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'Blended' juice bar opens inside Willows Market

Uploaded: Feb 6, 2014
In this Silicon Valley genesis story, there's Google, venture capitalist firms on Sand Hill Road, entrepreneurship ? oh, and juice.

Bushel Whole Blended Juices, which opened up shop inside the Willows Market in Menlo Park on Jan. 27, started as a wife making nutrition-dense vegetable-and-juice drinks for her husband.

"It was kind of a fluke," co-founder Tasneem Manjra said of this morphing into a business. The San Mateo resident was working as an independent consultant at the time.

Manjra's husband's clients starting asking where he got the juices and wanted to buy them, so she said she thought to herself, "Why don't I give it a shot?"

Soon thereafter, Google became client number one. Catering the search engine giant's events lead to selling juice to VCs on Sand Hill Road and eventually, doing individual and corporate deliveries up and down the Peninsula.

"And then recently, Willows was kind enough to give us a spot in the store, so now we've got the juice bar," Manjra said.

At the new brick-and-mortar, you won't find Manjra riding the trendy health wave of cold-pressed juices. As the name suggests, she instead uses a Vitamix blender to create Bushel's whole fruit and vegetable concoctions.

"The thing that's different between us and (other juiceries that cold-press their ingredients) is our juices are all blended, meaning we don't press anything out," she explained.

Current blends include "Sincerely, Green" (kale, spinach orange, lemon, apple and pineapple), "Beets Me" (beet, apple, lemon, pineapple, grapes and ginger), "Avocado Bliss (avocado, fresh almond milk and agave) and "Apple of My Day," a probiotic drink with kale, apple, banana, fresh almond milk and non-fat plain yogurt. It goes without saying that all ingredients used are as organic, local and seasonal as possible.

One menu offering exclusive to the Willows Market spot (not available via delivery) is fresh almond milk made on-site.

The juices are also made on-site in front of customers and come in two sizes/price points: 8-ounce juices for $4.99 and 16-ounces for $7.99. (Almond milk runs for $3.99 and $5.99 for the same sizes.)

Manjra said they're testing out what hours work best with the neighborhood demand, so check Yelp for updated times. Right now Bushel is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The company still offers juice delivery (to your door within an hour of their making), catering and on-site blending.


Bushel Whole Blended Juices
60 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park
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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:41 pm

WOW, cool! If the produce is fresh and they have a good juicer this could be better than what someone can make at home, and avoid the clean up mess and the preparation time ... and the price is pretty good too. I'll have to check this out, thanks! Willows Market is a pretty good place ... although they could freshen up their own produce a bit.

Anyone know what kind of juicer they have?

Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

CrescentParkAnon: It is called juice, but the drinks are blended using a Vitamix.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

Thanks for the info Elena. If I had a choice I'd choose a juicer over a blender because blenders can sometimes leave in too much pulp, which is healthy or course so not that big of a deal, but they also blend air and oxidize the juice which is just OK, but now nutritionally optimal. But blenders are faster of course, and louder.

Do you know if they just sell pre-made or certain recipes or will they make juice to order?

Surprisingly a few years ago I had an old juicer I was about to throw away and thought before I did I'd give it a try. I made a juice from cherries ... which of course was absolutely fantastic, and fantastically expensive too ... but I also made a "green" juice from store bought salad mix - lettuce and spinach, other veggies and some apple. I thought I'd take one sip, go "blecchk" and say adios to that old juicer, but surprisingly I really liked the green juice.

Now I drink it without even putting fruit in to sweeten it, in fact I prefer that. For me though, it just has to be really fresh. I've seen the $9 and up juices at Whole Foods and elsewhere, in the cute plastic bottles, but those weak and thin concoctions just do not really capture what green juice is and many fruit juices are close to soda pop in sugar content.

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