LOUDONVILLE — It’s business as usual at Jill’s Produce stand.
"People are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air," owner Jill Young said. "They want fresh fruits and vegetables. Our stand is definitely open air, and quality produce is still my top priority."
Open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jill’s Produce is located next door to Out on A Limb Antiques Shoppe at 15285 Ohio 3, about four miles east of Loudonville. Young can be reached by phone at 419-282-1135 to answer any questions customers might have.
She also takes canning orders and freezing orders, and offers quantity discounts.
New this year is a Facebook page for Jill’s Produce that will provide information on the store and provide recipes to use with produce.
"I have been very pleased with the response to our Facebook page," Young said. "The answer to an often-asked question for us is ‘yes, we do accept credit cards.’ "
Regarding her hours, opening at 10 a.m., Young said "I don’t open earlier because I do many of my runs for product early in the morning. I often have to sit and wait for produce, especially sweet corn, to be picked. I need time to get back to the stand and unload it, guaranteeing freshness."
Again this year Patty Spreng and Grace Scarberry are helping Young at the stand. They help unload, stock and wait on customers and cover the stand while Jill makes additional produce runs.
Among the produce items available at Jill’s are tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers and onions, along with a variety of other vegetables. Fruits offered include apples, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, plums, cantaloupes and watermelons.
"I add to the product list as the season goes on, so what is displayed varies almost weekly," Young said.
Among her most popular items are the Tennessee tomatoes, which arrive at the stand in mid-May; contender peaches; and super sweet sweet corn.
"I’ve already had customers ask when these items will be available, especially the Tennessee tomatoes," Young said.
Returning this season are items from Gerber Nursery and Landscaping.
"Their display of shrubs, plants and hanging baskets gives our stand a fresh, bright look," Young said.
"Customer service and quality produce are our No. 1 priorities here," Young said. "Our customers appreciate being waited on and the service they get here. They know the quality of the produce we sell is the best available.
"I’ve met and made many new friends and always look forward to seeing them again here at the stand," she added.