Café La Grange

food535x400May 23

Let’s hope I can pull something together for May 27th.  I have my doubts but I’m still trying!

 

Much love,

Genie

 

 

Café La Grange is a fundraising project sponsored by Spencer Creek Grange to coincide with Spencer Creek Community Growers’ Market during market hours. The Café serves the community by offering healthful lunches made mostly from locally and sustainably produced ingredients, and by educating the public on the tempting possibility of switching to a diet which is not only healthful and delicious but supports our local economy while divesting from harmful industrialized farming methods. The meals are surprisingly affordable considering the quality of the ingredients. After covering costs of ingredients and production, the proceeds are split between the grange and the market (two separate non-profit business entities).

Most everything on the menu is vegetarian, much is vegan and gluten free, and rarely we feature meat meals. Genie Harden has been dishing up the soups, salads, bready items and coffee for your pleasure at the market, while also spearheading the locally famous Very Berry Pancake Breakfast, (one of Spencer Creek Grange’s most successful fundraisers), salmon chowder at the Harvest Fair in October, and now our new Locavore Hamburger Luncheon featuring locally and ethically raised beef.

The Ingredients

Because we love and respect our planet, our locale, and our neighbors, the ingredients are sourced with meticulous care. We make bulk purchases from Hummingbird Wholesale and purchase fresh produce from our own growers at our own market. We also buy from farmers selling at other local markets or through The Kiva.

A list of staple ingredients used at Café La Grange
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (organic) – made in California by an historic apple cannery that has been turning out apple sauce, juice and vinegar for over 90 years. Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Baking Powder – Rumford Baking Powder (aluminum and GMO free).
  • Butter – available for your bready items, Organic Valley or Mother’s (Oregon)
  • Coffee – Cafe Mam organic, fair trade, shade grown and roasted here in house!
  • Corn Meal – Oregon-grown, organic yellow (stone-milled from whole “Red Cob” corn in Burlington, Washington). Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Flax Seeds – organic golden flax seeds from Deck Family Farm
  • Half and Half – Organic Valley, a farmer owned cooperative of small farmers
  • Honey – Willamette Valley, sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Olive oil – Gold Medal Award Winning Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from Arbequina olives grown by Polit Farms in California. Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Raisins – sun dried, organic Thompson raisins from California. Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Sesame Seeds – Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Sesame Tahini – Al Wadi brand from Lebanon
  • Sugar – Organic , unrefined, EcoSocial Certified by IBD, a 100% Brazilian certifier.
  • Sunflower Oil – Organic, expeller pressed and refined. Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
  • Tea – Organic peppermint or black blend
  • Whole Wheat Bread Flour – Heirloom varietal Red Fife Whole Wheat Flour grown at Hunton’s Farm just south of Junction City, milled at Camas Country Mill. Sometimes organic, sometimes not. Sourced through Hummingbird Wholesale.
Our Menu
Freshly Baked Items ($1.50 each):
  • Bread rolls – whole wheat bread flour, water, and salt. (The yeast is a naturally occurring wild yeast cultivated especially for Cafe La Grange). Raisins and cinnamon in the raisin rolls.
  • Corn Bread (wheat free) – corn meal, water, flax seeds, honey, sea salt, chili powder and onions or cinnamon and raisins.

(Baking pans are prepared with sunflower or olive oil and sesame seeds.)

Sauces (which garnish the soup du jour):
  • Spicy Carrot Sauce – Contains locally grown carrots, onion, lemon, and hot pepper, salt, and olive oil.
  • Chevre sauce – Chevre goat cheese with toasted organic cumin seeds and salt.
  • Basil Pesto or Cilantro Pesto sauce – Locally produced basil or cilantro, olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt.
Salad dressings:
  • Honey Mustard Vinaigrette – apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, org. prepared mustard.
  • Tahini – contains organic Al Wadi sesame tahini, organic apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt, honey, toasted sesame oil.
Soups ($2 a cup, $4 a bowl) and Salads ($2 small, $4 large):
  • Locally grown ingredients varying week to week.
Free Lunch Program

There IS such a thing as a free lunch! Volunteer or perform music at our market for just 2 hours and get a free lunch. We need help setting up in the morning (8:30 – 10:30 ish) tearing down in the afternoon (1-3 p.m.), washing dishes in the kitchen anytime, or standing in as our sous chef (8:30 – 10:30 a.m.)  Just contact Genie Harden (541) 341-1709. If you’re interesting in playing music in exchange for a free lunch, contact Rachel or Joy and Martin.