Verde Food Company (www.verdefood.com) has opened a second storefront just off of Santa Fe’s historic Plaza this week. The cold-pressed juice company has added breakfast and lunch to its grab-and-go menu, and will open its doors at 105 E. Marcy Street on Wednesday, March 16 in the space formally occupied by Ecco Gelato.
The menu now includes a selection of hot beverages, like an almond milk latte made with Verde’s house-made almond milk and an antioxidant tea made with fresh lemon, ginger and turmeric juice. Patrons can also pick up a healthy breakfast or lunch. Examples include chia seed pudding, overnight oats with roasted apples, fresh spring rolls with spinach peanut sauce, and a kale tortilla wrap with coconut hummus, to name a few.
Verde opened its first location at 851 W. San Mateo in November 2014. Founder Kelly Egolf launched the company after recovering from a jaw surgery that left her unable to chew for four months. “My doctor told me I had to get all of my nutrition from Ensure, which is high-fructose corn syrup with synthetic vitamins and minerals.” Instead, she designed juice recipes for her own recovery with only fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.
The decision to offer breakfast and lunch came in response to customer demand. “I was surprised by how many requests we got for quick, nutritious food to go with our juice. If you’re on the go in Santa Fe, there aren’t many options unless you want drive-through fast food or are willing to brave a crowded grocery store parking lot.” By opening on the Plaza, Verde hopes to offer a truly healthy alternative for busy professionals and tourists alike.
Like all things Verde, chef Lizz Redman designed the menu to incorporate local ingredients with maximum nutritional benefit. “Our Verde Wrap is a handmade kale tortilla filled with locally grown sprouts and our own coconut hummus. We crack open our coconuts every day, so it’s fresh without any preservatives. And the tortilla is also made fresh with kale juice and heritage grains grown responsibly and milled right here in New Mexico.”
Sourcing local foods is only one of the social missions of Verde’s lifestyle brand. Zero-waste is a goal that permeates every aspect of the food company, which generates a staggering 2,500 pounds of juice pulp every week. Verde’s kitchen partners with the nonprofit Reunity Resources to compost all of its food waste. Juice is served in reusable and refundable glass bottles and now all of the food packaging is also compostable.
The main location in Midtown Santa Fe is already serving the new menu. The company will continue to make all of its food and juice there, where it employees 19 staff members. Later this month, the San Mateo store will also get a makeover to go with the new food. Both locations are open every day.
About Verde Food Company
Verde Food makes it easier to enjoy fresh, nutritious food without compromise. Made daily, its delicious juice and nut milks are naturally high in fiber, protein and omegas, all from 100% plant-based ingredients. Grab-and-go meals at Verde are crafted for optimum nutritional value, using only the highest ingredients. The company aspires to affect change around nutrition and local food economy. Verde strives to be a zero-waste business model with a unique approach to responsible sourcing.