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. Setting up each Saturday outdoors, Genie Harden assembles an array of locally grown fresh salad greens which can be augmented with organically grown Kenearly Yellow-Eye Beans, Purple Karma Hulless Barley, Garbanzo beans and seasonal veggies. Sauces include pesto, cilantro, spicy carrot, asian peanut, tahini, yogurt with toasted cumin and honey mustard vinaigrette. Genie also spearheads 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 our new Locavore Hamburger Luncheon featuring locally and ethically raised beef.
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.
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 washing and chopping veggies (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.