Dirty Carrots, an all-vegan bakery, opened in a small space in Fells Point last weekend. I walked to the tiny bakery this week to check it out and talk to owner/baker Lisa Muscara Brice, pictured left.
She was baking mini cupcakes, pictured below, when I stepped into the fragrant shop at Fleet and Wolfe streets. There are no tables, but customers can grab a cup of Fair Trade coffee (from High Grounds Roasters) to go with their sweets.
"I love this neighborhood," Lisa told me. "I want to be the go-to place for coffee."
And for her baked goods, too, of course. Lisa, a lifelong baker, traded in a career in nonprofits to follow her dream of making an assortment of dairy-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free goodies.
She's been selling her goods at the Baltimore Farmers' Market and various shops around town for the past three years—and will continue to do so. But now, she finally has a brick-and-mortar place.
"I intended to do this from the beginning," she said. "I wanted to develop a solid core of support."
On any given day (from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), you'll find a counter stacked with whoopie pies, muffins, cookies, coffee cakes, palmiers, other pastries, brownies, and more.
As this omnivorous taste tester can attest, Dirty Carrots products are as yummy as any other locally baked treats you've had.
Photos by me