The Kindness of Strangers

Meet Deandre Johnson.

Deandre Johnson | Garden Fresh Gourmet

He is one of our passionate pros turning out over 60 tons of salsa a day at our factory in Ferndale, Michigan. Since our administrative offices are walking distance from our plant, and that’s where the product we deeply discount only for our team members is kept, Deandre sauntered over to stock up on his favorite Garden Fresh goodies.

Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa

While peering into the cooler in search for his favorites, he became engaged in conversation with a fellow who was standing in the lobby. The gentleman asked Deandre which products were he enjoyed most. Deandre emphatically pointed to the Artichoke Jalapeno Garlic Dip, a fave among many here at Garden Fresh. They continued shooting the breeze as Deandre took a stack of dips to the window. But his generous nature wouldn’t allow him to leave without reaching into his pocket to buy a bag of Salted Tortilla Chips and Artichoke Jalapeno Garlic Dip for his new friend.

Margaritaville Artichoke Jalapeno Garlic Dip by Garden Fresh Gourmet

What Deandre didn’t know, was the gentleman was waiting to meet with the executives at Garden Fresh, including President Jack Aronson. The visitor was so moved by Deandre’s act of generosity that he made it a point to tell the executive team what an exemplary employee Deandre was and what he had done. Deandre’s three dollar gesture had made a million dollar impression.

We are so proud of Deandre. The company pride and generosity he exhibited is indicative of the culture here at Garden Fresh.

Hats off to you, Deandre!