Laura Ford started Innate Foods in 2016 and has hosted various pop ups and other events since then. Now she has officially opened her own vegan and gluten-free bakery out of her tiny house in Saint Paul.
When you walk in, you’re literally walking into Laura’s kitchen, and she has display cases set up with scones, cookies, blondies, and more. Currently, hours are limited to Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm, and Monday 7am-2pm.
I ordered a selection of goodies, and the mac and cheese scone was my favorite. I would almost describe the texture as creamy, and there’s a slight hint of cheesiness. The beet scone was yummy, too, and a little more crumbly.
The blondies are just the right size for satiating a sweet tooth craving. The coconut bacon added nice texture and flavor to balance the sweetness of the frosting.
The prices are reasonable, and my favorite part is the community tip jar. Laura donates all tips to a different advocacy group each week, and the first customer on Saturdays gets to choose the group. How sweet is that?
It’s fun to see creative ways for business owners to operate, like Innate Foods and PLNT BSD’s smoothie cart. And living on the north side of Saint Paul, both of these businesses are relatively close to me so that’s even better! I hope you’re able to head over and support Innate Foods sometime soon.