With many people following gluten-free diets, it's no wonder more and more stores are offering such products. If you're traveling to the greater Fort Wayne area, there is no shortage of stores catering to such needs. Here is a guide to a few local options:
3 Rivers Natural Grocery: 3 Rivers Natural Grocery is a co-op, meaning in the loosest sense, it exists for the benefit of the individuals who formed it. When you shop, here your dollars stay local, which is an important distinction over chain stores. Here, you will find a selection of organic produce, frozen foods, non-perishables, and health and beauty products. People with allergies and special dietary restrictions can find choices here. They have an impressive hot and cold bar with one or several gluten-free options. They also feature gluten-free baked goods and snacks. Their staff is very knowledgeable about dietary concerns. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8 am to 10 pm; Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.
Health Food Shoppe of Fort Wayne:
Visitors can also find some of the same products as the co-op at the Health Food Shoppe, which is located at 3515 N. Anthony Blvd., in the North Anthony neighborhood. A natural deli, grocery, herb and supplement store, the shoppe is a local resource for visitors following a gluten-free diet. They also have a lunch bar that often features gluten-free items.
Located on the northwest side of town, Earth Fare is the newest addition to the health food genre. Not too many stores can honestly say they carry no products containing high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meat and dairy. Earth Fare offers many breads, cookies, crackers, salad dressings, and other products which are packaged in gluten free facilities and labeled gluten free.
Located on the southwest side of town, the Fresh Market is an upscale grocery store chain. You can find everything from organic chocolate to frozen gluten-free pizzas here. They run some pretty good sales, too. You can't go wrong with any of these stores.