Bathurst business: Mad Season Cafe has no winter slump in customers

HEARTY: Mad Season Cafe owners Ryan Valentine Smith and Queenie Green say winter is a busy time for business. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 060418csoup1
HEARTY: Mad Season Cafe owners Ryan Valentine Smith and Queenie Green say winter is a busy time for business. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 060418csoup1

WINTER might be a time when many people dare to venture outside, but the owners of Mad Season Cafe say demand by customers has spurred on a fresh new business idea.

The local wholefood cafe uses a range of Bathurst region produce right across the year, but cafe owners Queenie Green and Ryan Valentine Smith say there is room for growth.

“Lots and lots of customers asked us to open on a Monday and just through talking to them they said they wanted soup,” Ms Green said.

So soup it is. Each Monday the cafe will be a dedicated soup kitchen and serve up four varieties full of local ingredients and home made stock.

“Everything is locally sourced … they’re all Bathurst based and one is a local organic producer,” Ms Green said. “Soup is served up with local sourdough or gluten free bread from Akehurst Bakery in Blayney.”

And, winter is the perfect time to taste the “amazing” local produce, including: root vegetables, pumpkin, carrots, cabbage and broccoli.

“Winter is not quiet for us, we’ve always been a cold weather cafe,” Ms Green said.

“Customers feel at home here, it’s nice and quiet and it’s not in a shopping centre.”

Mad Season Cafe is open from 11am-2pm each Monday, including on the public holiday.