About Us

The Talbert family

Essie & Olive, located in downtown Lenoir, NC, owned and operated by locals David and Deanna Talbert. Essie & Olive strongly believes in supporting local growers and producers of high quality ingredients, specializing in gourmet frozen and functional food pops made from whole fruit and natural ingredients picked at peak seasonal freshness.  You can find E&O pops at local markets, festivals, and the pop shop in downtown Lenoir, NC.

 Essie & Olive…What’s in a name?

Essie was Deanna’s late mother and Olive was David’s late grandmother. Women who are representative of the grandmothers, mothers, aunts and caregivers who provided wholesome and healthy food to us all as children, creating our cherished food memories – sense memories which bring us home, back to the very kitchen where wonderful smells and tastes filled our minds, hearts, and bellies with love.

David & Deanna

David & Deanna met in Nashville, Tennessee, a hub for music and food, two of their shared passions. While in Nashville, they worked for an inspirational and honored chef, Margot McCormack. She embraced a “farm to table” approach to cooking long before this became the norm among chefs of her caliber. She, and a few others, nurtured a respect for fresh, simple and beautiful food that tastes amazing. These inspiring people also emphasized the importance of knowing the origins of your food, developing a relationship with your farmers, and understanding your food’s journey from earth to table.

Today, the Talberts are the parents of four amazing children who, like all kids, love a cool sweet treat on hot summer days. Tired of offering them ice pops full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors/ingredients, David and Deanna started a little kitchen experiment making all natural popsicles from fresh, delicious, local and seasonal produce. They pressed the neighborhood kids into service as their original focus group to identify flavors which were truly kid tested and approved. The result? Absurdly delicious pops like Roasted Blueberry Lemonade, Pineapple Cilantro with Cayenne and Lavender Chocolate.

bike Essie & Olive strives to bring a bit of joy to its community with sensational tastes and wholesome treats. You can find them at area special events and venues or  weekly at the Downtown Hickory and Watauga County farmers’ markets and Wilkesboro Open Air Market. We are always available at our shop in Historic downtown Lenoir. Here, you can not only enjoy amazing pops, but also find a variety of locally and lovingly produced gourmet food products and local fine art.