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Tennessee Voices, Episode 56: John Dyke, founder and CEO, The Turnip Truck

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Opinion and Engagement Director David Plazas spoke with Turnip Truck founder and CEO John Dyke.

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The Tennessee Voices videocast brings readers conversations with authors of insightful and compelling guest columns.

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  • David Plazas is the director of opinion and engagement for the USA TODAY Network Tennessee.

As Nashville’s COVID-19 safer-at-home order took effect earlier this year, grocery store workers were deemed essential workers and grocery stores struggled to make sure customers could get the wares they wanted and needed.

Toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer were among the items that flew off the shelf. In addition to restocking goods, grocery stores were working to create safe environments to minimize employees’ and shoppers’ risk of infection.

During this time, locally owned The Turnip Truck owner John Dyke was expanding from two stores to three and had one shop on a generator because of the damage in East Nashville from the March 3 tornadoes.

Owner of The Turnip Truck, John Dyke is a champion of independent farmers and an early pioneer in promoting healthy, real food in Nashville. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)

Dyke has seen a marked shift in consumer behavior. His clients typically came in to buy fresh produce and meals for the day. Now, because of COVID-19 fears, they were coming less frequently, but buying more in every visit.

Dyke spoke with me about that shift in this episode of the Tennessee Voices video podcast. 

We talked about food deserts and how The Turnip Truck is working with the Nashville Food Project to help alleviate hunger.

He also discussed working to help a family farm survive and his advocacy with the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The week we recorded this episode, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers may not discriminate against employees for the reason of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

When he is not working, he gets away at his farm just about an hour from the city.

Related column: Your grocery store worker deserves your gratitude | Plazas

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David Plazas is the director of opinion and engagement for the USA TODAY Network –  Tennessee and an editorial board member of The Tennessean. Tweet to him at @davidplazas

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