Backermann's Bakery in Whiteville, Tennessee

by Jimmie

Backermann's Bakery in Whiteville, TN is a Mennonite deli and grocery store where you can eat lunch as you stock up on homemade breads and desserts, fresh milk, and organic beef.

A charming spot to visit for lunch in rural Hardeman County Tennessee is Backermann's Bakery. This shop is part bakery, part deli, part grocery store.

The Yoder's run this Mennonite establishment with friendly charm. Mrs. Yoder told me that when her husband's family took over the bakery, they kept the original name of Backermann.

Baked Breads, Pastries, Cookies

Deli Sandwich on Fresh Bread
Deli Sandwich on Fresh Bread
Baked Goods
Baked Goods

Old Fashioned Good Eating

More About Backermann Bakery

The spelling is something of a mystery with some of the signs spelled with one n and others with two (Backerman and Backermann). 

It is pronounced Bach-er-man, not Baker-man or even Back-er-man.

My mother, daughter, and I took a trip to Backermann's just to spend time together, grab lunch, and buy some whole foods. We had a wonderful time browsing the shelves and devouring our delicious sandwiches. 

Backermann's Bakery Hours 

Monday 9:00 - 2:00

Tuesday - Saturday 7:30 - 5:00

Mrs. Yoder Stocking Fresh Cookies
Mrs. Yoder Stocking Fresh Cookies

Ordering Lunch at Backermann's Bakery

Deli Sign
Deli Sign
Ordering Sandwiches
Ordering Sandwiches
Liver Cheese Sandwich on Jalapeño Cheddar Bread
Liver Cheese Sandwich on Jalapeño Che...
Turkey Sandwich on Rosemary Garlic Bread
Turkey Sandwich on Rosemary Garlic Bread
Crispy Snacks
Crispy Snacks

Getting Sandwiches at the Deli Counter

Sandwiches on Homemade Bread

Walk up to the deli counter and place your sandwich order. For convenience sake, the Yoders have printed up some small checklists where you indicate your choice of your bread, cheese, meat, and toppings.

Sandwiches are $4 and allow for a wide selections of breads, meats, and cheeses.

The breads are all homemade in the bakery.

  • jalepeno cheddar
  • sourdough
  • honey wheat
  • whole wheat
  • rosemary garlic

Get the relish! It's wonderful. And be sure to ask for pickles. They are served on the side. If you don't like them, share them with someone who does.

Invisible Soup

Add a bowl of soup for a $6 combo. The day we visited, the soup was mysteriously called "Invisible Soup." When we asked about it, we were told that there was no soup that day because of some work being done to the restaurant. The Yoders have a great sense of humor!

Hopefully when you go to Backermann's, there will be some soups to try. I certainly plan to sample some on my next visit.

Instead of the soup, we were able to find some crunchy snacks to go along with our sandwiches -- sesame sticks and veggie chips.

Sandwiches and sandwhiches

Some signs had an interesting spelling -- sandwhiches. I found it charming, probably a kickback to the European roots of the Mennonite community that founded Backermann's Bakery.


There is a spacious area to sit and enjoy your lunch. Napkins are simple -- paper towels on a roll. Cold drinks are available too and include some interesting flavors like birch bark "beer" and sarsparila "beer." If you are going to eat at a Mennonite deli, you really should try an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch drink.


Of course, the deli meats and cheeses can be ordered by the pound. I ate the most heavenly liver cheese and bought a pound to take home.

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Grocery Items at Backermann's Bakery

After we enjoyed our lunch, we leisurely browsed the store, choosing food items we wanted to take home with us.

Backermann's does have shopping carts, but we just took all our loot back to our luncheon table and collected it there until our checkout. 

Backermann's accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. They do have plastic bags to bag your purchases, but we brought insulated bags to protect our fresh milk against the 100+ degree weather of that June day.

We found the employees of Backermann's very friendly and eager to answer questions about products. 

Some items are local and others are shipped in from other areas, namely Ohio and Pensylvannia. Read the labels carefully as there are varying types of foods, some being totally organic and others including such ingredients as MSG and artificial sweeteners. Generally, however, the foods are whole foods that are pure and healthy.

Food Items for Sale at Backermann's

  • bulk spices
  • cheeses (shipped from other states)
  • fresh milk -- low heat pasturized but not homogenized so the cream floats to the top
  • dry goods such as sugar, flour, beans, popcorn
  • whole grains -- barley, hominy, millet, qinoa, wheat, oats
  • organic beef which the Yoders raise 
  • dried fruits
  • snacks such as veggie chips, toasted corn
  • canned jams, jellies, relishes, pickles
  • honey and molasses

Scenes from Backermann's Grocery Shelves

Whole Grains
Whole Grains
Local Honey
Local Honey
Locally Made Molasses
Locally Made Molasses
Fresh Milk
Fresh Milk
Organic Beef
Organic Beef

How Important is the Label "Organic" to You?

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Not very important. I think the organic label is probably overrated.
PeggyHazelwood on 06/09/2011

if I can find organic at a good price, I'll consider it, but I don't usually buy organic.

nightbear on 06/08/2011

I think it is a bit of a scam in certain situations. Sometimes you can find true organic and that is great. But some say they are organic but they came from an industrialized area. huh? Oh well, I try for as fresh as I can get, but I'll eat anything if it looks good.

Very important. I buy organic whenever available or affordable.
Meagan on 07/04/2011

Eating organic is important to me. But I'll happily buy from a farmer who says its chemical-free even if not certified organic. And the organic label is just one factor - I'm not interested in processed and overpackaged food that is labelled organic.

ohcaroline on 06/21/2011

I think it's of the utmost importance. I don't have any local place to get much now.

dustytoes on 06/11/2011

I try to buy organic when it's available, but I can see how large families could not afford it.

sheilamarie on 06/10/2011

I prefer organic, though sometimes cannot afford it. I believe what we eat is important, though, and so try to choose wisely.

jeffwend on 06/09/2011

Organic milk and certain fruits and vegetables are a must for our family.

Wooden Furniture, Gazebos, and Chicken Houses

Besides the deli and grocery story, Backermann's also sells beautiful wooden products. We fell in love with the two chair and table combination. The chairs rock back and forth and swivel a full 360 degrees! (The chair set is one piece and costs $300.)

There were gazebos, swings, playsets, dog houses, and even a chicken house.

Wooden Chair Set
Wooden Chair Set
Swiveling and Rotating Chairs
Swiveling and Rotating Chairs
Road Side Sign
Road Side Sign
Swing Set
Swing Set

What are Mennonites?

Mennonites are Christians whose sect is named after leader Menno Simons. This faith emerged during the Protestant Reformation. One of their main distinctions during that time was that they were Anabaptists -- or re-baptizers. They believed that a person who chose to follow Jesus should be baptized as a sign of that commitment (versus infant baptism).

For more about Mennonites, visit these FAQ at Third Way Cafe.

The Bakery Exterior on Highway 64

Backerman's Bakery
Backerman's Bakery

Where is Backermann's Bakery?

Backermann's Bakery is in Hardeman County, Tennessee in the city of Whiteville which lies between Memphis and Jackson. It is very easy to find, right on Highway 64 between Somerville and Bolivar. If you are traveling east, Backermann's is on your right. If you are traveling west, Backermann's will be on the left.


260 US Highway 64

Whiteville, TN 38075

Telephone number

(731) 254-9199

Hours:  Monday: 9:00 - 2:00; Tuesday - Saturday: 7:30 - 5:00

Backermann's Bakery

in Hardeman County Tennessee

Look for This Sign

Bakery Sign on Highway 64
Bakery Sign on Highway 64
Updated: 02/21/2012, Jimmie
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Jimmie on 04/07/2013

Carl, I'm just a fan of Backermann's. I am not the owner.

carl on 03/26/2013

if I got you a place in an existing store, would you sell in Collierville TN? [email protected] 901-485-6910

risa on 02/08/2013

Oh what a wonderful life it is to have the privilege to shop eat here this is as good has it gets!

Frances on 01/05/2013

Delicious foods! We take our grandsons, ages 10 and 13 years, there as a treat. They love the bakery items. We live in Germantown, TN and the 45 minute drive is worth every bite. We try to go about once a month now because we are addicted to the fresh breads, cookies and other items. The fried pies are delicious and there is a large variety of them. No preservatives are used in the fresh baked items. If you live within 2 hours of the Bakkerman's...GO!!!! You will be happy that you did.

Loren on 12/18/2012

Backermans is between my home is Oakland tn and the family farm where my husband hunts in Silerton tn.. For months my husband bragged about the delicious sandwiches he would get for lunch. When he started bringing me yummy candies home, I was hooked! I've now been several times and just love it! I'm including some of their jams and fresh honey in my Christmas gifts for family this year! :)

Betty on 05/01/2012

I have been dealing with Backkermann's for a long time and find the food is always fresh and made from scratch. I usually go about once a month to enjoy their deli sandwich and soup. Also have purchased some of the outdoor furniture and it is so well made.

firebirdsinger on 03/30/2012

You didn't mention their fried pies! Whenever we go, we take a cooler and load up on bread, cheese, meat, their miraculously non-greasy corn chips, syrup, and FRIED PIES. The cherry ones are my favorite. I love Backermann's. I wish I could get there more often.

terrilorah on 03/21/2012

You are making me hungry..great article loaded with great marketing.

Bhavesh on 11/04/2011

Terrific example of marketing a local business - authentic and fresh.

ronpass on 10/28/2011

Jimmie, I have highlighted this Wizzley on Backermann's Bakery as an exemplar for marketing small businesses on the site:

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