Locally Grown: Grandola Granola

How do most companies get their start?

Maybe it’s a genius idea. A spur of the moment, hits you in the head, idea that you just know will work. Maybe it’s a problem that you know needs solved, so you problem-solve your way back to the core of the issue and then come up with a solution which then becomes a company. Maybe it’s just something you’re good at?

The point is, that there are a variety of “inspirations” out there for companies. For one of our vendors at Local Vendor Day, that inspiration was simply the relationship between Jamie Coates-Donohue and her daughter, Ella.

Grandola Granola is out of Cincinnati, offering customers with a vegan granola option.

Grandola Granola is out of Cincinnati, offering customers with a vegan granola option.

Grandola Granola, a company based out of the Cincinnati area, began as nothing more than an attempt by Coates-Donohue to offer her daughter the highest quality, organic snack she could offer. So, she began making granola by hand, using seeds instead of nuts, local maple syrup and other organic, fresh ingredients. As Ella fell in love with the vegetarian snack, so Coates-Donohue continued to fix the granola at home and began to experiment with different flavors and varieties.

According to the Grandola Granola website, Ella’s second birthday was when Coates-Donohue’s granola concoction really began to take on a life of it’s own. After handing out party-favor bags with the granola enclosed, people tried it and soon began to ask her more and more for their own batches. Selling the snack was the next logical step.

In 2014, Grandola Granola came to be, with the base flavor called “Ella’s Favorite”. Now, there are multiple varieties available with many of them available at our MacCracken market. Their products are vegan, nut-free and there are varieties available that are made for those avoiding gluten in their diet. It’s a sweet, addicting flavor that almost demands to be eaten just by itself, although you can certainly add it to yogurts, etc.

So, if you are looking for a refreshing, sweet twist on granola, head over to MacCracken, grab some Grandola Granola and give it a try! Grandola Granola has their own website, for more information, and has a presence on Twitter.

Grandola Granola, out of Cincinnati, attended the Oct. 17 Local Vendor Day outside MacCracken.

Grandola Granola, out of Cincinnati, attended the Oct. 17 Local Vendor Day outside MacCracken.

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