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Pharmacy To Farmacy: Serving Up Fresh Food By AUTUMN NEAL

Nestled in the middle of quaint Main Street in Escalon, there’s a business that’s gone through quite a few changes through the years. The building at the corner of Main and Second first started out as a pharmacy, turned into a café, and now is the regular lunch spot for many working Escalonians and is nearing its one-year anniversary. Meet: the Food Farmacy. Owner Tiffany Early started cooking food at an early age; she can recall making pancakes and scrambled eggs in first grade. Cooking, baking, and the works, it’s all something she’s always been naturally good at doing. “I used to work here when it was Leonardo’s (café),” Early noted of the establishment. “When I used to work

here, people always used to say ‘Oh, I remember when this used to be the pharmacy’.” The building’s latest change from a café to a popular lunch hub has been one of intertwining the old with the new. Whether it be something as big as the name or something as little as a menu option, Early has carefully crafted an atmosphere to bring a modern twist to something beloved by the town. When Leonardo’s went up for sale, Early seized the opportunity to own her own place. Instead of naming it “Tiffany’s Bistro” like some of her supporters encouraged, she decided to dig back into the building’s roots and name it the Food Farmacy. Because she shops for the produce every day and rarely freezes selections,

Early can really embrace the “farm fresh” feel of her eatery. While diners sometimes try to figure out if it’s a cafe, a bistro, a sandwich shop, or something else entirely, the quality of her food is never compromised. “Some of the menu I kept the same because some of the choices were really popular,” she explained, recalling Leonardo’s food selection. “We added flatbreads and build your own burger, more salads, more sandwiches.” They kept favorites so that customers who were apprehensive to try new tastes could relax with what they’re comfortable with. However, Early noted that it’s been fun to watch as people who stuck with what they knew tried some more foods – notably, new additions – and have found new

Tiffany Early proudly presents her local business, which will mark its one-year anniversary in September. The Food Farmacy’s wooden decorations were built by Early’s step-father, promoting the “farm” aesthetic. Photo By Autumn Neal

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