Thursday’s Dish: Sarah’s Texas Pantry

Sarah Tober and her husband moved to Hutto a few years ago, bought an old house to fix up, and fell in love with the “Mayberry-ness” of the small town. There was only one thing missing, though: food. “There are no grocery stores here,” says Sarah, a self-professed foodie. “When I was working downtown, I could go to Whole Foods or Farm to Market for great, fresh foods. Once I moved to Hutto, my only options were ‘big box’ stores in nearby towns. If I didn’t want to go that far, we wouldn’t have what we needed for dinner.”

Photo credit: Saul Hernandez Photography

Sarah, who was working in PR/Communications at the time, had also developed a passion for Texas foods when she visited the Go Texan store at the Texas State Fair. In developing the idea for Sarah’s Texas Pantry, she fused her two passions together: Providing Hutto with the market essentials and offering high-quality, Texas-made products.

I visited Sarah’s Texas Pantry recently. It’s a friendly, inviting place on Hutto’s picturesque East Street, which also houses a few restaurants and shops. Sarah has tasted just about everything in her shop, and she’ll point you toward her favorites. I came away with Goji Gourmet Pomodoro Sauce (Dallas): super fresh and tasty; Italian Bean Soup Mix from Custom Café (Richardson), which I made with sweet Italian sausage, also from Richardson (Richardson Farms Meats): my whole family loved it; In a Pickle! Sweet and Spicy pickles (Fort Worth) are so yummy and have just enough heat, with whole peppers mixed in; Texas Traditions Country Style German Mustard (Georgetown): just right texture and great flavor, serve it with your favorite bratwurst. Sarah became a certified Go Texan partner, which helped hook her up with these great Texas vendors, so she’s been buying prepared foods like pickles, sauces and condiments from around the state. For produce, she gets what she can locally or from Texas in general (like Poteet strawberries), but if she can’t get it from Texas, she’ll find good-quality, organic produce. She also has some other out-of-state staple products that her customers have requested.Advertisement

Photo credit: Saul Hernandez Photography

It’s a small, colorful space, and Hutto’s a small, colorful town, so Sarah’s seems to fit right in. Hutto has been receptive. The store, which had its grand opening on January 22, has some regulars now, whether they’re stopping after work for milk and eggs or dropping in to see what’s new.  Sarah calls it “a work in progress,” and you can tell she’s enjoying her work.

Written by: Shannon Oelrich

1 Comment on Thursday’s Dish: Sarah’s Texas Pantry

  1. Great article on a great shop! I visited Sarah’s Texas Pantry during her grand opening and have since been back many times!

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