About Us

The Talbert family

Essie & Olive is a company in Lenoir, NC, owned and operated by locals David and Deanna Talbert. Essie & Olive specializes in gourmet frozen pops made from whole fruit and natural ingredients picked at peak seasonal freshness, and locally sourced when available. We strongly believe in supporting our local growers and producers of high quality ingredients. You can find our pops at local markets and festivals, and in our shop in downtown Lenoir, open June 2017.

Who are Essie & Olive?

“Essie” was Deanna’s mother and “Olive” was David’s grandmother. These women represent the grandmothers, mothers, aunts and caregivers who provided wholesome and healthy food to us all as children, giving us our cherished food memories – those sense memories that bring us home, back to the kitchen where wonderful smells and tastes filled our minds and 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 love a cool sweet treat on hot summer days. Tired of offering them ice pops full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and food colorings, David and Deanna started a little kitchen experimenting to make all natural popsicles from fresh, tasty, local and seasonal ingredients. They pressed the neighborhood kids into service as their original focus group to narrow down the recipes that were truly kid tested and approved. The result? Absurdly delicious pops like our Roasted Blueberry Lemonade, Pineapple Cilantro and Cayenne, Lavender Chocolate, and Roasted Peach, Mango and Jalapeno.

bikeWe at Essie & Olive hope to enhance our community with sensational tastes and wholesome treats at area events and venues. Look for us weekly at the Hickory and Watauga County farmers’ markets, and at our shop in Historic downtown Lenoir. Here, you can not only enjoy our pops, but also find a variety of locally and lovingly produced gourmet food products.