Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Which Nature's Bakery products are vegan-friendly?
A. Below is a list of our vegan products. Note that many of our products are excluded because they are made with honey. Honey-consuming vegans will have many more options than those listed below.
- Granolas: Maple Walnut, Apple Cinnamon, Trail Mix
- Veggie Burgers: Brazilliant, Tofu Walnut, Amazing Grain
Q. Which products are gluten-free?
A. While Nature's Bakery is unable to describe any of its products as "gluten-free" -- all of our items are prepared on the same equipment and in the same facility as our wheat foods - we do our best to keep different products apart, but we cannot guarantee that there are absolutely no traces of wheat or gluten in any particular product. Several of our granolas have barley malt, which also contains gluten.
We do have several products that have no wheat, barley or rye of any kind:
- Our Trail Mix, Cinnamon Apple and Peanut Butter granola.
- All of our vegan burgers: Tofu-Walnut, Brazilliant and Amazing Grain.
Q. Where does Nature's Bakery Coop source its ingredients from?
A. Nature's Bakery Cooperative is committed to purchasing our ingredients from small local distributors. This keeps our economic power circulating within our regional community, rather than siphoning it away to large corporations. We also use fresh, organically grown ingredients whenever possible. For example:
- Flours & Grains: Natural Way Mills, a certified organic grower in East Grand Forks, MN
- Honey: Mark Gilbert's Apiaries, in Darlington, WI
- Barley Malt Syrup: Briess Malt in Chilton, WI
- Maple Syrup: Kickapoo Gold, certified organic, from Westby, WI
- Miscellaneous ingredients: Valley Baker's Cooperative Association, a cooperative in Neenah, WI, & UNFI, a national natural foods distributor based in Iowa City, IA
Q. Why does Nature's Bakery use organic whole grains?
A. We use organic whole grains because we are committed to providing our customers with the healthiest baked goods possible. Organic whole grains are major sources of essential amino acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. They also provide more fiber, B-vitamins, and other essential nutrients than "enriched" flours.
Organic whole grains are not only valuable for what they include, but even more for what they exclude. The grains we use contain none of the bleaches or chemical additives in processed grains. Our selection of grains is 100% organic; none contain harmful pesticides, herbicides or preservatives.
Many of our customers are directed by doctors to incorporate organic whole grains into their diets. Fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of some forms of cancer & heart disease.
We also use organic ingredients to support sustainable agriculture practices; conventional agriculture today is often heavy in pesticide and herbicide use, use of genetically modified crops, and fertilizer from antibiotic-treated livestock. These practices are linked with a host of human and ecosystem health issues that organic agriculture can counter and remedy. For more information, we suggest checking out the United Nation's worldwide assessment report on the value of sustainable agriculture, available here.
Q. Which sweeteners does Nature's Bakery use?
A. We use pure honey, barley malt, organic maple syrup, and blackstrap molasses in our granola. These sweeteners are all-natural and retain all of their natural nutritional benefits.
Because of our awareness of the variety of health problems associated with the over-consumption of sweeteners, we do not use refined white or brown sugars in any of our products. We also provide a selection of granola products that are fruit-sweetened.
Q. How long should I cook your burgers?
A. We recommend cooking any of our frozen vegan burgers for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. Alternately, to pan-fry, we suggest frying our burgers in a lightly oiled pan for 3-4 minutes per side on medium to medium high heat. All of our burgers are pre-baked.
Q. Where can I find nutritional information for your products?
A. On the product page for each: granola, vegan burgers, and calzones.
Q. What if want to try a professionally dressed version of your veggie burgers?
A. The following locations make a TASTY burger:
1980 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
554 W Main St
Madison, WI 53703
Q. Which stores carry your products?
A. We sell at the following locations in the regions listed below -- please click your area to see the stores near you that stock our products.
Madison Area: East Side
Nature's Bakery Cooperative1019 Williamson StreetMadison, WI 53703608-257-3549Willy Street Co-op East1221 Williamson StreetMadison, WI608-251-6776(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers)
Woodman's Food Market - East3817 Milwaukee StreetMadison, WI608-244-6630(Granola, burgers)Hy-Vee East3801 E Washington AveMadison, WI608-244-4696(Granola, burgers)
Madison Area: UW Campus
Capitol Centre Market111 N. Broom StreetMadison, WI608-255-2616(Granola)
Madison Area: West Side
Woodman's Food Market - West725 S. Gammon RoadMadison, WI608-274-8944(Granola, burgers)
Willy Street Co-op West
6825 University Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers and calzones)Metcalfe's HilldaleMetcalfe's Market - Hilldale Shopping Center726 N. Midvale BlvdMadison, WI608-829-3500(Granola and burgers)
Regent Market Co-op2136 Regent StreetMadison, WI608-233-4329(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers)Hy-Vee Westgate675 S Whitney WayMadison, WI608-277-6735(Burgers )
Hy-Vee Fitchburg2920 Fitchrona RdFitchburg, WI608-273-5120(Burgers)Brennan's Market8210 Watts Rd
Madison, WI 53719(608) 833-2893(Burgers)
Madison Area: North Side:
Willy Street Co-op North
2817 N Sherman Ave.
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers and calzones)
2817 N Sherman Ave.
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers and calzones)
Beans & Barley Market & Cafe1901 East North AvenueMilwaukee, WI414-278-7878(Granola 1# bags and burgers)Outpost Natural Foods(All ONF stores carry our Granola in 1# bags and our veggie burgers)
- ONF Capitol: 100 E. Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI; 414-961-2597
- ONF Bayview: 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI; 414-755-3202
- ONF Wauwatosa: 7000 W. State St, Wauwatosa, WI; 414-778-2012
- ONF Mequon: 7490 Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI; 262-242-0426
Riverwest Co-op & Cafe733 E. Clarke StreetMilwaukee, WI414-264-7933(Granola 1# bags, granola bulk, trail mix and burgers )
Whole Foods Milwaukee
2305 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
www.wholefoodsmarket/stores/milwaukee(Granola 1# bags)
Greater Wisconsin Regional
1711 Lodge Drive
Bushel & Peck's328 State StreetBeloit, WI608-363-3911(Granola)
Good Harvest2205 Silvernail RoadPewaukee, WI262-544-9380(Granola & veggie burgers)
Just Local Food
1117 South Farwell
Eau Claire, WI
Stevens Point Area Coop
633 2nd Street
Stevens Point, WI
Viroqua Food Cooperative
609 North Main Street
Lake Mills Market375 W Tyranena Park RdLake Mills, WI920-945-0526(Granola 1# bags)Woodman's Sun Prairie1099 South Grand Ave.Sun Prairie, WI, 53590(608) 825-1511(Granola)
Minnesota Regional: Twin Cities
People's Food Co-op519 1st Ave SW - Street LevelRochester, MN507-289-9061