88 Acres offers allergen-free seed butters and peace of mind
Several years ago, Nicole Ledoux and Rob Dalton launched 88 Acres and produce allergen-free bars made with pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds. The company is named for the 88-acre farm in Brookfield where Ledoux grew up. Now, they’ve introduced two rich, nut-free sunflower seed butters — vanilla spice and dark chocolate — along with pleasantly green pumpkin seed butter ($10.99 to $12.99 for 14 ounces). The seeds are roasted and ground and the butters make a nutritious sandwich or spread for toast. They might be a welcome change if you regularly eat peanut butter. Blend one into a smoothie or use them for baking. The origin of the business, Ledoux says, is part of their love story. Dalton is seriously allergic to nuts and their fourth date ended in the emergency room when his meal was cross-contaminated with nuts. Soon after, Ledoux created the seed bars in her kitchen for a snack that was safe for Dalton to eat when they went hiking and biking. The couple craft their products at a dedicated bakery without risk of cross-contamination to nuts and other allergens at Dorchester’s Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Center, where food businesses rent space. Now people with or without food allergies can enjoy their delicious products. Available at Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Road, Brookline, 617-524-1531; Cambridge Naturals, 23 White St., Cambridge, 617-492-4452; Whole Foods Market and Roche Bros. locations, or go to www.88acres.com.