New Guest Writer!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Vanessa Robins, Emily’s cousin, and I’ll be the guest writer for the next month or so! I’m a recent graduate from York College of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English Literature and I’m new to the gluten-free world.

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I have had digestive issues my entire life and recently decided to try a gluten-free diet for the entire month of July– yes the month of picnics with hotdogs, hamburgers, and cookies. I will be experimenting (and I’m sure failing a little) with recreations of my favorite recipes, new experiences, and of course new ways to use Goldilocks Goodies products! Hopefully you’ll join me in this fun filled and challenging adventure!

 

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Food + Enterprise, Commercial Kitchen, New Accounts!

Wow! What a month!

Four weeks ago I was in New York as a finalist for the Food + Enterprise pitch competition but the 3-day conference was so much more than that. It was a community of hundreds of activists: farmers, lawyers, investors, civil servants and small batch producers concerned about food.  Truly amazing to be surrounded by folks that agree that the way we grow, make and consume food in America is not only a problem but also where we can start to fix things.

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I tied for 3rd in my presentation (HUGE thanks to RoundPeg Communications for editing and polishing my slides) and I was so honored to be awarded a scholarship for a Food Entrepreneur Certificate Program by Natural Gourmet Institute this fall. I also launched a fundraising campaign on Barnraiser that weekend.  I’ve reached my tilt goal from supportive and generous fans like you, but I am still accepting donations until April 3. Your gift will get you a dozen cookies with free shipping or an invitation to an exclusive gluten-free event in DC or NYC.

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This campaign is, in part, funding my move to DC’s newest community commercial kitchen, Mess Hall. This move will allow me to bake more, and to bake more efficiently as I grow my business.  I need more bread pans and mixing bowls, as well as new certifications for the District (ah – permits!).

Speaking of growth, I’m happy to add FOUR new locations for Goldilocks Goodies starting next week!  My breads will be available at Sona, DC’s first and only creamery in Eastern Market, and my cookies will be for sale at South Block Juice Co in Arlington, VA, Third Space Wellness in downtown Silver Spring, and  .. . .  the first availability in New York through Farm to People!   Sona GF Grilled Cheese 2

You can still find my treats at your favorite local shops, like:

Pleasant Pops
Kefa Cafe
the Maryland Food Collective at UMD
La Mano Coffee Bar (gluten-free breakfast sandwiches!)
Washington’s Green Grocer
Salud, the Healthy Pantry
Relay Foods
Lemon Street Market (gluten-free shoo-fly pies!)

and at these neighborhood gourmet restaurants:

Open City
GCDC
Neopol Smokery at Belvedere Square

.. . with more being added soon!  As you can see, a lot is happening with Goldilocks Goodies right now.  Thank you so much for being a fan of quality, gluten-free treats and offering your support, purchasing power, and generous donations during this time.  If you have ideas about restaurants or stores you’d like to see carry Goldilocks Goodies, please have the owner contact me, or send me an email about it! emily@goldilocksgoodies.com.

Headed to the Big Apple!

Dear fans and supporters,
Goldilocks Goodies is headed to NYC this weekend to participate in the Food + Enterprise Conference and is a finalist in a pitch competition this Sunday, March 1, as a sustainable food maker. A whole-hearted THANK YOU to y’all for getting me to this point. My commitment to providing wholesome, quality baked goods from local ingredients has never wavered, and my hope in 2015 is to reach a wider regional customer base.

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In addition to the pitch, the hosts are giving us the opportunity to fundraise on Barnraiser, a new platform for food and agriculture projects. I’m excited to reach a national audience, and will be promoting free shipping around the country for cookie order placed through Barnraiser. (The link goes live Friday, February 27).

Again, thank you for your continued support and love of Goldilocks Goodies!

Comfort Food weather is here!

Phew! The team here at Goldilocks Goodies (my self, my trusted delivery car Lucille, and my 1950s Hotpoint oven, my1960s sunbeam mixer) all needed a rest after the busy holiday season.

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Thank you for ordering pies to share at your family table, trying delicious gluten-free baklava from my partnership with Baklava Couture, coming to see me at the Union Market pop-up, and continuing to be loyal supporters of my treats.

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This month, Goldilocks Goodies bread continues to grow: available on breakfast sandwiches at La Mano Coffee Bar, gourmet grilled cheese at GCDC, eclectic sandwiches at Open City, at the deli counter at University of MD’s Food Collective, and a perfectly smoked salmon BLT at Neopol Smokery.

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More news with retail options to make your own gourmet toasts at home – for now you can order through Washington’s Green Grocer.

Either way, please stay warm and enjoy a toasty grilled sandwich on delicious, buttery gluten-free bread!

Thanksgiving Pie Pre-Orders!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!

If you live in Lancaster County, PA, you may pre-order a pie and stuffing (gluten-free, fresh-baked, from local ingredients) through Lemon Street Market. Check out their form here: http://www.lemonstreetmarket.com/2014/thanksgiving-pre-orders/

(You must hand it to store in person and pre-pay). Deadline for pre-order is Sunday, November 23.

If you live in the DC area, you may pre-order a pie from Salud, the Healthy Pantry (Great Falls, VA) and pick up in store Tuesday, November 25th. Again, orders and payments must be done in store. Deadline to order is Sunday, November 23.

Or, you may pre-order through me by clicking here to pre-pay on paypal. You must pick up from Pleasant Pops between Tuesday at 3 p.m. – Wednesday at 3 p.m. Please write your flavor (apple, pecan, shoofly, pumpkin) in the notes section of the paypal invoice.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family! I’m so grateful for fans and customers like you!

Fall is Here!

My favorite time of year is here!  Crisp apples, crisp weather, fields harvested, soft evening light after the busy back-to-school and vacation-over days.

Sona GF Grilled Cheese 2  Lots of news since this summer for Goldilocks Goodies.  My fresh-baked bread can be ordered on a breakfast sandwich at La Mano Coffee Bar (Takoma Park), for grilled cheeses at GCDC (downtown DC), on burgers at Sona Creamery (Eastern Market), and sandwiches at the deli in Maryland Food Collective (College Park).  It’s also now available for home delivery through Washington’s Green Grocer and available for the first time in Lancaster City at Lemon Street Market.   GG Sandwich Bread 2

As always, my cookies can be found at Pleasant Pops, Kefa Cafe, Salud Healthy Pantry, as well as the markets listed above.

September 25th I’ll be sampling my bread at GCDC during lunch rush.

Sunday, Oct 5th I’ll be at Takoma Park Farmers’ Market with La Mano Coffee from 10-2 sampling and selling seasonal treats.  They just celebrated their 1-year anniversary of business, and I’ve been proud to be working with them since their opening.

You can always get the latest posts and pictures from my facebook page, twitter, and instagram.  Stay tuned for exciting holiday announcements and specials!

Sunday, October 26th I’ll be at Community Forklift vending quiche and coffee cake for their open house.

Happy 4th of July!

Quick update before the holiday:

This month’s The Hour* DC is just announced at La Mano Coffee Bar in Takoma Park.  We’ll be meeting in the cafe for beverages and eats and scooping gelato in the grass across from the shop!  Come make friends with the gluten-free community in DC’s one and only exclusively gluten-free happy hour series.   the hour short

Gourmet gluten-free grilled cheese too good to be true?  Not so!  GCDC downtown and Sona Creamery in Eastern Market both have Goldilocks Goodies amazing sandwich bread on the menu.

We’ve expanded the selection in downtown Lancaster at Lemon Street Market. Just in time for fresh fruit season, gluten-free pie crusts are in the upstairs freezer.    Simply thaw in fridge, add filling and topping and bake 20-30 minutes.  Or thaw and fill, top with whipped cream and no need to bake!  Also look for chocolate peppermint whoopie pies, sandwich bread and cinnamon raisin bread.  mini blueberry pie

A great big thank you to my loyal fans of fresh-baked, all natural and delicious gluten-free treats.  You’re supporting the local farms, suppliers and shop owners in your community – from the gal working the register in DC to the Amish woman gathering eggs in Lancaster County.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July.