The Riverwest Co-op supports local growers and producers whenever possible. Here are a few of the local producers whose products you can find on our shelves.
The farms we get our produce from include: Produce with a Purpose, Rainbow Sprouts Farm, Springdale Farm, and urban farms Walnut Way Conservation Corps, Growing Power, LotFotL Community Farm and Teens Grow Greens. Blue Fortune Farm makes fermented black garlic. More local producers added seasonally. Here is a good chart of Wisconsin seasonal produce!
When it comes to locally sourced dairy, Wisconsinites are spoiled for choice. Our cheeses include the fine products made by Valley View of Ellsworth, Clock Shadow Creamery (right here in Milwaukee), Sartori, La Clare Farms and Crave Brothers. Rochdale Farms and Nordic Creamery supply our butter. Westby Co-operative Creamery supplies yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese. Castle Rock Dairy supplies milk in glass bottles ($2 deposit) to cut down on waste. Organic Valley, originally a producer co-operative from La Farge, Wisconsin and now nation-wide, supplies us with milk, soy milk and more.
We get our eggs from Growing Power and Yuppie Hill, Pullet eggs, when available.
Tofu and tempeh come from The Simple Soyman out of Milwaukee.
In the frozen goods section, Purple Door Ice Cream is made right here in Milwaukee. A portion of their profits goes to providing milk to homeless shelters. Cedar Teeth Pizza located in Bay View, make delicious frozen pizzas. Stella’s makes Upper Peninsula style pasties. Wilson Meat Farms sources our bacon and Wisconsin Meadows our grass-fed ground beef
Nature’s Bakery Co-op out of Madison makes veggie burgers and pitas, while Wild Flour Bakery fills our daily breads. New to the Co-op, One Love Bread, freshly baked sourdough bread delivered weekly from Withee, Wi
Local grocer and manufacturer El Rey makes the tortillas, salsas and tortilla chips we carry.
On our canned-goods shelf, you can find pickled and fermented products from Drumlin Community Farm Producer Co-op, East Shore specialty goods (mustards from Hartland, Wisconsin). Kallas Honey Farm provides us with mustards, maple syrups, barbeque sauces and, of course, honey. We also get honey from beekeeper Leo Pfennig and the Wisconsin Honey Co-operative. We carry hot sauce from Man’s Best Friend and pasta from RP’s out of Madison.