The first Stockdale’s store opened in June 2006 in Hixson, Tennessee, but the story of Stockdale’s begins much earlier. In 1945, farmers across the state came together to form the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC). Their goal was to ensure that the individuals closely connected with the land and local community would be the ones to supply goods to the people living, working, and growing in those communities. TFC was committed to the towns and rural areas they served to provide quality products backed by experience gained through generations of farming families.
As time passed, the connection between local farmers and those communities waned, and with it, the connection to the land and community focus the local farmers sought to protect more than 70 years ago.
Banding together again, the Hixson Stockdale’s store opened to reconnect with the local farming community, both rural and increasingly urban, and spread the same co-op values—sharing knowledge, products and support with integrity—that TFC started with long ago.