A new cafe and retail store that will both feed the public and provide employment for local youth opened today in Brunswick Landing.

New Beet Market, 25 Burbank Ave., is a “low-profit” LLC enterprise with the motto “Local Food on a Mission.” Many of the ingredients on its menu are grown by student-entrepreneurs from the cafe’s partner nonprofits, Seeds of Independence and Harpswell Coastal Academy, and the rest are purchased from local farmers. The majority of the earnings from the cafe go to the nonprofits as well.

The cafe serves both breakfast (think baked goods, yogurt parfaits and breakfast sandwiches) and lunch, which includes sandwiches, hot paninis, hot salads, and a daily choice of protein-based or vegetarian soups.

Food is prepared from scratch, including the cafe’s signature “New Beet Chips,” shaved beets deep fried and coated in spices. Most of the produce is sourced from the Market Garden, a vegetable and herb garden in the cafe’s front yard that’s run by Seeds of Independence, and a student-run fruit and vegetable farm at Harpswell Coastal Academy.

The cafe will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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