Mariposa started in 2004 because founder Patti Furey Crane was gluten-intolerant, baking a lot of baked goods to satisfy her own cravings and there were few gluten-free artisan baked goods available on the market at that time.
Do you bake in a dedicated gluten-free facility?
Yes, everything we bake is made in our 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery located in Oakland, California.
What other allergens are used in your bakery?
Our artisan bakery also creates products with tree nuts, dairy, eggs and soy.
Do you use non-GMO ingredients?
We use non-GMO products as much as we can. We are not certified non-GMO, but all of our flours, our xanthan gum, our beet fiber and our unrefined cane sugar are non-GMO.
Are all of Mariposa's ingredients organic?
We’re always searching for ways to bring the healthiest ingredients into our bakery and we do our best to use as many organic ingredients as possible while still putting out a product that’s affordable to our customers. Not every ingredient is organic, but many are!
How do we know Mariposa's baked goods taste so good?
We have a lot of experience with gluten-free, what works, what doesn’t work and we aim to only sell the best artisan-crafted gluten-free products. Our products are handmade, hand-crafted and if they are not of top-quality, we don’t sell them as regulars. You can come to our Oakland Bakery for irregulars, which happen, but are still pretty-darn good.
What is the shelf-life of your products?
It’s short! Because gluten-free baked goods lack the protein found in their gluten-based counterparts, gluten-free products have a relatively short shelf-life. Please store our baked goods in air-tight containers and if possible refrigerated or freeze depending on the product.
Do your products contain preservatives or additives?
No, our products do not contain preservatives or additives. They are also free of hydrogenated oils. Many of our products have been accepted by the Feingold Association, an organization of families and professionals dedicated to helping children and adults apply proven dietary techniques for better behavior, learning and health. Mariposa's products are featured in the Feingold Association's "Foodlist & Shopping Guide" publication which lists products found to be free of synthetic colors and flavors, as well as preservatives such as BHA, BHT and TBHQ.
Does Mariposa have any sugar-free products?
No, we do not have any sugar-free baked goods. In the past we‘ve tried out a few sugar-free recipes, however we didn’t feel that they met our standards for taste or quality. We’re a gluten-free bakery and that’s our main focus. While we try to avoid other common food allergens, like dairy and nuts, we’re a gluten-free bakery first and that means -- sweets! A number of our products contain honey or agave in place of sugar, but we use organic unrefined cane sugar in most of our baked goods.
Do you sell your pizza dough raw?
Our pizza is sold as a 2pk of par-baked crusts, rather than raw dough. This makes cooking our pizza easier – Just take crusts from the freezer, top with your favorite ingredients and put right into the oven!
Do you have pie crusts available in your retail locations?
Although we bake pies for the holiday season, we do not sell pie crusts by themselves. For gluten-free pie crusts, we recommend Christine’s Upper Crust Pies. They’re located in San Rafael, CA and they sell their crusts to retail stores around the Bay Area - www.christinespies.com.
How can I find out what other allergens are in your products?
We know that many people who have gluten-intolerance, a gluten-allergy or Celiac Disease often have other food allergies as well. While we are a dedicated gluten-free baking company and all of our products are gluten-free, each product is different and may contain other allergens. We have these listed along with our ingredients and we try to label our products as clearly as possible so that you are very clear what allergens a product may contain. (Our bakery is also peanut-free, so none of our products contain peanuts.)
Is there a chance of cross-contamination in your facility?
No! Although we are not a certified gluten-free bakery, (mainly due to the high cost of annual certification), we take every precaution to prevent cross-contamination. We have a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility. We choose our ingredient suppliers carefully. We make sure employees never bring gluten into our bakery or wear their uniforms outside of work where they may come into contact with gluten. We do everything possible to create a safe environment for making 100% gluten-free baked goods.
Further, we periodically test our products for gluten and consistently get results of less than 10ppm, by the University of Nebraska’s Food Allergy Research and Resource Program.
What restaurants do you recommend for dinner in the Bay area that have GF options?
A good place to start is by looking at the list of restaurants that we supply with breads and pizza crusts. You can find that right here
on our website. There are also a few good resources for looking up gluten-free-friendly restaurants.
Here are a few resources that we can recommend for restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area: