“Ya’ll come back and sit a spell!” is the saying we have out here at Hillbilly Farms located in Dade City, Florida. Our gluten-free bakery and café is owned and operated by Rhoda & Kenneth Mazerolle and Rhoda’s daughter, Rasha Lowe. Our family is originally from Northern Maine and we relocated to the Central Florida area in 2004. Rhoda & Rasha had owned and operated a childcare center up north for 13 years and Ken was retired from his career as an owner-operator. The business and all our homes were sold after he suggested we move to Florida full-time. Sounded like a good plan to us! No more shoveling snow...what more needs to be said?!
Hillbilly Farms first opened in March 2011 and started out by selling market fresh fruits and vegetables only. It has since expanded into a 100% gluten-free bakery and a café that offers lunches that are gluten-free optional. Please view our menu page for the available options. We offer many other items also to our customers. We stock a wide variety of jarred items such as jellies, jams, pickled vegetables, apple butter, fruit sauces, relishes, salsa, and honey supplied by a local bee farm.
Our personal journey down the gluten-free road has not been an easy one! Both Rhoda & Rasha medically are unable to process gluten products safely. At the age of 30, Rasha had undergone several tests in attempt to find out why the symptoms such as a droopy face, inability to walk instead of crawl up a flight of stairs, or even be able to eat any food without seeming as if the stomach flu had hit. The easiest diagnosis they can usually offer after all the tests "look normal" is Fibromyalgia, which I am sure many of you can relate with...or even worse, the "it's all in your head" diagnosis is suggested! A couple years after this a family member was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and it was recommended that anyone in the family who had similar physical or digestive symptoms just try the gluten-free diet. At that point with all our combined health issues we figured it couldn't hurt for a few weeks. To our surprise, some of the symptoms started to slowly go away! From that point on it just seemed like a no-brainer to continue the changes in what we were eating. Sure we miss some of the "bad" foods, but we soon realized it was no longer worth feeling like we were dying in bed every night!
Our expansion to offer options for our customers with gluten-free dietary needs seemed like a chance worth taking and it has become a huge success for us. Our customers are guaranteed that we understand their dietary struggle and make every effort possible to avoid cross-contamination since we have to cook this way for ourselves also. Please stop in and check us out!