I started my fruit company, St. Pete Bowls, in 2020, after searching for fresh fruit bowls that my children would enjoy. I had a hard time finding fresh, ready-to-eat fruit online during the COVID-19 pandemic when most people were using online food delivery services, and I really wanted to feed my kids fresh, delicious fruit. So, I began making my own version of the traditional fruit bowl in my kitchen at home.
I made fruit bowls that were super-fresh, gigantic, and colorful, and I filled them to the brim with an assortment of fresh fruits. I added delicious toppings – like dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and honey drizzle – and, to my delight, my kids began asking for more fruit.
I posted pictures of my fruit bowls on Facebook and Instagram, and people began asking me how to get them. Shortly after, my 19-year-old daughter and I partnered to form St. Pete Bowls LLC with the idea of bringing beautiful, delicious fruits to our community in a way that supports healthy eating while also supporting our local farming community.
In just six months, we went from operating under the Florida Cottage Law in my kitchen to operating out of a commercial kitchen with our USDA Food Permit and delivering fresh fruit bowls all over St. Pete. We are now also working on adding fruit juices and smoothies to our menu.
Ajna Adams, founder of St Pete Bowls