Updated: Dec 29, 2019
November 2016 – FEEL THE WARMTH
It takes a village at this charming coffee shop on Main St. in Oswego.
Celebrating 20 years this past September, the Village Grind is a community treasure. You won’t find Wi-Fi here where owner Jodi Behrens prefers to hear the small town banter. What you will find is a warming quaint cafe to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a piece of pie. It is a place that employees are family and trained to live by the Golden Rule. It is a place that welcomes all and provides the canvas to create your own comfort.
You will often find one of Jodi’s four children or four grandchildren helping out. Daughter Katie bakes up the muffins and cookies. Jodi enjoys being creative in the kitchen and encourages her loyal customers to trust her and try new things on the menu. A variety of bagels and twenty different gourmet cream cheeses are picked up daily. Although the rosemary garlic was delectable, the original on a toasted multi grain bagel topped with the Caprese was our favorite.
The Caprese salad is made with garden fresh tomatoes, cucumber and lots of asiago cheese. Try it with the Black cherry lemonade. If you love a Thanksgiving feast try a lighter version with the Signature sandwich. A croissant is topped with turkey, cranberry relish and crushed pecans and perfectly pairs with a slice of pumpkin pie. All sandwiches come with a side of carrots and ranch dip. Lunch to go is ready all day but sells out quickly. If you want a little something more add a cup of soup. Daily selections change from the sweet and savory green pepper, cream of mushroom, to spicy creamy chicken wild rice.
A favorite memory growing up was our Grandma Schmoker helping out at our family restaurant baking pastries and sweet treats. We are reminded of her as we hear about kind and humble Joanne Johansen (pictured) who shows up daily with piping hot pies and baked goods. Joanne has been baking since the third grade. Make sure to save room to try her blueberry crumb top pie or upside down German chocolate cake while enjoying a hot sweet potato latte served in a locally made mug. Everything here is made and served with love and warmth.
The Village Grind
19 South Main St., Oswego
Village Keeper/Owner: Jodi Behrens