Seeds Harvesting Community & Connection
Marketing Manager Katie Lazor says, “Seeds Library Cafe is an exciting collaboration between the Boulder County Farmers Markets non-profit and the Main Boulder Public Library. We are a year-round café focused on local agriculture, with a commitment to connect people with their food and drink through local sourcing, education and events. We’re a voice for local agriculture, a reflection of our unique community, and a meeting place for collaboration.”
Current local sourcing partners include Ela Family Farms, Monroe Organic Farm, Rocky Mountain Fresh, Jodar Farms, Aspen Moon Farm, Ollin Farms, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and Breadworks Bakery.
BOULDER FARMERS MARKET
Along with locally-sourced ingredients, café goers can scope out the Marketplace, a section where local items from the farmers market are available for purchase.
“In the Marketplace (our to-go cooler), we also source fresh, bagged produce from the farmers market, like cherry tomatoes, bags of spinach, a bunch of radishes, etc.,” says Lazor.
The Marketplace does more than just provide library patrons with fresh produce, dairy and proteins directly from the small, family farms that set up shop at the Boulder Farmers Market; it extends the farmers’ voice (and that of agriculture) to a city hub.
“It’s a snapshot of what’s in season locally,” says Lazor.
Breakfast items off the menu include the Market Breakfast Burrito, which contains farmfresh eggs scrambled and wrapped with veggies ($4.99), Muffins ($2.99) and Scones ($1.99). There’s also a full coffee bar sourced with Silver Canyon Coffee, which is roasted in Boulder, Colorado. Other items on the Seeds menu include the Market Beet salad ($5.99), Maple-Glazed Ham & Cheese on a Challah ($7.99) and freshly made, seasonal soups ($4.99 bowl).
Even the little ones can get in on the action. Seeds may very well have the healthiest kids menu in Boulder with items like the Sunflower Sammie which is a sunflower seed spread with apple butter ($3.99) and Little Dippers which are veggie sticks and bread bites served with housemade hummus ($3.99).
Seeds also partners with Bridge House—an organization that provides 70,000 meals a year to homeless men and women in Boulder—to create its soups and assist with catering needs. Bridge House receives produce selected by Seeds, prepares soups and sides, and delivers them back to Seeds (at least two seasonal soups are served daily). The soups and sides are prepared by men and women participating in Bridge House’s Ready-To-Work program.
“It’s truly a team effort,” says Lazor. “They’re always there to jump in and help us. We really believe in what they do, and it’s great that we can help support homeless transition back into the workforce.”
MAIN BOULDER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Since opening, Seeds will continue to go through several more phases. It’s still fine-tuning its local sourcing and curating food items. In addition to its catering launch this month, other educational workshops, panel talks and film screenings in Canyon Theatre will be in full effect. Last month’s theme was water; topics will continue to rotate throughout the year. The main focus is to connect people to local agriculture. Look for an upcoming collaboration with farmers and story time in the form of picnics. Pop up dinners may also be in the works.
Brian Coppom, Executive Director of Boulder County Farmers Markets, says, “Eating locally is about much more than the need to be nourished. It’s also about our need for community and connection. We’re excited to tie together all of these qualities with the café, and to support the local food system by sourcing the vast majority of the food from local growers and processors.”
“It’s really nice to see in your sandwich how the bread is sourced locally, the chicken and even the pesto,” Lazor says. “Our hope is that everyone who comes here learns something about the food we’re eating.”