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Gluten-Free Baked Goods that Taste Delicious

Bettie Jean Whitaker worked for more than 25 years in the food industry serving, cooking, planning and bartending to help support her growing family, and was a gifted cook and dessert maker. Her talents were often showcased at family get-togethers and parties—New Year’s Eve was catered with multiple courses and hors d’oeuvres. In March 2012, Whitaker decided to follow her dream and sell her baked goods at a local farmers’ market in Ocala. Today, SaraFay Farms can be found on Saturdays at Haile Farmers’ Market, in Gainesville, and Brownwood Farmers’ Market, in The Villages. There is also a brand-new SaraFay’s Gluten-Free Bakery store in Ocala which is open during the week.

 

“Everything made at our bakery is and always will be gluten-free. We use many custom blends and flours, including flours that we process ourselves in the bakery. We spend countless hours researching products, creating, recreating, tweaking and refining our recipes. We are confident that the products we sell are unique, health-conscious and delicious,” she says.

 

 

“We specialize in food allergies and restricted diets, and come highly recommended by many physicians in Marion and surrounding counties,” says Whitaker. “Our newest endeavor is to offer meals to go that qualify for restricted diets.” Some of the baked goods for sale are breakfast breads, Florida fruitcake, special order cakes, sandwich breads and GMO/soy/corn/dairy-free sandwich breads, brownies and cookies. Other items include vegan and gluten-free options; paleo snacks, ketogenic diet breads, dessert options and more.

 

She continues to experiment and research, constantly seeking to improve her craft and meet the needs of her customers. Following her initial effort, there were overwhelming requests from customers interested in products that would be safe for children with allergies or that met certain strict dietary requirements. Although she had little experience in that realm and the ingredients were far more expensive, Whitaker followed her heart and began to dabble with vegan items. Learning how to cook without dairy and still get great results was no easy task, but she was soon selling these items alongside her other products.

 

This gave Whitaker the confidence to begin working in the gluten-free realm with integrity. Once customers became enthusiastic about those items, they began to take over. She wants to make things that taste so good people can’t tell they are gluten-free.

 

The SaraFay Farm Bakery is located at 2435 SW 27th Ave., in Ocala. For more information, call 352-895-4090 or visit SaraFayFarm.com.


 

 

 

 

 

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