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[Blank Page Café • Shelburne (1/3)] “This café is a farm-to-table inspired ‘pop up’ coffee shop that was an idea that hatched in my brain in 2013 when I moved up to Vermont from Connecticut where I grew up to pursue farming. Previous to that, I was a bond trader, so I made a pretty significant life change, if you will.
What brought me to farming was a really strong passion and interest in performance-based living vis-à-vis food. I wanted to really understand how the food that we eat affects how we show up in the world on a daily basis: sleep quality, emotional state, clarity of thought… everything that exists in the spectrum of the human condition. From there I got interested in the politics of the food system we've found ourselves in.
For me, it was about getting back to the origin, the foundation of food, which for me was farming. Learning how to farm was important to build upon my other interests. When I moved up here and I started farming, I was blown away by this new world that I was being exposed to and learning a lot from. The types of people that were involved in this movement were special and unique and talented and smart and capable, so I gravitated to this new community, this new movement, in a big way.
I had the idea for Blank Page Café because I found that there wasn't a place in the Burlington area that embodied all my values, which were high-quality food, a really strong coffee program, and also gluten-free and grain-free baking. That was something that was lacking up here then. That's when the idea launched.
Between then and today, I spent some time farming in California on the Central Coast and Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Being involved in the regenerative food movement in that region deepened my appreciation and gave me a renewed a sense of inspiration when I thought about coffee and this third wave coffee movement that's been happening. I saw a lot of parallels between what was happening with food and what was happening with coffee.” - Mike Proia
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- redhousevtLove this! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
- rachel_rondeauAwesome shot and write up!
- activevtExcellent! You're making me thirsty and hungry, Mike. I sure hope to be by soon.
- nakedacrefarmLook at that beard!!! Good work.
- mindyelmergreenYes! My favorite place in town...
- blankpagecafe@nakedacrefarm thanks dude! Would love to see you soon and compare!!! 😘
- mrosebakerI'd come back just for that face!
- ginauconnGreat pic
- ginauconnWonderful writeup!
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