Home Grown Deliciousness By Jules Marie | Photography Provided
n abundance of tasty foods made in Boulder County have appeared on the natural food scene. These companies distinguish their products by using ingredients that truly do come from nature as evidenced by the easily pronounced and recognizable ingredients on their labels. In addition to their uniqueness, many of these products are also part of the emerging “free-from” category meaning foods
free from top allergens. Not only do these companies source the highest-quality ingredients available, many are certified organic, fair-trade certified, eco-conscious and promote social causes. It is the hope of these visionaries that others will look to them for inspiration and guidance in creating foods that are free from stuff everyone knows is simply not healthy or natural.
Inglorious Monk Bakery Whoopie pies, bites and cakes galore are flying out of the baskets at local stores. Inglorious Monk Bakery Founder Nancy Coppom grew up near Lancaster County, Pa., and was influenced by the delicious whoopie pies she had as a kid. “It’s the Amish who invented whoopie pies,” declares Coppom. “They’d make little cakes from leftover cake batter and put cream in the middle and the kids would shout ‘Whoopie!’” Coppom has perfected a way to make her products using premium ingredients like rice flour, organic coconut milk and vanilla rather than with common allergens. “I use the very best of every ingredient. I believe that makes the difference,” she says. “I make them so anyone can eat them. The pies are yummy and rich and the bites are the ideal size for the little ones.” She produces all the products in a dedicated allergen-free bakery. Though Coppom’s business began in 2012, her goal is to grow organically one store at a time as whoopie pies secure their foothold in the industry. Pop over to the Boulder Farmers’ Market and try a Vanilla Dream Chocolate Chip or Pumpkin Whoopie Pie for $3. IMonkBakery.com
Life of Riley Foods A love for gourmet Paleo foods and CrossFit workouts spurred Abigail Knowles to open Life of Riley Foods. This 34
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recently planted down-to-earth company’s primary offering—nut butters—are handcrafted in small batches. The company also make sauces, spreads, dressings and marinades. Knowles incorporates locally sourced, nutritiously rich, seasonal ingredients into her products, and fans love the simplicity of her recipes. Jars of almond, walnut and nut butters sweetened with organic maple sugar or organic raw honey are produced in a commissary kitchen and available online only. “Life of Riley comes from a dog I had when I went to the University of Colorado,” Knowles says. “He was diagnosed with liver disease. I changed his diet and he