Bookmans Grant is pleased that the people of Food for Ascension Cafe and Avalon Gardens came by to tell us about their restaurant and farm community. They brought along delicious food and tea as well as locally made soap and loofahs. Everyone had a taste of what they are all about.

Food for Ascension

Avalon Gardens began in 1994 as an intentional community in Sedona. In 2007 Avalon relocated to Tumacácori south of Tubac on 220 acres of ranch land. Using ancient techniques they honor the land used for agriculture for centuries. The community also uses innovative technology to achieve minimal waste, including rain and grey water harvesting, solar power and other green building methods as well as composting, recycling and reusing everything they can. Avalon Gardens established the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Arizona.

The idea for a restaurant was 20 years in the making and what began as a juice bar turned into Food for Ascension Cafe located on 4th Ave and 7th St. With a menu offering a variety of dishes made with seasonal plant based ingredients and an ambiance that offers respite from a busy world, Food for Ascension quickly became a favorite spot for those looking for a mindful place to enjoy a well prepared meal. Upon entry one is immediately transported to a warm, friendly environment that, even on its busiest day, seems peaceful and inviting. The food does not disappoint. Whether you are looking for a fresh baked loaf of bread or pastry or a multi-course meal, you will find the selection fresh and creative. The long list of local food purveyors on the chalkboard proves that Food for Ascension goes through a painstaking process to find quality local sources for many of the ingredients.

Next time you are downtown, stop by Food for Ascension Cafe. Also, check out the internship programs available at Avalon Gardens. We encourage you to learn more about where your food comes from. We’re glad we did!