Last Minute Gift Ideas from Tennessee, 2014

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 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.

rice hams mt juliet tennessee

Rice’s Country Hams

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).


Goo-Goo Cluster

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.

Moon Pie


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.

The Tennessee Gourmet:

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.

A Basket Case

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.

 Tennessee Wineries

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 $generallogoshopper 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  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:
Outlet Address Phone Website/Email
Al’s Foodland 1006 N. Cumberland StreetLebanon, TN 37087 615-449-8293
Al’s Foodland 2910 Highlway 31 WestWhite House, TN 37188 615-672-8892
Breeden’s Orchard 631 Beckwith Rd.Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 615-449-2880
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery 1100 Dunlop LaneClarksville, TN 37040 931-645-8867
Brook Shaw’sOld Country Store 56 Casey Jones LaneCasey Jones VillageJackson, TN 38305 731-668-1223
Butler & Bailey Market 7513 S. Northshore DriveKnoxville, TN 37919 865-694-9045
C & F Meat Company, Inc. 5247 Murfreesboro RoadCollege Grove, TN 37046 615-395-4819
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
Country Gourmet 107 East Main StreetMurfreesboro, TN 37130 615 -896-3634
Court Square Market & Deli 115 N. Main St.Ripley, TN 38063 731-635-6000
Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies 5280 Pleasant View RdMemphis, TN 901-377-2639
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
Farmers Market of Antioch 2510 Murfreesboro Road, #10Nashville, TN 37217 615-513-4700
Grassland Foodland 2176 Hillsboro RoadFranklin, TN 37069 615-791-1091
Green Door Gourmet 7011 River Road PikeNashville, Tn 37209 (615) 942-8079 info@greendoorgourmet.com
Green Leaf Garden Center 7121 Asheville Hwy.Knoxville, TN 37924 865-329-0087
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
Miss Cordelia’s 737 Harbor Bend RoadMemphis TN 38103 901-526-4772
Montgomery BellState Park Gift Shop 1000 Hotel AvenueBurns, TN 37029 615-797-3101
Nashville Armory Eats 4290 Kenilwood DriveNashville, TN 37204 615-730-8054
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
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
Rebel Hill Florist, Inc. 4821 Trousdale DriveNashville, TN 37220 615-833-8555
Red Barn Winery 1805 Tanyard RoadLafayette, TN 37083 615-688-6012
Rice Country Ham’s 12217 Lebanon RdMt. Juliet, TN 37122 615.758.2362
Shelbyville Sweet Shoppe 112 East Side Square 931-773-0114
Simonton’s Cheese& Gourmet House 2278 Hwy. 127 SouthCrossville, TN 38572 931-484-5193
Strawberry Fields Market 3701 Sutherland Ave.Knoxville, TN 37919 865-450-1196
Sun Shine Gift Shop 1912 Church StreetNashville, TN 37203 615-329-1281
The Bee Hive 334 West Main St., Suite BHendersonville, TN 37075 615-822-8110
The Chocolate Rose 1104 Main StreetPleasant View, TN 37146 615-747-2069
The Island in Pigeon Forge 250 Island Drive #2104Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 865-286-3900
The Local Butcher Shop& Market 348 S. Calderwood St.Alcoa, TN 37701 865-323-3533
The Produce Place 4000 Murphy RoadNashville, TN 37209 615-383-2664
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
Trolley Stop Market 704 Madison AveMemphis, TN 38103 901-526-1361Fax: 901.526.1362
The Store house 4580 East Robertson RdCross Plains TN 37049 615-717-5287
The Turnip Truck Urban Fare 321 12th Ave. SouthNashville, TN 37203 615-248-2000
The Turnip Truck Urban Fare 970 Woodland StreetNashville TN 37206 615-650-3600
Whole Foods Market and Whole Body 4021 Hillsboro PikeNashville, TN 37215 615-440-5100
Whole Foods Market -McEwen 1566 West McEwen DriveFranklin Tennessee 37067United States 615-550-5660
Whole Foods Market -Memphis 5022 Poplar Ave.Memphis Tennessee 38117United States 901-685-2293
Whole Foods Market -Chattanooga 301 Manufacturers RdChattanooga Tennessee 37405United States 423-702-7300
Wilson Farmers Co-operative 107 Babb DriveLebanon, TN 37087 615-444-5212