I am Angelica Haymes living in Hudson, New York.
I originally grew up in the suburbs of Queens, NY and spent my summers on my families farm in Puerto Rico.
My juice business is called Little Rico, we are based out of Hudson, New York and have been graciously offered to use a cafe space in a hotel/restaurant called WM Farmer and Sons. We will strictly be offering raw, cold pressed juice at first with the hopes to add smoothies and other health-filled quick and easy bites. We focus on community, supporting local and hopes to continue to be environmentally friendly and conscious.
I have been making health-specific juice recipes for the past 5 years, and has been in love with the hudson valley since 2009!
Many experiences, education opportunities, and jobs along the way informed my desire to ultimately open Little Rico in the Hudson Valley .
Coming from a family of farmers in Puerto Rico, ive was always aware of a connection between where I got my food and the community that it served. This connection between food and community became a priority when seeking a location to settle down.
I graduated university with a BA in psychology and sociology, with a focus on early childhood development. This education, along with the fact that I have been a childcare provider for over 10 years, gave me immense insight on how the health of both men and women have profound impacts on the health of their offspring.
Meanwhile, while working many late nights back in 2013, I started to notice a decline in my health. This is when my natural affinity for health, nutrition and juice started to really become relevant in my life. I became very interested in holistic nutrition, focusing on juice as a medicine. I decided to take it one step further and became a certified Holistic Nutritional Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014, and ever since then I have been spreading knowledge, advice, juice(s), superfood smoothies, salves and any other natural goodies I have learned about to our community.
Since my first juice bar job at the age of 16, I have consulted and worked with 5 small juice businesses. I am stoked to take my years of varied experience to open Little Rico and serve the community.
The goal is to not only offer quality locally-sourced products, but to bring a blend of my years of experience in hospitality, caregiving and health coaching and educate people on how they can care for their bodies/health. The sense of community and abundance of local farms in the Hudson Valley made it a natural choice when deciding where to plant roots and start a business and a family.