Homegrown is a funky cafe, supporting local farmers using organic products. The cafe also doubles as a clothes and organic grocer. A real find in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, make the effort to stop by and enjoy a coffee grown here in Queensland.
Palmwoods is 15 minutes off the Bruce Highway, a small town that most drive through to get to Montville. After living in the city for ten years, Roy still needs his coffee fix in the mornings. If we are heading to the coast to pick up supplies for the farm we stop at our favourite cafe, Homegrown to get a takeaway coffee for him and a tea for me. Usually we cant help but also buy one of the homemade treats displayed on the counter. My personal favourite is the house carrot cake which is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy free.
Homegrown cafe supports local farmers, by using ingredients sourced from a 150km radius, to serve up on their tables. Many of the ingredients are grown in their own backyards. Neighbors, friends and loyal customers of the cafe, drop off gluts of seasonal produce for them to use. A map on the wall, shows off where the products come from.
Owner Sarah has teamed up with Renae from Concious Being, who displays a range of organic pantry items, and Katie from Cotton & Cloud has a corner of clothes and funky buttons, stockings and gift cards.
Breakfast is served up daily at 8am, organic muesli, scrambled eggs (my personal favourite) or eggs in tomato with the option to add bacon.
Coffee is sourced from Mount Tambourine where it is grown and harvested. After doing some serious research for a good cup of coffee in Palmwoods and Montville, Homegrown is the best we have found.
Once sitting down at a table, there are endless food magazines to browse through and the daily newspapers ready for you to read. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, homegrown is a great place to start, the staff are all passionate about food and using organic produce.
The tables have hand-picked native flowers in jars, local olive oil, balsamic vinegar. You feel as if you are at your own kitchen table at home. The kids even have a small table with colouring pencils, paper and a tub of home-made – play-dough, which has not been artificially coloured.
The lunch menu features: in-house hand-made papadelle with tomato, olives & feta, seasonal hearty soup with hand-made flat bread which is baked daily, and daily specials this week it is a beef tagine served up with quinoa. The menu changes with the season and when produce is available, using organic where possible.