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“They Do This,” But We Don’t Have to Do That

The People of the Other Village

hate the people of this village

and would nail our hats

to our heads for refusing in their presence to remove them

or staple our hands to our foreheads

for refusing to salute them

if we did not hurt them first: mail them packages of rats,

mix their flour at night with broken glass.

We do this, they do that.

They peel the larynx from one of our brothers’ throats.

We devein one of their sisters.

The quicksand pits they built were good.

Our amputation teams were better.

We trained some birds to steal their wheat.

They sent to us exploding ambassadors of peace.

They do this, we do that.

We canceled our sheep imports.

They no longer bought our blankets.

We mocked their greatest poet

and when that had no effect

we parodied the way they dance

which did cause pain, so they, in turn, said our God

was leprous, hairless.

We do this, they do that.

Ten thousand (10,000) years, ten thousand

(10,000) brutal, beautiful years.


Part of me doesn’t even want to write anything about this poem by Thomas Lux because I want it to settle on the reader and get minds whirring on their own. But I will share a few thoughts since this is, after all, a blog and not a “share a poem” newsfeed.

I came across this poem in college and it moved me deeply. It cuts through so many excuses humans make for how we treat each other. This poem was written as a war protest poem and could easily lead to a discussion about that topic, but instead I want to look at how the poem calls out a mentality that many of us have but choose to stifle or ignore. How easy it is for us to live our days trading tit for tat with our enemies. How easy it is to say, “They started it.” How easy it is to retaliate because we do not want to look weak. Extending grace and forgiveness is an act of moral strength, not weakness. “They do this,” but we don’t have to do that.

Consider the many facets of your life. Where do you contribute to brutality? Most likely you aren’t putting shards of glass in your enemies’ flour bags, but where are your words stinging someone’s heart? Where are you putting yourself and your selfish reactions first? I ask this not to guilt trip anyone. There is always grace! I ask this because politicians can do great good, but they cannot create world peace through charters and laws (though we need them). We, the masses, have a role in creating peace, too.

There are at least two kinds of steps that we need to take to bring more healing into this world. First, take steps of reconciliation to close the gap between you and the person you hate or dislike. Second, take steps to close the gap between you and someone with a different type of need. Helping another person is not a matter of the “haves” and “have nots,” though it is tempting to think of the situation in this framework if you view yourself as the one with more power. (Yes, one group might have more of one monetary or spiritual asset, but the point is that we all lack in some capacity.) Instead, see yourself as an equal partner. You might have a little bit of money and someone else might have a way of life marked by joy. Give and receive. Make the next year or ten thousand more beautiful than brutal. “They do this,” but we don’t have to do that.


*Poem found at

**Thoughts in this post influenced by When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert and this Mocha Club video.


Mochatern Monday 10.10.16 : The Day of Small Things

It’s the way the sunlight drapes itself over the tops of the bushes in front of the office. The way the little chipmunk just scurried by. It’s hidden in plain sight: the sun rose this morning, maybe when you weren’t looking at its brilliant artistic talent strewn across the sky.

Did you see it?

That brief moment where something happened? There it is again . . .

Writing 35 thank you cards this week to some generous Mocha Club donors reminded me of how important it is to be aware of these moments. The task consumed time and wasn’t the most brain stimulating exercise. But it was worth my time and focus. Why can I say that? First off, who doesn’t love receiving a hand addressed envelope in the mail? Maybe just getting a letter gave someone that happy feeling when they wonder what’s inside. (If you’ve never felt that feeling, you need to get a pen pal ASAP.) Hopefully the letter reminded them that they are appreciated – that what they do has a positive impact on the world. How lovely that I got to be a part of bringing that thought to someone’s mind!

Here’s the point of this little ramble: Celebrate “the day of small things.” (Hint: that’s every day.) Some days just don’t feel fun or exciting or joyful or enjoyable. I get it; I live this human life, too. But muster the courage to find a window, look out, and consider whether there is something there worth noticing. Whether it’s your friend down the street, raindrops on the windowpane, or the tree branches dancing in the wind, there is something to inspire gratitude. And if your office or classroom doesn’t have a window, I’m sorry (I’ve been there too), but I’d bet that you can find something good in the article you’re reading, the décor in your officemate’s cubicle, or in the lines of the paper you’re writing for that college class.

Here at the Mocha Club, we’re all about everyday generosity. It starts with a small gift that gets transformed into food for an orphan, medicine for some who is sick, clean water, etc. Never believe the lie that a small gift of time, money, or energy cannot bring meaningful beauty into someone’s life. Here’s to the day of small things, to discovering joy in the mundane.

*For some inspiration, check out Alli Rogers’ song, “The Day of Small Things.


Mochatern Monday 09.12.16: “Sit, sit and watch for a bit. Listen, listen a while before you speak.”

This summer, I went to a faraway place. The dirt covers your feet there, the mountains loom large and the children shout “mzungu!” (white person) as you pass. I went to Bundibugyo, a small town in rural western Uganda, and it did not leave me where it found me.

While in Bundibugyo, I learned to say about forty words in Lubwisi, the local language. I learned to say hello, goodbye, and thank you. I could say chicken, cow, and goat. I was a far cry from any sort of real conversation. I learned to buy chapati (a tortilla-flatbread-pancake sort of thing) from the lady chapati maker on the corner, though I too often forgot to greet her before placing my order. I learned my way around the market, through stalls of cabbage, tomatoes, fish, beans, and rice, always struggling to figure out how Ugandan shillings worked in my American-dollar brain. Though I was welcomed and loved by both the community I lived in and the organization I joined, as I drove eastward to the Entebbe airport on my way out of the country in late July, I knew I’d barely scraped the surface.

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I think this gets at one of the biggest things I realized, in those weeks in Uganda: the immense length of time it would take to really become a part of the community. You can’t simply pop over the Rwenzori Mountains from Fort Portal and start enchanting all the locals with your enthusiasm, your willingness to help, or your care for children or elderly people or pregnant women. No, it takes a bit more than that. Because even if you’ve got the Lubwisi down, you’ve got an accent too; and do you really know the culture yet? Do you know why western Uganda is the way it is? Do you fully appreciate all the nuances of life there? And let’s not forget you’re a Mzungu, a white person from a place very far away. Sit, sit and watch for a bit. Listen, listen a while before you speak.

This lesson is one that has served me well, even after returning to America, and into my internship here at Mocha Club. Much of the work that Mocha Club supports is done in places like Bundibugyo, places where joy and brokenness and sorrow and gladness live side by side. The Home Again Children’s Home, for instance, a ministry supported by Mocha Club that provides a home for over 70 children, is in Kaihura, Ugandaa town I drove right through on my journey back to America. These are places with need, but they are not places devoid of of histories, of traditions, of language, or of people who love them. The joy for us comes when we listen, when we wait, and when we join in the work that is already being done.

That’s the real privilege, isn’t it? Even here in the States, somewhere around 8,000 miles from a place like East Africa, we who are a part of the Mocha Club get to join in this work. We get to go to shows, contribute a few dollars a month, see photos, and hear stories of the work already begunwith, not for or around or in spite of, the people in places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda. We join in. And maybe that’s all way more humbling than we expectedbut oh, see how much better it all is, and watch how much we learn.


Overcoming our circumstances

Driving through the urban areas of Ethiopia, rain is flooding the streets. Houses are made of mud and straw, there is little shelter, and the water runs into homes and businesses as they try to salvage what they can, hanging items on clothes lines and stacking on their shoulders and heads. I can’t help but to think about the struggle in that! Who knows how long it will rain, everything is soaking wet, once it is finished, they have to re-patch walls, hang up clothes to dry, and find a way to make up for the time their business was slow due to people taking shelter.

IMG_4393We allow our odds to define us, to tell us how we should feel, and how our actions will look. When one thing goes against our will, against our plan, interrupts our day or our lives, even if everything else is going our way, our moods change. A scowl forms, and we no longer feel a sense of joy. We lack understanding, want immediate answers, and refuse to look up until we do.

An Ethiopian woman is walking across the rock covered railroad in the rain with no shoes, sopping wet, but is grateful for rain water to clean herself off with when she reaches her destination. An Ethiopian man is ankle high in mud in the fields, praising God for the rain in order for his crops to grow. The Ethiopian Shepherd has a smile on his face as his flock now has water to drink from which provides energy to keep moving. And the Ethiopian children are splashing in the rain puddles, covered in mud and all you see and hear is a vibrant smile and innocent laughter. Where we see odds, others see blessings.

Written by: Brittany Mullins from Beneath The Skin

INSPIRATION, Uncategorized

Be Inspired : Bekah Wertz with High Fancy Paper


Haley George Photography

Bekah Wertz :: High Fancy Paper

How did the name “High Fancy Paper” originate?

I was chatting with my coworkers one day, and was trying to describe something as both “high class” and “real fancy”. The two phrases got jumbled in my head and what actually came out was “high fancy.” We laughed about it, but the more I said it, the more I realized what a perfect name it was for my business.

What motivated you to start your business, and how has it grown since it began?

I started designing wedding invitations for a few friends on the side of my day job. Once I had a few under my belt, people started referring me to other brides, and I was able to start charging for my services. Weddings turned into parties, showers and all of the decorations that came with it.

My next step was starting an Etsy shop. Doodles turned into prints and cards that I started selling to the public. When I moved to Nashville, I still didn’t know a ton of people, so I started exploring new areas and checking out local shops. My dream was to sell my paper goods in stores around town, so I worked on the artwork and approached some local businesses to gauge their interest. The first order placed with with White’s Mercantile in 12 South. I still remember how giddy I felt, knowing that my product would get to sit alongside other artists I’ve admired for years.

Since then, we’ve expanded our line and increased our orders with shops around Nashville. Back in August, I approached my friend, Sarah Cox, about coming on board with High Fancy Paper to help me run the business side of things. She agreed almost immediately, and has been the most amazing source of encouragement and drive ever since. We have plans in the works to move into new cities, expand our product line, and partner with local shops to create items that people can connect with. I can’t wait to see how HFP grows this year!

*If you have a shop in your city you think would be a good fit for High Fancy Paper, let us know!

How has the Nashville community embraced your business?

This community has embraced me wholeheartedly! Moving here a little over a year and a half ago, I was unsure about what it would be like to establish myself as an independent business owner and creative in a new place. The people here have blown me away with their generosity, kindness, and support. So many people have been in my same shoes and want to extend the same helping hand that was shown to them when they were starting out. I couldn’t imagine starting a business in a better environment. From shop owners, to printers, to fellow designers, I’ve made meaningful connections with individuals who have rooted me on and taken a chance on High Fancy Paper.

Is there any way that your business has given back, to the community or in some other way?

Back in April when the first earthquake struck Nepal, I created a print that we sold online and through Instagram. We donated all the proceeds to Unicef, directly aiding the relief efforts. We are always looking for new opportunities to give back and partner with local or global organizations.

What is special about the way you create your prints and why do you do it this way?

I do a lot of my artwork by hand. It may start out with a picture or a computer sketch, but most always ends with lettering and illustration done with a brush, pen or marker of some sort. I have a strong appreciation for simple and clean, but my work never seems to be finished unless it has a touch of “humanity”.

Is there a certain person or style that inspires you as you create your work?

My grandmother, Mama Doc as we affectionately called her, continually inspires me in my work. She was an amazing woman with an incredibly strong work ethic and generous spirit. She worked with her hands, creating, crafting and cooking for both loved ones and strangers. Growing up on a farm in Western Kansas, and living through the Great Depression, she learned how to be resourceful with what she was given. Mama Doc was into recycling before it was the trendy thing to do! I still remember her pulling out her reusable bags from the trunk before heading into the grocery store.

She was able to make things beautiful out of simple materials. When I’m creating a new design or assembling a set of invitations, I feel like I have a piece of her with me. She put her heart and soul into what she did. It wasn’t about perfection, but embracing the perfectly imperfect that made her so dynamic. I only hope that I can carry on that same legacy through High Fancy Paper.

Watch this sneak peek of the heart behind High Fancy Paper [click on image to play video]:


Elizabeth Olmstead | Film Maker


Mochatern Monday 02.22.16 : #ExtraDay2Give

Happy Monday, Mocha Club!

I hope that everyone got a little bit of sunshine over the weekend! Spring hasn’t sprung quite yet, but we’re getting there. And, I hope we all are taking advantage of the discount, leftover, Valentine’s chocolate that is bulging off of the shelves at the grocery store. Stock up!

Today, I wanted to take a little time to talk about Mocha Club’s Extra Day to Give, and the idea of truly taking advantage of all of the time that we are given.

Leap years are fascinating, aren’t they? They’re one of those events that become sort of special, because they only occur every now and then within a long-term, cyclical pattern. The same anticipation occurs alongside similarly timed events, such as the summer Olympics or presidential elections. These, much like leap years, would lose their luster if they occurred, let’s say, yearly. We would be used to 366 day years and a new president every twelve months. So, I think it’s kind of fascinating that every fourth February we have an extra day of the year.

Aren’t we all a little out of our minds, thinking about time? More time to sleep. More time to spend with family. More time in the morning to get dressed. More time exercise. More time to actually do the things we planned to do. We get so caught up thinking about all the time we don’t have, that we end up wasting time by thinking about it. It’s crazy. Sometimes I get very infatuated with the concept of being immortal, living forever. I’m frankly unable to fathom the idea of unlimited time, because the term is such an oxymoron. I mean, take a moment and think about the idea of just existing. Looming. You’re not going anywhere, there is no ending, and the world will keep turning, and turning forever. Freaky, right? The idea of never ending. Are you running back into the arms of the construct of time? I am.

I think we often characterize time as a negative thing, when really it is quite beautiful, the gift of time. Time is essentially life, if you have time, then you have life. I realize that for a lot of us, the scariest thing about time is that is given to each of us in unknown quantities. In other words, we all have time, but we don’t know how much. Yes, this is sort of frightening, but it’s also good. If we knew how much time we had, we would just live in the anticipation of an ending, rather than living to simply live. The fact that we don’t know has the ability to make us more aware, make us more focus, make us realize what we should but time into and what we shouldn’t. The unknowingness of time has the power to push us to do great things, because if not now, then when? There may come a time when we are unable to do things that we want, so the unknown pushes of to take advantage of every, little moment we are given.

Time is really such a beautiful thing. Time is a motivator. Time is that voice in our heads that tells us to go after the things we want. To sit in the driver’s seat of our own lives. Time is your friend.

And, so, as we inch closer to February 29th, and closer to the rarity that is an extra, specific amount of time, we can allow ourselves the ability to ruminate on the idea of time, on the idea of our own time. What we choose to give or what we choose to do can stand as an example for things that we can do each day, things that will make us realize how precious and sacred our lives really are, and how very much the way we choose to spend our time is up to us. How can we live more authentically, more dutifully? How can we make all of our time count?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” There you go. Everything I was just trying to say in less than 50 words.

Will you join us on February 29th to take the time to do something for someone else?

Use February 29th, 2016 as an extra opportunity to do good. Provide hope to someone else, be positive, give, impact! The opportunities to care for others are endless. Take advantage of your extra day and it could be the best day for someone else.

You were given all the time that you need. Seize it!



Be Inspired : Robby with Robby Klein Photography

Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for it’s community and the inspiration from it’s members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you!  This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community.  We love their businesses and  want to showcase them in this new series – where simply,  we want to inspire others by what inspires us.


Robby Klein :: Robby Klein Photography

1.     What motivated you to start your business and how has it grown since it began?

I grew up drawing and painting, my mom was an art teacher. Art had always been around me and part of my life. When I was 13 I stumbled upon a  very dinky digital camera, maybe a quarter of a megapixel in resolution. Although I never figured out how to take the photos off of the camera, I’ just delete them and keep shooting, I was hooked! Not long after I got a plastic film camera from Walgreens and started shooting film for the next year or so until I got a 1 megapixel canon digital elph for christmas one year. 

My story and evolution as a photographer continues in this smooth natural trend. The older I got the more I would learn and the more I lobed to shoot! In high school I realized I could make money shooting bands and my senior friends and soon after started into the world of editorial, shooting for magazines. My business grew up with me and again very naturally became a sustainable business. Everything changed when my wife and I moved to Nashville, that’s when things got real and I saw the most growth at the fastest rate!

2.     How has the Nashville community embraced your business?

Nashville has been wonderful! I took meetings my fist week in town and still to this day shoot for clients I met with that first week. I’ve also met photographers, much more seasoned than I, who have taken interest in me and given me more wisdom and guidance in how this works than I could have ever asked for! 

3.     Is there any way that your business has given back, to the community or in some other way?

I have tried to give back the knowledge and time that those seasoned photographers gave to me. I like to help young photographers and try and set them on the right path. 

4.     What is special about the way you shoot and why do you do it this way?

I like my shoots to be fun #1 and secondly I want them to be personal, I want my subjects personality to really shine through! For me if it isn’t fun then there is no point in doing it! I Shoot because it’s fun to me, I thoroughly enjoy it and I want people on set to feel that and join in!

5.     Where does all of your experience and knowledge of photography come from?

I have had people in my life that have graciously given their time to teach me this and that and give me advice and honest critiques on my work! That played a big part in it! After that it’s trial and error. I shoot ALL THE TIME! If I don’t have a job one weekend I’m grabbing an artist buddy and shooting him for fun and also to try new things. It’s pretty much practice for my client gigs. Always stay sharp and keep learning! 


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INSPIRATION, Uncategorized

Be Inspired : Cadence Turpin with Commontable

Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for it’s community and the inspiration from it’s members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you!  This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community.  We love their businesses and  want to showcase them in this new series – where simply,  we want to inspire others by what inspires us.

Cadence Turpin :: Commontable

1.     What motivated you to start your business, and how has it grown since it began?

My friend Simoni and I were introduced because we shared a common vision for hosting dinners, and within months of meeting, we were hosting the first Common Table together. When I moved to Nashville in May 2012, table culture was on the rise, and pop-up dinners and supper clubs were showing up everywhere. As someone who loves sharing food and the community that inevitably unfolds around it, I wanted in. But we never saw hosting dinners as an opportunity to create community as much as we did an opportunity to showcase Nashville’s community in a way that invited people to love it even more. We wanted, more than anything, to celebrate what we already believed was so great about Nashville: the food scene, the music scene, the various artists behind it, and the people who show up to appreciate it.

When we started Common Table, we threw 50 people we knew (or knew of) into a hat and drew 10 out. Those 10 were the first guests, and they were all our friends. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to host almost 200 others, many of whom have been complete strangers. With that, we’ve stuck to doing dinners bimonthly, with 10 guests at each one, and we’ve loved it that way. Our team members all work full-time, so we budget to break even, and see our contributions as a way to serve our neighbors in a really unique and meaningful way. We occasionally do private catering for likeminded businesses and organizations, and we’re currently working on a publication that will highlight recipes and stories from the last 3 years, but the heart of what we do is still setting that table for 10, and we’re grateful that Nashvillians keep putting their name in the hat to be a part of it.

2.     How has the Nashville community embraced your business?

As if we weren’t enough already, we’re more amazed than ever at the quality of people living in Nashville. Over the last three years, the amount of name submissions to join our dinners have grown every time we’ve announce one. And our guests are not only friends of friends anymore, they’re a diverse community of people who are drawn to Common Table for a variety of reasons, whether an appreciation for beauty, love of food, the opportunity to meet new faces, or just plain curiosity. We love that we live in a city that is constantly growing and attracting people who value new experiences.

Beyond our guests, we’ve been so honored by the tens of artists, designers, stylists, and hosts in Nashville who have cheerfully offered their talents and time to help make each of our gatherings beautifully unique and special. Every gathering is truly a team effort, celebrating a creative community that values collaboration over competition.

3.     Is there any way that your business has given back, to the community or in some other way?

Our hope is that each gathering feels like a gift to the guests in our community. As I mentioned, we don’t make a profit from Common Table, because we never really saw it as a business idea as much as a way to give back. Most people don’t know this, but because we do things this way, it allows us to keep our dinner costs at an approachable price, and we love being able to do that! We all love our full-time jobs, and our team of friends truly sees it as a joy to be able to serve our neighbors together in this really unique way every couple of months. The act is our reward, and we hope that in some small way, it blesses people as much as its blessed us to be able to do it.

4.     What is special about the way you bring people together and why do you do it this way?

Well for one, we kind of let fate choose our guests. We allow anyone who lives in Nashville to submit their name and then we draw 10 of them at random from a hat. One of the things Simoni and I knew we didn’t want to do when we started dreaming about Common Table was create something exclusive—that market was already covered. So that’s when the magic hat idea was born. Our long-term goal was to host as many new people as possible and create a space where all types of people felt welcome. We also keep the size of our dinners down to 10 guests so that the experience is intimate enough for people to relax and be able to bond in a really authentic way. Each dinner is hosted in a different home, which is a blast. It’s fun to always be working with a new space and being able to partner with people who love to host people as much as we do. Again, it’s truly a team effort!

Once people are at the table, we ask them to go around and introduce themselves and share how they ended up in Nashville. From there, we leave it up to them. There are a few conversation starters placed in the middle of the table, and we encourage them to pull one at the beginning of each course if they feel inspired, or to just keep enjoying one another without them. What continually amazes me is that I have never really heard an awkward silence take place. Something about choosing to actively be with one another around the table really makes it easy to connect and oftentimes, they sit around laughing and enjoying each other’s company long after we’ve dismissed them. We think that’s the coolest part.

5.     Where does all of your recipes and food come from, and why do you buy it from these places?

Our chef, Simoni, could inform you in more detail on this, but we buy local anything that is possible to buy local. Simoni is a full-time sous chef at Josephine in 12 South, and even prior to that, has always worked in farm-to-table restaurants, so his knowledge and appreciation for local ingredients is evident in every meal. Some of the farms we consistently buy from are Delvin Farms, Green Door Gourmet, Bear Creek Farms, Hatcher Dairy, and Noble Springs Dairy.

Simoni dreams up every menu, which is usually themed around what’s seasonally available. In warmer months you’ll see a lot of lighter, fresh herbs and produce on the menus, and in the colder months you’ll see a lot of heartier ingredients, like squashes, root vegetables, and roasted meats. But each recipe is innovated by Simoni, and he doesn’t serve a course until he’s mastered it. Many of his ideas are inspired by what he’s working on in the restaurant or reading about in his latest cookbook, and that inspired creativity shines through his presentation of each course. Our hope is that our guests are inspired by his ingredients and drawn to the farms that supply them.


Be Inspired: Stephen Rose with The Peach Truck

Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for its community and the inspiration from its members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you!  This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community.  We love their businesses and  want to showcase them in this new series – where simply,  we want to inspire others by what inspires us.


Stephen Rose :: The Peach Truck

What motivated you to start your business, and how has it grown since it began?

The Peach Truck was started out of a natural problem. I grew up in Peach County, GA, which is where Georgia Peaches are grown. That meant eating fresh peaches right off the tree every summer. Moving to Nashville, I figured we’d have some good peach options during the summer being just a state away. That wasn’t the case at all. I needed to figure out how to get my hometown’s peaches to Nashville. It started as a small side business my wife and I ran, and has now grown to 50 employees during the summer. The vision hasn’t changed, though. Get Fresh Georgia Peaches to people right off the tree, and create an incredible experience while doing so.

How has the Nashville community embraced your business?

I couldn’t imagine a more welcoming community to start a business. From the chefs who put us on their menu, to the shop owners who allow us to set up, to the community who supports us by buying our peaches, it’s been a remarkable experience. Nashville wrapped its arms around us from the beginning. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Is there any way that your business has given back, to the community or in some other way?

We work with a couple food banks in Nashville to make sure that our peaches get to folks who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. It’s hard to believe, but our town has areas that are literal food deserts, with no access to fresh produce. To be able to donate our top quality peaches to people who don’t have access to fruits and vegetables the way most of us do is an incredible honor.

What is special about the way you sell peaches and how it brings community together?

We always strive to create a memorable experience. Everyone who works with us does so because the believe in what we do and they’re passionate about our product. We’re always collaborating with restaurants and companies around town that we align with. Everything we do strives to celebrate summer and what it means to so many. We hope when people think about summer in Nashville, they think about The Peach Truck.

Where does all of your peaches come from and why do you buy from them?

We are the Nashville arm of Pearson Farm. I’ve known the family that runs the farm my entire life, and we developed the idea of The Peach Truck together. For them, they wanted someone who would treat their peaches the same way they do. It’s almost tragic that they can prune the trees perfectly, thin the peaches perfectly, pick them at the perfect time, and a grocery store who gets them holds on to them for too long and they develop that mealy taste grocery store peaches are known for. It’s much too hard of work to let that happen. We make sure our customers get the peaches within a couple of days of being picked, which is a logistical nightmare, but it’s the only way for people to taste the same peach I did when I was growing up. It’s truly a match made in heaven.