Word is quickly spreading that Wild Earth Café makes the best cupcakes in town, but this unique bakery also is a godsend to anyone suffering from celiac disease or conditions that make it necessary to find safe, gluten-free baked goods. The store also guarantees that everything it sells is nut free.
Owned by Brad and Nicole Owens, Wild Earth opened last July. They make all of their own products, overseen by Nicole who trained at the George Brown Cooking School. Specializing in gluten-free baked goods and some groceries, the “from scratch” organic bakery also offers vegan products, a selection of organic spelt baked goods as well as artisan foods.
Its celebration cakes also are a big hit, whether you choose organic with butter cream icing, or gluten free and vegan with lactose free icing. Visitors at lunch enjoy all natural organic soups such as curried squash and apple, a cup of fair trade coffee or one of 70 varieties of loose leaf tea. The café even features innovative “filter’ take-out cups for those wanting loose tea on the run!
“It’s important to be clear,” explains Brad, “our gluten-free line is kept totally separate from our other products, including spelt (which contains gluten). We use a dedicated mill for the gluten free flour, separate tools and equipment, all so we can guarantee the safety of these products. There is no cross contact.”
Although the Celiac Association will not endorse specific bakeries, local celiac associations are invited to audit Wild Earth Bakery at anytime.
Brad hopes to add more poetry readings, displays by local artists and acoustic “jamming” nights at Wild Earth. Mostly he wants people to enjoy their selection of delicious baked goods, eat in, take-out, or available as sweet or sandwich trays.
“We’re here for those on restricted diets, those who want to eat better, and those just looking for a good cup of coffee and a treat.”
Wild Earth Café & Bakery, www.wildearthbakery.ca
2142 Queen St. E., 647-348-0202