About Native Bread
I discovered I had a gluten sensitivity back in 2015. I had just finished a 30 day elimination diet in which I also eliminated gluten and was feeling pretty great. At the end of it I decided to treat myself to pizza. The morning I woke up after indulging in glutenous pizza I felt and looked miserable! My face and eyes were puffy and swollen and my hands and joints felt achy. That's when it occurred to me that gluten was the culprit. I decided then and there to no longer include gluten in my diet and I have felt so much better ever since!
However, I had a big problem - I LOVE bread! Not just any bread though; I love artisan, rustic, nutrient dense bread - bread that has texture, and chew and rich flavor. I looked around a farmers' market one Saturday and it saddened me to realize that Indianapolis did not have a gluten-free bakery that specialized in artisan breads. The seed was planted and I decided to solve this problem and fill this need.
I got to work doing research, studying, testing and developing recipes. I would give away loaves of bread to my family and friends for feedback and the response I got from everyone was so overwhelmingly positive! I took the leap and decided to start selling them to the public. I was offered the use of a small commercial kitchen to get started in and I'm so thrilled to say that since we launched in April 2016 we've continued to expand and grow beyond that small kitchen and Indianapolis.
I am thrilled and proud to get the opportunity to offer nutrient dense, allergen free, artisan breads that everyone can enjoy! Welcome back to bread.
Hayley McGinley | Founder + Recipe Developer
Hayley is the creator and visionary of Native Bread! As a little girl, Hayley never dreamed or even considered owning a business one day. That all changed in April 2016 when she decided to launch Native Bread. She is so glad she did and can not imagine doing anything else! Hayley is happiest when she's creating and playing in the kitchen. In her free time she loves to explore the outdoors, travel, listen to podcasts and sip on hot herbal teas while spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Lindgren | Marketing & Development Director
Hannah is a visual storyteller and community organizer with a wild love for local, hand-crafted and nutritious food. Having started a small business herself, she decided to lend a hand to her very good friend Hayley in her endeavor to start a gluten-free artisan bread company. After eight years of being gluten-free, she's delighted to finally be able to eat delicious bread again! If you have any questions about getting Native Bread in YOUR restaurant or store, reach out!
Jason Acton | Head Baker
Jason has known he wanted to be a pastry chef ever since he was little when his mom would let him help bake the annual gingerbread Christmas cookies with her. He studied baking and pastry at Ivy Tech and started at Native Bread in May of 2018. He loves listening to true crime podcasts, hanging out with his friends and family and cats, and all things Halloween. Working at Native Bread isn’t just about making dough; he loves providing people with delicious and nutritious gluten-free bread. Jason will forever have a passion for baking sweet treats for friends and family.