directly with the buyer. All proceeds benefit the Rochester Bike Club—Pata de Perro, a nonprofit organization working with youth to refurbish bikes in an earn-a-bike program which inspires youth to develop a passion for biking and hosts free community/family bike rides.
For more information call: 507-398-8009.

Cost: $10 donation to enter your bike

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Rochester Bike Swap

From: May 7, 2016 at 10:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC–Rochester Parking Lot

Interested in a previously owned bike? Have a bike to sell?
Join us for the 3rd Annual Bike Swap at Rochester People’s
Food Co-op just in time for Bike to Work Week!

BUY
• Used bicycles for adults and children
• Used bicycle gear
• Refurbished bicycles from Rochester Community Bike Club (Pata de Perro)

SELL
For a nominal fee ($10) you can sell your used bikes and bike gear. Items not sold should be picked up by 2:00, or they will be donated.

All funds raised will support local efforts to make Rochester a more bicycle-friendly community. The event takes place in the co-op parking lot.

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Rochester Cheese Samplings

From: April 12, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

Come down to PFC to try the Blueberry Chevre and the Fromager d'Affinois tout de suite, svp.

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Rochester Chili Challenge

From: September 24, 2015 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Thursday, September 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. join us at the Chili Challenge cookoff at the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester.

The Chili Challenge generates community and financial support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Attendees will have the chance to sample chilies from over 25 participants, which include local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event will offer family activities, live music, decorated booths, and a variety of chilies and other foods to enjoy.

New in 2015 is a Homebrew Competition, featuring beer brewed by several of Rochester’s own beer enthusiasts.

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Rochester Closing Early for Staff Party

From: February 11, 2016 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

PFC - Rochester is closing at 8pm so our wonderful team members can have a staff party. Thank you for your understanding!

Regular hours resume Friday. 

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Rochester food drive

From: October 23, 2018 at 12:00pm to: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

With: Students from Friedell Middle School and Riverside Elementary

Schools and PFC—Rochester to partner in food drive
Riverside and Friedell schools are partnering with the People’s Food Co-op to do a monthly food drive the third Tuesday of every month.
Students from Friedell Middle School and Riverside Elementary will join in partnership to support our Family Resource Rooms.

Students will be working in partnership to hand out short lists of items that are most often used in our community schools. Look for the students from 12–2 p.m. to help the community. Thanks for your support of these students.

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Rochester Member Picnic

From: September 7, 2014 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Location: Soldier's Field Shelter, Rochester

Celebrate People's Food Co-op of Rochester's One Year Anniversary at the Member Picnic Sunay, September 7, from 1 to 4 pm.

Rochester Food Tours will be joining us at the Member Gala/Community Picnic on September 7. Mike and Brianna Elwood, founders of Rochester Food Tours, have been introducing People’s Food Co-op to excited eaters all summer long. Meet Mike and Brianna, learn more about Rochester Food Tours, and enter to win a drawing for TWO tickets on a tour this fall.

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Rochester Member Picnic

From: September 12, 2015 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm

Location: Soldier's Field Shelter, Rochester

Join us at PFC's—Rochester's annual member picnic at Soldier's Field Park. Everyone is welcome.

Before or after, stop by the PFC Staff & Member Art Fair in the PFC parking lot!

Cost: Free

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Rochester Movie Night!

From: February 6, 2015 at 7:00pm to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Rochester Movie Night!


Bring a date, or come alone—we have a fun night out planned for you! Friday, February 6, 7–9 p.m.

Short, fun, food-related movies running in the Community Room throughout the evening, starting every 15 minutes. Featuring these short movies and more:

Equal Exchange in Peru
The Perennial Plate's "Meant to Be"
The Perennial Plate's "The Second Law"
Tinariwn's "Iswegh Attay" music video
"Dinner for One"

Wine samples from Tessa’s Office Wine and Liquor. Food sampling throughout the store. 

Live music in the dining room from local musician Trevor Marty. Trevor Marty is a fourth generation gigging musician. Whether he's playing a resonator or a flattop guitar, his joy for playing is palpable and addictive.

FREE! No preregistration required.

Cost: Free

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Rochester New Year's Day Brunch

From: January 1, 2014 at 9:00am to: 6:00pm

New Year's Day Brunch, Rochester PFC only
(9am to 6pm)

• Mini quiche, vegetarian varieties
• Strata Lorraine with bacon
• Baked Pears and Chevre
• Breakfast Potatoes
• PFC's own Blueberry Sausage
• Good Luck Black Eyed Peas (It is traditional to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and fortune.)

Special drinks all day!
• Virgin bloody mary
• Triple threat smoothie
• Peanut butter & banana smoothie
• Glögg
• Egg Nog Latte

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Rochester Staff & Member Art Fair

From: September 12, 2015 at 10:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: PFC Rochester Parking Lot

Art and wares from Rochester's creative people.

Come by after the PFC Member Picnic! From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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Rochester Store Closing at 8 pm

From: January 12, 2014 at 8:00pm to: 10:00pm

People's Food Co-op of Rochester will close early for the holiday staff party. We will resume relatively normal operations on Sunday at the usual time. Thanks!

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Rochester Store GRAND OPENING Music

From: October 13, 2013 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Dining Room

With: Brother Music, Sister Rhythm

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Rochester Wellness Lunch-In

From: January 5, 2015 at 12:15pm to: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Every Monday, starting Monday, January 5, 12:15 to 12:30, Rochester Community Room

FREE! No registration required.

Join our new education series—it’s short, it’s sweet, and it puts you in charge of your own health. Feel free to buy lunch beforehand and eat during the Lunch-In. Watch www.pfc.coop for details on upcoming Lunch-Ins.


Topics we’re covering in the first eight weeks:

  • Using turmeric for health
  • Omega Basics
  • Using bee products for immunity
  • Reducing salt in your daily diet
  • Aromatherapy
  • Stretching at the office
  • Making good food choices
  • Choosing the right Vitamin C

Cost: Free

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Rochester Wellness Lunch-In

From: March 2, 2015 at 12:00pm to: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:15pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Rochester Wellness Lunch-In Topics for March and April


Every Monday from 12:00 to 12:15 p.m. a short wellness discussion will be presented in the Rochester Community Room. These events are free and open to the public. All sessions are led by PFC Wellness manager Brigitte Heublein unless otherwise noted.


March 2: What does GMO labeling look like? Guest speaker: Heather Kurth, from Minnesota Right to Know.

March 9: Heart Health

March 16: Colon Health

March 23: Tackling seasonal allergies. Guest speaker: Bonnie Krakow of Simply Bee Naturals

March 30: Benefits of Himalayan salt

April 6: Planting your garden for vitamins

April 13: Protect yourself: Tips for repelling bugs and sun damage

April 20: Building muscle strength. Guest speaker: Emily Watson of Empowered Wellness

April 27: Finding energy through natural supplements

May 4: Beneficial properties of coconut oil

Cost: Free

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Rochester Wellness Lunch-In

From: May 11, 2015 at 12:15pm to: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

Rochester Wellness Lunch-In topics for May and June


Every Monday from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. a short wellness discussion will be presented in the Rochester Community Room. These events are free and open to the public. All sessions are led by PFC Wellness manager Brigitte Heublein unless otherwise noted.

May 4: The beneficial properties of coconut oil

May 11: Healthy breasts, hosted by Joyce Sobotta of Healthy Girls Breast Oil

May 18: L-theanine explained, hosted by Mandala Tea (free samples)

May 25: No class on Memorial Day.

June 1: Probiotics for kids (free samples, and kids are welcome to join us!)

June 8: Skin care in the summer sun

June 15: How is fish oil different from other omega oils?  Hosted by Nordic Naturals (free samples)

June 22: Vitamin K: what, why, how

June 29: Spotting a quality supplement

Cost: Free

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Rochester Wellness Lunch-In

From: July 6, 2015 at 12:15pm to: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:45pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: PFC Wellness Manager Brigitte Heublein unless otherwise noted

Rochester Wellness Lunch-In Topics for July and August


Every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. a short wellness discussion will be presented in the Rochester Community Room. These events are free and open to the public. All sessions are led by PFC Wellness Manager Brigitte Heublein unless otherwise noted.


July 6: Benefits of turmeric

July 13: Uses and benefits of body oils

July 20: Antioxidants: where to find them, what they do

July 27: The basics of probiotics (with Kevin Jennings)

August 3: Back-to-school immunity boosting

August 10: Vegan protein supplements

August 17: Vitamin K: how does it fit your supplement routine?

August 24: The potential benefits of mushroom supplements

August 31: Options for energy supplements

Cost: Free

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Rochester Wellness Lunch-In

From: September 14, 2015 at 12:15pm to: Monday, October 26, 2015 at 12:45pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Brigitte Heublein, unless otherwise noted

Every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. a short wellness discussion will be presented in the Rochester Community Room. These events are free and open to the public. All sessions are led by PFC Wellness Manager Brigitte Heublein unless otherwise noted.


September 7: Labor Day, no class


September 14: Sleep aids: Finding sleep with natural remedies


September 21: Benefits of Maca: mysteries of maca explained


September 28: Aloe vera for immunity and digestion


October 5: Winterize yourself: boost your immune system


October 12: Essentials of aromatherapy


October 19: Review of herbs for longevity


October 26: Benefits of herbal recipes

Cost: Free

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Rosé with your bae—Rochester

From: February 7, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester

With: Breanna Holtan

’Tis the season for Rosé (although according to host Breanna Holtan, it’s always Rosé season). Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Bre will be featuring a variety of Rosés and explaining why it is her favorite type of wine! Oh, and there may be some chocolate, strawberries, and a combination of both. Stay tuned! Class meets at Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Sample the Holidays! La Crosse

From: December 7, 2018 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Join us for deliciousness on a toothpick! We have very special sampling events planned in December! Friday, December 7, is the date to sample the best holiday cheeses, selected meats, hor d’oeuvres and beverages we have to offer this season.

Peggy, Linda, and Patrick will sample from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. We are here to help with ideas and recipes and take orders for custom baskets.

Cost: Free

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Sausage Making 101—Rochester

From: March 16, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: PFC’s meat department staff


Join the PFC meat department staff to learn the basics of sausage making. Basic techniques and recipes will be taught so you can create your own delicious sausages at home. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Sausage making and Pearl Street Beer—La Crosse

From: September 20, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Jason Zeeb and Bill Garbers of PFC plus Chris Clower from Pearl St. Brewery.

Everyone’s heard the expression, but we are sure you will want to see this sausage being made! Join PFC meat masters Jason and Bill for a fun evening of learning how to make brats and sausage while enjoying Pearl Street Beer samples expertly matched to the very fresh and flavorful meats. Everyone will get the chance to mix, grind, and stuff the casings. You will learn different casings, how to vary the spices, and other good additions for the best homemade brats and sausages. We will cook a variety to sample along with the beers. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Sausage making with PFC—Rochester

From: October 14, 2016 at 1:30am to: 3:30pm

Location: Class will meet at Eagle Bluff Learning Center, Lanesboro. (map)

With: Ethan Schandelmeier


Be informed and entertained by the co-op’s own Ethan and his enthusiastic passion for food. Learn the ropes of sausage making and cover topics such as: mixing and grinding techniques, ingredients, types of casings, safe handling, cooking times, and much more. This is a hands-on experience. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $55, which includes a $15 materials fee for meat and ingredients.

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Sausage-Making at Home! Rochester

From: June 7, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm


Join the PFC meat department staff to learn the basics of sausage- making. Basic techniques and recipes will be taught so you can create your own delicious sausages at home.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Seasonal comfort food from India—La Crosse

From: November 8, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Puja Nair, Indian Meal Kit

As the cold weather approaches, we tend to go for our comfort food. This class will share the comfort food of India—dal (lentil soup) and warm rice—with you. Class participants will learn how to make delicious and healthy dal malhani and rice with papadum (lentil chips). Great opportunity for friends to get together and cook, or for a date night. Participants can take their creations home or enjoy them in the class. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Second Annual International Women’s Day Celebration! La Crosse

From: March 8, 2016 at 1:00pm to: 2:30pm

Location: PFC Community Room

Join friends and meet new ones on Tuesday, March 8, International Women’s Day, to celebrate women. We will discuss how far we’ve come locally and internationally, and our current and upcoming needs, with a focus on environmental issues. UW-L professor Dr. Adam Driscoll will lead a conversation over lunch on EcoFeminism. All participants are invited to share thoughts, stories, and concerns related to women’s unique roles in the health of our planet and species.

“My hope is that a diverse and passionate group will come together to share food and vision,” said PFC Member Services Manager Linda Riddle. The event will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the second floor Community Room of PFC. A lunch of soup and salad will be served. There is no charge for the celebration, but donations to the PFC Community Fund will be accepted. RSVP by calling Linda: 608-784-5798 x2006.

Cost: Free, RSVP

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Seven Sundays Muesli Demo

From: February 8, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Seven Sundays muesli is a healthy and gourmet breakfast staple. Seven Sundays starts with the best ingredients they can find (all natural, no additives of course!), hand mix them together and lightly toast them. The muesli contains the perfect amount of complex carbohydrates, clean protein and high quality fiber as well as an abundance of naturally occurring essential and rare vitamins and minerals.

Cost: Free

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Shop the market with the chefs—Rochester

From: August 5, 2017 at 9:00am to: 11:00am

Join the chefs as they take a field trip to the Rochester Farmer’s Market. Learn the questions to ask and the quality the chef’s seek as they shop for fresh produce. PFC will be on hand to discuss our partnership with farmers and the Rochester Farmer’s Market. Afterwards, we will head back and make a fresh tasty snack from the bounty. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Singles' Night at PFC!

From: January 28, 2014 at 9:00pm to: 11:00pm

The Grocery Pickup

Singles’ Night at People’s Food Co-op—Rochester
Tuesday, January 28, 9–11 p.m.


If you want to meet people with similar taste in foods… if you want to learn about how to make food for a romantic dinner… if you are a single person looking to connect with other singles in a safe, fun, delicious environment…
This night is for you!

What will you find at The Grocery Pickup?
Food!
♥ Chocolate fountain
♥ Cheese for nibbling and cooking
♥ Fresh seafood  
♥ Fondue
♥ Goat cheese-wrapped dates

Activities!
♥ How to make truffles
♥ How to cook a steak for two
♥ Music by Jake Ilika
♥ Make a donation for “A Chair Affair” (Boys and Girls Club fundraiser)

The store will be open to the public until 10 p.m., so there’ll be some commingling of the singles with our regulars. But then at 10 we’ll turn up the music, light the candles in the dining room, and mingle to our hearts’ content. The store will be open late for shopping—until 11 p.m. Watch for details at pfc.coop and on Twitter!

Cost: Free!

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Sixth Annual Bike Swap—Rochester

From: May 11, 2019 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

With: Pata de Perro

Join PFC and Pata de Perro for our annual bike swap. Bring your used bikes (and a $10 donation) to sell or donate. Or if you are looking for a bike, come down and see what sellers and Pata de Perro have to offer. More details to come.

Cost: $10

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Sizzling (End of) Summer Cookout-La Crosse

From: September 18, 2014 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Under the Awning at La Crosse Store

Location: 5th Avenue awning

Get a quick and delicious lunch at the Co-op—we will be grilling out! Enjoy local beef burgers, Hackberry's homemade veggie burgers, and vegetarian Field Roast brats! Also available, organic soda, fresh cut fruit.

Cost: Varies

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Soap made with goats’ milk! Shanna’s back—La Crosse

From: October 27, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Shanna

We really like it when Shanna come to town! The owner of “Simple Soaps for Simple Folks” comes back to ask the question: Looking to learn about saponification? Get together with your friends, family or coworkers to get some hands-on experience. We’ll do a short educational half-hour on the difference between handmade and commercial soaps and then get down to the dirty with batching cold-process goat milk soaps. You will receive a packet of information and a recipe to take home. Two bars of the soaps we batch together will go home with you too. Make sure you wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty, and bring a bath towel with you. We’ll provide the molds. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Soapmaking made simple—Rochester

From: March 18, 2017 at 2:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Shanna McCann


Ever wanted to try your hand at saponification? Shanna McCann of Simple Soaps For Simple Folks (Dover, MN) will provide her expertise and supplies to give you a clean overview of how goat milk soap is made. Each participant will create two bars of soap to take home. Class will be held at Rochester PFC and class size is limited to 12.

Registration required. Call or register at the service desk.

Cost: $20.

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Soapmaking with Shanna-Rochester

From: February 26, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm


Looking to learn about saponification? Join friends, family, or coworkers to get some hands-on experience in soap-making at PFC! Shanna of Simple Soaps for Simple Folks will supply her expertise and materials, but you will finish the class with your own goat milk soaps! Great for Valentine’s Day gifts or a treat for yourself this winter!

Call customer service to sign up! 507-289-9061 ext 0 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Soapmaking with Shanna—Rochester

From: March 25, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm


Looking to learn about saponification? Join friends, family, or coworkers to get some hands-on experience in soap-making at PFC! Shanna of Simple Soaps for Simple Folks will supply her expertise and materials, but you will finish the class with your own goat milk soaps! Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Soups and Broths—La Crosse

From: October 9, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: herbal educator Jess Krueger

Using local veggies, nutritive herbs, spices and bone broth we will create a delicious and immune system supportive soup. Learn the benefits of homemade broths and herbal based soups for autumn and winter wellness. Hands-on demo, soup sample, and recipe card are included.

About Jess Krueger

I'm an herbal educator living in Viroqua since 2008. I've taught herbal classes locally and regionally on topics such as family health and medicine making as well as leading plant ID walks. My goal as an educator is to promote safe, effective and experienced based herbal knowledge. https://jesskrueger.net

Cost: $15 members; $25 non-members

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South African wine tasting—Rochester

From: November 14, 2018 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Join PFC and Libation Project for a once in a lifetime tasting event with South Africa’s most acclaimed cult wine producers, Arendsig! We will be holding a focused guided tasting through their portfolio of beautiful terroir-driven whites and reds while discussing the organic, biodynamic, and natural wine making techniques that make these wines so pure and sought after. Come experience the wonders of the Robertson Valley’s most exciting wines and meet the winemakers that make it happen! Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $10 nonmembers; $5 members

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Sparkling holiday spirits-La Crosse

From: November 19, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro—La Crosse

With: Todd Wohlert



Enter the holiday season knowing the qualities and flavors of sparkling wines! What is the difference between champagne and prosecco? What is brut, extra dry, and demi sec? Todd Wohlert of Purple Feet Wines is back for an entertaining evening in Hackberry’s to guide us through the best beverages for all the upcoming holiday gatherings! Light foods and food suggestions will accompany the sparkling samples.

The following wines are on the tasting menu: Foss Marai Extra Dry Prosecco, Juve Y Camps Reserva de la Familia Cava Brut, Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne, Bera Moscato D’Asti, Bera Brachetto D’Acqui, Gruet Brut, Gruet Demi Sec, Gruet Extra Dry.

Must be 21 and preregistered for this class which is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Spicy Wisconsin cheese bread! La Crosse

From: July 16, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson

Imagine the spectacular late summer sandwiches you can make with veggies and fresh homemade bread that’s loaded with Wisconsin cheese! Join Chef Debbie Hendrickson as she walks and talks us through all the steps to make an awesome loaf every time. Participants will mix up the dough and take it home for baking. We will sample cheese bread that Debbie has made ahead of time—let’s make a few open-faced sandwiches! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Spring Foraging Class with Field Trip—La Crosse

From: May 14, 2016 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

With: Jarad and Derek Barkeim


Learn how to safely identify, harvest, and prepare wild vegetables, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and more. We will meet in the PFC classroom for a presentation and discussion on this “Forest to Table” movement; and then we’ll go out for a foraging hike in a nearby natural area! Transportation will be provided for the field trip, wear comfortable clothes, shoes/boots for hiking. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $30 members; $45 for nonmembers

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Spring foraging field trip—La Crosse

From: May 20, 2018 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Derek Barkeim, Seekers Wild and Jarad Barkeim, Coulee Region Ecoscapes

We will meet at PFC Community Room for a brief lesson on early spring wild edibles and the ethics of foraging. Then we venture out to the wild! We will find, observe, and learn the properties of wild plants—both ones that are edible and ones to avoid. A most sincere effort will be made in the hunt for morel mushrooms, but as we all know, there is no guarantee of finding these elusive and delectable fungi! Dress for the weather, bring a bag or basket. Transportation will be provided to and from PFC. 

Cost: $30 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Spring foraging field workshop—La Crosse

From: May 19, 2019 at 12:30pm to: 4:30pm

With: Derek Barkeim (Seeker’s Wild) and Jarad Barkeim (Coulee Region Eco-Scapes)

We will meet in the Community Room for a lesson in wild edibles, foraging etiquette, and what to expect in the woods. Then we will head to a richly diverse local farm to see what this May has to offer. Last year, this same class came home with morels and other fungi! Our hope is to ethically gather enough wild edibles to make a meal for everyone back at the PFC Community Room. Transportation is provided to and from the farm. Class is limited to 14. Class is weather dependent, so dress appropriately, including boots. Bring baskets or canvas bags. 

Cost: $30.00 members; $40 nonmembers.

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Spring Open House

From: April 21, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse People's Food Co-op Community Room

Stop by the La Crosse People's Food Co-op as part of the downtown Spring Open House. 

Have some snacks, decorate pots, and plant some seeds in the Community Room!

Cost: Free

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Spring Renewal with Organic Essential Oils—Rochester

From: March 22, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Terra Johnson


Terra Johnson, national educator for Veriditas Botanicals, will impart the benefit of local, organic essential oils with powerful & simple practices that bring traditional wisdom to the modern day. We will explore the many organic essential oils used to build immunity, regenerate the skin for beauty and anti-aging, and cleanse the body for optimal health. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $20 per person.

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Spring roll and egg roll making – Rochester

From: August 25, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Jessica Saw

Learn to make spring rolls and egg rolls in traditional style from PFC’s Jessica Saw. Jessica will take you step-by-step through the process of making rolls the way her mother taught her. This class will be hands on and delicious.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration—Rochester

From: March 15, 2018 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Join us at the co-op for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy Irish music, have a reuben, and sample tasty items around the store, including our very own corned beef. Irish whiskies will be available for sample in the Beer, Wine, and Spirits department as well.

Cost: Free

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St. Patrick’s Day demo—Rochester

From: March 15, 2017 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Wine, Beer, & Spirits department


Join us in the Wine, Beer, and Spirits department as we demo an Irish spirit and a stout with a bite of our homemade corned beef brisket. We will be giving advice on how to prepare our brisket while you choose what libation to serve guests. This is a St. Patrick’s day party made easy!

No registration required. Free.

Cost: Free.

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Staff/Owner Art Fair—Rochester

From: September 21, 2019 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: PFC—Rochester Parking Lot

On Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. join us in the PFC—Rochester parking lot for the sixth annual art fair at the store.

All PFC owners and staff are invited to join in to sell their art to the general public. It is free to participate! Bring your own tent and tables for display. Set up by 9:30; tear down at 2:00.

To register, and for more information, contact kristen.lueth@pfc.coop by August 15.

Cost: Free

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Start Garden Seeds Indoors—La Crosse

From: March 16, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Jamie O’Neill


Get a jump start on your garden by starting your seeds indoors. We will look at whether or not to soak seeds, what to plant them in, heating mats, grow lights, natural lighting, and more. Everyone will take home a tray of seeds! Jamie O’Neill is a program director for Grow La Crosse. This class is primarily intended for adults. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Stickney Hill Cheese Demo—Rochester

From: June 17, 2017 at 12:00pm to: 6:00pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: Stickney Hill

Stickney Hill will be here to answer questions and introduce our new chevre line.

Cost: Free

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Stores are closed for the holiday

From: November 28, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Stores are closed for the holiday

From: December 25, 2013 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Stores Close at 6 pm

From: December 24, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Rochester & La Crosse Stores

People's Food Co-op—Rochester & La Crosse Close early on Christmas Eve. 6:00 p.m.

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Stores Close at 6 pm Christmas Eve

From: December 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 10:57pm

People's Food Co-op—Rochester & La Crosse Close early on Christmas Eve. 6:00 p.m.

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Stores close at 8 pm for New Year's Day

From: January 1, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Rochester Holiday hours:

6am to 6pm Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas


6 am to 10 pm New Year's Eve
6 am to 8 pm New Year's Day (brunch starts at 9, drink specials available all day!)

 

La Crosse Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, 24 December 7 am to 6 pm
Christmas Day, Wednesday, 25 December  CLOSED

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, 31 December 7 am to 10 pm
New Year’s Day, Wednesday, 1 January 7 am to 8 pm

 

Hackberry's Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve Brunch, Tuesday, 24 December 8 am to 3 pm
Christmas Day, Wednesday, 25 December  CLOSED

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, 31 December 11 am to 9 pm
  (Special New Year’s Eve Menu)
New Year’s Day Brunch, Wednesday, 1 January 8 am to 3 pm

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Stores Close at 8 pm on New Year's Day

From: January 1, 2015 at 8:00pm to: 9:00pm

Peoples Food Co-op of Rochester and La Crosse will close at 8 p.m. on New Year's Day.

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Stores Close at 8 pm on New Year's Day

From: January 1, 2016 at 8:00pm to: 10:58pm

Peoples Food Co-op of Rochester and La Crosse will close at 8 p.m. on New Year's Day.

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Stores close early

From: December 24, 2017 at 7:00am to: 6:00pm

Stores close early for Christmas Eve.

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Stores close early

From: January 1, 2018 at 8:00am to: 8:00pm

New Year's Day, stores close early

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Stores closed all day

From: November 23, 2017 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Have a good holiday!

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Stores closed all day

From: December 25, 2017 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Stores close early Christmas Day.

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Stores Closed Christmas Day

From: December 25, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

People's Food Co-ops of Rochester and La Crosse will be closed all day Christmas Day. Have a happy holiday!

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Stores Closed Christmas Day

From: December 25, 2015 at 12:05am to: 10:55pm

People's Food Co-ops of Rochester and La Crosse will be closed all day Christmas Day. Have a happy holiday!

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Stores Closed Thanksgiving Day

From: November 27, 2014 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Both Rochester and La Crosse People's Food Co-ops will be closed all day on Thanksgiving. Have a happy holiday!

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Stores Closed Thanksgiving Day

From: November 26, 2015 at 12:05am to: 10:52pm

Both Rochester and La Crosse People's Food Co-ops will be closed all day on Thanksgiving. Have a happy holiday!

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Storytime for grown-ups—Rochester

From: October 17, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Join us for a great evening and listen to selections from Minnesota authors who incorporate food into their work. In the dining room. Beverages and treats will be served. Guests are welcome to order off the menu or grab something delicious from the store! Free event (ages nine and up preferred), pre-registration recommended.

Cost: Free, pre-registration recommended.

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Stress-Its effect on your health & how to manage it—La Crosse

From: October 17, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: With Caryn Willens, CYT, ND, Wellness Inspirations, LLC

Stress has a profound effect on the body. Learn the difference between acute and chronic stress, the effects on the body’s physiological functions, and how this affects your health. Discover simple techniques to counteract acute stress (including Holiday stress!). Create a plan to restore your health from chronic stress to improve your health. Cary Willens, CYT, ND

Caryn Willens is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Professional who has been in healthcare for over 40 years. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree. Along with her certification as a yoga teacher, she is also a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner and a Certified Personal Development Facilitator.

Combining her knowledge and experience to focus on the structure and function of the body, Caryn guides individuals as they achieve their physical and emotional goals so they can age gracefully and have a better quality of life.

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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Summer Days Cook Out

From: July 23, 2015 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: 5th Ave Corner Awning

Get a quick and delicious lunch at the Co-op—hot off the grill! Pick from a selection of local beef burgers, co-op's own brats, Hackberry's veggie burgers, and veggie brats. We'll have chilled sodas, fruit salad, and French silk tarts also available. 

Cost: Meal items $5; sides vary

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Summer Days PFC Grillout—La Crosse

From: August 2, 2019 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Fifth Ave awning, La Crosse store

Downtown Summer Days will be the weekend of August 2–4.

On Friday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., PFC will have an outdoor grill-out!

Join us for delicious fresh-grilled Co-op's Own™ brats, grass-fed beef hot dogs, Trempealeau Hotel walnut burgers, with all the fixins'! Chips and sodas available, too!

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Summer Essential Oils

From: July 11, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Rochester Community Room

With: Terra Johnson

Join us as Terra Johnson from Veriditas Botanicals talks about organic essential oil choices for a nontoxic bug spray and an organic bug treatment that helps and soothes even the worst bites. We will also cover essential oils for summer skin care, ideas for summer beauty treatments, summer travel, and those oils that keep your immunity up so you can enjoy the summer in good health!

RSVP required, space is limited.

Stop by customer service or call 507-289-9061 to register. 

Cost: $20.00

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Summer grill out—La Crosse

From: July 27, 2017 at 11:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: Under the Fifth Avenue Corner Awning

Get a quick and delicious lunch at the co-op—hot off the grill!

Pick from a selection of local beef burgers, Co-op’s Own beer brats, Hackberry’s veggie burgers, and veggie brats.

We’ll have chilled sodas, chips, and more available. Meal items are $6; sides vary.

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Summer patio assistant! Make citronella candles in beer bottles for your patio! La Crosse

From: May 25, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Sara Kujak, Driftless Skincare, LLC

We all need to keep those pesky mosquitoes away to safely enjoy the summer evenings! Here is a fun and effective way: Stop by PFC, pick up your favorite six-pack from our stellar beer selection, drink the beer, but save the empty bottles in the carrier. Bring them to the class. Sara will lead us in the process of cutting the bottles and making the candles. All candle-making supplies including the citronella will be included.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Registration required. Call or register at customer service.

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Summer veggie explosion! La Crosse

From: August 9, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Thippi Luangpraseuth

What do you do with the best of the bounty? Join Thippi Luangpraseuth, chef and educator, as we focus on ways to cook peak-season, super fresh and flavorful veggies! You will also learn the basics of cooking in a wok—an ancient, versatile, and indispensable tool for the cuisines of many cultures. The idea is that we will start with a stunning array of fresh and bountiful local vegetables but create different dishes depending on the spices, herbs, and perhaps proteins added by the participants. We will also cover how to safely prepare leftovers for the freezer so you can enjoy the taste of summer months later! 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Super soap making 102—La Crosse

From: November 13, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC La Crosse Community Room

With: Shanna Wegman


Shanna comes back with her humor, her wonderful goat milk, and all the supplies needed to make luxury soaps. This class will be more advanced, more hands-on than her previous class and will include scents for the soaps.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Surly Brewery demo—Rochester

From: November 9, 2018 at 4:00pm to: 6:00pm

Surly Brewery from Minneapolis.

Cost: Free

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Sushi and Miso 101, Culinary Fun with Asian Cuisine—La Crosse

From: October 26, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Thippi Luangpraseuth


This class will teach you the basics of making sushi rolls and miso soup. Practice rolling sushi with an array of ingredients and learn the art of making miso soup. Vegan-friendly class. Nutritious and delicious! Hands-on! Thippi Luangpraseuth is a chef at Culina Mariana Cafe, serves on the board of Grow La Crosse, and is an ambassador for Jamie Oliver Food Revolution working with people around the world that are fighting for better food education and promoting cooking skills. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Svelte Protein Drink Sampling-Rochester

From: January 17, 2015 at 1:00pm to: 5:00pm

With: Brett

Join us for a sampling of Svelte Protein Drink at PFC—Rochester. We will be tasting Svelte's Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, and Banana Creme flavors. 

Svelte Protein drinks are:

High Protein
Certified gluten-free
Dairy-free
Low sugar
5g fiber, 20% daily value
Organic complex carbohydrates for sustained energy
Made with fresh, non-gmo soymilk
Vegan

 

http://www.drinksvelte.com

Cost: Free

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Syrup-making demo—Rochester

From: February 20, 2017 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC's Wine, Beer, and Spirits Store

With: Paul Korner


As any expert mixologist will attest, the key to a great cocktail goes beyond the spirit itself; it starts with the syrup. Syrups and bitters are all the rage, and PFC invites cocktail pro Paul Korner to demonstrate syrup-making and provide a few recipes. Paul will be set up in our wine, beer, and spirits store. Come and go as you please, free of charge.

Cost: Free of charge

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Take a trip Down Under! Australian wines paired with a special Hackberry’s menu—La Crosse

From: September 13, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

With: Todd Wohlert and Liz Lesser


Todd will share the best of reds and whites from his Australian collection along with juicy tidbits of information! Liz has dreamed up a fabulous array of dishes that will complement the wines and celebrate our transition into autumn. The menu once again features hors d’oeuvres and entrees that will be part of Hackberry’s final Market Friday dinner of 2016. You do NOT want to miss this taste trip! Must be 21 to attend this class, which is limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Tapping into spring: maple syrup class! La Crosse

From: February 22, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jarad Barkeim


Nothing signals the coming of spring like the sweet taste of maple sap straight from the tree and the maple aroma of steam billowing off the boil-down of sap into syrup. Jarad Barkeim of Coulee Region Ecoscapes (and some of his good friends) will teach you how to tap your own trees and boil the sap down into your own rich homemade syrup. We will have samples to try and you will go home with a ready-to-go tapping setup to try on your own!

Registration required. Call or stop by the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Tapping into spring: Maple syrup class!-La Crosse

From: February 23, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jarad Barkheim


Nothing signals the coming of spring like the sweet taste of maple sap straight from the tree and the sugary maple aroma of steam billowing off the boil-down of sap into syrup. Jarad Barkheim of Coulee Region Ecoscapes, LLC, will teach you how to tap your own trees and boil the sap down to make your own rich, homemade syrup. The process is simple and the equipment is inexpensive. We’ll have samples to try and you’ll walk away with a ready-to-go tapping setup to try at home.
 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Tapping into spring: maple syrup class—La Crosse

From: February 19, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Jarad Barkeim

Nothing signals the coming of spring like the sweet taste of maple sap straight from the tree and the maple aroma of steam billowing off the boil-down of sap into syrup. Jarad Barkeim of Coulee Region Ecoscapes (and some of his good friends) will teach you how to tap your own trees and boil the sap down into your own rich homemade syrup. We will have samples to try and you will go home with a ready-to-go tapping setup to try on your own. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Temporary Bike Corral

From: June 7, 2016 at 7:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Outside 5th Ave Entrance

With: Co-op's own Linda Riddle and Wisconsin Bike Fed's Carolyn Dvorak

Join us at our temporary bike corral as we take over a street parking spot for bike use only! Ride over to PFC and park in our corral from 7am-12pm to receieve a free small fair trade coffee and fresh scone while supplies last. 

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Texas Citrus Sale Starts

From: April 14, 2015 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

Location: Rochester & La Crosse Stores

Fresh and organic citrus directly from the grower to People's Food Co-op.

 

Valencia oranges and Texas Rio grapefruit.

 

The truck is expected April 14.

Limited quantity, get them while they're here!

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Thai/Lao cooking: The makings of pho soup—La Crosse

From: January 25, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Thippi Luangpraseuth

Come join Thippi, a native of Laos whose passion is to share and preserve her Lao culture through food and the arts. In this class, Thippi will demonstrate variations on a very popular Southeast Asian soup called pho, a staple in most homes of the region. We will have vegetarian, beef, and chicken pho options and will learn about ways to finish the soup to individual tastes with herbs and spices. Participants will enjoy a bowl of pho in class and take home the knowledge and recipes to try making a kettle full! 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Thank You to Organic Farmers!

From: February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 2:00pm


Spotlight on local and organic farmers and producers
Come join us at PFC as we host local farmers. Samples to share from:

Meat – Organic Valley Summer Sausage, La Farge, WI

Cheese – Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle, WI

Yellow River Goat Cheese, Monona, IA

Potter’s Crackers, Madison, WI

Quince and Apple Preserve’s – Madison, WI

Grocery – Renaissance Bread, Galesville, WI

Kickapoo Gold Organic Maple Syrup Butter Viroqua, WI

Produce – Ridgeland Harvest Carrots, Viroqua, WI

PFC's Own Salsa

Co-op’s Own Hummus

Deli – Blue Farm Organic Tortilla Chips, Janesville, WI

House made dips

Bakery – Co-op’s Own Guianduia Bars

made with organic flour and local and organic eggs

Wellness
Not My Mothers Apron – Body Care – La Crosse, Wi

Cost: Free!

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Thanksgiving

From: November 24, 2016 at 12:00am to: 12:00pm

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Thanksgiving dinner trepidations? La Crosse

From: November 13, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Liz Lesser, chef at Hackberry’s Bistro

Are you making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time? Do you want to learn “tips of the trade” that will take your dishes to another level? In this class we will cover topics that many home cooks worry about when planning Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners, including brining the turkey, making tasty and flaky pie crusts and stuffings, and how to make gravy that is delicious and lump free. Feel free to pose your unique concerns when you sign up and we will be sure to address them. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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The art of kimchi—Rochester

From: March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm to: 4:00pm

Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St SW Rochester, MN 55902 (map)

With: David Bredesen


Sous chef David Bredesen has been experimenting with kimchi and honing his skills for years, and it has found its way onto multiple menus. Join us at the event space of Bleu Duck Kitchen as David goes through the steps of creating your own delicious Korean specialty, and leave with a jar of his kimchi that you can recreate at home with your new-found knowledge.

Registration required. Call or register at the PFC’s customer service desk.

Cost: $25 nonmembers; $15 members

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The best and the brightest of new wine makers—Rochester

From: April 13, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Metromarket Place (above the co-op)

With: Tyler Melton


Tyler Melton from Libation Project will take us on a journey to try some of the most interesting wine from the “cool kids” all across the globe. We will taste a variety of wine from a variety of places and learn all about their wine-making process. Light fare will be provided.

Registration required. Call or register at the service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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The biggest wines in the world! La Crosse

From: May 22, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert

Todd’s wine classes here at PFC have been very well received. Some participants have commented that they would like to try bigger, more high-end and complex wines, so we are providing that opportunity in this setting. This class will be small and intimate, limited to 10 people. It will be in Hackberry’s Bistro, with finger foods to accompany the wines, but it is not a food pairing class. Champagne for France, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Barbaresco, Brunello and Barolo from Italy, finishing with a 20-year-old port from Portugal. There will be an order sheet that evening, but the wines will not be carried in the store.

Cost: $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Must be over 21. Preregister at customer service.

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The body's clues for health—La Crosse

From: August 22, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Caryn Willens, CYT, ND, Wellness Inspirations, LLC

Listen to your body talk! When you hurt, or don’t feel well, your body is telling you something. Do you know what it is saying? Learn how to pay attention to the signals and what you can do to feel better. Join us and discover simple ways to feel better naturally. 

Caryn Willens is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Professional who has been in healthcare for over 40 years. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree. Along with her certification as a yoga teacher, she is also a Certified  Emotion Code Practitioner and a Certified Personal Development Facilitator. Combining her knowledge and experience to focus on the structure and function of the body, Caryn guides individuals as they achieve their physical and emotional goals so they can age gracefully and have a better quality of life.

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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The great Northwest: wines of Oregon and Washington State—La Crosse

From: November 6, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: PFC Classroom

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Explore the wine world north of Napa! This class will delve into the highly rated reds and whites of Oregon and Washington. Learn about the family history of the winemakers and taste what makes wines from these regions different from California styles. Enjoy samples of tasty foods from across the co-op while you taste the wines. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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The La Crosse Area's Growing Experience Book Signing

From: December 13, 2014 at 11:00am to: 3:00pm

Location: Center of the La Crosse store

Vicki Miller from Hillview Urban Agriculture Center will be signing copies of HUAC's book, The La Crosse Area's Growing Experience.

Soft cover books may be purchased from People's Food Coop-La Crosse for $10.00. 

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The lefse ladies are back! La Crosse

From: October 18, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Inez Blank, Carol Mills and Irene Wood


Our Lefse experts, Inez, Carol and Irene, want to be sure everybody has the opportunity to learn this wonderful Norwegian tradition! We will make the lefse dough from fresh, organic potatoes, butter, cream, and flour; then roll and grill them to perfection! There will be plenty of lefse to sample in the class and take home to impress your family! This is a great class to take with your teen or pre-teen kids or grandkids!  RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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The Mediterranean diet—La Crosse

From: June 20, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Chef Deb Hendrickson

The Mediterranean diet—what’s special about it, how does it work and taste?

We’ve all heard of the Mediterranean diet; this is your opportunity to learn what people from the Mediterranean countries have known for centuries—a lifelong habit of healthy nutrition, physical activity, and calm attitude can prevent diseases and increase quality of life. Learn what to include, and what to eliminate and then make a few of Chef Deb’s favorite recipes to sample in the class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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The RAC is back at PFC! Rochester

From: January 5, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: In the PFC—Rochester dining room

With: Simon Huelsbeck


Join People’s Food Co-op and the Rochester Art Center as we relaunch our collaboration. We will provide light fare and beverages, and artist Simon Huelsbeck will be on hand.

Registration requested. Call or stop by PFC’s customer service desk.

Cost: Event is free. Registration requested.

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The Seaweed Bath Co. Demo

From: October 15, 2014 at 4:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: PFC Rochester

The Seaweed Bath Co. products will be sampled during Rochester's happy hour! Have you checked out their new packaging? We love it. 

Cost: Free

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Theta healing arts: Understanding your intuitions—La Crosse

From: March 20, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Nedra Blietz

We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, and our senses go beyond the physical. Join Nedra Blietz, Energy Healer and Intuitive, for an evening of exploration. Learn about your energy body, including chakras, and how your psychic abilities relate to your energy body. Whether you are aware of it or not, everyone has these intuitive/psychic abilities. Learn what they are, how use them and how you can develop these abilities, if you desire. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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ThetaHealing® —La Crosse

From: August 10, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Nedra Blietz

Join advanced ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor Nedra Blietz as she introduces the concepts of this powerful healing modality. “ThetaHealing is a powerful tool for bringing profound changes to our lives. Through the ThetaHealing technique, we release self-limiting beliefs and replace them with beliefs that support our goals and life purpose. The theta brainwave is used in conjunction with source energy to bring improvement, healing, and balance to mind, body and spirit.” Learn more about our chakras, auric field, and energy body and experience how quickly ThetaHealing can bring them back into alignment. Everyone in attendance will also receive unconditional love healing from source energy. 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.

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Traditional Dakota bread—La Crosse

From: July 27, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Debbie Hendrickson

Everyone loves homemade bread, and many people have requested classes to learn bread-making skills. Chef Debbie Hendrickson brings her Dakota bread to PFC! Get ready to learn from her demo and then go “hands on” to mix the unique, grainy dough chock-full of great PFC ingredients! Due to the time needed for the dough to rise, you will take the recipe and an unbaked loaf home to bake yourself, but we will sample Debbie’s fresh loaf along with delicious herb butters. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Traditional French mother sauces—La Crosse

From: April 6, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:30pm

With: Chef Debbie Hendrickson


Spend an evening with Chef Debbie learning how to make traditional French sauces: the Mother Sauces! We will learn about and make: béchamel, espangnole, velouté, tomato, Hollandaise and tomato sauce for pasta. We’ll sample each in a traditional serving of pasta or other accompaniment. You will go home with the recipes and the confidence to whip up a French sauce for your lovely dinner.

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Traditional homemade pasta with Savory Creations—La Crosse

From: January 25, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Shawn McManus


Work side by side with Chef Shawn of Savory Creations to learn the traditional techniques of homemade pasta. Chef Shawn will also teach you how to make a savory sauce to complement the pasta. In this class, you will be putting your hands to work with homemade pasta dough that will be transformed into two fantastic dishes. Classic Italian sauces are made with love. You will pull fresh herbs off their stems, finely dice garlic and blanch vine ripened tomatoes. This hands-on class will be sure to be a fun experience—making homemade pasta is a fun activity that you can do with your friends and family for years to come. ­

Registration required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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Traffic skills 101—La Crosse

From: October 7, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

With: Carolyn Dvorak

Traffic Skills 101:
Bike Class for Adults

Learn to:

  • Choose the right bike
  • ride in traffic
  • avoid crashes
  • ride in a group
  • share the road
  • teach others

To register, email carolyn.dvorak [at] wisconsinbikefed.org

Cost: Free

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Trip to Phuket—La Crosse

From: March 13, 2019 at 5:30pm to: 8:00pm

With: Shawn McManus

Join Shawn, owner of Savory Creations, for an exciting evening of hands-on learning about Thai foods! He’ll tell stories, share tips for prepping the foods, and work with you to create an authentic meal of Thai cuisine. Our wine guy, Patrick Kelly, will select a wine to enjoy with the meal. Must be 21 to take this class. 

Cost: $25 members; $35 nonmembers.

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Truffles, wine and cheese—La Crosse

From: February 12, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Linda Riddle

It’s almost a tradition! Join PFC Member Services Manager Linda Riddle and friends in the community room for a delicious evening of making dark chocolate truffles with a variety of fillings and coatings. We will learn about the chocolate industry and how to select high quality, conflict-free ingredients from PFC. We will share our creations within the class as we sample the truffles with a selection of local cheeses and rich, tasty wines. There may even be a few delectable balls of chocolate goodness to take home. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 member; $30 nonmembers.

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Try your hand at Mexican Street Food! La Crosse

From: June 27, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Anthony and Melissa

The last two summers, La Crosse has been treated to an amazing array of tacos and sauces from Anthony and Melissa’s Food Cart. This summer, you and your friends can spend a delightful evening with Anthony, Melissa, and the Taco Town Food Cart, hearing stories from their travels across Mexico, learning about different Mexican Street Foods and making your own delicious plate full! We will include an iced-tea infused with fruit! 

Cost: $20.00 members; $30.00 nonmembers.

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Turn of the seasons, a “Stone Soup” class for children

From: November 14, 2015 at 11:00am to: 12:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Ana Skemp



Blue potatoes, kale, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, lentils … what will you choose to put into our community-made soup? Have you wanted to make a loaf of bread? Join Ana Skemp to choose, chop, and create a delicious healthy lunch together! Ana Skemp is a mother of three and one of the cofounders of Grow La Crosse, a local nonprofit whose mission is to connect children to healthy food and nature.

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers

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Understanding the world of Indian spices—La Crosse

From: April 10, 2018 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Puja Mehta

Join Puja on a journey to understand uses of different spices in Indian cuisine and learn how to blend Indian spices. You will learn which spices you will need to make your favorite Indian dishes. We will also make Cauliflower vegetable to experiment with some spices. This is a great opportunity for friends to get-together and cook. Participants can take their creations home or enjoy them with us in class.

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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UP Coffee Sampling

From: October 17, 2014 at 12:30pm to: 4:30pm

Join us for a sampling of UP Coffee Roaster's fair trade blends. Check out UP Coffee Roaster's website here.

Cost: Free

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Valentine's Cooking

From: February 12, 2014 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Kevin Madden

Want to prepare a romantic gourmet meal for your loved one on Valentine’s Day? Let Downtown Kitchen’s Owner and Executive Chef Kevin Madden show you how. Kevin will show how you to prepare and present a meal that will surely wow any guest. This class is perfect for any skill level; Kevin is a pro at making elegance easy!

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Vegetarian Cooking: What to Do with Tofu?

From: September 22, 2014 at 6:30pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Community Room—Rochester

With: Deah Kinion

Vegetarian Cooking: What to Do with Tofu? and much more


Eat healthy, and save money! Learn how to prepare dishes with tofu, tempeh and seitan.
 

Cost: $10 Members/$20 Non-members

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Veriditas Essential Oils

From: October 18, 2013 at 11:00am to: 4:00pm

With: Terra

Veriditas Botanicals will be demostrating their Certified Organic Essential Oils. Learn more at their website: http://veriditasbotanicals.com

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Veriditas Essential Oils

From: January 10, 2014 at 11:00am to: 4:00pm

With: Terra Johnson

Join Terra Johnson for a demonstration of Veriditas Botanicals Friday. Come see why locally owned Veriditas is so popular.

http://veriditasbotanicals.com/

Cost: Free

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Veriditas Essential Oils

From: February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Terra Johnson

Join us at People's Food Co-op in Rochester for a sampling of Veriditas Essential Oils, Monday, February 24 from 12 to 4 pm with Terra Johnson.

Cost: Free

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Veriditas Essential Oils CANCELED

From: February 21, 2014 at 12:00pm to: 4:00pm

With: Terra Johnson

Snow Day! This demo will be rescheduled.

Join us at People's Food Co-op in Rochester for a sampling of Veriditas Essential Oils, Friday, February 21 from 12 to 4 pm with Terra Johnson.

Cost: Free

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Veriditas Essential Oils for Wellness

From: November 19, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

With: Terra Johnson

Terra Johnson, product representative from Veriditas Botanicals, will describe Veriditas’ Wellness Blends as well as the characteristics of some single oils.

She will also give examples of how to use oils for everyday wellness. Participants will make a body polish to take home.

Class policies: All classes require preregistration. Classes with fewer than eight participants registered 24 hours before class time will be canceled or rescheduled. All cancelations made by preregistered participants must be made 48 hours before class time to qualify for a refund. 

Recipes subject to change at instructor's discretion. 

Cost: $5 Members/$10 Nonmembers

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Voter Registration at PFC

From: October 13, 2014 at 8:00am to: 5:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

The La Crosse Area League of Women Voters will hold voter registration for people living in the City of La Crosse.

Mon Oct 13: 8 am - 5 pm

Wed Oct 15 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Please bring with you to register:
Drivers license, State ID, or document with both your name and address on it such as bank statement, payroll check, utility bill, lease

Cost: Free

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Voter Registration at PFC

From: October 15, 2014 at 10:00am to: 2:00pm

Location: La Crosse Store Classroom

The La Crosse Area League of Women Voters will hold voter registration for people living in the City of La Crosse.

Wed Oct 15 10 am - 2 pm

Please bring with you to register:
Drivers license, State ID, or document with both your name and address on it such as bank statement, payroll check, utility bill, lease

Cost: Free

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Warm up with yoga—Rochester

From: December 15, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: Roca Climbing & Fitness, 6071 Rome Circle NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (map)


Sweat out the holiday excess with this “warm” yoga class at Roca Climbing and Fitness, held exclusively for PFC members. “Hot” and “warm” are very popular forms of yoga, and Roca is bringing it to Rochester. Whether you are experienced or new to yoga, come check out this class at a discounted rate!

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $10 for members.

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Wellness Concepts: A Healthy Lifestyle-La Crosse

From: September 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

Location: La Crosse Community Room

With: Faith Anacker

Join Faith of Fizzeology Foods in a discussion of holistic life practices that increase sustainability while on a limited budget. Explore mindfulness in relationship with food and wellness. Taste several simple low-cost health foods and learn some simple concepts to support a healthy lifestyle. Class participants will receive an in-depth handout with recipes and more to take home.

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Wellness webinar-La Crosse & Rochester

From: January 28, 2016 at 5:30pm to: 7:00pm

With: Gina Moss


Gina Moss, R.N., LD/N, is a national educator for Renew Life Formulas, a registered dietician, and a holistic nutrition and digestive care expert. She is a passionate advocate for managing health naturally with an emphasis on integrative health to achieve optimal wellness. Join us for this interactive webinar to learn how probiotics, fiber, enzymes, and herbal cleansing formulas support digestive health. There will be a drawing for a gift basket and product samples during the webinar discussion.

Cost: FREE, but you must register!

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What is a food co-op anyway? La Crosse

From: November 15, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

Location: La Crescent Middle School Conference Room 1.

With: Linda Riddle

CLASSES THROUGH LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY ED
Register online: www.isd300.k12.mn.us
click on “Community” tab

Have you ever wondered what a food co-op is? Here is a free opportunity to learn the “ins and outs” of the co-op model: ownership, benefits, environmental commitments, and local, community support—plus, of course, great food! Linda Riddle is the outreach, education, and membership manager at People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse and she welcomes an evening of conversation that will introduce PFC to the community. Everyone is welcome! Snacks provided. La Crescent Middle School Conference Room 1.

Sign up through La Crescent Community Ed, not PFC!

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Whisky tasting—Rochester

From: September 21, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: MMP community room—above PFC

This event will be an intro to Scotch whisky, with tasting from all over the country. Nick Schinler will be on hand to describe various whiskies and their flavor notes, giving a tutorial for novices and pouring delicious whisky for aficionados. Participants will leave with a free bottle of scotch! 

Cost: $50 members; $60 nonmembers—bottle of Benromach 10-year organic Scotch included.

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White, rosé, and beyond—Rochester

From: July 12, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

With: Tyler Melton

White and Pink that you should drink! Tyler Melton from Libation is back to talk about the wine you should be drinking in the warm summer air. These wines will be sure to impress at outdoor family events, picnic dates, and at the lake. Class meets in the MMP Community Room, second floor above the co-op. Participants must be 21 to attend. 

 

RSVP on eventbrite here.

Cost: Free, but registration required on Eventbrite.com.

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Why Paleo? La Crosse

From: August 28, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: With Dr. Kyle from Coulee Health

Why Paleo?

 

Learn more about why the Paleo lifestyle is right for you. We'll discuss what this basic template looks like and then cover common questions and misperceptions. We'll also provide suggestions for implementing in your own life.

Kyle is a chiropractor, rehabilitation specialist and co-founder of Coulee Health and the Clinically Pressed podcast. His philosophy and care is focused on respecting each individual person as a whole. This means getting to the root of what is truly causing symptoms. Kyle also treats athletes from all sports at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

He is a Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Certified Exercise Trainer in addition to multiple other soft tissue certifications. He also studied in Prague during the summer of 2017 obtaining additional hands-on training and practical application of DNS techniques and principles.

Upon seeing the need for Functional Medicine services in his patient population and the surrounding community he chose to take action in becoming further educated through the Kresser Institute and is now excited to offer Functional Medicine services to patients both at Coulee Health and remotely.

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

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Wild mushroom identification—La Crosse

From: May 9, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Elizabeth Leighton and Friends

With beautiful spring days calling us into the woods, this is the perfect time to invest an evening learning wild mushroom basics. We will learn what wild mushrooms are and where to find them, but also their anatomy, common terms, and tools to take into the field. You will leave knowing how to ID the common edible mushrooms and when to look for them as well as (and just as importantly) the common poisonous ones! Lots of materials will be shared! 

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Preregister at customer service.

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Wine parties for the holidays—Rochester

From: November 21, 2016 at 5:00pm to: 7:00pm

With: Breanna Holten



Stop by and talk with wine expert Breanna Holten as she picks the perfect wines for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Breanna will be on hand to sample the wines, pair some cheeses, and make suggestions for a great party or get-together.

RSVP required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: Free

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Wine sampling

From: July 19, 2014 at 1:30pm to: 4:00pm

Join Barbara and Paul from Pairing to Perfection at People's Food Co-op as they present wine samples and appetizers with PFC cheese samples.

Cost: Free!

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Wine, Beer, & Spirits—PFC Rochester Grand Opening

From: December 2, 2016 at 12:00am to: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:00pm

Visit our new wine, beer, and spirits store at PFC—Rochester!

Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd, take advantage of our nickel wine sale:

Buy 5 get 1 more for a nickel each
Buy 9 get 2 more for a nickel each
Buy 12 get 3 more for a nickel each*

*of equal or lesser value.

 

Valid at People’s Food Co-op—Rochester. Not valid with any other offer, promotion, or coupon. While supplies last.

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Wine, Beer, and Spirits Opening

From: November 11, 2016 at 10:00am to: 9:00pm

Location: Rochester Store

People's Food Co-op is excited to announce the opening of our new Wine, Beer and Spirits department! We've collaborated with Apollo Liquor to line our shelves with a great variety of beverages that are sure to please!

The Wine, Beer and Spirits department hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.

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Winebow master wine class—La Crosse

From: May 30, 2019 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert

This wine class will take you to a whole new level as our frequent wine instructor Todd Wohlert from Winebow returns to teach and taste rare delicacies from France, Portugal, California, Argentina, Italy, and Chile. Only 10 seats available! Make reservations ASAP. 

Cost: $25.00 members; $35.00 nonmembers.

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Wines and Tapas from Spain & Portugal—La Crosse

From: April 5, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert


Wines from Spain and Portugal are “hot!” Spend a relaxing and fun evening in Hackberry’s Bistro with Todd and Linda learning about wines and sampling some tasty treats! Todd of Purple Feet Wines will lead the wine tasting and Linda will serve tapas from Spanish recipes and acepipes from Portugal. Register in person at the store, or by phone.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Wines from South Africa, foods from Hackberry’s Bistro!

From: July 21, 2016 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro

With: Todd Wohlert



Join our “wine guy,” Todd Wohlert for a delightful evening in Hackberry’s Bistro sampling and learning about a variety of wines from South Africa! Liz, Hackberry’s chef and manager, will make the evening even more enticing with a selection of hors d’oeuvres and entrée samples to be featured on the August 5th Market Friday menu!

Must be 21 to attend this class which is limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

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Wines of Europe – La Crosse

From: August 6, 2015 at 6:30pm to: 7:30pm

Location: Hackberry's Bistro, above the Co-op (La Crosse)

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Join us in Hackberry’s Bistro for a fun and educational evening with local wine enthusiast Todd Wohlert! Following Todd’s presentation, we will sample wine from various regions of Europe paired with European-style cheeses, sliced meats, and crusty French breads. Must be 21 and pre-registered for this class! 

 

Wine List

welcoming wine - Just Peachy French sparkling wine

**Presentation by Todd**

Whites:
Domaine de Pouy Gascogne Blanc
de la Quilla Muscadet Sevre-Maine

Reds:
Canaletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge
Chateau Recougne Rouge Bordeaux Supérieur

Dessert:
Clean Slate Riesling

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers

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Wines of Germany—La Crosse

From: May 22, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert, Purple Feet Wines

Our final class before summer break will explore the red and white wines of Germany and Austria. Learn about the range of flavors in Riesling, from honey sweet to bone dry. Explore the powerful yet delicate reds from these historic regions. Enjoy listening to Todd try to pronounce these wines! As always, there will be delicious snacks to accompany the wines. Participants must be 21 to attend. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Wines of the Mediterranean—La Crosse

From: March 20, 2018 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Todd Wohlert

Our next wine class with Todd of Purple Feet Wines will take us to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, where we will explore sun-kissed islands, mountains, volcanoes, fields, and, of course, vineyards. Learn about red, white, and dessert wines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, France, and Turkey. Must be 21 to attend this class. 

Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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Winter eating strategies for good health! Beet kvass and other fresh probiotics—La Crosse

From: March 14, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 7:30pm

With: Pat Slattery


March still qualifies as a winter month in Wisconsin! Are you missing the vim and vigor that comes with the sun? This class with local organic farmer Pat Slattery will be a discussion of strategies for optimal health by eating fresh, local foods during the winter months. Participants will try beet kvass, fermented garlic, beet kraut, and other “sadly neglected veggie powerhouses.” Information will be given on the health benefits of lacto-fermented foods, and each participant will make a two-quart-jar of beet kvass to take home. 

Registration required. Call or register at the customer service desk.

Cost: $15

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Woof! Treats for Your Dog!

From: June 10, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: special guest Erin Olson, CRHS Pet Therapy Coordinator

We’re a little late for Pet Appreciation Week (June 1–7) and a little early for National Mutt Day (July 31) but dogs don’t care about the calendar anyway. Your best canine friend will care about these tasty treats made with readily available ingredients. PFC Member Services Manager Karen Acker will lead the class, and while the treats are baking representatives from the Coulee Region Humane Society will talk to us about CRHS and its role in our community. Each class has room for 8 students only. Also, please note that sadly, dogs not allowed in the store. You will have to take your treats home to share.


Register by Friday, June 6 for this class

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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Woof! Treats for Your Dog!

From: June 17, 2014 at 5:30pm to: 7:30pm

With: special guest Danielle Dunham, CRHS Education Coordinator

We’re a little late for Pet Appreciation Week (June 1–7) and a little early for National Mutt Day (July 31) but dogs don’t care about the calendar anyway. Your best canine friend will care about these tasty treats made with readily available ingredients. PFC Member Services Manager Karen Acker will lead the class, and while the treats are baking representatives from the Coulee Region Humane Society will talk to us about CRHS and its role in our community. Each class has room for 8 students only. Also, please note that sadly, dogs not allowed in the store. You will have to take your treats home to share.

Register by Friday, June 13 for this class.

Cost: $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers

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WW Homestead Dairy Cheese Demo—Rochester

From: June 7, 2017 at 3:30pm to: 6:30pm

Location: Rochester People's Food Co-op

With: WW Homestead Dairy

WW Homestead Dairy will be here talking about their local dairy company. We carry their milk, butter, and cheese curds.

Cost: Free

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Yoga and wine—Rochester - CANCELLED!!!

From: December 9, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 3:00pm

Location: Collider Building (14 4th St. SW)

With: Rosei Skipper

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Saturday, December 9 • 1–3 p.m. • with 
Treat yourself to an afternoon of yoga and wine with Rosei Skipper and Bleu Duck Kitchen. Move, breathe, and flow during a 60-minute vinyasa yoga class, followed by wine provided by the co-op and light appetizers from the Bleu Duck. Happening in the event space at the Collider Building (14 4th St. SW). All experience levels welcome. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Must be 21 to attend. 

Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers.

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You scream, we all scream! A PFC & Grow La Crosse class for kids!

From: June 4, 2016 at 1:30pm to: 3:00pm

With: Ana Skemp


June is Dairy Month, and what could be better than making ice cream! We will use a couple of different ways to create the creamy concoctions with fresh, local ingredients (hopefully fresh organic strawberries!), and let’s make a non-dairy sorbet too! The kids also will help Ana with a fun art project—a dairy cow for store display! For ages 4–10 years old.

RSVP required. Call or register at the store customer service desk.

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers.

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Zuccardi wine tasting—Rochester - POSTPONED

From: September 27, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm

Location: MMP community room—above PFC

With: Greg Norton from Bourget Imports

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the customer service desk at 507-289-9061.

Zuccardi vineyard, the largest family owned independent winery in Mendoza, will be featured by Greg Norton from Bourget Imports. If you are interested in exploring the world of Argentinian wines, come try some of the most respected, reputable wines from the region. 

Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers.

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