First Look: The Organic Cave, the Paleo Diet-Based Bakery

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Tara Mahadevan
Paleo desserts at the Organic Cave.
Nichole and Angel found that renting time from another certified-kitchen was costly. As business picked up, they rapidly saw the financial benefit in renting their own space. At first, it was just going to be a kitchen, but their customers made them think otherwise.

"We were just going to bake out of our new space -- bake and then put our products in stores," Nichole says, "But we had so many customers from the farmer's market, people that had found us on Facebook and through our website -- they wanted to come to our bakery. We've had people come from U. City, Clayton, Illinois and Granite City. We never really expected to open a bakery here. We were just doing the farmer's market and thought we'd see how it went. It blew up faster than we ever imagined."

The name, the Organic Cave, derives from the Paleo diet, a diet that follows what cavemen ate during the Paleolithic period. Nichole observes, "Paleo's motto is, 'Eat like a caveman.' Basically, you eat what the cavemen, and women, would eat -- what was available to them. So that would have been meat, vegetables, some fruit, nuts, eggs; no dairy. [Since we use raw honey,] the Organic Cave's products fall into an 80-20 paleo diet -- really strict paleo dieters stay away from any kind sweeteners. However, it is acceptable in the paleo diet to eat raw honey and Stevia because the body can process them."

Customers can expect the same specialty ingredients that Nichole and Angel use in their own home baking. The Organic Cave bakes an assortment of goodies, including lemon vanilla poppy seed, chocolate chip and orange carrot walnut muffins, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate almond drew drops, the bakery's popular cake-in-a-jar and biscuits, scones and buns. The bakery is currently working on packaging pre-made cookie dough for its customers, so people can take home a tub and make their own cookies at home.

Nichole and Angel's ultimate goal is to get their products in more national chains - Dierbergs, Schnucks, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Nichole comments, "A lot of the time, people don't want to go too far to get stuff; our goal is to get it in grocery stores, which is convenient for everybody. Then people can go to the Dierbergs down the street, or Whole Foods. If we could have our products available in regular grocery stores that are right there on the corner, then it wouldn't be a huge deal that we don't necessarily have a bakery in St. Louis County."

The Organic Cave is closed Mondays, with regular business hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The bakery's products are also available at Local Harvest Grocery locations.

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3323 Domain St., St. Charles, MO

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rmatthewward
rmatthewward

Look, a low-carb, low-sugar diet is a great idea. But it has nothing to do with cave men. You come up with a real, testable scientific explanation for the diet, I'll take it seriously. You tell me that it's all about what cave men ate, you deserve to be mocked for your lack of critical thinking. .

happymama58
happymama58

Love the info about the paleo way of eating. However, New Town is nowhere near a "cute condominium complex", as stand-alone homes far outnumber condos and apartments. While it may seem picky to point this out, those who live in New Town would appreciate our community being represented accurately. More importantly, incorrect information on such a basic piece of information causes a reader to question the credibility of other information in the piece, and that's unfortunate (but entirely reasonable). 

rmatthewward
rmatthewward

Little known fact: paleolithic-era cavemen ate lots of "soy- and dairy-free chocolate chips". 

ITProDude
ITProDude

@rmatthewward Most paleo dieters are not so hardcore that they even think about the "caveman" aspect of it. That is just what popularized the diet, and the easiest way to explain it to non-paleo types. We aren't eating exactly what cavemen ate; we are using them as a baseline for the ideal human diet. We eat things that make "caveman" sense such as natural fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, etc. Processed foods are forbidden. The science behind it involves an extremely low-carb, high-protein and high-fat diet consisting of unprocessed foods.

Carbs are converted to sugar - which is converted to stored fat. If you starve your body of carbs, your body goes into a state of ketosis and begins burning fat for energy (instead of carbs/sugar). Processed carbs (e.g. grain) were introduced into the human diet recently, and it coincides with heart disease, obesity, etc. As our national diet becomes more full of processed foods, cancer, heart disease, and obesity are becoming epidemics. The science makes sense. You will find it quite common that followers of the paleo diet tend to reduce bodyweight/bodyfat, reduce cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. I've even known people to be cured of chronic migraines (my wife is one of them) and all but cure their asthma. As I said before, I lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol - and I've dropped 20 pounds.

As I said, do some research of your own. Don't expect a short article on RFT to educate you in the ways of paleo. I urge you to keep an open mind, because I love to see people convert to paleo. If you value your health, it's worth a shot.

ITProDude
ITProDude

@happymama58 You are arguing semantics. It has no relevance to the point of the article. Your feelings appear to be hurt because you have delusions of grandeur about your cult-like community of cracker-box houses in the middle of a flood plain.

ITProDude
ITProDude

@rmatthewward If you were to read the entire article or do some research, you'd find that certain things are acceptable in the diet which were not available to cavemen due to the body's ability to process them (and the fact that they are natural). Chocolate without additives such as soy lecithin, sugar, and dairy is acceptable. Stevia and raw honey are also acceptable. There are many examples; I urge you to do some research before mocking the diet/lifestyle. I've been paleo for about 4 months... I'm down 20 pounds, have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and have quite a bit more energy throughout the day.

rmatthewward
rmatthewward

@ITProDude Look, I'm a biologist, and I'm acquainted with Paleo and I know more about it than you think I do. But what it comes down to is that the diet works for people because they're cutting carbs. The rest of the changes don't matter, and advocating them is what makes it clear that the diet has no rational basis. 

I try not to make a habit of arguing with people on the internet. I'm glad this diet has worked for you and made you healthier. I just don't think you should be under any illusions about the reasons for it. 

laurasohn
laurasohn

@rmatthewward cutting the carbs definitely helps to lose weight, but also eating the foods are bodies are designed to eat help our body to run properly and more efficiently. It seems like common sense to me.

KuriousKat
KuriousKat

@rmatthewward Can you be more specific about the parts of the paleo diet that don't matter?

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