Responding to customers coming from as far away as Issaquah to her Everett store, owner Janell Farnsworth opened a second Janell’s Gluten-Free Market in the upper Totem Lake shopping center next to Trader Joe’s a few months ago.
While the store sells some of the major gluten-free brands such as Udi’s, Schar, Enjoy Life and Pamela’s, they also feature locally produced products from Flying Apron, Fancy Free and Shambala.
For customers newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, the staff is very knowledgeable and willing to help read labels for customers with multiple food allergies. Additionally, brochures produced by the leading celiac disease and gluten intolerance organizations are available that can help to identify and explain symptoms of gluten intolerance.
According to “Celiac Disease: On the Rise,” a July 2010 Mayo Clinic “Discovery’s Edge” online research magazine article, research suggests celiac disease is becoming a major public health issue.
“Although the cause is unknown, celiac disease is four times more common now than 60 years ago, and affects about one in 100 people,” the article reported.
“Celiac patients may suffer severe stomach pain and diarrhea if they eat even traces of the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and in many supermarket foods. Once gluten is eliminated from the diet, celiac disease is usually manageable,” the article explained.
In September, the store plans a grand opening event that will feature great foods for school and work lunches. Guest speakers will be on hand and customers will be able to try many food samples.
The store is located at 12616 120th Ave. NE in Kirkland. Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.