Beth and Becky Taylor are a vegan mother-daughter team who make The Hearty Vegan tempeh—the only tempeh produced here in Texas for retail sale.
In the beginning, they made only traditional tempeh; then they began making delicious breakfast sausages. Responding to customer interest, they came up with soy-free versions made from black-eyed pea and garbanzo beans. Our deli jumped on the opportunity to use their locally made tempeh in our tempeh chili, tempeh tacos, ginger tempeh pasta and tempeh stroganoff.
Beth and Becky have been great about sharing recipes during their demos here at Wheatsville. You can check out some of their great recipes at www.heartyvegan.com. If you see them sampling their tempeh in the store, stop and have a delicious bite and get to know a couple of our friendliest and most beloved suppliers!
You can find all three varieties of The Hearty Vegan tempeh in our frozen section and in a variety of dishes made in our deli. The tempeh sausage is in our refrigerated case.
In the past two years, The Hearty Vegan products have begun being served at local restaurants and food trucks including Mothers Café, the Vegan Yacht, BBQ Revolution and Counter Culture. We’re proud to have been carrying their delicious tempeh since the very beginning.
I asked Beth & Becky a few questions:
1. How long have you been making tempeh?
We started making tempeh for friends in 2004. In 2010, we began making tempeh in a commercial kitchen which allowed us to sell in grocery stores. Wheatsville was the first store to carry our products.
2. What is your favorite thing to buy from Wheatsville?
Our favorite thing to buy at Wheatsville: Becky loves the salad bar-anything with cashew tamari dressing. Beth loves Wheatsville’s raisin bread made in house, African peanut soup and the produce section.
3. What is your favorite recipe to use your tempeh in?
We have so many favorite tempeh recipes but with the weather getting cooler our thoughts turn to Tempeh Shepherd’s Pie.
4. What do you love about Wheatsville?
What we love about Wheatsville: seeing the smiling faces of our friends who work there. Also how many items are local, organic and vegan. Wheatsville has all the food we love.
5. Favorite place to eat in town?
There are so many fabulous restaurants & food trucks, it’s impossible to choose!