Market Preview: Sweet Oats


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Show us oats and we’ll show you a good time; we adore Baked Pumpkin and Apple Pie Oatmeal (as all sane human beings do). For those mornings when you want a quick yet flavorful breakfast, or a chunky, toothsome afternoon treat, let us introduce you to Bola Granola and Effie’s Homemade, two fabulous makers who will be at the Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market in December.

Bola Granola

We love the financial-adviser-turned-foodie maker as much as anyone, but Michelle Miller is not that maker. Michelle Miller is the woman who has cooking in her very blood, who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her hand, but with a sturdy ladle, ready to dish up good eats before she even bothered crying.

Alright, I might be exaggerating the slightest bit, but take a look at Miller’s resume, and you’d find it hard to disagree. Baker, Chef, now artisanal maker, Michelle brings her love of excellent food to her organic, chock full of nutty goodness granola. A savory mix of almonds, pepitas, and oats, this is one mix that could never be called generic.


Effie’s Homemade

Though they make both crackers and biscuits, Effie’s Homemade is known best for their oatcakes turned tea biscuits. They may look flat and square, but their flavor is anything but. Long friends Joan and Irene use a generations old recipe for oatcakes passed down by Joan’s mother, Effie (thus the name) to bake up cookie crackers that are on just the right side of sweet.

They’re great as breakfast, a morning snack, or as an accompaniment to a big cup of tea. To get a little more creative with them, Effie’s Homemade has recipes for no-bake cheesecake (using the oatcakes as a crust), Grown-up S’mores, and a Chocolate Biscuit cake, among many others. Personally, they make me want to rustle up a flowery teapot and some jam for a mid-morning high tea.


The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Add your email address to this list to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.

Photos courtesy of Eat Boutique Shop and Effie’s Homemade.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.


Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.