Jenny Rusnell and
Adam Andy Weaver are nearly ready to open The Moringa Tree Cafe.
A natural health cafe is likely to open April 1 near downtown Elkhart. Jenny Rusnell moved into the building in February and has her license from the Elkhart County Health Department.
Rusnell has been getting the former Heavenly Brew Cafe, 300 E. Jackson Blvd., ready as The Moringa Tree. “The main focus is basically educating Elkhart on health and natural forms of nourishing your body,” she said.
She plans to serve sandwiches, salads and pizza made with a fermented sourdough crust, she said. But she may start simple and small by serving smoothies and raw juice creations, as well as coffee and tea.
Juice made with carrot and tangelo.
Rusnell has worked in the restaurant or bar business 16 years. The last 10 years or so, she’s been changing her lifestyle to be more healthy, but since her brother’s death four years ago from cancer, she’s been even more focused on that.
She quit her full-time job and has studied massage therapy and nutrition. She’s become a nutrition coach and makes her own remedies and supplements.
She enjoys great food and has learned how to make some of her favorite things more healthy. Now she says she wants to teach others to do that and is planning to have classes at her new business. “I originally wanted a restaurant before I got on a health kick,” she said. When she cooks, she washes organic produce with filtered water and doesn’t use aluminum cookware.
She relies on raw honey to sweeten food rather than processed sugar. And instead of butter or olive oil, she uses coconut oil.
Andy Weaver said he’s been learning alongside Rusnell. “It’s really made it fun,” he said.
Oh, and a Moringa tree grows various spots around the world and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Rusnell with use and serve powder from the tree as well as sell it.
Hours are tentatively 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.