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Home cooking with a special twist at Emmetsburg cafe and bakery

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf
news@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 04/28/2012 9:46 PM

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EMMETSBURG, Iowa — If you can imagine it and put some elbow grease and investment behind the dream it can become a reality. Just ask Harn Soper and his family. The Sopers have set high goals for their new business, the New Shoots Farm Store, Bakery & Cafe that opened March 1.

Located on the town square in a building constructed in 1904 that once housed a grocery, barbershop and hardware store. The building was eventually converted to the McNally Bakery. Soper Farms purchased the building and business in 2011. At that time a complete remodeling job began.

When it opened, the decor combined the old with the new. The brick walls were kept along with the many windows that let in plenty of natural light.

Costumers can enjoy a cup of coffee with one of their many pastries, a roasted beet salad for lunch or enjoy a dinner menu that defines "Home Cooking With A Twist."

The business employs over a dozen staff, including the previous bakery owner, Kim Mammen.

New Shoots draws from the Sopers long history in the Emmetsburg area. There also is a look toward the future. Thus the slogan "deep roots...new shoots" as they venture into organic farming and a bakery, farm store and cafe to sell all organic produce and all natural grass-fed livestock and pasture-raised chickens. All livestock and poultry are grown on Soper land.

"The goal of the New Shoots Farm Store, Bakery & Cafe is to serve fresh, natural local food that we produce ourselves with the addition of fresh local food from our Iowa neighbors," said Soper. "We strive to achieve the highest nutritional value possible in all our food with inviting presentation and chef specials that follow the seasons."

That means the menu is seasonal. There are times when New Shoots will have to supplement from other sources. At all times it is the shortest time possible between the farm and plate. Menu items include locally cured bacon, cheeses and wines.

Fresh vegetables are combined with grass-fed Black Angus beef and pasture-raised chickens to create a special menu.

Menu items have local county and town names. Breakfast items are named Emmet, Palo Alto, O'Brien, Sioux and Cherokee. The latter breakfast features a Crème Brule dipped banana nut bread French toast, maple syrup and berry coulis.

Breads and pastries are made from scratch on site daily. Breads can also be purchased at the Farm Store. Honey oat wheat bread is the most popular. Sourdough and different types of hard-crusted breads are also available along with croissants, (plain, chocolate filled or fruit), cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes and scones.

The farm store offers take-along meals; local vegetables, cheeses, poultry, beef, Iowa wines as well as a collection of local Iowa produced gift items.