Looking for a last minute gift-giving idea. Here are some from Tennessee.
Previously (but I missed last year), I’ve listed some last minute Tennessee-related holiday gift ideas. This year, the emphasis is on food grown or produced (e.g. cooked, prepared, collected, etc.) in the state. (And for the few who may read this on Christmas Eve, I’ve even included a couple Tennessee-related products or distribution channels for the desperate.)
These are all products (or collections of products) that can be purchased online, but you need to get your orders in early this week (by December 20) to beat shipping or delivery deadlines. Also, at the bottom of this post is a long list of places (with email and phone numbers for many of them) across Tennessee where you can purchase these and other Tennessee grown and produced products. (Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division’s website PickTNProducts.org for that list.)
Also, if you know of a Tennessee produced food item or source not listed, feel free to add them in a comment. Only criteria: They need to provide shipping by Christmas Eve.
Tennessee Community Supported Agriculture
Before I jump into stuff that all taste great but aren’t necessarily good for you, I wanted to give a shout out to the CSAs in Tennessee. These efforts enable customers to get a steady stream of local products throughout the harvesting season. CSAs are great for customers and producers, alike. Here’s a list of Tennessee CSAs. They would make a great gift that keeps on giving.
While I’ve mentioned the well-known Benton’s Smokey Mountain Country Hams of Madisonville, Tenn., before, they don’t fall into the category of “last minute” shopping options as their shipping cut off date is December 9. However, one of my consistent spotters for this list suggested Rice’s Country Hams (“The Smoke House of Champions”) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (“Why are you just now suggesting this?” I asked), a family business run by some of her ‘kin folk’ (although I don’t believe she’s ever used ‘kin folk’ before).
From Rice’s Country Hams website:
Rice’s Country Hams is a third generation family owned and operated business. It is the oldest retail business still in operation in Mt. Juliet Tennessee. We have been curing Country Hams for over 60 years. The Rice Family takes pride in doing things the “Old Fashion Way”. We offer the highest quality country cured meats you will find. Our Country Hams are cured for at least 10 months to give you the best flavor. Not only do we cure country hams, but we also offer thick sliced smoked bacon, hickory smoked sausage and a variety of other southern treats. One bite of our country meats is sure to bring back childhood memories of a simpler time.
More Pork Options
I’ve also noted before that there are two pork ideas that I personally endorse and that I would happily clog my arteries with any day: Loveless Cafe Gift Baskets (Nashville) or a rib dinner shipped via FedEx from The Rendezvous (Memphis twofer).
If you’ve never heard of Goo-Goos, this is all you need to know: Milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow. The candy celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 so the legend about it being named for the “Grand Ole Opry” is obviously an urban myth (although, “urban” is not applicable here either). You can find Goo-Goo clusters lots of places if you live in the south and their website has a directory of retailers where you can find a box of Goo Goos all over.
Another century-old Tennessee treat are Moon Pies from Chattanooga Bakery. Created in 1917, the company now produces about one million Moon Pies per day.
Sampler Baskets and Boxes
If you want a collection of Tennessee foods (and by foods, I mean things made from pork or sugar), here are a couple of sample samplers from a longer list on the Pick Tennessee Products website.
Also from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Gourmet produces a line of sauces, but also has some great “build your own box collection” of all sorts of Tennessee foods that include everything from Moon Pies to salsa. In addition to their online products, some of their items are available through retailers.
This Spring Hill-based gift basket company, has several made-in-Tennessee food (and by food, I mean candy) collections that can be shipped or delivered locally.
While I’ve never tried any of these myself, I’m sure they’re all really swell (and no, I didn’t say swill). From the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Association:
“Home to over 40 wineries and 150 vineyards, Tennessee will surprise and delight you with its offering of award-winning wines.On Tennessee’s fertile, rolling hills, farmers have mastered the ancient art of growing grapes, yielding a locally-grown product superb for winemaking at its best.”
Desperately seeking a last, last minute Tennessee-related item?
While these are a stretch, I’ve included them (as I have before) for the desperate last-minute shopper who wants to connect a gift some-way, any-way, with Tennessee: Buy anything from a Cracker Barrel (based in Lebanon, Tenn.) in 42 states or online at CrackerBarrel.com. Even more desperate for a Tennessee-connection to food but don’t care if it’s primarily in the form of corn fructose blended and packaged in various weights and sizes? There are 9,600+ locations of Dollar General (based in Goodletsville, Tenn.) in 35 states you can stop by for some holiday Cheetos.
Places to call or visit to purchase Tennessee food products
|These stores and producers carry Tennessee food products.
Contact them to place orders for Tennessee products and gift baskets!
(Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division: PickTNProducts.org)
|Al’s Foodland||1006 N. Cumberland StreetLebanon, TN firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Al’s Foodland||2910 Highlway 31 WestWhite House, TN email@example.com|
|Breeden’s Orchard||631 Beckwith Rd.Mt. Juliet, TN 37122||615-449-2880|
|Beachaven Vineyards & Winery||1100 Dunlop LaneClarksville, TN 37040||931-645-8867||www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore|
|Brook Shaw’sOld Country Store||56 Casey Jones LaneCasey Jones VillageJackson, TN 38305||731-668-1223||www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore|
|Butler & Bailey Market||7513 S. Northshore DriveKnoxville, TN 37919||865-694-9045||http://butlerandbaileymarket.com/|
|C & F Meat Company, Inc.||5247 Murfreesboro RoadCollege Grove, TN 37046||615-395-4819||www.candfmeat.com|
|Chattanooga Pepper Company||109 Frazier AveChattanooga, TN 37405||423-266-6496|
|Columbia Flea Market and Variety Store||2348 Plus Park DriveColumbia, TN 38401||615-491-6529||columbiafleamarket.com
|Country Gourmet||107 East Main StreetMurfreesboro, TN 37130||615 -896-3634||http://www.beachavenwinery.com|
|Court Square Market & Deli||115 N. Main St.Ripley, TN 38063||731-635-6000||https://www.facebook.com/CourtSquareMarket.Deli|
|Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies||5280 Pleasant View RdMemphis, TN||901-377-2639||http://www.dinstuhls.com/|
|Dollywood General Store||Dollywood ParkPigeon Forge, TN 37863||865-428-9606|
|Falls Creek Falls – General Store||2023 Village Camp RoadPikeville, TN 37367||423-881-5662|
|Fall Creek State ParkGift Shop||2536 Lakeside DrivePikeville, TN 37367||423-881-5298||www.tn.gov/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls|
|Farmers Market of Antioch||2510 Murfreesboro Road, #10Nashville, TN firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grassland Foodland||2176 Hillsboro RoadFranklin, TN 37069||615-791-1091||GrasslandFoodland@gmail.com|
|Green Door Gourmet||7011 River Road PikeNashville, Tn 37209||(615) email@example.com://www.greendoorgourmet.com|
|Green Leaf Garden Center||7121 Asheville Hwy.Knoxville, TN 37924||865-329-0087||GreenLeafGardenCenter@gmail.com|
|Harris Teeter||2201 21st Ave S.Nashville,TN 37212||615-269-7818|
|Harris Teeter||210 Franklin St.Nashville, TN 37201||615-373-0180|
|Harris Teeter||6002 Highway 100Nashville, TN 37205||615-352-2567|
|Hearth & Patio||725 Parkway Ste 4Sevierville, TN 37862||865-429-9069|
|Hermitage HotelRachel’s Gifts||231 Sixth Avenue NorthNashville, TN 37219||615-345-7149|
|Honey’s Vintage Sweets||123 South Margin StreetFranklin, TN 37064||www.honeysvintagesweets.com|
|Miss Cordelia’s||737 Harbor Bend RoadMemphis TN firstname.lastname@example.org
|Montgomery BellState Park Gift Shop||1000 Hotel AvenueBurns, TN 37029||615-797-3101||www.tn.gov/environment/parks/MontgomeryBell/|
|Nashville Armory Eats||4290 Kenilwood DriveNashville, TN 37204||615-730-8054||nashvillearmoryeats.com|
|Opryland Nashville Bushels & Baskets
||2800 Opryland DriveNashville, TN 37214||866-972-6779|
|Pamela Anne’s Candy & Gifts||409 Main StreetOliver Springs,Tennessee 37840||865-435-1736|
|Paris LandingState Park Gift Shop||400 Lodge RoadBuchanan, TN 38222||731-641-44651||http://tn.gov/environment/parks/ParisLanding/|
|Publix – Bellevue Center||7604 Highway 70 S.Nashville, TN 37221||615-646-1870|
|Publix – Concord Village||10638 Concord RdBrentwood, TN 37027||615-941-8871|
|Publix – Cool Springs||8105 Moores LnBrentwood, TN 37027||615-221-9880|
|Publix – Franklin Marketplace||1021 Riverside DrFranklin, TN 37064||(615)591-3285|
|Publix – Greensboro Village||1483 Nashville PikeGallatin, TN 37066||615-451-6285|
|Publix – Harpeth Village||2020 Fieldstone PkwyFranklin, TN 37069||(615)599-1825|
|Publix –Indian Lake Marketplace||110 Indian Lake BlvdHendersonville, TN 37075||615-264-1350|
|Publix- Marketplaceat Maryland Farms||101 Creekside XingBrentwood, TN 37027||615-507-1505|
|Publix –McKay’s Mill Village Center||1400 Liberty Pike, Ste 200 Franklin, TN 3706||615-591-4061|
|Publix – Nippers Corner||15544 Old Hickory BlvdNashville, TN 37211||615-331-4912|
|Publix –Oakwood Commons||4670 Lebanon PikeHermitage, TN 37076||615-874-0898|
|Publix –Parkway Town Centre||661 President PlSmyrna, TN 37167-5671||615-220-1919|
|Publix- Spring Hill Village||4935 Main StreetSpring Hill, TN 37174||615-302-4068|
|Puckett’sGrocery & Restaurant||120 South 4th Ave.Franklin, TN 37064||615-794-5527||www.puckettsgrocery.com|
|Rebel Hill Florist, Inc.||4821 Trousdale DriveNashville, TN email@example.com|
|Red Barn Winery||1805 Tanyard RoadLafayette, TN 37083||615-688-6012||http://redbarnwinery.com/|
|Rice Country Ham’s||12217 Lebanon RdMt. Juliet, TN 37122||615.758.2362||http://www.ricecountryhams.com|
|Shelbyville Sweet Shoppe||112 East Side Squarefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Simonton’s Cheese& Gourmet House||2278 Hwy. 127 SouthCrossville, TN 38572||931-484-5193||www.simontonscheese.com|
|Strawberry Fields Market||3701 Sutherland Ave.Knoxville, TN 37919||865-450-1196||www.strawberryfieldsmarket.com|
|Sun Shine Gift Shop||1912 Church StreetNashville, TN 37203||615-329-1281||http://www.sunshineshopgiftbaskets.com/|
|The Bee Hive||334 West Main St., Suite BHendersonville, TN 37075||615-822-8110||http://thebeehivetn.com|
|The Chocolate Rose||1104 Main StreetPleasant View, TN 37146||615-747-2069||http://www.pvgiftdelivery.com/|
|The Island in Pigeon Forge||250 Island Drive #2104Pigeon Forge, TN 37863||865-286-3900||http://islandinpigeonforge.com/shop-dine/|
|The Local Butcher Shop& Market||348 S. Calderwood St.Alcoa, TN 37701||865-323-3533||localbutchertn.com|
|The Produce Place||4000 Murphy RoadNashville, TN 37209||615-383-2664||www.produceplace.com|
|Three Blind Mice||907 Erwin Hwy.Greenville, TN 37745||423-639-5924|
|Three Rivers Market||1100 N. Central St.Knoxville, TN 37917||865-525-2069||www.threeriversmarket.coop|
|Trolley Stop Market||704 Madison AveMemphis, TN 38103||901-526-1361Fax: email@example.com|
|The Store house||4580 East Robertson RdCross Plains TN 37049||615-717-5287||Cyhuff1965@gmail.com
|The Turnip Truck Urban Fare||321 12th Ave. SouthNashville, TN 37203||615-248-2000||http://www.theturniptruck.com/|
|The Turnip Truck Urban Fare||970 Woodland StreetNashville TN 37206||615-650-3600||http://www.theturniptruck.com/|
|Whole Foods Market and Whole Body||4021 Hillsboro PikeNashville, TN 37215||615-440-5100||http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/nashville|
|Whole Foods Market -McEwen||1566 West McEwen DriveFranklin Tennessee 37067United States||615-550-5660||http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/mcewen|
|Whole Foods Market -Memphis||5022 Poplar Ave.Memphis Tennessee 38117United States||901-685-2293||http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/memphis|
|Whole Foods Market -Chattanooga||301 Manufacturers RdChattanooga Tennessee 37405United States||423-702-7300||http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Chattanooga|
|Wilson Farmers Co-operative||107 Babb DriveLebanon, TN 37087||615-444-5212|