Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Welcome to Fall 2017!

Whether you are visiting this website because of Yelp, or Divine Munchies on YouTube, or photos you've seen on Facebook (Green Heart Bakery) or Instagram (#alaineshrewsbury), or the classified ad in Desert Leaf -- welcome!  Tucson is such a diverse and different area than Southern California that I do many different things here -- and that can be confusing for new customers.
View of some baked goods at Sunday Rillito farmers market
No, we do not have a "brick and mortar" location.  Licensed to work out of the banquet kitchen at La Mariposa on Houghton, we sell at the farmers market and make special orders.

Yes, we mail muffins, cookies, brownies, apricot date bars, via USPS Priority Mail.
An order of Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins wrapped for mailing. 
Muffins flavors include:  Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Cranberry or Pecan, Blueberry Oat Bran, Lemon Raspberry, Banana Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Oat Bran, Blueberry Blue Corn, Orange Pineapple w/Coffee Cake Topping.  Please call 520-954-2409 to place an order with me.

Yes, every Sunday, Green Heart is at Rillito Park farmers market (4502 N. 1st Ave  85718) with a wide variety of bakery goods AND savory:  entrees, a hearty soup, several kinds of sandwiches, and sides. (Scroll down; the 2 previous posts list sample menus from Sundays in July). We change to winter hours on Sunday October 8th, which are 9 am to 1 pm.

If you are looking to add more healthy food to your weekly menu, you can sample a selection by coming to the farmers market and trying a few items.  You may know exactly what you'd like me to make for you, or you may not - but this will give us a starting point.  Yes, I make special orders and/or customize dishes for the requirements/preferences of customers. For example, some customers order their own pan of whole-foods plant-based* GF lasagna - and without red bell peppers.  (*This means no oil, no salt in the preparation.)

The bride chose gorgeous flowers for her cake.

Yes, I make birthday cakes, special occasion cakes, and wedding cakes.  My specialty is cakes with "clean" ingredients (hence, no fondant), and adapting to special diets/food allergies.  Call me to discuss your dietary requirements, and I can make you a special cake or dessert.

Yes, I deliver an assortment of savory dishes (and a few desserts) to New Life Health Center, 4841 E. Speedway, on Monday evenings; also, on some Thursday mornings. You can follow Green Heart Bakery on Facebook; I always post a photo when I deliver there, listing some of the offerings.

Yes, a good assortment of Green Heart's cookies, muffins, brownies and apricot date bars can be found at Crossroads Coffee, 8898 E. Tanque Verde Rd, 85749.

Also on Facebook, you will see that I post to remind when Green Heart will be at UA Mall farmers market for Wednesday lunchtime.  It's always a pleasure to see the students, staff and faculty there!

We hope to see you soon :-).  Good health to you!
An organic whole-grain GF vegan fruit-sweetened cake w/tofu-based frosting.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Menu for July 23rd Rillito Park Farmers Market

The farmers market at Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Ave) is open from 8 am - noon.  (Some shoppers are showing up at 7:30, although this Sunday is not forecast to be as hot.)

The menu:

Chilled Beet Borscht

Mulligatawny Soup (red lentils, roasted garbanzo beans, yams, with Indian seasonings:  fresh ginger and garlic)

Pizza:  pesto on cauliflower crust, roasted eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, housemade GF "sausage" with sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and cashew cheez

Millet Lentil Loaf Sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread (you can also order your own loaf or half loaf of the millet lentil loaf, which kind of resembles meatloaf),

Herbed Seitan on multi-grain buns with cashew cheez and housemade BBQ sauce (you can order your own loaf or half loaf of the seitan which kind of resembles beef brisket)

Chickpea "Tuna" aka Tuno:  sandwiches on Dave's Killer Bread, or 8 oz. container (I have customers who order by the pound)


Strawberry Short Cake

Raspberry Blueberry 3" Tarts

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies, Peach Hand Pies

Banana Walnut Bread

Carrot L
ayer Cake

Chocolate Oat Bran
Muffins; Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

Please message or call 954-2409 if you'd like to reserve anything.
  There may be other additions but these items will definitely be available.

Thank you!
*Leaving for Vermont on Tues Jul 25th, so Green Heart will not be at the market on July 30th.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Menu for July 16th Rillito farmers market

Market hours are 8 am - noon, although shoppers have begun coming at 7:30 to beat the heat (and the other shoppers ;-).

Pumpkin Lentil Soup

Roasted Veggie Pesto Pizza w/Caulifower Crust (housemade GF "sausage" and cashew cheez)

Roasted Veggie Lasagna w/Puttanesca Sauce (capers and Kalamata olives)

Millet Lentil Loaf Sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread (you can also order your own loaf or half loaf of the millet lentil loaf, which kind of resembles meatloaf)

Herbed Seitan on multi-grain One Buns with cashew cheez and housemade BBQ sauce (you can order your own loaf or half loaf of the seitan which kind of resembles beef brisket)

Chickpea "Tuna" aka Tuno:  sandwiches on Dave's Killer Bread, or 8 oz. container (I have customers who order by the pound)

Raspberry Blueberry 3" Tarts

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies, Peach Hand Pies

Banana Walnut Bread

Chocolate Brownie Layer Cake

Orange Coconut Pineapple Coffee Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

Apricot Date Bars

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Triple Coconut Snackin' Cake (no frosting)

Chocolate Donuts (baked, no added fat)

I may add other items, but these we can count on for this Sunday.  Please call 954-2409 to order/request/reserve your items to avoid disappointment.

Rillito Park 4502 N. 1st Ave (south of River)  Green Heart is located in Pavilion 1, on the north side of pavilion.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Savory Summer in the Desert

After a wonderfully busy season from January to Memorial Day, we are now in the slower summer tempo.  Only one farmers market per week:  every Sunday, Rillito Park farmers market, 8 am - noon, 4502 N. 1st Ave (just south of River Rd) 

*Remember to follow Green Heart Bakery on Facebook (or check it) for the weekly reminder/confirmation post  that we will be at Rillito on the Sunday that you are attending - because we will miss one in July (7/29) and one in August for short trips to Vermont and California.

Yes, we are still making special orders.
Chocolate Mousse Tart w/grain-free crust of almond flour and chocolate

Fresh Fruit Tart w/grain-free crust of almond flour
We'd like to show some of the savory items that we typically have on Sundays:

Chickpea "Tuna" Nori Wrap
 Mock "Tuna" aka Chickpea Tuno Nori Wraps:
chickpeas are blended with nutritional yeast, GF tamari, granulated kelp, onion powder, Dave's spicy pickles, red onion, and 9 fresh greens and herbs from our garden.  A "mayo" of silken tofu, fresh lemon juice, white vinegar, Dijon mustard and agave is added.  Here is "Chickpea of the Sea".  Wrapped in nori sheets, 6.5 oz serving.

The filling is also sold in 8 oz containers.

We also offer the Tuno Sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread.

The hearty soups are made in rotation and include:  Pumpkin Lentil, Mulligatawny, Black Bean with Roasted Corn, Roasted Leek and Potato, Quinoa Chili with Corn and Black Beans, Split Pea with Parsnips.  Sold in 16 oz containers and can be frozen.
Chilled summer soups include Watermelon Gazpacho and Beet Borscht.

Entrees include Roasted Veggie Lasagna (GF) with Pesto, Puttanesca Sauce and Cashew Cheez,
Kale and Potato Enchilada Casserole in Green Chili Sauce,
Baked Samosa Casserole,
Roasted Poblano Chili Casserole, 
various varieties of pizza w/housemade GF sausage, pesto, roasted vegetables.  Crusts include organic whole-wheat, a GF flour blend, or cauliflower.

Other sandwiches include:

Tempeh Unchicken Salad on Dave's Killer Bread or 8 oz container
Millet Lentil Loaf on Dave's Killer Bread
Herbed Seitan on a "Bun" (toasted Ezekiel English muffin) with BBQ sauce and cashew cheez.

Other dishes include:
Szechan Noodles in Peanut Sauce with asparagus, carrots and cucumber.
Red Seitan and Portobello Mushroom Empanadas
Spinach and Mushroom Quiche w/GF crust

We deliver on Monday evenings to New Life Health Center, 4841 E. Speedway.  Above is a shot of a typical delivery:  Lasagna, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Bars, Tuno Nori Wraps.  Store hours are 8 - 8 Monday - Saturday, 10-6 on Sundays.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Season 2016

The festival season is behind us  (we really enjoyed Harlow Gardens Holiday Marketplace Nov 5/6), and now it's full-steam ahead for Thanksgiving...and then the gift-giving celebrations of  December.
Please note that we supply 2 stores:  New Life on Speedway (1 block east of Swan), and Crossroads Coffee on Tanque Verde (at Bear Canyon).  You can always check with them by phone to see what they have in stock, in case you cannot get to the farmers markets.

Organic Apple Pie w/spelt crust behind our savory items
We are back on our farmers market schedule! We always have an assortment of savory and sweet items.  This holiday season we are showcasing Pecan Pie, Chocolate Pumpkin Uncheesecake, Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake.  Our Carrot Cake, Chocolate Brownie Cake and Apple Pie continue to be very popular.
Chocolate Pumpkin Uncheesecake with Carrot Cake

Sundays:  Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st) 9 am - 1 pm. Green Heart is in Pavilion 1, which is the farthest to the east of the 3 pavilions.

Yes, it's time to order for Thanksgiving!  Last day to pick up is Wednesday, November 23rd by 4 pm at New Life on Speedway.  Then we will be closed until we return to the U of A Mall farmers market on Wednesday, November 30th.  Call us to order:  520-954-2409
Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall Festival Schedule

Beautiful fall is here, and it's festival season again!  We already kicked it off with Earth Harmony at Avalon Gardens on October 1st and 2nd.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Green Heart is at Sunday Heirloom farmers market at Rillito Park every Sunday, now winter hours, 9 am - 1 pm, UNLESS WE ARE AT A FESTIVAL.  Follow us on Facebook for a reminder on Friday morning, as we always post our destination for the weekend then. Rillito Park is at 4502 N. 1st, where the racetrack is, on the north side of Rillito Wash.  Enter on 1st, and drive into parking area until you can see the canopies and the 3 pavilions; we are in Pavilion 1.
Grain-free Crust on a Fresh Fruit Tart
We are making so many special order cakes that we are NOT planning to return to St. Phillips Saturday farmers market.  So - think of Green Heart for birthday, wedding, or other cake occasions!
Organic Carrot Cake
Green Heart will be at the U of A Mall farmers market as often as possible this fall (we've already done 3 markets there so far).  Again, we post on Facebook on Tuesday morning, the day before a Wednesday market at U of A.  Be sure to follow us to get these reminders!
Grain-free Chocolate Crust w/Chocolate Mousse Tart
Festival Schedule:

Sunday October 16, 11 - 4:  Envision Tuscon Sustainable Festival at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita.  Our 4th year; a full selection of sandwiches, baked goods, salads, hot soup.  Really fun in a great, intimate setting - and it's free!

Wednesday October 19, 10 - 2:  U of A Mall farmers market.  On the lawn in front of the  Student Union - come have lunch or a healthy treat if you're at the U of A.

Sunday October 23 AND 30, 9 - 1:  Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park

Wednesday November 2, 10 - 2:  U of A Mall farmers market

Saturday and Sunday November 5/6:  Chris Bubany Harlow Gardens Holiday Fair.   Great artwork in a beautiful garden setting, conveniently located on Pima Street.  

Wednesday November 9:  POSSIBLY the U of A Mall farmers market UNLESS we are too busy baking for Saturday's ---

Saturday November 12:  Sahuarita Pecan Festival.  Our second year, we bring healthy plant-based food to this big and wonderful festival by the pecan orchards in Sahuarita.

Sunday November 13 AND 20:  Heirloom Farmers Market, 9 - 1.

Sunday November 27 - THANKSGIVING WEEKEND HOLIDAY - no market for us

Wednesday November 30, 10 - 2, U of A Mall farmers market

Saturday December 3, 10 - 5, Desert Sky Community School Holiday Fair

Wednesday December 7, 10 - 2, U of A Mall farmers market

Sundays December 4, 11, 18:  9 - 1, Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park

No markets on Christmas 12/25, or New Year's Day 1/1
Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer's Here and It's Hot

7-inch 3-layer Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Cake frosted in Vanilla
We are taking lots of orders for cakes so don't hesitate to call us (520-954-2409) to place an order; that is better than trying to order on-line.  It's important to get all your questions answered and for us to get your order just right.

Now that it is summer (and so hot), and the customer flow has slowed down at the Saturday St. Phillips farmers market, we are on hiatus for the summer JUST FROM THAT MARKET. We shall return in the fall when the customers do.

Fresh Banana Strawberry Cake frosted in Vanilla

We continue to do the Sunday Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st, where the racetrack is, on the north side of Rillito Wash).  8 am - noon, and we are set up in Pavilion 1.  Please come see us there!  

You can "like" us on Facebook, and then you will see our Friday morning post, in which we remind everyone and confirm that we will be at Rillito Park on Sunday morning. We also post some of the highlights of what we will have that weekend.

Typically, we have a layer cake (Chocolate Brownie, Carrot, Banana Chocolate Chip), a pie (Fresh Peach, Triple Berry, among others), 2 kinds of muffins (Blueberry Blue Corn, Orange Coconut Pineapple, Peach and Blueberry Oat Bran, Lemon Raspberry), tea breads (Banana Walnut, Carrot Bread, Zucchini Bread), cookies (Chewy Oatmeal Craisin, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Pecan, Molasses Ginger, grain-free Lemon No Sugar Cookies), bars (Apricot Date, Lemon), and Chocolate Doughnuts (baked).

On the savory side, we usually have 2 kinds of sandwiches (Chickpea Tuna, Roasted Veggies in Pesto Panini, Hummus & Veggie Slaw) on Dave's Killer Bread.  We also have the chickpea tuna in 8 oz containers.  Soup in 16 oz containers to heat at home (Pumpkin Lentil, Black Bean & Sweet Potato, Mulligatawny, Minestrone, Pasta y Fagioli, Chili, Split Pea, Watermelon Gazpacho).  Some weekends we have Roasted Veggie Pesto Lasagna with Puttanesca Sauce; some we have Roasted Poblano Chili Casserole.  Other dishes in rotation include Curried Quinoa Salad, Caponata, Seitan Bowl, gluten-free (mild) Szechuan Noodles.  

Please feel free to call us to verify a dish you are looking for.  You are welcome to join our "regulars" who place an order from the weekend's menu.  You may pick up Sunday at Rillito Park, or after Monday afternoon at New Life Health Center at 4841 E. Speedway (

Crossroads Coffee, 8898 E. Tanque Verde, carries a wide selection of our baked goods for your convenience and enjoyment.  They have great coffee, too!

One more cake:

Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Cake w/Blueberry Glaze and Vanilla Frosting