Melissa Driscoll Krol: New juice bar opens in Crofton

Rutabaga, a juice bar and vegan restaurant, has just opened in Carver Square, located on Route three North in Crofton.

The eating place is a second area for owners Stacey and Jim Heywood who opened their Annapolis area in October 2015.

“We agree with we had been referred to as to create healthful, on hand food that is approachable and not using a pretense,” Jim Heywood said. “This is smooth, healthy, humble food, not fancy meals.”

Rutabaga’s juices do now not offer a ‘miracle’ therapy, alternatively, a brand new, wholesome option neighborhood citizens had been trying to find.

“Our juices are built on flavor,” Jim Heywood said. “We provide complete meals that taste top and is obvious. We spend quite a few time growing and making tricky and thrilling tastes.”

They consider their juices, kombuchas, sandwiches, and bowls, is suit for everybody from carnivores to paleo dieters to vegans.

“Flavor is our fundamental challenge,” Jim Heywood said. “We want meals to deliver pleasure on your existence. We are exceptional transparent with all our components.”

Indeed, each object within the complete restaurant, whether or not taken from the snatch and pass case or ordered off the menu, have each ingredient listed.

The Heywoods also are dedicated to helping neighborhood corporations, lots of that are handiest available at farmers markets.

Rutabaga makes use of Michele’s Granola from Timonium, Clinger’s Naturals nuts and nut butter from Salisbury, Lord Byron’s honey and bee pollen from Thurmont, kimchi and sauerkraut from The Preserve restaurant in Annapolis and Oksana’s Produce Farm in Chestertown. All of Rutabaga’s kombuchas also are made by using local brewers from four special places, Baltimore, Federalsburg, Ocean City and Charlottesville, Virginia.

“We use nearby ingredients despite the fact that it’s extra high-priced,” stated Jim Heywood. “We spend extra on excessive nice products because it makes everything flavor higher.”

People have said to the Heywoods that they are an ‘area of interest’ eating place, but they disagree.

“The way we devour isn’t niche,” stated Stacey Heywood. “It’s true that all of us wants and needs [in Crofton]. We offer clean, healthy alternatives for people and by means of being impartial we are able to evolve fast. There’s little or no like us here.”

“The reality that we replaced burger vicinity (Five Guys) is a testimony to the manner the food enterprise goes and what human beings are excited about,” said Stacey Heywood. “It isn’t niche. It’s what people have been watching for.”

While a few might also scoff at a green juice, Stacey Heywood has a project for nay-sayers: “Just replace one cup of morning coffee for a green juice for one week and notice how you experience. People are nearly always transformed.”

“(Green juice) is a superb strength booster, particularly on an empty stomach and complete of micronutrients,” stated Jim Heywood.

An $8.50 charge tag for one juice might also strike a few as excessive, but one has to bear in mind that three kilos of produce go into each juice. “It might take you 5 hours to consume that plenty,” said Jim Heywood. “We are concentrating nutrients.”

“It’s the equal factor as juicing at domestic without the attempt,” stated Stacey Heywood. “It is value compared to what you would do at home.”

Rutabaga gives extra than simply eight unique kinds of juices, every differing in greens, herbs, and fruit inside the cooler case, sparkling salads and overnight oats, every made clean every day, is available for a fast chunk to consume.

For diners with greater time, one can buy 8 special sorts of smoothies, eight unique varieties of bowls and 4 unique varieties of toasts, all made fresh within the viewable kitchen. Kombuchas are also on tap.

Blends are smoothies created in a taste for every temper, which include ‘Breakfast’ with oats, almond butter, bananas and spices, fresh blends like the ‘Green Zinger’ and ‘Berried,’ or maybe dessert with their ‘Peanut Butter Power Chocolate’ Blend.

Bowls have a thick smoothie base with a completely unique topping that provides crunch and another flavor detail.

The PB&J bowl is Stacey Heywood’s favorite: “It tastes much like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

For simplest $5.50 a diner can get one of 4 ‘Toasts.’ Two are fruity and are veggie based totally, all on vegan bread. The salads ($7.50) are made fresh every morning range in flavors from Southwest or That to Super Greek or Chickpea.

“At the core, this meals has to taste top,” said Stacey Heywood. “That’s what makes it sustainable and what makes people maintain coming lower back.”

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