Turnip Truck Partnered with Fairtrade America to Create Mural

October is Fair Trade Month, and Turnip Truck founder John Dyke has teamed up with Fairtrade America to promote Fair Trade and Gender Equality.

While 60-80% of the world’s food is produced by women, many still face gender inequity daily. Turnip Truck and Fairtrade America enlisted Nashville muralist Tarabella Aversa (www.tarabellaaversa.com) to paint West African cocoa farmer Rosine Bekoin on the West Nashville store at 5001 Charlotte Avenue.

Self-employed, Rosine owns and runs the farm she inherited from her mother – a rarity for women in her native Africa. Click here for more of Rosine’s inspiring story.

Throughout the month of October, Turnip Truck will feature Fairtrade America certified products and drawings at all locations. Stop by to learn more — and enter to win!

For more information on Fairtrade America and certification, go to Fairtrade America. 


Virtual Wine and Cheese Tasting 9/17

Virtual Wine & Cheese Tasting 9/17

Where: Instagram Live (@theturniptruck)

When: September 17 at 6:30 pm Central time

Hosts: Traci Hilton of Best Brands Inc and Pat Ford of BeehiveCheese


Beehive Cheeses:

Pour Me A Slice


 Barely Buzzed


Nortico Alvarinho

Fontanes Cabernet Sauvignon

Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda

BONUS! Buy all three wines and cheeses and receive a FREE Turnip Truck Thermal Bag and a $10 Gift Card!

To learn more and RSVP go to our Facebook Event page here.

Join us at The Turnip Truck Instagram Live (@theturniptruck) for a virtual Wine and Cheese tasting! We will be featuring Beehive Cheeses and three of our finest wines. Beehive Cheese just launched their newest product – the Pour Me a Slice – an aged cheddar infused with Basil Hayden Bourbon. It is not to be missed!

Hosting the event will be Patrick Ford from Beehive Cheese and Traci Hilton of Best Brands Wines. Both are educators in their fields. Bring your questions! Bring your friends! It will be a fun way to sample something new and learn a bit about two delicious gastronomical pairings. 

How a Virtual Tasting works:

Before the event visit either our West store (5001 Charlotte Ave) or East store (701 Woodland St.) to purchase the three cheeses and three wines – and receive your FREE Turnip Truck Thermal Bag and $10 Gift Card. Then go home, maybe gather a couple of your besties on your patio, and at 6:30pm Thursday, click on to our Instagram Live (@theturniptruck). Sit back and enjoy some delightful cheese and wine while our wine expert and cheese producer talk about the processes and specialty craft that go into making them unique.

Our wine expert, Traci Hilton, will talk about the hand-selected wines and how to pair them with cheese and other foods. Pat Ford of Beehive Cheese will take you through the process of what goes into making their award-winning cheeses. You’ll learn how to pair wine and cheeses like a sommelier and fromager! You’ll be able to engage with them – so bring your questions!


Our Hosts:

Pat Ford:

From the mountains of Northern Utah, with his family by his side, Pat Ford founded Beehive Cheese – a creamery that broke with tradition and created their own rules about what artisan cheese could be.  Their pioneering spirit and culinary creativity are how they came up with “Pour Me A Slice” – Basil Hayden Bourbon infused cheddar (one of our favorites!) and “Barely Buzzed” – a cheese rubbed with lavender and espresso which earned them awards in the cheese community. Click here to watch a video on the family business.

For this Thursday’s Virtual Wine & Cheese Tasting, Pat will be featuring these Beehive Cheeses.

  • Pour Me A Slice
  • Promontory
  • Barely Buzzed


Traci Hilton

Traci Hilton is a wine representative for Nashville’s Best Brands Inc. and has over 13 years of experience in the industry here and in Europe. She specializes in hand-selecting wines for her clients and knows the particulars of the uniqueness of wine and specially crafted vinification. She works closely with the Turnip Truck’s wine buyer to find us exceptional wines to complement our store’s product and adhere to our stringent buying standards.

For this Thursday’s Virtual Wine & Cheese Tasting, Traci has chosen three wines that complement the featured Beehive Cheeses. These are exceptional wines at an affordable price:

  • Nortico Alvarinho
  • Fontanes Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda




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

UPDATE 3/16/20 What The Turnip Truck Is Doing In Response to COVID19

Friends, due to the City and Federal call to action regarding COVID19 virus, and in order to take every precaution we can, we are CLOSING OUR HOT AND COLD BARS at both stores until further notice. Instead, we will make pack-outs of many of those items to provide our customers with access to salad items and warm entrees. The juice bar, produce, butcher, bakery and over-the-counter deli are still open.

To keep our shelves stocked, we have increased our orders by 50% and shipments are coming in each day. Both stores continue to be stocked.

We continue to maintain stringent hand washing requirements, and we are sanitizing surfaces at regular intervals to ensure our products, our staff and our customers are safe.

A note from our founder and owner, John Dyke:

“This month, we have seen once again how Nashvillians rally together after a disaster. With this present health threat, we expect to see the same thing – neighbors coming together to help one another. We will get through this with courage, patience and community spirit.”

Turnip Truck Open After Storm – Charlotte Ave Store Opening is Delayed


– Nashville’s Locally Owned Natural Grocer Keeps Doors Open for East Nashville –

– Tornado Destroyed Equipment for New West Nashville Location –

NASHVILE, Tenn. – Despite roof damage to the East Nashville store and losing significant equipment for the Charlotte location, Turnip Truck founder and owner John Dyke is determined to keep serving his East Nashville neighbors as the city recovers from Tuesday’s tornadoes.

“We have been running the store off a generator since the storm hit,” Dyke said. “I have lived in 5 Points for decades and founded Turnip Truck here in 2001. Our neighbors and our businesses need the city’s support now more than ever.”

Nashville’s locally owned natural foods grocer, Turnip Truck was set to open its third location on Charlotte Avenue this month.  That opening is now delayed, due to the warehouse holding equipment for the store, near John C. Tune airport, being demolished in Tuesday’s storms.

“Not only did we lose the equipment, we also have hired staff for that store – and we desperately want to keep them on our payroll,” Dyke said.

Dyke said the costs of equipment replacement, roof restoration and running a grocery store off a generator are mounting.  He invites his neighbors to seek refuge at the store and appeals to Nashvillians to support locally owned businesses affected by the storms.

“First and foremost, we want our neighbors to know they are welcome to come here to recharge phones, or just rest and regroup in our large dining area upstairs,” Dyke said. “For those making their way to help clean up East Nashville, we invite them to come refuel at Turnip Truck. East Nashville needs your business now more than ever as we all recover together.”

Customers can count on the most local food available, with produce sourced within 200 miles. In any season, a full 90 percent – often more – of Turnip Truck’s produce is organic.  Other products such as local grass-fed meats, supplements and packaged foods are sourced for their lack of artificial colors, sweeteners, fillers, preservatives, thickeners or additives.

Dyke opened the original Turnip Truck Natural Market on Woodland Street in East Nashville in 2001. The East Tennessee native grew up on a family farm and sought to bring the health and wellness benefits of locally produced foods to his Nashville neighborhood.


Founded in 2001 by John Dyke, Turnip Truck is Nashville’s only full-service locally owned natural foods grocer. Specializing in local, natural and organic foods and products, the store has locations in East Nashville, the Gulch and Charlotte Pike. To learn more, visit theturniptruck.com.