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.


Anonymous said...

Gina: This is my first visit to your blog and I actually entered at another page while searching for a GF scone recipe. Thanks very much for sharing yours, it sounds exactly like what I'm looking for and I intend to give it a go in the next week or two. Also, I see we have in common an appreciation for Petunia's. An example of beautiful bakery items that actually taste as good as, or even better than, they look! Hope your new kitchen is working out well...see from another of your blog entries you have one. Thanks again for sharing your recipe. Michele

Dia said...

Fun to see the comment about looking for a GF scone recipe - yes, that's how I found you as well!! & yes - it's a great recipe :)
It is fun to find truely GF baked goodies - the natural food store a few blocks from my office has several GF offerings in the deli, & some baked goods.

Len said...

These treats are great. My daughter can't have dairy or gluten and this was exactly what she wanted. we tried five different treats - one cookie, three tarts and one brownie - all were fantastic and a big hit with the whole family - even the folks without alegies. This is the best tasting, best selection I have run into that is both gluten and dairy free