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How to Stock Your Pantry with Local, Dallas Goods

You’ve got bulk beans and extra OJ, sure. But what about Dallas-made chocolate and ice cream? Throw some local treats in the cart for good measure.

So, you’ve surely made your grocery store run by now. Did you see Meghan at Whole Foods? Or perhaps you hit up your small, neighborhood market. And now your shelves are positively bursting—dried beans, pasta, bread, and probably more bread based off the current state of seemingly every bread aisle everywhere. All of these are crucial to a well-stocked pandemic pantry.

Stock

If you’re not already transforming veggie chunks and chicken carcasses into stock due to your newfound homesteader lifestyle, grab a locally brewed one from Stocks and Bondy at the Dallas Farmers Market (214-973-9459 for curbside delivery). There’s diet-friendly organic bone broths, stocks, soups, and even some for your pets.

If you’re going to do vegan stock, I like this one from Bon Appetit; it uses kombu, aka dried sheets of seaweed you can find at international markets, which imbues the broth with hearty umami flavor in lieu of meat.

Bread

Those bread shelves are mighty scant. Let Signature Baking Company deliver bread to your doorstep. Rye-swirled deli bread, white loaf, dinner rolls, cinnamon raisin loafs, brioche burger buns, and more.

Meaders and Robert Ozarow raised the bar when they launched Empire Baking Company, selling a wide variety of artisanal bread. Order muffins, naturally leavened bagels, sourdough rounds, baguettes, and “Hippie Health” grain loaf via Caviar and UberEats.

Kuluntu Bakery’s Stephanie Leichtle-Chalklen is a wonderful bread-smith who turns dough into bliss and art. Peep the online menu for ordering instructions and pertinent details. Pickup is in Bishop Arts, and as a bonus: They’re getting very creative with their contactless delivery method.

Matt Bresnan pulls soft pillows of dough from banneton baskets in the middle of the night and slowly eases them into cast iron skillets. By the end of the night, he will have 200 round loaves of bread, scores of viennoiseries, all for Bresnan Bread and Pastry‘s morning pickup. Preorder via email recommended.

Snacks, Sweets, and Treats

We can’t list them all, but a few favorites to snag include Dude, Sweet Chocolate, CocoAndre, and Chocolate Secrets, which has a full menu of chocolates, desserts, macarons (wine and beer, too!) for takeout and curbside delivery. You’re probably going to want that sweetness when the long days at home turn to weeks.

Botolino Gelato Artigianale is selling tubs of gelato and cakes for takeout or delivery (Caviar, free within a three-mile radius). Call in your pickup order 469-776-9077, and it will be brought to you at the door or to your car.

Fuel yourself with White Rock Granola, available at various local grocery stores, in flavors like peanut butter, orange maple, and chocolate.

Coffee

Because caffeine amid a pandemic is an essential good, there are many local roasts to bring home. Founded in 2013 by owners Chris and Michael Wyatt, Full City Rooster offers only single origin coffees from its home in the Cedars. But you can also stock up on small-batch roasts online.

Tweed makes great effort to produce roasts that balance acidity and body, sweet and savory, in order for their coffee to be attractive to all types of palates.

Espresso, single origin, blended roasts—Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters’ shop runs the caffeinated gamut. You can order online or find it at lots of local shops.

Meat

Hey, all of these butcher shops are still open!

Everything Else

Market Provisions at the Dallas Farmers Market has myriad grocery essentials from local honey, teas, jams and jellies, and produce shares so you stay nicely inventoried without worry.

Did you know you could freeze goat cheese? Yeah, chevre is that magical. Snatch some from Latte Da Dairy at DFW-area Central Markets or Scardello Cheese—speaking of which, just head to Scardello and bulk up on all your cheesy needs. If there’s anything working from home was made for it was cheese snacking throughout the day. Full Quiver Farm, another Central Market resident, has more of your cheese and general dairy needs covered.

Pickletopia, the kosher specialty grocer in Old East Dallas, has pickled onion sticks, fermented carrots, spicy sour pickles, and even straight-up brine. Preserved pickling was made for times like these.

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