by KATHERINE BLESSIS
Earlier this year, the South Shore welcomed The Juice Barn, the area’s first 100 percent organic juice bar. Today, this family business continues to grow and encourage locals to live healthier lifestyles through the foods they eat and drink.
Owners Allison and Jacob Barnes started the raw, cold-pressed juice bar to help their community (including their two young girls), learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and prevent nutritional related deficiencies, illnesses, and diseases. They are committed to the community they serve, and even offered free juice to anyone going through cancer, or who was in remission, during a cancer awareness drive in April.
Many of the ingredients used in the juice bar are sourced from right here, on the South Shore. Before opening The Juice Barn, the Barnes family participated in an organic CSA from Colchester Neighborhood Farm in Plympton. The farm now provides The Juice Barn with fresh vegetables and herbs like beets, romaine, kale, parsley, cilantro, ginger, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, and radishes. Colchester is even growing dedicated rows of vegetables for the The Juice Barn.
Their local effort does not stop there. The Juice Barn has also recently started working with Norwell Farms, who is in the process of obtaining their organic certification. Additionally, Allison said South Shore Organics provides local, organic produce for her company when they are in a produce pinch.
Allison also said if a harvest was too bountiful, any of the three produce providers offer the extras to The Juice Barn, which they use for “surprise seasonal juices and smoothies”.
Allison said, “It is actually remarkable how many organic farms the Southeastern MA is home to!” Although she wishes she could get everything locally, she admits “there is likely not a day of the week you won’t see a Juice Barn employee at Whole Foods buying bananas or pineapples.” Still, as far as possible, the ingredients going into her smoothies are all locally-grown.
In addition to serving organic juices and smoothies, The Juice Barn sells other items such as local raw honey, organic vitamins, and coffee. They also have holistic nutritionists and health coaches on staff, regular nutrition classes, and a wellness practice called Heyday Holistic Health.
Locally-grown, organic and delicious. Really, what more could you ask for?
The Juice Barn
412 Washington Street
Norwell, MA 02061
Katherine Blessis, an intern at edible SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH COAST, is a junior at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business. Katherine enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking.