Local Eats: Conscious Community
Edmond’s newest farm-to-table restaurant has deep roots in the farming community. Jennifer and Chris Webster own the Conscious Community Co-op, and they are pleased to bring fresh dining to Edmond at their Conscious Community Cafe. Their restaurant, which opened late July, is located where The Real Cafe used to be.
In a fresh, comfortable, and open dining space, this new cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up some familiar and unique recipes, from biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls to pot roast and pork chop dinners.
Local Farm Fresh Ingredients
Jennifer said the co-op has over 120 providers, and all the ingredients are sourced from the co-op. She loves basing the cafe’s menu off of the farmers’ plentiful harvest.
“For a long time, farmers have been in the shadows underappreciated,” Jennifer said. “When you can sit down and know that everything we have for sale is being used in the restaurant, so you are paying your neighbor’s bills, not some big box corporation thousands of miles away. You are impacting people right here.”
The full menu goes live in August, which includes dishes on the current menu such as Ratatouille, Chicken Alfredo, and Burger Sliders. Truffles and cupcakes are also a highlight for the cafe, and they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The cafe’s drink menu includes decorative lattes, hot and cold teas, juices from Beetroot OKC juices, and more. The cafe opens up to a wide dining area, with a pantry that leads out to an expansive patio where wood-crafted chairs are also sold.
Serving More Than Delicious Dishes
The pantry serves as a small farmers market inside the cafe. It features all of the ingredients in the kitchen and several of the co-op’s offerings. While customers wait for their table, or before leaving the cafe, they can purchase fresh produce, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, salsas, coffee, granola, milk and cream, pies, and much more. The pantry also offers a selection of products from other local restaurants.
In the fall, Jennifer plans to expand the pantry, opening it up into a full outdoor farmers market. Future developments for the cafe also include building a community garden outside, near the patio.
“One of the things about farm to table is I want people to experience it, it’s not just come, pick up your menu, order your appetizer, your drink, eat for 30 minutes and get the heck out,” Jennifer said. “I want people to linger and enjoy the experience.”
The cafe is open daily for dining or carry-out at 2851 W Edmond Rd. For more information, visit Conscious Community Cafe & Co-Op on Facebook.