Eating the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day can be a challenge. Preparation and sourcing local, organic produce takes time. When you add a picky eater into the mix, this challenge increases even more. At Lemon Street Market, our goal is to provide healthy options in one convenient location. One easy solution is Rijuice, producers of Lancaster County cold pressed organic juices. With the trademark “Life in a Bottle™” they are setting the standard pretty high.

Life in a Bottle(TM). A beautiful assortment of Rijuice flavors. Photo courtesy of www.rejuice.com

Life in a Bottle (TM). A beautiful assortment of Rijuice flavors. Photo courtesy of www.rijuice.com.

Jam packed with 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables, this grab-and-go juice has no added water, no added sugar, and no preservatives or powdersjust pure produce. Signature flavor combinations such as Sunshine Daydrem (apple/lemon/ginger), A Million Bucks (kale/spinach/apple/lemon), and Walk on the Beach (golden beet/carrot/apple/lemon/ginger) are sure to appeal to event the pickiest eater.

Rijuice is sold in over 40 locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with a few locations in Maryland and New York. This is pretty impressive for a company that only started in 2014.

If you have been following my posts this fall you know I don’t easily throw my money at every organic, local product that comes down the pike. At $5.50 for a 10 fl. oz. bottle, this wasn’t a product I had ever tried. I mean, it’s $5.50 a bottle! Fortunately, one of the perks of blogging is taste testing.

I selected 3 flavorsWalk on the Beach, Sunshine Daydream, and Yugen. I don’t typically tend to gravitate toward raw veggies, preferring them cooked, but Rijuice was really good. There were what I call earthy undertones, but extremely more palatable than wheatgrass juice (which tastes like you are drinking a lawn). Sweetness was not lackingthe apples and pears offer just enough.

Rijuice Sunshine Daydream on the left and Yugen on the right.

Sunshine Daydream (left) and Yugen (right)

When I asked Rijuice’s Ross Martin-Wells what the best way to drink my Rijuice was, he replied “You should certainly drink the juice straight to get the full flavors.” However, I’m very excited to try them as bar mixers. As their website says “…sometimes it may be the healthier route for us to just take the edge off after a long day, give the senses a rest, and slow things down with a cold cocktail at the bar with some friends… refreshing yet relaxing.” Sounds good to me!

As I was writing this post, I asked my 9-year-old to grab the bottle of Sunshine Daydream from the fridge so I could try it. I told her it was lemonade. Guess what? She just walked off with it and I never saw it again! So there you have it9-year-old approved… and I don’t even feel bad that she didn’t eat any veggies for dinner!

Wendy Brister
wbbrister@comcast.net

Wendy Brister is a freelance garden writer and marketing consultant specializing in vegetable gardening, native plants, and sustainable landscaping.



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