One Wilton family is turning their mom’s recipes into granola goodness.

That’s the story behind Dr. Mary’s Kitchen, a company launched last September by Wilton’s Shrum family.

“We ‘borrowed’ all of our recipes from my wife, Mary Frances Hamill. She has been a dentist for over 30 years and has always been a strong advocate for a healthy diet. Years ago, Dr. Mary’s physician recommended she switch to a gluten-free diet to improve her immune system. Mary is a wonderful cook  took on the challenge of creating a whole new cookbook of culinary delights. After lots of experimenting, she developed recipes that no one could resist,” explains Tom Shrum, who started the family’s Dr. Mary’s Kitchen business.

He says their children suggested producing and selling the granola and other snacks, which had become popular with all their friends. They named the company after Mary since all of the recipes are from her work in the kitchen.

The granola flavors are both gluten-free and paleo. Knowing that many people find gluten-free foods don’t taste as appetizing as foods that contain gluten, Tom says taste was a key element to their recipes.

“Many gluten-free foods have odd flavors and textures. Anyone who eats gluten-free should not sacrifice marvelous flavor. The flavor of gluten-free food should be limitless,” he says, with a nod to the company’s tagline, “When it Comes to Flavor the Sky’s the Limit.”

Some of the flavors they’ve debuted thus far are Apple Crisp Paleo Granola, Original Paleo Granola and Pumpkin Spice Paleo Granola. Future items they are bringing out are spiced seeds and dried fruit mixes.

Earlier this month they launched the granola product line at the Village Market, their first retail location. They held two in-store demos in January which they said were huge successes with both customers and employees.


“Dr. Mary’s Kitchen is excited to be supported by such an iconic Wilton business such as the Village Market,” Tom says. “We enjoy being involved with other local businesses. Our family owned business appreciates the support we receive from so many families who reside in Wilton. We understand the importance of a vibrant local economy. For the same reason we try to locally source as many ingredients as we can. We hope to grow our bonds with the community and the other businesses at the heart of it.”

Village Market is carrying the granola, lines of spiced seeds and dried fruit mixes. The granola is priced at $10.99 per bag. The company also will be having a demo at Palmer’s in Darien this coming Sunday, Feb. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., their first at that location.