After a career in marketing, Linwood mother Rachel DesRochers decided to
stay home full-time after having her second child. Soon, she got the
itch to work and create.
"I needed something to do," she says. "When you finally don't have a job, you get bored. You can only clean the house so much."
turned to baking last year, specifically graham cookies and snacks. She
started sharing them with friends and family and her tasty treats were a
hit. That's when she decided to sell them.
"People loved them. So I thought, 'I'm going to do it," she says.
She unveiled Grateful Grahams
, home-made, vegan graham snacks, at this year's Earth Day event at Sawyer Point
She developed and perfected the recipes for the snacks. The soft,
square snacks currently come in two flavors, cinnamon and sugar, and
chocolate. Snack packs retail for $4 and large bags for $6.
did research on grahams. I started playing around with ingredients and
made a recipe that worked. It was important to me to use simple, green
ingredients," she says.
You can find Grateful Grahams at a number of local stores including Picnic and Pantry
, Park +Vine
, and Joseph Beth
and Blue Manatee
bookstores. You can also find them at local Whole Foods
DesRochers plans to expand her offerings with a pie crust and a line of holiday flavors.
bakes in a commercial kitchen that she shares with a local bakery. She
recently had a third child, and Grateful Grahams allows her to do
something she loves and spend time with her family, she says. Like her
grahams, she is grateful.
"I don't want to work
80 hours a week. I want to be a mom, and show my kids that I have
something I love do to. It can be hard juggling a family and a business,
but I have a network that supports me and really that's from where the company is driven," she says.
By Feoshia Henderson
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