I don’t recall when I encountered my first smoothie or why I felt compelled to drink it, but I’m sure it was back in the days when I needed to consume sugar to stay awake while working long hours. I’ve been told I’m a smoothie, but I’m not sure that’s a compliment either.
I grew up on the plains of Illinois in the land of Lincoln, and the local farmers and factory workers were serious coffee drinkers. You never saw these grown, hard men sitting around sipping smoothies and talking about their choirs, farms, relationships, and challenges. Smoothies definitely weren’t part of my early childhood.
Now, I live on the top of a small mountain in Tennessee, where we are surrounded by small towns with small smoothie shops. I love wandering into these quaint establishments and listening to the sounds, savoring the aroma of the fruit, sugar, and vegetables, and a friendly smile and hearing the latest news and gossip.
In any case, I hope you enjoy my public collection of news and research about smoothie shops and the people that keep them running.