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Strack & Van Til stocking locally made Frozen Garden smoothies

Pictured are Frozen Garden co-founders, left to right, Ellyn Vogel, Allyson Straka, and Cheryl Levrio. Strack & Van Til is now carrying the company's ready-to-blend smoothies.

Strack & Van Til is now carrying Frozen Garden smoothies, a company birthed in Northwest Indiana.  

Chesterton residents Allyson Straka, Cheryl Levrio and Ellyn Vogel founded the company, which makes ready-to-blend green smoothies with ingredients like spinach, kale, apples and raspberries that are grown on local farms. Frozen Garden chops fruits and veggies, flash freezes them and sells them in individual pouches, so the customer can add water to make a 12-ounce or 20-ounce smoothie.

“We’re excited to make healthy eating more convenient for our friends and neighbors in Northwest Indiana and beyond,” Straka said. “We’re grateful to Strack & Van Til for the opportunity to make our product more accessible to people interested in delicious food that promotes good health and supports family farms."

Strack & Van Til now carries the smoothies at its supermarkets in Chesterton, Valparaiso, Schererville, Munster, St. John and Crown Point. Frozen Garden has a store in Valparaiso and the smoothies are also available at a number of other locations.

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