Josie Nelson (left) and Rachel Bergstein (right) set up shop at the Corner of Ferry Rd. and Wing’s Point on June 17, selling lemonade to raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease. They were very pleased that 35 people stopped during their first day and they raised $118. The autoimmune disorder, through which ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine, affects an estimated 1 in 100 people worldwide.
The two enterprising friends live with the disease and are passionate about helping others understand it, as two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. Here in Vermont, a number of companies—including West Meadow Farm Bakery, King Arthur Flour and Against the Grain—make high-quality gluten-free products. Be sure to stop for a refreshing pause at Josie and Rachel’s lemonade stand, which will pop up again sometime this summer! Learn more at celiac.org.