Ocean Ave Pops is the brainchild of Josh Danoff, the owner of Culinary Cruisers, a wildly popular bike/kombucha bar that serves as a pop-up watering hole at local farmers' markets and food events. Launched in May, the fruit ice pops are manufactured in Somerville and often feature local ingredients.
"We are still in our infancy, but we've created this product that didn't exist in Boston," explained Danoff.
Josh and his team pair up interesting fruits, vegetables, and herbs to create one of a kind pops, such as watermelon-blueberry-basil and grilled pineapple with burnt sugar and lime zest. They buy locally when they can and have formed a unique partnership with Groundwork Somerville to source Somerville-grown basil and mint. Teens from Groundwork Somerville's Green Team grow and harvest the herbs at gardens around town, including the Growing Center and local schools.
Ocean Ave Pops is committed to supporting the local food community and small businesses in Boston. "One of the coolest things we do is get to partner with local businesses and organizations and to develop a pop specifically for them," said Danoff. Their cherry limeade pop was created for Zagat to match the iconic books' red cover.
Ocean Ave Pops are in the midst of creating a Boston foodie themed pop that features ingredients from big players in Boston's local food scene: pickled grapes from Grillo's Pickles, cucumbers from Stillman Farms, and Groundwork Somerville's mint. They are also partnering with Pretty Things Beer to create a limited edition pop for the Somerville Fluff Festival and creating fall-themed pops for the Boston Local Food Fest and the Boston Public Market.
Sustainability isn't limited to their ingredients. The central location of their Somerville production facility makes it convenient for the staff to hop on the bike to head over to the farmers' markets.
After talking about the hours of hard work that's gone into the business, Danoff reflects, "We have arrived." Indeed they have. In style and on a sweet bike.
Ocean Ave Pops are available at farmers' markets in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.
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