Next time you visit the Downtown Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo, you might eventually find yourself at the Downtown Centre, where one of San Luis Obispo’s most successful start-ups still does big business.
Kirk Perron founded Jamba Juice in 1990,when it was known as Juice Club. His hip smoothie store caught on in a big way, and now there are more than 350 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
Much of the organization’s success comes from the product itself: Those smoothies are healthy, filling and yummy. Yet while it’s certainly fun to stop by a Jamba Juice and buy a smoothie, you can also easily make them, largely using produce from your farmers’ market.
The popular Strawberry Surf Rider, for instance, just requires 1/2 cup of peaches, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of lemonade, 1/2 cup of sherbert and 1 cup of ice, blended together.
Piece of cake, right? Except way healthier than cake.
Other recipes might involve more purchases — the Razzmatazz, for example, will require raspberry juice, banana, strawberries and orange sherbert –which will help you better understand the cost of those Jamba Juice favorites. And expect your kitchen to get a little messy.
But making your own smoothie can be fun — and yummy. And with fruit in abundance right now, your local farmers’ market is the best place to stock up on ingredients.
You can find several Jamba Juice recipes online. But, of course, you’re always free to experiment as well.
Did you ever wonder what a Strawberry Surf Rider would taste like with a little banana added? Go for it! And enjoy your Strawberry-Banana Surf Rider.