So after posting up on Facebook about the Kickstarter happening for Rawfully Organic’s Juice project, I had a friend leave the following comment:
I’d be interested to hear more about this. Does she do anything for the community that’s volunteer based? There are already a lot of options for cold pressed juices. I just had some delicious ones at Green Seed Vegan today. I was thinking about the co-op and then I found out the prices, and read some negative yelp reviews. I know you’re awesome, so if you’re supporting this maybe I just got a negative first impression, which was: fad health stuff for rich people. Tell me more!
I started to respond on my phone while lying in bed this morning but when my thumbs started cramping up I realized this may be better suited to a full blown blog post.
First of all, KUDOS to this awesome gal that is keeping an open mind even after reading the “all-powerful” Yelp reviews. And yes, there are a few bad ones. There are currently 9 reviews, 6 of which are “bad” (3, 2, or 1) and 3 of which are 5 stars.
I address this online Review issue from a professional marketing standpoint in another blog post HERE. (This post just got way too long.
Now: about the juice project:
There are already a lot of options for cold pressed juices.
The only juice options of which I know in town are Green Seed and Juice Girl now that Roots is closed. I have not yet had the pleasure of Juice Girl because of the times/location issue so I don’t know what they are juicing or what it’s like, (I hope it is awesome!) however as someone that juices at least once a week, I can say that Green Seed juices, while tasty and delicious (it is my favorite restaurant at the moment!) seem to be either watered down a bit or using a higher percentage of cucumber in their green juices over a denser kale component. (Notice the separation in the juices that have settled in their coolers–there is far too little dense dark green stuff for my purposes. Plus they taste much milder.) This isn’t bad per se, but for me it is like green juice designed to be palatable for the average person who doesn’t typically do serious green juicing for health and cleansing and snack/meal replacement. The Rawfully Organic juices are far more robust (this may be a simple matter of equipment–they have the best available) and intense and have stronger flavors and a denser mouth feel (not pulp just more juice less water). And knowing what I know about Kristina and her passion for this stuff, there is no way she would cut corners or make anything less than the same juice she gives herself.
I was thinking about the co-op and then I found out the prices, and read some negative yelp reviews.
- You do have to stand in line to check off your share (or pay if you didn’t pay online) if there are a bunch of other people there. –usually only two lines are available for “check out”
- Kristina is a warm friendly person that will chat briefly with people and give hugs and if you are in a hurry that might annoy you.
- There are precious few people around to answer questions adequately (most of the volunteers come for the 3 hour set up, then take their share and leave and don’t stick around to answer questions or help the other members. Che sera.)
- Some volunteers are not so gentle with the produce which means a chance of bruising. Kristina tries her best to get folks to be careful but for example last week one of our volunteers was one of those angry frustrated women that just comes across brusque and rude to everyone, and rolled her eyes and made rude noises and comments–it was gross and were I in Kristina’s shoes I probably would have given her a juice and asked her to take the day off–or get lost altogether–or bloodied her nose. But I’m not always the most tolerant of this kind of behavior. She was tossing the oranges and nectarines in the boxes with a vengeance. Kristina finally took her aside and asked her if she was stressed about something with the kind of finesse I only have about half of the time. (I’m working on it!) The woman chilled out with her antics but at least two dozen boxes got nectarines that may have had a bruise and a little angry energy. (I tried to kind of go behind her and check (and put some loving happiness in there!) but I may have missed a few.)
Does she do anything for the community that’s volunteer based?
…maybe I just got a negative first impression, which was: fad health stuff for rich people.
- 2 kale
- 1 romaine
- 1 green leaf
- 2 giant zucchini
- 1 cucumber
- 2 ears corn
- 1 GIANT beet (enough for a full side dish of, say, Harvard beets)
- 2 lg hot house tomatoes
- 1 cantaloupe
- 4 juicing oranges
- 4 nectarines
- 4 peaches
- 4-6 apples (can’t recall we eat a TON of apples in our house)
- 2 pears
- 1 bunch bananas
- and with my 3 points I got
- 1 head celery
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 bunch parsley