They sold out just after noon, and we thought we were about to see two grown men cry as they realized they were in line behind the buyer of the last box of cookies. Burgireno quickly gave them a Ham ’N Goodys card and explained they can preorder next time to make sure they get what they want.
Many locals probably aren’t familiar with the Knoxville must-try, but obviously many are and were happy to see the tent, Ritchie, Burgireno, and the cookies and tea cakes.
“Most people who’ve visited already knew who we are,” Burgireno said. “And that just blew my mind. We’ve got name recognition, even up here.”
If you’ve never heard of Ham ’N Goodys and their famous, shipped-all-over-the-world iced lemon cookies, let us tell you this:
• Ham ’N Goodys opened in 1978 on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. It’s fame came first from hams, lunchtime sandwiches and sweets in general.
• The iced lemon cookies, which local tasters told us Wednesday are the perfect combination of tangy and sweet, have long been Ham ’N Goodys’ most popular item.
• There’s only one Ham ’N Goodys, located today at 314 Northshore Drive in Knoxville. It’s open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• You can place orders online for shipping to your home.
• But now, at least once a month, Kingsport and Johnson City residents won’t have to wait for home delivery.
• Last month, Ham ’N Goodys sent a tent crew to Kingsport and set up shop in the Berry’s parking lot at 460 W. Center St. and sold out —275 dozen cookies and 45 tea cakes — in about two hours.
• Cookies are $12 a dozen, iced lemon or assorted (which includes three each of iced lemon, chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar). Tea cakes (almond glazed, chocolate glazed, and salted caramel glazed) are $4.50 each — and they sold out of 30 in less than 15 minutes on Wednesday. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
• Going forward, the Ham ’N Goodys tent will be at Berry’s Pharmacy the second Wednesday of each month through November and at the Consumer Credit Union parking lot on North Roan Street (near The Mall) on the fourth or last Wednesday of each month. The hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — or until sold out. And if you preorder, you must pick up by noon.
• Johnson City is as far north as Ham ’N Goodys has sent temporary tents, and Chattanooga is as far south as they’ve gone.
For more, including ordering information, visit www.hamngoodys.com.