Presently in the green community, there is a lot of emphasis on renewable energy. Though most within the community like it when their preferred form of energy is taken seriously and utilized on a massive scale, such as solar cities and mega solar farms, it still must be recognized that all the smaller renewable energy endeavors mean just as much. For example, because of solar energy, both Peru and Bangladesh are able to provide electricity for free to their people, especially the poorest ones. Not to mention, renewable energy has been used for other important tasks besides electricity, such as water distilling.
In this instance, the small endeavor renewable energy accomplished is helping a small Ohio bakery emphasize local products. As a matter of fact, the business wants to be 100 percent off the grid.
This quaint bakery is known as the Village Bakery and Cafe. Located in Athens, Ohio, they are leading the charge for resilient food and energy economy for the state. In order to do this, they commit to bringing the freshest and most delicious sustainably-grown ingredients for their foods, and their menu reflects what is in season. Along with their bakery, they have a grocery, a wood-fired bake house called Della Zona that bakes pizzas, and a coffee house known as Catalyst Cafe.
However, what is accumulating a lot of chatter among the green communities is the fact the Village Bakery and Cafe is doing all they can to completely run on renewable energy. They want to be 100 percent off the grid. This includes a geothermal unit to help keep energy costs down, solar panels, and using Energy Star utilities, as reported by The Athens Messenger.
Christine Hughes and Bob O’Neil, owners of the Village Bakery and Cafe, made a statement supporting such an endeavor.
“Bit by bit, we’re cutting back our fossil fuel dependence and our goal is to be 100 percent run on renewable energy.”
Presently, the Village Bakery and Cafe is halfway to their goal. They expect to reach it by 2017. But for now, they are just doing their best, taking one step at a time. And to help celebrate, they are featuring a product for the month of August called the Solar Cookie. It should also be noted the cookie is actually sponsored by local partnerships with The Messenger and Appalachian Center for Economics Network. But the sponsor that truly sums up the Village Bakery and Cafe’s mission is Third Sun Solar.
The Village Bakery and Cafe is located at 268 E. State St. Athens, Ohio. It is just tucked away under a broad overhang to help keep it cool when the days become hot.
[Featured Image via Village Bakery and Cafe, Post Image via John Halley/The Messenger]