Zuma Natural Foods
121 Railroad Avenue
Mancos, CO 81328
We were headed West on Route 160 when the unique wooden entrance-way to Zuma Natural Foods caught our eye. We missed the access road so we had to turn around. No big deal – it was worth it!
The atmosphere in Zuma was a cross between Wild West Shoppe and organic grocer, with neat wooden carvings, tasteful western artwork and terra cotta colored walls. Even the clientele had a cowboy type appeal. So I was little surprised, but pleasantly so, by the excellent variety of gluten-free foods available here.
Some of the gluten-free foods offered included soups, condiments, energy bars, snack crackers, cookies, baking mixes, pasta, snack chips and more. But that was just in one clearly labeled section. The foods throughout the rest of the store were natural and healthy, and any knowledgeable or veteran gluten-free shopper could spot good finds for their diet all around.
While I was perusing the store, the owner checked to see if I needed any help. She asked if I’d tried the Udi’s gluten-free bagels, which I hadn’t, so she insisted on toasting one up for me at her breakfast/coffee bar. Well then, I guess I’ll just have to pour myself a cup of joe, mosey on over here to the café area and set a spell (that’s cowboy-speak in case you’re wondering). The coffee was excellent, and I’m picky.
The owner did, in fact, have a good knowledge of gluten-free foods, and was correct that the Udi’s bagel was top-notch. Not only that, it was filling, too. I had pretty much given up on bagels since being diagnosed wheat intolerant, so this was a great discovery.
I enjoyed my snack then grabbed some gluten-free supplies and a couple of Vitamin C drinks before again heading West. My stop at Zuma in the lovely little town of Mancos will be a fond memory.