Bäckermann’s Country Market is a Delicious Destination
Since 1981, Bäckermann’s Country Market has been serving up tasty, homemade baked goods to customers in Whiteville. Over the years, it’s gone from a bakery only to a multi-faceted market with jams and jellies, dairy products, canned goods and bulk food, and a diner with tantalizing daily lunch specials like pecan wood-smoked rib tips, burgers topped with smoked bacon cheese, and pulled beef barbecue sandwiches. There’s also a deli where customers can find a range of high-quality cheeses and meats sliced to order, along with locally sourced steaks and ground beef.
While the store has changed hands several times in the past few decades, it’s remained a family-operated – and family-oriented – business, and a popular destination for those looking for some respite.
“We try to have a quiet, comfortable atmosphere where people can come and relax,” manager Jamison Overholt says. “People might drive close to an hour to our store, so we try to have a place where they can stay a while and have a good time as a family.”
To keep little visitors entertained, Bäckermann’s added a petting zoo a few years ago.
“We provide bags of scrap bread for visitors to feed the animals,” Overholt says. “There are several potbellied pigs, a miniature horse and ponies, a peacock, goats, chickens, rabbits, and a donkey.”
Most visitors come to Bäckermann’s for the bakery items. “By far, our sourdough bread is what gets the most attention and it’s what we sell the most of,” Overholt says. “People also love our mini pies and fried pies.”
The Dish on Bäckermann’s Country Market
Location: 260 US-64, Whiteville, TN 38075
Phone: (731) 254-8473
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays. As always, please call ahead before traveling long distances.
Other baked goods include cinnamon rolls, sheet cakes, pies, cookies, layer cakes, whoopee pies, dinner rolls, seasonal fruitcakes and more – all made in-house. “Everything that’s baked, we make,” Overholt says.
Homemade candy and peanut brittle is also available, and canned goods are popular during the colder months. “Jams and jellies, including our special Christmas jam, make great holiday gifts,” Overholt says.
And in the restaurant, visitors stop in for a warm meal. The Reuben sandwich is a customer favorite, and diners can choose from a range of other hearty lunch items such as the Rachel (roast beef on rye bread with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Bäckermann’s sauce), chicken salad, grilled wraps and “pizzaninis” – pepperoni and cheese on toasted rosemary garlic bread. “Our soup buffet is also really popular in the winter,” Overholt says. “People especially love our stuffed pepper soup and hearty chili.”