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Mountain View Country Market: Great Source For Old-Timey Foods & Fun

Mystery Diner • Jun 21, 2018 at 6:26 PM

My quest to lower my sodium intake is proceeding apace, although the learning curve I am currently climbing is still pretty steep. I used to zoom through my local supermarket; half an hour inside resulted in all my week's groceries in the car. No more. Just locating the item takes time, but the biggest delay is mostly due to my having to examine each item for sodium content as well as nutritive value before I will put it in my shopping basket. My dining partner picked up on my learning curve-inspired frustration and suggested we both take a trip to, as she put it, "An old-timey grocery to help with this new-fangled health kick of yours."

Exterior

Mountain View Country Market is around five miles down Tenn. Highway 107 from Jonesborough, near the town of Chuckey. The market is seen to by the nearby Mennonite community, and adheres to the old maxim of "If you can't find it here, you didn't need it in the first place." They have plenty of parking around a very comfortable front porch that is populated with several rocking chairs, a good-sized porch swing, some well-tended greenery and other rural frippery.

Interior

Right inside the front door is the market's single checkout line that has several half-sized shopping carts and a stack of shopping baskets to hand. I do recommend you choose one of the other right now; with what Mountain View Country Market has to offer, you will not be able to hold it all in just your own two hands. The main floor of the market has several shelving units packed full of everything you could ever imagine. Bulk commodities, foodstuffs, spices, blends, candy, kitchen and bakery utensils and all things barbecue are closely packed for your inspection. There is a good selection of agriculture-themed toys and other paraphernalia nearby. Toward the back are the refrigerated glass cases displaying Mountain View's artisan-quality dairy and meat products. The market's rest rooms are tucked into a corner near the checkout line, and are not hard to find. Over on the left, you will find the delicatessen department where four very busy and friendly young ladies will be happy to assist you in bulk purchases from their large selection of first-quality deli meats and cheeses, and even make you a deli-style sandwich from them. This is where my dining partner and I stopped by to take something home for lunch.

Roast Beef Sandwich Combo Special

In checking out the selection of high-quality meats and cheeses in the deli case, my dining partner's attention was drawn to a sign featuring the deli's Sandwich Special of the Day. The deli ladies would make you a sandwich from their artisan-quality roast beef on yummy sourdough bread, adding cheese, lettuce, tomato and condiments all for just $6.95. The Special was their adding on a bag of high quality potato chips and a bottled "Co-Cola" type soft drink to the price of the sandwich, and both at no extra charge. My dining partner couldn't pass that up, and had one of the deli girls named Tammy create the sandwich and then put sandwich, chips and the soda together in a lunch bag as a take-home. My dining partner was very pleased with her roast beef sandwich from Mountain View, especially enjoyng the savoriness of the (aged?) roast beef with the nutty flavor of the Swiss cheese and the tangy sourness of the locally-grown ripe tomatoes. The potato chips were also good, not being quite as salty as you'd find with most brands, and were crunchy as could be.

Honey turkey and Swiss cheese wrap

I decided that one of Mountain View deli's custom-made wraps ($5.95) was more to my liking, and also maybe I would avoid the sodium content that might be found in their sourdough bread. I also wanted to try their lower sodium honey turkey paired with some of that excellent Swiss cheese. Though I initially wanted a spinach wrap, Tammy suggested that I get an Italian herb, that its extra spice would help in adding more flavor to the sandwich. Tammy sliced the honey turkey on slicer setting "One," very thin. She then added Swiss cheese sliced to a similar thickness, plus shredded fresh lettuce and slices off a good old Texas White onion. I told Tammy not to bother with the condiments, mayonnaise, mustard or anything else on it. I ordered just the sandwich for my lunch, nothing extra, and enjoyed every bit of it.

Conclusion

Before we left Mountain View Country Market, my dining partner and I picked up a few items to help out with my low sodium project. Her purchase was of some fresh-milled oat flour and a 12-ounce bottle of pure vanilla extract. I bought some low sodium corn salsa, very good on a hamburger in place of ketchup and mustard. My other two contributions were a jar each of "no-salt" barbecue seasoning, and a jar of their "Farm Dust" seasoning that, when mixed with some quality sour cream or buttermilk, makes a scrumptious ranch-type salad dressing that is totally sodium free. There are other items that we looked at left for our next visit, and there will be a next visit, if only to get another take-out sandwich special or savory wrap from the deli at Mountain View Country Market.

Mountain View Country Market

7730 Erwin Highway (Tenn. Highway 107)

Chuckey, Tennessee

257-5739

Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Fri 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Available on Facebook and at

mountainviewbulkfoods.com

Credit cards accepted

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