2 Fruits exemplifies the true spirit of the Hollywood Farmers Market. Their juices use produce made available by the farmers at the market as well as surrounding farmland. I decided to “dig a little deeper” and find out more about these two women and their amazing business!
Share your 2 Fruits mission with us…
Our mission as 2 Fruits is a dedication to connecting with local farmers to produce the freshest juices and smoothies, providing customers with the mouthwatering flavors of the Pacific Northwest’s bountiful harvest.
What makes you stand out from all the other juice slingers out there?
Here at 2 Fruits we don’t just sling drinks and we aren’t the year round strawberry banana shop either. Our menu goes through changes based on the availability of ingredients here in the greater Portland area and its surrounding farmlands. We work closely with the farmers at the Hollywood Farmers Market and other local grocers to provide to highest quality of product to our customers. We care about our ingredients, down to the nutrient content (not to mention flavor profile and visual appeal) and we love sharing this information with our customers. We are 2 Fruits…we don’t just sell “good for you stuff”, we consider our beverages as “elixirs” with multivitamin high potency gold star super nutrition.
What inspires your creations? How do you both collaborate in creating flavors?
When we sit down to create our menu there is a lot to plan and consider. We each have different points of inspiration and motivation. In Amber’s words, “I personally like to dissect vitamins and minerals for health purposes and then string fruit and vegetables around that; pairing content with food.” My thought, “I LOVE juice. My inspiration comes from personal cravings and favorite foods. Sometimes I’m inspired by a salad, other times decadent desserts and when I’m in an amazing mood I get REALLY hungry and creative.”
What does it take to run a small business like this?
Our journey into the Hollywood Farmers Market can be described as a marathon…a year long marathon full of challenges and accomplishments. We fund it, build it and run it. The calluses, cuts, stress, sleep deprivation are all normal routine. We pushed to make deadlines with only minutes to spare and some we didn’t make and had to pay the toll. The easy part…the idea, inspiration and dedication.
Please look into this crystal ball and tell us your future!
The future of 2 Fruits is…the future, and we don’t want to spoil the surprises. Just keep your eye out the next time you’re on Facebook and Kickstarter.
-by Erin Houlihan, HFM Volunteer