My husband and I scoped out Traverse City EIGHT YEARS ago. Seriously. How has it been eight years? We were babies without babies when we moved here and now we are adultish with two. I remember the energy of everyone we met kindly pointing us in the right direction when we turned the wrong direction on Eighth Street and were beyond confused when the road split on State Street as we tried to get back onto Front Street. After living her for a while I know the real truth. Yes, most people are polite, but it’s around this time in May when Traverse City starts waking up. We have had a few warmer days in the 60’s, we have gone to a few garage sales, the neighbors dedicated to their lawn have already been out mowing (even in winter gear) and people have finally taken down their Christmas decorations. The energy buzzing in May as people “wake up” from winter cannot be matched!
I finally wake up as I start my summer routine of walking through the Farmer’s Market. Today was the day and I was on a mission to find a chocolate chip cookie from Third Coast Bakery. My mission failed, but I found something even more delightful as I first spotted Heather Burson in her bright orange pea coat and blue knitted hat. “That’s her,” screamed my brain as I picked up my pace and weaved in and out of people. I patiently waited my turn at the Third Coast Bakery booth – something I have been waiting for since the Farmer’s Market closed for the season last October. I glanced around and noticed that many of her baked goods were missing – claimed by other gluten free patrons (or others would just love a tasty treat). She was sold out of every single cookie, BUT I spotted Luscious Lemon Squares. How did she know? A year ago I was expecting baby #2 and I suddenly found myself needing a huge dose of all things lemon. Why lemon? I have no idea, because chocolate has always been my sweet tooth go to. I made lemon bars from scratch and they were Heaven for my extremely pregnant self. How did Heather know that TimeHop would remind me of the lemon bar frenzy a year ago and I would suddenly NEED a lemon bar? Need as in I CAN ALREADY TASTE the rush of sugar surrounded by the tart lemon that makes the best faces for babies kind of need.
I closed my eyes and smiled deep within as I tucked my Luscious Lemon Square into my mom purse – the bag that resembles a diaper bag and carries ALL THE STUFF for an entire family because no one else has hands that seem to work that I’m too cool to call it a diaper bag?
I patiently waited for my five-year-old to finally finish her tacos and for my youngest to go down for a nap. Then it was time to indulge! It was better than what I had made previously – probably because that was the first and last time I had made lemon bars and Heather makes all her desserts about a million times (plus a few more) until they are just right. Each bite was perfect as I closed my eyes and savored half, because I knew I would want to relive this again tomorrow. The good news is that Third Coast Bakery will be at the Farmer’s Market in Traverse City every Wednesday and Saturday from now until October and she promised to bring a trailer full of baked goods with her next week. I cannot wait to try her new other products that she has been working hard perfecting through the winter. Follow Third Coast Bakery on Facebook to stay updated on her latest gluten free creations.