Boston Gluten-Free: Wildflower Pantry, Brighton

Wildflower Pantry, in the heart of the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, boasts a supplier and product chain of all things local. Even better, if you -- like me -- have celiac disease or a dietary restriction, this little grocery also boasts the double-resource of locally made totally gluten-free goods.


Stroll along one of the two aisles in this tiny shop, and you'll find everything from tea to cheese, pasta to fresh produce. Linger a little longer, and you'll likely be floored by just how many items Keri and her husband manage to fit neatly and cleanly along the walls, in the two small glass-fronted fridges, in the cold case up front -- and you'll likely be just as delighted by the welcoming aesthetic, a front-window nook for events and seating, and the scent of coffee and fresh bread.

I love that Wildflower sources everything from New England. Moreover, I love that they prove that local doesn't mean limited, just as gluten free doesn't mean deprived!

You couldn't find much more variety in a super market -- and in fact, you might find less due to the standardizing that forces stores to carry the same stuff through the same enormous distributor, all sourced from enormous industrial farms and factories.

Wildflower Pantry stocks in-season vegetables & fruit. Drop in for the naturally gluten-free new potatoes, or spring onions, or hearty New England apples ( from local Siena Farms ).

They stock tea, and local maple and cider syrups -- stop by to stock up before pancakes and waffles on the weekend.

They stock snacks, such as 88 Acres Boston-based seed-based granolas & chewy bars -- and these little blokes are the height of certified-gluten-free-safety, on top of being delicious.

Peruse the fridge to find another Boston-standout (and gluten-free & vegan find): Nutty Life Boston's creamy cashew milk.

Or pick up a tray of fresh local eggs. More naturally gluten free. More fresh as fresh this family-owned grocery.

I haven't been by in a while, what with travel, income incoming or too-fast-outgoing, and farmer's markets on every day of the week.

But when I last stopped by, the gluten-free goods had only expanded.

And the small, wood-countered pantry smelled like Fall, hint of cooking, and had more new items than I could count on fingers and toes.

(You can also find gluten-free crackers, baking mixes, locally caught fresh fish, local made hummuses, and too many other items to count. Don't take my blog for it. If you're a Bostonian, or a Boston-visitor, stop by -- and say CJ says hullo.)

Below is a partial, but longer, list of the mentions of product I made above (not all are gluten-free):

Alex's Ugly Sauce
Apex Orchards
Apotheker's Kitchen
​Ava's Caramel Corn
Baer's Best
Baraka Birth
Better Bagels
Bisousweet
Calcutta Curry
Carr's Ciderhouse
Crown of Maine Co-Op
Cuisine en Locale
Dan's Brick Oven Breads
Dottie's Delights
Doves and Figs
Dulce and Rugosa
Fōmū
Four Star Farms
Goodness Gracious
Heron Pond Farm
Iggy's Bread
Ivyee's Honey
Jubalí
Kalahari Biltong
Katalyst Kombucha
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Maine Root Sodas
Makomas
Maple Valley Creamery
McCrea's Candies
Metro Pedal Power
Mi Tierra Organic Corn Tortillas
Misty Brook Farm
Mycoterra Farm
North Hadley Sugar Shack
Olympiana
Once Again Seed and Nut Butters
Q's Nuts
Real Pickles
Red Barn Coffee
Robinson Farm
Samira's Homemade
Scarpetta Sauce
Seventh Generation
Shaw Farm
Sir Kensington's
Smith Farmstead Cheeses
Soluna Garden Farm
Sophia's Greek Pantry
Spindrift
Stillman's Farm
Stillman's Quality Meats
Stonewall Kitchen
Stony Brook Wholehearted Foods
Sweet Sisters
Tea is the Way
Tea Village
Tortilleria La Nina
Urban Kitchen Homemade
Urban Moonshine
Valicenti Pasta Farm
Vermont Bread
Walden Local Me



Tumbling Free!

CJ

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