We’ve all had this dilemma, and goodness knows that we here at SB get this same email a LOT, “Hey, I need to send a care package (or gift box) filled with Nashville goodness to someone. Can you make suggestions of what to put in it?” Luckily, we now have a business to recommend. Take note, all you parents of all college students who are now living outside of Nashville, or people like me who just can’t get enough when it comes to locally made items. I’m a little head over heels for this new Nashville business: Batch Nashville.
Batch Nashville is a monthly subscription service (you can buy one month or three months at a time) that delivers a box filled with locally made items right to your door. Think of it like a CSA, only easier: rather than picking up a box of farm-grown fruits and veggies from a designated location (which is how CSA’s work), a highly edited grouping of Nashville’s finest small crafted items is delivered directly to you. It requires zero effort on your part, and I promise that if you are like me, this package will delight you more than any Amazon package ever will.
September marked the first month that Batch Nashville delivered to customers, and this past Tuesday I was delighted by the 5 products, all with a breakfast theme, that were in my shipment. I have to say, though, that the 6th delight was seeing my kids so enthralled by this whole concept, so thank you, Batch Nashville, for letting me have one of those moments that I’m searching for these days. Items included: granola from Haulin Oats, coffee from Garage Coffee Company, banana strawberry bread from Dozen Bakery, honey from Trubee Honey, and Sunday Morning Pancake Mix (which we will be cooking up this Sunday morning)!
Both the Haulin’ Oats (say it out loud if the word play has escaped you) and Sunday Morning Pancake Mix came in Mason jars. I don’t care that I’m forecasting that designers from NYC will deem the whole Mason jar phase over by summer 2014. These simple, all-purpose glass jars offer a nostalgic nod to a simpler time and will forever make my heart melt a little faster for any company that uses them. The banana strawberry bread was immediately attacked and was added to the kids’ packed lunches on Wednesday morning, and then it was gone. I used the coffee Wednesday morning, as well. And the honey is already half gone. Oh, and the Haulin’ Oats? I just may have to dedicate an entire feature to the way my family reacted. The organic ingredients, including rolled oats, almond butter, coconut oil, ground flax seed, brown sugar and more, made me happy, and as a mom, I couldn’t help but feel pretty great seeing them eat this oatmeal straight from the jar, since all you do is add hot water, wait for 5 minutes and breakfast is served!
So, you are now dying to know how to become a member, right, because this sounds so awesome! First of all, spaces are limited and this is completely affordable, so do order quickly as this adds up to the perfect storm of want (affordability + limited supply = memberships will go fast!). Signing up for three months’ worth of deliveries is just $75. That’s just $25 a month. Each month promises to deliver products that will delight. If you just want to try October, a one month delivery is $30. The theme for October is “After Dinner,” and I’m way too excited, as I’m really hoping for dessert. Oh, one more thing. The items won’t always be 100% food, but food will be the dominant player. You may find a different kind of goodie every now and then, but it will always fall under the theme of the month.
And, for everyone thinking this makes for the perfect gift, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, this is exactly how the company began. One of the founders, Sam Davidson, couldn’t find a consolidated way to source locally made items to send as bundled packages to friends and family. After several iterations of his initial idea, Sam, along with partners Stephen Moseley and Rob Williams, have truly struck a chord, and what started out as a part-time job is quickly taking over as a full-time enterprise. Plans for holiday gift boxes that will be available a la carte are already underway. Knowing this, the holiday angst that grabs hold of me each year post-Labor Day just relaxed a bit. Are you as excited as I am? Order here: batchnashville.com. Your homework: you must share this post. You can’t keep this company a secret! It’s something for us all to celebrate. Don’t you just love Nashville?