Roch’s Fresh Foods: A family tradition of goodness and taste

Ray Roch grew up around the aromas, tastes and colors of fresh fruits and vegetables. He is a third generation green grocer, and the father of a fourth.
“I tell people before I was born into this. I was predestined to do this,” he said. “This” is Roch’s Fresh Foods, located on Boston Neck Road in Narragansett, which his family opened in 2002.
This year marks the Roch family’s 75th year in the grocery business, which started with a small market that was opened by his grandfather Joe in West Warwick in 1945.
The market in West Warwick was basically split into two businesses: the grocery and meat market inside and the fruit and vegetables outside. Ray Roch’s uncle got the grocery and his dad Ray Sr. was given the fruit and vegetables. That’s where Ray Roch grew up.
“It was a classic open air market,” said Ray. His dad eventually expanded into wholesale deliveries — the first account was J.J. Newberry’s — and those childhood experiences eventually led Ray Jr. to open his own food market almost 20 years ago. Roch’s now serves schools and restaurants, and partners with the Rhode Island

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