AntFarm takes another step toward a holistic cycle cafe

AntFarm Café and Bakery is taking the next step toward its goal of becoming a nutrition-based educational space throughout the entire day.

On Friday, Feb. 14, AntFarm celebrated the grand opening of its addition of sandwiches for lunch. Members of the community and City Council showed up to join the celebration.

At 7:30 a.m., AntFarm had a ribbon cutting with free coffee and pastries, and despite the early hour, the café was full of regular customers.

“It was wonderful for us,” said Café Manager Susa Lynne. “Because it was so clear the support we had from the community. They helped us get here, and to have them celebrate with us was touching.”

Lynne said that adding sandwiches was always part of the plan. The goal of the café is to be a space where there is a focus on education and nutrition. Eventually, the café will be a farm to table model, the food from AntFarm’s garden feeding into the menu, and the compost from the café feeding back into the garden.

There has been a lot of anticipation for this new step within the community, Lynne said. And a lot of people have been coming in to try the food. One customer reported the café is now the go to place in POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Cafe Manager Susa Lynne said many customers have been coming in to try AntFarms new menu.

In addition to coffee, gelato, pastries and breakfast sandwiches, AntFarm Café and Bakery offers a create-your-own sandwich menu, soup and salad.

When spring comes around, they would like to add smoothies and juices to the menu, Lynne said.

Since the café is still part of AntFarm’s nonprofit organization, everything that comes out of the social enterprise of the café goes back into the other programs AntFarm provides for youth and seniors.

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