Awareness of gluten allergies might now be widespread, but when Jeanette Harris learned that she had celiac disease, a decade ago, her food options were limited. So she started baking her own gluten-free treats.
“I had a lot of friends who told me, ‘Your stuff is really good, you should consider making it your job,’” Harris says. Initially she was hesitant to turn her hobby into a career, but in October 2014, Harris launched Gluten Free Goat, setting up shop at Pittsburgh Public Market. She also began providing baked goods (which are also vegan) to locations around the city, including Espresso a Mano and Zeke’s Coffee.
Donuts are Gluten Free Goat’s most popular item, and come in varieties like apple cider and lavender lemon. “My favorite comment is when someone says that they can’t tell that it’s gluten-free or vegan,” Harris says, noting that many of her customers don’t have any dietary restrictions. But she also loves being able to offer variety to those who are used to being restricted. “I know that feeling,” she says, “when you walk up and say, ‘Wait, I can have everything?’”
Gluten Free Goat’s last day at the Pittsburgh Public Market is Sat., Feb 20. Harris plans to open a bakery storefront — which will also include a vegan and vegetarian café — on Penn Avenue, in Garfield, in late spring or early summer. Until then, Gluten Free Goat will continue wholesale services and special orders.
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