Published on April 09, 2014
In addition to wonderful aromas, visitors to the Cackling Goose Market on York Street are treated to a warm and welcoming interior when entering the local business. MACLEOD PHOTOS
Published on April 09, 2014
Amanda Feindel is hard at work baking gluten-free bread in the Cackling Goose Market last week. The local business offers a variety of gluten free options.
By Jazlyn MacLeod
The owners of The Cackling Goose Market in downtown Sackville, Amanda Feindel and Mark Istvanffy, understand the lack of healthy products available for people who eat gluten free, whether it’s because of medical reasons or by choice.
Amanda and their two children have celiac disease. When they discovered there were few options available for eating that fully supported gluten free, they decided to do something about it.
“We focused our store to try and fill a niche that needed to be filled.”
Istvanffy said the idea began with Amanda developing recipes and then went from there.
Everything cooked and baked at The Cackling Goose is made from their own recipes, from scratch and with organic and the best high quality ingredients.
They are fully aware of how sensitive some people are to gluten and wanted to ensure they had an environment free from the risk of cross-contamination.
“People can come in here and feel safe that they’re not going to be victims of cross contamination or anything like that.”
The Cackling Goose offers a unique variety of foods and baked goods for customers.
Istvanffy said they are also exclusively vegetarian.
“There are a lot of little restaurants in town so it’s foolish to try and do the same thing that everyone else is doing.”
Business has been very successful for the couple. They have renovated to make a bigger seating area for people while they come to eat.
Istvanffy said they are also planning to start another smaller expansion in the spring to add a few more seats to accomodate more customers.
“We’ve got 10 seats inside right now so it fills up at lunch time pretty quick sometimes. Hopefully the snow will melt soon so we can open the patio area. That gives us seats for another 30 people.”
Istvanffy said summer is their busiest time of the year, with lots of out-of-town visitors and tourists along with regulars.
“We do get a lot of people driving in from outside of town, particularly for the baked goods.”
Between setting the bread out to cool, cooking the chili and making cinnamon buns, Amanda said her whole life is centered around food.
“I love eating good food. Nothing is going to stop me from eating.”
Even after a day’s work the Istvanffy family will spend most of their time at home in the kitchen including their children.
“We find it’s a real social thing to do as well with our children. When we go home the kids know that supper is super important.”
After seven years Amanda said they’re still getting their business up and running.
“This is seven years and we’ve put a lot of energy, time and all our resources into making this business a success.”