Turnip Truck COO on Nashville Restaurant Radio

Turnip Truck COO on Nashville Restaurant Radio

If you haven’t checked out Nashville Restaurant Radio yet, you are missing out on a little gem. A local podcast made Brian Styll about the Nashville restaurant scene. It’s full of great stories and hospitality topics.
Brian interviewed our esteemed COO, Kim Totzke recently about tornados and the power of shopping local. Have a listen!
Listen here.
For more interviews from Nashville’s restaurant scene go to: www.nashvillerestaurantradio.com

Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

Here are few things that are extra special – just like him


Bearded Iris Beer


Local brewery, Bearded Iris beers are full of nuanced layers of flavor from hops to stone fruit. Homestyle brews are $13.99 and Special Release are $14.99 for 4 16oz tallboys in a pack. Perfect for kicking back with friends and family.


Blue Point Oysters

We’ll be getting in Blue Point Oysters from New England at a great deal – .99¢ each. Arrives Friday, June 19.


Prime Rib Eye

Grass fed prime rib-eye steak – ready for the grill!


Prime New York Strip Steak

Grass fed prime New York Strip nicely marbled to give you a flavorful finish.


Beyond Meat Sausage

From grill to griddle to frying pan, plant-based sausage stuffed with delicious flavor and satisfying sizzle.


J.M. Thompson Seasonings

J.M. Thompson Seasonings is a local family business that has been supplying spices and seasonings for some the best Southern Chefs and restaurants for nearly 50 years. They use locally made, globally sourced spices to create custom, proprietary blends.

Read in Edible how J.M. Thompson gives back to farmers.


Bourbon Chili Powder

Bourbon Smoked Chili Powder is domestically harvested and handpicked from a family owned farm in New Mexico. A bourbon smoked blend of mild chilis and spices adds a robust flavor to any dish. Its distinct smoky flavor will add a unique fiery bite to your recipes!

  • Ideal for meats, marinating, vegetables, stews, and soups.
  • Handcrafted in Louisville, Kentucky.


Olivina Grooming Products

Made in Nashville, Olivina Men formulates grooming essentials that are made to be everyday classics. With a focus on function, fragrance, and effective ingredients. They have created products for the modern man who is health conscious and practical. Earthy aromas from essential oils are the inspiration for their natural fragrances. Their products are earth-friendly, you-friendly, and wallet-friendly and they are:

  • free of parabens, phthalates, and SLS
  • packaged in recyclable materials
  • never tested on animals
  • vegan or vegetarian

More information about Olivina Men here.


Bulldog Skincare & Grooming products

Bulldog’s products range for normal, sensitive, oily or mature skin and purposely built for men. They are specially formulated to help you look and feel your best.

Bulldog’s packaging is made from sugarcane – a natural, renewable source that reduces the use of carbon dioxide producing plastic. For every 100 tons of sugarcane plastic produced, 309 tons of Carbon Dioxide are taken out of the environment resulting in a significant impact on the environment.

More about Bulldog Skincare here.

Voting 2020

Get Out and Vote 2020

At the Turnip Truck, we believe in civic participation and the democratic process of voting. That’s why we are committed to encouraging folks to VOTE in 2020.

Please share with your friends and family – let’s make our voices heard in our state and in the nation. Things are different this year with COVID-19, so it’s important to plan now. By voting, we invest in democracy – for ourselves and for future generations.


Absentee Ballot Request DEADLINE is October 27, 2020

Click here.


For information on voting early, go here.


Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Voter Registration DEADLINE (for Primary)
  • Thursday, July 30, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request DEADLINE (for Primary)
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 State & Federal Primary Election and State & County General Election
  • Monday, October 5. 2020 Voter Registration DEADLINE (for General Election)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request DEADLINE (for General Election)
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 State & Federal General Election


Tennessee Election Resources:


* Concerned about voting in-person due to COVID-19? Request an Absentee Ballot by mail.


When We All Vote is a great another great resource: www.WhenWeAllVote.org

Tennessee Elections on Instagram: @tnelections

Online Shopping with Mercato Instructions

Shopping Online with Mercato – How Does It Work?

  • Quick Tips:

  • *We currently offer in-store and curbside pickup options
  • *In-store & curbside pickup times are EAST Mon to Sat: 9:45 am – 8:15 pm and Sun: 9:45 am to 7:15 pm; WEST Mon to Sat: 9:30 am – 8:15 pm and Sun: 9:30 am to 7:15 pm
  • *Orders can be placed 24 hours in advance
  • *The minimum order is $35
  • *Delivery Fee is assessed by the distance from the store you order from
  • *On the day your order is scheduled, our shoppers will do all that they can to ensure that you get everything you ordered as requested
  • *In-store: Pick up at our designated sites (East – side door; West – café door on Charlotte Ave); Curbside: Park in the lot and call the number for the store (East: 615-650-3600 ext. 107; West: 615-953-7075 ext. 104)

Helpful Tips to Get You Started Shopping

There are multiple ways to shop online using the Mercato platform:

  • *When you sign-in click “Start Shopping” on the upper right side.
  • *Both stores share some delivery zip codes. Both stores may pop up – Turnip Truck – EAST Woodland St. and Turnip Truck WEST – Charlotte Pike. On the left side of the screen, be sure to click the store you want to shop from
  • *Use the search bar at the top and search by whatever product, brand, or type of item you’re looking for
  • *Or select an “aisle” from the drop-down menu and browse by department
  • *Or merely start scrolling through the items listed on the page
  • *When checking out, be sure to check the box “Replace Out of Stock” if you want a substitution for an out of stock item. Then check either buttons: “Contact Me To Verify” or “Don’t Contact Me”

E-Commerce FAQs

What if I can’t find an item on the site?

  • Keep in mind that most of our prepared foods aren’t available online and we are striving to get all of the items, including local, uploaded to our system. If you don’t see an item you see in the store, let us know.
  • How do substitutions work?
    • By default, we do not substitute items. From the Shopping Cart page, you may select “Replace Out of Stock” for any items that we may be out of and you wish for a substitution. Selecting this lets our shoppers know that you’ll accept a similar item if the original item you selected is unavailable when we prepare your order for you. You will be charged the price of the substitute item. We carry a lot of unique products and thus not all items will have a suitable substitute.
    • Then click either “Contact Me To Verify” to which we will contact you to ensure the substitution is what you want; or “Don’t Contact Me.”
  • Does the Turnip Truck deliver with Mercato?
  • Does the Turnip Truck do contact-less curbside pick-up?
    • Yes, we do! Park in the lot and call the number for the store
      • East – 615-650-3600 ext. 107
      • West – 615-953-7075 ext. 104
  • Is there an order minimum I need to meet?
    • There is a $35 order minimum for all online grocery orders.
  • How far in advance can I place an order for pick-up?
    • Orders can be placed up to 24 hours in advance.
  • What about beer, wine, & spirits?
    • Unfortunately, we cannot yet sell wine or beer through the Mercato platform.
  • How do I know if an item is on sale?
    • Sale items will have the original price struck through and show the sale price below the original price. They also will show the savings amount in the bottom corner of the product image.
  • Can I change the date/time of pickup for an order I have already placed?
    • Please give us a call at the store you ordered from if you need to change the date or time of pickup for an order you’ve already placed. If it’s for a later date or time than your original order this will be no problem. If it’s for an earlier date or time, we will do our best to accommodate this change, but we may not be able to process the order earlier than your originally selected date & time.
  • Can I review my order once it’s been placed?
    • You will receive a confirmation email when you place your order that includes a list of everything you ordered. Additionally, you can log in to your account and select “Re-order.” Here you can see previous orders with the option of duplicating a past order with a click.
  • Can I save an order I haven’t finished yet?
    • You sure can. Once you have registered for an account and logged in, any item you put in your cart will remain there until you checkout or remove the item.
  • How can I cancel an order I’ve placed?
    • Please call us if you need to cancel your order.
  • I received the wrong product. What should I do?
    • Our shoppers will do their best to make sure you get exactly what you ask for, but we’re human and mistakes can happen. Call us at the store you ordered from East 615-650-3600 ext.107; West 615-953-7075 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]. We’ll credit you back for the wrong product and have the right product ready for you at the store.


Billing, Payment & Pricing

  • What if I would like to change my account information?
    • When you sign-in to your account, select the “My Account” tab. From here you can update your contact information. You can also edit/delete your payment information.
  • Can I pay for my order with a gift card?
    • Our current online ordering system does not allow for payment with a gift card.
  • How is the tax for my order determined?
    • Online orders are taxed exactly the same as if you were shopping in the store.
  • Is my credit card information safe?
    • Your credit card information is never stored with the Turnip Truck and is never shared with any other parties.


  • You will always receive the price of an item based on your pickup date.
    • If an item is not on sale when you order but is on sale on your pickup date, you pay the sale price.
    • If an item is on sale when you order but not on sale on your pickup date, you pay the regular price.
  • Weighted Items
    • For weighed items, the amount you pay will be finalized when we process your order on your pickup date. This may vary slightly from the weight you selected originally.
  • Buy One, Get One Free
    • If an item is marked ‘Buy One, Get One Free’, you must add two of the items to your cart to receive the second item free.

Feedback We strive to offer you the best online shopping experience. If you have any compliments, criticisms, or suggestions please send them to us at [email protected].


Slideshow: Take a tour of Turnip Truck’s new West Nashville store

Slideshow: Take a tour of Turnip Truck’s new West Nashville store

Nashville Business Journal

By Marq Burnett

Mar 30, 2020, 7:48am EDT

Like a lot of Nashvillians and Middle Tennessee residents, John Dyke is dealing with disasters on two fronts.

Dyke, founder and owner of Turnip Truck, opened the grocery’s third location, in West Nashville, on Friday, but said it’s been a challenging few weeks due to both the tornado and COVID-19.

Dyke recalls spending “three days in rubble” after a deadly tornado struck Nashville. Dyke’s East Nashville store sustained roof damage, but a warehouse near John C. Tune Airport storing his equipment was flattened.

Dyke was able to salvage a few countertops, but said he was fortunate enough to find closed grocery stores in North Carolina where he could buy equipment during an auction.

Now, he’s managing a grocery store in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“I had to remind myself to look around because we still have a neighborhood that’s torn to pieces right in front of our eyes,” Dyke said. “It’s almost like we don’t notice it because we’ve moved from one thing to the next.”

Dyke opened the doors to Turnip Truck’s third location on Friday.

“We wanted to have an essential place for our neighbors on the west side to be able to come shop,” Dyke said. “There are so many stores that aren’t able to meet the demand, so I felt it was critical for us to open up.”

Dyke said sales have almost doubled in recent weeks, calling it “extreme growth” inside the stores.

Take a tour of the store in the slideshow with this story.

“Everything I’ve seen has been two thumbs up, twice,” Dyke said of the response he’s seen to the store opening. “Everybody’s excited about having this in their backyard so they’re not having to drive out of their neighborhood to get the critical supplies that we all kind of need at this moment.”

The 15,000-square-foot store offers produce, a butcher, bulk foods, beer and wine, supplements, health and beauty items, and a filtered-water station. The produce is sourced within 200 miles. In a typical season, 90% or more of Turnip Truck’s produce is organic, but a news release notes that this may be affected by “the current situation.”

The store also plans to have a hot bar, salad bar, 100% organic juice bar and deli. However, due to the coronavirus, the salad and hot bars are currently closed at all Turnip Truck locations. In an effort to meet increased demand for groceries throughout the city, Dyke said he’s hired 30 new employees to ensure shelves remain stocked at stores.

Rooftop solar panels will provide 15% of the store’s energy. The store will have recycling stations; it also won’t use plastic grocery bags, a company policy since 2014.

Dyke, an East Tennessee native, opened the original Turnip Truck Natural Market on Woodland Street in East Nashville in 2001. He later opened a location in the Gulch.


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