The Nashville Jam Company
Cortney and Gary started by growing heirloom tomatoes and several varieties of peppers. As the couple’s garden grew, so did their supply of produce. They had more fruits and vegetables than they could possibly consume, so they gave away an abundance and made jam and jelly out of the rest. After building a local following from their sale of jams at local farmers markets in and around Nashville, the couple founded The Nashville Jam Co. — and now, consumers and jelly-lovers can purchase their products in retailers across the country, from New York to Texas.
At Kitchen Notes, we have become famous for our delectable biscuits. Equally as important, however, is their counterpart — delicious Nashville Jam Company jam made from locally-grown strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Black Hawk Farms
The owners at Black Hawk Farms, located in Princeton, Kentucky, have been working the fields of their home soil for over four and a half decades. Frustrated from the lack of good, quality beef in local restaurants, the team was motivated to do something about it.
In October of 2013, the farmers at Black Hawk Farms began large-scale beef production, staying true to the methods they used for their own personal beef consumption. During their work, they discovered the key to what could eventually change the entire industry — a sustainable, eco-friendly production process. As a result to their innovative farming, the Black Hawk Farms team produces extraordinarily rich, buttery beef that’s unlike anything we’ve every tasted — and makes for the perfect addition to the Kitchen Notes menu.
Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham
Located in Madisonville, Tennessee, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham was started in 1947 by the late Albert H. Hicks, a dairy farmer who began curing and selling country hams out of a painted block building. Allan Benton and his employees have honed the dry-curing of hams and bacon into a culinary art and have catapulted the products from simple breakfast mainstays into the world of gourmet cooking, where they have been praised for their characteristic flavor.
Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams are slow-cured using salt, brown sugar, and sodium nitrite and typically aged 9-10 months, though hams are available 1 year and older. At Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, the farmers have upheld the traditional dry-curing process and strive to produce world class country hams and bacon.
Delta Blues Rice
Delta Blues Rice is grown, artisan milled, and packaged in small batches on a multi-generational family farm that has been operating in the Mississippi Delta for over 90 years.
Delta Blues Rice is truly a local farm-to-table operation — the team oversees and carries out each step in the farming, milling, and packaging operation. The team ensures that each year’s rice seed meets the highest industry standards and is identity preserved. In addition, during the growing season, the farmers utilize practices that help to conserve water and soil resources while also growing a healthy crop. The farmers mills their rice to order in small batches to ensure a fresh, quality product. Because Delta Blues Rice uses only one variety of rice, the flavor is rich and consistent.
Sweetwater Valley Farm
Sweetwater Valley Farm is located between the towns of Philadelphia and Loudon in southeast Tennessee’s Sweetwater Valley. The area is known for its agricultural vitality and progress — a quality of which the farmers of Sweetwater Valley Farm are extremely proud. While today’s Sweetwater Valley Farm cheese is produced in a state-of-the-art facility, owner John Harrison has preserved the fine art and craft of making cheese in the traditional farmstead manner in which farmers control the process from cow to consumer in order to create high-quality cheese. Cows are the farm’s livelihood, and most of the team’s daily efforts are spent meeting their needs. There is nothing artificial in Sweetwater Valley Farm cheese — simply high quality milk and an old-fashioned approach to cheesemaking.
Noble Springs Dairy
Noble Springs Dairy is a Grade A Goat Dairy and Artisan Goat Cheese making operation that was licensed in 2009. The dairy farm is just six miles from downtown Franklin, TN. The sprawling farm includes several valleys and natural springs and is protected by a conservation easement through The Land Trust For Tennessee, which means it will always be farmland.
Every drop of milk that goes into Noble Springs products is derived from the natural forages that our goats enjoy on the farm. The farms’ cheeses have distinct flavor that is due to the unlimited pasture grazing and special care our animals receive. Noble Springs Dairy produces goat cheese, goat milk yogurt, goat milk and goat milk soap. Their products are utilized across the Nashville region and in many the dishes served at Kitchen Notes.
Batey Farms is located in the Blackman community of Rutherford county, just 6 miles northwest of Murfreesboro in Tennessee. Batey Farms is an 8th generation family-owned and operated hog, row crop, and hay farm that prides itself on being a noble steward of the land and animals that they care for.
Since 1807, dating back to a Revolutionary War land grant, Batey Farms has been in production agriculture. The local farm has continued to grow and take advantage of new technologies such as new age GPS, field mapping, data collection, variable rate seed and chemical placement to ensure that they are doing all that we can to provide a secure and safe environment for the animals and for the community. Batey Farms provides Kitchen Notes with in-season strawberries and pork.