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Dippity Do—Bobbie's reopens

At high noon on Saturday, April 16, Bobbie's Dairy Dip—with flowers freshly planted in the wooden boxes that border the brightly painted concrete tables on the patio, a new menu posted on the glass and a fresh crew at their posts—took its first order of 2005. And not a moment too soon for the faithful and devoted customers of this Nashville institution, which has been serving up burgers, dogs, fries, shakes, floats and soft-serve ice cream cones and sundaes in the same location since 1951.

Owner Claire Mullally, who begins her sixth season as proprietress of the Dip, says there were some complications that delayed the opening, but notes that it wasn't much later than in previous years. "I guess it just seemed that way to people who were tired of winter and ready for spring to be here," she admits. "While we were working on the place the last few weeks, we had so many people with their faces up against the window, pleading for an ice cream cone. It was almost pitiful, but we got open as fast as we could."

The picture-perfect weather drew steady crowds all weekend long: Little League players still in uniform, carloads of teenagers and families spilling out of SUVs, claiming one of the coveted tables, getting in line, introducing the newest members of their family to Mullally and her staff. "I can't believe how many babies were born over the winter," she says. "Customers tell me they've been waiting for us to open for their baby's first ice cream. Isn't that the sweetest thing?"

Not as sweet as the exceptionally popular Banana Boat—caramel, strawberry and chocolate sauces over a mountain of soft-serve vanilla on a sliced banana, topped with whipped cream, nuts and cherries. (So popular that, by late afternoon Sunday, Mullally was off to restock the banana supply.) Business was so brisk that the 15 dozen burger rolls she ordered to cover the weekend were down to one dozen by Sunday morning, thus requiring another shopping trip. "But that's a good problem to have," she says. "I was worried when I couldn't find the chili recipe, but it turned up Saturday afternoon."

Bobbie's Dairy Dip is at Charlotte and 53rd avenues; 292-2112. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun. (When school lets out for the summer, the Dip will be open until 10 p.m. nightly.)

Easy Pickin'—organic veggies on demand

In theory, I love CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which provide members with seasonal, farm-fresh, locally grown produce delivered on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. Members buy a share or half-share and pick up their basket of produce at a central location. But with just three mouths to feed on a regular basis (two of them teenagers), and with at least two nights a week spent at a Little League park or Greer Stadium, even a half-share was too much for me.

Which is why the Fresh Harvest Co-op is the perfect alternative. A joint venture between two Bon Aqua farms—Turnbull Creek and Drury Family Farm—Fresh Harvest allows customers to order only what they want from a list emailed out on Sunday evenings, then pick up their orders on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Hillsboro Road.

All produce and flowers (sold by the bunch or in bouquets) are grown without chemicals, and satisfaction is guaranteed or the product will be replaced. A weekly newsletter will also be included in the delivery, with farming news, recipes and information on the crops.

To enroll, simply send a $50 deposit to one of the farms; orders will be deducted from that, and available credit will be noted on the weekly invoice, with another deposit required once the balance is depleted. Susan Drury says that orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deliveries should begin the second or third week of May. Make deposit checks out to Fresh Harvest Co-op and send them to either Turnbull Creek Farm, 566 Doug Hill Road, Bon Aqua, TN 37025, or Drury Family Farm, 9407 McFarlin Road, Bon Aqua, TN 37025. For information, email turnbullcreek@bellsouth.net or jbd3@direcway.com.

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