Grocery Life September 30, 2016

Grocery Life September 30, 2016

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week!

It has been a while since I have written. I don’t really know why? I do know that if I am not relaxed and clear headed, I can’t put enough thoughts together to form a complete sentence much less a paragraph. I think I have had to many “irons in the fire” this year but that seems to be settling down so I hope to get back to writing more consistently. Plus my Legal Department called and said they have been bored this year so I should get back to writing.

The store has been doing well this year. We have now been in business for twenty-six years and for the most part, we have grown a little bit volume wise every year. If this year ends as well as it has started, that will continue. I have always heard that ninety percent of success is showing up. Well, we have always shown up and that’s a lot easier than being smart so I will go with that theory. I don’t know what the other ten percent is, probably luck?   

I guess the biggest change we have had at the store this year, or any grocery store for that matter, is we can sell wine now. That started in July. I could tell a big long story about  how that came about and the difficulty in going through it but I think I will leave well enough alone. I will tell you it was time consuming and expensive. Anyways, we have wine now. We seem to be selling a lot of it but I don’t really have anything to compare it to so I don’t really know.    

I put myself in charge of our  wine department which makes a lot of sense seeing as I don’t even drink wine. Maybe I should run for president since I don’t know anything about that either? Anyways, for those of you that drink wine, I feel like we have put together a pretty good selection for you and I keep adding things that you have requested.    

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I know my competitors in the grocery business have really tried to make a big splash about their wine departments and are promoting it in their ads every week. I guess that works but I decided long ago I wasn’t going to advertise alcohol or tobacco products and that will continue with wine. I guess I give up sales by having that philosophy but twenty- six years later it has worked for me.     

On to more important things. Tennessee finally beat Florida in football after eleven years. Now there is a lot of excitement and optimism around town. I guess that means a lot of babies are going to be born around here nine months from now.      

Twenty or so years ago a lot of babies being born in Knoxville were named Peyton. Maybe that was already a popular name but I think a certain quarterback made it even more popular. Plus it worked for both boys and girls. I guess the popular name now will be Butch so lets all hope the newborns are boys.       

Nothing helps local businesses more than Tennessee winning football games so Go Vols!      

Speaking of Peyton, I finally got the chance to play a little golf the other day and guess who spotted me on the course and wanted to get his picture made with me. He even wanted me to put on his Super Bowl ring. You guessed it, Peyton. To be honest, I really didn’t want to be bothered on the golf course for pictures because that is where I try to escape the fame of being a grocery man but I have learned that is just part of the job. What seems like a trivial thing to me will probably give Peyton and his children lots of joy and probably a few bragging rights. I also have to remember the days when I saw someone famous and wanted their picture or autograph and they took the time to do it for me.    

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Being a grocery man is not always easy. You never seem to have privacy, you get pulled in a lot of different directions and it seems everyone wants a piece of you but it is all part of living the “Grocery Life”.        

Have a great weekend and Go Vols!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Abby’s Better Nut Butter

Hey Everyone,

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Abby Kircher, from Abby’s Better Nut Butters, will be at the store today from 3:30-6 p.m. sampling her products.

She is a bright 15 year old entrepreneur who is expanding her business to the Knoxville area.

She makes high quality cashew, almond, and pecan butters with no artificial sweeteners or added sugar.

Come by and try these delicious products and help support Abby’s business.

Here is a link to her webpage if you want to know more about her and her products

http://abbysbetter.com/

 

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Grocery Life December 11, 2015

Grocery Life December 11, 2015

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week!  Well the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade was a big success again this year!  I hope all of you were able to come.
     

The great thing about a community parade is that everyone seems to know everyone else. The crowd knows the participants and vice versa so every so often a parade float, horse, or car would just stop so people could talk and catch up. This caused a lot of starts and stops during the parade route but that’s what people in Rocky Hill do, they take the time to stop and talk.
     

Society now seems to be trying to train us not to stop and talk anymore. The grocery industry is even starting to jump on this bandwagon. Most every publication I receive now has articles about how to transform a grocery store into an internet service where you electronically send your grocery list to a store, the store gathers up your groceries and then you just drive up and get them. You never get out of your car and I guess you don’t stop and talk. Another thing they are testing is delivering your groceries to your house using a drone. I’m sure some of the folks in Rocky Hill will love taking target practice on drones flying around their neighborhoods. I don’t know if drones stop and talk when they land on your porch or not, but who really wants to talk to a drone anyways.
   

Krogers, just this week, announced one of these programs at their new store in Maryville and plan to follow that up at their store in Cedar Bluff. I have actually visited both of those stores and based on the size of them, I can see why one would want someone else to gather their groceries and bring them out front. I would be worn out if I had to walk that whole place to do my shopping.
   

I don’t know where all of this is heading, but I don’t like the idea of doing all of our business out in the parking lot or at a drive through window. It’s hard to get to know your customers through a windshield or on a computer screen and selling groceries is not a real exciting profession. It’s getting to know all the interesting people that walk through our doors that make it fun.
   

Changing gears a little bit, our Christmas ad will be coming out this Sunday. It’s hard to believe Christmas is just two weeks away. Our whole Beef Tenderloin is on sale. Matter of fact we went ahead and dropped the price of it in case you have a party this weekend before the official sale starts. It is and will be $ 11.99 a pound through Christmas. This is about the best price we have had on it all year. Thankfully, it just happened to happen right before Christmas!

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Our other big meat item on sale is Standing Rib Roast. The price on it is $9.99 a pound for Choice Black Angus grade and $ 11.99 for Prime grade. The best deal is the Prime grade which is the highest grade the USDA has for beef. So if you have ever wanted to try a Prime grade standing rib roast, now would be the time. It is usually around $16.00 a pound.

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As always, we will be glad to trim your beef tenderloin for you and grind your trimmings so you can make some extra special hamburgers with the trimmings. On the Standing Rib Roast, we can cut them to about any size you want. If you are trying to figure out how much you need, we usually figure about a pound per person on those because of the weight of the bone. We also cut those off the bone for you and then tie the bones back on so when you finish cooking them you can cut the strings and remove the bones to make them easier to slice.
   

Feel free to call us and place an order for meat or just show up and we will get you fixed up on the spot.
     

I know Christmas is a busy time of year and everyone is in a hurry to get everything done. We are going to do our best to make your shopping here as quick and easy as we can, but at the same time, we still feel like there is real value in stopping and talking. That’s what makes community parades great, that’s what makes shopping at local businesses great, and that’s what makes living the “Grocery Life” great!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Grocery Life December 1, 2015

Grocery Life December 1, 2015

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2015 open house

By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. Everyone I have talked to has told me how well their turkey turned out this year. I always ask how they prepared it and I hear everything from “I just stuck it in the oven” to extravagant recipes that start two to three days before actually cooking it. Some people say you can’t beat a good ole frozen turkey and others say you have to have a fresh, free-range turkey for the best results. I have tried them all and they all turn out about the same to me. I guess my palette isn’t sophisticated enough to tell the difference and secondly, I usually think while I am eating turkey, how I wish it was a beef tenderloin or prime rib. I am not a big fan of turkey.
   

We apparently have a new tradition in the family for holidays. When we close the store for holidays I usually come by the store to check on things so we don’t have any big surprises when we open up the following day. Last year on Christmas, I brought the kids with me to do this. While I checked things out the kids rode their bikes and skateboards around the store. You would’ve thought I took them to Disney World. They thought that was the greatest thing to ride around the store while it was closed. So this Thanksgiving we were at the store checking on things and riding skateboards again, and I am sure we will do the same thing at Christmas. I guess you build traditions and memories in a lot of different ways.

 


     

We have had two events at the store plus Thanksgiving in the last three weeks which has kept us pretty busy. They were all very successful thanks to our staff here and all of you supporting them. Our biggest event was our Holiday Open House last Saturday. We had a lot of great food and a really big crowd for that event. I really enjoyed it because I got to meet a lot of you that don’t live close to the store but follow us by reading this blog. I met folks from Powell, Maryville, Norris, and Sweetwater just to mention a few. Another treat for me was that my family came for the whole event. I write about them all the time so I was glad they finally got to meet some of you.
   

My daughter actually worked the whole time she was at the store. She helped the Cruze Farm girls hand out ice cream for three hours. Now she has decided that she wants to be a Cruze Farm girl when she grows up. That’s not really what we had in mind for her career but we’re ok with it. I like the Cruze Farm folks! Her brother, Tyson, wants to do whatever he wants to do and live with us forever so Lauren’s idea is sounding pretty good to us.

 

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It is now time to move on to the next great event in Rocky Hill. This Saturday is the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade!!! I hope all of you are planning on being here for this. Last year was the first year of the parade and it was a huge success! I bet this year will be even better. A lot of people and businesses from our community volunteer their time and money to make this parade happen so we all need to show our appreciation by being there Saturday night. Come early and tailgate or better yet, come early and buy groceries but make sure you are here at six to watch the parade.

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Life is good in Rocky Hill and life is busy in Rocky Hill and I guess the folks in this community will just keep on trying to make it better and better until Jesus blows the whistle and makes us get out of the pool.
     

Have a great week and I will see you at the parade!!!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Grocery Life November 18, 2015

Grocery Life November 18, 2015

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week. It looks like we are going to have to get out rain coats this afternoon and then we are going have to dig out our winter coats once the rain moves through.
   

We had a great event with Allan Benton and Joseph Lenn this past Saturday. I appreciate all of you that came by to meet them and am sure they do too. They cooked up some great food and told some great stories along the way. Joseph and I have gotten to spend a lot of time together over the last two years, but I rarely get to visit with Allan, so that was a real treat for me.

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We are now doing a quick turnaround because we are having an even bigger event this Saturday. It is our annual Holiday Open House. I think of it more as a Customer Appreciation Day. We only advertise this event inside the store and on this blog because first and foremost, it is designed for all of you that support us throughout the year. Everyone one is welcome of course and we will see a lot of new faces which is great but my main goal is to show my thanks to the ones that “brought us to the dance”.
   

Here is a quick rundown of what we will be sampling, but I am sure it will continue to change right up to Saturday morning so forgive me if I miss a few.
   

Vienna Coffee from Maryville will be sampling their coffee. The Cruze Farm girls will be sampling their ice cream and probably some of their milk products.

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Doug Carnathan will be here with his local honey. The ladies that make Better in Blue blue cheese dressing (Jan and Lea) will be here giving you a taste of their gourmet blue cheese dressing. Mayfield Dairy will be here sampling their holiday products. Barbara Tenney, our cooking class instructor, will be here sharing a couple of her creations with you as well as giving you ideas about other holiday dishes.

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Southern Natural Foods will be here sampling some of their beef and pork products. These are all local products produced by local folks, and we love showing off local products!

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We will also be preparing, in the store, beef tenderloin, standing rib roast, pork tenderloin, Mamie’s cheese wafers, two types of cornbread dressing as well as  multiple other side dishes, pumpkin and pecan pie and all the things I have forgotten plus whatever else we come up with between now and Saturday.
   

This event has become a holiday tradition for my family and I hope, if it hasn’t already, it will become one for your family as well.
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so I will see you then.
   

I am trying to get this written early today because I have a meeting at one with Tyson’s school principal due to a little discipline problem he had last week at school. I figured if I wrote this after my meeting and the meeting didn’t go well I might express that in the blog, jeopardizing Tyson’s school career or my marriage or both. I’m bad about saying what is on my mind.
   

I think Tyson must have spent one week too long letting his broken arm heal up. No doubt he has had a lot of pent up energy plus a little frustration having to be idle for a few weeks, and I guess he took it out on one of his schoolmates. From what I understand this has been building all year between him and the other student. All that really happened was they got in an argument which really upset Tyson. After their argument, he went and told one of his friends how he really felt about the other student. He would have been fine doing that had he not used one “choice” word in his description of the other student, mistake number one. He actually didn’t even say the word but used the first letter of the word making it pretty clear what he meant even though he doesn’t even know what the word means.
   

He probably still would have skirted trouble had he not been crying because not long after, the teacher saw him crying and came over and asked him what was wrong. Here is where he made his second mistake. He told the truth, the whole truth, including the part about telling his friend that the other student was being the first letter of a “choice” word. Well that got him taken to his primary teacher where Tyson told her the truth, the whole truth, including the part about telling his friend that the other student was being the first letter of a “choice” word. Well this got him sent to the principal’s office where once again he didn’t change his story. He told the truth, the whole truth including the part about using the first letter of a “choice” word in describing the other student. The principal, just wanting to confirm what the whole word was, had he actually said it, asked him to write it down for her. He did, spelling it perfectly. So now, not only did he tell the truth, he wrote down the word, perfectly spelled, further incriminating himself. Being honest and a good speller was just not paying off for him this day.
     

The principal then wanted to know how he knew that word and where he had heard it. This is when he made his last and biggest mistake. He told the principal he wasn’t sure but probably from his mom. If he learns nothing else from this incident, he needs to know you should never throw your mother under the bus when you are sitting in a principal’s office awaiting discipline. Personally, I thought it was funny and thought it was much better for him to blame her instead of me.
       

I am not proud of the fact that Tyson called that little girl the first letter of a bad word so we are working on how to handle situations like that a little more appropriately. I may be the blame for that. I tend to call things like I see them even when I shouldn’t. I am proud of the fact that he told the truth. He is a “literal” kid and probably because of that and of course good parenting, he has always told the truth and most of the time it is on himself. I guess at some point he will figure out that the world is full of people that don’t tell the truth. I guess he will also learn that society doesn’t like literal truth, they like “politically correct” truth.
   

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all go back to being eight year olds or at least act like eight year olds. Then we would always tell the truth and we would also believe what everyone else was telling us and we could settle all of our disputes on the school playground.
     

I imagine Tyson will always be a literal thinking person, calling them like he sees them and I hope he always tells the truth. My advice to him would be make sure he is nice to his uncle John because he will probably need a lawyer in the future and if the school principal ask you to write down the “B word” write down Butler & Bailey Market and tell her it is a great place to shop.

Have a great week and I will see you Saturday!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Benton’s Bacon Cooking Demo 11/14/15 10 a.m.-12 noon

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey  Market. I just wanted to send out a reminder about tomorrow. Allen Benton

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joseph Lenn and allen bentonand Joseph Lenn will be here in the morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon cooking up some Benton’s country ham and bacon and giving you ideas about how you can use Benton’s products in other dishes as well.
They are both very talented and entertaining people so I hope you will be able to drop by for a few minutes in the morning to chat with them and enjoy their creations.
See you tomorrow and have a great weekend!

Grocery Life November 9, 2015

Grocery Life November 9, 2015

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone had a good weekend. We have been busy here at the store gearing up for the holidays plus all the special events leading up to the holidays. Our holiday open house is going to be on Saturday, November 21st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. That next Thursday, the 26th is Thanksgiving Day, and then on December 5th at 6 p.m., the second annual Rocky Hill Christmas parade will be rolling down Northshore Drive. I hope you already have all of these events marked on your calendar.
 

I have been working on one other event which I am very excited to tell you about. This Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. until noon, Allen Benton, the owner of world famous Benton’s Country Ham And Bacon and Chef Joseph Lenn, former chef of Blackberry Farm, will be here doing a cooking demonstration although it will probably be more story telling while they cook a little.
 

I am sure all of you “foodies” out there are already very familiar with these two guys and know how significant their contributions have been to the culinary world. For those of you that are not familiar with them, both of these guys have won the James Beard award for culinary excellence which is probably the most distinguished award you can receive in their profession. Both of these guys are also in high demand all over the country.
     

Joseph travels extensively doing cooking demonstrations at the finest restaurants and food festivals in the country. Allen’s products have become a staple on the menus of many of those same places. They both have been and continue to be written up in many of the national food magazines, (including this blog). I could go on and on about their accomplishments but I would rather you hear them first hand when they are here at the store this Saturday.

 

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In my mind, I think their greatest accomplishment is the fact that even though they both have the opportunity to capitalize on their fame and reputation on the national scene, they have both decided there is more value in being a part of the communities where they got their start. Allen continues to operate out of his old smokehouse in Greenback and Joseph, with his upcoming restaurant in downtown Knoxville.

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It will be well worth your time to come by and visit with them Saturday. I imagine Allen will be cooking his country ham with red-eye gravy and telling stories about how he got started in his business. Joseph will be preparing some dishes using Benton’s products
and providing the recipes so you can make them at home. He will also be glad to tell you about his upcoming restaurant.
   

So come by Saturday and try out some great food, hear some great stories, and enjoy the fact that two more people from our community have achieved national fame in their fields but would rather share their talents with you and me.
   

Have a great week and see you Saturday!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Grocery Life October 30, 2015

Grocery Life October 30, 2015

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope you are having a good week. The weather has been a little dreary this week until today, but I guess we were due after so many beautiful, sunny days.
   

It has been somewhat uneventful around my house this week. No broken bones to report on. Tyson did get his cast off on Monday. I’m not sure that was a good idea because the doctor said he needed to be inactive for another two weeks. That’s a tall order for an eight year old. We will see how it goes. I guess it does mean we won’t do stupid things with our bodies for another two weeks.

 

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Lauren and I made a cake on Sunday. I think that was a first for both of us. Her mother was conveniently gone when Lauren came up with this idea so I became her helper for this project.

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We did leave Erica the dirty dishes so she wouldn’t feel left out. I should probably just bring Lauren to the store and let her make cakes with Nancy for a day. She is the master cake maker.

 

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Here at the store, we are starting to gear up for the holidays. We are stockpiling the most important items. One reason for doing this is because the closer the holidays get, the shorter the supplies get on a lot of things. The second reason we do this is to take advantage of better pricing on those items. Manufacturers con us into buying early by offering better pricing. Retailers try to do the same thing with holiday sales starting earlier and earlier every year. I have never really understood why we all have more and more sales earlier and earlier every year but after reading an article last week, I have finally figured it out.
   

It’s a Government Conspiracy and it’s against retired people.
 

The article I read was about social security payments not increasing because prices have not risen enough (inflation) to justify them. As I read that article, I thought, isn’t that funny. You work all your lives and the government takes what is now 6.2 percent of your money out of every pay check you received. On top of that your employer has to match that amount for you. If you are self-employed, you have to pay in the whole amount. They then “hold” your money in “safe keeping” until they decide you are old enough to retire. They have been saving mine, for me, since I started working thirty-four years ago.
 

Once you get to their retirement age, they decide how much of your money they are going to give you back based on some screwy formula, that I bet no one understands, and I guess it doesn’t work because the thing is going bankrupt by all estimations.  If the thing is going bankrupt, what did they do with my money that they were saving for me? Did they lose it? Did they give it to someone else? What if I don’t like the person they gave it to? Surely they didn’t spend it on something else without asking me first.
     

Anyways, after they decide how much of your money they are going to give you back, they then decide how much you need to live on from year to year based on some price index that is skewed towards the spending habits of younger people.
   

That is why they love for us to have more and more sales earlier and earlier every year. It’s so prices stay down and they don’t have to give you as much of your money back.
     

The weird thing is, when they talk out of the other side of their mouth, they have decided that wages for working Americans need to go up because they are not keeping up with the rising cost of living. Is this the same cost of living that is not going up for retired people?
 

The catalyst for getting wages higher is raising the minimum wage. They say that if you raise the lowest wage, all wages will rise along with it. I think in the long term that is true. In the short term it is not. Companies don’t all of a sudden have more money when the government decides to raise the minimum wage. They have to cut cost somewhere else to pay for it. Over time prices go up to compensate for wage increases then companies have more money to pay higher wages to everyone.  I think the government likes this idea because they get the credit for paying people more money, but it doesn’t cost them anything. The employer pays for it. Plus, they get more of your money to “save” for you because the more you make, the more you and your employer pay in to social security. The employers get to pay for it up front, but ultimately you pay for it through higher prices on the things you buy.
 

So for all of you retired people, it looks like the minimum wage will be going up soon. Which means all wages will be going up soon. Which means prices will be going up soon. Which means you will be getting a raise soon (yea!). Which means the government will be more broke soon. Which means they will have to borrow more money soon. Which means they will drive us further in debt soon…which for some reason they don’t seem to care about?
 

I guess when we were born we must have signed something on our birth certificates that says the government can borrow all the money they want, anytime they want, on our behalf. It must happen right after they hold you upside down and smack you on the butt. I do remember being disoriented for a few minutes after that.

 

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Over time, regardless of the wages we make or the retirement we receive, everything seems to even out. We all just adjust our business plans and lifestyles accordingly.
   

And before you think I am mad at the government, I’m really not. AT&T, Comcast, and Getty Images have made me a lot more angry than the government ever has. I may point out my disagreements with them but I am pretty much living the “American Dream” so what do I have to complain about? If they can help more people realize the “Dream” that’s great. I am glad to give them credit, but I would give more credit to my family, my faith, and my community in achieving my “dream” and that is how it should work.
   

So for all you retired people and those of you still working, I guess we will keep on having more and more sales earlier and earlier in the year until the government tells us differently…. and let’s just hope their printing press never runs out of ink.

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Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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Grocery Life October 22, 2015

Grocery Life October 22, 2015

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By Tom Butler

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. We continue to have beautiful fall weather and it looks like it is going to stay with us for the foreseeable future.

Business has been good over the last few days. Probably the biggest reason is the beef tenderloin sale we had at the end of last week. It was only for four days but we ended up selling around one thousand two hundred pounds of it. This was a good warm-up for our folks in the meat department to prepare for Christmas business. If that business is similar to last year, we will sell around twelve thousand pounds of tenderloin over a two week period.
It is always a little scary to place that order because once we buy it, we own it. Right now it is costing about twelve dollars a pound so that’s about a one hundred and forty-five thousand dollar “roll of the dice”. Thankfully you all have always come and bought them!!

It has now been a year since I broke my arm doing cool tricks on my skateboard. My son apparently decided he needed to commemorate my one year anniversary by going off the back of his skateboard ramp and breaking his arm.

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His mom was out of town when this happened so instead of going to the ER, I took him down to see my neighbor, who is a doctor. That was a lot more convenient for me and besides, it didn’t look too broken and he wasn’t even crying. Our neighbor decided that if it was broken, it wasn’t a bad break and if nothing changed with it, we could watch it over the weekend and have it X-rayed the first of the week if it was still bothering him. In my mind, that meant it was probably okay and not to worry about it. Well when my wife came home from out of town that night, she decided I was taking him to get X-rays the next morning. So I did. For some reason I hear her more clearly than I do doctors.
On the way to get X-rays the next morning, Tyson and I were already scheming on how we were going to the skateboard park that afternoon if it quit raining. We just knew he was okay. Well after getting a few X-rays, the doctor came in, dictated a few notes and then to my surprise, asked Tyson what color cast he wanted. Turns out he has a buckle fracture, whatever that is, so he has to wear a cast for three weeks. Instead of going skateboarding that afternoon, we went to the craft store and bought some fancy pens for people to sign his cast with.

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I guess this is another case of bad parenting on my part and another great argument on why children need mothers. If Tyson and I keep doing extreme sports, I need to see if I can start bartering beef tenderloin for medical care?

Beef tenderloin will be one of the many items we will be preparing for our holiday open house in November. We will also have standing rib roast and a couple of pork items prepared for you to sample.

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I also talked with Doug Carnathan, Coleen Cruze, and John Clark this week. Doug is a local producer of honey, Coleen’s family runs Cruze dairy farm, and John owns Vienna Coffee in Maryville.

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They are all planning to be here for our open house. The list will continue to grow as the day nears.
This is a great event so I hope you will come by and meet and taste the products of all our local producers. The date of the event is November 21 from 11am to 2 pm.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

Grocery Life October 16, 2015

Grocery Life October 13, 2015

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By Tom Butler 

Good afternoon from Butler and Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week.
 

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that our beef tenderloin sale ends this Sunday the 18th 2015. I’m not sure the pricing will be this low the rest of the year so I hope you get the chance to take advantage of this sale.
   

If you are not in the mood for beef tenderloin this weekend, we are now carrying a Cheshire Pork baby back rib from Heritage Farms. These have become our new favorite thing at home. I have found that however I cook them they turn out good. In the oven, on the grill or in the smoke, they always turn out tender, juicy and flavorful. If you are like me and can’t cook consistently good ribs, I would give these a try.

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We will also have a large assortment of “in house” smoked meats available this weekend. The crowd favorite right now is the smoked pork tenderloin so you may want to give that a try. I still take home our fried chicken twice a week. We typically have it for supper one night a week and the extra pack is to snack on the rest of the week. That’s probably too much fried food, but it’s gooood! If you don’t want to cook this weekend those would be some good options.

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Lastly, last year around this time I wrote about some expectant parents wanting us to make a “reveal cake” for their baby shower. Nancy in our bakery, made it for them. The inside of the cake was pink and not long after, they had a beautiful little baby girl. This week they called back and wanted Nancy to make the cakes for her first birthday party. They are picking them up today so I would like to wish little miss Sophie a happy first birthday from Butler and Bailey Market.

 

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Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler

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 Butler and Bailey Market

7513 Northshore Dr.

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865)691-8881