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Violette Bakers (Gluten Free for Everyone!) needs a new home! Help us move and install a new bakery!
lee jenkins
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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
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Who We Are: 

At Violette Bakers we use natural, organic, locally-sourced ingredients and HAND-MAKE everything from scratch. (Credo #1  and #2 of our food revolution.)  Did you know that even some "artisan food producers"  and bakeries use a  co-packer (a food factory that makes foods for lots of brands)?  At Violette Bakers we use fresh fruits, edible flowers and seasonal vegetables (too delicate for machines). We hand-mill much of our own flour so that our baked goods not only taste better, they are better for you. We aim for a product that’s not just “good for gluten free,” but also that’s just plain good. In January 2014, we were included in Best of the New for bakeries in the Boston Globe Magazine.

Why We Need YOU!

Our landlord raised our rent 200% and to an unsustainable level! They gave us our initial notice to move, meaning we have to be in a new location by Fall. Which means we have to find a new location immediately. We are seeking funds to help us move and retrofit a new kitchen/bakery.  It will likely cost us between $50,000-75,000 to build a new kitchen and store front.  So many have thanked us for existing, have cried on the spot after tasting our food, and we hope our customers, supporters and anyone who WANTS REAL FOOD (isn't that everyone?) will  help us get into a new bakery space so we can continue to provide exceptional gluten free food, from a dedicated gluten free bakery and using organic, local and humane ingredients as much as we can. 

Unfortunately for some of you, despite numerous requests, we don't ship. Credo #3 is value added food should stay local. Its better that way for the environment and the local economy. So while we'd love you to partake in our food--making you hunger for more revolution, alas, you must come to the Boston area to do so. 


In 2012, Leesteffy began selling at local farmer’s markets under the name of Violette Bakers. Violette Bakers was an instant success with customers—gluten free and  gluten-full alike—everyone loved the freshness and unique European style of the baked goods. Knowing that gluten free food had become synonymous with bad tasting food, Violette Baker’s motto was Gluten Free for Everyone. Or, If it tastes gluten free we won’t sell it! (Credo #4)

In June 2013, Violette Bakers moved into a bakery space at 1001 Mass Ave on a temporary basis. We intended the space to be temporary because it was in the basement and was in horrible shape, but instead of being able to simply clean and plug in our equipment, the project became a money pit.The wiring, plumbing and general systems were so outdated, we had to spend significant sums just to use the kitchen.  As a  gluten free bakery we can’t use a co-shared kitchen because of cross-contamination issues so we were stuck. And, this left us with little resources to move to a new location.

We tried to make lemonade out of our lemons and decided to open retail at this location.  But last week, Dunkin Donuts opened upstairs and now the landlord wants box store rates from his tenants. He's given us notice to move if we don't pay 200% more--with more raises to come!  

 The monies raised will be used to build out a  Gluten Free kitchen in a new space (it is very hard to find existing kitchen space), to move all the equipment from our basement location, and to pay costs associated with moving into a new space. 

Even if you can't contribute, please share our campaign with everyone you know. We'd love to continue providing you, our public, with organic, local, humane gluten free food that everyone can enjoy. 

Thank you!!



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  • $1USD
    better than potato salad!

    we sincerely thank you for helping us build a new kitchen that serves the community!

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  • $3USD
    match their potato and up it!

    We thank you for standing up and uniting to show that modern society isn't totally cracked and that we can work together to support something of value to the community, not just a bowl of potato salad!

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  • $5USD
    we'll match a potato and raise

    Have a cookie of your choice on us. Pick up only. (Sorry we don't mail order! We believe that valued added food should stay local!)

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  • $10USD
    Our sincere gratitude

    Thank you for helping us move to a new location so we can continue serving you!

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  • $25USD
    Gift Certificate for 5 cookies

    Come on in and get five cookies of your choice, or a gift certificate for 5 cookies.

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  • $50USD
    Lunch on Us

    Lunch on us, savory item, dessert and beverage

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  • $75USD
    Torte cake of your choice

    We change our flavors bi-weekly!

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  • $100USD
    Free delivery!

    Get two free deliveries (in our delivery areas only and meeting our minimum quantity requirements)

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  • $200USD
    Dinner on Us

    We will put together a dinner basket for two delivered (our delivery areas only, please.)

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  • $250USD
    A treat every week!

    2 free cookies, a cupcake, bar or slice of cake every week for 5 months!

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  • $500USD
    Private baking class

    A private all day baking class with Leesteffy where you can convert a favorite recipe or two or learn to make a recipe from one of our classes (pies, French macarons, etc.) Limit to 2 people per baking class.

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  • $1,000USD
    Gift baskets for 6 months

    We will send you a gift basket once a month for six months. (Local delivery areas only.)

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  • $2,500USD
    Learn art of GF bread baking!

    Two weeks of learning the art of gf bread baking with Leesteffy at our new kitchen space.

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    Home deliveries for a year

    $150 of food a month delivered to your home for a year, (local delivery only)

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  • $10,000USD
    Have a private party!

    Have a private party for up to 50 (space permitting) in our new location. (Sweets and savories included.)

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