Hi! I’m Alicia, the owner, founder, and juicer of Harvest Juice Cafe (HJC). Before my husband and I decided to open this business, I was pursuing my second degree in nursing and eager to get involved in health care. After losing my mother-in-love to stage 4 pancreatic cancer and wrestling health issues with other friends and family members, we began forming HJC due to the numerous discoveries of repeated accounts where juice was seen to prevent and reverse disease. Rather than treating people with medicine, my husband and I sought to develop a business that could make vital, raw nutrients accessible and easy. Juicing was the easiest way to flood friends and family FAST with pounds of raw fruits, vegetables, and live plant energy. In order to be the most nutritionally accountable and effective for our customers, HJC has partnered with nutritionists (Krystal Hammett), chiropractors (Chiropractic PLUS), pilates studios (Pilates by KWest), and wellness centers. Our sole hope and purpose for HJC is to combat diseases with nutrition, fight for the wellness of others, and see healthy become an easy way of life!
As people catch on to the explosive testimonies of juicing, we want to provide a simple guide to refer to as you go about purchasing juice. Here is the checklist to ensure you are buying top-quality nutrient-dense juice:
COLD PRESSED: does not destroy enzymes and yields highest nutrient content compared to all other juicing methods
UNPASTEURIZED: heat burns out vitamins and nutrients in pasteurized juices
NON-HPP: high pressure pasteurization extends shelf life yet decreases nutrient benefits. The high pressure also creates a lower heat and changes the structures of enzymes and proteins.
SHELF LIFE OF 3-5 DAYS: if fresh, raw produce goes bad in your fridge quickly, so should its juice. In order to “drink your vitamins,” consume juice no later than 3-5 days after it’s been pressed.
ORGANIC: since many harmful pesticides are on non-organic produce, you do not want to drink non-organic juice as it may also yield a concentration of pesticides. *disclaimer: not all ingredients have to be organic if they have been labeled as clean on the pesticide clean and dirty list*
For juice to be sold in grocery stores, manufacturers are required to pasteurize juice in order to extend shelf-life to one month. FDA law demands that juice undergo a process like HPP or heat pasteurization in order to be distributed wholesale to re-sellers. If the maker is selling direct to consumer, this process is not required.
Outside of fresh squeezed orange juice that they may make in-house, you will not be able to find raw, fresh, organic, non-HPP, unpasteurized, cold-press juice in stores. Both heat and pressure kill live-enzymes, probiotics, and nutrient value of juice. Instead of drinking in vitamins and minerals, you are getting a taste of deadened fruits and vegetables in store-bought juices.
Harvest Juice Cafe uses organic, raw produce, cold-presses it, and then delivers it to the customer for consumption within that week. Since fresh produce expires in the refrigerator, so does the juice. We add nothing to it outside of plants. No sugar, powders, additives, or preservatives. We pack it full in order to provide the customer a full day’s servings of fruits and vegetables. Each 16oz bottle contains 3 pounds or more of organic produce, easily over 8 cups of raw fruits and vegetables.
HJC seeks to make juice affordable and in bulk in order to nourish a maintained healthy lifestyle. Although we are proud of the lush taste of our fresh juices, our goal is to be a life-resource and not a fad or flavor. We have set up our business in a way that will partner long-term with your daily health. We have balanced options and low-glycemic options in order to accommodate various health needs. Below we have listed our discounted cleanses and bulk packages:
1) 3-Day Balanced Cleanse
Veggie, fruit, and smoothie balanced
Great for: detoxing, kickstarting, vitamin intake, nutritional variety, dieting
2) 3-Day Veggie Cleanse
Great for: more intensive detoxing, weight loss boost, illness or inflammation recovery
1) Healthy Life Maintenance (6 PACK BULK PACKAGE)
VEGGIE, FRUIT, SMOOTHIE BALANCED
Great for: individuals or whole family wellness maintenance, desire to implement more fruits and vegetables, weight loss or weight maintenance, vitamin intake, new to juicing, tasting different menu items, kick start to physician-recommended change in diet
2) Healthy Life Maintenance- Low Glycemic (6 PACK BULK PACKAGE)
Great for: heavy detoxing, those that suffer from chronic pain/fatigue/sickness, maximum defense, maximum weight loss, and ultimate healthy lifestyle maintenance for individuals or whole family
3) Meal Replacements/ Post-Workouts (6 PACK AND 4 PACK BULK OPTIONS)
Great for: curbing appetite, plant protein intake