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As the Green Owl Café evolves and develops, we are learning much from our local food vendors. We learn about their food, how it is produced and the best ways to handle and serve it. And we can trust that it is produced with dedication to quality.

Here is a sampling of some of our local providers:  

Cha Cha Tea is a locally owned tea company based online. With a passion for whole leaf organic teas, Cha Cha Tea purchases directly from the tea farmers and provides our customers with the tea story that makes us feel connected to our consumers. Tea is a way of life for Cha Cha Tea Company and slowing down to enjoy a good cup goes hand in hand with enjoying a delicious meal.

The Simple Soyman has been producing high quality soy foods in Milwaukee, for over 25 years. They use locally grown, organic soybeans to make fresh tofus and tempeh, which they sell under the Bountiful Bean label in coops and natural food stores throughout the Madison and Milwaukee areas. They also furnish their products to the Green Owl Café so patrons can enjoy excellent quality, locally produced soy products.  

Quinn Quirk’s North Shore Orchard in Belleville, Wisconsin, is one of the area’s best-kept secrets.  Since he and his wife Betty stopped selling their apples at farmers’ markets, customers have to travel to Belleville and find the orchard amidst the suburban homes that border Belleville’s lake. Quirk provides his succulent rhubarb and a wide variety of apples to the Green Owl Café. Many of Quirk’s cultivars are unique to his orchard. He grafts apples onto root stock in order to establish varieties developed elsewhere to grow in his orchard.   Quinn’s passion for growing apples is evident when you drive by his homestead which has more apple trees per square foot than any other orchard. He and his wife Betty sell from their home at 7104 North Shore Drive on Saturdays during the season. In 2010, will be open starting Aug. 14 featuring his Gingergold cultivar and other early varieties.  



Sprouting Acres in Cambridge, Wisconsin will be providing The Green Owl Cafe with a CSA share this season. Farmer Andy is a chef as well as an organic farmer. He as worked in some of the finest restaurants in Madison. Andy continues to cook around Madison in some of the off seasons as well as instruct cooking classes. In addition to CSA shares, Sprouting Acres also sells their produce at Madison's Tuesday East Side Farmers Market and Saturday Capitol Square Farmers Market.

Drumlin Gardens in Fitchburg is a unique and vibrant local vendor. It comprises more than 40 families working together to provide roughly 1.5 acres divided into family-size garden plots rented out on a sliding-scale basis, and two acres of larger plots managed cooperatively where crops are grown for the South Madison Farmers Market and local restaurants, all of it managed in an environmentally responsible fashion that's about as organic as can be.   Besides hands-on experience in sustainable, small-scale urban agriculture, the garden partners with neighborhood organizations to educate families and youngsters in sustainable food production, and offers workshops in some of our rural traditions like composting, canning and making meals from scratch.  

Capellaro Gardens The restaurant owner's parents live in the fertile land outside of New Glarus. Helen and Bill Capellaro have been hobby gardening for almost a half century. Every fall, they vow to cut back and every spring they are seduced by seed catalogs to plant more varieties of vegetables. They furnish heirloom tomatoes, herbs, beans and cucumbers to the Green Owl Café when they are in season.  

Blue Skies Berry Farm is a “farmette with a cause” in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. The cause is to introduce kids to good food and a healthy lifestyle. Farmer Paul Maki and his wife Louise provide the community with a wealth of specialty and heirloom vegetable varieties, the crown jewel being its you-pick raspberries.  Their luscious berries are often an inspiring force in Green Owl Café's desserts.  

Yahara Bay, Madison’s first legal distillery, produces the vodka, rum, gin, brandy and limoncello enjoyed by Green Owl patrons. Proprietor and Chief Distiller, Nick Quint and his associates search the state to find grains, fruits, and herbs cultivated by local growers to make their premium spirits. All of their products are hand-crafted in small batches creating a world-class taste with local roots.


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