The Best-Tasting, Gluten-Free Foods: Nature's Market Search for Great foods
Aug 31, 2011 11:33AM
By Zelda Harper
When there’s a new gluten-free product available to the public, it doesn’t hit the shelves at Nature’s Market Health Food Store until it has passed a personal taste test by Velma Peterson, who founded the store with her husband Jeff 19 years ago.
About two dozen gluten-free brands have made the cut at the shop in the Willow Lake Shopping Center on Indianapolis’ northwest side.
While Peterson is not restricted to a gluten-free diet, she and her staff work to find the tastiest products for customers who are.
In the process, the results of those eating adventures sometimes shock Peterson--in a glorious way. Occasionally she discovers gluten-free/wheat-free products that she clearly prefers to the traditional versions. For instance, she’s found that Wow Foods’ cookies and brownies are “the best,” and notes that they are pre-baked and sold frozen to customers. “We have switched to them.”
In addition, Peterson observes that bread products from Kinnikinnick and Udi’s are both flavorful and the most popular with her customers. As for bread and icing mixes, she reports that Pamela’s Products are the favorites. “We’re always looking for new, gluten-free products and always checking them out,” Peterson says. “If we don’t like them, they don’t go on our shelves.” And if a customer wants to buy something that Peterson doesn’t personally like? She says the store will happily place special orders for those items.