Local mom opens gluten-free bakery right in her own kitchen


Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- Ivy Howey says she's always dreamed of opening up her own business and the Cottage Foods Act allowed her to make it a reality.

"I happened to come across a website that said Colorado had enacted the Cottage Food Law Act and I thought well this must be a sign," Howey said.

The Cottage Foods Act permits people to sell certain foods made in their own kitchens as opposed to commercial kitchens.

"If they hadn't had it, it would've been financially restrictive for me to try and start a baking business on my own," she said.

Howey started Yum! Wholesome Bakery and sells gluten-free cupcakes, cookies and breads, while also being able to be home to take care of her almost two-year-old daughter, Olive.

"I love food and I love to cook and it was just after I had my daughter," she said. "It was something that I thought might really work out well for us."

Her husband agrees the act gave Howey a chance to be a stay-at-home mom while simultaneously pursuing her dream.

"My wife gets to hang out with my kid," Howey's husband Chris McRobbie said. "We don't have to worry about daycare anymore."

Howey sells her baked goods at the Farmer's Market every other Thursday and also online. She said she's receiving positive feedback from all, but is also giving people who are gluten intolerant the opportunity to eat something they might usually have to skip out on.

""There were some kids that were walking by," Howey said, reflecting on one day at the Farmer's Market. "I said, 'Hey do you guys want to try some chocolate cake' and they were like hm and I said, 'It's gluten free!' Their faces lit up, they were so excited because they were gluten-free kids and they were so happy to have an option."


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