Friday, 07 July 2017 04:43

Café Terra an oasis in Eastend

Written by  Andrea Carol
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Tucked away on the west side of Pottery Street in Eastend, just southwest of Swift Current, is Café Terra.

This quaint café, all three tables of it opened in July 2016. The peaceful garden that lines the sidewalk surrounds the gently restored home. Along its walls, and underfoot on the deck, lodgepole pine wood from Cypress Hills creates the patchwork exterior. Through the doorway, you can see shelves lined with hand-crafted pottery. All unique and versatile and made from clay harvested from the stratified deposits of ‘white mud’ from the ancient hills above the river, you will find mugs, glasses and plates.
Upon entering the nifty café, you can smell the aroma of fresh baked bread and freshly brewed coffee. Meals are served on Whitemud Clay Pottery created by the masterful hand of resident potter Stephen Girard.
“I’ve always mined and resourced my own clay,” says Girard.
He smiled as he sat back and admired the exquisite pottery lined shelves while his wife, Shon Profit steeped some tea and sliced some bread for us in the kitchen.
The warm couple have been creating pottery together for 15 years and have finally found a way to do what they love and make a living at it.
Girard grew up in the small town of Eastend and decided to return to the community to pursue his pottery career after a career in education.
Pottery isn’t all you’ll find in the charming café. Profit can be found busy in the kitchen preparing meals using locally harvested ingredients.
“I love to garden and cook,” says Profit. “Stephen has roasted coffee beans for years.” 
In the back room, you’ll find Girard busy roasting coffee beans that he brings in from around the globe and the great part is that it is always served in a finely-crafted pottery mug. You can even find the coffees of the world served at the Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon just a stone’s throw down the highway.
The socially conscious couple go out of their way to be environmentally responsible.
From composting used napkins to using re-purposed materials to renovate the once degenerative building, there is so much that mother nature will thank this clever couple for.
From start to finish, this holistic, all-natural café is good for your chi, will stimulate all your senses and will tantalize your palates with wholesome all-natural foods, teas and coffee beans. It’s culinary and medicinal all in one.
After having a bite, you can experience a studio tour and shop in the gallery or you can join in on the weekly reading group.
This local and environmentally responsible cafe will have you coming back for more and you will be sure to experience the earth and all its bounties when you are there.

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