The Fruit Truck is a produce delivery company that picks up fresh fruit at farms and orchards and delivers it directly to communities in 16 states. Customers can reserve fruit online and pick it up at the scheduled delivery event near them. The operation is ran by Irena Kleinsasser of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where a storefront for the company is also located.
Penny Olson is the brand ambassador for The Fruit Truck. She was a social worker in Sioux Falls when she met Kleinsasser through mutual acquaintances, and has since retired from that job and remained Kleinsasser's dedicated spokesperson and employee.
In recent years, business has picked up for The Fruit Truck, said Olson, at the same time more people got into canning. But she said the uptick in popularity is mostly due to the fondness that customers have for the fruits they get, including peaches from Peach County in Georgia and strawberries from Plant City, Florida.
Fruit is sold by the pallet, which offers more fruit than people are used to having at once, so Olson said customers have started to share recipes and tips for what to do with them online.
"Peaches, strawberries and cherries are probably our biggest, but the grapes have gotten really big," said Olson.