Fifth Season Cooperative is a full-service, local food broker. Each member class represents a piece of the local food infrastructure. The co-op builds upon what is already here, working alongside of the larger food system. We benefit from years of know-how, instead of spending valuable time re-creating the wheel. The co-op retains the identity of each food product that we sell, connecting the end-user with the farm or processor, putting a face to the food. By doing so, we create added value and support our region.
The co-op supports many family farms, two distributors and eight regional processors. Our buyers are food service businesses comprised of institutions such as hospitals, schools and elder care, restaurants, and grocery chain deli/bakery departments. Fifth Season sells a full product line of 130 items including meats, dairy, fresh produce, dry goods and frozen products. The co-op, in a brokerage role, supports each product from our member producers and processors.
In 2013, Fifth Season began our next developmental phase for the co-op. With the creation of our new, value-added frozen product line the co-op now has it’s first solely-owned food product. This takes the co-op from a broker role into an entrepreneurial role.
The creation of this frozen vegetable value-added line is the next step to building the co-op’s infrastructure. These frozen vegetable blends have a unique profile. They are versatile; created for institutional use with outstanding flavor and quality, excellent nutritionals, and a local flair. Only produce grown in the Driftless Region, on small, family farms, becomes a part of these blends. The names chosen for the first two blends, WI Potato Fusion and Winter Moon Blend (a winter root vegetable mix), relate directly to the unique local flavors within. All of our produce is grown sustainably, without the use of chemicals, and the products are processed “clean”, without added sodium, fat or preservatives. These attributes make our vegetable blends attractive not only to institutional food service, but restaurants and more.
We, at the Fifth Season Cooperative, firmly believe that every food product has a story to tell. We do not simply sell local foods; we educate our buyers, showing them the world beyond our larger food system. The care and pride that goes into every local product is evident through taste, eye appeal, health benefits and its uniqueness.
What more could you ask for?
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OUR UPCOMING EVENTS:
ECO-BELLY Tri-Chef Local Food Cooking Demonstration for an Earth Day Fair
Join us at the Eco-Belly Local Food Demonstration as three local chefs take on local foods! Sample the bounty of our region. Myrick Park will host an Earth Day Fair from 10:00 Am until 5:00 pm. Come and stay for the entire day!
Where: Myrick Park (Earth Day Fair) 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 (608) 784-0303 When: April 27th, 2014 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm http://www.mhecopark.org/event/ecobelly-earth-fair-2014
West Salem Adventurous Eaters Event
This event focuses on motivating students to taste something new. West Salem Schools will provide information about their innovative farm to school program. Fifth Season will have a booth at the event, and will be sampling some unusual local foods to parents and event goers alike.
Where: West Salem Elementary School Address: 475 N Mark Street, West Salem, WI When: April 23rd, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm