Tonight’s blog is one I’ve intended to write for two months, as Olde Tyme Pantry was one of the first places I visited, camera in tow, upon my relocation from NYC to Farmington in late February.
The simple concrete and steel frame of Olde Tyme Pantry is complimented by rustic log accents. On the front porch sits a wooden wishing well and several wooden rocking chairs. This Saturday, with the concrete patio newly expanded into the gravel parking lot, a group of people socialized around a large wooden table under the store’s front overhang.
I’ve been to the market at least four times now, and each time, the smell of fresh baked bread has met me as I’ve opened the front door. Just inside the entrance, on the right, sits a countertop with fresh-brewed coffee. Week before last, I bought myself a coffee grinder at the very un-religious local Wal-Mart, anticipating the purchase of fresh coffee beans at Olde Tyme Pantry. I was just as pleased with the flavor of my coffee as I have been with the fresh whole wheat bread I’ve bought week after week.
Old Tyme Pantry is a great spot for buying spices, dehydrated soup (and other types of) mixes, and basics like whole grain noodles and baking supplies. They sell trail mixes and dehydrated fruits (see cranberry and white chocolate chip trail mix, above), and did I mention that they’re homemade bread is really, really good?
And the eggs! Oh, the eggs! A dozen cage-free brown eggs is $1.99, and I guarantee that you’ll taste the difference between these eggs and the ones you’ll buy at the aforementioned Super Center. These eggs are amazing to eat, and it’s not uncommon for 4 or 5 eggs in the dozen to have double yolks.
As wonderful as the food is, the experience is what makes the trip – your first time at least. Kiddos tug the shirttails of their dads, who ring you up at the register. Ladies wear long skirts and fitted white caps, with no accessories or makeup.
It’s a shop where your humilty comes out, and in a magical way, this store brings out the manners in its shoppers, too. You’ll hear “please” and “thank-you”, and costumers will stop to advise one another…
“Have you tried the vegetable chips? They’re so good!”
“Oh, you have to try the deli meat.”
I think it’s fair to say that even in Missouri, there’s a rebirth right now of farming, home-cooking, and buying local. While not all of Olde Tyme Pantry’s products are locally produced (see cheese photo, below), it still feels good to know that the money you spend is supporting local business, and that the foods you buy are relatively natural and whole.
Shopping here on Saturday afternoons has become an almost-weekly habit now for my mom and I, and I think that once you visit a time or two, you’ll find yourself frequentling Olde Tyme Pantry, too.
The Pantry is open from 9-5 Tuesdays through Fridays, and 9-4 on Saturdays. For more on Olde Tyme Pantry, read the Daily Journal’s story here.