Our Community

Welcome to Butter Bakery Cafe. 

Our space includes re-purposed and reclaimed wood, including American elms from the Minneapolis urban forest and a majestic Honey Locust from the Powderhorn Park neighborhood that has become our front window counter and a lovely community gathering table, and fences and posts from reclaimed red cedar telephone poles.

We host two CSA's - Community Supported Agriculture Farms - Turnip Rock, New Auburn Wisconsin, and Big River Farms of Marine-on-St. Croix Minnesota.  We also work with the Youth Farm Market Project to connect you (our customer) directly to real farmers.

We straddle the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhoods of Southwest Minneapolis and have made community connections in much of Southwest Minneapolis.  We support schools, theaters, musicians, and arts organizations through donations, recognition, and volunteer efforts. 

our Zero Waste Goal means that we do intend to reach a point where nothing is trash for a landfill or garbage burner.  We compost all of our food and paper waste, we sort and recycle, reuse and reduce the need for throw-aways.  We celebrate and honor those who are making the switch with us and advocate for easier methods to reduce waste in Minneapolis.

Small batches from scratch. There are no mixes and no massive containers from unknown sources - we make everything from ingredients we handle ourselves and can adjust our batch sizes as we need to. 

our partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative provides us with young adults in an internship setting for a three month period of training in customer service, food handling and developing a strong work ethic.  We are mentors and networkers, helping the young adults who live here in Nicollet Square to get connected to their neighbors and to help the community learn and connect to the residents of this supportive housing program.

our partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative provides us with young adults in an internship setting for a three month period of training in customer service, food handling and developing a strong work ethic.  We are mentors and networkers, helping the young adults who live here in Nicollet Square to get connected to their neighbors and to help the community learn and connect to the residents of this supportive housing program.

Our Community Table was donated by Marie and Gladyce, who are weekly lunch regulars here.  They understand the power of gathering for a meal with friends, the joy of sharing time over a treat, and the beauty of friendship.  The table becomes a work place and meeting site and a family gathering area throughout the week.

Our Coffee and Beverages are designed to be good for you and the world.  We have chosen only Fair Trade and Organic coffees and Teas as a way to undo the damage done by colonizers to the original growers of coffee and tea.  We focus our sodas on the local craft brews to provide a taste that is hard to find outside of Minnesota.

Our Coffee and Beverages are designed to be good for you and the world.  We have chosen only Fair Trade and Organic coffees and Teas as a way to undo the damage done by colonizers to the original growers of coffee and tea.  We focus our sodas on the local craft brews to provide a taste that is hard to find outside of Minnesota.

Community Art adorns our walls.  We provide a rotating gallery for local artists who can show and sell their work without gallery fees.

Food Sourcing finds us opening the back door to lots of small vendors throughout each week.  We gave up the One-Size-Fits-All semi deliveries for personal connections with over a dozen small, independent producers.  We have found a way to bring the local and regional tastes of Minnesota to our shop through carefully choosing family farms and businesses that share our desire to care for the earth and provide high quality, healthy food.

Food Sourcing finds us opening the back door to lots of small vendors throughout each week.  We gave up the One-Size-Fits-All semi deliveries for personal connections with over a dozen small, independent producers.  We have found a way to bring the local and regional tastes of Minnesota to our shop through carefully choosing family farms and businesses that share our desire to care for the earth and provide high quality, healthy food.

As we celebrate one year in our beautiful new space, we have much to be thankful for.  We also have several unfinished projects that need some time or a donation to help them get completed.  Can you help? 

Contact Dan if something on this list catches you. 

 

Music and Events have a new home in our new space! The cramped little dark corner has become a bright, inviting stage space.  We provide a free venue to local musicians nearly every Friday and Saturday evening.  We can now accommodate groups of 20 to 30 for events and look forward to hosting dinners and parties!   Check our calendar at hearitlocal.com or on Facebook for upcoming events.