When we were looking for the perfect addition to our Rise & Shine Batch, we wanted something that could go with a lot of things. When we found TruBee, we lucked out and got something that went with everything.
TruBee is helmed by Laura Kimball and her husband Jeff. It's possible that every jar of TruBee tastes a little different (but always delicious) because their bees can fly up to three miles from the hive. And, based on temperature, rainfall, and even sunshine, TruBee's pure honey is flavorful and as they Kimballs say, "captures the taste of nature in a particular place and time."
When you try TruBee, you'll find it goes great with a lot of foods. We've had it on oatmeal, pancakes, toast, and tea. Try it in a marinade or with some fruit. Just eat it by itself, if you want (we won't tell).
Some may say that no breakfast is complete without a side of oatmeal. We'd say no breakfast can begin without a hearty main course of Haulin' Oats oatmeal. Because when you opt for a jar of this good stuff, you're in for a treat.
As part of our Rise & Shine Batch, we were delighted to find Haulin' Oats and try some of the delicious stuff they put in a jar. Their clever name (that's what Tracey Levine and Cindy Muscarello do, after all - haul oats) is topped only by their clever flavors: Cinnamon Girl, Date in the Life, Chai a Little Tenderness, and Lavender Blue.
When you get a jar of their oatmeal, you'll be getting a full (or double) serving of some high quality ingredients. And because Tracey and Cindy believe you can have a decent breakfast on the go, say goodbye to the drive thru and hello to their helpful mason jars. Add some hot water, stir and enjoy at your desk, in the passenger seat, or on a unicycle (qualified professionals only).
Our inaugural Rise & Shine Batch wouldn't help you rise and shine without some strong coffee beans? We tasted what we were looking for at Garage Coffee Company in Marathon Village.
Garage is driven by Robert Camardo, who hails from New Jersey. His fascinating and family-fueled tale of how he arrived in Nashville is worth hearing and we're glad he and his beans are here. At Garage Coffee Company, you'll notice a roadster theme, but the staff there knows its way around a roaster, too.
Making potent espresso drinks and brewing a mean cup of Road Rage (that's the coffee blend), you'll get what you need to start your morning at Garage. If you need to throttle it back, the Anger Management decaf option may be more your speed.
As you're tooling around town, head on over to Garage and grab a drink. Say, "Hi," to Robert and his fine coffee mechanics, take in the motorcycle-influenced decor, and hit the road (wind in the hair optional).
After we lined up some fantastic bread from Dozen, we were hungry (get it?) to add something as equally savory and special. Good thing a lot of people told us about Sam Williams' pancakes.
It all began at Sam's breakfast table one Sunday morning. Her husband wanted to begin a family tradition (Sam has two sons) of making pancakes. But Sam knew there had to be something more to pancakes than opening a box and adding water, right?
Right. Sam found the answer as she began milling grains. Her family loved it so she started sharing with friends. And those people loved it and shared it with their friends. And as we say at Batch, sharing is caring. The rest is 9-grain history.
In her certified domestic kitchen, Sam mills nine whole grains and blends them to create a hearty breakfast centerpiece. Don't let the name fool you, Sunday Morning Pancake Mix tastes great every day of the week.
As each Batch arrives on doorsteps and you fine folks discover the goodness that awaits inside, we'll share the stories of the great people making, baking, and crafting each month's contents.
Today we profile the very first purveyor who said "Yes!" to the crazy idea of Batch: Claire Meneely, owner of Dozen Bakery.
Batch members got a chance to taste Dozen's fantastic strawberry bread in our Rise & Shine Batch, but, of course, there's a lot more where that came from. What began as a holiday cookie pop-up shop is now a thriving business (set to open its first brick and mortar retail shop very soon). From cookies to breads, and scones to brownies, Dozen's ability to bake something special is worth seeking out.
Claire found her way back to her hometown of Nashville after spending time in Paris and San Francisco. What she learned there influences what she makes here. When you take that knowledge and passion and combine it with quality local and organic ingredients, then you come up with something that you'll skip dinner for.
A big, huge thanks to the kind people at Style Blueprint for talking about us today.
In fact, if that's how you've found your way here, thanks to you, too!
Here's some nice things they said about us:
And just like that, Batch #1 is a wrap.
Our Rise-N-Shine Batch will be on its way to 20 states in just two short weeks. Our five - yes, five! - purveyors are excited to be a part of our inaugural Batch and you'll be learning a lot more about them very soon.
As you'll notice, Batch #2 is up and ready to order. Not only can you order the October "After Dinner" Batch, you can also sign you or a friend up for another seasonal subscription (October, November, December). If you already signed up for a season with Batch #1, don't sweat. We'll remind you when it's time to re-up your subscription for three more months.
When we began this journey a few months ago, we weren't entirely sure how long it might last. While dreaming about the concept, we got great verbal feedback from friends, family, and colleagues, but we knew that the true test would come when it was time for people to put their money where they mouth was and actually subscribe.
And as we've mentioned, we were blown away by your support for all things local.
So today, we're announcing that Batch is here to stay. We're no longer in "beta" as they say in the high(er)-tech world. From now on, anyone can sign up for any Batch on a monthly or seasonal (three-month) basis.
What's also cooler, is that we've begun dreaming even bigger, thanks to you. Over the next few weeks we'll be offering our first gift set, full of locally-made products. This allows you to send a thoughtful and unique gift to someone you care about (while also knowing ahead of time what you're sending).
And the dreams won't stop there. Thanks for letting us think big.
Last year, one of our founders was trying to send a clever, unique, meaningful, and "local" gift box to some friends out of state. He simply wanted to share some of the food that made Nashville so awesome. But, he couldn't find a way to send a box of delicious local treats so he put one together himself.
And now, nearly a year later, Batch Nashville is ready for launch.
No longer are you stuck scurrying around town looking for the latest delicious food product. You'll no longer be in the dark about the new coffee roaster, the latest bakery, or the freshest batch of breakfast food.
And, our friends who live nearby and run small businesses that make awesome things now have an easier way to get in front of new customers that love what they're making.
Thanks for taking this journey with us. We're now open for business, selling seasonal (three-month) and monthly batches for your enjoyment.
And stay tuned - if all goes well we'll also be solving one of our founder's problems and finally make a holiday gift box of local Nashville goods much easier to send to loved ones across the country.