Part of the Warren County Food Hub, Warren FoodWorks is a Main Street gathering space, café, store, and community kitchen that connects consumers to healthy local food and the farmers who produce it.
- a bakery cafe, operated by tenant venture Lloyd’s Bakery
- a shared-use commercial kitchen, for rent to food entrepreneurs on an hourly basis
- a gathering place for community events, such as First Friday Main Street Poetry Show
- a small retail food market featuring local meat and specialty local foods you can’t find elsewhere in the area
- catering for meetings and events
- a historic and beautiful event space for rent for private parties and meetings
- an occasional series of tastings, farmer meetings and cooking demonstrations
Located in a recently renovated historic building in the center of downtown Warrenton, FoodWorks serves as a vital third place—a term coined by Ray Oldenberg to describe places that are neither home nor work, but that are critical to fostering interaction (and creative problem solving) in a community. We want to provide a home in the center of town for those looking for a comfortable place to read the paper (we often have the recent Sunday NY Times!), work on your laptop (using our free wireless internet), strike up a conversation with someone new, or to catch up with a friend.
FoodWorks is an accessible venue where local/regional artists can share their work and a place where community members can propose and instigate happenings of various sorts. We want to help foster a community conversation in Warren County and across the region about the interconnections between the economy, health, the environment and community quality of life. In a small community that is often portrayed as “economically distressed,” we also want to be a model of what is possible.
We believe that the exchange of goods and services–and especially food–should improve quality of life and ecological health in a community, not lead to the erosion of local character or resilience. By helping to rebuild local and regional food networks, Warren FoodWorks seeks to be a connector between local farmers and local consumers and to help extend to the local food movement into rural, low-income communities.