At the root of Grassy Roots is a simple idea: that fast food can be healthy food.
"I realized that I needed to create a space where I could offer what I wanted to eat but couldn't find," says Jenny Grammas, owner of the café located on Route 1A in Wenham, Massachusetts, "a menu filled with things like freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, fresh vegetable & green juices & healthy smoothies, all with locally sourced ingredients."
Having grown up in the restaurant business, starting at age 10 in her Greek grandparents’ Gloucester restaurant, the Gull, "I was never interested in fast food as a child because I was always surrounded by an amazing choice of fabulous fresh and diverse foods.”
Instead, she learned to appreciate good food created with fresh, healthy ingredients in a big family-rich environment. And after helping run several other Cape Ann and North Shore eateries -- while also raising two boys -- she realized “I wanted other moms, people who didn't have time to cook, to be able to choose from a wide array of healthy & delicious food.”
Opened in 2011, Grassy Roots’ constantly changing menu ranges from specialized coffee drinks, juices and baked goods for breakfast, to sandwiches, wraps, paninis andsalads for lunch, and to a wide variety of prepared foodsthat can be ordered to go and served for dinner. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & dairy free are options. The fresh juice bar section has developed its own intensely loyal daily following along with soup aficionados and quinoa salad lovers. And Grassy Roots’ thriving private catering business serves up unique menus for a variety of gatherings and occasions, whatever the season.
To provide the best ingredients, Jenny uses local sources, such as produce from Aprilla Farm in Essex, First Light Farm in Hamilton, or Blood Farm in Groton, or MoJo cold-brew coffee from Wenham’s Annie Brainard.
The gem of a restaurant, nestled in the hamlet of Wenham at 152 Main St. and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays until 4 p.m., is now drawing its clientele from nearby Hamilton, Beverly, Manchester and other North Shore towns.
"I feel such a sense of satisfaction and gratification knowing I can offer my diverse clientele healthy delicious options in a friendly, personal environment,” says Jenny, “and hearing how much they enjoy returning again and again, to try new things...this is my dream, coming to life, every day."