Meet a Mom: Jennifer Keschner of Eat Good Gluten Free Market
When Jennifer Keschner, of Huntington, first learned that her middle daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed as a celiac, she found that keeping Sophia safe became frustrating, confusing, and extremely labor intensive. Although Jennifer is a registered nurse, when it came to keeping gluten away from Sophia, she couldn’t believe how stressful it was.
She says, “First I had to read every label, second, I had to learn where gluten hides in flavor enhancers, artificial flavorings, malt flavoring, and food starch to name a few. Then I was at the mercy of the big stores to stock items regularly, offer variety, and provide safe gluten free food. I kept thinking if there was one place I went where I didn’t have to read a label or I could ask someone who really understands the disease, or how about just someone who could say this is a best seller, I’d be their customer forever!”
It dawned on Jennifer that she had to be the solution to her own problem, and from there, she created Eat Good Gluten Free Market.
The path to learning how to run a small retail grocery wasn’t always easy. She spent three months researching everything she could possibly get her hands on! Grocery store sizes, shapes, locations, shelving, colors of the walls, advertising, even what music grocery stores play. In the meantime, she searched for a retail location in Huntington, with a parking lot, which was not an easy task! When she came to 140 East Main Street, she knew she had found a winner.
Eat Good Gluten Free Market is a certified gluten free market, which means that there are no food products carried in the store that have come in contact with any gluten. Jennifer is extremely diligent about researching and sampling all the products she carries, as she wants the grocery to not only be a safe place for her daughter, but for anyone who cannot tolerate gluten.
Furthermore, Eat Good Market now carries a huge assortment of paleo and vegan food products as well! Jennifer’s dream of opening a market safe for celiacs, now has extended into a gorgeous health food market, always carrying healthy and delicious food, and always safe for celiacs.
Though Jennifer admits that running a business and being a mom to three children isn’t easy, she wouldn’t change a thing about her life. She loves being in the store seven days a week, helping people find food which will make them feel healthier and stronger. She spends her time with her kids playing outside, and recently took up trail biking with her son!
When asked her best advice for “mom-entrepreneurs,” she says, “Be realistic with what your abilities will allow you to do. It is great to take risks and live out dreams, but you must also be honest with yourself, your skill set, and your overall willingness to put everything family and work before yourself. I approach both aspects of my life in terms of running: owning your own business and raising a family is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes patience, practice, commitment, and endurance. You need to stay the course, work hard, and never give up. I’m hoping in the end, I’ve raised some healthy, happy kids and have a super successful business!”
Go visit Jennifer and Eat Good Gluten Free Market at 140 East Main Street, Huntington NY, 11743
PLUS from now until the end of the year, we’ve teamed up with Eat Good Gluten Free Market, where they will be offering up all Long Island Mamas 10% off any purchase of $50 or more!
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatgoodAGlutenFreeMarket OR Twitter: @EatGoodMarket
by: Olivia Howell
Photo credit: Jennifer Keschner & Good Eat Market
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