Hope Lawrence and her husband David have lived and worked all over the world, but they wanted to get out of the “rat race” and raise their boys on a farm in Virginia. When they found an old B&B with a commercial kitchen just outside of Charlottesville, Hope recognized a golden opportunity to start her own business. Hudson Henry Baking Co. was born. The commercial kitchen has been turned into HQ for the Hudson Henry Baking Co. where she happily bakes Good News Granola and listens to music and NPR.
Hope’s premium Good News granola is hand mixed in a tumbler, which keeps the texture light and crisp. Small batches are made to order, and the “super fresh” granola is typically sent out within one or two days of being baked. For a more savory flavor, Hope uses olive oil instead of canola oil.
Hudson Henry sells 12-ounce packages of granola and 3-ounce snack packages as well as bulk granola in five flavors. The packages come with Hope’s signature “good news” printed on the back of the bag. “I had an ‘aha’ moment,” Hope says. “I wanted people to have something inspiring to read over breakfast in the morning.”
Good News granola has become a popular favorite at the Charlottesville City Market. Hope’s newest flavor – pistachio, almond & coconut – came from a market customer’s suggestion to try coconut oil, which is delicious as well as healthy.