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The squeak of the plastic and the click of the tabs on a container of Troyer's Home Pantry Cinnamon Rolls is sure to get your taste buds excited. If you've ever had the pleasure of eating treats from the family owned bakery, located in Apple Creek, Ohio then you know what is coming - a delicious fluffy pastry with golden brown tops and frosting that sticks to your fingers and brings a smile to your face.
Owner Paul Troyer, who is a co-owner and partner in the business along with his three sons (Brandon, Ryan and Jordan), has seen the joy that baked goods could bring first hand. It all started when he began working with his mother, Sarah in the kitchen during his teen years. Troyer's Home Pantry products are made with Sarah Troyer's recipes and when the business first began she was able to consult and make adjustments, a skill that Paul says his sons have inherited.
While Sarah is no longer with us, her family legacy has been a part of Wayne County for many years with her rolls starting the day at breakfast tables and bringing the family together at holiday dinners with pies, angel food cakes and cookies.
In recent years, Troyer's Home Pantry has grown its distribution reach beyond Wayne County and now their products are being sold as far north as Toledo and as far south as Pataskala. When Paul is out exploring the state and looking at different opportunities he uses his intuition and asks the right questions to see if an area would be the right fit for Troyer's Home Pantry products. The store now carries locally produced maple syrup and honey bottled in Amish Country among some of the additional products at the retail store in Apple Creek.
"We just stared selling our products at the Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala this year," said Paul. "Their order is growing nicely each month and we're excited to be moving out further, towards the Columbus area. Over the years you develop a sense of where the product is going to work, the store, the people they serve, the setting, all of it factors in."
The two main retail stores for Troyer's are in Apple Creek on West Main Street and in Wooster on East North Street. Known as "The Best Place To Buy A Pie," you'll also find Troyer's Home Pantry products in local BellStores and Buehler's Fresh Foods grocery stores. Paul has noticed an odd phenomenon in that the BellStores closest to the retail location are often the ones that sell out of his products the fastest. Although, knowing that most of the people stopping at those stations probably are seeking out the cinnamon rolls they've grown up loving, it's not such an odd phenomenon after all.
On an average day, the bakery will put out about 800 pies. During the busier holiday seasons it could be anywhere from 1,100 pies per day to 1,300. The pies are baked in two shifts and cinnamon rolls are done at night. Baking is going on from 7 a.m. to midnight every day and the flour and sugar deliveries come through each Thursday morning. Other products like breads, cakes and cookies are baked fresh during the day.
The retail stores are a favorite spot for locals. On any given morning you'll see people stopping in to pick up treats on their way to work, a husband and wife sitting and enjoying a roll or a doughnut with their cup of New England Coffee or some grandkids sporting chocolate milk mustaches as they kick their feet and look up from a piece of roll or pie. The retail stores often donate pies for local community events and fund raisers and are always looking for ways to partner with surrounding businesses and reach out to help others.
Troyer's Home Pantry is a rarity, now being run with the third generation as part of the family business. "I couldn't do it without my sons," adds Paul. "I know for years my dad did so much of the day-to-day operations by himself and it was challenging. I'm grateful to have my sons as partners."
There have been the occasional customers looking for pies to have at their wedding or even wanting to make an entire wedding cake out of Troyer's Glazed Doughnuts, which the store gladly supplies. This is a testament to the enduring and ever-changing way that people enjoy Troyer's Home Pantry goods. Customers at the retail store in Apple Creek can now access the internet with free wifi. Travelers through Amish Country know the store as a great spot to take a break, stretch your legs and check the map on the wall to see where you're heading to next.
So whether you are picking up a pastry while you're out on the road or taking the time to savor it while you read the morning paper and sip your coffee at the table, you know that the product you have is thought out and made with care. Nothing fancy, just delicious.
For more information you can visit the retail stores during business hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. (they are closed on Sundays) or visit them online at TroyersHomePantry.com. Troyer's Home Pantry can also be reached at 330-698-4182.