By Tim Arsenault

A group of volunteers in Vernon hoped to answer that question, as the Vernon Community Café made its debut September 27 in the foyer of the Town Office Building.

Developing a store and café has been outlined as one of Vernon’s goals in the Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Visit process. The Community Café is viewed as an interim step, patterned after a similar idea used by the town of Leyden, Massachusetts, and profiled in a recent Greenfield Recorder article. Town Clerk Tim Arsenault noticed the article, and brought it to Vernon’s Facebook page. Store Task Force chair Annette Roydon called it “a great idea “ and the concept quickly won consensus support of both the members of the task force  and the Selectboard.

Volunteers served coffee, tea, and baked goods prepared by town residents. Aina Lindsted made her world famous blueberry coffeecake as well as cookies; Carol Hammond baked her universally famous doughnutsl and Carolyn Brown baked to die for lemon and rosemary scones. Donations to defray the costs were gratefully accepted. It is hoped that the pop-up “gathering place” will take place monthly until a new store and café are up and running.