Top 5 Places to Shop Gluten-Free in Fort Wayne

It is undeniable that the gluten-free diet is becoming a permanent fixture in our culture. Some folks, like me, must eat gluten free because we have Celiac Disease or have a gluten/wheat allergy. While others find that a gluten free diet improves their health and/or quality of life. Regardless of why, gluten-free is here to stay.

If you are in Fort Wayne and looking for places to buy gluten-free products and supplies you will not be disappointed. There are several good options. Getting the hang of cooking and eating gluten-free at home is a key first step in instituting a gluten-free life. I find that shopping at small specialty shops that spotlight gluten-free products, rather than the large box stores, makes it easier to get what you need without the temptation of your old wheat-tainted favorites. Once you figure out how to eat dinner at home it makes it easier to tackle restaurant eating. It is a process!

Here are the top 5 businesses in Fort Wayne that sell gluten-free products. They are in no particular order, as I highly recommend and shop at them all regularly.

  1. The Three Rivers Co-op Natural Grocery & Deli (the “Co-op”). Located at 1613 Sherman Street in Fort Wayne, the Coop offers a complete selection of organic vegetables and fruit, gluten-free baking, cooking, and snacking supplies, including both frozen and fresh. It is exciting to see so many gluten-free options in one place! If you are looking for flour, chips, noodles, bread, ice cream, sweets, or crackers the Co-op has it. The Co-op also has a large section devoted to supplements and nutrients, a selection of gluten-free beers, and a deli/cafe that is open daily. The Co-op is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  2. The Health Food Shoppe. Located at 3515 North Anthony Blvd (next to Firefly Coffee House) in Fort Wayne and open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., is a great source for gluten-free cooking and snacking options. The Health Food Shoppe has an extensive offering of fresh vegetables and fruit, snacks, boxed items, and healthy nutrients and supplements.
  3. Fort Wayne Custom Rx. Custom Rx is a compounding pharmacy located at 414 East DuPont Road in Fort Wayne. Custom Rx is locally owned and operated by a family that adheres to a gluten-free lifestyle. On the pharmacy’s website they highlight Celiac Disease and gluten-free living. The pharmacy offers a small but excellent selection of gluten-free cooking, baking, and snacking supplies. Since the selection is small the ownership have taken great care to sell the best products. It is a great place to get your Amy’s, Pamela’s, or Glutino products, among others. This is an especially great option for folks who live in northern Allen County. Custom Rx is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  4. Grabill Country Store. The Grabill Store is one of my favorite places in Allen County. Located in Grabill at 13813 Fairview Drive the Grabill Store has everything that a traditional bulk store should, including an Amish run deli and bakery. The Grabill Store also has a gluten-free section of baking supplies and a bakery that will bake gluten-free breads on request (call ahead). If you are looking for a variety of flours to experiment with then the Grabill Store is a great place to visit.
  5. Fresh Market. Fresh Market is a great grocery store, although it is my only recommendation that is not locally owned and operated. It is located at 6306 West Jefferson Blvd in Fort Wayne and as you probably know is a full service grocery store. Fresh Market offers a wide variety of naturally gluten-free fruit, vegetables, and meat. It also offers many different canned, boxed, and bagged gluten-free options to enjoy. It was at Fresh Market that I discovered Tasty Bite all natural, vegetarian, and gluten-free Indian entrees (some are not gluten-free, so read the bag) that all cook in 90 seconds in the microwave. It is a major victory when you find something you truly love. Fresh Market is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Good luck to you as you shop gluten-free in Fort Wayne!


Whitney is a Southern girl. She is an attorney by trade and an administrator by birth who works at a local college. Whitney spends her free time adventuring with her border collie Scout and blogging at It is pretty -

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Marta Vincent
June 16th, 2013
I don't live in Ft Wayne but visit about every other month, and one of my favorite places to grab a Gluten Free bite or buy GF bread or cookies is the Pembroke Bakery & Cafe at 300 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne. They have Vegetarian & Vegan offerings as well as Gluten Free. (260) 247-7220

Enjoy Simpler Times at the Grabill Country Fair

Bring family and friends and head to this year’s Grabill Country Fair, September 6 through 8 in Grabill, Indiana to enjoy a slower pace and the atmosphere of simpler times. Grabill, Indiana is located just 10 miles east of Fort Wayne, on Leo-Grabill Road, in the heart of Amish country.

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Because of the fair’s location, Amish heritage takes center stage with fair activities. The fair features a variety of artisans, often numbering more than 100 booths in total and live displays from chain saw carving to portraits and T-shirt artistry. The fair also has a craft show and live entertainment. This year the Inspired Four Gospel Group will perform on Thursday, followed by country rock group Cook Belle on Friday and bluegrass group David & Lee Bluegrass on Saturday.

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The fair would not be complete without some old-time competition! Events include a watermelon eating contest, cherry pit spitting, baby crawl and jump rope event, among others!

The Grabill Country Fair’s roots date back to 1973 when the fair was started by the Grabill Chamber of Commerce. Today the annual festival is known to attract on average 100,000 visitors. The weekend is complete with hearty, home-cooked foods such as corn on the cob and apple dumplings.

Shuttle service for the fair is provided at Leo High School. For additional information on shuttle times, along with a full fair itinerary and directions, visit the Grabill Country Fair online. Or call 260.627.5227, Extension 5 or email with questions.


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at

See you in the country at the Grabill Country Fair!

My favorite season is coming…the changing from almost unbearable heat to warm days that turn into crisp cool, evenings…fall! And with fall come more fairs and festivals. I love the Grabill Country Fair! I love that it starts with the short, scenic drive from Fort Wayne and ends in a small town full of history, home-cooking and country charm.

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The homemade ice cream is a great treat that you’re sure to come back for.

The fair begins on Thursday, September 6th and continues through Saturday, September 8th. Activities at the fair appeal to kids and adults of all ages, from magic shows to musical performances and contests from pie and watermelon eating to cherry pit spitting! All of the contests and events are relevant to the bygone era. The parade through the streets of Grabill begins on the 8th at 10 a.m. and is surely not to be missed! Musical entertainment ends each evening with gospel, country and bluegrass performers.

Over one hundred merchant and craft tents are set up and feature children’s items, blown glass, dolls, quilts and crocheted items. There are also local Amish vendors showcasing their handmade wood pieces. Artisans bring their own twist to creating homemade items including chain saw carvings, T-shirt art and hand-drawn portraits.

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Handmade foods, crafts and music are staples of the Grabill Country Fair.

And let’s not forget about the food at the Fudergong! Each morning, the day begins with “Breakfast at the Fudergong” a Pancake and Sausage Gravy breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Fudergong offers homemade beef and noodles and freshly made pies from the Grabill Inn on the 6th and 7th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On the 8th, High’s BBQ chicken and more pies from the Grabill Inn, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. I cannot wait to get some of that chicken! Don’t forget the many food vendors that offer homemade rolled pretzels, ribs and lemon shake-ups!

To make things easy, you can park at Leo High School and catch a shuttle into Grabill. For more on shuttle information, a list of daily activities and a map of the area, visit the Grabill Country Fair website here.

The fair’s slogan is, “Grab your family, meet up with old friends and enjoy a look back at a slower pace and a simpler time!” See you in the country!



Jamie Dolsen is a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She is a graduate of North Side High School, where she met her husband, Jesse, and Ball State University, where she majored in Telecommunications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and spoiling her Yorkie, Barkleigh. Her hobbies include music and writing. During the summer, you can find her on the sidelines of a ball diamond or poolside.

The 34th Annual Wing Ding is almost here!

WD34 progressive 2 225x300 The 34th Annual Wing Ding is almost here!Big news in Fort Wayne! The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is holding their 34th annual Wing Ding in Fort Wayne from Tuesday July 3rd – Saturday July 7th! This is an exciting time for Honda Gold Wing enthusiasts and Fort Wayne residents alike! Fortunately, you do not have to own a Gold Wing to be involved with the Wing Ding. There are three events that the public is welcome to attend.

The first is the Welcome Party, nicknamed “Horses and Horsepower.” This will be held in Grabill from 6-10 pm on July 3. The streets of Grabill will be closed to help welcome all of the Wing Ding attendees. During the party, all of the party-goers will be about to get a glimpse into the Amish lifestyle, buy some Amish goods, and taste some delicious Amish food.

The second event that the public is encouraged to attend and support is the light parade on July 4th at 9:30 pm.  The motorcyclists will decorate their Gold Wings with lots of lights and have a parade around the IPFW Campus! Be sure to stick around after the parade for the annual IPFW 4th of July Fireworks.

The third event that the public is encouraged to attend is the Wing Ding Grand Parade on Friday July 6th at 5:30 pm. This parade will travel through the streets of Fort Wayne as the participants make their way from the Memorial Coliseum to Parkview Field.

Feel free to come out and encourage these three great events during Wing Ding 2012 and learn more at



Ali is a Fort Wayne native who recently finished her junior year at Bethel College where she is majoring in communication. She is currently working as the Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. She is also working in concessions for the Fort Wayne TinCaps. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with friends, reading, going to the movies, and exploring the city of Fort Wayne.

The Grabill Country Store: Breakfast, Lunch and Groceries

We all have special places where we love to take guests to entertain them and show them the unique features of our town. I love to have house guests, especially friends and family who have never visited Fort Wayne. One of my special spots to take visitors is the Grabill Country Store (the “Grabill Store”).

The Grabill Store is a community-owned bulk store in Grabill, Indiana, a small outpost in northeast Allen County. Grabill is a town of around a thousand people, including a significant population of Amish families.

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What is so special about the Grabill Store? A stop at the Store is a cultural experience. It is a place where horse and buggy meets four-door sedan and freshly made bread and ground peanut butter meet repackaged gummy worms and trail mix.  The centerpiece of the Grabill Store’s is the Amish bakery and deli. The bakery produces freshly baked bread. You will find perfect loaves of sourdough, wheat, raisin bread, and others. A personal favorite of mine are the trays of fresh donuts made daily and sold fast. You won’t just find glazed donuts either, you will see filled, iced, and flavored. Select a box or bag and take a pile home, you will not regret it.

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The Grabill Store Deli offers a hot buffet, deli meats, and cheeses. A perfect Saturday morning activity is breakfast at the Grabill Store. Get there early and have a cup of freshly ground coffee and enjoy a traditional country style breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, and mush. Or grab a plate of the outstanding sourdough French toast – thick cuts of bread battered and sauteed before being finished off in the oven. It is sweet and fantastic. In case you are not an early riser, you can head to the deli buffet for a lunch of fried pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Then finish lunch off with a slice of freshly made pie for dessert. The buffet changes daily but these are some of my favorites.

Once you finish your meal be sure to cruise through the grocery offerings. You will find Amish-made fruit jams and spreads, pickled items, pasta, cooking supplies, and spices. The Grabill Store also offers a huge selection of repackaged items – nuts, dried fruit, and candy. Because the Grabill Store purchases these common items in bulk and repackages the items the shopper saves money. Who doesn’t love that? One more thing you will not want to miss at the Grabill Store is the homemade ice creams. Giant tubs of blackberry with nuts, banana, fudge, strawberry, and more await you in the freezer section.

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Dining and shopping at the Grabill Store is a pleasure. A visit gives the customer the opportunity to enjoy a good meal and great products. More importantly customers are supporting a truly local business while experiencing the local culture. The Grabill store is a reliable and wonderful place to shop regularly and a great local destination for your out-of-town visitors and guests who want to see all Allen County as to offer.

Where do you take visitors when they come to Fort Wayne?


Whitney is a Southern girl. She is an attorney by trade and an administrator by birth who works at a local college. Whitney spends her free time adventuring with her border collie Scout and blogging at It is pretty -

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July 4th, 2012
These photos make my mouth water! What a fun daytrip for girlfriends or families! We'll check them out sometime this summer. Thanks for the info!