By Ellyn Kershner
For Pam Moseley, owner of Wholesome Food Café & Catering, eating healthy is a “way of life.”
Moseley opened the café, one of the newest additions to the Kutztown community, on Aug. 8, 2013. Students, faculty, and members of the community are highly interested in this new venue, which offers a unique outlet for healthy eaters.
Moseley saw a need for natural foods in the Kutztown community, where healthy food venues are lacking. Second Nature, Global Libations, and Subway are three healthier food venues popular in the community, but are still limited in what they offer.
Wholesome Food Café took the place of A Taste of Crepes on Main Street. The café is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Healthy food is a very important part of the Moseley family’s business. The organic process begins at the family’s farm, where the meat they raise is grass fed Angus beef. Moseley said, “We try to incorporate organics and natural meats and produce in our personal daily diet.”
Café customers vary from students, members of the community, vegetarians, and more. Although there is no specific target audience for the café, “the student population is definitely an added bonus.” Moseley said.
One returning customer, Jacob Riddle, a 28 year old resident of Kutztown, commented on the café in the community. “It definitely filled a gap for natural, actually whole foods, as opposed to the sloppy, greasy foods that are typical of college towns,” he said. His favorite food on the menu is the Pesto Chicken Wrap for $6.50.
Owners of the Firefly Bookstore in Kutztown frequently eat at Wholesome Food. “We are very happy to have another great restaurant for lunches in downtown Kutztown,” said co-owner Matthew Williams.
Student organizations are showing interest in the new venue as well.
Kutztown’s VEG Club was happy to hear about the new café, which accommodates their need for non-animal products.
President, Lou Ryan, was slightly disappointed in the café’s menu, but added Wholesome Food Café to the “VEG Guide” of vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants.
The people of Kutztown are expressing a growing enthusiasm for healthy food venues and concern for their personal nutrition.
One student athlete, Andrew Wesner, said, “Eating healthy is essential to every athlete, because if you eat good, you feel good, and will perform better.” Wesner is a junior business major and member of the university’s wrestling team.
Scott Bradshaw, a health and wellness professor at Kutztown, commented on the campus’s limited healthy options. “Most seem very high in carbs” he said. Bradshaw believes that students can eat healthy “with a little planning and some basic education.”
In the future, Moseley would like to hold dinners once a month and donate the proceeds to a local charity.
Most of all, Moseley enjoys meeting new people and cultivating relationships. According to the family’s positive feedback from residents, students and businesses, the community is happy to have them.