Two Centuries of Tradition
Inventiveness like Mom’s is a family heritage. Way back in the eighteenth century, Jacobus Barhyte, a Southern German immigrant and pioneer settler of Yaddo, – now known as Saratoga Springs, New York – created our original Sweet ‘n Sour Mustard Sauce. This original recipe was passed down through the generations and even traveled west over the Oregon Trail. Back then, Jacobus’s name was spelled “Barheyt,” but when he enlisted in the American Forces for the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, General Gates’s secretary recorded the name as “Barhyte.” Patriotic pride has kept us using that spelling ever since.
Jan and Susan (Mom) Barhyte first publicly shared our mustards in the late 1970s on the table at our Swift & Martin Station Deli in Pendleton, Oregon. These mustards were made from recipes developed by both sides of the family over generations, including a few recipes from Mom’s father. Customers liked the unique and flavorful mustards so much that they began requesting some to take home.Our mustard sales grew so fast that it became a family business. In 1984, we moved our mustard operation closer to the mustard fields of the Willamette Valley and added new mustards and a variety of delicious condiments. But the sunshine and community of our hometown Pendleton drew us back in 1994. Our family has been making our savory collection of foods there ever since.
In February of 2010, Fox News ran a story about us! Learn more about our history and company in the article "Mustard That’s Fit for a King".
Below is a short video of the history of Barhyte Specialty Foods: from a small deli in Pendleton, Oregon to a premium, gourmet condiment manufacturer, still thriving as a family company today in Pendleton!