A place to indulge in fresh coffee and freshly made sandwiches, New Moon Cafe has been serving the Aiken-Augusta community for more than 10 years.


New Moon has three locations, two in Augusta and one in downtown Aiken.


No matter which cafe you visit, you will be treated to fresh, area produce as part of the mini-chain’s Local Lovers Program.


“Fair to say Local Lovers is a new platform that evolved very naturally out of New Moon’s existing priorities,” said Christine Tomasetti-Sherer, business owner and operator. “Supporting other locally owned businesses has been extremely important to me personally and an essential part of New Moon’s company philosophy since the Aiken cafe opened back in 1995.”


To name a few spots, “the pecans used in the Sonoma Chicken Salad, Cranberry Pecan Fat Rascals and Bonnaroo Breakfast Cookies come from the Young Pecan Company in Florence. The kale and honey used in (select) smoothies are both purchased from farms in South Carolina. The stores’ stone-ground grits ... come from Freeman’s Mill in Columbia,” said Melanie Metts of New Moon public relations.


“We make a lot of our specials based on the local produce that is available to us,” Anita Padgett, general manager of the Aiken café, said via a release. “Currently, our Jammie Ricotta Toast features an in-house produced jam with blackberries from Edgefield.”


Next door to the Aiken location you will find New Moon’s sister business, MoonBeans Coffees.


“We know that coffee roasting is an artisan craft, not an automated science,” according to New Moon’s website. “Our coffee, MoonBeans, is a labor of love.”


New Moon’s services are offered outside the stores.


“We will be at the Aiken County Farmers Market on Saturday mornings,” Sherer said.


The market’s primary location is at 115 Williamsburg St.


This Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., the market will run also in The Alley in downtown Aiken.


“There are so many reasons to support local food producers,” Sherer said. “Better health is a great reason, (and) the money we spend with local farmers, artisans, locally owned purveyors and restaurants stays closer to home.”


New Moon’s Aiken location is at 116 Laurens Street.


For more information, call 803-643-7088 or visit www.newmoondowntown.com.


Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.