Pepperidge Farm, Good Taste, Health and Spirit

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another great discovery, from the other side of the planet this time. Straight from Connecticut, a family business born from the heart and passion of Margaret Rudkin, also one of the best business leaders of her time.

I’m sure you’ll like her story, and her cookies even more…

Margaret was a 40-year-old-mother of three young sons, living in Fairfield, Connecticut on a beautiful property called Pepperidge Farm—named for an ancient Pepperidge tree that grew there. The Rudkins had moved into Pepperidge Farm in 1929—the same year as the great Stock Market Crash. The Rudkins faced many challenges during the Great Depression—but as parents, one of the most difficult challenges was dealing with the severe allergies and asthma of their youngest son, whose condition made him unable to eat most commercially processed foods.

Based on the advice of a specialist, Margaret put him on a diet of fruits and vegetables and minimally processed foods. Then one day Margaret decided to try baking him some all-natural stone ground whole wheat bread with vitamins and nutrients intact. At a time when puffy, aerated white bread dominated the market, many skeptics—including her son’s doctor—didn’t think it was possible to bake nutritious bread that was also delicious. Margaret proved them wrong.

Pepperidge Farm Cookies and many other stuff that any great parent should store in a old school, perched on a highest shelf


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