Carrot Hot Cakes

Carrot Pancakes Hot Cakes

A favorite for both the young and young at heart visitors to our café, these hot cakes are packed full of carrot goodness. We serve them topped with cardamon cream cheese and real Vermont maple syrup.

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Sunny Point Café Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp and Grits

Our award-winning shrimp & grits is one of our most requested recipes.

Local food critic Stu Helm, The Food Fan awarded us “Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits” so often that in 2018 he decided to retire the category and give us a Lifetime Achievement Award for “Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits Ever!”

We hope you enjoy creating this for your family and friends at home!

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Strawberry Salad with Local Goat Cheese and a Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Strawberry rhubarb salad

One of the earliest items we harvest out of our on-site garden in the spring is rhubarb. The plants are perennial and come back quickly after our mild winters. By April the plants are lush and we can harvest stalks.

In this light, spring salad, the strawberries are paired with goat cheese and the rhubarb is used in the vinaigrette to provide a nice zest.

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Rosemary Biscuit Napoleon

Biscuit Napoleon

A summertime favorite at Sunny Point Café, when fresh heirloom tomatoes and garden basil are readily available. The rosemary biscuit dough needs to refrigerate overnight, but bakes up quickly making this an easy to assemble flavorful and beautiful dish.

This recipe calls for Pimento Cheese, which we make from scratch in the café.

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How do you deal with squirrels?

Squirrel eating sunflower

We are often asked how we keep squirrels out of the garden. We don’t, instead we distract them. We have found that they absolutely love sunflowers, as do many visiting bids, bees and other insects.

In one word, sunflowers.

Sunflowers are located all around our garden perimeter and periodically throughout the garden. They are terrific companion plants, attracting beneficial insects and have a long bloom season.

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Seeds of all shapes and sizes…

Seedlings

A tiny packet of seeds is full of so much potential…it is truly magic. To make the magic happen requires a certain number of variables, but mostly utilizing common sense and some research can get you through and lead to successful seed starting.

Most seeds, such as tomatoes and basil, need warm soil temperatures in which to germinate well, so we start them under an indoor lighting system before transitioning them outside when temperatures rise. Other seeds, like peas and beets, can be direct sown in the garden in early spring.

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What are the Bottles for?

Garden Bottles

Throughout the garden there are many upside down glass bottles.

What are they for?

The bottles in our garden are covering rebar which is inserted into the ground to prevent our garden staff from inadvertently dragging a watering hose across plants. Rebar alone would present a hazard, so the glass bottles provide a decorative way to safely cover the metal and as an added bonus the hose slides better across the smooth glass.

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