Thursday, March 11, 2010
Gluten Free Country Store
OK folks, I am feeling better and getting back to my old self finally. As such, had to run some errands today after dropping the kids at school. My first stop was the Gluten Free Country Store in Gilbert, AZ. I had heard about them but had not been in personally. When I was sick, I realized we needed "Winkies" (GFCF version of a Twinkie) for M at school for a cactus snack they were doing. Dear hubby was going to stop by Gluten Free Creations in Phoenix while he was out and about at work. Well, taking care of me, the kids, the house, etc. and guess what? Winkies got forgotten! The internal alarm goes off in my head at 5:00 pm the night before we need them. I quickly look some stuff up on my phone and see that the Gluten Free Country Store is now carrying many of the items from Gluten Free Creations. I quickly call them, speak to the owner Gary who tells me, yes, they do have Winkies and even better, they were open until 8:00 pm that night! Wow, a 10 minute car ride versus a 30 minute one, dear hubby loads the kids up, runs to the store and the snack is saved for dear M. One gold star for Gluten Free Country Store. So needless to say, I was anxious to get in there myself. I did today and I was not sorry. Not only are they expanding, adding in another freezer for more Gluten Free Creations items but I even found some new stuff! M's diet is more restricted than ours but since the whole fam is now GF as well, I have missed things like bean burritos and yes, even Pierogies! I could not believe my eyes, Pierogies? I had to buy some. And they carry the So Delicious Coconut milk we use (and it was CHEAPER than our co-op Azure Standard!). They had many, many mixes for do-it-yourselfers and a good array of premade items as well. They even carry the little snacky items that can be hard to find like gummy worms, jelly beans and fruit snacks, all gluten free. And Gary even said he wants to bring in vitamins and supplements! We are talking about him bringing in New Beginnings stuff. So, all you loyal New Beginnings users may not have to wait for your monthly shipments or if you are running low on an item, you may have a local source for that. Wouldn't THAT be nice? We all know that a special diet means more money, more time, more miles driving to find things. I think it is just fabulous that we have a great new resource closer to us in the East Valley! They even carry the much acclaimed Udi's bread. I have read really good things about this bread, that it is soft and spongie just like wheat bread. I am excited to try it and the pierogies. I will let everyone know how we like them. But for us, it is time to get ready for a field trip tomorrow so now I have my gluten free bread for our sack lunches tomorrow. And, if anyone out there needs some gluten free items, look no further than the Gluten Free Country Store, you will be glad you did! Click HERE for their website.