Fresh quality fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of healthy living; and we are lucky to have dedicated produce companies ensuring that the veggie supply chain remains unbroken. Based in Everett, Shawn’s Produce is indeed a company that gives a personal touch and dedicated effort in getting exemplary produce to the best markets and restaurants of the greater Seattle Area. You can see their brightly animated trucks buzzing around the region ensuring that our fine dining experience is filled with the right kind of fresh vitamin-bearing edible plants. And with cute veggie cartoon graphics on their trucks, they’ve made it fun and entertaining for the public while deliveries are made.
Most produce companies don’t make it in the long haul because the logistics are too complex. Shawn’s has been getting the process right for decades and their track record has won over many dedicated customers. Produce companies have to take a risk with their inventory because if they don’t receive it and move it on schedule — they are in big economic trouble. We often don’t give much thought to what was required to grow the quality veggie, get that head of lettuce out of the soil, into a processing and packaging plant, into crates, out into a truck, into a warehouse, and then repackaged and shipped to the grocery store or restaurant.
Any misstep in the process will cause mayhem with the quality, and that leads to a worthless shipment. It’s like transporting slow-melting snowballs — wait too long and you won’t have anything worth delivering. You can see why one of the animated graphics on the side of their new building location is a tomato in a full sprint with converse running shoes! Beyond the quality, the logistical timing is everything.
Many a child has pointed in excitement at the fun animated graphics on the side of Shawn’s delivery trucks — and even on its building. As one Everett mother put it, “I credit my daughter’s new love for vegetables to the graphics she saw on the truck. She’s only five and wouldn’t touch a cucumber. Now she wants to eat the veggie that looks like the cucumber man she saw.”
Unlike any other products, perishable foods have a short shelf life and literally can become worthless overnight. No one wants a rotten apple, an over-ripe banana, or lettuce with brown spots. But Executive Chefs at the top restaurants have to be ten times more critical because the reputation of their eating establishment hinges on the quality of the food they serve. Shawn’s has earned a solid reputation for being able to deliver that quality consistently.
If you take a gander the company website which is http://www.shawnsproduce.com/, you can see testimonials from the region’s top Chef’s including Salty’s Executive Chef Jeremy McLachlan in which he states, “One of our secrets to providing a great dining experience is absolutely the freshest produce available. Shawn’s has always been a partner we can count on to deliver what we want when we need it. Their crew always goes the extra mile helping us sustain the quality Salty’s customers have come to expect.”
It is important that residents of Everett take pride in businesses that make an important contribution to increasing the quality of life in our region. Shawn’s produce is a business that does exactly that. So the next time you are eating that incredible salad on that special anniversary dinner, take pride in the fact that one of Everett’s own is helping place the quality into that taste treat. Everett Source would like to thank Shawn’s for helping our community eat and live better. Let’s lift our tomato juice classes and toast Shawn’s Produce — an Everett company that makes the community of Everett a better place to live and work. So the next time you see a Shawn’s Produce truck, give the driver a wave and a thumbs up!