Fresh Start Market and Coffeehouse

A market and coffeehouse built and run by youth from the Marion County Juvenile Department is exactly what Salem needs more of. On Center Street NE, next to the Juvenile Courts and Detention Center, Fresh Start looks like a roadside produce stand with picnic benches and signs advertising daily specials. The building and coffee bar are made from recycled wood and glass donated from people in the community and the furnishings were bought through surplus. Inside, half of the space is a produce market with assorted vegetables, tomatoes, zucchini, fruits and berries. The coffeehouse takes up the other half of the space and sells a variety of coffee drinks along with breakfast pastries and sandwiches. For $3.50 the lunch special is a half sandwich with a salad or for $5.25 a full sandwich, chips and a drink. The turkey sandwich is made with your choice of cheese, a nice green leaf of lettuce, onion, pickles and fresh tomato, much better than Subway. The workers are juveniles who have had run-ins with the law and are paying off restitution to their victims. The hope is that these kids will learn skills that will make them more valuable in the working world, giving them confidence to succeed when they become adults. But don't go there only because you feel sorry for a troubled youth, they really do have good food at great prices in a comfortable atmosphere and pick up some fresh veggies for dinner.


Anonymous said...

I've went by this place quite alot, and just never ventured in. I will try and stop by. Looks good, and what a good idea!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the heads up on the fresh veggies! i just thouight it was a coffee place, now i know where to get good, fresh, local grown veggies 2 blocks from my home, thanks!!
ps. and their prices are better than sat/wed markets!!

Anonymous said...

To the Staff at Fresh Start Market: Bravo!

Your place is out of my way, but well worth the effort. Cheers to your continued success in making a difference in the community on so many different levels!

Please do get your name, address, email and phone number posted however-- both on-line and through several directories... reliance on word of mouth is unrealistic! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I work here(:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS PLACE I stop by everyday for the coffee and the food is priced good and taste like you made it at home...that is a good thing!

Chuck Bradley said...

A good and filling FOUR BUCK LUNCH!

I had half a Turkey and Cheddar Sandwich with Tomato, Onion and Lettuce on Whole Wheat Bread and a bowl of Chili with Onion and JalapeƱos. Kowabunga!

These kids do a terrific job and use high quality ingredients.

This bargain ranks right up there with Michelangelo’s $3.99 three topping Pizza among Salem’s best lunch values!