A “Neat” Discovery

So, it’s 23 days into my gluten-free diet and I was beginning to run out of dinners that were gluten-free and contained the right amount of protein. It’s expensive to have meat at every meal and there’s only so much beans and rice one can have! So I ventured into a new world.

At our local grocery store there was a packet of this meat replacement called “Neat”. Not only is it gluten-free, but also 100% vegetarian and soy free! The greatest part, the company is also based out of Lancaster County!

Last night for dinner was the first time I used the product and it was absolutely fantastic. I used their Italian Mix to make “neatballs” for a pasta dish, which I used corn noodles in place of regular wheat pasta. The meal was very easy, and tasted exactly like meatballs would. I highly recommend this product even if you aren’t a vegetarian!

To find out if Neat is near you go to their website where they also have more recipes and information about their product!

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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!

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!

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.

Get Goldilocks Goodies to the Big Apple!

Dear Fans,

I’ve made a big decision to attend this summer’s Fancy Food Show in New York City.  This annual expo showcases unique and innovative food products, and champions artisanal food companies.  I’d love to share my cookies with the industry on a national platform, and turn my company into a nationwide brand.

gg in big apple The cost of the show is very pricey; they can demand a high price knowing that key industry contacts will be made.  If I wait for my own profits to pay for it, it will take me another year or more to save.  And the food industry, like most others, is very time-sensitive.  I don’t want to wait until there is a similar (sub-par!) product on the market.

To that end, I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the booth rental and costs of attending the show this summer.  If you also believe there is a national audience ready and hungry for a treat as special and satisfying as my cookies, I would really appreciate your donation to make it possible this year.  Here is the link to my campaign video and donation page.

I’m really excited about the difference this will make in the growth of Goldilocks Goodies and know that your support and appreciation has gotten me as far as I have today.  Thank you for being a fan.

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).

Sweet Relief

Looking for an alternative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Let your consumer $$ be put towards the Love146 Benefit Bake-off on February 10th at the Ware Center at Millersville University. Love146 is a non-profit dedicated to ending the child sex slave industry; all proceeds from the event will go directly to prevention and aftercare programs of Love146.

Tickets may be purchased here. Discounted pricing for couples and tickets purchased before February 2nd. Includes wine, live music and samples from local bakeries, including Goldilocks Goodies, Tortina, Obsessed Baker, Sugar Whipped, Stroopies, Bliss, Haute Chocolate, Miliʼs Bakery and Nikki Fanus.