What used to be a bison farm (On a busy street… in Hadley, MA… !?) is now a farm to table plant-based eatery and fresh market and it makes my heart so happy! In the four days that I was in Western MA, I ate at Pulse Café two times, and I am so looking forward to going back. The second time I was there, I had a chance to talk to the two founders/owners, Ted and Keith, and I’m happy to be able to share of their thoughts (and pictures of the amazing food) here.
Kiki: What is your hope for what Pulse will be able to bring to this community?
Ted: I would say the best that we can hope for is the health of this community; the eight laws that God gave us; sun, temperance, air, nutrition, (LIST) You apply those eight laws, you can treat your temple, which is your body, in a very luxurious manner. If you want to eat hot dogs, twinkles, burgers, soda and chips, it’s not really good for the temple. So what we’re trying to do here is to introduce people to the health message, which is really the Lord’s message.
Keith: I grew up in this area, in Hadley, and for me, I didn’t grow up eating a plant-based diet, I grew up eating cold cuts, meat and everything and after watching many documentaries about changing to a plant based diet and seeing what a difference it made, I realized we really weren’t living, so as I changed over to a plant-based diet and realized how much better I felt, how much clearer I thought, I made better decisions, I realized how much food affects us, as a people. So, for Ted and I, we wanted other people to experience it, and the thing is that we don’t want to push something on somebody, but what we want to do is give someone the opportunity so that they can, with their own free will, come in and say “yay” or “nay” to it. You know, if they don’t like it, they don’t like it, it doesn’t hurt us in any way, because our thing is, we’re trying to give back to the community, not take from the community, so in that respect, we just want to give people good, clean, healthy, nutritious food, at the end of the day. So, it looks like, from where we are right now, it’s come a long way from where we were, but we’re really happy and pleased with the results so far.
Ted: The thing he’s talking about is that he’s proactive. I really became a vegan by being reactive. I had cancer. I read the China study. I watched Forks over Knives. I realized that the corner market is anything that comes from an udder and I realized that it’s not a question of if you’re gonna have a heart attack, a stroke or get cancer if you consume that, it’s a matter of when. And so, when you have cancer, you become a reactive person. And then, like I said, you meet a guy like Keith, and we both think alike, so here we are!
Kiki: Do you have any thoughts on what kind of opportunities you hope to provide to the community having a place like this?
Ted: We also raise tomatoes for Five College Farms. We sell them wholesale to Whole Foods in the wintertime. They’re very high in nutrients, because we feed alfalfa balance to the worms and the worms feed the tomatoes. If you put the two and two together, our starship here for our product is going to be organic farming and our number one farm is here in Hadley and we grow organic, heirloom tomatoes. We sell to Whole Foods, Big Y and Wegmen’s. We even deliver to Philly.
Kiki: Is this your first physical market and food place?
Ted: Yes. Here in Massachusetts. My wife and I own a clinic in Maine and that’s for chronic disease and lime disease and so we have a plant-based, farm-fresh cafe there too.
Kiki: And do you have any inspirational or final thoughts to share?
Ted: I just believe you need to take really good care of your body. Society as a whole, let’s put it this way, is really choked up on meat and cheese and meat and cheese are acidic and they attack the mind and make it negative and argumentative. Your body wants to be in a homeostasis environment. Road rage today is because we’re a cheeseburger society and if you’re trying to get into that 95 alleyway with 40 people who are trying to drive you off the road and somebody stops and says, “go ahead,” guess who he is? Hopefully he’s a person who is in a homeostasis environment like you’d find here at the restaurant.
I suggest you visit Pulse Café immediately and eat pizza, drink freshly pressed juices and definitely indulge in some cheesecake.
Much love and more greens, ~kiki