Stewart’s provided the refreshment for March’s meeting of the Annapolis Valley Refresh Group (see what I did there?). Sadly, said meeting conflicted with my Running Group and neither Group was willing to move to accommodate my tasting requirements. Oh, the humanity. Nonetheless, as soon as I was finished running, I hopped into my car and sped from Centreville to Wolfville (and by “sped” I mean, of course, that I drove carefully, following the posted legal speed limit and obeying all the traffic signs).
I arrived at the meeting and Mike came toward me with a slightly sheepish look on his face. It seems the ever-varying numbers at Refresh were surprisingly high that month and, as a result, Stewart’s had underestimated how much smoothie-goodness to provide. And who turns down a smoothie? That’s right – NO ONE.
Mike managed to restrain himself enough to provide me with about 2 Tbsp of Blueberry Smoothie. It was delicious and tantalizing. I choked back sobs as I drove home. I would have sobbed even harder if he’d told me I’d missed out on meeting the lovely youngest member of the Stewart’s Farming “family”.
Luckily, tiny woman and I were soon able to bring ourselves to the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and procure Smoothies for our own darn selves! Clara chose mixed berry (a blend of equal parts strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry), and I chose strawberry. It seems Clara has her finger on the pulse of the Stewart’s Shoppers as Al tells me Mixed Berry is their most popular flavour.
And now for the inside info: if you remember last year’s sad strawberry supply, you (wink wink) should know that if you have a hankering for a strawberry Smoothie: ACT FAST (nudge nudge).
Al provided me with an equally lively explanation of the history of Stewart’s Smoothie production. It seems that about 4 years ago the Stewarts were faced with a dilemma: what to do with crud1-free berries that go bad very quickly? Toss them into the freezer and make delicious Smoothies, of course! Their bumper crop is your good fortune, really.
I kind of have a thing about Smoothies. Well, I have a thing about replacing meals with Smoothies. Especially when the Smoothies are filled with junk. Let me be the first to reassure you, there is zero percent junk in these Smoothies (just kidding about “the first” part – Stewart’s was Organic before you decided it was hip and they are more committed to it than your hip is to holding your leg up. Okay, so that metaphor got away from me a little). The Smoothies are 100% CERTIFIED Organic and 100% fill-you-to-the-brim delicious. I didn’t eat again until supper. Al tells me that he considers the Smoothies more of a treat, in any case, but you can be the judge of that!
Tiny woman also inadvertently dropped the last eighth, or so, of her Smoothie all over a lovely young woman named Emma and her craft booth. The good people of the Wolfville Farmer’s Market are very kind and helpful with cleanup. I was very embarrassed. Clara wanted another Smoothie. I decided to avoid more carnage and declined. I’m therefore also able to tell you that the Smoothies have excellent coverage (including Tiny Woman’s tights, pictured here).
Bonus portion of this post – for the most part, I re-worked Al’s answers to my questions…but this exchange was too good not to share:
Do you have a fail-proof method for keeping bits of smoothie out of your teeth?
Good point, we need to smack the heck out of the smoothies to get the blueberry skins as small as possible. On a positive note, the bits and pieces that get by us are proof that there are actually real things in the smoothies. You won’t have that problem at the fast food joints in their products which “contain real fruit”.
Stewart’s has a permanent location at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market, “On the other side of the wall from TAN Coffee, and across the market from Just Us Coffee.” They can also be tracked down online on Twitter: @StewartsOrganic, on Facebook, and at their very own site: www.stewartsorganicfarm.com