Upstate NY Gluten-Free Haven Part Two: Happy Belly Bakery and Farmer’s Markets

Along with hikes, and ponds, and alpaca farms and chickens, and chasing thunderclouds, a big part of summer probably most anywhere, and especially in the Columbia County, NY and surroundings – is experiencing the farmer’s markets, in their abundant glory. Hudson Farmers Markt An excellent gluten-free (and otherwise) cook and master griller, my brother wanted to make sure we made it first to Hudson Farmers Market ( in Hudson!) for vegetables, maple almond butter from Tierra Farm, pickles, and….mochi sticky buns from Happy Belly Bakery of Hudson, 100% gluten-free. Already sold out of the sticky-buns by 10am, we persevered and bought a few loaves of their nut/grain bread, and a chocolatey chocolate brownie treat for my niece.

Happy Belly Mult Grain Bread Photo Credit: Daniel Goldstein

Happy Belly Nut/Grain Gluten-Free Bread Photo Credit: Daniel Goldstein

The next day, we hit the Valatie Farmers Market.  Here, we spent quite a bit of time, tasting, buying and talking again with Happy Belly owner and baker Monica Jerminario, and her husband, who helps man their stand, in between also working at Tierra Farms. If memory serves ( which honestly it does not always) Monica suffered for many years and through college with various debilitating ailments, until finally (after many medical professionals insisting it was in her head or some such) the root of all was found to be the effects of malabsorption from gluten. ie. she had Celiac Disease. image4Monica stopped eating gluten, and never turned back.  She worked in restaurant kitchens, with gluten, and eventually as a matter of course started baking and cooking inventive and experimental gluten-free creations.  Monica likes to infuse flavors from various cultures, and unlikely combinations, among her sweets and savories.  Likewise, they have those hard to find items like “wrap” bread for sandwiches, baquettes, and farm fresh fruit baked goods.    Many items are vegan as well, and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Ingredients are always listed with items. I am a savory food lover, so I just had to try the Zaatar Flat Bread. Mmmm, image4mmmmm. Holy smokes.  Drizzled with an almost tangy olive oil, cheese, a gooey kind of succulent dough, I was a happy market goer.  Once my niece had a taste, it was no longer mine and I had to purchase a second.  The heat of the day, actually enhanced the yumminess in my opinion. After gobbling up the Zaatar bread it became obvious that I would have to buy the garlic knots ( I mean really, c’mon).

Happy Belly can be found most weekend’s at the Hudson and Valatie Farmers Markets.  I urge you to take a road trip, follow them on Facebook, and keep them on your radar.  Say hi from Deb! image9


image8For a  full list of Columbia County Farmer’s Markets and Vendors, click here  FullSizeRender What kind of gluten-free surprises have you found or made on your summer travels? Stay cool, not hungry my friends. Yours, Deb


The girl loves her farm fresh corn.


Meet The Maker: This Pie is Nuts!

When life gives you lemons, go nuts, make pie!

A welcoming cheer to baker Diana Cornell, creator of This Pie is Nuts! – individual pies, made entirely out of nuts, nothing processed – nutrient packed – with luxurious fillings and a crunchy crust. (9″ pies available for special order).

Twenty years ago Diane was given the debilitating diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. “I was told there was no cure and that there was nothing, aside from some medicine to keep it at bay, that I could do to stop it. I decided that one way to ensure my health would be to take better take control of my diet. I wanted to continue eating good tasting food, but I wanted to avoid anything that wasn’t good for me.” Thus began her adventure towards starting her own food business.

This Pie is Nuts LogoFor months I had been hearing quite a positive buzz about Diana’s Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free pies. Finally when I stumbled upon her booth at Bryant in Park in December (it was very busy, I might add) I learned first hand (first mouth? ) what the fuss was all about. Diana’s energy is infectious, and I have complete admiration for the fact that she started her own dedicated gluten-free kitchen, and a product that resonates with so many, in just under a year. That’s nuts!

Meet Diana at the First Anniversary Gluten-Free EatUP! on Sunday March 1st –  With flavors like chocolate mousse, coconut cream, key lime and sweet potato pie, I wish you the best of luck in choosing!

Visit This Pie is Nuts to learn more.

post by Deb

And the EatUP! Summer Edition Vendors Are….

We’ve got the World Cup on the big screen.  Scream for free ice-cream…and all of these gluten-free treats!

Sample. Purchase. Test Skills at Home
🙂  Tease your Taste Buds Imported Italian Classics  Taste Up Foods importer of classic Italian cookies, bread crumbs and pasta from Italy’s finest and most advanced allergen and gluten free facilities.  
Levine’s General Store will be serving up Mac n Cheese with said pasta.  Your cravings satisfied here.
🙂  Bring Your Appetite for the finest tastiest GF Grilled Cheese or Grilled Kimcheese around, by Levine’s & Kimcheelicious on Chatham Bakery Bread. Served with chips!  Purchase said bread and kimchee and practice your skills at home.
Also on deck…
🙂  It’s a Scream The “Free Trifecta” from one of the top ice-cream experts in the world DFMavens will be giving away Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Ice-Cream for Free!
🙂  Brazil is in the House  Salve the stress of World Cup viewing with Polvilho Bakery puffed cassava crunchy satisfying snacks, a favorite of Brazil.  Buy a bag and watch the game!
🙂  Savor This  Levine’s General Store returns with their signature Yum Pies hand held savory pockets.  The Knishka potato and kale and the Chana chicpea, curry & rice.
🙂  Awesomest of Ginger Cookies and the mellowest and tastiest baked treats from market fave, Sans Bakery.
🙂  Sweet Vegan that’s Good   Lucky as ever to have Gone Pie serving up decadent baked goods and sweets and…of course, pie.
🙂  Dreamy Sweetness welcome aboard Izzy & Em’s small batch, organic, cookies.  Apricot and pistachio, Oatmeal and raisin. Your new favorite treat.


🙂   Fortify & Energize Returning from our debut market I Heart Keenwah will be sporting their high protein, crunchy, packed with flavor and nutrition quinoa snacks.


And cold bottles of Bard’s Beer for sale at the bar. 





Gluten Free and Vegan Treats Gone Wild – By Gone Pie

On Sunday June 1st at the next Gluten Free EatUP!  Barbara Sitomer of Gone Pie returns with her vegan and gluten free sweets and treats. And yes, pie!

Admission is FREE. As always…


Salted caramel peanut butter cup

A slice of pecan pie…