November Happenings!

Time to start thinking about family get-togethers, holiday traditions, plans for the new year, and all that fun stuff!

This usually also means lots of food: shared meals, lovingly-made by family, friends, and colleagues.  To make things a little easier, but to keep them just as homemade and delicious, you can pre-order a large gluten-free pie fresh-baked with local ingredients from these fine locally-owned shops:

In PA: Lemon Street Market goldilocks goodies glutenfree pie(sampling TBD)

In MD: through Friends & Farms (sampling date TBD)

In DC: at Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Cafe (sampling on Sunday, November 17)  Simply order on-line!

In VA:
Salud, the Healthy Pantry (sampling on Friday, November 22 in Great Falls, VA)

Nourish Market (Falls Church) deadline is Friday, November 22.  Pick-up on Wednesday, November 27.

Please visit the store to place your order and confirm deadlines/pick-up times.

Available flavors:  Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, or Shoofly Pie.

All pies are made with certified gluten-free flours, butter, free-range chicken eggs, local Amish-orchard apples, and unsulfured blackstrap molasses from Lancaster County. They are 10″ pies (6-8 slices) and keep about 10 days if refrigerated.  Can also be frozen up to 4 weeks.

You’ll also be able to get gluten-free goodies at lots of area cafes, co-ops, natural food stores and markets listed on the Where to Buy page.
If you want to make your own gluten-free cookies, join me at the Living Social space in downtown DC for a class, recipes, and lots of cookies to take home.  Choose from 9 dates in November and December.
Mark your calendars for the DC Meet Market on Saturday, December 7th and stay tuned for other holiday market announcements!

I can’t believe it’s October already!

pumpkin and gourds in lancaster countyhappy new year!

The change of seasons to autumn always feels like a much more authentic new year to me.  Seems I do my best “spring cleaning,” feel rejuvenated, and set goals in October.  October was when I registered my company and bought my first car.  [And as fate would have it, I have to get a new car this month to replace my beloved Penny who was badly damaged in a hit-and-run.]

It wasn’t too long ago that for our agricultural-based calendar, summers were vacation from school – not so the family could pack up and head to the shore – but because all hands were needed in the field.  It was the busiest time of year, doing exhausting physical labor and sleeping soundly through the shortened nights.  tobacco in field Lancaster CountyAnd now, with the harvest moon a few weeks ago and daylight getting shorter, the fields in Lancaster County look like they’ve all got new haircuts, barns are bursting with dried tobacco leaves, and feed trucks are making the rounds to store up a winter supply.

It’s time to look back at what’s been reaped this year and look ahead.  I’m about to finish another great market season around Maryland and DC, and you’ll now see over a dozen places between VA and PA that you can buy Goldilocks Goodies.  I’ve also offered more resources to my fans through my Pinterest page of recipes, conversions, and health tips.  This winter I’m excited to be offering a baking class through Living Social and some super-exclusive brunches at my home in DC.  Stay tuned for those details and in the meantime, come see me at these places during October:

This Saturday, October 5 I’ll be debuting at the DC Meet Market with my PB cookies, pumpkin whoopie pies, and spice pumpkin bread alongside beautiful handmade ceramics from Cloud Terre designs.

Farmers Market at University of Maryland every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in front of Cole Field House.  Or the Maryland Food Collective in the basement of the Stamp.

Pleasant Pops in NW DC is debuting a new brunch menu including my gluten-free quiche by the slice

Last Call! Petworth Community Market closes this month!  I’ll be there 2 more Fridays from 4-7 p.m.: Friday, October 11 and Friday, October 25th. 

My goodies are now up on Relay Foods for every customer between Baltimore to Richmond.  Delivery to your door or pick-up from a convenient location.  On offer: PB chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate pecan cookies and chocolate whoopie pies.

Second Sunday at Ellicott City will be October 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. by the Historic City’s visitor center.  I’ll have pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin whoopie pies, and my famous cookies.  Come try some goodies and check out the wonderful produce and products from Friends & Farms on offer (and sign up for a trial basket).

A reminder that East King Culinary is officially open for lunch!  Offering seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients for soups, salads and panini in downtown Lancaster, PA.  Grab some Goldilocks Goodies for dessert!

As always, you can find my goodies at TPSS Co-op, Kefa Cafe, Friends & Farms, Lemon Street Market, Salud Healthy Pantry and La Mano Coffee Bar. If you’d like to order a personalized treat or gift, e-mail me (emily@goldilocksgoodies.com) and pick up at UMD or Pleasant Pops with no delivery charge!  Or order on-line and receive in the mail.

Thanks for reading and thank you, as always, for your support of Goldilocks Goodies!

September

La Mano Coffee Bar (across from the Takoma Park metro stop) is now officially open for business!  Here’s your chance to get fresh-baked quiche, PB cookies, and everything bagels (the ONLY place to get them!)  All gluten-free and fresh-baked.

Relay Foods is an online resource for sustainable foods and everyday groceries.. . now including Goldilocks Goodies PB Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies, and original whoopie pies.

Second Sunday at Ellicott City on Sunday, September 8 from 10-3 in historic Ellicott City.  I’ll have fresh-baked apple pies and a peach and blackberry crumb, all gluten-free and made with local eggs, dairy and fruit.

Petworth Community Market on Friday, September 6 and September 20 from 4-8 p.m. on 9th St NW between Taylor and Upshur Sts.  An assortment of muffins, pies, veggie-fetti bread and cookies.

Farmers Market at University of Maryland will be welcoming back all students in September every Wednesday between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in front of Cole Field House.

Pleasant Pops celebrates their 1-year anniversary on Sunday, September 15th from 3-8 p.m. with a sidewalk fair featuring cake and samples from their local vendors.  Everything they offer is thoughtfully sourced and made, and now is your chance to try something you’ve always wanted to, or help support this community market in Adams Morgan.

Also opening this month in downtown Lancaster is East King Culinary, a small cafe featuring quick and healthy lunches lovingly made from local ingredients.  Goldilocks Goodies is proud to offer both flavors of cookies for customers to enjoy there or on the go.  Stay tuned for a date in September where I’ll be in the shop greeting customers and sampling cookies.

If you can’t make it to see me in person, there are also plenty of places around DC, MD, VA and PA to find my famous cookies! Salud, the Healthy Pantry (Great Falls), Lemon Street Market (downtown Lancaster, PA), Kefa Cafe (Silver Spring, MD), TPSS Co-op Silver Spring (Silver Spring, MD), the MD Food Collective (College Park, MD) or purchase on-line anytime.

Psst: Mark you calendars for Sunday, October 5 for next month’s DC Meet Market at 14th & P St NW.

August Happenings

This month is all about peaches, zucchini, and tomatoes.  I’ll be making peach pies, tomato quiches, and a super zucchini bread with carrots AND bananas.  Come see me!  Image

As always, my treats are fresh-baked, all natural, preservative-free and made with local dairy, eggs, & produce from Lancaster County, PA.

Petworth Market on Friday, August 9 and August 23 from 4-8 p.m. (on 9th street between Taylor & Upshur Streets NW).

The Farmers Market at University of Maryland every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (August 7, 14, 21, 28)

ImageEllicott City Second Sunday Fair on Sunday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (by the Historic Ellicott City Visitor’s Center in front of the Little French Market).

Friday, August 9 I’ll be doing a demo at the Petworth Farmers Market of an easy, gluten-free & vegan dish, plus sharing tips on going gluten-free, baking conversions, and recipes.

Thursday, August 22 I’ll be debuting my PB Chocolate Chip cookies in Virginia at Salud, The Healthy Pantry in Great Falls.  Come by to celebrate their store anniversary and sample cookies until 1 p.m. that day.

For exact offerings for that market day, please take a peek at my facebook page or follow me on twitter. 

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lot on 15th & P St. NW (between Dupont and Logan Circle)for the DC Meet Market. I’ll be there with Amber’s beautiful ceramics from cloudterre to display my seasonal treats – take home the treat or the bowl (or both!)

July

This month it’s all about blueberries, zucchini and tomatoes! photoHere’s where you can find pies, muffins, quiches, and quick breads from Goldilocks Goodies:

Friday: Petworth Market Friday evenings between 4-8 p.m. on July 12 and July 26.

Wednesday: Farmers Market at University of Maryland weekly between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Second Sunday: At Ellicott City on Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.eat local first

This year’s Eat Local First  Farm-to-Street party is July 27th at Union Market from 1-7 p.m.  Sign up to take the Eat Local pledge and check out the week’s activities. 

As always, my PB chocolate chip cookies are stocked at Kefa Cafe (Silver Spring, MD), the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op (Silver Spring), and Lemon Street Market (Lancaster, PA), and a rotating selection of fresh-baked goods are available at the Maryland Food Collective (College Park, MD) and Pleasant Pops Market (NW DC).

June Bug

Where to find Goldilocks Goodies in June:

Petworth Market: on Friday, June 14 and June 28 (live music performance on the 28th!) from 4-8 p.m.  Market is off of Georgia between Taylor & Upshur St.

individual strawberry rhubarb piesEllicott City: Second Sunday market will be June 9.  Market is in the lot behind the visitor’s center and in front of the Little French Market.

Kefa Cafe (Bonifant Ave in Silver Spring): peanut butter cookies are always in stock but I’ll be there to sample cookies and other gluten-free goodies to celebrate their 17th anniversary on Saturday, June 15th.

The Farmers’ Market at University of Maryland, College Park, every Wednesday from 11-3. Market is in front of Cole Field House.

Union Market: All-American Pie Party celebration strawberry rhubarb turnoverSunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. (stay tuned for details).

I’ll have strawberry bread, apple turnovers, cinnamon rhubarb muffins, banana bread muffins, cream cheese-marbled brownies, and spinach quiche.  And as always – let me know your special requests and you can pick up from me at market for free delivery. Hope to see you in June!

May Fair

This month you can find me at the Ellicott City 2nd Sunday Market (May 12) from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  I’ll be selling sweet and savory pies by the slice – a cherry rhubarb crisp, rhubarb apple dumplings, and asparagus quiche.  All made with local produce, butter, milk, eggs, and fruit.   Come stroll the downtown with your mom and treat her to a nice slice of homemade without getting your kitchen dirty.  very cherry rhubarb crisp

On Sunday, May 19th, I’ll be at the 3rd Annual Loudon Lyme 5K with my two best-selling cookies: PB chocolate chip with Himalayan sea salt, and Double chocolate pecan.  Come by to sample, purchase, and meet me, a fellow Lyme survivor for almost 10 years.
pb chocolate chip cookies close upOn Friday, May 17th and 31st I’ll be at the Petworth Community Market with mini asparagus quiche, cherry rhubarb loaves, sandwich bread, ginger muffins, and brownies.

Every Wednesday this month I’ll be at the Farmers’ Market at University of Maryland from 11-3 with seasonal treats.  You can also pre-order pasta, bread or cakes by e-mailing me the week before.  Simply pick up that day to avoid delivery charges.

As always, if you can’t make it to market, you may purchase some cookies online or stop by one of the great shops that carry them in DC and Lancaster.

March: In Like a Lion!

I’m happy to announce two new locations in Pennsylvania that will offer fresh-baked treats from Goldilocks Goodies. They are both locally-owned, dedicated to food craft and sourcing local ingredients, and passionate about the delicious products they serve.  I’m so proud to be welcomed by these business owners, and I can’t wait to reach new fans through their dedicated customers.

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Founded in 1988 by head chef, Ann Eshelman, Plum Street Gourmet creates quality, fresh and unique dishes for meals to-go or for catered events.  If your mouth doesn’t water as soon as you step up to their display case, I’ll be amazed!  Look for Goldilocks’ fresh-baked breads, muffins and cookies for a gluten-free sweet ending and companion to the extensive savory dishes at Plum Street Gourmet.  They are located at 1831 Oregon Pike, Lancaster.   More details on hours, location and daily specials are posted on their Facebook page.

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Locally-made, health-conscious granola company Nuts About Granola, recently opened a shop in downtown York for customers to grab their favorite granola, boxed mixes and bars, and now customers can enjoy granola on the spot at their parfait bar. . . . and grab a pack of Goldilocks Goodies cookies, too!  Their shoppe is located at 46 W. Philadelphia St and open Tuesdays and Thursday-Saturday.  Become a Facebook Fan for coupons, offers and their latest news.  Plus, I’m going to be in-store this Friday, March 1 sampling my cookies.  I’d love to meet you!

Personalized Orders & Sample Days in January

A big weekend in DC coming up!  Between the holiday and the inauguration, you can stock up on your favorite gluten-free goodies to celebrate with a few options around town.

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For the first time this year, order directly from me by Wednesday, January 16th and pick-up this Saturday, January 19th in Columbia Heights between 11 am – 1 pm.  Send me an email (emily@goldilocksgoodies.com) and I’ll be happy to put together a personalized order including my brand-new handmade linguine and pumpkin walnut ravioli.

Also coming up this weekend, I’ll be at the TPSS Co-op (Silver Spring location) Saturday, January 19th between 1-3 p.m. sampling my double chocolate pecan cookies.  Super satisfying chocolate in every bite.  Come see me there while you’re stocking up at your favorite local co-op for the long weekend.

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Sunday, January 20th I’ll be at Pleasant Pops between 12 noon and 2 p.m. sampling cookies and quiche. They might be gluten-free but you’d never know because of their taste, texture and all natural, local ingredients.  Come meet me and sample new products while getting a great cup of coffee and friendly service at Pleasant Pops.

Hope to see you this weekend at one of these neighborhood locations!

Power of One

I’ve learned a lot since I started my own business – The biggest lesson being that there is definitely a finite amount of time, space and money that tasks need to be accomplished with, and it’s never felt more acutely than when you’re in charge and there’s just one of you.

While on the one hand, it’s made me proud of what I can accomplish given a broad and open-ended objective (stay in business), it has also made me aware of what a difference one person can make.  One extra customer coming to my market table, one phone call from an encouraging friend, one word of praise from a fan, one inspirational quote on twitter – these can mean the difference between staying in business and staying motivated, or deciding that it’s not worth the effort.  The first few years are especially crucial in getting an infant idea to stand on its own legs, and even after that, there is constant competition in every industry from giants that have more marketing money, staff and technology at their disposal.

This post is a friendly reminder that you, as a consumer, are in a very powerful position, and it makes a huge difference in your neighborhood, city and country by supporting small and/or locally-owned businesses.  It might take the same amount of effort for you to stop in at a local cafe rather than a chain, or to swing by a local hardware store on the way home instead of a trip to a super center on the weekend, so it might not seem like that big of a deal to you.  Believe me, it makes a difference.  And for those of you who make the effort to walk several more blocks, or pay 10% more for your item offered with a sincere smile: keep on doing what you’re doing.  Shop small.  Shop local.