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We see this section as a chance for you to get to know us better! We’ll post stories from our trips, fun baking stories…anything that goes on in our lives and we feel is worth sharing — especially big news! We invite you to do the same on our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest – photos, stories, comments, suggestions, we want to hear from you! Sign up for our email list here.


ANNOUNCING: Happy Campers Gluten Free Bread Is in North California!

Happy Campers Bakers | Posted February 13, 2016

Today’s the day, today’s the day! We are overjoyed to announce the most exciting news we’ve ever had….

We are FINALLY in all 43 Whole Foods stores in North California! Yes, that’s right. 43! Yaaay, NorCal! (More smaller stores are soon to come, of course, but we wanted cover the big ones for you first!) You can check out our awesome store-finder based on your location to see where our super-nutritious, unconditionally delicious breads are closest to you!

We’re so stoked! Like, totally psyched! And we’re also just plain excited, because YAY, NorCal! (Okay, okay, we know not all of you talk so, um, radically, but we’re just a bit giddy with glee right now.) We couldn’t be happier to finally be able to bring you our breads for you to enjoy! 😀

norcal announcement

Our high-quality loaves are packed with everything you want in a gluten-free bread: Healthful ingredient variety? Check! Awesome nutrition? Check! Mouthwatering flavors? Check! We bake each delicious loaf with organic, 100% non-GMO ingredients, so you can be sure you’re nourishing your body with wholesome goodness! In addition, we craft them to be completely free of all common allergens: absolutely no soy, no corn, no rice, no dairy, no eggs, no nuts, no potato…. And best of all — we stay true to our promise of quality: no loads of junk or filler ingredients. Really, just the good stuff!

As most of you know now, we have begun to hit our stride in our wonderful new bakery, where we’ve been happily baking amongst the scent of thousands of fresh loaves rising, and oven timers chiming. It’s only been a few months since we began baking our breads for many different Seattle stores, and the response there has been spectacular!

Now, we thought Seattle’s appetite for our bread was impressive, but, like, whoa. All of you around the Bay Area are seriously jonesing for the good stuff! Fun Fact → Of all the places in the whole country, ever, you have proven to be the consistently hungriest for our yummy breads! So, here we are, beyond delighted to finally get plenty of it down to you!

And if you’re not in the NorCal region, feeling left out and with a hunger for a particularly tasty gluten-free bread, don’t worry! You can be sure we’re working hard to get our yummy loaves to where you are. (Yes, SoCal, you’re next, so please keep bringing those product request forms to your stores! 😀 )

As always, we will cheerfully strive to bake the most nutritious, delicious gluten-free loaves that we possibly can. It’s our passion to help make it easier for everyone eat well and live well — to end the quest for truly good gluten-free bread once and for all!

We have absolutely loved every step of this thrilling journey so far, and yet our excitement makes us feel like we’re just getting started…. This is the first of many awesome announcements for us this year, so make sure to stay posted!

But first, if you don’t mind, we have a favor to ask of you:

Please spread the word about us, and tell all your NorCal friends about us, too! The more we can impress the stores in these first couple weeks, the better it will be for everyone — let the stores know you love our bread! We’re calling on you to storm the gates! (And by ‘storm the gates’, we mean ‘get your tasty Happy Campers fix from your nearest Whole Foods’. 😛 )

Okay — that’s all for now! We don’t want you to be here for too long; we want you to get outside and enjoy your lovely day! But definitely give an extra hug to your friends and family. Listen to a song that makes you dance with wild abandon. And, of course, remember to go to your nearest Whole Foods and stock up on all the fixings for a scrumptious sandwich!

Happy eating! 😀


Online Orders Update: Bread, Where Are You?

Happy Campers Bakers | Posted January 30, 2016

online orders 2016

Hello, Happy Campers!

Ever since we moved into our new bakery, we know you’ve been waiting so very patiently for us to resume our online orders of your favorite bread. Perhaps you’ve been by your toasters, imagining the mouthwatering smell of freshly toasted Happy Campers bread waft around your kitchen…. Some of you got out your almond butter and honey and cinnamon, which awaited a delicious slice of support. Some of you, an avocado and a bit of sharp cheddar. Or plenty of tremendously tasty sandwich fixings. But they all got a little lonely. They missed their favorite team member to bring them all together in scrumptious harmony.

So, where’s our bread?

Well. We had originally planned to get our online orders back up and running as soon as 2016 rolled around…. A few things got delayed, but then we were definitely on track for the end of January! But…argh, the end of January is already here. And we’ll be honest — we are terribly sorry to still be out of stock! You’ve been so amazing to wait as long as you have, and we appreciate it tremendously. But, in light of one last delay, we feel like we owe you several explanatory details as to why you’ve had to wait so long to enjoy more of your delicious loaves of Happy Campers….

In our new bakery, we have been navigating the production transition as quickly yet thoroughly as possible. Along with baking thousands more loaves than we ever have before, we’ve been incredibly focused, calibrating our many ovens, tweaking our baking sensors, freezing and thawing and testing slices for texture, making sure we can continue to bring the bread you know and love to even more people. We do know that a few problematic loaves have slipped by us, but we’ve been learning increasingly with each production run, and frequently working around the clock to make huge improvements! We have been dialing in all our equipment on the largest scales — because we really want to get it right for you.

And, of course, we wouldn’t be the happy campers we are if we weren’t on some adventure of ambition — we’ve also been working the hardest we’ve ever worked on anything so far, and it’s finally going to happen soon! (Hint: something huge that rhymes with ‘Shmalifornia’). All we’ll say right now is that a giant announcement is coming…. So exciting! 😉

But seriously — you must be amazing at spreading the word about us and our mission to make the healthiest, tastiest gluten-free breads, because…wow. It seems submitting our product request form to all your favorite stores really does work! You’re the best. Keep it up, and please tell all your GF friends about us; we want to bake them our yummy loaves, too! 😀 In the past few months, we have gotten lots of our delicious breads to many hungry happy campers in plenty new places and stores, hooray! But, it turns out, we need to bake even more, because we barely have any loaves left for our online orderers! An amazing problem for us to have, but a problem nonetheless. So….

Along with the needs of a bigger bakery (producing many loaves) is a bigger storage facility for our breads — from which our online orders will ship. Setting it up promptly with everyone involved has proven difficult. This is actually the only remaining cause of delay until we’re able to reactivate the online orders, so we will strive to make this happen pronto! All we want to do is bake the truly best gluten-free breads we can for you!

Now, to answer the specific question that’s probably on your mind: We’re on track to be fulfilling our online orders again in the second half of February — which realistically seems like the timeline for us, now. We’re pretty bummed we’ve had to keep shifting our dates. We don’t like that you’ve had to wait so long. We’d love to be able to send you some of our yummy bread weeks ago, but we want to make sure everything goes as perfectly and smoothly as possible before starting all the orders up again. We promise it will be worth it in the long run!

Again — we can’t thank you enough for your patience! Your appetites for our deliciously nutritious bread always impress us, and we’ve never been more excited to bake you our loaves! Things are about to get huge for us (and you!) this year, so we’re buckling up and getting ready for a roller coaster ride. A tasty, tasty ride. Are you ready? Have your scrumptious sandwich fixings on hand…. 😉


Did Someone Say, “All-Organic?”

Happy Campers Bakers | Posted January 16, 2016

Hi, Happy Campers!

As you probably know by now, we’ve been hard at work for the past several months, enjoying and learning all the new ins and outs of our brand new bakery. It’s something about which we are incredibly excited, and have been working on for a long time! After five years of baking at our original place, we finally outgrew it. So far, we’ve been absolutely delighted to be in a baking space that perfectly allows us to keep up with all the amazing demand from all over the country!

We’ve never seen so many of our loaves at once before! It’s just incredible, and it’s all thanks to you. 😀

In between making sure our Wild Buns are consistently round and plump, calibrating our many new ovens, and enjoying the tantalizing scent of hundreds of our loaves baking at the same time — we went outside and discovered that 2016 was suddenly in full swing! And goodness, do we have some great news for you throughout this year…. We can’t wait to share what’s to come!

Happy Campers Gluten Free – Wild Buns (Organic)

Okay, okay, it’s no secret that we absolutely love baking the healthiest, tastiest gluten-free goodness we can for all of you. Ever since we started baking Happy Campers breads and buns, we’ve been committed to continually improving them with even better nutrition, amazing texture, and always scrumptious flavors. To be honest, we’re pretty happy with our awesome breads! But, you know, we’re far too enthusiastic and adventurous to just leave it at that.

organic logo preliminaryWe’re excited to say — now that we’re just a little bigger — it’s time for us to make our loaves even better for you. Later this year, we’re headed to go all-organic, and get official Organic Certification for all our products! Woohoo! As you might know, we are tremendously proud of baking each loaf with high-quality ingredients, and that all our products are almost completely organic already! Of course, an awesome variety of healthful nutrients is great, but a consistent quality of nutrition is also important. It’s something we care deeply about, and know you do, too.

Due to various limitations of current geopolitics and agriculture, a reliable supply of enough organic teff seeds for our flours is increasingly difficult to source! As you might imagine, we want nothing more than to be able to bake the most deliciously nutritious — and organic — gluten-free breads we possibly can for you. So, we began our research. We spoke with many nutritionists, and carried out all sorts of experiments and tests—and discovered the perfect replacement for those tiny teff seeds in our awesomely nutrition-packed flour mix….

Happy Campers Gluten Free (Teff → Sorghum)

Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain, was originally cultivated in Africa, where it has long-remained a nutritious staple—and for good reason! It’s full of super-healthful vitamins and minerals like phosphorous (makes our bones happy!), and niacin and iron, which support a healthy metabolism and immune system. Who doesn’t like that? Sorghum also has excellent protein, and contains plenty of dietary fiber that can benefit blood-sugar management and weight control. (It’s packed with more awesome antioxidants than blueberries, too!) Basically — sorghum is almost nutritionally identical to teff, so you can be sure you’ll continue to get the same high-quality organic nutrition you’re used to in every delicious slice of our bread. In addition to our many baking experiments, we even did tens of tremendously tasty toast tests — just for you, of course! Sometimes the commitment to go all-organic is hard work. 😉

Oh! — we hear the ovens beeping! Several batches of fresh Cravin’ Raisin Cinnamon Spice loaves must be done…back into the bakery we go!

We can’t wait to tell you about everything on which we’ve been working so hard recently — but more great news soon! Until then, give someone a good hug, make your favorite tasty toast, and enjoy all the good things you possibly can. 🙂


ANNOUNCING: Happy Campers Gluten Free Bread Is in Seattle!

Happy Campers Bakers | Posted November 21, 2015

Hi, Seattle Happy Campers! We have some really, really great news for you…. 😀

You might have heard from a little birdie, but we’re so excited to say that it’s finally official: Thanks to you, Happy Campers Gluten Free bread is now officially in Seattle, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Happy Campers Gluten Free bread in Seattle

Yes, that’s right! You can now find and pick up our nutritiously delicious loaves in all the Seattle Whole Foods, PCCs, several co-ops, and more! Woohoo! Check out our awesome store-finder based on your location to see where we are closest to you!

We’re incredibly proud to bring our gluten-free bread to so many of you who demand the best. Our loaves have everything you want in a gluten-free bread: healthful ingredient variety, truly awesome nutrition, and mouthwatering flavors! Each delicious loaf is baked with organic, 100% non-GMO ingredients, so you can be sure you’re fueling your body with wholesome goodness! In addition, they are free of all common allergens: no soy, no corn, no rice, no dairy, no eggs, no nuts, no potato…. Best of all — we stay true to our promise of quality: no loads of junk or filler ingredients! Just the good stuff.

After all your amazing store requests for so many months, Seattle has now become our first major expansion outside Portland…(so far 😉 )! It’s surreal and crazy and amazing, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re absolutely thrilled to see that so many more people are hungry for truly healthful, nutritious, gluten-free bread!

We have watched with excitement, anticipation, and elation as our little dream of baking truly healthful and flavorful gluten-free bread for many has so wonderfully grown into reality! It’s astounding to us how far we have come: from making a few small batches of our loaves in our home kitchen, then our very own small bakery, and now in our new space big enough to bake to hopefully keep up with all of your impressive appetites! But through all these exciting changes, one thing has remained exactly the same: we absolutely love doing what we do, and we can’t wait to do even more of it even better! Seattle, of course, is just the beginning….

We have certainly said it before, and we’ll happily say it again:

We want to bake all the most nutritious, greatest-tasting loaves for you and your friends and your friends’ friends. It’s our mission to help everyone eat well and live well — to end the quest for truly good gluten-free bread once and for all!

Now grab a tasty loaf or two, and let’s go to a Seattle park…. It’s time for a scrumptious picnic. 🙂


Happy Campers Holiday Stuffing Recipe!

Happy Campers Bakers | Posted November 18, 2015

Well, it’s that time of year again! Whether you stuff your turkey, or you stuff yourself, we hope these recipes should put a smile on your face and in your belly! Wherever you are, we wish you the happiest (and tastiest) of holidays! 🙂

How to Make Happy Campers Gluten-Free Stuffing

1.  Cut slices of your favorite flavor(s) of Happy Campers bread into ½-1″ pieces.

2.  Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.

3.  Bake the bread cubes at 400ºF on the center oven rack until nice and toasty, 12-15 minutes. (45 minutes at 225º also works.)

TIP: For the tastiest stuffing, let your Happy Campers bread dry overnight so it can absorb all the other delicious flavors that make it stuffing; toasting the bread also boosts flavor. (Remember to prepare  this at least a day before!)

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You can’t go wrong with this classic! So tasty with savory sage and olive oil that you’ll want to stuff yourself with it!

  • 1 loaf’s worth of Classy Slice or Hemp Hemp Hooray stuffing (or a mix of the two!)
  • 4 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, dried
  • 2 tsp. ground sage
  • 2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1½-2 cups turkey giblet broth or vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place Happy Campers Gluten-Free stuffing mix in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter or oil in a large skillet. Sauté onions, celery, and ½ tsp. salt for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add poultry seasoning and other herbs to bread cubes and gently stir onion mixture to combine well. Slowly pour broth or stock over the bread cubes folding everything carefully so that the bread cubes do not break apart too much. Add a little at a time just to moisten well. Taste and add salt, pepper, or more herbs to desired flavor.

Remember: these tasty flavors will intensify a bit when cooked, so don’t over-salt or -season! Scoop uncooked stuffing into a medium casserole dish and bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until nice and toasty on top. Serves 6-8. Now start eating, and enjoy! Happy holidays! 🙂

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For those who love to give their tastebuds an adventure! Enjoy buckwheat’s robust richness with pecans and mushrooms!

  • 1 loaf’s worth of Stompin’ Good Seedy Buckwheat Molasses stuffing
  • 4 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, dried
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 1½-2 cups turkey giblet broth or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place Happy Campers Gluten-Free stuffing mix in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter or oil in a large skillet. Sauté onions, celery, mushrooms, and ½ tsp. salt for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add all the herbs to bread cubes and gently stir onion mixture to combine well. Slowly pour broth or stock over the bread cubes folding everything carefully so that the bread cubes do not break apart too much. Add a little at a time just to moisten well. Taste and add salt, pepper, or more herbs to desired flavor.

Remember: these tasty flavors will intensify a bit when cooked, so don’t over-salt or -season! Scoop uncooked stuffing into a medium casserole dish and bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until nice and toasty on top. Serves 6-8. Now start eating, and enjoy! Happy holidays! 🙂