Gluten-free business booms for family bakery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People with Celiac’s Disease can get very sick if they eat foods with wheat, barley or rye. A local woman who has Celiac’s started a small bakery in Camp Hill and business is now booming.

“I planned on doing this when I was a little old lady as a second career, and I was thinking I will have this small little bakery, and people can come in, with one display case,” said Betsy Peffley, who owns Betsy’s Bakery.

The 29-year-old started selling gluten-free cupcakes on the side three years ago to satisfy her own sweet tooth. Now that she is filling orders from Camp Hill to California, she moved to a huge warehouse on South Cameron Street in Harrisburg.

Ovens are baking vegan and gluten-free treats around the clock. Betsy’s Bakery supplies more than 100 Giant food stores, the Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, plus colleges and universities with 60 different products that don’t contain wheat, barley or rye.

“It became my mission. How do I make my mom’s Christmas cookies taste normal? How do I make them gluten free and still taste good?” Peffley said.

The business is a family affair. Betsy’s husband works with her. The couple’s two children, 2-year-old Troy and 3-year-old Austin, help mom decorate cupcakes.

“These products aren’t just geared towards gluten-free people. Any person on the street could eat them and not know the difference that they’re gluten free, and that’s the great thing about it,” Shannon Peffley said.

Betsy also has a bakery on Market Street in Camp Hill. For more information, go to

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