Food is Family

In the early 1930s, my Grandfather, Joseph Roch, started the family business – bringing the freshest fruits and vegetables to retail and foodservice customers all over southern New England. Today, we operate a state-of-the-art HACCP certified distribution warehouse in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, Roch's Fruit and Produce in West Warwick and Roch's Fresh Foods Specialty Market in Narragansett. This is our story.

Our day begins in the middle of the night – just like it did for my Father and my Grandfather before him. As a kid, I’d wake in the dark to hear his shoes on the sidewalk and even half-asleep, I’d know he was on his daily mission to find the best, freshest fruits and vegetables he could get his hands on – so families, chefs, restaurants, delis, universities, and stores could serve and eat the healthiest, most delicious food possible.

From my Father, we picked up the business – and the things you only learn by doing, listening, touching, and tasting. By his side, we built relationships with the local farmers and purveyors who transformed freshly turned earth into the delicious fruits and vegetables that keep our customers – and us – happy, healthy, and hungry for more.

We learned how and when things grow. What tomatoes, eggplant, and cherries look like when they’re ripe and ready to be harvested. And how the burst of sweetness from a freshly picked blackberry tastes just like summer.

Most importantly, we learned that our customers are neighbors, friends, locals, tourists, mom and pop shops, school kids, grandmas – people we’d do anything for – whether it’s to make a last minute delivery, hand cut produce for 35,000 fruit cups, cater a family celebration, or help them find a perfectly ripe avocado.

For us, feeding people has always been about more than connecting them to fresh, nourishing fruits and vegetables. More than the trust they place in us every time they serve their customers, or sit down to eat. More than nurturing lifelong relationships in the communities we call home. Feeding People: It's an act of love.

Feeding people: it’s an act of love.

Roch’s Throughout The Years

The Brothers

1970s: Brothers Gerald Roch and Ray Roch Sr. during the construction of our present location at Main Street and Legris Avenue.

Veteran's Square

1930s: The Original Roch's Brothers Market – and our delivery truck – in Veteran’s Square.

Roch's Fresh Foods Narragansett

Today:The same fresh produce, plus a meat department, deli, prepared foods, and bakery.

Our Team

Ray RochPresident, 3rd Generation

Ray’s worked part-time and summers in the family business since he was 12. The day after he graduated from St. Michael’s College in 1987, he started working full-time for Roch’s, and he’s still at it today.

Zachary RochVice President, 4th Generation

Zachary, Ray and Dawn Roch's son, graduated from the University of Vermont where he double majored in Business & Entrepreneurship and minored in Nutrition. Zach, like his dad, was at work the day after graduation.

Jay KoehlerChief Operations Officer

Jay began working at Roch’s when he was 18 and has been with us ever since. Here’s to 40 years and counting.

Our Community

For all of us at Roch’s, feeding people is about helping neighbors live healthier lives and building lifelong relationships in the communities we call home. That’s why we make it our mission to help bring fresh, nutritious food to our neighbors in greatest need.

Feeding Children with
the Fresh Start Program

In West Warwick, one third of the population falls below the federal poverty level, with incomes of less than $22,350 for a family of four. The truth is, food stamps account for nearly 60% of our West Warwick market’s retail sales. For many of our neighbors, including our children, access to healthy, delicious meals is a huge challenge.

Since 2006, we’ve helped school food service supplier Sodexo procure, process, and deliver fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and out-of-state purveyors to local elementary schools. What started with delivery to two local elementary schools is now an ever-growing production and delivery service to 71 cafeterias throughout Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Food Bank

Our friends at the Rhode Island Food Bank put food in the hands of nearly 60,000 people in need through a statewide network of agencies, like food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs, and senior centers. As Food Bank community partners, we sponsor fundraising events like the annual Truck Stop: A Festival of Street Eats in Providence, which annually raises more than $100,000 to help feed those in greatest need.

Locations

West Greenwich Distribution Center

30 Arnold Farm Rd
West Greenwich, RI 02817

401.392.4230

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Narragansett Market

1183 Boston Neck Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

401.284.2900

  • Mon-Sat: 7am - 9pm
  • Sunday: 7am - 7pm
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Roch’s Fresh Foods Delivery

We only want to deliver the freshest products possible to our customers. Our local customers can choose our local delivery service that will provide same day delivery of your gift baskets for a small flat fee. All other customers in the 48 continuous states, can also get fresh food gift baskets delivered by mail.

Local Delivery

A Roch’s delivery driver will hand deliver your gift basket for a $6-$12 flat fee if you live within Southeastern Massachusetts.

USPS

We will ship your fresh food package to the 48 continuous states using USPS Express (overnight) or Priority Mail (2-3 day).