Eryn Boone said that after receiving a juicer as a wedding gift, she was hooked.
She and her husband Jackson Boone took their passion for mixing raw, high-nutrient foods and two months ago opened Nourish Juice Bar, the fourth installment at Judith Stokes’ four-cart pod at the corner of Duane and 11th streets.
Nourish’s menu includes several vegan juices, smoothies and bowls filled with eclectic blends of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, bee pollen and coconut milk and water. Some feature exotic “superfood” powders, from noni fruit and moringa leaves to spirulina algae.
The couple says there is no pretense toward the need to be vegan, which they made the cart to avoid food allergies and appeal to a wide audience.
“Really, the main idea is to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies,” Eryn said.
“It’s light, too,” Jackson added. “Everything we serve is not heavy. It will give you sustaining energy, because there’s fruits and vegetables in it, for several hours. But it won’t feel heavy on the gut or your mood.”
Nourish also offers small nutritional “Flu” and “Be Well” shots of lemon, lime, ginger, turmeric and cayenne powder.
After being priced out of Portland, the couple relocated to Astoria late last year. They frequented their next-door neighbor Good Bowl, a juice cart turned into a kitchen turning out mixes of beans, rice, fresh produce, cheeses, handmade sauces, eggs and avocado. The Boones reached out to Stokes, a Portland food cart veteran who started the pod outside her Flourine & Co. apothecary with ethnic addition Snackle Box. The pod also includes comfort food cart DJ’s Vinyl Vegan.
Jackson said the most interesting and expensive part of starting Nourish was turning a beat-up trailer on Craigslist into a food cart.
“We took an Uber for like three hours through a snowstorm to buy this outside of Portland, which was by far the most expensive cab ride I’ve taken in my entire life,” he said.
The Boones say they were surprised at their ability to immediately start making a living off of the juice bar, which they hope to eventually make a brick-and-mortar shop.