What do a barn spoon and medicine have in common?

The Meadow Café has no spoons – or any cutlery that could easily be identified as a spoon.

Coffee, tea and cocoa are stirred with the Meadow Café’s natural design spoon, which we call a barn spoon.

The barn spoon is made from willow branches at the Meadow Café. Why willow?

Willow grows very fast, so there is plenty of raw material: the ditch banks in the meadow have plenty of willows, of which only a very small part is harvested for making the spoons.

Willow is much better than its reputation, a plant with many uses. The medicinal effects of willow bark were known to Hippocrates, called the father of medicine, who, in the fifth century BC, that is, more than 2,400 years ago, used willow bark to treat fever and pain. Willow bark contains salicylic acid, the precursor of acetylsalicylic acid, from which the world’s most commonly used anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin, is made.