by Marshall Ward
Is there anything more satisfying than a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast?
“We use locally sourced frozen yogurt, we use whole fruit, frozen fruit and we blend it in our old-school single-armed blender,” says Victoria Martz, owner of Yog ‘N Shake, located in the main building of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
“People really like the fact that it is real, not just puree poured out of a bottle, we make it right here right in front of you just the way you want it.”
Along with smoothies and low-fat frozen yogurt, Yog ‘N Shake serves up fresh salads and wraps with daily specials, preparing healthy food for customers while they wait.
“I always have a special ‘salad of the day’ every market day and we try to use all organic products, and products right here from our market,” says Martz.
“Today’s special is a peach and blueberry spinach salad, which makes for a great combination, and I make all my own dressings. For my blueberry dressing, I chop up the blueberries and put them in a blender with a little bit of shallots, salt and pepper, and olive oil and a little bit of vinegar from our beautiful vendor, Olive DiVine.”
Martz adds, “I’ve been at the market for almost 17 years and I really try to give my booth a homey feel while offering some really healthy options for our customers, many of which are other vendors.”
Martz’s pride in her bustling booth is evident as she greets customers with a warm, welcoming smile.
“We’re in a prime location in the centre of the main market building and we’ve had so many regular customers coming to us over the years,” she says. “Some of them were in diapers when they first tried our smoothies or frozen yogurt, and I’ve seen them grow up and it has been a wonderful experience. We absolutely love it here.”