11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tues: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Produce Depot includes a juice and smoothie bar with a café seating area, a coffee bar and a large walk-in
cooler filled with fresh herbs and vegetables that is three times the size of the original store.
There’s also a bakery where fresh breads are made. The bakery portion of the business is run by Rose using some of her family’s recipes. Giardiniera bread, sweet oat bread and focaccia are among the breads made daily along with pies and muffins. Fresh soups and salads are also made on site in the kitchen. They plan to add gluten-free offerings to their product line. “We sell a lot of our baked breads,” said Massaro. “We’ll make 50 loaves and in two hours they are all gone.”
Jean Reinsma, of St. John, visited on a recent afternoon for some salad, soup and a smoothie. Although it’s been open less than two months, word is getting around. Reinsma said she was in a nearby business where a customer was recommending the smoothies and an employee jumped in, telling Reinsma she goes there almost every day for a sandwich. It was Reinsma’s second visit within three days. “I live in St. John and it’s nice to have a place like this so close. For me, I like healthy eating and like to get a healthy smoothie and the kale salad is good. It’s nice and crunchy,” she said. She’d had a green smoothie her first time there and was planning to order one with beet on the second visit. “I heard it’s good for high blood pressure,” she said.
It was the desire to eat well that led the Massaros into the business. “We always ate healthy, not 100 percent organic, but would buy a lot of organic,” said Massaro. “All the GMOs and poisons in food are scaring everyone.”
While not everything you’ll find at Produce Depot is organic, there’s a substantial amount of products labeled organic, which includes fruits, vegetables and meats. Also on the shelves are a full line of whole grains, nuts and dark chocolate. You’ll also find wheat grass powders for adding to smoothies, a large selection of fresh and dried herbs and nitrate-free lunchmeats. The coffee bar serves alcoholic shots in coffee, with about 20 liquors to choose from.
Among the shelves, you also find uncommon vegetables and fruits that you may not see in your local grocery store. “A lemon is a lemon, but there are so many types and sizes,” said Massaro. “We have something called red velvet apricots. I don’t think anyone else carries them. We have Okinawa yams, which are purple on the inside with a white skin. We carry fingerling potatoes.”
Now that we are well into spring and growing season, Massaro said they bring in a lot of local stuff. You’ll already find Michigan asparagus in the store. “That’s the first thing that comes in and then we’ll start with the other fruits – nectarines, peaches and apples,” he said.