David Sautter

David Sautter

Sautter's Market

October 19, 2018


Sautter's Market


It's harvest season, and we want to honor of our deep love for food. Toledo.com and tech start-up FreshSpoke are collaborating to highlight stories about Local Food Champions: people improving the environmental impact, economic benefit, and accessibility of local food in NW Ohio. We hope you enjoy.

Describe your connection to the local economy, community health, healthy food alternatives, environmental sustainability, etc.

Sautter's has been in business in the Toledo area starting in 1927 when we opened our doors as a butcher shop downtown. We opened out sylvania location in 1959 and then the Waterville location in 1971.  We our a community oriented business with a hyper focus on offering local products, produce and meats. We pride ourselves on giving local vendors a platform to showcase their goods and will always give the "little guy" a chance over any big name product that is sold in the big box stores. 

What current projects are you working on? 

We are currently working on continuing to source more organic local homegrown produce that you cannot find at big box retailers, as well as enlist the help of some of the area's local artists to create a community oriented mural on our exterior at our Sylvania location. Our goal is to help do our part to beautify the area and strengthen the local economy by co-oping with both local vendors and artists.   

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

The NW Ohio region is ripe with incredible farmers and creators. Consequently, we are able to source the freshest and highest quality local produce, meats and local specialty goods that you can find anywhere. More importantly, our community is filled with an incredibly talented and down to earth populous that makes doing business and serving the community in NW Ohio an absolute privilege. 

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

We pride ourselves on giving local vendors a place to get started and showcase their goods. If a local vendor has a good idea/product, we want to hear about and we want to give them an opportunity to sell themselves to the community. Also, we love giving people a friendly place to work and interact with the community.  Many of our valued colleagues have been with us for 20+ years and are truly part of our family. We also get quite a kick out of having former employees that may have had their first job ever with us return and reminisce on stories etc of their memories working here.    

Tell us about one of your overriding philosophies about why people should support local.

Supporting local farmers/vendors is a no-brainer for us as it benefits not only the local economy, but more importantly, the environment as a whole. Locally grown food reduces the amount of food miles needed to get from supplier to your table, thus reducing our carbon footprint across the board. Local goods tend to be more natural and less saturated with additives/preservatives. Locally produced goods increase accountability across the board for both vendors and consumers allowing people to gain a better understanding of how and where their food came from while also stimulating the local economy, which benefits everyone!      

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

We strive for excellence in everything we do - we want to provide you with the best and freshest goods you can find. We are inspired by the warmth and loyalty of our customers day in and day out. We will do everything we can to serve you and provide you with quite simply the best and freshest goods you can find. 

Tell us about your background.

We have been a family owned business since 1927. We eat sleep and breath the grocery business. 

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

The character "Red" from Shawshank Redemption said it best - "Get busy living, or get busy dying"

Favorite place for local culture?

Toledo Art Museum

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

The amount of waterfront/shoreline in the area

My favorite place to chill locally is . . .

My back deck that overlooks 10 mile creek.    

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Wildwood Metropark

My favorite locally produced product/service is . . .

Creques Homegrown Strawberries & Riehm Farm homegrown organics

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

in the garden or walking my golden retriever Marley.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for progressive, locally aware people . . .

Kick your box store habit and support your local/independent retailers

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Hard to name just one album as I am an avid music fan, however, I listened to Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited last night, which is one of my favorites. So for today, that will suffice - maybe tomorrow it will be something by Parliament or Sam Cooke.    

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Passionate, dedicated, loyal

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.

More locally spawned independent retailers and restaurants

I want my last meal to be _______________.

A prime porterhouse steak cut by a butcher at Sautter's


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