“We serve breakfast and lunch with a focus on local and often seasonal items,” says Hans Walsh, manager and cook for Milk & Honey.
Walsh’s sister and brother-in-law, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Daniel Rosmann, own Milk & Honey. They also run Rosmann Family Farms with Daniel’s parents, brother and sister-in-law, where the restaurant gets its organic beef, pork and eggs. And it’s definitely filling a niche in Harlan, Iowa, where Hans says there aren’t many restaurants serving locally grown and sourced food.
Hans says Ellen and Daniel felt that Milk & Honey would give the rural community a new experience. It’s something they might find in Omaha but wouldn’t necessarily want to drive to try.
Milk & Honey opened at the beginning of June, and Hans says they’ve already got some regulars, but he’s also seeing lots of new faces walk through the doors.
“So today we had a grilled cheese sandwich. The sourdough bread came from Culprit Bakery in Omaha, the goat cheese came from Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy in Honey Creek, Iowa, and the heirloom tomatoes from Botna Burrow in Hancock, Iowa. Everything came from around here,” explains Hans.
The bacon apple cheddar melt was also on the menu with bacon from Rosmann Family Farms, the apples from Wallace Center in Orient, Iowa, and the cheddar cheese from Milton Creamery in Milton, Iowa.
“We serve straightforward food. We have breakfast burritos, sausage, egg and cheese and bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. We aren’t trying to do too much. We are keeping it simple and wholesome,” he says.
“A lot of people have an idea [about locally grown food] but maybe don’t understand how close things are and that it is possible to support local farmers and strengthen our local economy,” says Hans.
Milk & Honey is located at 1101 7th Street in Harlan, Iowa, and is open from 6am until 2pm Tuesday through Sunday. Find it on Facebook.