DAYTON — When Suzi and Duane Tasker found out that their son Noa was gluten intolerant, Suzi Tasker began researching recipes for good food he could eat.
“We always liked granola,” she said, “and it was a perfect food for Noa.”
Soon many of the Taskers’ friends and family members tried their granola and began asking for more.
“I had worked as a radiation therapist in a hospital, but I wanted a business where I could be more flexible,” Suzi Tasker said. “So we started Gypsy Girl.” The firm specializes in granola that is gluten-, dairy- and soy-free.
For the past two years, the Taskers have made their granola in a rented commercial kitchen in Pasco. They recently signed a lease for space in Building 1 at Blue Mountain Station and will move in when it opens in the fall of 2013.
Duane Tasker, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recently had a job transfer from McNary Dam to Lower Monumental Dam east of the Tri-Cities. The family moved to Dayton earlier this year, and Suzi Tasker continues to commute to the Pasco kitchen at least weekly.
She has sold her granola through farmers markets in Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, as well as others around Washington.
“I’m hoping to expand into more retail outlets,” she said. “Farmers markets take a lot of time.”
Gypsy Girl Granola is already available in several retail establishments, including the Village Shops in Dayton. Their products are also available on their web site at gypsygirlgranola.com.