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 Post subject: Home Bakery?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:13 pm 
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So I've been laid off for a while now and I seem to constantly be baking something. We went to the Farmer's Market today, which got me thinking... would there be an interest out there for a nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free, dairy-free home bakery? As in, cookies, cakes, breads, muffins, granola, etc. It's just a random thought and I have no idea what goes into starting a home bakery, but I thought I would throw the idea out there.

Our home is completely free of peanuts and tree nuts due to my own severe allergy and we do nut use or buy anything with dairy, eggs, shellfish, fish, meat, or gelatine because we are vegan and have close relatives with other allergies. The only step would be to stop buying anything that may contain dairy or eggs, which would only be one or two things in the pantry (nothing we use for baking) to make our home completely egg and dairy free as well.

What do you think? Some random dream or potential possibility? Or would most people with allergies avoid something like that because it isn't certified? I know I would have reservations about a home bakery like that... unless I knew that they were as cautious as I am regarding allergens, traces, calling manufacturers, etc.

I would love to hear what the AL community thinks: good, bad or otherwise.

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anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts; asthmatic, dairy intolerant, vegan
other family members allergic to to dairy, egg, peanut, peach, banana, sesame, environmentals


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 Post subject: Re: Home Bakery?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:56 pm 
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Location: Niagara region, Ontario
If I, as a customer, heard what you just typed here, I would trust you, and buy from you. The main thing would be if the customer has a chance to dialogue with you. My girlfriend actually does baking out of her home to sell, not just allergy friendly. but because she has allergies of her own and I know she takes the right precautions I have ordered gorgeous birthday cakes, etc. Probably the best way to start is selling to friends, and you would gradually gain clients by word of mouth, and also if you advertised. Good luck to you!


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 Post subject: Re: Home Bakery?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:13 am 
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Location: Montreal, Canada
I don't know if it would work as I'm no marketing specialist but If I heard you sold products like that in my area, I would definately buy from you and it would make life easier and a little better for all the allergic people. If you want to, go for it!


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 Post subject: Re: Home Bakery?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:45 pm 
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Location: Oakville, Ontario
Go for it!!! A lot of successful small businesses have started up with people just like you!!! If you have the passion, desire, good connections, willingness to work hard, market yourself through word-of-mouth, and supportive people around you, I say YES! Do you live in an area that is large enough to support the need for your products? That would be helpful to avoid the shipping and handling, but if not, many people dealing with food allergies are willing (or have not choice) to pay for the products. Best of luck!!

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12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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