La Loba's Owners Baking up Treats in Blue Mountain Beach
February 27, 2012 by Marla Burns
La Loba's Bakery in Blue Mountain Beach serves up a plethora of tasty treats with a healthy edge. Owners Gwynn Baker (yes, that’s her real last name) and 20-year partner Alan Armer began baking in South Walton in 1994.
Gwynn says “baking is in her blood”, and feels she was always “destined to bake”. It’s a labor of love for her. She credits Alan as being “the idea man of the bakery” and “has been invaluable in the business”. He “loves talking with customers”.
In the beginning of their operation, it was mainly by word of mouth that they discovered an untapped local niche for fresh goods baked from organic ingredients. Their products include wonderful whole grain breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, cakes, brownies, dark chocolate granola, and special seasonal items. The most popular product is their Maple Nut Granola.
Among their selection of baked goodies, some of their most popular products are their birthday cakes, with favorites being chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
For health conscious individuals looking for a great, healthy meal, La Loba’s serves vegetarian lunches, including organic beans and rice with locally grown greens, roasted veggie pies and burritos, and now they even feature some yummy lunch plates with organic meats and gluten-free, grain-free items. They support local growers and also serve great salads, made from local produce, that vary with seasonal availability.
Gwynn says the best thing about her business “has always been the interesting and enjoyable people I have met and in many cases become good friends with. I could write a book on stories of the people who have walked in my door”.
Her main business goal “is to educate people about organic foods and sustainable agriculture and to show them that wholesome, clean foods are the best tasting and most satisfying foods we can eat”.
She believes “enjoyment of food, from growing a garden, to cooking, to eating, is a critical component of good health”. She doesn’t sell to restaurants any longer, mainly because her “top priority was quality and freshness of products, and that was impossible to control with wholesale accounts”.
However, she has had good experiences with her online orders and would like to expand that aspect of the business. “I feel sure that will be the case as folks discover they can order on-line.”
La Loba Bakery is conveniently located next to Big Daddy’s Bike Shop, and For the Health of It natural food market in Blue Mountain Beach. You can also find delectable selections of her culinary masterpieces at For the Health of It, as well as Amavida Coffee shops.