The End… It’s been fun…

By BE Gluten Free | Experiements

Oct 29

It's the end…. Or is it??

Well, it's about that time isn't it?  End of the season, wrapping up the harvest… It'll be hard saying goodbye to the summer, but so be it.  (This fall is looking to be SOooo much better anyhow!) It has been a phenomenal experience at the Red Wing Farmer's Market this summer…and we're looking forward to many, many more!

Getting to know each and every one of our customers, their stories and experiences, has opened our eyes to how much the issue of Gluten Sensitivity effects everyone.  Our favorite experience from the summer has been when a young lady, possibly in her early teens, grilled us on our products and whether we were truly gluten FREE.  And she knew her stuff – what flours are used and why, whether the breads were casein free, how long did our breads stay soft, why do we use fine grained starches rather than heavier fillers, how do they taste (thankfully we had taste testers that day!**)… After a long discussion, and a tasting, we handed her a couple of the loaves…  the look on her face gave us goose bumps – THAT is the reason we make products like we have.

Quit, while the quittin's good…?

No! We are still going, and look forward to getting even better still! We have received some of the most helpful critiques and advice from our customers – and we're especially glad to hear the constructive critiques – though we're never adverse to glowing reviews either.  We have improved our products over the summer due to your feedback, we now have:

  • More casein free products
  • Breads that handle freezing better
  • A wider variety of cookies
  • Grissinni (breadsticks) that DON'T need to be soaked…
  • A better Cardamom bread (we still owe a volunteer taste tester out there 3 loaves!!!)
  • An Online Store launching the end of October!
  • We're even working with other vendor's to help them create Gluten-free products! Check out the Sisters Nørske Lefse at The Market!!

With so much done, and so much to do – it's kind of nice to know we've reached the end of the season!  Whew!

Where do we go from here?

Since the need for quality Gluten-free products isn't going away anytime soon, and since we really enjoy baking gluten free food, we'll just have to keep going!

Actually, we are FIRED UP about the coming holidays.  It is a chance to show all of our friends, relatives, customers – even the ‘new guy' who walks past the booth – how WONDERFUL gluten free foods can be!  We are talkin': Petit Fours,  Decadent Cupcakes, Stuffing, Puff Pastries, Braided Danishes, Krumkake, Rosettes… It's an ambitious list, but it's also just the beginning. Let us know if there's something you'd like to see by submitting a request!

We also have some other plans, ‘gi-normous' our kids call them, that involve getting a local gluten free bakery up and running. We would love to receive feedback from you regarding sales of our gluten-free products at stores that you frequent.  Let us know where it would be easier for you to get our gluten-free products;  Econo Foods? Buchanans? Cub Foods? We would also love to hear from you if you think we're just plain crazy…

Finally, as a thank you to all of our customers and visitors, we'd like to offer this coupon to help you (and us) make the transition to the new Winter Farmers Market location!


About the Author

Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.