Blue Moon originator, owner and chief force, Kath Gallant got her inspiration for her market while visiting a friend in Oregon who was selling her organic produce to stores in Beaverton and Portland. Everything clicked when she visited the Seattle Open Market.
Then the dream began. The idea of consolidating all the tools and ingredients necessary for providing a family with healthy, nutritious meals in one place was overpowering.
Kath would bring her vision to Exeter, New Hampshire and open The Blue Moon in 1995. It was an instant success, but Kath didn't stop there. She availed herself of any food and market-related information as well as annual trips to National Natural Food Show's Industry Workshops. She has also kept up with Women in Business and other management training venues. In short, Kath is determined to be the best in her field and she's certainly following that path.
A few of the awards Blue Moon Café has recently garnered:
- Best of New Hampshire
- Billy Costa's Gold Plate Award
- Best of 2009 Natural Food Store & Vegetarian Restaurant
Not one to shirk community involvement, Kath spends about 30% of her time in volunteer activities such as organizing cooking classes at a local teen center and providing meals for various fund-raising activities.
Right now, she is running Tuesday Night Soup Classes at the Market. This is a series of four sessions, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Each class costs $40.00 and participants should bring their favorite soup pot (1 gallon minimum) and prep knife. The ingredients are supplied and after the fun of learning from Kath you will go home with a pot of freshly prepared soup - enough for 6-8 hungry people. Too bad the Internet doesn't have scratch and sniff, but imagination does pretty well.
The remaining classes are:
- The Art of Minestrone - March 9th. the classic Italian recipe
- For the Love of Chili - March 16th, Pinto, corn and sweet potato chili
- Cheers for chowder - March 23rd, Savory potato corn chowder
Advance registration and payment are required. Call 778-6850 for a reservation.
Blue Moon Market, Café and Yoga, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH 03833
Clifford Street is one-way, so check this Google Map to plan your route.
Link to Blue Moon Café