This month in the JB it’s time for a shameless plug for our bakers! Why in the Juice Bar article, you ask? Because the Juice Bar staff is surrounded by bakery on all sides, and therefore has the opportunity to sample just about everything. So we’re going to take you on a tour of the outskirts of juice land and explore our favorite bakery items (based upon the consensus of me and Juice Bar staff member Addie Greenwood) in the process.

Made without gluten

Let’s start out just as you make your way through Produce towards us. Smack dab in the middle, near the bananas, you’ll find our “made without gluten” bakery. (From Josh Perkins’ July 2007 Reader article: “We at Willy Street Co-op do not have a physically separate facility in which to manufacture our glutenless bakery, a measure which has become more and more common for those businesses wishing to minimize or eliminate cross-contamination from flours or other products that do contain gluten. Because of this, we have chosen to label our products “MADE WITHOUT GLUTEN,” signifying that, to the best of our knowledge, the products that go into these recipes do not contain gluten. They are made using equipment that is used to make other bakery products with wheat flour.”) “Made without gluten” may frighten off those of you without a gluten allergy, but fear not! It’s made without gluten, not without flavor. Addie suggests the Chocolate Pecan Brownies and the Pumpkin Apple Muffins, while I recommend the Chocolate Cake and Cornbread Muffin.

Cake

Moving in closer to the Juice Bar, you’ll find the juice case. And what goes better with our juice than cake? Addie’s recommendation for cake is the carrot cake. I can’t disagree with her on this one, so I’m going to let you know that the Grasshopper Brownie is my wife’s favorite item in the bakery—and tell you that if you haven’t tried the Chocolate Sheba Bar, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures in life. It may say vegan, but I could clear out a good portion of our shelf myself. (They are highly addictive!)

Poundcakes and cookies

Continuing our tour down aisle 1, everyone is in agreement that the poundcakes are without peer. There are three flavors: plain, marble, and lemon poppyseed. Addie likes lemon poppyseed best, but being the chocolate lover I am, I like the marble. I also strongly feel the need to mention the cookies. We have two vegan cookies that I love—the peanut butter and the chocolate chip. The rest of the cookies are great, the cowgirls fly off the shelf, but these two flavors will impress anyone who scoffs at vegan bakery. We just have to limit staff access to the dough.

Granola bars and Bumble Babies

Finishing our tour of the Juice Bar’s bakery barricade, we come to our service area. Once again there was a unanimous choice for favorite—the chocolate chip granola bar. There isn’t a better one, period. However, once again, I feel the need to mention another bar-the immensely popular Bumble Babies. Another contribution to the store from the national co-op recipe sharing program, they are good for you but don’t taste like it.

Savory items

We’re not done yet, because there are still more goodies over at the Deli. Addie immediately voted the Cheese Focaccia her favorite. I, on the other hand, don’t want to pick favorites from these products. I’ve heated up Cheese Scones for lunch, made sandwiches out of Rosemary & Sea Salt or Cheese Focaccia, and munched a number of Spinach & Feta Muffins during meetings. At home I make a lot of soup, and both focaccia and the scone go amazingly well with chicken/turkey soup, or good tomato bisque. I would be lying, though, if I didn’t admit that the Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread is my favorite We have a plain version as well as, but I never eat chili without the Jalapeno Cheddar. (It also goes well with the Deli’s award-winning jambalaya, as long as we’re doing shameless plugs.)

In the grand scheme of things our bakery is relatively new, but already they’ve come up with a number of products that are a regular part of my shopping trips. Next time you’re in the mood for some dessert, or maybe a light lunch, check them out.