Ask Darin Scheff about the goods for sale in his store and you may have to wait for a reply-the steady stream of customers has him on the move at all times. He may be making sandwiches, ringing up purchases or if time permits, talking with customers. The Nolensville Feed Mill is only 3 miles from the county line on Nolensville Road in an old building in the middle of the old part of town. It is a quick trip south of the city and if you have the time, take a walk around and do a little antiquing or plant shopping at Tant’s Plants.
What makes the feed mill unique is the fact that most of the products for sale are Amish products or locally produced. Whichever you choose, take note that all are freshly made from pure ingredients and preservative free. There are plenty of canned goods like preserves and pickles as well as flours and noodles but be sure to check out the refrigerated cases. Fresh dairy products from the Hatcher Family Dairy and cheeses from Noble Springs are stocked and so are farm fresh eggs and butter. In the deli case there is an extensive selection of meats and cheeses, all Amish made, to choose from and the prices are very reasonable. If you are looking for lunch, have them make you a sandwich on some of the fresh baked breads. And be sure to have some dessert, all of the fresh baked pies are ready to go but you can also find “take and bake” pies too. In the freezer case you will find these pies which are hand made from scratch and ready to be taken home and baked so that you can serve a warm from the oven pie.
The fresh baked loaves of bread are by far the biggest seller with about 200 loaves a week flying out the door. Choose from white, wheat, whole wheat, rosemary-garlic or sourdough. These loaves aren’t the fancy types that you see in the artisan bakeries, they are the old fashioned kind baked in metal loaf pans; thin crusts with a soft doughy texture with just a hint of sugar and sliced for sandwiches or toast. For some, these loaves are like the ones that momma or granny made, nothing fancy just good and fresh bread. But the truth is that the customers are getting a product made with lots of love and free from all of the chemicals and preservatives found in most commercially prepared breads.
If you are lucky enough to sit down and talk to Darin, you will hear all about his plans to expand the offerings. They are currently enlarging the kitchen in the store so that they can produce some products in house in addition to what they offer now. When asked about his targeted clientele, Darin explains that they are everyday joe’s in search of “Whole Foods” type products at a country/general store price. “Our goal was to get the people without the big bucks who want healthy food for their families”. Judging by the steady stream of customers, he has succeeded.