Turnip Truck Wins Progressive Grocer Award!

In recognition of the unique challenges presented by the worst public-health crisis in more than a century, Progressive Grocer honored those resilient independents that were the most creative and undaunted in overcoming the myriad difficulties presented by COVID-19.

“Turnip Truck exists to serve our neighbors, and 2020 was a test of our commitment to that mission. I’m proud of the way our team rallied to ensure a safe shopping experience, and of the opportunities, we’ve had to give back to the city we love.”

– John Dyke, founder and owner of Turnip Truck

Progressive Grocer Award 2021 Article

Update for 2/19 – 2/22

Update 2/22: We’ve resumed regular hours and delivery

Hours for all three stores are Monday to Saturday 7am to 9pm; Sunday 8am to 8pm.


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Due to the ice and snow we will continue to have amended hours through Saturday 2/20 and resume normal hours and Delivery Sunday 2/21.

All three stores will be open Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Sunday we will resume our regular hours 8am to 8pm.

Online ordering for curbside pick up will be available for the East and Charlotte Ave stores for Friday and Saturday. Delivery will resume on Sunday 2/21.

We will continue to have hot soups, paninis and meals on the Hot Bar.

Our Charlotte Ave store has been experiencing some issues with the phone service, but they are indeed open.

Make 2021 The Year of a Strong Immune System

Here’s to a New Year and putting your best foot forward!

2021 is right upon us and having a strong immune system should be on top of everyone’s new year’s goals. A strong immune system looks good on everyone! At the Turnip Truck, we have many delicious and easy ways to meet your body’s immune needs.

Here are some key things you can do to help keep a healthy immune system:

*Stress Less

While it may be challenging right now, it is all the more reason to take care of yourself and manage your stress levels. Stress can release the hormone cortisol, making it harder for your cells to repair themselves. Doing some deep breathing, stretching, and yoga throughout the day can reduce stress levels and elevate your mood almost immediately. Connecting with friends and loved ones is important now more than ever. Laugh and share smiles. They say that “laughter is the best medicine.” There is some truth to that. Laughter releases endorphins – the feel-good chemical which relieves stress.

*Eat a Healthier Diet

Vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts are full of nutrients essential to immune health. A diet rich in colorful food typically will be higher in important vitamins. These foods can help you strengthen your immune system: Citrus, Green Tea, Red Peppers, Broccoli, Garlic, Ginger, Kale, Spinach, Yogurt, Nuts, Turmeric, Papaya, Chicken, Sunflower Seeds, Oregano, Mushrooms.

*Herbs and Vitamins

Supplementing your diet with immune-boosting vitamins and herbs can help improve your immune system. Here a few items that you may want to include daily and a few for when the flu has knocked you down:
– Oil of Oregano
– Elderberry
– Zinc
– Vitamins A, B6, C, D & E
– Mushroom supplements

And don’t forget to sleep well and stay hydrated!

If you have any questions, visit the Health & Beauty section of any of our stores where our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to assist you!



Small Business, Big Mission Update 12/17/20


Small Business, Big Mission

John Dyke, The Turnip Truck: “We’ve had to pivot every single day”


By Marq Burnett  – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal
Dec 17, 2020, 9:30pm CST Updated Dec 18, 2020, 11:28am CST

This project is the third installment of Small Business, Big Mission, a series involving all 44 of The Business Journals’ newsrooms documenting the unprecedented disruption and the personal testimonials of small-business owners affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This leg of the series revisits the entrepreneurs, artists and storefront operators featured in May and October as the coronavirus upended local economies and pushed many small businesses to — and in some cases past — the brink of financial ruin. In the weeks prior to publication, we asked them to reflect on the year that was and the time-pressed decisions they made for the sake of survival during the early stages of the pandemic. We also asked them to look forward and offer an unfiltered view of how this chapter in our history is likely to shape their outlook, actions and optimism in the years ahead.


This pandemic has made me even more passionate about the business. Every day, I’m rewriting goals and thinking of strategies. I’ve enrolled in the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville. I’m taking a class there. That’s allowed me to step outside of the business to look at it and have a better understanding of how to grow the business. It’s been really rewarding and has made me want to build an even better business. That’s been one of the bright spots from the pandemic that I started in August.

When I think back to the beginning of this, every day was a challenge to see what we needed to do to protect the employees, have enough product in the stores and protect the customers coming in. You always try to plan for certain things that could happen in the future, but it’s impossible to plan for something when you don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next.

We’ve had situations where we’ve had employees have to be out due to Covid, and we’ve had to pivot. “Who’s going to work where? How are we going to get all of this done?” Sometimes that meant me, our COO and other managers getting on the floor and working as well. We’ve had to pivot every single day. Now, we’ve gotten to a place where I’ve been able to back off and allow our employees to make a lot of decisions for themselves. We’ve incorporated a morning update and a nightly update that goes out to all the managers. I’m able to read that so I know exactly what’s going on. It’s also allowed me to back up and instead of working in the stores, I get to work on the company. I’ve learned that my staff makes really wise decisions and knows how to pivot, no matter what’s been thrown at them.

— By John Dyke, as told to Marq Burnett

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