Good stuff for good people: Green Elephant Juicery brings fresh-pressed organic juices to the Vail Farmers’ Market
Editor’s note: This article appears as part of a series about vendors at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show. The series will run throughout the summer.
Green Elephant juicery’s newest product is a bright teal that doesn’t necessarily look like it’s all natural. But with fresh pear, cucumbers, mint, lemon and blue-green algae that gives it that color blended inside, it has the same tangy, all-natural punch that all the juices have.
While Green Elephant’s products are available in samples and in ready-to-drink bottles at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, they’re also available in three Vail Valley locations in Avon, Lionshead Village and on North Frontage Road in Vail. Everything is pressed in Avon, and this year, the juicer struck a deal with Natural Grocers, which now carries Green Elephant products across Colorado and in 17 other states. This month, Green Elephant products hit King Soopers’, and a new shop is due to open in Denver soon.
All produce is 100% organic, and is cold-pressed the night before they’re sold in the shop. They’re not pasteurized, so while that means the shelf life is shorter, it also means that valuable nutrients and enzymes from the fruit and veggies actually stay in the product.
The most popular blend is the Cal-G Kick, which blends apples, carrots, ginger and lemon together for morning cleansing or an any-time kick.
Green Elephant recently rolled out a new local online delivery program as well. Thirsty customers can log onto the website, order juice and have it delivered to home or work in under an hour. Delivery fees are tiered based on distance from the shop, which starts at $5 for EagleVail and Avon; $10 for Vail, West Vail, Minturn, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Wildridge, Morning Star, Edwards, Arrowhead and Singletree and $15.00 for East Vail, Lake Creek, Cordillera and Wolcott.
Osha Groetz has owned Green Elephant Juicery with her husband, Matthew, since December 2014.
“We really do try to hide the healthy stuff,” she said. “We put a lot into our brand and we’re trying to bring good stuff to good people.”