LEXINGTON, Ky. – For people who appreciate the importance of consuming raw vegetables but don't have the equipment, much less the time, to squeeze their own fresh vegetable juice, The Weekly Juicery is here to help.
The Weekly Juicery is a local business offering organic, cold-pressed juice. Customers can purchase weekly juice subscription services for pickup or free delivery to the "local juice zone" of zip codes 40502, 40507 and 40508. Delivery to other Lexington zip codes is available for a small tariff. Similar to the "milk man" days of yore, The Weekly Juicery uses glass bottles and porch coolers with a bottle return program. People have been signing up for the morning delivery service since October 2011.
On May 23, 2012, a retail store opened at 436 Old Vine St., serving cold-pressed vegetable juice in 16-ounce glass bottles, along with fresh summer smoothies using blueberries, peaches, strawberries and watermelon. For those looking to transition to vegetable drinks, The Weekly Juicery offers a beet juice-based smoothie called the Pink Door Special. The Weekly Juicery on Old Vine is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Owner Kimmye Bohannon and business partner Elizabeth Beal use organic produce for the juices and smoothies, with as much of it as possible coming from local farmers and producers. During the Kentucky growing season The Weekly Juicery juices kale, beets and cucumbers from Elmwood Stock Farm.
The juicing at The Weekly Juicery is done by hand on a hydraulic cold-press juice machine. "Cold-pressing is tricky and time-consuming but it is the purest and most effective method of juicing," Bohannon said. "It might be the slowest, but hands down it's the best way to extract nutrients from the vegetables."
Cold pressing reduces the amount of leftover pulp from the vegetables. The pulp that does remain is donated on a weekly basis to Seedleaf, a local 501(c)(3) organization that grows and shares food.
The Weekly Juicery's products have a refrigerator shelf life of 72 hours. That's how long the vegetables' enzymes stay well protected and powerful for good health. Food enzymes are necessary for good digestion, which is one of the reasons drinking fresh vegetable juice is so healthful.
TWJ juice concoctions available for home delivery and at the retail store include:
Apple Zinger (apple base)
Carrot With a Twist (carrot base)
Cool Kale Energy (kale base)
Debo's Remedy (beet base)
Green Lemonade (romaine base)
Orange You Happy (beet base)
Spicy Carrot Cider (carrot base)
Sweet Beet Punch (beet base)
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (grapefruit base)
About The Weekly Juicery:
Founded by Kimmye Bohannon in October 2011, The Weekly Juicery is a locally owned business providing freshly juiced vegetables in two forms: a subscription service for weekly delivery within central Kentucky and a retail storefront at 436 Old Vine Street in downtown Lexington.