SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: Buying Local

My little family knows me all too well. When I get busy, I forget to eat!

My little family knows me all too well. When I get busy, I forget to eat!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–and they are all about locally made goodies. For two weeks in a row, I have explored the local farmer’s markets for GF deliciousness. And to my surprise, I found lots of options. Yep, lots. I was like a kid in a candy store with all her birthday money to spend.

Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and a GF chocolate chip cookie and talk about shopping local for homemade GF goods.

I am not a baker, and I have accepted this about myself.

I am not a baker, and I have accepted this about myself. Believe me. I have tried–my cookies and cakes taste semi-okay, but look frightening. So, when I spied Carol’s Cakes at the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market, I teared up a little because she had the prettiest little desserts. While browsing her selection, I chatted with Carol about her GF baked goods. She told me that they were baked in a dedicated area + she was licensed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. **Best advice when buying homemade, gluten-free treats is to ask questions. If the baker is not present or cannot answer your questions–or doesn’t want to answer your questions, keep on going! It is not worth the risk.

At the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market, I bought a couple of delectable baked goodies, a chocolate chip cookie and a coconut pound cake. I loved the cookie because it was moist and chewy. It wasn’t too sweet, and it had just the right amount of chocolate chips. The coconut pound cake had a whole lot of wow packed into that small container! It was moist, full of sweetness and the toasted coconut flakes reminded of fancy pound cakes of days gone by…the days before the Celiac. But with Carol’s Cakes goodies, I don’t even care about not being able to eat gluten because I have found the perfect substitutes *smile*

Coconut Pound Cake ingriende

Coconut Pound Cake by Carol’s Cakes

Check out those toasted flakes! Y'all know y'all want some with that cup of coffee *wink*

Check out those toasted flakes! Y’all know y’all want some with that cup of coffee *wink*

One last picture of the coconut pound cake. Look at that beauty--you can actually see the moistness. Which I know I have brought up the moistness a couple of times...why? because I have had some pretty dry...can't drink enough water to wash it down...GF baked goods.

One last picture of the coconut pound cake. Look at that beauty–you can actually see the moistness. Which I know I have brought up “moistness” a couple of times…why? because I have had some pretty dry…can’t drink enough water to wash it down…GF baked goods.

Johnson City Farmer's Market

While shopping at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market, I discovered Mountain View Bakery which offers gluten-free baked goods. I picked up a peanut butter blondie and a loaf of fresh baked bread. It was so wonderful having a loaf of freshly baked bread…the smell…the slicing of the bread…it was heaven!

Now, I must confess that the texture of the blondie was a bit odd–at first. But after a couple of nibbles, the oddity went away. It was packed full of peanut butter goodness, and it was moist! Yep, another GF item that I could enjoy without a gallon of water *smile* Do y’all know what I enjoyed my treat with? Absolutely! A good cup of coffee–while sitting on my front porch *smile*

There are no words to describe how happy this loaf of bread made me.

There are no words to describe how happy this loaf of bread made me.

Look at that beautiful loaf of bread. She sliced like a dream.

Look at that beautiful loaf of bread. She sliced like a dream.

After the Farmer’s Market, the little family and I headed over to Tupelo Honey Cafe, where we enjoyed an early lunch. To be perfectly honest, I hate eating out because I never know if I am going to get…shall we say sick….Normally, I order a salad without croutons or dressing. But at Tupelo Honey Cafe, there is a gluten-free menu. *happy dance, happy dance* I can have a sandwich there…a real sandwich…with bread and everything *wink*

The Downtown Grill sandwich from Tupelo Honey cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The Downtown Grill Sandwich + Tupelo Side Salad from Tupelo Honey Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee. Always check ahead of time to see if the restaurant has a gluten-free menu. Also, ask if there is a dedicated prep area for GF. Always, always ask questions.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about shopping for local, gluten-free foods. I encourage y’all to go explore your city and surrounding areas for locally, baked goodies. You never know what you might find *smile*

Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother me, so always, always read the labels and check the ingredients.

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