Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring!

We have been so busy (thank goodness!) that I have not posted since February.  We are delivering twice a week to New Life on Speedway, and hence, have stopped going to the Green Valley Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
We've made many birthday and special occasion cakes recently, many customized for special diets.

This coming weekend, March 28th and 29th, Green Heart will be at St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market, as usual, 9 am - 1 pm.

In addition, we shall be at Dr. Michael Gregor's event, in the vegan food court on Sunday at the Loft Cinema at 3233 Speedway.  The food court is from 1 pm - 3 pm; he speaks at 3.  Cost is $20 and tickets are available at the Loft Cinema.


We will have a wide selection of cakes, pie, and uncheesecakes by the slice, in addition to our sandwiches:  sprouted organic millet lentil loaf, "tuno" aka "chickpea of the sea", and hummus with veggie slaw.  All can be packaged to take home (and enjoy later!), or can be eaten on site, in case you can't wait!


Triple Berry Pie w/organic spelt crust, veganically-grown.  Key Lime Uncheesecake w/Kiwi.
Remember - all our items our organic whole-grain, typically oat, which has 2 1/2 times the nutrients of organic whole wheat.  Everything is sweetened without cane sugar; there's no "sugar rush", and nothing's addictive, so you don't overeat.  Of course it's all vegan, and made without oil or added fats.  That's right:  it's "dessert that doesn't hurt". 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Busy February (thank you!)

Individual Berry Tart (set on chocolate filling) and Raspberry Chocolate Hearts
It's February and Tucson is in "high gear":  the Gem Show, the Rodeo, and all the "snowbirds" are here for the gorgeous weather.

It has been so busy that I have not posted for several weeks!  The BEST IDEA is to "like" and follow Green Heart Bakery on Facebook, or at least check our Facebook page, if you would like to see WHERE WE ARE.  I have managed to post there a couple times per week, confirming that we'll be at the farmers markets, for example.

Green Heart is at 3 farmers markets every week:  Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 1 pm at St. Phillips Plaze (SE corner of River and Campbell), and Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm in Green Valley (Esperanza exit, turn right, and immediately left into shopping center).

Carrot Cake decorated for a birthday
Every weekend we have a hearty soup, and a main dish, both of which can be purchased by individual serving.  Also sandwiches - the newest is Hummus Veg Slaw, which joins the ever-popular Tuno (aka Chickpea of the Sea).

Orange Coconut Pineapple Coffee Cake

Always a good selection of baked goods:  coffee cake, muffins, brownies, cookies, cakes by the slice, and often pies and tarts.  Remember:  everything is made with organic whole-grain flours, and almost everything is gluten-free.  No refined sugar, no dairy, no eggs, no GMO ingredients, no added fat.  As we like to say, Green Heart makes "dessert that doesn't hurt".  In fact, it's all nutritious, as well as delicious.

See you soon at the market!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saturday, Jan 24 and Sunday, Jan 25th - St. Phillips Farmers Market

This weekend, Green Heart will be at St. Phillips Farmers Market, as usual.

We will have:

Blueberry Blue Corn Muffins
Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins
Gingerbread, frosted or not
Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
Molasses Ginger Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

German Chocolate Cake, by the slice
Meyer Lemon Tarts - diabetic-friendly
Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Mini-Bundts (made with organic brown rice flour)

Ted's Split Pea Soup with Potatoes, Carrots, Celery and Parsnips
Baked Stuffed Organic Red Bell Peppers with Onion Mushroom Gravy (fat-free, almond milk-based)

Tuno, sandwiches and containers
Organic Chocolate Brownies
Diabetic-friendly Brownies

Vermont pure maple syrup, jojoba oil, Ted's bear fetish T-shirts

* NO Green Valley on Wednesday, January 28th, and NO St. Phillips on Saturday, January 31st.

Thanks so much, and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Farmers Markets/New Life on Speedway/Crossroads Coffee

Saturday and Sunday, January 17/18, I will be at St. Phillips Plaza for the farmers market, 9 am to 1 pm.  I have a NEW SPOT on Sunday morning:  right in front, next to Adventure Coffee.  Turn into St. Phillips Plaza from Campbell Ave, drive straight up the driveway, and you will see Green Heart Bakery on the sidewalk, facing Campbell.

This weekend the menu is:

Vegan Chili with pinto and black beans - corn muffins on the side

Caponata - a delicious mixture of tomatoes, mushroom, olives and eggplant, to be eaten hot or room temp, on crackers, pasta, or alone.

Chocolate Cupcakes - by customer request

Fresh Blackberry/Strawberry Tarts - also customer request

Gingerbread - nice n'spicy.  Frosted with our silken tofu frosting - or plain.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins, Orange Coconut Pineapple Coffee Cake, Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Brownies, Molasses Ginger Cookies, Chewy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Tuno, aka "Chickpea of the Sea", both sandwiches and containers


New Life Speedway

This store is now selling our sandwiches, cake slices, etc in the refrigerated section.  Some baked items are also sold at the counter.

Crossroads Coffee

A new coffee house on the east side, at 8898 Tanque Verde Rd. (where Bear Canyon Rd begins), Crossroads is carrying Apricot Date Bars, Chocolate Cupcakes, Chewy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins.  They also have great coffee, and the location has beautiful views of the Catalinas.  Very nice decor and vibe - and the owners are good people - all the staff is very friendly.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Green Valley Class and St. Phillips farmers markets

On Wednesday, January 14th, I will speak in Green Valley at the January Veggie Pot-luck at 12:15 p.m.  Location:  Friends-in-Deed building, 301 W. Camino Casa Verde, 85614.  It is a pot-luck, so you would bring a dish to share that is either vegan or vegetarian - and marked as such.  Also bring a plate and fork (easy on the environment!).

I will give a short talk on how I went vegan in 1989, the health benefits I've enjoyed especially after a severe horse crash in 2009.  I will also demonstrate how to make Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake, and hand out copies of the recipe.  It's free (except for bringing some food to share), so come enjoy yourself!  My fellow vendor, Jody, will "man" my booth at the Green Valley farmers market, so my regular food will be available there.

This weekend, Green Heart will be at St. Phillips Farmers Markets, both Sat and Sun, 9 am - 1 pm.

This week, the soup will be Black Bean, and I will repeat the Baked Samosa Casserole.  I will have a Carrot Cake by the slice, and Gingerbread, frosted or un-frosted.  The chewy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies will be there, as well as the Tuno (Chickpea of the Sea ;-) Sandwiches and containers.

Heads-up:  Beginning next week, the week of January 12th, I will make my first delivery to New Life on Speedway.  They will carry an assortment of sandwiches, soup, salads, and baked goods.  More info to come.

The year is off to a great start!  Just so busy for everyone -- PLEASE schedule time for yourself for "self-care".

All the best to all of us!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015!

Our place New Year's morning.
Tucson got a surprise for New Year's:  snow.  Already melted, it is still chilly here - but will warm up next week, for which we are grateful.  We hope you have had some rest and some celebration over the holidays - we did!  We would like to thank everyone for their support during 2014 - when it was so hot, and when it was windy, and when it was raining, and when it was cold.  Thank you!

Green Heart will be at St. Phillips farmers market this Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4.  Remember:  everything we make is healthy - vegan, gluten-free (with one exception), whole-grain, no refined sugar, no added fat, no GMO's-- no empty calories. Almost all ingredients are organic. Here's the menu:

Pumpkin Lentil Soup
Baked Samosa Casserole w/gluten-free top crust
Tuno (Chickpea of the Sea), both sandwiches and 8 oz. containers

Meyer Lemon Tarts (lemons from a customer's tree)
Gingerbread
Frosted Cranberry Bliss Bars (the healthy version of what Starbucks offers)

Orange Coconut Pineapple Coffee Cake (& muffins)
Organic Chocolate Brownies
Diabetic-friendly Brownies
Apricot Date Bars
Molasses Ginger Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Rainforest Cake

Alaine's Rainforest Cake 2 lb. loaf



And January is usually the most popular month for Rainforest Cakes, even though we mailed so many in December.  That's because many people decide to buy one for themselves - it's a delicious, healthy treat - and many use it as an energy bar - a very special energy bar!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Time: Sat/Sun Dec 20/21

Rainforest Cakes ready for gift-wrapping.



Many Rainforest Cakes have gone out in the mail this week; others were purchased at the farmers markets.  There is still time to get them!  Call me 520-954-2409 if you'd like me to ship a cake for you (Priority Mail's last day to arrive by Christmas is Sat Dec 20th), or hold a cake for you at St. Phillips Farmers Market, where I will be this weekend, both Sat and Sun, from 9 am - 1 pm.
(Sorry no Green Valley last week or this; I was too busy baking last week, and now it's raining too hard :-(
We do have other gift items:  PURE Vermont Maple Syrup, which Ted brought back from Vermont in November.  It is quite different from what is offered at TJ's and Costco - it is wonderful!
Ted's Bear Fetish T-shirts, and Jojoba Oil, also pure, and from southern AZ.

The original Rainforest Cake hang tag, circa 1993
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I came across a vintage hang tag for the Rainforest Cake.  This is the 21st year I have made them "professionally".  (Before that, I was an amateur ;-).  It's rather quaint to read this tag.  Some ingredients have changed; no more tofu, for example, and pineapple replaces the apple rings. For some reason, I didn't mention the cranberries.  Inspired by "Diet for a New America" by John Robbins, I used to point out how the cake was good for people and the environment, and didn't involve animal cruelty - a conscious gift of love - when I did in-store samplings.  I fondly recall Erewhon in West Hollywood being my favorite store for these.  Often a customer there would hug me and thank me for making these cakes, as did Chris DeRose of Last Chance for Animals.  Loving kindness for all was the idea, and it is one that has grown the past 2 decades. 

Love & Blessings now, and in the new year!