Saturday, May 22, 2010
Petunia's Gluten-free Vegan Pastries at the Farmer's Market
Craving fresh-baked gluten-free pastries in Portland? Check out Petunia's Pies and Pastries, a local Portland bakery that specializes in gluten-free, vegan, and delicious treats.
I had seen this bakery at the market a few times. I didn't get a chance to try anything out until last Sunday when I caught them at the King market. Almost everything in the display case is gluten-free. I really enjoyed the Lime Coconut Square I tried. The gluten-free crust was tender and light, and the coconut lime filling had just the right amount of tartness. I enjoyed photographing it almost as much as eating it. All of Petunia's pastries are beautifully decorated and displayed. I'm sure to go again to indulge in a cookie, cupcake, or tart.
Getting gluten-free goods from a new vendor is always a little nerve-racking for people who are very sensitive to gluten. When asked about the degree to which her baked goods are gluten-free, Petunia's owner Lisa Clark wrote to me that she bakes in her home kitchen, which is licensed and inspected for food preparation. She adds, "There is almost never gluten in my home since I can't eat it, and if I ever bake with gluten it's at separate times, separate equipment, separate storage...etc."
Lisa also added that she would be at the PSU market next week, but may not be there again until September unless she gets called to fill in for a cancellation. You can regularly find her at the King Farmers Market on Sundays. You can also find these delicious pastries at the Interstate Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons, and sometimes at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturdays. In addition to the markets listed above, Petunia's will also be at the Pioneer Courthouse Square market when it opens June 21st.