Harmony in Estacada, OR
Today I'm going back a year, to remember a visit to a sweet bakery/cafe a year ago.
Don and I found Harmony on our road trip in Oregon, in 2019. Evidently, Linda Lawrence opened the cozy place in 1984, as a "Community Gathering Place".
This is how the place looked on a sunny day in October.
I saw on the internet, that Linda's niece took over the biz in 2020. Now there are photos showing some seating, in the front. What a rough year to take over a business!
One side of the building was covered in colorful art.
I like to think all the peaceful images and words, are somehow offering protection to this small business.
Here's the menu from a year ago.
"We have a place at our table for everyone." A sweet motto.
Organic, Local, Naturally Grown
A lot of places brag about that these days. But there was a write up on the table to help us learn more.
It was nice to read up on Lisa Fuller and Sister Moon Gardens. I had a feeling that anything we chose for lunch was going to be healthy and fresh!
Reading, Sharing, Visiting
I peeked in the back room when we first arrived. The wall of books and games was welcoming.
There were mostly older locals when I first looked in. A man with a nifty bolo tie and 2 men with walking poles. It looked like a nice crowd and I'm sad to think they probably have not been gathering here, during pandemic days.
Even the restrooms felt welcoming. A little Halloween decor here... a quilt there...
And welcoming door signs! I could enter the door that said "Either..." or the door that said, "...Or". Clever!
I love the idea of eating in a bakery. We were seated in the front room, not far from the sweet smelling bakery case.
I kept eyeing the fat loaves of fresh bread, on the cooling racks.
Donuts and Apple Fritters
I was pretty tempted by the donuts. But it was lunchtime.
Breakfast for Lunch
Don was excited that he had some breakfast options.
His plate looked heavenly with a veggie & cheddar scramble, grilled potatoes and fat pieces of toast, with boysenberry jam!
Tomato Dill Soup!
I couldn't resist soup, on a chilly October day.
The soup was scrumptious, when I topped it with broken pieces of crispy toast. The salad with red onions and tomatoes, was accented with delicate flowers! That won me over.
We grabbed some iced, buttermilk pumpkin bars for the road and headed to the car.
I took one more look at the art. Lettuce Live Together... Shalom, Salaam... Peace...Live... Thank you. This little place deserves to survive this pandemic. I hope to give them some business when we return to Oregon!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.