It is 2 p.m. on a Wednesday. Most of the work day is behind you and the end of the day is looming just a tad out of reach. You stare at the blinking cursor on your screen as you struggle to keep your eyes open or form a complete thought.
We’ve all been there. It is the afternoon slump and it comes from eating not-so-great stuff at the office all day. You know, that leftover birthday cake, the Diet Coke from the vending machine, the morning donuts, that stash of candy in your drawer left over from Halloween.
“Only an 8-year-old would want to eat the kind of candy that’s in most kinds of offices; people regret it as soon as it hits their lips. Why not a mid-morning snack of a beautiful peach instead?” said Tom O’Connor, owner of Seattle-based Market Fresh Fruit.
We all know we need to eat close to two cups of fruit every day, yet 35 percent of adult Washingtonians report they eat less than one piece of fruit per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without fulfilling this requirement, our bodies lack the dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid that get us through the workday without feeling like the walking dead.
To combat this conundrum, O’Connor delivers an abundance of fresh fruit to businesses in the Greater Seattle area.
“I used to work at the Pike Place Market and I’d see some executives coming down from the high rises to buy fruit and I’d think, ‘This could be a business,’” he said.
These days, O’Connor still spends a great deal of his time at Pike Place Market, only now he’s gathering fruit at the peak of freshness, and taste-testing every peach, plum, and pluot.
O’Connor cultivates a cornucopia of six different fruits for companies looking to improve productivity, morale, engagement, and let’s face it, health. There are apples and bananas in each week’s delivery, but that is where the expected ends. O’Connor is committed to offering customers a wide array of tastes and textures.
The addition of fresh fruit in the workplace has lasting effects on an employee’s health and sometimes even permeates into their home life according to O’Connor.
“The behavior change starts at work and extends to the family,” he said. “The idea is that they tried it at work and didn’t have to pay for it, then they see it in the grocery store and they know how great it is so they bring it home to their families.”
Recently, O’Connor has been working on expanding the company’s delivery foot print, extending further into the South Sound.
“We are currently delivering farm-to-desk, non-GMO, fresh fruit to offices in Kent, and are conducting tasting sessions with companies and organizations interested in our fruit deliveries that are located as far south as Auburn,” O’Connor said. “Since our founding almost 10 years ago, we have created a delivery portfolio of over 175 businesses in the Puget Sound region and are actively looking to expand our delivery routes in the South Sound.”
For more information, check out Market Fresh Fruit’s website and schedule a free, in-office tasting session.