The growth of the $2 billion food truck phenomenon has grown 300 percent in the last three years. To date, it is virtually non-existent in Atascosa County unless you are selling raspas, but not this Saturday! The Hayden Homestead Company food truck with its fresh, delicious homemade goods is making a stop in Pleasanton Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Gypsy Moon Market parking lot, 107 S. Reed St.
Country Western singer Rodney Hayden and his wife, Shenna, are excited to be bring their brand home to Pleasanton. Rodney is a 1998 Pleasanton High School graduate and Shenna graduated from Jourdanton High School in 2001.
“We hope to be in Pleasanton once a month at the least,” said Shenna. “I first started a “side hustle” baking for fun. That turned into a coffee company which lead to the food truck. We hope to eventually expand to a brick and mortar shop one day in the far future. Right now, we are enjoying the freedom that comes with owning a restaurant on wheels! We’d love to try out for the Great Food Truck Race!”
The flavor of the Hayden Homestead Company food truck is definitely homestyle or home cooking according to Shenna. “All my recipes are either passed down from family or I’ve created them on my own and will pass them down to my son, Wyatt, one day. There is a story behind every dish!”
For the Saturday event, the food truck menu will feature:
Original Chicken Slidertwo thin-cut fried chicken breasts on a sweet roll with our house made “Everything Sauce” and pickles with fries for $10.
BBQ Chicken Slidersame as above but dipped in Texas Water BBQ sauce, with fries $10.
Schnitzel Stick- traditional German fried pork chop the way grandma made them but it’s Texas and this is a food truck so the Hayden’s put it on a stick. Served with a lemon wedge, a pickle served with fries for $6.
Nanny’s Chicken and Dumplings- home style creamy chicken and dumplings. A perfect January post-holiday lunch for a great price of $5.
Fried Pies- Shenna’s amazing pie crust filled with creamy coconut, lemon or apple. Deep fried and glazed for just $2.
Sasquatch Cookies- iced sugar cookies for $1.
Kolaches- A traditional Czech recipe- enjoy these peach, strawberry, poppyseed or cream cheese for $2 each.
Shenna said she remembers the day she and Rodney said, “Why not!” to the idea of a food truck. “It came rather quickly just like every decision we ever make,” said Shenna. “We noticed at the farmers markets we were being asked a lot about selling coffee by the cup, which we were not quite able to do. So, we thought of a coffee truck first, but why stick one leg in when you can just dive right on in? Since I love to cook, we figured having the mobile kitchen would bump up our business to the next level and allow us to offer more than just coffee and baked goods.”
Shenna said that right now Hayden Homestead Company offers five different coffees that can be ordered online at www.haydenhomestead.com.
“Curly’s Cowboy Coffee is a Brazilian bean we roast to medium/dark,” explained Shenna. “It’s smooth and has subtle chocolate notes. Named for Rodney’s grandfather Hayden, we know he would have proudly brewed it from his chuck wagon.”
Shenna said that the Signature Roast, a Honduran bean, was their first to master. “At a medium roast, it brings out its nice mellow, nutty, laid back flavor. It’s our signature because it’s most like us,” said Hayden!
Her namesake, Shenna’s Roast used the same bean as their Signature but after roasting she said they add vanilla to the beans followed by cinnamon when they grind it. “It’s a lovely hug in cup,” said Shenna.
“Rocket Man is our wild card,” said Shenna! “This bold brew is an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe bean and we roast it dark. Most Yirgacheffes are roasted around medium, but we quite enjoy it darker!” Last but not least is their Signature decaf that has gone through the decaffeinating process. “All the flavor but no extra energy here!”
The Haydens are also available to cater. They have a gig upcoming catering the desserts and coffee for a wedding at Strawberry
Pines in Poteet this March.
“We are super excited!”
Please plan to come support these great local folks who are so talented and creative plus to boot they are some of the nicest people you could ask to meet. Follow them on Facebook at Hayden Homestead Company and to keep up with Rodney’s music follow him at RL Hayden on Facebook. Their website is www.haydenhomestead.com