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Autumn Baking

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Summer has come to a beautiful end.  We (DoughChicks) had a fabulous time with the three farmers’ markets that we participated in this season:  Texas Township Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, South Haven Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays, and Marshall Area Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

Now we move on and prepare for the fall and winter markets.  We love the changing seasons and along with that, the change in markets.

Marshall Area Farmers’ Market  is now a year round market.  The indoor one starts November 9 at Oaklawn Hospital from 9:00AM-2:00PM the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of every month.  The first Wednesday of the month will run from 3:00PM-8:00PM starting December 7!  Make a note of this unique time.  We will be there!

Bronson Hospital Indoor Market will be on Tuesdays from 10:30AM-2:00PM starting December 6!  Stop by and see us!

Come and check out NEW flavor of Crunch AND Sol Comets (Breakfast Cookies)!!

 

 

 

 

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DoughChicks’ Summer Markets

What a fun summer we have had!

We are very proud to announce, the DoughChicks were able to donate over $520.00 to Kalamazoo Strong from our July fundraiser.  Thanks to all our awesome customers!

This week is the last week for mid-week farmers’ markets.  Texas Township (Fresh on Q) will have the last Tuesday market August 30 from 4pm-7pm.  South Haven will have the last Wednesday market August 31 from 8am-2pm.

If you want to see us and need some great healthy breakfasts or snack foods, make sure you stop by at one of these markets (especially to get our breakfast cookies!).

You might catch us on Saturday markets in Marshall and/or South Haven. Contact us to confirm!

 

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Farmers’ Markets!

Happy Spring and Summer!

We are looking forward to sharing our food and visiting with you this summer at some local farmers’ markets! Here is an update on where we’ll be this year.
Saturdays: Marshall Area Farmers Market starting May 21 from 8am-1pm.
Tuesdays: Texas Township Farmers’ Market starting June 7 from 4pm-7pm.
Wednesdays: South Haven Farm Market starting June 1 from 8am-2pm.
Come and visit us! We’ll have Chia Crunch, MidNight Crunch, KaraComets, Two Mittens Pancake/Waffle Mix, and an assortment of our gluten-free cookies, biscotti and muffins available. Occasionally, we’ll have Bailey’s Chocolate Cupcakes. They are gluten-free and are so rich and moist, not grainy and tasteless, like other gluten-free cupcakes.
Special orders are welcome!
We hope to see you out shopping for your fresh vegetables and fruits too!
See you soon!

Denise and Kara
DoughChicks

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Our Story in Kzoo Connect by Jayne Economos

DoughChicks – Healthy Food that Nests in Kalamazoo

Guest Writer Jayne Economos – 06.20.2017

We are so fortunate to have Denise and Kara Steely, a mother-daughter team, that created a health food business decide to nest here in Kalamazoo. These two inspiring, successful entrepreneurs, with matching funky haircuts are ‘birds of a feather.’ Sport enthusiasts, Denise skis, Kara snowboards, and both are keen cyclists and motorcyclists. They also run for fun, and amazingly still find time to create new recipes and expansion plans for growing their healthy snack and cereal business called DoughChicks.
Before starting their food business in 2007, Denise was a dental assistant and more recently sold motorbike apparel. Kara, inspired by her grandmother had always been a keen baker who initially started selling freshly made breads and cookies to neighbors and cafes in her then hometown of Green Bay, WI. Soon after she was awarded a grant for young entrepreneurs.
The Steely duo quickly realized they were onto something special and found themselves ahead of trend of healthier, natural baked foods. Fast-forward to 2017, their business has evolved into a dynamic, organic cereal and snack range with an energy sustaining promise, perfect for people just like them, on the go!
Kara described their secret appeal in more detail, “Our products are loaded with healthy, organic, nutrient dense, gluten free, soy free, dairy free ingredients, such as flaxseed, chia, raw nuts, bananas, honey and cherries. They keep blood sugar levels constant throughout the day. They are also perfect for people of all ages with active lifestyles like cyclists, runners and busy professionals.”
Their breakfast product range includes SolComets Cookies, including the Funky Monkey and Carrot Raisin which fly off the shelves. They also offer the Two Mitten Pancake & Waffle mix, along with the delicious cereal snacks, Midnight and Chia Crunch. However, their flagship product is KaraComet, what they refer to as Fuel4Motion food which is a unique, dense brown cookie which took over a year to perfect.
After a busy start to the day, I of course wanted to sample one immediately. Mmmm… a delicious power-packed fruit based, squidgy cookie which did as it promised- kept my hunger at bay, and my energy up all afternoon.
Denise shared that creating DoughChicks has been a great adventure and growing experience. She went on to say, “As a dental nurse, I understand health and nutrition. We both love helping people by supporting them with products and advice that meet their goal for a healthier lifestyle. I also love dreaming up new innovative recipes and using creative skills I honestly didn’t know I had.”
Kara shared her own very personal perspective, “I have a learning disability and the experience of running a business has changed my life and boosted my confidence. I now enjoy meeting and talking to people in and around Kalamazoo. I also like helping others, and giving back to the community.”
As their way of giving back to the community, DoughChicks are one of many sponsors of local running events like the Portage Winter Blast and Turkey Trot, along with the Gazelle Sports – St. Pattys Day Pub Run, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. This year they also became a sponsor of The Southwest Michigan Eating Disorder Association in honor of one of their customers.
Wondering how they decided on Kalamazoo as their home Denise happily shared, “As self-confessed foodies, we are in our element here. Kalamazoo is a place where people love to discuss and discover new food. We wanted to base DoughChicks in a thriving, vibrant community where art, culture and food are important. Kalamazoo is a growing university town, has all of this and more. When my husband who is a dentist, was offered a job in the area, we all jumped at the chance to live here.”
Although always on the go, DoughChicks can be easily reached via their website. With the support of a dietician, they also welcome questions regarding ingredients, nutrition, and suitability of individual products for people with specific dietary need and are keen to hear from organizations looking for product sponsorship of local events. Products can also be purchased online from their website, various local farmers’ markets and health food stores in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.
Time seemed to fly by and as I was saying goodbye to Kalamazoo’s DoughChicks, I felt there was one last detail I must know – where did they come up with such a fun, yet funky name for the business. Denise explained, “I was signing off on a business letter one day, I was unsure what to call myself. I wanted something fun and different. The word ‘Doughboy’ stuck in my head but obviously wouldn’t work for two ladies. After some brainstorming, my daughter Bailey, who is very creative, suggested the name DoughChicks – we all loved it.”
Feeling chirpy and enthused as I left, a little bird told me that I needed to try more products. So naturally, I armed myself against hunger with more of their energy sustaining products to eat when feeling peckish. I’m glad I did, everything tasted delicious!

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DoughChicks’ Spring Runs

We are family!!Richland Running Group!!Borgess Run Camp team with beautiful people!! Gazelle Girl 2017- In action!St. Patty’s Day Pub Run at Bell’s Brewery- Just a little sweaty!Gazelle Girl 1/2 Marathon Medals!  We did it!