by Marshall Ward
There’s a vibrant energy that radiates from Produce Express, which has two locations within the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
Everything alive and colorful — bright, ripe fruits and fresh vegetables, from lush purple plums, peaches, grapes, mangos, and cherries to avocado, corn, carrots, beans, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Behind the counter too, the place is brimming with energy — attentive young staff members who are wise beyond their years in customer service.
Retail manager Mike Rysken cultivates that lively spirit at Produce Express, and customers have come to appreciate it.
Rysken employs mostly teenaged staff who bring a natural energy and enthusiasm to the market. “I think it’s very important to give young people an opportunity to have a job,” he says. “I really value the enthusiasm and passion that young people bring. We’re here to sell lots of fruits and vegetables, but at the same time we’re here to have fun and create a great customer experience.”
Both locations of Produce Express operate year-round in the market building, and outdoors spring through fall.
In the summer, Ryksen said their strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are the best-selling items. “We get big crowds, with people coming from all around because they love our berries.”
Ryken’s voice soars over the hustle and bustle of the outdoor market: “Get your berries here, four for 10, super sweet berries, folks, come on by — what a deal!”
Next time you’re in search of delicious, healthy, farm-fresh produce, head to Produce Express at the market. You’ll feel the energy too.