There are so many items that are heavily processed — items that loosely fit the description “food” since they are mostly by processing the real food right out of them — and the companies that make these foods spend more to market these items than what they spend for the ingredients that go into them. Now let’s look at the lowly beet…delicious to many, unknown entirely to many more…who is speaking up for the beet, and for the beet farmer? Well the Community Alliance With Family Farmers (CAFF) is one of the organizations that is working on this very issue. And — our very own Erin Derden-Little is at the forefront of this effort. Erin leads the Know Your Farmer and Farm to Cafeteria Programs in the Humboldt Region. One of the things those big-time marketing agencies knows is that you must make it as easy as possible for people to purchase you product — and Erin has been working hard to make this a reality in Humboldt. To find out more, check out the website for CAFF — and listen to the interview with Erin.
I first met Margo at the Potowat holiday crafts sale (if you haven’t been to this event — it is a Must Do for this year) — in the midst of handcrafted jewelry, paintings and other artwork for sale — I tracked down the food items. Yep — you know it, I’m all about the food. So after popping in to say hello to Lee Ann Duclo from Oceanside Jams, I weaved through the aisles, bought a set of 3 T-shirts (Got Salmon?; Got Seaweed?; Got Acorns?) and then saw Margo. She was selling Instant Acorn Soup mix! For those of us who don’t want to gather, sort, dry, grind, leach, etc etc etc — Margo has done it all for us! She also makes and sells teas and some of her handcrafted jewelry.
With a name like Cafe Nooner, you have to expect a wink wink, nudge nudge — but talking to Joe and Lorrena Filgas we find that this next generation has no idea what we are talking about — both with the idea of a “nooner” and what the heck wink wink, nudge nudge means. When they bought the restaurant they had full intentions of changing the name — but as it turns out, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. And so Cafe Nooner soon spawned a Cafe Nooner 2 down in Hendersen Center — and when Food Network star Guy Fieri returned to his home town to record a local version of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, one of his stops was right here at Cafe Nooner.
I can personally vouch for many of the items on the menu — however my favorite are the burgers. Be sure to stop in and let them know…there are still those of us who know what a “nooner” is…!