Jar’d Makes Salads and Juices Cute and Convenient
Served in Mason jars at farmers markets, this line of cold-pressed juices and layered salads is perfect for grab-and-go meals.
Michelle Ching, owner of Jar’d, holding up a mason jar of almond milk ($10) made with almonds, filtered water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dates and sea salt, at the Pearlridge Farmers Market.
Photos: Courtesy of Pearlridge Farmers Market
Let’s be honest: Sometimes we’re too lazy to make breakfast. Or lunch. Or sometimes dinner. I’ve resorted to a bowl of cereal or a bag of chips at times to replace an entire meal.
I decided maybe I should consider juicing. Or, at least, buying juices.
While researching different local juices, I came across Jar’d, a new line of cold-pressed juices sold at various farmers markets. (I found it at the Pearlridge Farmers Market on Saturday morning.) Owner Michelle Ching sources organic ingredients locally to make tasty 16-ounce juices in Mason jars, sold for $10 each.
Flavors include the best-selling Sweet Green (with kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger) and my favorite, Citrus Sunrise (with pineapple, apple and mint). She also makes two shots—a straight-up ginger shot or the popular Wellness shot with ginger, turmeric, lemon, honey and cayenne pepper—for $3 each.
“I wanted to offer the community a way to eat healthy on the go but also provide the best quality ingredients,” explains the 27-year-old health and fitness enthusiast originally from Colville, Washington. “From the glass packaging to the produce we use, quality and convenience were my inspiration behind the business.”
Ching’s lineup of juices, all sold in mason jars.
While it seems juices are her specialty, Ching actually started off selling salads out of Mason jars. Her Fiesta Salad ($12.50) is another favorite of mine, with layers of taco-flavored turkey meat, salsa, sour cream, grape tomatoes, black olives, black beans, lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese. (Salads are sold in 24-ounce jars, except for the parfait.)
She got the idea two years ago while walking the aisles of Walmart and seeing glass mason jars.
“It hit me right there,” she says. “Layered salads in Mason jars! Thus, the name Jar’d was born.”
From left, the parfait features Greek yogurt with blueberries, papaya and granola, and the Fiesta Salad is bascially a taco salad (using lean turkey meat) in a mason jar.
Photo: Catherine Toth Fox
At the time, Ching was a full-time fine-art consultant at Wy’s Galleries in Hale‘iwa, so she worked on developing this business in her spare time. In January 2017, she started selling her jarred salads at small farmers markets on the North Shore. After several months of selling salads, Ching’s brother, Kaleo, bought her a cold-press juicer—a fairly substantial investment, as commercial-grade machines can cost thousands of dollars—and she moved into juices.
“After that, the business started growing rapidly,” she says.
In May 2017, she left her job at the gallery and devoted all her time to her business. She even hired an employee. Today, she sells, on average, between 300 and 400 juices and salads a week. She’s currently creating a new parfait/salad bar concept that she’ll test at the farmers markets and a new line of green juices, elixirs and shots to add to the menu.
“The goal this year is to invest into a bigger cold pressed juice machine that can produce in higher volume so we can pick up more retail shops to make it more convenient for our community to get their juice fix throughout the week,” Ching says. “Within the next few years, I plan to expand Jar’d into a healthy drive-thru concept offering our line of cold pressed juice and salads.”
We’ll be waiting.
Find Jar’d from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ka Makana Ali‘i Farmers Market (91-5431 Kapolei Parkway), 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Hale‘iwa Farmers Market (59-864 Kamehameha Highway), 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Pearlridge Farmers Market (98-1001 Moanalua Road), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the North Shore Country Market (59 Kamehameha Highway) and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sundays at the KailuaTown Farmers Market (315 Ku‘ulei Road), or at HI Cravings at Ka Makana Ali‘i (91-5431 Kapolei Parkway), Red Barn Farmstand in Hale‘iwa (66-320 Kamehameha Highway) and the Sunrise Shack (59-158 Kamehameha Highway). jardhawaii.com.